LODD – Crews Recover Body of Wayne-Westland Firefighter Brian Woehlke After Building Collapse at Michigan Strip Mall FireNo comments
UPDATED: 1600 hours
The body of a Wayne Westland firefighter has been recovered from a blaze at a pair of businesses in a Westland strip mall today.
Brian Woehlke, 29, was found today, said Deputy Fire Chief Rob Arbini. Woehlke had been a firefighter for 10 months, Arbini said.
Mayor William Wild said he received notification of Woehlke’s recovery at about 12:40 p.m. No additional information was released.
Statement from Westland Mayor William Wild courtesy WDIV.com:
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our Westland firefighters who died in the line of duty this morning. He dedicated his life to protecting the residents of Wayne and Westland and this is a terrible loss for the firefighter’s family and our entire community. This tragedy is a reminder to us all of the sacrifice that firefighters make along with their family and friends every single day. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends, as well as the first responders of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department, who are mourning the loss of fellow firefighter, Brian Woehlke. Woehlke, 29, a Dearborn resident who was married and the father of one, had been a member of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department for ten (10) months. We are forever appreciative for the brave men and women of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department who put their lives on the line every day.”
UPDATED: 1415 hours
Crews have recovered the body of a Wayne-Westland firefighter who triggered his distress signal while battling flames inside a Westland poker hall Wednesday.
FOX 2′s Alex Wiley says crews discovered the body among the wreckage at the Electric Stick charity poker hall in the 6500 block of North Wayne Road.
A Firefighter is missing after a collapse at a strip mall fire this morning outside of Detroit, Michigan. Crews are on scene searching for the missing firefighter.
We will update with further information as it is available.
A search and rescue team is searching for a firefighter who went missing after a roof collapsed to the burning strip mall.
Wayne-Westland Deputy Fire Chief Robert Arbini tells WWJ-AM that searchers are doing what’s needed “to find that person.”
You might remember Mikey Johnson’s story I posted back in October “The Thinning of Today’s Fire Service“. Mikey had lost 150 lbs. in 6 months.
The story below is another one I am very happy to share with you about a young man making a huge lifestyle change to live a healthier life. This should serve as motivation for others to set out to make similar changes in their lives.
I referenced an article on Fire Service Warrior about philosophy and being a “fit firefighter” in the previous post and I would like to share it again with you. Take a second to read the article here.
Joe Francisco is a local Firefighter in Roanoke County, VA. He volunteers at the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department #4 “The Fightin’ Fourth”. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe recently when Captain Wines and I stopped by for the evening. Catawba VFD is first due to Captain Wines homestead. Joe joined the department in 2008.
The reason why I am writing about Joe is not because he is a firefighter, it is because Joe has lost 152 lbs. since August of 2012. I think it is amazing. Hell, I only weigh 146 lbs…so he has lost the equivalent of one of me.
Joe is 26 years old and 6′ tall. At 25, he weighed 491 lbs. Today, just 9 months later he weighs 339.
His weight loss began on August 4, 2012 when his beloved Grandpa died. In the following two weeks, Joe lost 25 lbs that he attributes to stress over the loss. He was astonished by the sudden loss in weight so he told himself “well I might as well try to lose more”. Joe cut out soda and the only bread he ate was tortilla. He continued his weight loss over the next 8 months and lost 134 lbs WITHOUT working out.
He was so amped over his continued weight loss and progress that he joined Planet Fitness and Complete Nutrition here in Roanoke, VA. This would enable him to continue his journey, get fit, and make the most of it!
In his own words:
I’ve lost a total of 152 lbs thus far and let me tell you I have never felt better! I haven’t been this weight since I was in 9th grade! Now I have ENDLESS amounts of energy! I sleep all throughout the night before I was waking up 4 or 5 times a night I had high blood pressure I was at the beginning stages of sleep apnea and now …. NONE OF THOSE PROBLEMS EXIST! Most importantly for once I am happy! I feel alive!
In his spare time, Joe enjoys playing the guitar and banjo…and long walks on the beach!
Guys like Mikey and Joe should be an inspiration to all of us. I know I use their dedication and commitment to motivate myself!
Leave a comment below to give a word of encouragement to Joe! If you know him, tell him what a great job he is doing!
I went to Family Day to see all the hard training my fiance and his brothers have endured in these past LONG Four months. I was so excited to see all the insanely and heroic things these guys have learned. Firefighter’s are true hero’s and I don’t think thy get the credit they should! In one of the exercises, My fiance’s Drill Instructor approached me and asked me to be a volunteer. Non-hesitant at all, I followed him up to the building (3rd floor). I did NOT EXPECT THIS AT ALL!
My face transformation says it all. This moment will forever play in my head. I got rescued by a Firefighter with an amazing message. A proposal that was perfect! And just as a little girl who sat on her window sill dreaming of who her Prince Charming would be and what her love story would read, my dream came true today! This video is intended to SHARE and SPREAD the LOVE. I always hear “Romance is dead” and it’s not. I am huge believer in true love and this is a glimpse of our love story. I know there has been negative comments and not everyone thinks alike. FYI I was safe, there was a net under and a LARGE GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS surrounding me who walked me through how I was supposed to come down.
