U.S. ACTIVE WILDFIRES | JULY 2 2017

There’s been a whole lotta U.S. wildfires burning up our landscapes and here is our latest list for Sunday, July 2nd.

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BEN FIRE:  Off Ben Hur Rd and Silver Bar Rd (Mariposa County(. CAL Fire.  Closures – Ben Hur Road at Buckeye Road & Ben Hur at the Quick Ranch entrance is open to residents only. Resources CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.  630 acres. 90% contained.  Incident Cooperators – Mariposa County Fire, Mariposa County Sheriff, CHP, PG&E, CAL FIRE, CCC. 380 personnel. 1 crew. 5 water tenders.  Forward progression has stopped.  Firefighters will continue to work to improve containment lines around the fire perimeter..

BONITA FIRE:  16 miles NE of Canjilon, New Mexico.  Carson NF.  7,495 acres. 95% contained. Timber, brush and short grass. 101 personnel. 1 crew. 4 engines. $5 Million CTD..

NEW!  BREWER FIRE:  CAL FIRE.  Off Brewer Road and Conestoga Drive in Alta Sierra (Nevada County, California) is now 100% contained at 10 acres..

BRIANHEAD FIRE:  1 mile North of Brian Head, Utah.  UT DOF – SE Area.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching.  Numerous residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect. 60,301 acres.  65% contained.  1,831 personnel.  51 crews.  82 engines.  14 helicopters.  26 structures lost.  $20.4 Million CTD..

BURRO FIRE:  Foothills of Redington Pass near Burro Tank, California.  Coronado NF.  Tall grass, brush and short grass.  Active fire behavior with running, backing and spotting. Numerous residences threatened. 2,000 acres.  0% contained.  90 personnel.  2 crews. 1 engine. 3 helicopters.  $1 Million CTD..

NEW!  DESABLA FIRE:  CAL FIRE.  Off Desabla Powerhouse Road and Humbug Road, Desabla (Butte County) is now 14 acres and 25% contained..

FRYE FIRE:   9 miles SW of Swift Trail Junction, Arizona.  Coronado NF.  Extreme fire behavior with group torching and spotting. Residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  42,755 acres.  45% contained. 715 personnel.  12 crews.  42 engines.  9 helicopters.  1 structure lost. $16.8 Million CTD..

GENTRY FIRE:  10 miles SW of Heber, Arizona. Apache-Sitgreaves NF.  Heavy logging slash and tall grass. Moderate fire behavior. Road and area closures in effect.  641 acres.  30% containment.  244 personnel.  8 crews.  4 engines.  2 helicopters.  $560,000 CTD..

GOODWIN FIRE:  8 miles SW of Mayer, Arizona. Prescott NW.  Chaparral and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  25,714 acres.  53% contained.  1,223 personnel.  22 crews.  87 engines.  9 helicopters.  22 structures lost.  $10.7 Million CTD..

HILLTOP FIRE:  24 miles W of Whiteriver, Arizona.  BIA – San Carlos Agency.  Timber, short grass and light logging slash. Active fire behavior with wind driven runs and short range spotting. Road closures in effect.  7,948 acres.  5% containment.  193 personnel.  7 crews.  6 engines.  1 helicopter.  $378,000 CTD..

NEW! LAMBERT FIRE:   19600 block of Lambert Road. CAL Fire AEU Unit & Sacramento County Fire.   Sac Co making access to a new fire in the 19600 blk of Lambert Road. Large column showing, difficult access.  unknown size grass fire w/ moderate ROS, 2 structures threatened.  IC cancelling air resources (they were just arriving).  Possibly around 2 acres but unconfirmed (1742 hours). 

NEW!  LISA FIRE:  CAL FIRE – Riverside.  East of Moreno Valley (Riverside County, California) is now 100% contained at 11 acres..

SADDLE FIRE:  20 miles North of Douglas Arizona.  Coronado NF.  5,113 acres.  90% containment.  46 personnel.  1 engine.  1 helicopter.  $740,000 CTD..

SHEEP SPRINGS FIRE:  8 miles NW of Sisters, Oregon.  Deschutes NF.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Decrease in acreage due to more accurate mapping. 696 acres.  50% containment.  180 personnel.  7 crews.  11 engines.  1 helicopter.  $500,000 CTD..

