#TrumpTowerFire Kills 1, Injures 4 | 1

MANHATTAN, NY | A 4-Alarm fire from an unknown cause ripped through the 50th story of the Trump Tower this afternoon killing one civilian and injuring four firefighters.  Onlookers shot video and photos spreading like wildfire all over Social Media.

Photo Credit | NYC OEM



1524 PDT – Due to a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan, expect police and FDNY in the area of 5th Ave/W.57 St. Expect traffic and street closures nearby by due to emergency vehicles.

1527 PDT – Members are on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 721 5th Ave Manhattan. There are currently no injuries reported.

1530 PDT – Current street closures due to the fire at Trump Tower.   5th Ave between W. 55 St to W. 57 St and W. 56 St between Madison Ave to 5th Ave.

1556 PDT – Members remain on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 721 5th Ave in Manhattan. There is currently one serious injury to a civilian reported.

1628 PDT – 

1657 PDT –  Fire brought under control.

1658 PDT – We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition.

1659 PDT – We had many floors to search, and stairways, and right now the only civilian injury is to the occupant of that apartment. There are four Firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries.

1659 PDT (2) – This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke. 200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene.

1700 PDT – The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above, says FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro gives update on 4th alarm, 721 5th Ave Manhattan.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | 1 person has succumbed to his injuries, 4 firefighters were injured and have non-life threatening injuries.


January 8, 2018 | A fire in the building’s HVAC system injuring two civilians and one firefighter (non-life threatening injuries) and caused smoke to billow from the room.  It reportedly started around 0700 on Monday morning.  It was stated that some debris fell on to a firefighter and an engineer breathed in some smoke.  This fire took about one hour to put out.

PHOTO CREDIT | FDNY unless credits given otherwise to photos.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #TrumpTowerFire #NYFire

Senator Chuck Schumer (NY):  “Thinking tonight of those lost and injured in the fire that broke out in Trump Tower today, and incredibly thankful to the FDNY for their work that kept more NYers from harm.”

Editor’s Comments:  While there are very hateful things said on Social Media, we don’t always agree to agree with things going on in this world either but this is fire related and this is what we report on.  There was one person who was reportedly killed from their fire related injuries and four FDNY firefighters injured. We need to rally around the civilian’s life and family, as well as the firefighters, their family and our Fire Family.

When everyone runs out of a building or are trapped, these amazing and highly trained firefighters run in with a cache of personnel supporting them.  We need to recognize them for stopping this fire from spreading and extending beyond its current position.” LR Swenson, Editor

SOURCES | FDNY, FDNY Alerts, NYPD, Social Media

2018 NW Fire Blog

Multiple Earthquakes Shake Japan, Cause Widespread Death and Destruction


Three large earthquakes have rocked Japan causing widespread damage and major infrastructure ruin in the Kumamoto area and E of the city Uto.  Here are the facts:

Thursday, April 14, 2016.

  • 6.2M. 2126 Hours.  Located 4.3 miles of Ueki, near city of Kumamoto, Japan.

Friday, April 15, 2016.

  • 6.0M.  0003 Hours.  Located 37 miles E of the City Uto, Japan.

Saturday, April 16, 2016.

  • 7.0M.  0125 Hours.  Located 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-Shi.


  • 74 miles NE of nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.
  • Southern Japan.
  • Mostly in Kumamoto, Japan.

Historical Facts:

  •  Largest since 2011 [9.0M].
  • Japan has been shaking as far back as 2 yrs ago with quakes in the 4.2M – 5.8M range.
  • Larger Quakes in the 5.9M – 7.1M occurred on 11/13/2015 – 4/15/2016. Could this have been a sign of the upcoming BIG one?

Donation History

  • US poll shows giving almost to $750M for Japan’s 2011 Earthquake recovery.


Incident Cooperators

  • Japanese Law Enforcement
  • Japanese Fire Personnel
  • Self-Defense Force troops
  •  Military Personnel:  350
  • The Japanese Red Cross
  • USFJ to assist with Airlift Operations
  • Japanese Coast Guard
  • medical Units
  • The government states to provide 20,000 staffing levels

Mutual Aid Pending Deployment

  • U.S. Forces


  • Meals.  The Japanese Government is working to acquire 900,000 meals. 3 days worth of food supplies x the number of people evacuated.

