We. Will. Never. Forget. | September 11 Anniversary

New York, NY | Most of us all know the horrendous events that occurred on September 11th in the year of 2001 and the many lives that were lost.  We remember those events on this 18th year anniversary, never forgetting those who were lost on that day and the weeks, months and years after.

We. Will. Never. Forget. is a Tribute to the staggering numbers of those lives lost on this day. We will always remember who they were, what they stood for and the sacrifices made. We always remember you.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

This was considered as the deadliest terrorist act in world history and most devastating attack on the United States since the attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) on December 7, 1941.

  • 2,977 people were killed on this day.
  • 265 would perish instantly on the four planes (including terrorists).
  • 2,606 in the World Trade Center and surrounding areas.
  • 125 were killed at the Pentagon.

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES

  • Civilians 2,135.
  • 372 non-US citizens.
  • More than 90 countries represented.
  • The UK lost 67 citizens
  • Dominican Republic had 47 deaths
  • India with 41 lost lives

FIRE PERSONNEL

  • 342 FDNY Firefighters on September 11th. More have died from Ground Zero exposures.
  • 1 FDNY Fire Marshal
  • 1 member with the NY Fire Patrol

EMS PERSONNEL

  • 8 EMTs and Paramedics

LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • 23 NYPD member
  • 37 Port Authority PD members
  • 5 NY State of Office Tax Enforcement members
  • 3 Officers of the NY State Office of Court Administration
  • 1 member with the FBI
  • 1 member of the US Secret Service
  • This also includes a bomb-sniffing dog, Sirius who was not included in the official human death toll

MILITARY PERSONNEL

  • 55 at the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia

YEAR OF 2002

  • A Civil Rights Lawyer’s life is lost from the exposure to dust at Ground Zero.
  • She is the first victim to die from a chronic lung condition.

SEPTEMBER 2008

  • 33,000+ Police Officers, Firefighters, Responders and Community Members have been treated for injuries and sickness related to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Some of the illnesses include: respiratory conditions, mental health like PTSD and depression, gastrointestinal conditions.
  • At least 4,166 cases of cancer have been reported.

OCTOBER 2008

  • An unknown man dies from being exposed.

DECEMBER 2010

  • A male accountant dies from being exposed to the site.
  • The number is raised to 2,753 from Ground Zero site.
  • The total 9/11 death toll increases to 2,996.

YEAR OF 2013

  • Reports of Medical Officials: 1,140 people who worked, lived or studied in Lower Manhattan at the time of the attack were diagnosed with cancer as a result of having an exposure to toxins at the WTC.
  • It was also reported that over 1,400 9/11 rescue workers who responded to the scene in the days and months after the attacks have since died.
  • 11 pregnancies were lost as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

YEAR OF 2015

  • A law was passed in Congress that permanently extends healthcare benefits for responds.  It also adds fives to the victims’ compensation program.
  • Reports of at least 15 FBI Agents have died from cancer due to their roles in the aftermath and investigation of the attack.

YEAR OF 2018

  • A Medical Director of the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital stated out of the approximately 10,000 First Responders and others were at Ground Zero have developed cancer.
  • More than 2,000 have died due to 9/11 related illnesses.
  • The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York also reported over 170 firefighter deaths.
  • They say roughly 1 in 8 firefighters who were at Ground Zero have developed cancer.
  • At least 221 Police Officers have died in the years since 2001 from illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

JUNE 2019

  • Talk Show Host, Jon Stewart, has advocated on the behalf of 9/11 First Responders by testifying in front of Congress that they did not have proper healthcare benefits from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

  • FDNY adds 22 names to the WTC Memorial Wall at FDNY HQ.
  • To date, more than 200 FDNY have died from Ground Zero related illnesses.
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REMEMBRANCES – Social Media

Kevin McCarthy – Twitter @GOPLeader

Department of State – Twitter @StateDept

“We solemnly remember the individuals who perished on #September11, 2001. In honor of those who lost their lives, the President calls upon U.S. agencies to display the flag at half-staff and Americans to observe this day.”

