Saturday, August 30, 2014  The DCFA needs your support for hosting our Annual County Parade.

The following are available:




If you company is interested in hosting the Annual County Parade.

Please contact President Judy Kirby president@dcfa.org or 610-241-6201



Preview the New ResponderSafety Learning Network Promo

Friday, October 10, 2014  About Us
Protecting emergency responders at roadway incidents through collaboration, advocacy, networking and training. On the Highway We've Got Your Back!





Learning Network



ResponderSafety.com Breaking News Alert
  "From the roadway to the U.S. Capitol, responders and leadership alike recommend the ResponderSafety Learning Network as the free online portal for 24/7 training for the safe and efficient management of traffic incidents. See and hear what the buzz is all about."


On behalf of the CVVFA Responder Safety Team, thank you for your commitment to help us make the roadways safer for all responders. We are proud of our new ResponderSafety Learning Network Promotional Video. We have released this video through our communication channels and we would be honored if you saw fit to do the same. Our goal is to reach every roadway responder with these lifesaving messages.


This network would have not been possible without your constant support and partnership.





Thursday, September 18, 2014   From PFESI!

Don Konkle

Executive Director

717 236 5995


In an effort to make it easier for people to receive training at no cost we are offering what hopefully will become a series of free "Web Wednesday"  on line webinars for officers to take advantage of.


The training is free and will be available on line, meaning you don't have to travel or leave the comfort of your home or fire station. As long as you have a computer with internet connectivity and the ability to communicate by phone/ with voice mute capabilities.





The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) is pleased to offer free online training called Command Academy - Web Wednesday, a series of free monthly on-line webinars (live web sessions) held the first Wednesday on select months. Command Academy is available to any Pennsylvania emergency service personnel currently serving as a Command Officer within a career, volunteer or combination fire/rescue organization. The live webinar sessions last no more than two (2) hours, from 1900-2100 but live participation via computer is limited.

To enroll in the Command Academy "Web Wednesday" send an email to ra-fire@pa.gov listing your Name, Rank, Fire Department, preferred email address, and identify the webinar in which you wish to participate. You will need a computer/device with internet connectivity and the ability to communicate by phone/voice with mute capabilities. You will receive a reply email with specific instructions on how to log into the webinar.


Session # 1: October 1, 2014: "Understanding the Situations Around You" by Dr. William Jenaway, Ph.D, CFPS, CFO, CSP, CPP, FIFE and Executive Vice President of VFIS. Chief Jenaway shares being aware of your situation or what is most commonly called "Situational Awareness" can mean the difference between life and death. Command Officers must understand the level of risk encountered and must make those critical decisions such as "fight or flight", to risk only what you are willing to lose versus what can be saved. Similarly, Command Officers must understand the situation around them at the station, on the street, or when special problems are encountered. Chief Jenaway will share examples on how to protect you and your organizations.

Dr. Jenaway has served as Chief of two Pennsylvania Fire Departments and in 2001 was named IAFC "Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year". He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Fire Chief Magazine, as Vice Chair of the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation and serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Fire Services Institute.


Session # 2: November 5, 2014: "Understanding Lightweight Construction Hazards as Greg Jakubowski, Fire Chief of Lingohocken Fire Company, Bucks County shares his perspective on greater attention on the integration of risk management within incident management. Greg will concentrate on the hazards of lightweight construction and how they impact the fire service at all operational levels, including strategic, tactical and planning. He will also share a recent rescue incident called "Trapped by Trusses" involving a construction accident.

Chief Jakubowski is a fire protection engineer, certified safety professional


Don Konkle


 website pfesi.org



FF's Injured-Amon. Nitrate Explosion, Bells & Whistles (The Secret List

Sunday, September 7, 2014  Hey,

Yesterday-"Down under", a truck carrying ammonium nitrate in outback Queensland exploded with such force that residents more than 30km away thought an earthquake had occurred.

