Saturday, May 30, 2015
Hero Bowl was held at Cardinal O'Hara High School on May 28, 2015.
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
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.
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:==DIRECT LINK:http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/pdfs/Daniels-et-al-(2015).pdf ==Other NIOSH Firefighter Cancer Resources:http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/cancer.html==Firefighter Cancer Support Network: www.firefightercancersupport.orgTake Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 2-19-2015-0900www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
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
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
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.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
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
He passed away last night.
RIP Chief Thomas Erwin.
So....today and each Sunday is:
WASH YOUR HOOD SUNDAY.
-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.
READ HIS STORY:
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
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN PUBLIC SAFETY
Information sharing and situational awareness are
integral components of securing our
our state, and our community.
With that in mind, you should be
aware of a program designed
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
terrorism. You are our eyes and ears on the ground,
on the streets, going
to the grocery stores, in
the mall, being
help us to fulfill our public safety responsibilities. Early
recognition and reporting of
potential terrorist activity can
serve as the first line of
acts of terrorism.
If you witness anything
are encouraged to
local law enforcement or
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
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,
yours may be the only
to alert law
happens. Like all
emergency service providers, you have a sense of call patterns, and when something
doesn’t feel right
As emergency service professionals, you should be
aware there is
individuals seeking to
commit acts of terrorism may utilize
service organizations to acquire
or training in
order to succeed
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
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
Hotline at 1-866-723-3697 (1-866-
“IF YOU SEE SOMETHING,
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
Albany, NY 12242
Office of Fire Prevention and Control
Harriman State Office Campus
1220 Washington Avenue
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
“IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!”
Fire and EMS
EMERGENCY RESPONDERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR
► A person who is hostile,
or discontent with the United States.
► Unusual chemicals or other materials that seem out
► Ammunition, firearms, or
► 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
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.
GROUPS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO TARGET FIRST RESPONDERS
■ First responders
alert on every
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
cause a delay
in care for those who are injured.
■ Emergency services personnel should conduct a
observation of all people
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.
SERVICES CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM LOSS
► Monitor and control who is entering your stations:
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
garages, and immediate vicinity.
be reported to
DO NOT OPEN or
► Shred or destroy all documents that contain
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
student after completion of training or a certification program.
► Be alert for suspicious individuals observed loitering
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
uniforms, insignias or decals, vehicle license
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!”
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
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
Watch the video...read the report...and resolve to do your partto reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths.
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
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:
Monday, December 8, 2014
All,The following was sent to be shared with you from the NFPA...so check it out:There is a lot of interest in the design criteria of attack fire hose
and research is underway to look at the current design and testing
criteria. When the results are available, NFPA® will provide them to the
Technical Committee on Fire Hose, which develops NFPA 1961, Standard
on Fire Hose. NFPA will also facilitate any revisions to the Standard
that the Technical Committee feels necessary . Our process allows for
this to happen at any time, regardless if the Standard is in its
revision period or not. Fire
service members play a vital role in the development of our Standards.
There are two ways you can be part of the discussion on attack fire
hose. NFPA 1961 is open for Public Inputs until July of 2015 and this is
an opportunity for you and the members of your Department to share your
needs and thoughts about fire hose with the Technical Committee. Visit next edition accepting Public Inputs at www.nfpa.org/1961 . The
Committee on Fire Hose is seeking members in the interest
classifications of Installer/Maintainer, Applied Research/Testing
Laboratory, Insurance, Consumer, Enforcer, Labor, Special Expert and
User. Your voice and that of your Department is needed and welcomed. To learn more visit submit Fire Hose TC Application on line. Enforcer members are eligible for 80% reimbursement of their travel expenses. More information available at Enforcer Funding Program. You can also view this short video. Feel free to share this with your contacts and network.Thank you for your continued support of NFPA and please feel free to contact me with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org Kenneth R. Willette, Division Manager,Public Fire Protection,Once again, the doors are open at NFPA for FIREFIGHTER input.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.BillyGThe Secret List 12/8/2014-1621 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com SECONDARY LINK TO THE ABOVE VIDEO:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiqbhJhs9U... [ more ]
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
You don't have to go very far to find discussions related to fireground operations, tactics, command and control.
also don't have to go far to find opinions on the above-which is a good
thing. What is hard to find, at times, is actual fact. Fact about what
might or could happen.
How do we really KNOW how, what, why or when our fire department may or may not act based upon the given circumstances.
How do you KNOW your first alarm assignments are adequate?
How do you KNOW your first alarm staffing matches the fire?
How do you KNOW how a line will be stretched?
How do you KNOW you will have adequate water supply?
How do you KNOW your officers are able to size up, in order to make the correct decisions?
How do you KNOW the members know what venting will-or will not do?
departments leadership may "feel" that things will go a certain way-or
even "know" based upon the last run. The issue is, quite simply, do we
KNOW how VULNERABLE our fire departments (and those we protect) are in
day to day operations, tactics, training and the other stuff that makes
up a FD?
your fire department and community vulnerability has been a guessing
game in the past, with only a few, very limited tools that can be used
to measure what the FD does right-or doesn't do right-or may not be able
to do right.
hall dwellers (elected and appointed local gov't folks) challenge the
chief and challenge labor to "PROVE" the needs. Emotional presentations
do not have a history of being successful. It's all about fact these
There is, however now, a NO COST
tool developed by firefighters for firefighters that allows a fire
commissioner, a chief or organization leadership to determine where
their department really is. Take time NOW to understand how this FREE
online tool can help cut out the BS and prove the needs of your
CLICK HERE for an overview of VAP:
CLICK HERE to sign in and start the process:
helps leaders, members and elected officials cut through the emotion
and get to the facts on WHY a fire department must be properly funded,
staffed, trained and lead.
Take Care. be Careful. Pass it On.
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