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.



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



Passing of Barry Ambrose Reese

Tuesday, July 8, 2014  Barry Ambrose Reese, 74 Barry Ambrose Reese, 74 of Ridley Park died June 30, 2014 at Crozer-Keystone Hospice at Taylor Hospital.


Born in Wilkes Barre, PA, son of the late Ambrose McKell and Myrtle Gross Reese, he was a longtime resident of Prospect Park prior to moving to his late residence five years ago. Mr. Reese was a US Navy Veteran who served during Vietnam and took part in the Cuban Blockade. He was a member of the Upper Darby Detachment Marine Corps League #884, Marine Corps League #741, American Legion Marple Memorial Post #805, VFW Post 7390. He was also a member of Prospect Lodge 578, F. & A.M. and was awarded the Fifty Year Masonic Service Emblem. He was a volunteer fireman for the Prospect Park Fire Company Station 8 for 57 years and attended the Immanuel Lutheran Church.


He was last employed by AQUA and had previously worked at the Boeing Company. Survivors: his daughter Annette Sophie Reese, sister Janet Miller and her children and his former wife Anne-Marie Ferrou Reese. Funeral Service: 11 AM Friday at the White-Luttrell Funeral Home, 311 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park where friends may call after 10 AM. Masonic Service will be held at 10:45. Burial Private.


Memorial Gifts: to the American Cancer Society , 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 for Lung Cancer Research. Online Condolences: www.whiteluttrell.com

Published in The Daily Times on July 8, 2014



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

NIOSH ... [ more ]



Brookline Fire Company"s 100th Anniversary Parade June 7th, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014  Countdown to the Brookline Fire Company's 100th Anniversary Parade & Celebration

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Dear Fellow firefighters and friends,

The Brookline Fire Company of Haverford, Pennsylvania, cordially invites you to our 100th Anniversary Parade and Celebration on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 12 noon. In conjunction with this special occasion it is a privilege to host the 2014 Delaware County Firemen's Association Annual Parade.

2014 marks a momentous occasion in the history of The Brookline Fire Company. It is 100 years of dedicated service to the residents and visitors of Haverford Township as well as continued support of our neighboring fire departments. We look forward to celebrating with our past, current and future members, the surrounding fire companies and our community that we are honored to serve and protect.



UL FSRI Launches New Online Course/Congrats to Steve Kerber

Saturday, April 12, 2014   

www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com and www.ModernFireBehavior.com are proud to partner with www.ULFirefirefighterSafety.com to host UL's newest online course: "Scientific Research for the Development of More Effective Tactics" - an online course that serves as a culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL.  The interactive training takes learners through a research timeline of the previous fire dynamics research conducted by NIST and UL, all of the details that went into the tests, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results. This course brings science to the streets by examining two main groups of tactical considerations. The first group looks at the impact of controlling ventilation and flow paths. The second explores the use of exterior fire attack as a means to rapidly reduce the fire hazard inside the structure in order to facilitate interior fire operations.   Fires were conducted within numerous 3 story residential row houses with ignition occurring in the basement, in the first floor living room and in a second floor bedroom.


UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber shared, "This training program presents the most up to date fire dynamics research in a way firefighters at all levels can comprehend.  It builds off of all of the UL and NIST firefighter research to dat

e and provides students with the science they need to examine their tactical approaches.  Tactical considerations are presented with video and data in a way that is easy to understand.  For the firefighters out there that want all the details, buttons allow access to all of the data graphs, experimental video and relevant FDNY procedures."

There are many features to this course that will increase fire service knowledge.  An initial interactive research timeline provides links to more than 15 years of previous UL and NIST research that led to this series of experiments.  Then basic fire dynamics concepts are introduced and linked to tactical considerations that will allow for the students to re-examine their current operating procedures.  Finally, students have the opportunity to use interactive examples to develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of ventilation and water application on fire dynamics.

The course link is: http://www.firecompanies.com/modernfirebehavior/governors%20island%20online%20course/story.html

For mobile users, the course is compatible with tablet devices and iPad via the Articulate Media Player application in the App Store

  In closing, Congratulations to UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber on his 2014 George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award. Steve's vision for a thinking firefighter and drive to provide firefighters around the world with knowledge truly exemplify what is means to be great leader and educator.  

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4-11-14-1700 hours





Wednesday, April 9, 2014  Some real heroes in this story.



AP: 20 hurt in school stabbing spree in PA

Associated Press

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP, April 9) — Flailing away with two knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 19 students and a police officer in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him.

At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said.

The rampage — which came after years in which U.S. schools have geared much of their emergency planning toward mass shootings, not stabbings — set off a screaming stampede, left blood on the floor and walls, and brought teachers rushing to help the victims.

The motive was under investigation.

Police didn't immediately release the name of the suspect, who was taken into custody and treated for a minor hand wound.

The attack unfolded just minutes before the start of classes at 1,200-student Franklin Regional High School, in an upper-middle-class area 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. It was over in a matter of minutes.

Witnesses said the boy with the knives at first tackled a freshman and stabbed him in the belly, then got up and ran wildly down the hall, slashing other students.