Search & Rescue

  • Village of Minamiaso.  The focus has shifted to this village due to many may be entrapped under collapsed structures.
  • Rescue Operations.  Will continue 24/7 including during the evening/night as they are racing against time when they are expecting high winds and torrential rain.


  • Kumamoto airport.  Closed.  All Flights cancelled until April 17, 2016.
  • Hong Kong Flights. Also cancelled.
  • JR Kyushu Railway trains shut down, including Kyushu Shinkansen bullet trains.
  • Nuclear Reactor.  No abnormalities reported by Kyushu Electric Power Co’s Sendai Nuclear Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. Only 1 operating in Country. All others in Fukushima shut down in 2011 due to tsunami that knocked off the plant’s cooling equipment.
  • Toyota Plant:  work suspended after earthquake.
  • Outages:  100,000 are without power.  105,000 are without gas.  420,000 are without water.  The Japanese chief Cabinet Secretary states water is their highest priority in getting restored.  They are distributing water and other supplies.


  • Nishihara.  Temporary Evacuations due to fear of dam collapse.
  • Japanese Government:  90,000 people evacuated in 681 evacuation centers inside Kumamoto Prefecture area.


  • Kumamoto Hospital.  45 admitted or treated with 5 serious injuries.
  • Social Media:  reporting from 968 – 1500-plus.
  • Japanese Government:  190 severely injured. 807 with minor injuries.


  • Thursday:  9.
  • Saturday:  32.
  • Sunday:  Updated to 35 confirmed by the Japanese government.


  • Uto:  Municipal Building partially destroyed.
  • Assohashi bridge collapsed.
  • ASO Shrine collapsed.
  • Mashiki:  Calls for Help and damage reports given.  Town approximately 800 miles SW of Tokyo.
  • Kumamoto:  90 homes destroyed.
  • Kumamoto: 775 homes destroyed.
  • Major Landslide:  has taken out a highway and communities as it has come down the mountain as images appear all over Social media.
  • Volcano Eruption:  Mount Aso has erupted after Saturday’s earthquake.  No word on if any evacuations are happening in this area or the status of the eruption.


  • Current:  18C degrees. Light rain.


  • No Tsunami alerts, warnings or occurrences have been broadcasted.


  • IFRC Asia Pacific. Red Cross Response Media inquiries.  Rena Igarash. Phone: 818096491577.  redcross.org


  • Safe & Well. American Red Cross. Register at this site to let Friends and Family know you are safe and well, or if you are searching for a Loved One.  Website:  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
  •  Five Zero Japan.  Free Wi-Fi access point regardless of carrier.  Code:  “00000JAPAN”
  • Airbnb.  Offering accommodations to those affected by the Japan earthquake. All fees have been waived.  Website:  https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/southernjapanearthquake


  • IFRC Asia Pacific.  Red Cross.  redcross.org.
  • AAR Japan.  Association for Aid & Relief Japan. Works with countries around the globe in disaster relief.  If you wish the funds to be donated specifically to this 2016 quake, indicate “Kumamoto Earthquake”.  Website:  www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/support
  • Peace Winds America, a disaster preparation and response organization.  focuses on the Asia Pacific.  If donating on this site, make sure to indicate “2016 Kumamoto Earthquake” as the Japan Recovery fund on this site is for the 2011 Quake recovery.  Website:  peacewindamerica.org/support/


  • #JAPANEarthquake
  • #Kumamoto


Japan is an island Country in East Asia that is located in the Pacific Ocean that lies East of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, North Korea,  South Korea and Russia.  It stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the North of the East China Sea and Taiwan in the South.

Japan is a stratovolcano group of 6,852 islands.   The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyunshu and Shikoku, which make up about 97% of Japan’s land mass.   The Country is divided into 47 prefectures in 8 regions with a total population of 126 million people.  It is considered as the 10th largest world group.  They are considered to make up 95.8% of the population.  Tokyo is home to over 9M people.

Kumamoto is listed as Japan’s 18th largest City with a population of 734,294 people per the 2010 Census stats.

