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Week in Review: November 23, 2011

Wed, 23 Nov 2011|

Chief Bobby Halton reviews this week's fire news, including the passing of FDNY Firefighter Joe DiBernardo.

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Thanks for click and aunts my name's Bobby Alton on the editor in chief of fire engineering. And this is the week in review. This week we're being brought to you by our good friends at Columbia Southern University. Higher education is extremely important the American bar service today and Colombia's southern -- some of the best higher education for the fire service. If you're thinking about getting your associates degree or your bachelor's degree in fire science and Colombia's southern is the answer for you. Stop putting off today what you've been thinking about. You can and you will get it done. With Columbia Southern University. Also keep in mind we're only a 144 days away from the greatest fire -- show ever FDIC 2012. FDIC will bring the doors down and April 16 121. In the beautiful city of Indianapolis Indiana. Joint 30000 of your fellow firefighters. At the greatest celebration of fire service education training in the world. Registrations been open for several weeks and classes are filling up fast so be sure to go to FDIC dot com and register today. And now to the news. From Miami Florida. Veteran fire instructor Kevin McRae. A training center instructor for the Miami Dade fire department. Was burned while setting up an LP gas fire training -- on Friday morning according to report from the Miami Herald. McCurry was born burned on Friday morning when the training -- prop demonstration he was setting up flashed into flames. The 38 year old McRae is an eleven year veteran of the department and is currently at the Ryder trauma center where he was air -- Friday morning. Department officials told reporters Friday that they still don't know why the flame prop lit up. And they're conducting their own investigation but -- also called an outside agencies to assist. Officials with Miami Dade have promised to share the report with fire engineering as soon as becomes available. Our best wishes to lieutenant McRae for speedy and full recovery. And now from the national scene. -- Mitchell was confirmed as the US far administrator. Administrator Craig -- -- who was acting administrator today announced that the senate has confirmed -- Mitchell. As the administrator of the US fire administration. Mitchell a retired fire chief has more than 33 years experience working in the fire service. At the federal state and local levels he's the past president of the international association of fire chiefs. And prior to retiring in 2004. He served as the assistant art director. For the previous and it's the fire chief and assistant director of emergency services for the city of Pasadena California. He previously served as the fire chief and deputy chief. And manager of Monrovia California. And also served as a battalion chief -- the city of Compton California. Chief Mitchell's active in the IA SC and currently serves on several boards. Chief Mitchell -- & Associates degree in fire science from Long Beach college. A BP eighty from the University of San Francisco. And an MPA from California State. Fire engineering -- chief Mitchell and wishes him every success in his new position. From the state of California. Alameda paramedics have been exonerated. In the drowning case. You may recall that Alameda fire department paramedics. Were heavily criticized. After Memorial Day drowning and which resulted in the death of a local man. Today -- state investigators report reveals that they did not act improperly. The San Francisco chronicle reported that the Emergency Medical Services authority. Looked into citizen complaints against the -- paramedics. In the Alameda fire department. Who were among those -- crown beach on May thirtieth when Raymond -- 52. Waded into the bay and drowned. Dozens of police swimmers and firefighters. Witnessed the incidence. Complaints filed with the state allege that equipment used to resuscitate -- failed. That paramedics should have taken -- to a trauma center or cardiac center instead of the nearest hospital. Investigators concluded that the equipment did not fail and the paramedics were correct it takes -- to the nearest hospital. Emergency Medical Services authority jurisdiction. Is in the paramedics it brought vindicated the paramedics in -- attempted resuscitation. And providing patient care. The association is limited to the actions that were taken. After the patient was removed in this investigation however. The Emergency Medical Services authority did not investigate any of the actions taken while the man was in the water. And this is where the crux of the controversy occurs. The case resulted in considerable scrutiny of the firefighters and police officers who responded to drowning. And new stories depicted -- the responders as -- -- standing by while the victim died. A policy change however eliminating water rescue and thereby preventing crews from performing water rescues. Was really -- the crux of the matter. The Alameda fire department has subsequently -- started water rescue train. And now from New York City. 26 new New York City battalion chiefs were inducted into the FDNY battalion chiefs association. Thursday evening at the New York city's stock exchange ballroom located on Wall Street. The FDNY occupied Wall Street with hundreds of its battalion chiefs gathered to welcome into their ranks 26 brand new Italian cheese. The ceremony was very well attended and very well organized its master of ceremonies George -- did an outstanding job. Chief of department and kilduff was in attendance and gave a very moving speech the battalion chiefs. The keynote speaker and naval aviator and veteran also did an excellent job. Inspiring the new chiefs. United States navy lieutenant aviator dean Altman spoke about being raised -- a firefighter son and -- experiences flying for the United States navy. In attendance was his dad. Who is extremely proud and couldn't be prouder. Of his son. Also from New York. In closing. In on a very sad note. It's really deep and profound sadness. That we regret that we were informed yesterday. That retired at the NY battalion which it lieutenant. Joey -- Bernardo has passed away. -- was survivor of the catastrophic. 2005. Black Sunday fire in the Bronx. Joey was forty years old and he was found by his dad and as Long Island home on early Tuesday morning. -- was a veteran FDIC instructor. And a tremendous asset to our -- rescue program. -- was one of the six firefighters who were forced to jump from the top floor. A burning building on east 178 street during -- winter blizzard in 2005. Illegal partitions -- stole my -- and some of the apartments. Blocked access to the fire escapes. The injury sustained by Joey in the fall forced him to retire. And that horrible that day lieutenant Curtis -- -- firefighter John -- you. And four others Jeff cool Joey. Branding -- and Eugene school this school -- As they were trapped by that fire. It was a life altering event for all involved. -- was one of our instructors. A close friend. And an important part of FDNY and FDIC history. The fire engineering family extends our heartfelt condolences. To the family and friends of generally especially to his dad. Deputy chief Joseph -- Norris senior retired commander of -- and -- six division Bronx Harlem. We'll remember Joey this Thanksgiving as we all share -- meals for their families. We have a lot to be thankful for and we wish things -- be for the deep deeper. -- family. But it's not. Fires can kill even after the fires out. Please keep showing your thoughts and prayers. This holiday season. Pray for his friends. Especially for his dad. And remember -- out there this weekend. 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