Commissioner O’Neill – Twitter @NYPDOneill

“On this 18th anniv. of the killing of Detectives Robert Parker & Patrick Rafferty, NYers are reminded of the supreme courage that NYPD cops display each day in the face of very real dangers. Our city is a far safer place now because of them & the work they inspired.”

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Chief Terence Monahan – Twitter @NYPDChiefofDept

“live every day like it’s your last, regardless of how hard things are.” – Twitter poster.

Chief Roy E Mosley III – Twitter @chief_mosley

“I was sitting in a training class at Kent State University that day as a young Sgt. when pagers started going off all around the room. Finally got a chance to visit the 9-11 Museum in NYC last October.  So moving.”

NYPD Midtown North (MEMORIAL) – Twitter @NYPDMTN

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“Tomorrow at 8:46 a.m., please join us in front of the precinct (306 West 54th Street) as we observe the National Day of Service and Remembrance, never forgetting the 2,977 innocent souls who were senselessly taken eighteen years ago.”

Special Message:

Thank you to all those who represent the Fire Service, EMS, Law Enforcement, Disaster Search & Rescue, Emergency Services, Healthcare and Emergency Management professions and everyone in between. We know that hearts are breaking everywhere as we all remember the sacrifices given on 9/11 and even to this day.  We give you a heartfelt thank you and sending love to you for what you do everyday. – LR Swenson/Blogger/Editor

Sources:  Wikipedia, Social Media, News Media, Government.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/10/2019 @ 2111 hours PDT

Fire District Purchases New Equipment in Washington State

SOUTH PIERCE COUNTY, WASHINGTON

The Pierce County Fire District #23 Fire & Rescue announced the purchase of two  new Stryker power cots and loading systems for two of their four ambulances.  The purchase will help reduce and hopefully prevent injuries to their firefighters and EMTs.

This will also enable their patients to be more comfortable and safer as they are being transported to the hospital.

No photo description available.

Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

To see this new equipment in action, the public and residents are invited for their Annual Open House on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 1000 hours to 1600 hours (10-4).  It will be held at the Ashford Fire Station located at 29815 SR 706, Ashford, WA 98328.

Additionally, the Air Care air ambulance will be arriving to the Open House at 1100 hours or 11 am.

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Courtesy | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue

The equipment was purchased with the assistance of their Fire Commissioners.

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Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

This is a great family event for those who live in the area or are fire buffs, like ourselves.

ABOUT PIERCE COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #23

The Fire Department serves the southern portion of Pierce County considered to be the Upper Nisqually Valley to areas that include Ashford, Elbe and Alder, Washington.  It is home to 2,500 residents and travelers who pass to and from the southwest side of Mt. Rainier National Park.

No photo description available.

Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue

The Department has four different stations and 25 active volunteers that staff them, as well as one paid Chief.   They provide services to those in a 67-square mile that includes Route 7 and State Route 706, which can be busy due to high volume of traffic from those who work/play/live in the area.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2215 PDT on 8/15/2019

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Newest Wildfire

MONTANA CREEK FIRE

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Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Overnight, Alaska had two known and reported wildfires, one was due to a bonfire where party goers fled and it had escaped its containment area. It has since been put out.

Report Wildfires by calling 9-1-1 or 800-237-3633

This wildfire named the MONTANA CREEK FIRE is burning on private land that started on July 3rd.  It was reported to Palmer Forestry by MATCOM at 1500 hours.

There has been 247 acres of spruce and hardwoods that have been destroyed.  Fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread but has since been slowed. Crews will remain on-scene for most part of the morning.

Palmer IA responded with a helitack and an engine.  Additional resources included tankers, scoopers, an Army Guard Blackhawk and overhead personnel.

Currently in the State of Alaska, there are 19 staffed fires, 93 that are in a monitoring status, 3 have been put out and 2 prescribed fires, for a total of 640,589 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1110 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Swan Lake Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 28, 2019 – Friday

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be burning inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This was a lightning caused fire that began on June 5th around 1852 hours AKDT.   About 56,200 acres have been destroyed but fire crews are inching closer to a higher containment, now said to be 10%.

