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The team from Royal Berkshire took home the overall top honors with South Wales taking the runner-up spot and Catalunya Terrassa placing third. Miami Dade, FL, was the top U.S. team finishing in sixth place. Royal Berkshire won the Technical Award competition, while South Wales took home the Command and Medical awards.
Nine U.S. firefighters recently died in the line of duty. Three career firefighters, one paid-on-call and five volunteer firefighters died in nine separate incidents. Two deaths were the result of accidents, six deaths were health related and one death was the result of direct fireground operations.
CAPTAIN RICHARD FLOERSCH, 59, of the Milan, TN, Fire Department died on Oct. 2. Floersch suffered an apparent heart attack while on duty at the fire station.
CHIEF JOHN ALLISON, 51, of the Custer, MI, Fire Department died on Oct. 14. On Oct. 7, Allison responded on a mutual aid request for assistance at vehicle accident. The following day, Allison suffered a heart attack at home. He was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and later transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids, where he died.
CAPTAIN DAVID HEATH, 48, of the New Hanover County Fire Rescue Department in Wilmington, NC, died on Oct. 14 after suffering an apparent heart attack during department training.
FIREFIGHTER JANTZEN MURRELL FRAZIER, 28, of the Oden Ridge Fire and Rescue Department in Eva, AL, died on Oct. 17. While responding to a structure fire, the apparatus Frazier was operating left the roadway, overturned and struck a utility pole. Frazier was the only occupant of the apparatus and was killed instantly.
FIREFIGHTER LEROY MURPHY JR., 56, of the Gettysburg, OH, rural Fire Department died on Oct. 20. On Oct. 18, Murphy responded to a farm equipment fire. The following day, Murphy became ill while teaching at the local fire academy. Fellow firefighters provided immediate care and transported him to a hospital, where he died.
LIEUTENANT ARLIE HILL, III, 37, of the Whitley City, KY, Fire Department died on Oct. 27. On Aug. 30, Hill and another firefighter observed a fire at residential structure. The two initiated an interior search of the residence and were caught by a rapidly progressing fire. The other firefighter rescued Hill from the burning residence. Hill suffered severe burns and was transported to a hospital, where he died.
FIREFIGHTER BLAINE E. WILDNAUER JR., 58, of the Fox Township Volunteer fire Department in Kersey, PA, died on Nov. 2. Wildnauer suffered an apparent heart attack while assisting with patient loading at the scene of a two-car accident. Immediate aid was rendered and he was transported to a hospital, where he died.
LIEUTENANT JAMES MICHAEL HILL, 52, of the Sycamore Township Fire and EMS Department in Cincinnati, OH, died on Nov. 5 at home of apparent cardiac arrest less than 24 hours of responding to an incident.
FIRE POLICE CAPTAIN DAVID ROLAND BARR JR., 64, of the Community Fire Company of Perryville, MD, died on Nov. 7. On Oct. 25, Barr was directing traffic at the scene of a vehicle accident on Pulaski Highway when he was struck by another car. He was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital, where he later died.
—Jay K. Bradish
New Jersey Uses CDP training to prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII
If past Super Bowls are any indication, Super Bowl XLVIII stands to pack more than 70,000 fans into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2014. With memories of the bombings at the Boston Marathon still fresh in everyone’s minds, New Jersey emergency responders are being vigilant in preparation for the big game. Recently, more than 100 firefighters, medical staff members, law enforcement officers, hazardous materials members and radiological responders joined together at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL, in preparation for one of the largest sporting events of the year.
“This training is part of our preparation plans,” said Kelley Esposito, regional director of safety for Barnabas Health, Toms River, N.J. “We’ve already developed a Medical Coordination Center (MCC) and have a staffing plan ready for the Super Bowl. This training helps us that much more and activation of the MCC will have a smoother flow.”