NEW! SPRING FIRE:  Start 7/2/2017 (Sunday). Off Hwy 49 and Allred Road and South of Mariposa (Mariposa County) is now 100 – 150 acres.  Active fire behavior with moderate ROS and multiple spot fires.  Operations (1545 hours PDT):   IC reporting fire is bumping up against multiple structures on Ashworth Rd, redirecting crews for structure protection.   Fire has crossed Allred Road to East.  Evacuations have been ordered for Silva Road to Carlton Road on both side including Carlton to Morning Star. Evac Shelter:  Woodland School, 3394 Woodland Drive staffed by Central Valley Red Cross volunteers.  Resources were redirected from the #BenFire to the #SpringFire say sources.

STRAIGHT HOLLOW FIRE:  14 miles NW of Quincy, Washington.  BLM- Spokane

Sutherland Canyon Fire (Credit: WA DNR)

District. Minimal fire with smoldering.  8,458 acres.  90% contained.  0 resources. $1,000 CTD..

SUTHERLAND CANYON FIRE:  11 miles NW of Quincy, Washington.  BLM – Spokane

Credit: WA DNR

District.   Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Rabe) back to the local unit
will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Straight Hollow fires.  Short grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Decrease in acreage due to more accurate mapping. 29,258 acres.  90% containment.  3 crews.  30 engines. 1 helicopter.  1 structure lost.  $2.8 Million CTD..

SWISSHELMS FIRE:  10 miles E of Elfrida, Arizona.  AZ DOF – SE Area.  Tall grass, brush and short grass.  Active fire behavior with wind driven runs, backing and flanking. Residences threatened.  8,200 acres.  25% containment.  245 personnel.  7 crews.  7 engines.  5 helicopters.  $978,000 CTD..

TIFFANY FIRE:  30 miles South of Socorro, New Mexico.  NM State Forestry – SE Dist.Chaparral and hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with group torching, single tree torching and short range spotting.  Structures threatened.  6,258 acres.  32% containment.  224 personnel.  5 crews.  13 engines.  2 helicopters.  $800,000 CTD..

NEW! TOPANGA FIRE:  CAL FIRE.  Off Topanga Canyon & Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu (LA County, California) is now 55 acres and 60% contained..

NEW!  VIOLET PLANTATION:   WA DNR.  Tenino (Thurston County), Washington. Start 7/2/2017 @ 1649 hours PDT.  Grass, brush and heavy logging slash.  4 engines. 2 crews. 6 acres.  E143. E804, E805, E806. on the fire ground..

WHITMAN FIRE:  18 miles NE of Red River, New Mexico.  Carson NF.  Timber. 334 acres.  40% containment.  2 crews. 4 engines. 1 helicopter.  $300,000 CTD..

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Product Recall | High Risk | Samsung Galaxy 7 Phones

Updated 2230 Hours PDT

RECALL DESCRIPTION

On September 15, 2016, U.S.-based Samsung Electronics of Ridgefield, NJ issued a recall through the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission of 1 Million of its Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones sold prior to September 15th.

Courtesy: CPSC

These phones were manufactured in South Korea and China.

COUNTRIES AFFECTED

This affects products in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

HAZARD

The  lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.

Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.

REMEDY

Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016.

Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device.  Go to www.samsung.com for more details.

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Courtesy: CPSC

If traveling, it is recommended that you shut off your completely.  Do not store in luggage or overhead compartments.

–> The Commission is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product by visiting this link:  http://www.saferproducts.gov/ <–

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Multiple Earthquakes Shake Japan, Cause Widespread Death and Destruction

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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.

Epicenter:

  • 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.

RESOURCES

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

Logistics

  • 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.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • 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.

EVACUATIONS

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

INJURIES

  • 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.

DEATH TOLL

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

DAMAGE REPORTS

  • 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.

WEATHER

  • Current:  18C degrees. Light rain.

ALERTS

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

MEDIA CONTACTS

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

PUBLIC INFORMATION

  • 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

HOW TO HELP

  • 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/

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • #JAPANEarthquake
  • #Kumamoto

ABOUT  JAPAN

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

CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS THOSE WORTH SAVING

With rising tides, the ocean brings more than waves crashing up on the beach. This time residents are greeted by a huge ship onshore named Tekekaoi which means “Good Luck” in the Kiribati language.  I don’t think this is really what they had in mind as Luck coming up on shore.  (Photo Credit:  Humans of Kiribati.  May 2015)

We will be talking about one such area where its Island residents have been pleading to migrate to higher ground around them and their right to survive.  See what journey they have been gone to try to start the process of leaving their Islands behind for a better life.

