Today is Tuesday the 21st of February, 2017

We start today’s report with sad news on the passing of Bill Hutfilz’s mother. Bill has been a good friend of mine for many years, and an icon within the ARFF Working Group for decades. Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Also, more news from Chief Billy Goldfeder on the important topic of suicide and firefighters. Please take a look at the information in the article.

Now here are the stories…

Be safe out there!


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Maxine Jean Hutfilz – March 2, 1930 – February 19, 2017

Our deepest condolences to long time ARFF Working Group member/officer/supporter and my friend Bill Hutfilz and his family on the passing of his Mom, Maxine Jean Hutfilz. Please keep Maxine, Bill and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers…

May she rest in peace…

Services for her are as follows… 16864873_10154950876067429_934254706533139910_n

Friday, February 24, 2017
04:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Palm Mortuary – Eastern
7600 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Funeral Service
Saturday, February 25, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
301 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Committal Service
Saturday, February 25, 2017
01:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Palm Mortuary – Eastern                                                                                                                             

7600 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89123




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Why Now? Suicide & Firefighter Mental Health (The Secret List)


A reminder for this Thursday and the webinar. Some of you signed up and were told it was full-so they have opened up more participant/attendee slots. 47dc79cc-8419-4c1d-acbe-be9292b6ae95

Thanks to Gordon Graham & Lexipol, we are going to hear from two FIRE SERVICE subject matter experts and you and your crew can join us at no cost whatsoever. 

SUICIDE. A Fire Service Specific Webinar. Thursday February 23, 1300 Hours est

Join Lexipol with highly respected FDNY Captain Frank Leto (FDNY Counseling Unit) and Safe Call Now Founder Sean Riley for a open and honest look at Firefighter suicide ….what each of us can do to learn about …and perhaps reduce the number of firefighters who take their own lives.

You’ll learn:

-What we know-and don’t know-about the rates of firefighter suicide
-Factors contributing to firefighter mental and emotional health issues

-Why Now? Why does it seem that now-more than ever-we are hearing so much more about it-and losses of our Brothers and Sisters to this mysterious loss.
-Specific roles and responsibilities for you, the firefighters, company officers, chief officers and retirees in the fight to reduce Firefighter suicide

Presented by:
Capt. Frank Leto, FDNY (FDNY Firefighter Counseling Unit)
Sean Riley, Founder/President, Safe Call Now

Following the webinar, the presenters will answer your questions live.




Let’s talk about it so we can learn about it for ourselves and each others….please join this discussion with Frank and Sean, thanks to Lexipol.


Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.


The Secret List 2/20/2017-1030 Hours

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Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia


A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, police said.

The twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane suffered an engine failure and crashed into the mall near the end of the runway at Essendon Airport, Victoria state police assistant commissioner Stephen Leane told reporters in Melbourne.

Witnesses told Australian Associated Press the plane exploded on impact.

“There were five people on the aeroplane and it looks like nobody’s survived the crash,” Leane said.

The crash happened at around 9 a.m., about an hour before the mall was due to open and there were no fatalities other than those aboard the aircraft, he added.

Emergency services personnel are seen at the scene of a plane crash in Essendon in Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2017.   AAP/Joe Castro/via REUTERS

Emergency services personnel are seen at the scene of a plane crash in Essendon in Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2017. AAP/Joe Castro/via REUTERS

“All five occupants were male – the pilot was Australian and the four passengers were from the United States of America,” Victoria police said in later statement.

Sky News showed burning wreckage strewn across the mall’s carpark and a thick column of black smoke rising from the crash site.

The plane had been bound for King Island in Bass Strait between the mainland and the southern island state of Tasmania and Australian newspapers reported that at least two of the men were traveling to play golf on the island’s famed links.

A spokeswoman for Airservices Australia said flights in and out of Melbourne’s main airport were unaffected. Essendon Airport, which is used mainly by light aircraft, remained closed.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash.

