For the Record 4/12

Closing After 128 Years Santa Ana Fire Chief David Thomas will be switching out his collar ornaments on April 20. That’s because his 128-year-old fire department will no longer exist, a victim of the struggling economy. Thomas will be a division chief...

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NFPA Offers Wildfire Risk Workshops

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering a Two-Day Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone Workshop (HIZ) at several U.S. locations in 2012. The curriculum is aimed at fire service professionals, urban and state foresters, developers, community planners, insurance professionals and others who are committed to understanding and learning about ways to reduce losses from these fires, and increasing wildfire risk awareness among residents and communities.

As part of the two-day course, the HIZ workshop incorporates NFPA 1141, Standard for Fire Protection Infrastructure for Land Development in Wildland, Rural and Suburban Areas and NFPA 1144, Standard for Reducing Structure Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire as the basis for assessing these hazards and recommending appropriate mitigation measures to reduce damage and losses of homes, developments, communities and subdivisions.

Workshop dates include:

  • May 15-16
    Hilton Ontario Airport Hotel, Ontario, CA
  • September 11-12
    Crowne Plaza Austin, Austin, TX
  • October 16-17
    DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Aurora, CO

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit


February Line-of-Duty Deaths

Nine U.S. emergency service personnel died in February. Five volunteer firefighters, four career firefighters and one paid-on-call firefighter died in nine separate incidents. Four deaths were health related and five were the result of accidents.

SENIOR FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC DOUG HAASE Sr., 60, of the St. Charles, MO, Fire Department died on Feb. 1. Haase was found deceased in his bed at the fire station. Haase was a 27-year veteran of the department.

CHIEF DAVID M. FLINT, 49, of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department in Edinboro, PA, died on Feb. 2. While returning from a fire call in his personal vehicle, Flint’s vehicle was struck head-on by an oncoming vehicle on Route 6N, west of Edinboro. Flint was transported by ambulance to UPMC Hamot Medical Center, where he later died. Assistant Fire Chief Sharon Petri was extricated from Flint’s vehicle and flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Hamot in critical condition.

PARAMEDIC JOSHUA WEISSMAN, 33, of the Alexandria, VA, Fire Department died on Feb. 9. A day earlier, while operating at a motor vehicle fire on Interstate 395 at Four Mile Creek, Weissman fell 20 feet from the highway into the creek. He was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where he died. Weissman was a seven-year member of the department.

FIREFIGHTER ZACHARY WHITACRE, 21, of the Gore, VA, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department died on Feb. 13. Whitacre was a passenger in the department’s tanker responding to a fire call when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the ice-covered highway and crashed. The crash occurred on Route 50 West, just inside West Virginia. He was transported to Winchester, VA, Medical Center, where he died.

FIREFIGHTER JEREMY TIGHE, 18, of the McCutchanville Fire Department in Evansville, IN, died on Feb. 22. Tighe was a passenger in an apparatus that crashed on North St. Joe Avenue in Vanderburgh County while returning from a call. The apparatus left the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned. It was reported Tighe was wearing a seatbelt.

FIREFIGHTER/FIRE MARSHAL MATT WALLER, 47, of the Memphis, TX, Fire Department died on Feb. 25. Waller suffered a stroke while on duty at the fire station on Feb. 16 and was hospitalized until his death. Waller was a 29-year veteran of the fire service.

FIREFIGHTER CHAD SETTLEMYRE, 25, of the Sawsmills Fire Rescue Department in Caldwell County, NC, died on Feb. 27. The previous day, Settlemyre suffered a medical emergency after leaving a work detail at the fire station. He was transported to Frey Regional Medical Center in Hickory, where he died.