CALL 9-1-1 OR 800-237-3633 |  Report a Wildfire

FIRE STATUS.  Fire behavior is currently actively burning with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are still under threat.

RESOURCES.  530 total personnel along with 15 crews, 12 engines and 6 helicopters.  Command is under the direction of an AK IMT.

Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.    The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

Cost-to-Date:  There has been a total cost-to-date of $4.5 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Fairbanks AK’s Shovel Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 27, 2019 – Thursday

Credit: AK Forestry

Incident Summary | A wildfire named the SHOVEL CREEK FIRE was ignited by lightning on June 21, 2019, is burning about 3 miles north of Murphy Dome and 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska in the Fairbanks Area Zone in the AK Department of Forestry lands.

FIRE FACT | There are currently 11 new wildfire starts in the last 24 hours

Resources | There are currently 245 personnel assigned, along with 8 crews, 10 engines and 7 helicopters.

The IC of this incident is also managing the NUGGET CREEK FIRE located about 16 miles northeast of North Pole, Alaska.

Credit: AK Fire Info

FIRE FACT | There are currently 13 staffed wildfires, while 99 are being monitored.

Current Status | Fire crews are tasked with continued direct attack suppression operations and working to contain a spot fire that crossed over Shovel Creek and uphill into an old fire scar from the 2009 HARDLUCK CREEK FIRE.  They are currently using air support for fire suppression and containment efforts.  Fire behavior is being reported to be active with a high rate of spread along with torching and continued spotting throughout the evening.

FIRE FACT | There have been 2 RX fires for a total 13,615 acres.

Alerts | Those who live in the Murphy Dome subdivision were put on  high alert for a Level 1: Get Ready notification which means fire nearby and to be ready at a moment’s notice. This notice was given to residents in this area by Fire Officials.

FIRE FACT |  Crews have successfully put out 5 wildfires.

Incident Cooperators | Incident Cooperators include the Fairbanks North Star Burough, Department of Emergency Services, AK DOF, BLM AK Fire Service and the Chena Goldstream Fire Department.

FIRE FACT | There are currently 130 wildfires burning in Alaska.

Damage Assessments | The fire has now destroyed 1,622 acres of timber destroyed up from the 650 acres, from only a few days ago.  There is still no containment gained on this fierce fire.  Cost-to-date fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached $1.2 Million dollars.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2130  hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log: Fairbanks AK’s Shovel Creek Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Incident Summary | A wildfire named the SHOVEL CREEK FIRE was ignited by lightning on June 21, 2019, is burning about 3 miles north of Murphy Dome and 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska in the Fairbanks Area Zone in the AK Department of Forestry lands.

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Resources | Command is currently under the direction of an IMT Type 2 (AK Green Team) which took over at 0700 hours this morning.   There are 146 total fire personnel along with 5 crews and one helicopter.  More are on order and en route to assist.

FIRE FACT | There were 24 new wildfires that ignited on Sunday, June 23rd

Current Status | The IC has requested additional resources that include water scooping aircraft, air retardant tankers and smoke jumpers for initial attack on the fire.

High Valued Assets | Fire managers are working closely with Incident Cooperators to address vital high assets in the area that include primary homes and private properties in Martin, Lincoln and McCloud subdivisions along the Chatanika River corridor.  Additionally, they are looking to protect Department of Defense (DOD) infrastructure on Murphy Dome and native allotments west of the fire.

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Incident Cooperators | Incident Cooperators include the Fairbanks North Star Burough, Department of Emergency Services, AK DOF, BLM AK Fire Service and the Chena Goldstream Fire Department.

FIRE FACT | Of the 24 new wildfires, 2 of them are Large Incidents (Big Fires)

Air Quality | Smoke is expected to blow into Fairbanks in the next few weeks.

Damage Assessments | 650 acres of timber destroyed. 0% containment status.  The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment is $747,000.00.