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Today in History

44 Years ago today: On 21 February 1973 a Libyan Arab Boeing 727 was shot down by Israeli fighters near Isma’iliya, Egypt; killing 106 out of 113 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 21 February 1973
Time: 14:11
Type: Boeing 727-224
Operator: Libyan Arab Airlines
Registration: 5A-DAH
C/n / msn: 20244/650
First flight: 1968-10-16 (4 years 4 months)
Total airframe hrs: 4526
Engines: Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9
Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Passengers: Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 104
Total: Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 113
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 35 km (21.9 mls) SE of Isma’iliya (   Egypt)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
Destination airport: Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Flightnumber: LN114

Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114, a Boeing 727-200, was destroyed when it crashed after having been shot by Israeli fighter aircraft. Five of the 113 occupants survived the crash.
Flight LN114 was a scheduled service from Tripoli, Libya to Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, Egypt. The aircraft departed Benghazi at 10:40 hours UTC. Weather conditions on the route to Cairo included a low stratocumulus and 6/8 to 8/8 altocumulus up to about FL180.
The flight reported to Bengbazi Approach over Labraq NDB at 10:54 hours at FL200. From there the aircraft began to drift north of the required track as it climbed to the cruising altitude of FL290. After passing the Sidi Barrani NDB it drifted to the east (left) of
the required track the angle of divergence being some 9°.
At 11:44 the copilot radioed Cairo ACC and reported a planned passage of the Qarun VOR at 11:52 hours. At 11:46 hours the pilot-in-commend observed that the Qarun VOR was behind the aircraft and that he had a bearing fram Cairo different to that anticipated. While the copilot was flying the aircraft, the captain and flight engineer began discussing the navigational problems in French, a language the copilot barely understood.
The co-pilot reported as being over Qarun VOR at 11:52 hours and requested a clearance to descend. The aircraft’s actual position was some 94 miles east-south-east of Qarun approaching the Gulf of Suez. The flight was cleared to descend to FL140.
At about 11:57 hours the aircraft crossed the northern coast of the Gulf of Suez and entered the Sinai, maintaining FL140.
Since the flight was off course, the flight crew failed to capture the necessary navigational beacons for the approach to Cairo.
Meanwhile, at 11:54 hours the Israeli Defense Forces became apprehensive when they detected an unidentified aircraft (5A-DAH) approaching the Gulf of Suez on a track leading towards the Bir Gafgafa Air Base, which was operated by Israel at the time. Ground and air defense forces were alerted and two McDonnell F-4E Phantom II fighters commenced an interception in order to identify tne aircraft.
The co-pilot of reported to Cairo Approach that the aircraft was 10 miles from Cairo while the actual position of 5A-DAH was approximately 15 miles southwest of Bir Gafgafa with 5A-DAH tracking in a northeasterly direction. The Bpeing 727 was cleared down to 4000 feet and cleared to the LU locator which the pilot had reported approaching. Cairo was in fact som 105 miles distant and the LU locator was designed for an effective range of 20 miles.
At 12:01 hours the aircraft commenced descent at 3000 fpm and the heading which had wandered over the past 3 minutes to 010 was returned to 050 which placed the aircraft direct on track for Bir Gafgafa. At this time the two Phantom aircraft were less than 2 miles behind 5A-DAH.
Then the captain comnented to the co-pilot that they were “far away” and again talked to the flight engineer to tune the radio navigation equipment. While descending through 6000 feet the copilot noticed the fighter aircraft. The aircraft was then turned from a heading of 050° to approximately 260°, the general direction of Cairo, and levelled off at about 6000 feet.
At 12:04 the Section Leader of the Phantom aircraft placed his aircraft on the starboard side of 5A-DAH so that he personally was about 12 metres from the co-pilot and by hand-signals pointed down towards Bir Gafgafa a number of times.
The co-pilot advised the captain that the Phantom pilot was trying to indicate something. The Phantom pilot then rocked his wings, indicating to follow him. The copilot commented to the captain that he did not understand this. When the Section Leader again signalled by hand to fly down to Bir Gafgafa, the copilot either waved or indicated straight-ahead; the captain and flight engineer continued operating the radio navigation equipment.
Cairo Approach Control then cleared to flight to climb to FL100. As the aircraft began to inrease the rate of climb, the Phantom Section Leader fired a burst of gun-fire with tracers in front of 5A-DAH and across the flight path.
Engine power was reduced and the aircraft descended at 1000 ft/min whilst all three crew members attempted to tune in the Cairo ILS.
At about 12:08 hours the captain observed one of the Phantom aircraft returning and three short bursts of gunfire (20 mm) were directed towards the starboard wingroot area. 5A-DAH was at 5000 feet at the time. The captain immediately advised Cairo Approach Control that he had “serious troubles” and that 5A-DAH had been “shot by a fighter”. A few secoms later the co-pilot identified to the captain that it was an Israeli fighter.
Over the next minute the aircraft descended at 1500-2000 feet per minute while maintaining heading. At 12:09 two engines failed or were shut down at about 3000 ft altitude.
The aircraft continued its descent apparently under control with a fire burning in the starboard wingroot area and which entered the passenger cabin.
The starboard wing struck the lip ot a sandridge very heavily followed by heavy impact on the rear underside of the fuselage. The aircraft rolled inverted and skidded to a halt at 12:11 UTC (14:11 local time).