KIRIBATI, COUNTRY OF ISLANDS

As a Public Safety Blogger and Writer, I have the opportunity to write on many topics that include Life and Safety issues which brings Kiribati to mind.  Always searching for stories to share and their images have left heartbroken for those affected by the powerful storms and survival.  The Climate Change has greatly impacted their way of life, homes, crops and emotionally.

Need we may say more?  A picture paints a thousand words and in this case, many thousands more. (Photo Credit:  Humans of Kiribati.  October 2014.)

If you are unfamiliar as to where the Kiribati Islands are located, you are not alone. Great extensive research has been completed to visualize where their tiny Islands reside in the Pacific Ocean.

The Republic of Kiribati became independent from the UK in 1979, is an low-lying island nation comprised of 33 atolls and reef islands and one coral reef island. The islands are protruding tips of undersea volcanoes only a few feet above sea-level.  It’s highest point is 266-feet.  South Tarawa is the Country’s capital.

Mangroves are a source of stopping erosion to homes and used as a food source for marine life.  (Photo Credit:  Humans for Kiribati)

These islands have approximately 310 square land miles.  Their spread is approximately over 1.3Million miles and straddles both the equator and the International Date line but the Line Islands bring all the islands within the same time zone. Their population is at 103,000 with half living on the Tarawa Atoll.  Kiribati is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, IMF, World Bank and the United Nations.

Kiribati is one of the world’s most poorest and least developed Countries.  It has few natural resources including exporting fish and Copra [coconut meat].  It’s main financial support comes from sources such as fishing licenses, limited tourism, development assistance and worker remittances. Due to the remoteness and being so isolated, the Kiribati is unable to fully develop tourism completely.

Since 1990, Kiribati has been an active member participating in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), an intergovernmental agency focusing on low-lying and small island countries addressing Global Warming. 

A COUNTRY & ITS PEOPLE WORTH SAVING

The Kiribati President and government continues to plead to surrounding Countries and the world to save them. Here are some of the highlights that they are trying to mitigate to save their Country – but they cannot do it alone but with the help of the World together, as one.

A King tide comes in and floods the area including the maternity clinic and hospital causing patients to be evacuated and moved to another facility.  (Photo Courtesy:  Humans of Kiribati.)

  • 2009:  President Tong pledged on November 10, 2009, with 10 other Countries to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • 2010:  Kiribati hosted on November 10, 2010, the Tarawa Climate Change Conference (TCCC) to support their initiative.
  • 2013:  President Tong spoke about climate-induced sea levels rising as inevitable. Pleas for his people to survive, they need to migrate as a large group or to prepare them.
  • 2014:  President Tong told the NY Times “Within this century, the water levels will be higher than all of their highest peaks on land.”
  • 2014: New Zealand rejected the notion that Kiribati’s plea for refugee status due to climate change is not a legitimate reason to allowing them to migrate to their country and will never allow them to move to that Country for that reason. It was also rejected by their Supreme Court.
  • 2015:  US Ambassador Judith Cefkin will be officiating ground-breaking ceremony in North Tarawa for a new health clinic to be funded by USAid. (http://www.climate.gov.ki/2015/02/25/four-new-ambassadors-meet-with-president-tong/)
  • 2015:  In February, 4 American, Spanish, Netherlands-Dutch and German Ambassadors lent their credentials to the Kiribati country and members of the European Union will be visiting EU-funded projects in the Country. Those projects are Environmentally Safe aggregates to Tarawa, Solar Energy, as well as Sanitary and Water projects.  (http://www.climate.gov.ki/2015/02/25/four-new-ambassadors-meet-with-president-tong/)

EXAMPLES OF AN IMPACTED COUNTRY

“We are global citizens. Our genes are global. Our bodies are global. Our societies are global. Our economies are global. Our environment is global. Our possessions are global. Our civic life is global.” – The Kiribati People

In desperation, the Kiribati people refuse to give up Hope that someday they took will live out their lives in a Country that will accept them as their own and offer ways they too can contribute to society.  We know it’s really not Rocket Science but a goodwill gesture in helping save mankind.  We know that it’s the right thing to do and worth saving the people of Kiribati from extinction.