The SWAN LAKE FIRE in Fire Images on Social Media:

Fire ignited from lightning on June 21st. It burns 3 miles north of Murphy Dome. 200 acres with active fire behavior. Credit: AK Forestry

Fire on June 22nd burns near Murphy dome, northwest of Fairbanks. 400 acres. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Fire burns on June 23rd with a dramatic wind shift to the north. Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2045 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log: AK DOF’s Swan Lake Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Credit: BLM Fire Service

Additional Type 1 and Type 2 crews are bolstering efforts to establish control lines on the eastern edge of the Swan Lake Fire.

Type 1 and 2 crews en route to establish control lines on the East flank of fire.  Credit: AK Fire PIOs

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

About 32,300 acres of timber and short grass has already been destroyed.

The fire was ignited by lightning  on June 5th, around 1852 hours AKDT or 1952 hours PDT.

CALL 9-1-1 OR 800-237-3633 |  Report a Wildfire

Fire crews have gained a 9% containment status.

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with flanking, group torching and short-range spotting.   The fire is mostly being carried by Black Spruce, while minimum activity has been spotted in hardwood fuels.

There is a 40-50% mortality in Spruce stands.

TRAFFIC ALERT | Sterling Highway has very low visibility and poor air quality.

You will be seeing these signs on the Sterling Highway. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

RESOURCES

  • Personnel:  Total of 379 fire personnel.
  • Assets:  11 crews including Yukon and 5 NW Hotshots (Winema Hotshots, Wolf Creek Hotshots and Lakeview Hotshots), 8 engines and 5 helicopters.
  • Command:  AK IMT.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

AK Governor Mike Dunleavy thanks all first responders and firefighters for protecting homes,, businesses, and residents.    Courtesy: Gov Dunleavy

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Transmission Lines

Homer Electric Association has de-energized a 115,000 volt transmission line to help reduce potential starts, as temps rise and dry conditions continue in the fire prone area.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

Credit: NWS Anchorage

Recreation Areas

Heavy smoke is pouring over the Sterling Highway.  Though the roadway is open, many recreations areas are now closed along the highway.

The Swan Lake Fire in Images:

Canadian Air Scoopers. | Credit: Swan Lake Fire PIO

Crews continue prep work on June 18, 2019.   Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on June 19, 2019. Credit: AK Forestry.

Heavy fog and smoke caused delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21.

A trail of traffic backs up on the Sterling Hwy due to a thick layer of smoke fog hangs in the air.                   Credit: AK Fire PIOs

Damage Assessments

The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $3.4 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2015 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Elmer City Fire Command Transferred

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 2

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Photo Courtesy: Grant County Sheriff Office on behalf of NOAA

Incident Summary | A wildfire started on Sunday, June 23 , 2019, around 1547 hours PDT, which is located about 4.7 miles north of Elmer City, Washington State from an unknown cause. Some residents and eyewitnesses have their own speculations but the cause is still being investigated by the Fire Service and they have not released any type of preliminary at the time of this post.

FIRE FACT | 96 new wildfires were reported as of Sunday, June 23, 2019

Size, Containment Status | The fire has destroyed 3,500 acres of grass, sage and bitter brush.  Fire crews have reached a 60% containment status.

FIRE FACT | 5 wildland fire suppression crews have been deployed to Alberta, CAN.

Resources | There are still 100 personnel assigned to this incident along with 3-20 person crews, 7 engines, 3 dozers and 2 Type 2 Tenders.   Command was turned over by the Mt. Tolman Fire Center over to the NW IMT Team 3 at 1800 hours this evening.

Air resources included: 5 fire bosses, 2 air attacks, 2 Type 2 Helicopters.

During the initial fire attack, Firefighters from the Colville Indian Reservation, WA DNR and other mutual aid resources converged upon the area to fight the initial five-acre-fire-turned-wildfire.  They  would deploy every available resource from hand crews, water tenders, air tankers, dozers and a large number of personnel and assets with them and quickly bringing the wildfire to a halt.  It was a difficult wind-driven fire but they worked quickly, efficiently and effectively.

FIRE FACT | 2 new large wildfires have started, but 4 contained.