Disclaimer:  All information has been verified to the best of our ability.  Organizations mentioned in this post are not being endorsed by us nor have they been verified as to those we would donated too.  They are simply part of the equation and assisting with recovery and aid to the earthquake victims.  Please verify you are giving to a legitimate organization prior to making a donation.

Sources:  USGS, PM Office of Japan, Earthquakes Japan, Red Cross Japan, Wikipedia Japan, Census and other multitudes of Social Media sources.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WE WILL NEVER FORGET: September 26, 2001

New York City, NY | Hundreds of people began the daunting process of filing for death certificates for family members still missing in the ruins of the World Trade Center. At the time more than 6,300 people were still missing.

About 500 Lawyers worked free of charge at the Family Assistance Center and other locations in NYC, helping many families fill out paperwork and with the emotional responsibilities with the required ID that their Loved one was in the World Trade Center. 

Sources say New York’s Law requires persons to wait up to three years in some cases but because of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, an exception to the Law was made to allow them within days of the application.

At this time, 600 bodies were recovered with over 200 identified.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET is a Tribute we give to the Fallen in Public Safety but lift those up today in REMEMBRANCE of ALL who perished on September 11, 2001 and the continued Lives being lost related to this terrorist attack on American soil. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Please take a moment today and remember the many Lives lost and for their families, friends, co-workers and those impacted. We will do the same. Thank you. – Lisa Swenson

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRES | Okanogan Complex | August 22, 2015


Complex Fires:  9-Mile, Beaver Lake, Lime Belt [Knobbly merged with this fire, with Blue Lake later also merging into], Tunk Block, Twisp Fire [merged into complex on 8/20/15]

  • Location:  13 miles NW of Omak
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres Total:  124,083
  • Containment:  38%
  • Fuels:  Timber


Fire Behavior

  • Extreme fire with crowning
  • Wind-driven runs
  • Long-range spotting.

Fire Ignition

  • 8/21 Update:  80% expected due to high winds.  Spotting distance could be up to 2-miles.

9-Mile Fire:

  • 8/22 Update: Mop-up & Patrol in progress. 4720 acres.  95% containment.

Beaver Lake: 

  • 8/22 Update: Fire grew significantly overnight to the SE and is at Hwy 20. 14,760 acres. 0% containment.
  • 8/21:  Last 24 Hrs:  grew to 14,760 acres . Fire managers: anticipate very high rates of fire spread in the lighter fuels. Where the fire gets into heavier timber, expect crown fire runs with long range spotting.

Twisp River: 

  • 8/22 Update: Fire crews providing structure protection along the river.
  • 8/21: Grew overnight on 8/21 to 8402 acres. Fire moving down into the valley.   The Fire that faces the Methow Valley will be exposed to strong winds.  W Flank: fire is expected to spread with single and group tree torching. In the Twisp River drainage, winds will vary in speed and direction, resulting in the potential for flare-ups and spotting.9,054 acres. 0% containment.

Lime Belt/Blue Lake 

  • 8/22:  Fire moved SE and crossed over Salmon Creek Rd.65,715 acres.  20% containment.
  • 8/21 Update:  A major run the last 24 hours, gaining almost 20,000 acres to the S & Wt. Fire managers anticipate very high head rates of spread in the lighter fuels, with the fire backing and flanking actively into the wind and on protected slopes. Crown fires with long range spotting is expected where the fire gets into heavier timber.

Tunk Block Fire

  • 8/22 Update: Active fire in the North corner area. 68,066 acres.  15% containment.
  • 8/21:  Fre grew  36,000+ acres, now burning on the Colville Reservation. Fire managers are anticipating very high rates of spread at the fire’s head, potentially resulting in the Tunk Block Fire to join the North Star Fire to the E. Tunk Block is burning in grass and timber about four miles NE of Riverside


Spike Camp @ Concully State Park

  • Costs:  Disbanded due to Costs
  • Governor:  Has requested a Federal Emergency Declaration to provide additional resources to cover some of the costs.