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Monday the 20th of February, 2017 – Presidents Day

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BAYONNE, New Jersey (WABC) —

A pilot survived after his small plane crashed Sunday morning in a residential neighborhood in Bayonne, New Jersey. p1b9citum6qun18nogjd806148f6

The pilot, identified as 56-year-old George Pettway of Wheatley Heights, Long Island, was the only person on board. Pettway was alert when he was pulled from the wreckage, and was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.

The FAA says the Piper PA-28 crashed at about 10 a.m. in the area of Avenue E and East 41st Street.

Officials say Pettway was trapped inside the plane screaming ‘get me out!’

The plane ended up upside down, with some of the wreckage entangled in power lines.

“I actually did see a flash go by, and then I heard ‘boom, boom, boom’ and I ran outside,” says eyewitness Anthony Palmisano.

No one on the ground was injured. Four cars on the street were destroyed or damaged in the crash. The plane also narrowly missed a gas station.

“He had complications over the Statue of Liberty, and decided to take this route,” says Bayonne Police Captain Robert School.

It is still not clear what the complications were.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA.

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Pilot, 24, killed in Clark County, Ohio plane crash

HARMONY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A pilot died after crashing into a Clark County field Sunday afternoon.

24-year-old Jordan A. Spier, of Wilmington, was pronounced dead at the scene.  oh

It happened around 4 p.m. about a mile north of I-70 at mile marker 61.

Investigators say it took off from a nearby private airstrip on Titus Road.

FAA records indicate it was a fixed wing single-engine plane that went down. It’s listed as an experimental, amateur built aircraft.

It’s registered to a Ronald B. Spier of Springfield.

According to Sgt. Richard Dixon with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, no one witnessed the crash, however, drivers on I-70 saw the mangled plane in the field and called 911.

“We received some calls from motorists on 70 that saw the plane in the field and one person on Titus Road that saw the plane appeared to dive to the left and disappear behind the trees and never actually saw the plane crash,” Sgt. Dixon said.

It appears when the plane hit the ground it was going at a slow speed, according to officials.

“There wasn’t any debris thrown anywhere it was all contained right there. the plane hit the ground and pretty much stuck. didn’t spin, twist, roll,” Sgt. Dixon said.

The FAA and the NTSB are expected to investigate the cause of the crash Monday morning.

Pilot, 24, killed in Clark Co. plane crash

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Small airplane crashes after takeoff in Washington Township, Pa.

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A small airplane crashed Sunday after taking off from an airport in Montgomery County, damaging the aircraft but leaving its four occupants uninjured, officials said. pa

The crash occurred about 2:45 p.m. near Butter Valley Golf Port Airport along Gehman Road, said Rick Breitenfeldt, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

John Gehman, owner of the airport in Upper Hanover Township just over the Berks line, said a gust of wind likely caught the plane at just the right moment.

He said damage to the plane was extensive but the occupants were unharmed.

State police at Skippack referred all inquiries to the FAA.

Breitenfeldt said in a statement that the FAA would investigate the accident.

According to online FAA records, the plane was a 1966 Cessna 180 single-engine aircraft owned by Jeffrey Schultz of Emmaus, Lehigh County.

Schultz could not be reached Sunday.

In September 2015 a small plane piloted by a New Jersey man took off from Butter Valley Golf Port Airport and crashed shortly afterward.

The lone occupant, who was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital, told investigators he lost power and was attempting to return to the airport.

His plane crashed in a field in Washington Township, Berks County.

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Small plane crashes in Dawsonville, Ga.

DAWSON COUNTY, Ga — A small aircraft crashed Sunday afternoon in Dawson County. Dawson Ga

Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said that the plane crashed on the shoulder of Goodson Road. Bergen said the aircraft hit a tree after landing.

Only the pilot was on board the Ercoupe 415-C aircraft. and that person’s name and condition have not been released.

The FAA is still investigating.

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