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    Hoping for the best outcome for our fellow firefighters in West, Texas. Please dont let this be another Texas City.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/n...,6292729.story

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    The one video I saw looked horrific. Thoughts go out to all first responders and the entire town out there.
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    Looks like this is going to be a another very bad day for the fire service.

    It has already been a very bad night for the town of West, Texas. Keep them in your thoughts.
    Last edited by LaFireEducator; 04-18-2013 at 09:35 AM.
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    The video I saw was horrible as well. I couldn't believe the force behind that explosion. Thoughts and prayers out to everyone involved...
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    My thoughts and prayers to the Brothers there and the town

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    Thoughts and Prayers go out to all of those involved. Praying for the best.

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    This and another explosion in a refinery in Texas. Sad days there right now, Hope and Prayers for all of those suffering.

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    Just horrible...

    I think we all have that one location in our jurisdiction that we all dread getting tones dropped for. I'm sure these guys/gals knew this was a dangerous response and suited up and went.

    Heroes all.

    Thoughts and prayers for them and their families.
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    One firefighter (he was also a constable) who was thought to be missing was found in a hospital with injuries. Two paramedics are among the confirmed dead, and 3-5 firefighters are still listed as missing.

    It would be my guess that the missing FF's were probably going to work on the fire while others worked on evacuations.

    As of the 1300 news conference, they are still non-committal on fatalities, saying there are between 5 and 15. Certainly a lot less than the 60 a local EMS official was giving last night, although given the apparent damage, I'm sure that sounded reasonable at the time.

    Building-by-building searches are still on-going. We can only hope that the vast majority are negative.

    Sometimes, you just don't know, and simply can't imagine how bad it could be.
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    God Bless.

    We discussed this in the firehouse yesterday. Some strong opinions on why they were making a fire attack. Here is my take;

    First in Engine goes to the fire to buy time for the evacuations underway. With probably 1500 of the 3000 persons living in West within a mile of the plant, the evacuations of neighborhoods and the nursing home becomes priority.

    Following units assist in the evacuations, plant is a loss. You take the risk of loosing the first in engine to buy the evacuation time. Hard decision, risk a lot to save a lot. True heroes, hopefully their sacrifice bought the time needed to evacuate more residents.
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    FiremanLyman .......

    You hearing anything on a memorial service?
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    Here is a list of the 10 volunteer F/F's killed...from the Star-Telegram yesterday.

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04...west-fire.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    FiremanLyman .......

    You hearing anything on a memorial service?



    http://www.dffa.org/index.cfm?zone=/...&homeID=278859

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    Was thinking that given the number, they may be planning a mass memorial service.
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    Heard good rumor there will be a memorial Wednesday after the funeral

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Heard good rumor there will be a memorial Wednesday after the funeral
    Keep me posted if you would as we would like to send a delegation.

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    Thursday 2 pm at Baylor university

    http://m.nbcdfw.com/nbcdfw/pm_108184...tguid=e3DxyIXX


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    Latham Springs Baptist Camp about fifteen minutes from West ... south of hillsboro
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    FiremanLyman .......

    You hearing anything on a memorial service?
    The department memorial is on THURSDAY. I know our pipes and drums will be part of the service. Also we are doing station coverage Tuesday thru Friday so they can conduct the individual services.

    Correction, Thursday
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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Thursday 2 pm at Baylor university

    http://m.nbcdfw.com/nbcdfw/pm_108184...tguid=e3DxyIXX


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    Latham Springs Baptist Camp about fifteen minutes from West ... south of hillsboro
    Of course, it's the one day that I have something scheduled.

    maybe I can change that .. though it's not likely.
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    In light of the tragic events in West, Texas, the women of FireWives.com (forum and FB group) have started a t-shirt fundraiser with all proceeds going to the West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department. T-shirts are $16 + $3.85 shipping. A minimum of $8 per shirt will be donated to West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department. The more t-shirts sold, the higher the donation! Share this with your wives and make a difference to the West, Texas VFD! Over 250 have been sold in just 48 hours. Pre-reserving t-shirts on the website will be available until May 12th. Shirts will be printed and mailed by Teespring 10-14 days after ordering ends. Again, The more sold, the less the shirts cost to print, the greater the donation!! Please share!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Thursday 2 pm at Baylor university

    http://m.nbcdfw.com/nbcdfw/pm_108184...tguid=e3DxyIXX


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    Latham Springs Baptist Camp about fifteen minutes from West ... south of hillsboro
    This was in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this morning:

    Kenneth “Luckey” Harris, a captain with the Dallas Fire Department
    Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption in West. The burial will follow at Bold Springs Cemetery near West.

    The West firefighters and first responders who died in the plant explosion in West will be remembered this week. Officials on Sunday announced a memorial service to be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Ferrell Center, on the campus of Baylor University in Waco.
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    And now to add to it all, our Commander in Chief will be in attendence. Good of him to show up, horrible for all involved that now have to go through the 7 levels of security fiasco to attend a memorial for their friends and family. He should just send flowers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiremanLyman View Post
    And now to add to it all, our Commander in Chief will be in attendence. Good of him to show up, horrible for all involved that now have to go through the 7 levels of security fiasco to attend a memorial for their friends and family. He should just send flowers.
    If POTUS didn't attend, there would a great wailing and gnashing of teeth.
    Damned if he does, damned if he does not....
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    I think it's a crying f'ing shame how little the national media is saying about West. Even on here there is almost no discussion about a multiple LODD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    If POTUS didn't attend, there would a great wailing and gnashing of teeth.
    Damned if he does, damned if he does not....
    He was scheduled already to be in Dallas on Thursday

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