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Week in Review - December 8, 2011

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[MUSIC] Hi, thanks for clicking on us. This is the Week in Review and my name is Bobby Halton. This week, the week in review is being brought to you by FDIC. the Fire Department Instructors Conference. With only 128 days left before the greatest conference in the fire service kicks off, you still have time to register for the hot class of your choice. With registration already way ahead of last year at this time, make sure that you make your selections now so that you get the classes you want. Go to fdic.com and register today. And now to the news. It is with tremendous sadness, and deep regret that we report the lost of a Wooster firefighter. According to the Boston Globe, a Wooster firefighter was killed this morning, and another injured, when a burning triple decker apartment building. Collapsed on them. Officials concerned confirmed the death shortly after 7:30 a.m. according to the Wooster Telegram and Gazette. The Boston Herald identified the fallen firefighter as John Davies, a 17-year veteran of the force. John leaves behind three sons, two of whom are in the military, with one currently serving in Afghanistan. A fire fighter was also injured at the time. Brian Carol, a 14 year veteran of the Worster Fire Department. The fire began early Thursday in a large triple decker that was recently reported as condemned. About a dozen people were living in the building, though. Firefighters reportedly entered the structure after receiving a report that a resident was still trapped inside. According to a report on MSNBC, Carroll and Davies were taken from the building after being briefly trapped. Following the collapse, Firefighter Carroll was pulled quickly from the structure. He suffered smoke inhalation and is expected to be okay. Red crews took longer in locating John Davies who was reportedly trapped underneath a trapped wall. He was removed from the building, placed on a gurney and taken to the hospital, where he later died. The tragedy occurred just a week after the December 3rd anniversary of the cold storage warehouse fire that killed six Wishter fire fighters. In 1999. On behalf of everyone at Fire Engineering, and FDIC, we would like to express our deepest regrets and condolences to the family and friends of Firefighter Davis. At this very difficult time, our thoughts and prayers will be with everyone in the Worcester Fire Department. And now from Gaithersburg, Maryland. An important story from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST researchers uncovered temperature and heat flow conditions that can seriously damage face piece lenses on standard SCBAs. The findings are detailed in a report from a research study sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. The work is an important step toward improving what may be the most vulnerable component of our personal protective gear in high-heat conditions, the face piece lenses of our SCVAs. The researchers tested five models of SCVA fise, face pieces. each from a different manufacturer. In all cases of lens degradation, the damage was due to temperatures and heat fluxes that exceed performance limits of the polycarbonate lens material commonly used in RSCBAs. According to Nelson Briar, an official with NIST and a co-author of the report. Our results do not suggest, in any way, that lens failures are due to the manufacturers. All lenses are tested, but consistent with requirements specified, in the standards. The most devastating damage occurred, when this conducted, what is a fairly bread and butter type operation. Entering a front living room fire off a standard porch. In the study the living room fire smoldered for about five minutes after ignition. That's not an unusual amount of time when one considers our average responses. Researches confirmed what experienced firefighters already know. That by opening the front door we literally breathe life into the smoldering fire. The rush of heat from the now blazing livingroom transformed a relatively cool environment on the porch into a inferno. The SCVA lens exterior surface temperatures reached 289 degrees celsius, which is around 536 degrees fahrenheit, about the midpoint range published for polycarbonate temperatures to melt. The lens of the SCBA developed a significant hole, according to the newest report. Firefighters would do well to pay attention to heat temperatures and our personal protective gear. From New York: Five FDNY firefighters used their deck gun to help rescue police officers who were being attacked by an angry armed mob in front of a Staten Island home yesterday. According to the New York Post, the incident began when a 15-year-old girl was allegedly beset by other youths after a prior incident at the school. The youth reportedly had a firearm. Police officers responded to the scene and a scuffle ensued. A fire apparatus from Engine 158 in the Manors Harbor neighborhood. Where it was deployed on scene and deployed its deck gun, spraying the legs of the alleged assailants. Nine people were taken into custody, the police said. Firefighters need to be careful when involved in any type of rescue, especially ones involving armed and dangerous crowds. Again, our deepest sympathy to the family. Friends and fellow fire fighters of Wooster fire fighter John Davies. Words do little to assuage your deep sense of loss at this tragic time. But please know that the entire fire service mourns with you at this painful time. I'm Bobby Halton, that's the news. And Remember. Be careful out there. [MUSIC]

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