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Indiana County, PA - Aerial Ladder Collapse w/Injury

November 02, 2015, 05:55:27 PM CCF Administrator

Bad news out of Indiana County, PA where an older model American-LaFrance aerial ladder collapsed this afternoon. Word is that at least one person was seriously injured. We'll have more as it become available. KTIYP's.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
The Secret List 11-2-2015-1700 Hours

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Centre County LEPC Compressed Natural Gas Training‏

October 17, 2015, 08:04:26 PM CCF Administrator

Compass Natural Gas will be installing a compressed natural gas filling station in Boggs Township near Interstate 80. While the filling station is located in Boggs Township, the transportation  of CNG will impact the fire service in Centre County. Please plan to attend the Compass CNG training on Tuesday, November 10th beginning 1800 hours at the Milesburg fire station. See attached flyer for more information. Please RSVP to skauffman@centreregionema.com by November 3.

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2 Firefighters Killed in Fire Collapse, Kansas City MO

October 13, 2015, 11:52:24 AM CCF Administrator

We regret to pass on to you that 2 Firefighters were killed and two hurt after a burning building on Independence Avenue collapsed on them just a little while ago. Firefighters were dispatched to a building in the 2600 block of Independence Avenue about 1930 hours. and found the structure heavily damaged by smoke and fire, said Kansas City Fire Department Battallion Chief James Garrett. Fire crew evacuated people from the building, which included apartments. While clearing an area with a partially collapsed roof, a further collapse of the structure injured four firefighters. Two of the firefighters died in the Line of Duty, Garrett said. Crews continue to operate at the scene. Much more to follow. Our condolences to all those affected.

VIDEO: http://www.kctv5.com/story/30244129/two-firefighters-killed-2-injured-while-battling-kansas-city-blaze

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 10-12-2015-2250 Hours

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Blair County Essentials

October 07, 2015, 08:09:19 AM Ridgerunner

Does anyone know if there is a new Essentials class starting soon in Blair County? If so, any info?

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Gas Safety Class

October 01, 2015, 12:49:24 AM CCF Administrator

The Centre County Public Safety Centre will be hosting
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania’s Gas Safety Class

Location: The class will be held at CPI located at 540 N Harrison Rd Pleasant Gap on OCT 20th beginning at 6:30PM

Course Description: The class is designed to discuss recent natural gas emergency events and what caused them. Discussion will also focus on the response to natural gas emergency’s and the safe practices that responders should use when operating on scene. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the program.

Who should attend?

The class is designed for all emergency responders. This includes chief officers, fire, Ems and police responders and fire police.

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Fire Apparatus Crash T-Bone Video

September 03, 2015, 08:35:51 PM CCF Administrator

This video was shared with us and we want to pass it on. The following are the comments that accompanied the video:

This vehicle accident should serve as a reminder that anything can happen, regardless of how good the chauffeur (fire apparatus operator/driver) is behind the wheel.

You can either skip ahead to about the 5:00 mark to view the point of impact or watch it in its entirety, taking every opportunity to learn and discuss all that is available. The latter of the two is obviously recommended. Rest assured that while there are many videos of accidents involving fire apparatus out there, you haven't seen anything from this perspective.

It should be noted that, thankfully, the three parties involved (the two in the rig as well as the driver in the passenger vehicle) did not suffer from any life threatening injuries.


Units from York County, Pennsylvania were dispatched to a reported basement fire in a single family home. Truck 1 went en route with an acting officer whose helmet cam is on the dash board and recording when the accident took place. A full-time, 25+ year firefighter / driver was behind the wheel. The driver of a silver Pontiac Grand Am came to a stop at the intersection around a curve. She heard the sirens and looked around but did not see the approaching truck as she was looking into the sun. She proceeded through the cross road and was T boned by the apparatus.

Interestingly, this accident occurred on the heels of yet another fire apparatus accident only two days prior to this event. On May 29th, an engine company was involved in a single vehicle rollover while en route to an incident and several department members were injured. Thankfully, all of them have since made a full recovery.

After the T-bone, a mandatory inspection of Truck 1 was performed by the state police. Although the driver of the vehicle was clearly at fault and there was nothing the apparatus chauffeur could have done to avoid hitting her, there were concerns about litigation as it was determined that the brakes on the fire truck were slightly out of adjustment.

The chauffeur was very distraught immediately after it occurred. When asked, he will tell you that he thought he killed her. Ironically, it was his actions that, more than likely, saved her life. If you take notice to the split second just before the point of impact, the rig veers to the left. The damage sustained to the apparatus was to the right front (officer's) side. Had this Firefighter not done what he did, she would have felt the full force of the vehicle which may have ended her life.

The following discussion points can and should be used in relation to your respective state laws and department SOPs:

 1) Stopping at stop signs and traffic lights
 2) Speed on both dry and wet road conditions
 3) Radio traffic (is it escalating or de-escalating?)
 4) Seatbelts
 5) Passing through school zones while responding
 6) Passing school buses while responding
 7) The use of audio / visual warning devices (Ashley's Law*)
 8 ) Taxation of additional resources
 9) Apparatus Inspection (RIP, LT. Kelly, BFD Ladder 26*)
 10) Record keeping and documentation
 11) Physical, mental, and financial repercussions


Thanks for the posting of this-an excellent CLOSE CALLS incident worthy of us all watching, learning and being reminded.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 9-3-2015-1600 Hours

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