Eight people, including four Firefighters and a police officer, were injured when a truck carrying 50t of ammonium nitrate exploded in outback Queensland.

Firefighters were called to a truck rollover on the Mitchell Highway, about 30km south of Charleville in Queensland's southwest last night.


As the firefighters arrived, the truck exploded injuring eight people. The civilian truck driver sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Brisbane.

The force of the blast destroyed a bridge, cutting off the main route between Charleville and nearby Wyandra. It also severely damaged two fire trucks at the scene.

Two of the four injured firefighters were still recovering in hospital after the incident. The police officer, the two other firefighters and two men who witnessed the crash all received minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment.


Fire apparatus was also destroyed-we have some pictures on our home page at www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com




Ammonium nitrate (AN) became more well known when convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh used it in the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.BOMBING VIDEO: 



You also remember when the West Fertilizer Company explosion in West, Texas, caught fire. Around 20 minutes later, ammonium nitrate stored there exploded, leveling roughly 80 homes and a middle school. 133 residents of a nearby nursing home were trapped in the ruins. In all, 15 were killed, and about 200 injured.THE EXPLOSION VIDEO: 



 On November 29, 1988, at 4:07 am two trailers containing approximately 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of the explosive ANFO (ammonium nitrate with fuel oil) exploded at a construction site located near the 87th street exit of Highway 71 in Kansas City, Missouri. The explosives were to be used in the blasting of rock while constructing Highway 71. The result of the explosions were the deaths of six firemen from the Kansas City Fire Department's Pumper Companies 30 and 41. Both companies were dispatched after 911 calls indicated that a fire had been set to a pickup truck located near the trailers. The responding companies were warned that there were explosives on-site; however, they were unaware that the trailers were essentially magazines filled with explosives.VIDEO:



Texas City Disaster: The cargo ship Grandcamp was being loaded on April 16, 1947, when a fire was detected in the hold: at this point, 2600 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in sacks were already aboard. The captain responded by closing the hold and pumping in pressurised steam. One hour later, the ship exploded, killing several hundred people and setting fire to another vessel, the High Flyer, which was moored 250 metres away and which contained 1050 tons ofsulfur and 960 tons of ammonium nitrate. The Grandcamp explosion also created a powerful earthshock that broke windows as far as 40 miles away and knocked two small planes flying at 1,500 feet (460 m) out of the sky. The High Flyer exploded the next day, after having burned for sixteen hours. 500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate on the quayside also burned, but without exploding, probably because it was less tightly packed. All but one member of the Texas City fire department died.VIDEO 1: 

VIDEO 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH7t4X9hgBc 




Detroit is so broke that firefighters get emergency alerts through pop cans, coins, door hinges, pipes and doorbells....and they make these gizmos themselves - one involving a pop can that gets tipped over by an incoming fax. The clink of the can means there's an emergency. Then there's the chain-reaction gadget: a fax hits a door hinge, which then tugs on a wire, which then sets off a door bell. 

FORTUNATELY the firehouses that do this do NOT participate in aluminum recycling so they are still able to receive alarms. 

HERE is video:

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The 2014 Fireman’s Hall Museum Fire Safety Exposition and Muster will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Philadelphia Fire Academy

Saturday, September 6, 2014  The 2014 Fireman’s Hall Museum Fire Safety Exposition and Muster will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Philadelphia Fire Academy from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Come out for a great day with the family and help us make this year's Muster a success!Please check out our list of winners for 2013 here and our photo gallery here.

Did you attend in 2013? Please take a few minutes to take our survey so we can help make this year's muster better!

Please feel free to browse our site to find out more!



2014-2015 Fire Company-Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant

Saturday, August 30, 2014  Barring any issues beyond our control the 2014-2015 Fire Company-Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant application will open on September 3rd no later than 10:00 AM and will remain open for 45 days closing on October 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM


The application and information will be available that day at www.osfc.state.pa.us


Additionally, as a reminder final reports for the 2013-2014 Grant are due to our office by close of business on September 2nd. If we don’t have your final report you will not be able to apply for the 2014-2015 Grant.




