Next Quarterly Business Dinner Meeting July 27th, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015  Hi Everyone, Our next Quarterly Business / Dinner meeting will be held on July 27th, 2015. The location will be the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center 1600 Calcon Hook Road, Sharon Hill, Pa. starting at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there.



A Delco Legend Charles B. Mullen Obituary

Sunday, May 31, 2015  Charles B. Mullin, 88, a longtime resident of Secane, died at home on May 28, 2015. Mr. Mullin was born in Philadelphia to the late Charles and Alice (nee Stott) Mullin. He served in the Navy as Seamen 2nd Class during World War II. Mr. Mullin was self-employed and owner of Charles B. Mullin Lettering. He was widely known throughout the tri-state area for gold leaf lettering of fire equipment. Mr. Mullin was a paid Assistant Chief for Primos-Secane and Westbrook Park, past president and ladder captain for Cardington Stonehurst Fire Co., as well as a member of the 8th District Board of Director of County Firefighters Association. He enjoyed traveling. He was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Evalyn L. (nee Palmer) Mullin. He is survived by his sister, Lois A. Cook, two nieces and many friends. Visitation: Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Williams Lombardo Funeral Home, 33 W. Baltimore Ave., Clifton Heights, PA 19018. Memorial Service: Tuesday, 8 p.m. at Williams Lombardo Funeral Home. Burial: Private Condolences: www.williamslombardofuneralhome.com Published in Daily Times on May 31, 2015



Hero Bowl 5/28/2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015  Hero Bowl was held at Cardinal O'Hara High School on May 28, 2015.



A new recruiting and retention website for Pennsylvania is now live

Monday, April 20, 2015  The Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania provides the content of this website for fire and EMS agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assist in the recruitment and retention of members.


The site includes a series of downloadable products, several self guided training programs, as well as links to other valuable sites that can assist you in your recruitment and retention efforts.


This effort is the result of a strategic initiative and resulting SAFER Grant to provide methods of training and materials to enhance the recruitment and retention of fire and EMS personnel in Pennsylvania.

Special thanks to FireCompanies.com for hosting our site.






A Must Read: Firefighter Cancer Study NIOSH (The Secret List)

Sunday, February 22, 2015  A Must Read: Firefighter Cancer Study NIOSH (The Secret List) Thursday, February 19, 2015   All,Please take time to review this. It's the much awaited NIOSH paper on the Chicago-Philadelphia-San Francisco FD's 1950-2009 Firefighter Cancer Study that was released yesterday:




==Other NIOSH Firefighter Cancer Resources:


==Firefighter Cancer Support Network: 


Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 2-19-2015-0900




Wade Dump Fire Feb 2nd 1978

Monday, February 2, 2015 

To the DelcoTimes: Letter to the editor: Regarding the Wade Dump Fire

Feb. 2, 1978 was a good day.

A new fire station was opening at Third and Tilghman streets in Chester. The fire department and city had changing needs the volunteer staff could no longer provide.

This fire station offered hope to local residents who had witnessed too much loss of life and property destruction over some difficult years. This fire station represented security, protection and gave evidence of a struggling city’s concern for its citizens.

It was a good day because some great men then had a place where they could plant the seed of a highly efficient fire department. “Moose” McLaughlin, Marv Cherry, Jimmy McDonald remain names to be revered in the fire service 37 years later for their mentoring and leadership. It is as if they, along with many, many others, continue to stand guard at the old Wade site today.

Feb. 2, 1978 was a tragic day.

From the new fire station at Third and Tilghman, Bob Friend and others could see the smoke rising from Front and Flower. This day that smoke would not be from a pile of tires on fire at the Eastern Rubber site (a common occurrence); it would be from the chemicals surreptitiously stored by men and industries whose concern for the community was surrendered to personal gain. Over 3 million gallons of toxic chemicals burned, contaminated, and permeated the grounds of Front and Flower.

Over 250 fire, police, and EMS personnel responded, never giving a second thought to the peril they would soon face. Those thoughts had already been considered for each of them. No one enters this business without those considerations. Unequivocally, each responder, then and now, wants to protect the community and prevent property loss and harm to the citizens. They simply do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. They are even willing to take risks while doing their job.

Feb. 2, 1978 was a tragic day for many families.