A King Wave has come into the Island’s Betio Maternity Hospital clinic and maternity ward flooding out the building and everything around it. This is an ambulance that appears to have been severely damaged. They are a poor Country and can’t just file an insurance claim to buy a brand new one.  (Photo Courtesy:  These photos courtesy of Victor Itaea, Raimon Kataotao Naitiniwa Teitiaki Joan Temai Leupena and Claire Anterea Tangaroa Late February 2015 www.theislandrescueproject.org The Island Rescue Project via Carol Armstrong, The Island Rescue Project. Photos taken in February 2015.)

“You have a place to run and seek higher ground for shelter.  We have no place to run to when the extremely high waves seek refuge on our low-lying Islands. The seas are getting higher and higher. We ask the World to please Save us.” – Kiribati people

Though others may be fleeing for their lives from Syria into other Countries around the world to escape war, others are simply trying to make it to higher ground to protect their own Lives.  “The world needs to see for themselves what Global Warming is doing to others than have no where to flee to.”

A downtown shop floods from the many waves that now crash up on the beaches into populated areas. (Photo Credit:  Carol Armstong, The Island Rescue Project)

“Refugees run from war and are being taken into welcoming arms of Countries, we struggle to survive from destructive waves that promise to sink our Nation.” 

Here are some of their stories:

  • February 2015:  “The ocean is taking over the low-lying islands and people are living in this every day. There is NO place for them to go to higher ground.  King Tides occur monthly and are getting more destructive each month”
  • February 23, 2015:  One resident reports: “Villages in Kiribati are experiencing overtopping from last night’s super wave causing all patients to be evacuated from the Betio Maternity Hospital to the main  hospital at Naverevere.  Those who do not live on the islands have a place to run and hide but we do not. The seas are getting higher and higher and we have no place to seek shelter.”
  • February 2015:  “The impact of Climate Change this year was much more severe than in recent years.  Most of the damage sustained in our Capital City of Tarawa which are now full of many stones.”
  • March 6, 2015:  “Sea levels continue to rise due to climate change, and some countries may vanish into the ocean by 2050. The most at-risk is the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Coastal erosion and freshwater contamination could make Kiribati uninhabitable in the next 30 years.”
  • March 9, 2015:  “It seems like we are having a rainy weather now together with strong winds . The next high tide will be this afternoon till night time and if accompanied with the strong winds, the waves will be dangerous and severely destructive.”
  • March 9, 2015:  “Another writes, “Most of the seawalls that were recently constructed by MACDow have been destroyed now.Furthermore, the roads are covered with sand, gravel and big stones again. Residential houses along the coastal area are greatly affected by the strong waves too.”
  • March 10, 2015:  “Extreme damage to the Nippon Causeway that links Betio and Bariki Islets on Tarawa, Kiribati.”
  • July 8, 2015:  Carol Armstrong of The Island Rescue Project writes: ‘Living on the coast of a former freshwater pond that is now flooded with seawater, high tides post a serious problem for his family, so he has resolved to move house further inland. His wife had gone to visit her relatives on the neighboring island and to bring back groceries. Pacific islands need climate change help now.’
  • October 2015:  “Just hours after a high-level meeting with delegates from several nations and transnational organizations on climate-induced migration; the winds picked up, the sea swelled, and people living close to the shores headed inland. This was an unusal storm.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP

To learn how you can assist the people of Kiribati and surrounding Pacific Ocean islands and The Island Rescue Project, a non-profit 501(c)(3)  whom is working with them with sanitation and water supplies, baby formula and teaching in schools, as well as assisting in the clinics, check out their website at www.theislandrescueproject.org. Carol Armstrong is their Founder.  She also has a Facebook page SOS . . . Kirbati Needs Your Help! that she created for the people of Kiribati and other Pacific Islands.

Written by LR Swenson, Writer for The NW Fire Blog – https://thenwfireblog.com.  Twitter @nwfireblog

(c) 2015 Photographs were republished with previous written authorization and credits were given to the Photographers to the best of the ability of the Author.

(c) 2015 LR Swenson No portion of this article may be electronically or manually reproduced, altered or published without the express written authorization of the Author.

Product Recall | Residential Hydraulic Elevator by Coastal Carolina Elevators due to Crushing Hazard

Little River, SC | Coastal Carolina Elevators manufactrued by Cambridge Elevating of Canada is recalling approximately 240 of its elevators in response to a catastrophic brain injury to a 10-year-old boy from Baltimore, Md. and two other reports of incidents.