Best of the Rest – ESS Review, VES Helmet Cam, Terrible FF & Leader?, Promotions, and My New Thinking CapNo comments
Right now is the busiest time of the year for me. It starts when Lacrosse season begins (I am the coach of a team of 23 U11 players). I do it because they don’t have enough coaches and because my son plays. I don’t even have an assistant coach. I am not the best coach in the World, but I think I get the job done.
On top of that, FDIC was just held in Indianapolis. Last year, FDIC was a blast and when I got back I felt as though I was stuck under a heap of work…that heap never let up. I have the same issue this year, and again I never dug myself out of the work last year.
I am managing though. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Currently, we are behind on about 8 reviews over at FireProductReview.com. The ESS Eye Pro review is complete and can be seen here. The 1st in Leather review will be up later today.
Keep me informed of what is going on. I try to keep up, but it isn’t happening. If you want information shared on “Best of the Rest”, email me or contact me another way.
The video below is VES Helmet Cam video out of Colorado Springs, CO. More info on it here: IronsandLadders.com offers a view and commentary on a Vent-Enter-Search (VES) Video in the latest post. Read it here.
TenSeventyFive.com offers his latest post “I’m A Terrible Firefighter And An Even Worse Leader“. Read it and offer your opinion in the comments.
Box Alarm Leather has a new line of custom products out in collaboration with MN8 Foxfire. “Illuminated by Foxfire” gear can be ordered on their Facebook page. You might also check out their web site for more products.
FireGeezer.com is chock full of great content this past week or so. We send our condolensces to Bill on the loss of his wife. Mike Ward and the rest of the crew have been keeping the blog hopping with a ton of great stories.
IronFiremen.com’s Captain Wines wrote a great piece titled “Promotions… “SILLY SEASON” is here, Recruitment, Retention and More!“
Dave Statter continues to keep it real…in true “retired guy” spirit, he shows the rest of us that he doesn’t sleep and continues to post around the clock. Check out all of the great stuff over at STATter911.com.
The video below was shared by a reader.
Have you ever thought about using the local park for training?
I’m not sure why they evacuated the house in the end…but I enjoyed this video for the audio more than the video.
Video by: firewolfranger. Info: helmet cam footage from a mutual aid structure fire on Saturday …. I have more footage, and will probably put up a longer video later, but this is from my actual time inside … no response footage from this one, we were already at the station returning from a rescue call when we got called to this one …
Check out the newest product review on FireProductReview.com.
Captain Wines and I reviewed the ESS Eye Pro models 5B series and CDI series eye pro.
Below you will find the names of most of the top Fire/EMS smart phone applications (Apps) as shared by the readers on the Fire Critic Facebook page. I did not share the links, because most are found on either your iphone or Android marketplaces. All you have to do is use the terms below to search for them on your phone. Not all of them have a dedicated web site.
Feel free to add more in the comments! Which apps do you use?
- IAFF Procal
- FireEng. Field Officer Guide
- Fire Rescue 1
- Firefighter Log
- NIMS ICS
- Fire Officer
- Fire officer field guide
- Fire Academy
- Fire alert
- Fireground 360
- Fire Command Worksheet
- Leaky nozzle firehouse scheduler
- The Firefighter Pocketbook
- iPAR Fire (iPAR Fire Lite)
- Firehouse Scheduler
- Mass Incident Paging
- fire shifts
- fd shift calendar
- Calculator for pump ops
- 911 Toolkit
- Two Tone Detect: Not an app but a computer program called two tone detect. Records the page outs from my scanner and sends an audio file to my phone via text or email.
- CMC Rescue Guide
- Hybrid Excrication Guide
- Extrication Zones Pro
- knot guide
- TEEX Swiftwater
- rescue knots
- Med Toolkit
- Merck Manual
- ER Res.
- Easy PCR
- EMS Assist
- State Protocols under iBook
- Wiser (wiser for iOS)
- ECG Guide
- Critical Care ACLS Guide
- EMS ALS Guide
- EMS BLS Guide
- Hazmat Guide
- Drager Gas Detection
- Hazmat Evac
- 2012 ERG
- Chem Safety
- Cargo Decoder
- placard +
- Mobile REMM
- Google Translator
- Army Mountaineering
- Google Earth
- iMap Weather Radio
Video by: . Video info: This is a 2 part video. The 1st part is of an occupied 1 story house fire with smoke showing / fire venting from rear bedroom. We had 2 probationary firefighters with us that day and WOW was that fun. Pass devices going off and getting blasted in the face with an open nozzle was fun. But we ALL have to learn at the beginning! The probies made a quick stop and all was good. Until 1 year later the same house came in and it was going a little better this time, especially thru the attic. We were going to make the same push thru the front but the heat conditions were deteriorating by the second and being it was a vacant house now with fire thru the roof in some spots, we knocked it down from the outside and then went in. No one was injured but this was our 4th structure fire within our 24 hr shift….we were beat. The cameras used were the Fire Cam MINI HD and the Fire Cam 1080 Fire Helmet Cameras from www.firevideo.net
“Get Off The F$@%ing Radio!”…I think we have all said this at one point in time, just maybe not on camera1 comment
I think we have all said this at one time or another. This short clip below captures just that moment in time where we have something to say…but someone else apparently won’t shut up on the radio. I guess you could say that we just hope that it doesn’t get caught on video. It doesn’t matter who this is or where it happened…it is pretty funny.