This would be the start of a complex set of circumstances that would rob joy, shared memories, finances, health, and life. Within the next two years, responders would begin to fall ill to various cancers and blood disorders at an alarming rate. Survivors and families would not just have to battle for their physical health. They would soon find the battle against government agencies, the courts, and the companies who dumped at the site to be more formidable then they ever could imagine. Firefighters and police would feel abandoned by the city they protected. Medics would sense abandonment by the medical center they represented and the city they served. Citizens would lose heroes who they had counted on to partner with them in an effort to help build a safe community.

Feb. 2, 1978 is a good day to remember.

The heroes we lost continue to patrol and protect. You can see them at the memorial site at Front and Flower. Oh, there is not a physical memorial. Sadly, that never happened. But maybe the greatest memorial is the green grass growing on the site is a result of the new laws that enforce a clean environment. It is in the soccer stadium that thrives in a land given up for waste. It is in the passing fire truck with equipment suitable for hazardous chemicals and staffed by personnel trained to handle toxic fires. These heroes are in the training for our medics and hospital emergency nurses who have learned to not only efficiently decontaminate and treat a patient, but to protect their own lives in the process.

So, as you head to PPL Park, or drive over the Commodore Barry Bridge, pass by on I-95, or even spend a little time drowning a worm in the Delaware River, give a shout out to Marv, Moose, and Jimmy. They are there along with many, many others. They gave it up for you. They gave it up for us.


Smyrna, DE




Sunday, February 1, 2015  Hey,

If you needed a reason to understand the impact of FIREFIGHTER CANCER, try this story out of Syracuse NY ---where this District Fire Chief got his dying wish...

He passed away last night. 

RIP Chief Thomas Erwin.


So....today and each Sunday is:




-Do it before you forget.

-Do it every Sunday.

-Do it to honor Chief Erwin.

-Do it to honor ALL the THOUSANDS of FIREFIGHTERS who are fighting cancer.

-Do it to honor the many thousands who fought their best.

-Do it to minimize YOUR RISK of FIREFIGHTER cancer.

-Do it before the game tonight.




RIP Chief.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

Don't Breathe That Sh!t.

Don't "Wear" That Sh!t.


The Secret List 2-1-2015-0900 hrs




First Responder Info from New York

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN PUBLIC SAFETY


Information sharing and situational awareness are integral components of securing our country, our state, and our community. With that in mind, you should be aware of a program designed not just for firefighters or pre-hospital care providers, but for all New Yorkers. SAFEGUARD NEW YORK is an important program partnering community members, businesses and emergency service professionals like you to work together to alert members of state and local law enforcement to suspicious activities and potential acts of terrorism. You are our eyes and ears on the ground, on the  streets,  going  to  the  grocery  stores,  in  the  mall, being citizens; you can help us to fulfill our public safety responsibilities. Early recognition and reporting of potential terrorist activity can serve as the first line of defense against those who commit acts of terrorism. If you witness anything suspicious, you are encouraged to contact  your  local  law enforcement or  the  New York State Terrorism Tips line at 1-866-SAFE-NYS (1-866-


There are eight signs of terrorism that all citizens should be aware of, especially first responders. As part of a fire company  or  ambulance  service  responding  to emergency scenes on a daily basis, you may be the first to notice a pattern of activity suggestive of a terrorist plot, and yours may be the only call to alert law enforcement before an incident happens. Like all emergency service providers, you have a sense of call patterns, and when something doesn’t feel right you know it.


As emergency service professionals, you should be aware there is a concern that individuals seeking to commit acts of terrorism may utilize emergency service organizations to acquire certain materials, skills, or training in order to succeed with their intentions.  These individuals may also target first responders; or they may pose as emergency services personnel in order to access certain locations and appear to belong.  For the safety of yourselves, your partners, and your fellow citizens, your continued vigilance is essential.


Again, any signs of suspicious activity may be reported

24 hours a day, seven days a week to the New York

State Terrorism Tips Hotline at 1-866-723-3697 (1-866- SAFE-NYS).
