Bomb Trains: The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail

Sunday, August 10, 2014  Bomb Trains: The Crude Gamble of Oil by RailPosted on July 30 2014 by Waterkeeper Alliance


The link below has an article on Bakken Crude trains, it has a 24min video attached from and environmental group but it contains a lot of accurate info. It is one sided however it contains accurate information and it is worth looking at







Wednesday, August 6, 2014  Sen. John Rafferty: Legislators, Chester County D.A. say new arson law will provide tougher penalties, stronger protections.

Text of Aug. 6 press release.

Area legislators and Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan held a news conference today in Thorndale to discuss Pennsylvania’s new, strengthened arson law and thank area emergency responders who battled a series of deadly arsons in the city of Coatesville in 2008 and 2009.

Senator John Rafferty (R-44), who sponsored Act 16 of 2014 was joined at the Thorndale Fire Company by D.A. Hogan, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), and Representative Tim Hennessey (R-26), who all strongly supported the legislation.

Rafferty introduced the legislation after serial arsonists set more than 30 fires in Coatesville several years ago. The fires caused more than $3 million in damage, left scores of people homeless and resulted in the death of an 83-year-old woman.

Act 16 creates a new class of crime known as aggravated arson and sets tougher sentencing guidelines. A person can be convicted of aggravated arson if he intentionally starts a fire – or if he aids or pays someone else to start a fire – with the intent to cause bodily injury or knowing that someone was inside the property at the time.

“Each year, more than 267,000 fires are attributed to arson nationwide. Arson results in $1.4 billion in property loss annually and causes more than 2,000 injuries and 475 deaths,” Rafferty said. “But too often it is considered an insurance concern, primarily a ‘paper’ crime of fraud most affecting insurance companies. This law recognizes arson for the deadly crime that it is.”

He thanked District Attorney Hogan who rallied community leaders and fire and emergency responders in support of the bill.

“During the Coatesville arson crisis, many civilians and firefighters were placed in grave danger by the reckless conduct of a few criminals. One woman who was a concentration camp survivor from the Holocaust tragically was killed in one of these fires,” Hogan said. “The new aggravated arson statute provides greater protection for both firefighters and innocent civilians. Law enforcement, firefighters, and the citizens of Pennsylvania are grateful to Senator Rafferty for sponsoring this legislation and guiding it through to becoming a law.”

Senator Pileggi said the new law sends a clear message that arson is not just a form of insurance fraud, but a deadly and costly crime that puts innocent people and emergency responders in harm’s way.

“Arson is a deadly crime that has killed far too many firefighters and citizens. It devastates neighborhoods and communities, destroying property and leaving victims in fear,” Pileggi said. I’m pleased that we now have stronger laws which better reflect the seriousness of the offense.”

Senator Dinniman added that the new tougher penalties reflect the danger posed by those who commit arson.

“The penalty must fit the crime. And as we saw in Coatesville, arson is a serious and costly crime – the ultimate cost of which, is innocent life,” Dinniman said. “This legislation sharpens the teeth of our arson laws. Those who willfully threaten our families and our communities and put our emergency first responders in harm’s way will now be held accountable to higher standards and will face tougher sentences.”

Representative Hennessey joined participants in expressing gratitude to fire and emergency responders who responded to the Coatesville fires, putting their lives in danger to protect residents and property.

“I was happy to support this legislation that improved the safety of our first responders,” he said. “We need to give them all the protection we can.”

The legislation increases penalties if a firefighter, police officer, emergency responder or civilian sustained injuries as a result of the crime. In addition, stronger sentences could also be imposed if more than three people were inside the property at the time of the crime or the arson resulted in more than $1 million in property damage.

The law also clarifies that a convicted arsonist could be charged with second-degree murder if the fire or explosion unintentionally caused a person’s death and first-degree murder if the cause was intentional.