  • Personnel:  820 incl from Canada
  • Crews:  16
  • Type 2 Hand crews: 9
  • Type 21A Crews: 4


  • Engines: 76
  • Water Tenders: 28
  • Type 1 Helicopters: 3
  • Type 2 Helicopters: 3


  • IC:  Ted Pechota
  • Complex Team: Rocky Mtn Type 1 IMT

Fire Mobe 

  • Authorized
  • Effective:  8/17/15

Incident Cooperators

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Dept of Natural Resources [WA DNR]
  • Okanogan County Sheriff Office
  • Okanogan County Emergency Management Office
  • Okanogan Public District #1
  • WA Dept of Transportation
  • American Red Cross
  • WA National Guard
  • Graham FD
  • Multiple FDs, Agencies across the State & outside of WA
  • Canadian resources


LEVEL 3 [Means to leave now, you are in imminient danger or fire is near]

  • Aenas Valley
  • Area NE of Nespelem
  • Concully
  • Malott
  • Twisp River Rd
  • Winthrop

LEVEL 2 [Be Ready to Evacuate a moment’s notice]

  • Okanogan [ as of 1020 Alert now a Level 1]
  • Riverside
  • Tonasket
  • Twisp

LEVEL 1 [Alert only, but beware]

  • Brewster
  • Carlton
  • Chesaw
  • Mazama
  • Molson
  • Omak
  • Oroville
  • Pateros


Red Cross

  • Brewster Middle School
  • Brewster H.S.


  • Okanogan Fairgrounds


Community Meeting

  • Twisp Mayor  Soo Ing-Moody called Meeting
  • 8/22/15 1700PDT
  • Methow Valley Comm Ctr. 201 Methow St


“Eyewitness News, Discussions”

August 22

  • Seattle TV Station: “Fire now 227,226 acres. That’s 27k larger estimate than we got late last night.”
  • Eyewitness [Media]: Incident Command Post has nearly 1,000 Fire personnel based.
  • “There’s an orange tint and haze to everything in Portland” – rockyfierro [@finnslighthouse]
  • Via Seattle local TV Station:  “Impressive news video of fire spread at the Okanogan Fire Complex that claimed the lives of 3
    Firefighters and badly burned 4 more. Fires across the state continue to burn fiercely, but a calmer day of winds in some areas have firefighters hoping to improve lines and go on the offensive in some areas. Resources remain stretched extremely thin and President Obama has issued a disaster declaration in many Washington counties.”
  • DNR Calls for Citizen Volunteer Firefighters;  Firefighting resources are stretched so thin across central and eastern WA that fire resources have been requested from across the United States and even Canada. Now there have been requests for citizen volunteers to respond, but news media stories on this unique request tends to leave out that very specific requirements are being called for.
  • DNR Volunteer Program:  http://www.dnr.wa.gov/WildfireVolunteer – Guidelines are very strict. Please read carefully before visiting or applying.

August 21

  • “Okanogan Complex Fire at 88,000 acres; New Level III evacuations in place”
  • “Fire has been reported at the Okanogan city limits.”@LastAlarmAlert tweeted
  • Local media during a press conference:  “Fires is now 161,633 acres and growing fast.”

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

  • The Bellevue Firefighters express our deepest sadness at the loss of 3 firefighters in the Okanogan Fire Complex in a burnover on Wednesday. 4 other firefighters reportedly suffered burn injuries and were treated. One of the 4 was transported to Harborview Burn Center in Seattle. We delayed this announcement in part to confirm facts on this tragic event and to account for our own firefighters operating on fires in the area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and fellow firefighters of those lost and badly injured.

August 20

Strike Teams Deployed

  • Engine 101 as part of a type 1 engine strike team from King County at the Okanogoan Complex last night. Fire conditions were heavy to the say the least. Note: We have very limited posts at this time as our primary moderator is deployed to fires in central/eastern Washington.

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

  • Western WA Fire Dept:  Our hearts are with the families of those killed but not forgotten: Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler.

August 19

August 18

August 17

October 10, 2012 – The Okanogan Complex occurred 5 years earlier.