Report Any Suspicious Activity to the

New York State Terrorism Tips Hotline at



Across New York State



In New York City


New York State

Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Office of Counter Terrorism www.dhses.ny.gov/oct/ Harriman State Office Campus

1220 Washington Avenue

Building 7A Albany, NY 12242

Office of Fire Prevention and Control


Harriman State Office Campus

1220 Washington Avenue

Building 7A Albany, NY 12242

New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS www.health.ny.gov/professionals/ems/ Central Office

875 Central Avenue

Albany, NY 12206

New York State

Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
















New York


Report Suspicious Activity



Fire and EMS





► A person who is hostile, uncooperative or expressing hate or discontent with the United States.


► Unusual chemicals or other materials that seem out of place.


► Ammunition, firearms, or weapons boxes.


► Surveillance equipment, still and video cameras, and night vision goggles.


► Maps, photos, blueprints.


► Police manuals, training manuals, flight manuals.


► Little or no furniture other than a bed or mattress.


► Inquiries regarding certain types of over the counter drugs and their potential harmful effects.


► Requests to purchase, or knowledge of how to purchase particular medications.

► Inquiries into the purchase of a new, used, or decommissioned emergency vehicle, or how to authenticate emergency vehicle markings.





■ First responders should be alert on every call; ranging from motor vehicle accidents to calls to residences, businesses, and public spaces.

■ Upon arriving at a potentially man-made incident, responders  should  be  aware  of  the  possibility  of  a second attack or bomber.

■ Those who target first responders cause a delay in care for those who are injured.

■ Emergency services personnel should conduct a thorough observation of all people at the scene of an attack, including the injured to detect possible threats.

■ Responders should be alert to the behavior of those on scene, including friends and family members of patients/victims.



► Monitor and control who is entering your stations: current employees/members, former employees/members, and delivery and service personnel.

► Check identification and ask individuals to identify the purpose of their visit to your department.

► Report broken doors, windows and locks to your organization’s security personnel as soon as possible. Repairs should be made in a timely manner.

► Back-up files or copies of sensitive and critical information and databases should be made.

► Store, lock, and inventory your organization’s keys,

access cards, uniforms, badges, and vehicles.

► Monitor and report suspicious activity in or near your facility’s entry/exit points, parking areas, garages, and immediate vicinity.


► Suspicious-looking packages should be reported to your local law-enforcement.  DO NOT OPEN or TOUCH.

► Shred or destroy all documents that contain sensitive personal or organizational information that is no longer needed.

► Keep an inventory of your most critical equipment, hardware, and software.

► Store and lock your personal items such as wallets, purses, and identification when not in use.

►  Question  an  unexplained  withdrawal  by a  student after completion of training or a certification program.

► Be alert for suspicious individuals observed loitering in the vicinity of parked ambulances, fire apparatus, or hospital and emergency room entrances.

► Investigate loss of equipment associated with fire or EMS vehicles:   this includes medical equipment and supplies, medications and controlled substances, uniforms, insignias or decals, vehicle license plate(s), special parking placards, lights, sirens, and communication equipment.

Know the Routines

Be aware of what is going on around you

Take what you hear seriously


“If you see something, say something!”

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Resolve to reduce line of duty deaths in 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015  The leadership of Maryland's Kentland Volunteer Fire Department believes aggressive firefighting and firefighter safety go hand-in-hand. That's why they've joined the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in this video launching a new campaign to further reduce the number of firefighters who die in the line-of-duty. Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Chief Marc Bashoor calls Kentland a leader in helping make sure that "aggressive" and" safety" don't become mutually exclusive terms. There is little doubt the most important element in firefighter safety is you, the firefighter. The contributing factors in the majority of firefighter deaths are the health of the firefighter, and the actions taken while responding to and returning from the scene of an incident. Make it your New Year's resolution to take personal responsibility in creating a safer environment for all firefighters. Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in a new goal of vastly reducing the number of firefighters injured, and to lower the number of line-of-duty deaths each year to below 50.

The fire service over the last decade has been able to consistently reduce the number of LODDs annually to fewer than 100. We've chosen 50 as the next benchmark on the way to eliminating all preventable firefighter deaths-so that truly, Everyone Goes Home®.

This new goal was inspired by the work of firefighters and fire service leaders at the Tampa 2 Firefighter Life Safety Summit in March, 2014. The just-released Summit Report reaffirms that the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (established at the first Watch the video...Summit in 2004) are still valid and should remain the blueprint for reducing firefighter injuries and deaths.

In this video, Kentland's officers and other fire service leaders talk about many of the key points addressed at the Tampa 2 Summit. These include not only personal responsibility, but accurate risk assessment, and the important role the company officer plays in safety and accountability.

