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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.



[MUSIC] Hi, thanks for clicking on us. My name is 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's Southern University. Also keep in mind, we're only 144 days away from the greatest fire show ever. FDIC 2012. FDIC will be bringing the doors down in April 16th 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 has 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. A veteran fire instructor, Kevin McCrae, 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. McCrae was born, burned on Friday morning when the training car prop demonstration he was setting up. Flashed into flames. The 38 year old McCray 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 are 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 Lieutenant McCrae for a speedy and full recovery. And now from the national scene, Ernie Mitchell was confirmed as the U.S. Fire Administrator. Administrator Chris Fugate who is acting administrator today announced that the senate has announced Ernie Mitchel as the administrator of the US fire administration. Mitchel a retired fire chief has more than 33 years of experience working in the fire service at the federal state and local levels he is 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 the fire chief and the assistant director of emergency services for the city of pasadina 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 IEFC and currently serves on several boards. Chief Mitchell holds an associates degree in fire science from Long Beach College, at BPA from the University of San Francisco, and an MPA from California State. FireEngineering 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 recal that Alameda fire department paramedics where heavily criticized after a Memorial Day drowning which resulted in the death of a local man. Today a state investigators report reveals that they did not act improperly. The San Fransisco 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 firefighters witnessed the incident. Complaints filed with the state alleged that equipment used, to resuscitate Zack failed. That paramedics should have taken Zack to a trauma center, or a cardiac center, instead of the nearest hospital. Investigators concluded that the equipment did not fail, and the paramedics were correct to take Zack to the nearest hospital. Emergency medical services authority jurisdiction is in the paramedics vo, vindicated the paramedics in their 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 service authority did not investigate any of the actions taken while the man was in the water. And this is where the crust of the controversy occurs. The case resulted in considerable scrutiny of the firefighters and police officers who responded to the drowning. And news stories depicted the responders as idly standing by while the victim died. A policy change however eliminating water rescue and there by preventing crews from performing water rescues was really at the crutch of the matter. The [INAUDIBLE] 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 Ceremony, George Hilley, 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 is with deep and profound sadness. That we regret that we were informed yesterday that retired FDNY battalion lie, lieutenant Joey D. Bernardo 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 six fire fighters who were forced to jump from the 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 du-, day, Lieutenant Curtis Mahren, firefighter John Bellue, and four others, Jeff Cool, Joey. Brandon Cowley and Eugene Scolitzky also were forced to jump from the 4th 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, nd an important part of FD and Y and FDIC history. The Fire Engineering family extends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Joey. Especially to his dad, Deputy Chief Joseph DiBernardo Senior, retired commander of the FDNY Sixth Division Bronx-Harlem. We'll remember Joey this Thanksgiving as we all share our meals with our families. We have a lot to be to thankful for, and we wish things could be better for the De, [UNKNOWN] family, but it's not. Fires can kill even after the fire's out. Please keep showing your thoughts and prayers, this holiday season. Pray for his friends, especially for his dad. And remember as you're out there this weekend. Please be careful out there.

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