Our prayers, thoughts and support is for all of our Firefighters, Pilots, Fire Managers, Dispatchers, Mutual Support, Volunteers, Incident Cooperators are with you during this tough time with firefighting operations.  We wish you Safety, emotional and mental support and a safe journey to/out off of the fire ground.  Your loved ones are praying too. – Lisa/Editor

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

FDA Review of Schizophrenia Drug Which Caused Two Patient Deaths Now Complete

AUDIENCE: Psychiatry, Pharmacy, Patient

ISSUE: FDA has concluded a review of a study undertaken to determine the cause of elevated levels of the injectable schizophrenia drug Zyprexa Relprevv (olanzapine pamoate) in two patients who died. The study results were inconclusive. FDA is unable to exclude the possibility that the deaths were caused by rapid, but delayed, entry of the drug into the bloodstream following intramuscular injection. The study suggested that much of the drug level increase could have occurred after death, a finding that could explain the extremely high blood levels found in the two patients who died 3 to 4 days after receiving injections of appropriate doses of Zyprexa Relprevv. On the basis of all of the information reviewed (refer to the Drug Safety Communication for a full data summary), FDA is not recommending any changes to the current prescribing or use of Zyprexa Relprevv injection at this time. Patients should not stop receiving treatment without first talking to their health care professionals.

BACKGROUND: Treatment with Zyprexa Relprevv may help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia, which include hearing voices, seeing things that are not there, and being suspicious or withdrawn. The labeling for Zyprexa Relprevv carries a boxed warning, FDA’s most serious type of warning, for post-injection delirium sedation (PDSS). This is an update to the MedWatch safety alert issued on June 18, 2013.

RECOMMENDATION: Patients should read the Medication Guide that comes with the Zyprexa Relprevv prescription each time before they get an intramuscular injection, as there may be new information. Patients receiving Zyprexa Relprevv or their caregivers should immediately report symptoms of PDSS to a health care professional.

Health care professionals should continue to follow the Zyprexa Relprevv Patient Care Program Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) requirements and current label recommendations. Notable requirements of the REMS include:

  • For a patient to receive treatment, the prescriber, health care facility, patient, and pharmacy must all be enrolled in the Zyprexa Relprevv Patient Care Program.
  • Zyprexa Relprevv injections must be administered at a REMS-certified health care facility with ready access to emergency response services.
  • Patients must be continuously monitored at the REMS-certified health care facility for at least 3 hours following an intramuscular injection.
  • Patients receiving Zyprexa Relprevv must be accompanied to their destination from the health care facility.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Repost from Website: FDA.gov

2015 The NW Fire Blog

TROPICAL CYCLONE PAM: March 13 and 14, 2015

DAYS 5, 6

#TCPAM is starting to tear up the once beautiful tropical areas and making those fear her greatest punch ever.


  • A red alert is issued for provinces of Torba, Sanma, Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tefea.  Evacuation orders were given to those living in low-lying areas near the Shore and in unstable buildings to seek refuge in evac shelters or concrete-lined buildings.
  • Fiji receives a high amount of heavy rain


“The Southern Pacific Ocean’s Tropical Cyclone Pam was a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. Aqua saw the eye of the major hurricane just to the east of Vanuatu.

Aqua image of Pam

 The MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. The image showed Pam’s 15 nautical mile (17.2 mile/27.7 km) wide eye just east of Vanuatu’s islands. Thunderstorms wrapped tightly around Pam’s center.

Another instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured infrared data on the storm. Infrared data measured cloud top temperatures, and temperatures of the powerful thunderstorms surrounding Pam’s eye were as cold as -81F (-61C/210K). NASA research has shown that thunderstorms with cloud tops that cold, and that high into the atmosphere have the ability to drop heavy rainfall. The AIRS data was made into an image at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The image was false-colored to show temperature differences.

AIRS image of PamThis false-colored infrared image of Category 5 Cyclone Pam shows the small eye just east of Vanuatu, surrounded by very cold cloudtop temperatures indicating powerful thunderstorms (purple).

According to the Vanuatu Meteorological Services on March 13 (March 14 at 1:02 a.m. VUT Vanuatu local time) hurricane force winds of 255 kph (158.4 mph) were affecting the Shefa, Malampa and Penama provinces and slowly extending to the Tafea province. Storm-force winds up to 120 kph (74.5 mph) are expected to continue affecting Sanma and Torba provinces today, but those winds will be decreasing as Pam moves southward.