Nate Moore, 15, said he saw the first attack and was going to try to break it up when the boy got up and slashed his face, requiring 11 stitches.

"It was really fast. It felt like he hit me with a wet rag because I felt the blood splash on my face. It spurted up on my forehead," he said.

The attacker "had the same expression on his face that he has every day, which was the freakiest part," Moore said. "He wasn't saying anything. He didn't have any anger on his face. It was just a blank expression."

Doctors said they expect all the victims to survive, despite large and deep abdominal puncture wounds in some cases. The wounded police officer — who was regularly assigned to the campus — was treated and released.

Authorities credited an assistant principal with subduing the assailant. They gave no details, but students identified the educator as Sam King and told local news organizations that they saw him tackle the boy after the youngster stabbed the campus officer.

King's son told The Associated Press that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities have said he did not suffer any knife wounds.

"He says he's OK. He's a tough cookie and sometimes hides things, but I believe he's OK," Zack King said. He added: "I'm proud of him."

As for what set off the attack, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn't specify whether the suspect received or made the call.

Mia Meixner, 16, said the initial assault touched off a "stampede of kids" yelling, "Run! Get out of here! Someone has a knife!"

Meixner and Moore called the attacker a shy and quiet boy who largely kept to himself, but they said he was not an outcast and they saw no indication before the attack that he might be violent.

"He was never mean to anyone, and I never saw people be mean to him," Meixner said. "I never saw him with a particular group of friends."

During the attack, the boy had a "blank look," she said. "He was just kind of looking like he always does, not smiling, not scowling or frowning."

Michael Float, 18, said he had just gotten to school when he saw "blood all over the floor" and smeared on the wall near the main entrance. Then he saw a wounded student.

"He had his shirt pulled up and he was screaming, 'Help! Help!'" Float said. "He had a stab wound right at the top right of his stomach, blood pouring down."

Float said he saw a teacher applying pressure to the wound of another student.

Someone, possibly a student, pulled a fire alarm after seeing some of the stabbings, the police chief said. Although that created chaos, Seefeld said, it emptied out the school more quickly, and "that was a good thing that that was done."

Also, a girl with "an amazing amount of composure" applied pressure to a schoolmate's wounds and probably kept the victim from bleeding to death, said Dr. Mark Rubino at Forbes Regional Medical Center.

Public safety and school officials said an emergency plan worked as well as could be expected. The district conducted an emergency exercise three months ago and a full-scale drill about a year ago.

"We haven't lost a life and I think that's what we have to keep in mind," said county public safety spokesman Dan Stevens.


Associated Press writer Mike Rubinkam in Allentown contributed to this report.



Mayday Video-Hero Captain Uses His Body To Save FF's (The Secret List)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014  Mayday Video-Hero Captain Uses His Body To Save FF's (The Secret List)Hey,
Two Toronto Firefighters were injured when a floor collapsed during a fire in a townhouse this morning. The members were working inside the building and fell into the basement when the ground floor collapsed.
Their Captain was one of the firefighters who fell, but was not injured. Heroically, he was able to hang onto the first floor and then helped the other two climb up, using his body as a ladder. A mayday call was sent out, but the alert ended once the firefighters got out of the home-with NLT injuries.
The fire broke out in the basement of the townhouse shortly before 0800, and residents were evacuated from neighboring homes as a precaution.
Congrats the the Captain and crew-it's a good day.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List-4-9-14/1500 hours



AED for Schools

Wednesday, April 9, 2014  Rep. Rosemary Brown: Brown's bill to make AEDs available in schools sent for Governor's approval.

Text of April 9 press release.

HARRISBURG – In an effort to assist Pennsylvania schools to acquire automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), the House passed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), to establish a new AED program within the state Department of Education (PDE). The bill has been sent to the governor for his final approval.

"Nearly 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest each year," said Brown. "Not only is it impossible to predict when a sudden cardiac arrest will occur, but there is currently no law requiring public schools to have AEDs available in case one of our students has a health emergency."

House Bill 974 would direct the PDE to issue an invitation for bids every two years for the costs of the AEDs. The department would then permit any school to purchase the devices at the lowest contract bid price. The ultimate effect would be that schools could obtain AEDs at significant cost savings, possibly increasing the number of AEDs installed in schools.

Brown's legislation would allow AEDs to be purchased with Pennsylvania Accountability Block Grant and educational improvement tax credit (EITC) funds, giving schools flexibility in how they finance the purchase.

The bill was inspired by the late Greg Moyer, formerly of East Stroudsburg, who died at age 15 of sudden cardiac arrest during a high school basketball game in December 2000.

Act 4 of 2001 directed the PDE to provide 1,083 free AEDs to schools districts, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools. An additional 899 AEDs were purchased by school entities at a reduced cost through the program. House Bill 974 would help schools replace those devices that were purchased in 2001, and are no longer under warranty.

"This bill could help increase the chances of survival of sudden cardiac arrest victims in our schools, and is an enhancement to make it easier for schools across Pennsylvania to become fully prepared in this type of health emergency," Brown said.




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