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  • bummer
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    Residental Sprinklers

    Originally posted by Dickey View Post
    This is not what it seem. I won't comment for my Green Bay brothers but this is crap.

    A fire department has no authority to enter or enforce any codes in residential dwellings. We can come in if we are invited but cannot enforce. More to follow.
    My thoughts as well. How about a residential sprinkler mandate for all new buildings in Green Bay? I bet the builders would say it cost too much and isn't worth it. I am sure Arnie's family would tend to disagree!

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  • frenchfireball
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    condolences to the families and friends.may he rest in peace.god bless.

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  • Dickey
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    This is not what it seem. I won't comment for my Green Bay brothers but this is crap.

    A fire department has no authority to enter or enforce any codes in residential dwellings. We can come in if we are invited but cannot enforce. More to follow.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Update

    Report suggests new firefighter safety measures in Green Bay
    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A new report by federal investigators
    makes four recommendations to improve the safety of Green Bay
    firefighters in the aftermath of the death of a colleague.
    The report, obtained by the Green Bay Press-Gazette, comes just
    before the one-year anniversary of Lt. Arnie Wolff's death and has
    not yet been released publicly by the National Institute for
    Occupational Safety and Health.
    Wolff, 55, was killed Aug. 13, 2006, while fighting a house fire
    on Green Bay's east side after he and his partner fell through the
    home's first floor and landed in the basement. Wolff's partner
    survived.
    The federal report recommends that the city's fire department:
    -Conduct pre-incident planning and inspections of buildings to
    develop safe fire ground strategies and tactics.
    -Use thermal imaging cameras during the initial assessment and
    search phases of a fire.
    -Ensure firefighters are trained to recognized the danger of
    operating above a fire and identify buildings constructed with
    trusses.
    -Suggests that municipalities, building code officials and local
    authorities consider modifying building codes to require that
    lightweight trusses are protected with a fire barrier on the top
    and bottom.
    Green Bay Assistant Fire Chief Don Phillips said the department
    has pre-fire planning for many structures in the city and maintains
    a computer database.
    But the city does not collect information about individual
    residences, he said.
    The department has thermal imaging cameras, but the devices are
    obsolete, bulky and often under repair, he said. Plans are in the
    works to buy seven new cameras.
    The department also has increased its focus on the hazards of
    lightweight construction after Wolff's death, and lobbied for
    building codes to be strengthened, Phillips said. The home that
    burned in the blaze used engineered wood and other modern
    materials.
    The final federal report is expected to be made public later
    this week.
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    Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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  • res54cuecaptain
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    rest in peace brother, rest in peace

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  • NJFFSA16
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    A fitting Tribute...a final goodbye

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Hundreds of people attended a funeral for
    a fallen Green Bay firefighter on Friday while hundreds of
    firefighters from around the country stood in uniform outside to
    pay their respects.
    Green Bay Fire Lt. Arnie Wolff, 55, was killed last Sunday and
    his partner was injured after the pair plunged through a floor to a
    burning basement while battling a house fire. He had worked for the
    department for 17 years.
    On Friday, 850 people attended a funeral Mass at St. Bernard
    Catholic Church. Outside, 800 firefighters in dress uniforms from
    at least 126 different agencies stood in rank and file in the
    parking lot.
    Wolff went from being anonymous to becoming a hero, said Father
    David Pleier, though he was also remembered for being a parent of
    three, a husband, a soccer coach and a paramedic.
    "He simply had a gift and used it," Pleier said. "He
    recognized that the call to heroism was extended to him and he
    answered the call. Arnie, thanks for saying yes."
    Mary Wolff, wearing her husband's wedding band on a chain on her
    neck, says she feels peace.
    "I think this gives me strength," she said, fingering her
    necklace. "I just feel very calm and at peace. My son said, 'I
    feel so good. I'm so proud of dad."'
    Friends and colleagues placed mementos on the altar, such as
    soccer balls, keys to Wolff's Mazda Miata, and one of his helmets.
    During the Mass, Wolff's family received his Medal of Valor, the
    department's highest commendation, and his lieutenant's bars. He
    had been posthumously promoted on Thursday.
    Mary Wolff would have celebrated her 27th wedding anniversary
    with her husband Friday. She said the attention from the
    brotherhood of firefighters was overwhelming but welcomed.
    "To see the 'Sea of Blue' and everyone is so at attention and
    so professional was amazing," Wolff said.
    Wolff's casket was taken from the church on Green Bay Fire
    Engine No. 5. to his station. A walking procession of firefighters
    in dress uniforms, several hundred members of the community and 150
    fire trucks followed. Then a traditional fire service began, with
    Wolff's partner, Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir, ringing a bell to signify
    the end of Wolff's tour of duty. She fell through the floor with
    Wolff and escaped through a basement window. She suffered hip and
    rib fractures.
    Wolff's family was presented with the flag that covered his
    casket and his helmet.
    Fire Chief Jeff Stauber said it was tough to lose a firefighter
    but he appreciated the community's response.
    "The community support is so important to our firefighters to
    know that the community understands the loss that they've felt,"
    Stauber said.
    Tom Gentile, a New York City firefighter, attended the ceremony,
    saying he wanted to pay his respects.
    "Firefighters are willing to come from far, far away for
    someone that you don't even know," he said. "You don't know their
    family, you don't know their friends, but you just do it."
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    Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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  • MIKEYLIKESIT
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    Rest In peace Lt. Wolff

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  • Pipeman2
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    GOD Bless you Brother and Family and GBFD.

    Never Forgotten!

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  • BFDLT32
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    Rest in peace brother. You will not be forgotten.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    And this sad news...

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The house fire that killed a veteran
    firefighter was apparently accidentally set, the fire department
    said Wednesday.
    Arnie Wolff, 55, was killed and his partner Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir
    was injured after they fell through the floor to flames below on
    Sunday. He had worked with the department for 17 years.
    Brinkley-Chaudoir, an 11-year-veteran, escaped through a
    basement window. She was treated for burns at a local hospital and
    released.
    Assistant Chief Don Phillips said Wednesday that the fire
    appeared to be accidental.
    "There were several electrical devices that could not be
    eliminated as a possible source of ignition," he said.
    The fire appeared to have started in the south half of the lower
    level of the home, he said.
    The first-floor joists were "rapidly compromised by the fire
    condition on the lower level," which allowed Wolff to fall through
    the floor, he said.
    Al Klimek, Brown County medical examiner, said toxicology tests
    were being conducted to determine how much carbon monoxide was in
    Wolff's system.
    Wolff was the first Green Bay firefighter to be killed while
    fighting a fire.
    Sixty-one years ago, Green Bay firefighter Art Christensen died
    from lingering injuries he sustained while fighting fires.




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    Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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  • SteveDude
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    Deepest Sympathies to the family and colleagues of Ff Wolff

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  • dave29
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    RIP brother
    Last edited by dave29; 08-16-2006, 11:43 AM.

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  • CaptainGonzo
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    On behalf of the Brothers and Sisters of the Marlborough Fire Department, our deepest condolences to the Wolff family and the Green Bay Fire Department.

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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  • FyredUp
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    I too know a few guys on Green bay and my heart stood still for a second wondering if it was someone I knew....Then I realized it didn't matter if I knew him or not. I had lost another Brother and my family all over the country was short one.

    Rest in Peace Brother Wolff.

    Fyredup

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  • KevinFFVFD
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    On bahalf of the Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, and the other volunteer fire departments of Warren County, I wish the Lord's strenth upon the family, friends, and fellow firefighters of our fallen Brother. May God give him a special place in Heaven.

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