In additional to hurricane-force winds, very rough to extremely high seas with heavy swells were affecting the Torba, Penama, Sanma, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces. For updated warnings in Vanuatu.” -says NASA

“On the same day, another major tropical cyclone—Category 3 Olwyn—made landfall in Western Australia near the city of Carnarvon. The lower image was acquired at 10:55 am local time (2:55 UTC) by the MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Thousands of people in Carnarvon lost power as a result of the storm, which weakened as it pushed inland.

It has been an unusually busy week for tropical cyclones in the vicinity of Australia. The mosaic above shows three storms—Pam, Nathan, and Olwyn—swirling near the continent on March 11, 2015. The mosaic is based on data collected during three orbital passes of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP. Other satellite instruments that can observe more of Earth’s surface at once captured views with a fourth tropical cyclone.The fourth storm, Bavi, is in the Pacific Ocean well north of Pam.” – stated by Rob Gutro, NASA’s Goodard Space Flight Center.


[via Humanity Road]

  • Pentecost Island has 12,000 population
  • At 3pm VTU [18hrs ahead of West Coast time/PST/USA] phone service was out. This island is one of the 83 islands that make up the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.
  • Ambrym Island is also another island in the Vanuatu nation. This has population of 7,787. They reported at 1800 VTU, that a communication tower had fallen down with unconfirmed fatalities.

 [via UNICEF Pacific]

  • Port Villa images captured by Unicef. See their Facebook page  at: www.facebook.com/likeunicefpacific?pnref=story
  • Airport is closed with all flights are cancelled. Expecting to possibly reopen tomorrow evening at the earliest.
  • 90% of the buildings in Port Vila are affected. All mobile towers except for one is destroyed. No communication between Efate, North and South provinces. Field office is operable.

[via Animal Protection]

  • Animal Protection @MoveTheWorld is ready to deploy teams into the field.

[via OxFam]

  • Serious damage to Port Vila airport
  • Runway is flooded.
  • Airport closed.
  • Public works clearing roads, debris and some bridges are out
  • Power outages
  • National broadcast system is down
  • NDMO emergency communications is working and getting messages out
  • Hospital is damaged
  • 26 evacuation centers setup/registered with a few more, will be open for next 2 weeks
  • 4 fatalities reported
  • Red Alert still in force
  •  Communications to outer islands are down

[via CARE Vanuatu]

  • Port Vila is completely devastated
  • Unsure of Vanuatu’s outer islands saying they could be in worse devastation
  • Reporting unconfirmed fatalites
  • Roads are blocked by debris
  • Evacuation centers were damaged and some were flooded

[via Digicel]

  • Major cell outages up North
  • Tanna sites down
  • Some sites down in Efate

[via Vanuatu RedCross]

  • Shelter, food and water are priorities
  • Permanent structures damaged
  • Cyclone-proof buildings badly damaged
  • Thousands in light shelter are affected
  • Sending 1000+ tarpaulins on NZC130 tomorrow
  • Communications are patchy
  • Australia to do a fly-over weather-permitted for an assessment

[via Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office]

  • Part of Country’s main hospital “Vila Central’ has been destroyed
  • At 1100 VTU most likely to issue a State of Emergency for the whole Country sometime today
  • All of Efate affected, worse on East Coast.
  • Many injuries but difficult to get to due to downed power lines, blocked roads

[via UNOCHA]

  • 44 unconfirmed deaths on Penama Province
  • Estimated hardest hit islands are Maewo (population 3,569), Ambae (population 10,407) and Pentecost (population 16,843). 

[via 350]

  • Experienced first-hand
  • Destructive winds, heavy rains
  • Flying debris
  • Staff witnessed ceiling tiles falling and water seeping from the outside of the Meterology office inside


  • Workers who used to drive their cars to work are now leaving them at home, hiring out transports.
  • Government transports are very full and overcrowded.
  • Public  transports such as buses are few as the transport company owners do not want to drive their vehicles on the damaged roadways.
  • Students are walking long distances to school, as well as workers who do not have transport.
  • Wait time for buses has been reported up to two hours and additional two hours on a bumpy ride from Betio to Bikenibeu.
  • Weather was reported as being good since the cyclone had ripped through their area leaving devastation behind.
  • Residents were beginning to repair the seawall, while workers worked on repairing the Causeway.  It was shut down in both directions on March 12, 2015.
  • A King tide wave is due to hit this area in the next two weeks.