Watch the video...read the report...and resolve to do your part
to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths.



Is There a Link Between Firefighting and Cancer?

Saturday, January 3, 2015  NIOSH Science Blog
Is There a Link Between Firefighting and Cancer? – Epidemiology in Action

Categories: Cancer, Emergency Response/Public Sector, Epidemiology

December 17th, 2014 10:46 am ET  -  Robert D. Daniels, PhD, CHP

Epidemiology is the art and science of using data to answer questions about the health of groups. In occupational epidemiology, we use that data to understand how work affects health. This blog entry is part of a series that shares the stories behind the data.
Firefighters face numerous hazards in the line of duty. The risks of acute and potentially fatal injuries and stresses from the dangerous environment of a fire scene are well known. In addition to these hazards, fires generate toxic contaminants, including some agents known or suspected to cause cancer. Less is known about the potential long-term health effects firefighters may experience as a result of work-related exposures. In particular, do firefighters face a higher risk of cancer than is found in the general population?

In 2010, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) embarked on a multi-year effort to conduct a large-scale study to better understand the potential link between firefighting and cancer. The research was a joint effort led by NIOSH researchers and conducted in collaboration with researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of California at Davis Department of Public Health Sciences and supported, in part, by the U.S Fire Administration.

Higher Cancer Rates The study found that a combined population of firefighters from three large U.S. cities showed higher-than-expected rates of certain types of cancer than the general U.S. population.

Other notable findings included:

  • The number of firefighter deaths from all causes did not differ from the expected number of deaths based on death rates in the general population.
  • The number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths were greater than that expected based on rates in the U.S. population. The overall excess was comprised mostly of digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers.
  • There were about twice as many malignant mesothelioma cases than expected. Occupational exposure to asbestos in firefighting is the most likely explanation for the greater-than-expected incidence.
  • Some cancers were elevated among firefighters under 65 years of age. For example, firefighters who were under 65 years of age had more bladder and prostate cancers than expected.
  • Excess bladder cancer risk was evident among women firefighters. However, because bladder cancer is far less likely in women than in men and less than 4% of our study group were women, our results are based on only a few bladder cancer cases.
Methods Our study method is sometimes referred to as a retrospective longitudinal study, meaning that we followed the health experience of a group of persons over a defined time period beginning at a point in the past. In this case, we studied nearly 30,000 career firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco who were employed at any time between 1950 and 2009. Participation by multiple fire departments and inclusion of all firefighters better represents the U.S. fire service as a whole; therefore, our results are generalizable to other firefighter populations. The large study group and lengthy follow-up (sometimes referred to as the observation period) improved our ability to observe rare health outcomes, like most cancers. By including the most recent time period, our study is largely informative on current firefighters; while extending observation to the 1950s allows us to look at temporal trends in risk.

Our study is records-based, meaning that only historical information (e.g., personnel records, death certificates and cancer registry data) comprised the study data. A records-based approach is usually best in retrospective studies of persons who may have relocated or are deceased prior to data collection. This approach also avoids a reliance on the recollection of participants for study data, which can differ among persons and over time.

The health outcomes of primary interest are cancers, although other outcomes were investigated. We examined the numbers of cancer deaths and cancer diagnoses among these firefighters and compared them to “expected” numbers based on rates in the U.S. population. Examining cancer incidence (i.e., diagnoses) in addition to deaths from cancer is preferable when assessing risks of cancers that tend to have higher survival rates, such as testicular, bladder, breast, and prostate cancers.

What’s Next? These findings add to a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting a cause-and-effect relationship between work-related exposures and cancer in firefighters. Our next steps will further investigate cause and effect by examining the relationship between “exposure” and cancer among these firefighters. Workplace exposures will be estimated from employment records of fire runs and station assignments.

Raised awareness and exposure prevention efforts are cost-effective means to reduce occupational cancer risk. Thus, the fire service should increase efforts to educate members about safe work practices. This includes proper training, proper use of protective clothing, and proper use of approved respiratory protection during all phases of fire fighting.

More information including study results, frequently asked questions and our firefighter cancer study newsletter can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/ffCancerStudy.html.

Robert D. Daniels, PhD, CHP

Dr. Daniels is a Health Scientist in the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.



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