“What happened in Coatesville could happen again in any community – so we need to take action to prevent more needless death and destruction,” Rafferty said. “I am pleased that Pennsylvania is taking a stand against this deadly crime and those who commit it and I am grateful to the volunteers who put their lives on the line to battle these fires.”

Contact: Carol Milligan, Senate Republicans, 717-78




Sunday, August 3, 2014 




Location: Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center. 1600 Calcon Hook Road, Sharon Hill, Pa.

Time: 6:30pm to 10:00pm Main Building Room 104

This is being hosted by the Delaware County Firemen’s Association. Dinner will be provided.


FEMA Region III Fire Program Specialist Ms. Lori Bainbridge will be presenting “Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop”.

Please register by sending an email RSVP to: AFG@DCFA.ORG

Or Call 610-534-3972 to RSVP. Please let us know how many of you will be attending this workshop so we have enough food for this event.

Thanks, the DCFA Officers, Directors & Fire Marshals.



Safety on the roadways – Respondersafety.com

Sunday, June 22, 2014  Safety on the roadways – Respondersafety.com Audio June 22, 2014
Respondersafety.com is the goto resource for you and your fire department to operate safely on the roadways. There are lots of great things and 10 or more action items you can get from this episode, and Jack and Steve provided me with a great list of references and resources all found below.




Roadway Incident Safety References and Resources

Compiled by Jack Sullivan CSP, CFPS – ResponderSafety@gmail.com

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI)


(ERSI) ResponderSafety.com – Learning Network

http://learning.respondersafety.com/Promo.aspx - Video explaining the Learning Network

http://learning.respondersafety.com/Default.aspx - Learning Modules

ERSI Model Safe Positioning SOP – Safe Positioning While Operating in or Near Moving Traffic

Available as a free download from http://www.respondersafety.com/Training/Downloads.aspx

ERSI Model SOG Cone & Flare Deployment at Roadway Incidents

Available as a free download from http://www.respondersafety.com/Training/Downloads.aspx

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute – News and Incident Reports


NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Highway Work Zone Safety


National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Causes of Police Deaths (1995-2004)


U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.


United States Fire Administration – Emergency Vehicle Safety


United States Fire Administration – Roadway Operations Safety


USFA/FHWA/IFSTA – “Traffic Incident Management” for fire and emergency service providers.


Federal Highway Administration – Emergency Transportation Operations

Traffic Incident Management - http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/tim.htm

Federal Highway Administration – Managing Travel for Planned Special Events


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA 1500, 1901, 1917, 1091 & other related standards available at – www.nfpa.org

American National Standard for High Visibility Public Safety Vests

(ANSI/ISEA 207-2011): http://www.safetyequipment.org/c/std207-2011.cfm

American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel & Headwear

(ANSI/ISEA 107-2010): http://www.safetyequipment.org/c/std107-2010.cfm

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition (12/2009)


The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition

Chapter 6-I. – Control of Traffic through Traffic Incident Management Areas


The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition

Examples of Traffic Incident Management Area Signs


Evaluation of Chemical and Electric Flares (US Dept of Justice)


NIOSH – Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries

From Vehicles and Equipment (DHHS/NIOSH Pub. No. 2001-128):


NIOSH – Traffic Hazards to Fire Fighters While Working Along Roadways


NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigations and Prevention Program

Investigations Involving “Struck By Vehicle” Incidents:






NIOSH Report 99F-27 – August 5, 1999 Incident in Oklahoma

2 Career firefighters were struck on an interstate; one was killed.

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face9927.html

NIOSH Report 99F-38 – September 27, 1999 Incident in South Carolina

Firefighter dies after being struck by a tractor trailer truck.

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face9938.html

NIOSH Report F2003-37 – Oct 27, 2003 Incident in Minnesota

Assistant chief is struck and killed at road construction site

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200337.html

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