  • Evacs from the outer islands is conducted by local aircraft with paramedic and advanced life support equipment.
  • Overseas medevac for non-critical patients (seated or on stretchers) is onboard Air Vanuatu’s Boeing 737-300 to Brisbane, Sydney, or Auckland.
  • Seriously ill patients are evacuated by Queensland-based air ambulance with a medical team


The following are agencies working together in unison:

  • WorldVision
  • Vanuatu Red Cross
  • United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination
  • Unicef Pacific Islands @UNICEFPacific
  • Unicef Australia @UNICEFAustralia
  • Save The Children Australia @savechildren
  • Samaritans Purse @SamaritansPurse
  • Red Cross New Zealand @NZRedCross
  • Red Cross Australia
  • Pacific Humaritan Team [UNOCHA] @UNOCHA.ROP
  • Oxfam Australia @OxfamAustralia
  • Convoy of Hope @ConvoyofHope
  • CARE Vanuatu
  • CARE Canada @CareCanada
  • CARE Australia
  • 350 Pacific @350


  • Vets Beyond Borders
  • World Animal Protection


By making a Donation to one or all of these sites will go directly to the #TCPam disaster fund helping #MakeADifference in lives of so many affected by this devastating event.Save the Children –  savethechildren.org.au/cyclonepam.  International Phone #1 800 76 0011.

CARE Australia

  • @CareAustralia has launched a donation campaign with current needs: Water purification kits, Family hygiene kits, Emergency food packages

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BOOK REVIEW: “Tunnel Visions” by Kurt Kamm, Award-Winning Author

“Just when you thought the Drinking water wars were over, you come to find out – it’s just the Beginning of something even more sinnister.”

Tunnel Visions features a “real-life” event that occurred in 1971, intertwinng the story with a fictional terrorist plot that occurs in Los Angeles County, a hugely populated area in in the State of California. The story reflects on “water rights” and has many twists and turns, encouraging its reader to walk alongside its characters’ journeys, trials and triumphs.


“Author Kurt Kamm’s vivid imagination and writing style beckons the reader to partner with the characters in a story like no other.  It commands its reader to “respond” as if you have stepped into their lives, walking alongside them in their journeys, trials and tribulations.  It’s an experience you’ll never forget.”   

If you love the Public Safety profession as much as we do, you will find layers and layers of references and vivid images on how “it is” in the real realm of living and working in the Publlife from Firefighting to the ATF.  Once you pick up this book, you will find it is next to impossible to put it down until you have read it from cover to the very end.  

We give Tunnel Visions a “5 Star” Rating. Our Favorite all-time Read.

Want to see what the fuss is all about?  Here’s how you can pick up your copy of Award-Winning Author Kurt Kamm’s Tunnel Visions.

Kurt Kamm, an Award-Winning Author has four additional published novels in his Firefighter Mystery series

  • One Foot in the Black [About a Wildland Firefighter]
  • Red Flag Warning [Serial Arson Mystery]
  • Code Blood [An Underworld Mystery]
  • Hazardous Material [A Firefighter battling Biker Gangs and Painkillers]

To find out more about the Author or how you order your copy of this soon-to-be Award-Winning novel, go to website at http://www.kurtkamm or visit him on Facebook.

Don’t Forget.  The Holiday Season is coming and this would make a great gift or something to keep on your shelf to read for years to come.

Thank You Kurt Kamm for sharing your passion for firefighting and love of writing – marrying them together for a perfect combination!

By LR Swenson,  Author of Seattle Mourn  [Contributing Author] in Anthology Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides [July 2013, Oak Tree Press] and The Firefighter and The Princess [July 2013. Honorable Mention, Short Story].

[c] 2014 The NW Fire Blog

L-O-D-D DEATHS: CHP Loses 2 Officers Responding to MVA Crash


Fresno, CA | Two CHP Officers enroute to a pre-dawn MVA were killed while responding to the accident scene, when they swerved from hitting one of the involved drivers.

The RP stated the accident was in the NB lanes.  The Officers had to travel SB to get to the other side of the Highway.  They may have realized that the accident scene was on the SB side.  

It is suspected that the male driver in the truck had fallen asleep at the wheel which caused it to hit the center divider spinning around facing NB in the SB lanes with his lights off.