Evacuations | All Level 3 evacuation orders in the Rebecca Lake HUD and Buffalo Lake areas have been lifted.

Road Closures | None.

Updates | This will be our last and final update, unless more information is received or the fire activity increases.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Colville’s Elmer City Fire

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 1

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Incident Summary | A wildfire has ignited this Sunday afternoon at a meat smoker near a garage of a structure in the 3500 block of Hwy 155 north in between Belvedere and Elmer City, Washington.  (unconfirmed by our verified fire sources pf the exact cause but info being reported by a 3rd party on a fire related site).

The fire is burning on the Colville Indian Reservation and fire personnel along with assets are working to stop the fire from damaging or destroying any of their structures.

No photo description available.

GOES-17 satellite data showing a fire between Elmer City and Nespelem, Washington. | Credit: NWS – Spokane

Resources | Resources include 2 helicopters from Omak and Colville (H340, 344), WA DNR, Colville Fire, Redding air tanker (on a load and return) and hand crews. Various fire districts.

Evacuations | Those in the Rebecca Lake community are under evacuation.

Fire History | There have been a rash of fires that have hit the Elmer City area.  Here is a timeline of some of those previous fires.

October 3, 2018:  A fire started inside the Grandview Trailer Park just outside of Elmer City.  4 mobile homes are destroyed. 2 are damaged.  Residents are devastated, including one local artist who loses his art studio. Fire resources who responded were:  Elmer City, Colville Confederated Tribes, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mount Tolman Fire Center, Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, Electric City and Douglas County responded.

Photo Credit:  Okanogan County Emergency Management Agency.

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Sept. 11, 2016:  SR 155 @ SR 174 is closed due to a 2nd fire. Parts of Grand Coulee communities are at a Level 2 evacuation.  Fire heads down towards the Elmer City Post Office in this photo.

Photo Credit:  Grant County Sheriff Office.

August 16, 2012:  An Okanogan County sheriff deputy trades his badge to help with firefighting.

Current Social Media Reports | Here are some eyewitness accounts and what others are saying across all Social Media Channels:

“Can see smoke 1 mile N of the Grand Coulee Dam.”

“Fire started downhill near the river and worked its way east/southeast and now due east. “

Fire may have started behind a fruit stand on Hwy 155 and north of Peter Dan Road.”

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2045 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 4

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 4 – 6/7/2019 FRIDAY – @2300 PDT

Incident Summary

The 243 Command Fire started on Monday night on June 3, 2019, near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.

Photo Credit | GCSO

A more pinpointed area lists the fire about 20 miles away the Gorge in Washington State.

Those travelling to the Gorge this weekend were reassured by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office that the fire was far enough away from them on their way to this venue.  Many were worried but would later rest reassured by GCSO.

Photo Credit | GCSO

Fire behavior was reported as wind-driven and with a high rate of spread and spotting.  It quickly ran easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon were it was being within its northern and southern ridges.

Resources

There are still 280 total personnel currently assigned to this incident. (earlier in the day).  More will be released as they put out this fire completely.

Photo Credit | Chief Deputy Gregg/GCSO

Current Status

Fire Managers reported on Friday, June 7th around 2100 hours tonight, there was a hot spot the size of 30 (ft) x 30 ft flared up.  There was a little spark among Fire Managers but they were able to deploy engines and fire crews whom were already on-scene to extinguish it.

Most personnel were said to be released from the incident as containment increases and therefore Incident Command (SE WA IMT) would be disbanded but with this new information with the hot spot – the number of personnel on-scene is unknown.

A total of 20,380 acres have been destroyed. Firefighters have reached a 65% containment status.

The cause is still undetermined and under investigation.

Due to the out-of-control wildfire during the last few days, the Level evacuation orders (1, 2, 3) were all lifted as of last night.  A Red Cross evacuation shelter was opened at the Royal Itermediate School was opened but would later be closed due to a low amount of evacuees using the facility.

Damage Assessments

There were three outbuildings damaged according to Fire Officials’ damage assessment report, along with one of three railway trestles as being destroyed.

 

#243Fire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog