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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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[MUSIC] Hi, thanks for clicking on us. My name's Bobby Halton, I'm 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 in the American fire service today. And Columbia Southern offers some of the best higher education for the fire service. If you're thinking about getting your associate's degree or your bachelor's degree in fire science, then Columbia 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 144 days away from the greatest fire service show ever, FDIC 2012. FDIC, we're bringing the doors down in April 16 through 21 in the beautiful city of Indianapolis, Indiana. Join 30,000 of your fellow firefighters at the greatest celebration of fire service education and training in the world. Registration's been open for several weeks, and classes are filling up fast. So be sure to go to FDIC.com and register today. And now to the news. From Miami, Florida. Veteran fire instructor Kevin McCrea, a training center instructor for the Miami-Dade fire department, was burned while setting up an LP gas fire training prop on Friday morning, according to a report from the Miami Herald. McCrea was born, burned on Friday morning when the training cart prop demonstration he was setting up. Flashed into flames. The 38 year old McCrae is an 11 year veteran of the department. And is currently at the Ryder Trauma Center, where he was airlifted 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 they've also called in outside agencies to assist. Officials with Miami Dade have promised to share the report with Fire Engineering as soon as it becomes available. Our best wishes to Lt. McCrae for a speedy and full recovery. And now from the national scene. Ernie Mitchell was confirmed as the US Fire Administrator. Administrator Craig Fugate, who was Acting Administrator, today announced that Senate has confirmed Ernie Mitchell as the administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration. Mitchell, a retired fire chief, has more than 33 years of 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 Fire Director, for, as, as 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 in the city of Compton, California. Chief Mitchell is active in the IAFC and currently serves on several boards. Chief Mitchell holds an associate's degree in fire science from Long Beach College, a BPA from the University of San Francisco, and an MPA from California State. Fire Engineering welcomes 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 a Memorial Day drowning which resulted in the death of a local man. Today, a state investigator's 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 four paramedics in the Alameda Fire Department who were among those at Crown Beach on May 30th. When Raymond Zack, 52, waded into the bay and drowned. Dozens of police, swimmers and fire fighters witnessed the incident. Complaints filed with the state alleged that equipment used to resuscitate Zack failed. That paramedics should've taken Zack to a trauma center or a cardiac center instead of the nearest hospital. Investigators concluded that the equipment did not fail, and that paramedics were correct to take Zach to the nearest hospital. Emergency medical services authority jurisdiction is in the paramedics, vindicated the paramedics in their attempt at 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 fire fighters and police officers who responded to the drowning. And new stories depicted the responders as idly standing by while the victim died. A policy change however, eliminating water rescue and thereby preventing crews from performing water rescues was really at the crux of the matter. The Alameda Fire Department has subsequently restarted water rescue training. 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 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 battalion chiefs. The ceremony was very well attended and very well organized. Its master of ceremonies, George Healey, did an outstanding job. Chief of department, Ed Kilduff, was in attendance, and gave a very moving speech to battalion chiefs. The keynote speaker, a naval aviator and veteran, also did an excellent job in inspiring the new chiefs. United States Navy Lieutenant aviator, Dean Halton, spoke about being raised as a firefighter's son. And Dean's experiences flying for the United States Navy. In attendance was his dad, who was extremely proud and couldn't be prouder of his son. Also from New York, in closing and on a very sad note, it's with deep and profound sadness. That we regret that we were informed yesterday that retired FDNY battalion lieu, lieutenant Joey Dibernardo has passed away. Joey was a survivor of the catastrophic 2005 Black Sunday fire in the Bronx. Joey was 40 years old and he was found by his dad in his Long Island home. On early Tuesday morning. Joey was a veteran FDIC instructor, and a tremendous asset to our collapse rescue program. Joey was one of the 6 firefighters who were forced to jump from a top floor of a burning building on East 178th street during a winter blizzard in 2005. Illegal partitions installed by so, in some of the apartments blocked access to the fire escapes. The injuries sustained by Joey in the fall forced him to retire. On that horrible da, day lieutenant Curtis Mayron, firefighter John Belleu, and four others Jeff Cool, Joey. Brandon Cawley and Eugene Stolis, Stolowski also were forced to jump from the fourth floor apartment as they were trapped by that fire. It was a life altering event for all involved. Joey 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 Joey, especially to his dad, Joseph DiBernardo Sr., retired Commander of the FDNY Sixth Division, Bronx and Harlem. We'll remember Joey this Thanksgiving as we all share our meals with our families. We have a lot to be thankful for, and we wish things could be better for De, Dilbert, Tello family. But it's not. Fires can kill even after the fire is out. Please keep Joey in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Pray for his friends, especially his dad. And remember as you're out there this weekend, please be careful out there. >> [MUSIC]

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