Archive for December 6th, 2019

Cancer in the fire service

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The Ray Pfeifer Foundation confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that two more New York City firefighters have died due to “9/11 illness,” marking the 199th, and 200th FDNY deaths related to the World Trade Center attacks. Retired FDNY Captain Dennis Gilhooly of Engine Company 67, and retired Firefighter Brian Casse of Engine Company 294, both died.

The Ray Pfeifer Foundation was established in memory of an FDNY firefighter who died on May 28, 2017 from cancer related to 9/11. He was a leading force in lobbying to extend the Zadroga Act through 2090, ensuring health care coverage for 75,000 people who need, or will need, treatment for health conditions developed as a direct result of 9/11 exposure.

In March 2018, the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York reported that more than 170 firefighters had died as the result of illnesses related to the World Trade Center attacks. More than 50,000 people have illnesses linked to their exposure to toxins that were released after the towers collapsed.

Scientific evidence linking the attacks to cancer is still unsettled. Researchers studying illnesses among people exposed to the 9/11 dust cloud have found an unusual number of deaths from brain malignancies and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but fewer deaths than expected from other types of cancer.

Securing federal funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which covers medical treatment for 9/11 emergency personnel, has been a battle.

Luis Alvarez, a former New York City police detective who publicly fought for the fund, including an appearance in front of Congress near the end of his battle with colorectal cancer, died in June. He was 53.

In July, President Trump signed the “Never Forget the Heroes Act,” extending the compensation fund through 2092, and securing an additional $10.2 billion in payments over the next 10 years.

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Brookfield Fire Department news

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After more than 38 years on the job as a firefighter for the Village of Brookfield, Fire Chief Mark Duffek quietly retired last month after serving the top job for the past 19 months. His last day on the job was Nov. 30, and his departure was announced at the village board’s Nov. 25 meeting.

Duffek had eyed retiring at the end of November 2018, however, those plans were put on hold  when former Chief Patrick Lenzi announced he was leaving that April. In recent months, the 59-year-old Duffek began to contemplate retirement. The decision was an emotional one for him.

He started with the fire department in 1981 as a paid-on-call firefighter before being hired full time in 1986. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as the department’s HAZMAT team coordinator, EMS coordinator, and union president.

Capt. Brian Baldwin, an 18-year veteran of the Brookfield Fire Department, has been named interim fire chief. The village will conduct a search that will be open to internal as well as external candidates which could to take two to three months. Until a new chief is hired, there will be a vacancy in the ranks. If an internal candidate is named chief, a new firefighter will be hired. If the new chief comes from outside, staffing will otherwise remain the same.

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Lake Forest tower ladder sold

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Auction Closed

1991 Pierce Lance 100′ Aerial Platform

Sold Amount: $32,500.00

Buyer’s Premium (12.50%): $4,062.50

Total Price: $36,562.50

“Sale Price is Subject to City Council Approval on 11/4/19” 1991 Pierce Lance 100′ Aerial Platform with 34,551 miles, 4253 engine hours, 1376 aerial hours and 484 pump hours. Detroit 8V92TA diesel motor with Allison HT740 transmission (2008). Truck runs well and has been maintained by our fleet department on a maintenance schedule for both engine and pump. Truck is equipped with a Onan 7.5 RV Diesel Generator, 1500 GPM 2 stage Waterous Pump, 200 gallon water tank. It can accommodate 2 crosslays and 500 feet of 4 inch supply hose. Can carry two 16′ roof ladders, a 24′ and 35′ extension ladders. Has seating for six with five SCBA seats. Vehicle specs 47’ Long, 11’-8”’ High, 72,000 lbs,

1991 Pierce Lance tower ladder for sale

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thanks Ron

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New ambulance for the Wilmington FPD


Reference #: 4564
Model: Superliner Type I
Dealer: Sentinel Emergency Solutions
Module Size: 171″
Headroom: 74″
Chassis Make: F-Series
Chassis Type: F550
Wheel: 2WD
Air Ride: Liquid Spring
Life Line Superliner Type I ambulance

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Life Line Superliner Type I ambulance

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Life Line Superliner Type I ambulance

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thanks Martin

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