MANUFACTURER  | Cambridge Elevating 

PRODUCT NAME | Elmira Hydraulic residential hydraulic elevators

Coastal Carolina residential elevator

DISTRIBUTOR | Coastal Carolina Elevators LLC, formerly Seaside Elevator LLC.

SOLD AT  | Coastal Carolina Elevators through residential contractors and home builders, including DRHorton, in South Carolina from January 2006 through December 2009 for between $16,000 and $25,000.

CONSUMER CONTACT | Coastal Carolina Elevators collect at (843) 399-6545 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or atwww.coastalcarolinaelevators.com and click on the Recall tab at the top of the page (effective April 6, 2015).

THE HAZARD |   The elevator can operate while the gate door is open, posing a crushing hazard.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

Washington State AG’s Office Settles Fraud Allegations Case

CareFusion Corp. to pay Washington $229,440 to resolve Medicaid fraud allegations

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Washington has joined with other states and the federal government in a global settlement with CareFusion, a manufacturer of medical and surgical supplies and medical devices. The settlement resolves civil allegations of unlawful marketing practices and the payment of kickbacks for promoting sales of CareFusion’s surgical preparation solution, Chloraprep.

“When businesses commit Medicaid fraud, it leaves less money to provide health care to vulnerable patients,” Ferguson said. “The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to pursue bad actors to recover funds.”

Washington to receive $229,440

Under the terms of the civil settlement, CareFusion will pay a total of $40.1 million to the states and the federal government. Washington’s total share of the settlement is $229,440 with nearly $109,448 returning directly to the state Medicaid program. Another $119,992 will be returned to the federal government for its share of Washington’s Medicaid program. The federal government matches state funds to support the Medicaid program in Washington.

Allegations against CareFusion 

CareFusion, a corporation spun off from Cardinal Health in 2009, allegedly promoted and marketed Chloraprep for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Once the FDA approves a surgical solution such as Chloraprep as safe and effective, its manufacturer cannot market or promote it for an ‘off-label’ use, meaning any use not specified in the FDA-approved product label.

Chloraprep was approved by the FDA for specific inpatient hospital procedures, including the preparation of a patient’s skin prior to surgery or injection. The FDA explicitly rejected its use for prepping the skin prior to inserting catheters into veins for administering medications, or cleaning the skin as part of closing wounds.

The lawsuit alleges that during the period between Sept. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2011, CareFusion promoted Chloraprep for these improper uses, which went beyond the FDA approval. CareFusion also allegedly publicized unverified information about Chloraprep during the same time period.

The states further contend that in 2008 CareFusion’s predecessor corporation entered into agreements for which CareFusion assumed legal and financial responsibility. This included payment to an entity known as Health Care Concepts, Inc. (HCC). The payments were allegedly made in order to conceal kickbacks to the physician-owner of HCC, for promoting and influencing providers to use Chloraprep. This violates various federal and state anti-kickback laws.

CareFusion’s alleged unlawful conduct caused false and/or fraudulent claims to be submitted to government funded health care programs, including Medicaid.

A team from the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU) worked closely with the federal government on the investigation and conducted the settlement negotiations with CareFusion on behalf of the states.

Senior Counsel Carrie L. Bashaw managed the settlement for the Washington Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Fighting Medicaid fraud in Washington

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of healthcare provider fraud committed against the state’s Medicaid program. In addition, the unit coordinates the investigation and prosecution of abuse and neglect involving vulnerable adults residing in Medicaid-funded residential facilities with local law enforcement authorities through a statewide contact network.

  • Report suspected Medicaid fraud: 1-800-562-6906 or send an email toHotTips@hca.wa.gov.
  • You can also report provider fraud via the Attorney General’s Office Web site.

The Department of Social and Health Services Office of Fraud & Accountability investigates client fraud. You can report Medicaid Client Fraud via the Department’s Online Complaint Form, call the Welfare Fraud Hotline at 1-800-562-6906 or send the complaint to Welfare Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 45817, Olympia, Washington 98504-5817.

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The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.

CONTACTS:

Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications, (360) 586-0725, janelleg@atg.wa.gov

Alison Dempsey-Hall, Deputy Comm. Director, (206) 442-4482, alisond@atg.wa.gov

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