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Week in Review: January 7, 2012

Sat, 7 Jan 2012|



[MUSIC] Hi. Thanks for clicking on us. I'm Chief Bobby Halton and this is the weekend review. This week we're being brought to you by FDIC, the Fire Department Instructors Conference. The world's greatest firefighting conference will kick off this year in Indianapolis on April 16th thru the 21st. Hands-on training courses start on Monday with an estimated 4,000 students, and 78 workshops with another 5,000 students, will kick off the greatest conference in American firefighting history. The conference continues on Wednesday when the main program opens, and kicks off another 220. Classroom sessions for your education and networking opportunities. And, don't forget about all the other activities that will be going on in Indianapolis that week during the FDIC event. From the Fools Bash to the International Association of Instructors annual meeting, to the Battle of the Bands, to the Courage and Valour 5K Fun Run. There is something going on every night especially for you. There is no greater value for your educational dollar than FDIC and don't take my word for it. You can look at any program out there. Look at the classes. Look at the number of instructors. Look at the talent. Look at the quality of the presenters. Check their pedigrees. This is not to say they're not great shows,but FDIC is clearly the greatest show, it has been for 85 years and it will be for the next 85 years. So we'll see you at FDIC, space is filling up fast, all the hands-on training is already starting to fill up so go to FDIC.com and register today. And now to the news. Canadian firefighters suffered two fatalities this week. The first fatality occurred on the 28th when a Canadian fire fighter was killed in an apparatus crash. A firefighter from the Nip Sing township volunteer fire department was killed in an accident west of Peswan, Ontario, Canada while responding to a call according to the Canadian broadcasting center. The report indicated that authorities were not certain why the fire truck crashed into a ditch off of highway 534 at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, but confirmed that the accident is under investigation. Officials confirmed the report that only one person was in the fire truck and that no other vehicles were involved in this accident. The second Canadian firefighter killed this week was killed in an explosion on the 29th. The explosion caused by a fire at a log construction business killed one volunteer firefighter and injured another in the north region of British Columbia, Canada according to a report again from the Canadian Broadcasting Center. The report indicates that the fire began around 4 AM at the Sperlich Log Construction company in Enderby about 35 kilometers north of Vermin, Approximately two dozen area fire fighters were believed to be on scene and the fire was uncont, was under control when the shed exploded, killing one fire fighter and injuring another. The firefighter killed was Daniel Boykin, 29. He was killed when the shed just suddenly exploded after 5 am after he and his crew had worked quickly to put that fire out. According to another report from the Providence later Thursday afternoon. Boykin leaves behind his wife Miranda whom he just married this year. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of our Canadian friends and their family's who've been impacted by these dual tragedies. From New York an off duty FDNY firefighter rescued an elderly couple from the balcony of their burning home in State Island on Christmas Night. The firefighter Steven Carl, an off duty FDNY, rescued the elderly Staten Island couple from the balcony of their burning apartment on Christmas night according to the New York Post. The report indicated that Carl, a seven year FDNY Veteran, was returning home after celebrating the holidays at his parents' home with his wife and children in their car. Karl spotted the flames at about 4, er 11:45 PM, above the roof line, not far from his home and proceeded to follow the trail of smoke to Atlantic avenue, there discovering a two family home on fire. Karl quickly ran to the backyard, hoisted a ground ladder that he found laying on the ground, next to the two story balcony, where the elderly couple, Robert Schaefer, 78. And his wife Mary Schaeffer, 61, and their cat, stood stranded. After a few moments, and difficulties with the ladder, he, Carl was able to bring them all down to safety. Our hat, hats are off to Steven for a great job, and what a wonderful Christmas for that family. Unfortunately the great recession continues to affect American firefighters across this great land. And this week we saw the closing of the Pontiac, Michigan fire department. With the outsourcing of Pontiac firefighting to a neighboring community. According to reports a deal has been finalized to outsource the Pontiac, Michigan firefighting. To the city of Waterford, aiming to save the city three million dollars a year. Signing this deal would close the Pontiac Fire Department, outsource services to Waterford Township. But they will offer jobs to as many of the Pontiac firefighters as they can. According to the Pontiac city manager, this was the only option for Pontiac. Despite dramatic in sessions which were offered by the firefighters union. Fire fighters across the nation continue to deal with furloughs, brown outs, and other cost saving measures as we struggle to maintain our capabilities to perform our missions in a safe and effective way. From Tulsa, Oklahoma, a fire fighter was recently released from the hospital after suffering a smoke inhalation injury which caused him to require resuscitation. Outside of a single family house fire on New Years Eve. The firefighter, James O'Neil, was suddenly overcome with smoke inhalation while battling a well involved arson fire on New Year's Eve in Tulsa Oklahoma. With the assistance of his crew O'Neil was able to make it to the front door where he was met by a rapid intervention team and immediately given emergency medical assistance. O'Neil, a second generation firefighter, went into full respiratory arrest and was needed to be intubated and then transported to a local area hospital where he remained for several days. According to firefighters for some reason O'Neil's face piece possibly became disengaged from his regulator. And he was unable to reconnect. O'Neil's a seven year vet, and he says he fully intends to return to duty as soon as possible. Well that's our news. I'd really like you to join us at FDIC this year. Also, please visit us on our fire engineering Facebook page, and my Facebook page, Bobby Halton. Let us know how we can make your Fire Engineering Magazine and Fire Apparatus and Equipment Magazines work better for you. We love to hear from you. So contact us either on our community sites or Facebook pages, or shoot me an email directly. Fire Engineering's your magazine. It's the place where serious firefighters go to learn about our business, to get information, and to get training. We're exactly a hundred days away from FDIC so join with me and thirty thousand of your fellow serious firefighters and let's celebrate the art and profession of firefighting. I'll see you there. Be part of the solution. Be part of the future. Be part of making a difference. I'm Bobby Holton. That's the news. I'll see you next week on the Weekend Review and remember. Be careful. [MUSIC]

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