This quickly became a multiple car pileup, causing dangers for responding Officers and for injured drivers.

It is being said that when CHP Officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez approached the scene, they saw a man standing in the middle of the Highway.  Swerving to miss him caused them to lose control of their patrol car hitting the barrier then a pylon sign.

Both Officers were killed.

Officer Brian Law transferred to Fresno one year ago from starting his career in Oakland, so he could be closer to his wife and three kids.  

Officer Juan Gonzalez had transferred from CHP San Jose in 2010.  He is survived by his mother, sister and girlfriend.

CHP Officers Juan Gonzalez, Brian Law

Officer Juan Gonzalez [L] and Officer Brian Law [R] – Courtesy CHP Photo

WE WILL NEVER FORGET: A Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes.  We will always remember your Legacy, Dedication and Love for the Job, as well as your Tireless Efforts to Protect and Serve.

We are so sorry for your Loss and send our sincere sympathies to the Officers’ Families, CHP Fellow Officers, Friends and, to the Community they Served.”  -NWFB

2014 The NW Fire Blog



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WE WILL NEVER FORGET: 2 Toledo Firefighters Leave Legacy, Firefighters Mourn Their Loss


Toledo, OH |  Firefighters were dispatched to a six-unit apartment fire on January 26, 2014, near Tolendo around 1530 hours.  Two members, Stephen A. Machicinski and James A. Dickman were killed in the line of duty.

As they were battling the blaze, they became disoriented and suffering injuries inside the building.  Firefighters rescued their Brothers from the apartment complex, beginning life-saving measures. Both were transported to the Hospital.  They did not survive.

Firefighter Stephen A. Machicinski,42, was a 16-year veteran and was appointed on March 30, 1998.  Firefighter James A. Dickman, 31, had only been on the job for six months and was appointed back in September 2013.  They both worked at the same firehouse.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET is a Tribute to Firefighters that have died in the Line of Duty.  Their Legacy and Memories will Forever Live On remembering their commitment, dedication and who these great Heroes Are.

We offer our sincere and deepest sympathies to Firefighters Machicinski and Dickman’s Families, to their mourning Brothers and Sisters, to their Fire Department and Staff, to their Friends and Communities.  We are so sorry for your Loss.  RIP.  Your Brothers and Sisters got it from here.

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

King County Health Important Weather Reminder


Power outages may raise risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Don’t use grills or gas generators in enclosed areas.

OLYMPIA — Barbecue grills and gas generators may seem like they could double as an indoor furnace during a power outage, but that can be downright dangerous. Neither should be used inside to heat homes, as families could get sick and even die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a poisonous gas that can’t be seen or smelled and can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. It can quickly build up to unsafe levels in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas.

“Every time there’s a power outage I worry that someone will try to stay warm by bringing a fuel-burning appliance inside,” said Nancy Bernard, indoor air advisor for the Department of Health. “It doesn’t take too much or too long for carbon monoxide to make someone sick or to kill them – and the tragic truth is that it happens every winter.”

Nationally, hundreds of people die accidentally every year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by appliances that are not used properly or that are malfunctioning. Carbon monoxide can build up so quickly that victims are overcome before they can get help. Once inhaled, carbon monoxide can cause permanent brain damage, chest pains, or heart attacks. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, weakness, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, and nausea.

All homes should have working carbon monoxide alarms. Washington law has required them in new construction since 2011 and in existing apartments and other rental units since January 2013. For details see the State Building Code Council’s Carbon Monoxide Alarm site.

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning never use a charcoal or gas grill in an enclosed space. Charcoal should also never be burned in a fireplace. A charcoal fire will not create a chimney draft strong enough to push the carbon monoxide to the outside. It’s also unsafe to use a gas oven for heat. Never run a car engine or a generator in a garage, and keep generators at least 20 feet from buildings. Even at that distance, air flow patterns could still blow carbon monoxide into homes through attic vents, windows, or doors, so it’s important to have a working carbon monoxide alarm inside the home.

Sources of carbon monoxide include motor vehicles; small gasoline powered equipment; burning charcoal, wood, or gas; blocked chimney flues’ gas or kerosene heaters, camp stoves, and lanterns.

The Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov) is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.