It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the passing of Fire Marshal David A. Staub of Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association. Brother Staub, 55, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The visitation will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 1:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 7411 Cherry Lane, Laurel, Laurel Maryland 20707. A Fire Department Service will begin at 8pm. The Funeral will be held November 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM also at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements are being handled by the Donaldson Funeral Home, 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Maryland 20707, (301) 725-1690.
Art was born in Gettysburg, PA to Robert Clayton Staub and Carol (nee Hardman) Staub. Art worked for several years at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Fire Department before moving onto the Loudoun County Fire Department in 1995. Art started his career at Loudoun County as a Fire Fighter and retired in 2012 as a Fire Marshal. Art continued his career in Fire and Rescue as a fire inspector for Fairfax County. Art was a founding member of the Loudoun Career Firefighters Association IAFF 3756. Art is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years Karen (nee Owens) Staub, his devoted daughters Katie Staub and Cristin Owens, his cherished granddaughter Ruby Mazzuca, his loving sister Bobbie Jean Click and parents Robert and Carol Staub. Art is also survived by his Godson, Alex Blankenship and many other family and friends.
Local 3756 will be sponsoring a Worker's Compensation Seminar on September 8 at Fire Station 19 and September 19 at Fire Station 16. Both seminars are free to Local 3756 members and start @ 1900 hours. Organized by Director Jeff Wolfe, the seminar features James Swiger, PPLC, a local attorney who has represented many LCFR employees in the past. He will be covering the worker's comp process from A-Z, employees' rights, and answer any questions you may have. A flyer will be sent out via email. Food will be served. Contact Director Wolfe @ Station 7-D Shift for any questions.
Technician Dave Mauldin attempts Death Race for Good Cause
A race that has the website, www.youmaydie.com, can lead one to wonder about the contents and situations he/she may find themselves in. However, the Peak Death Race has that exact website. Put on by Peak Races and the founders of the ever-popular Reebok Spartan Races, Joe DeSena and Andy Weinberg, The Death Race is sure to draw every ounce of will power from each competitor daring enough to enter.
According to the Peak Races website, “This is the ULTIMATE challenge. The Death Race is designed to present you with the totally unexpected, the totally insane, and take you out of your comfort zone. This race is a 48+-hour event that is created to break you physically, mentally, and emotionally. All of you will enter, 90% of you won’t finish. Only consider this race if you have lived a full life to date.”
The 2014 Death Race will be held on June 27th, at its cornerstone location, Pittsfield, VT. This year, one of local 3756’s own, Technician Dave Mauldin, will be attempting to finish the Death Race. Mauldin has been training for over a year to tackle the Death Race that maintains a 90% failure rate. Mauldin’s training consists of 15-20 mile hikes (with a 65lb ruckpack), Crossfit training, swimming, and even wood splitting! Yes, wood splitting has been a constant variable within the Death Race every year. Competitors will split many cords of wood over the course of the race.
This year, Mauldin will be honoring a local 9yr girl, Morgan Ward, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March. A fundraising site has been set up to assist the family with the surmounting medical expenses. If one would like to donate to an awesome cause, the link is as follows: https://www.crowdrise.com/morganstrong2014.
Most people would ask themselves why anyone would attempt such a crazy endurance race. Mauldin jokingly states, “Why not!” His game plan is to tackle the race one event and one mile at a time.
Local 3756 is proud of our brother, and hope everyone can support his cause!
As recruit class 29 wraps up their last few days before graduation, they welcomed Board Members from Local 3756 for the Local's presentation and invitation to join the IAFF Brotherhood. President Leeper, Secretary Keane, and Director Dillon Huss spent the afternoon with the upcoming graduates orientating them to the Local. We are proud to announce that ALL 24 recruits signed applications to join the Local. A 100% membership from this class is the first in a long time according to President Leeper! We're proud to have them aboard and look forward to seeing them graduate and become part of the brotherhood! Congratulations to Class 29! Graduation is this Friday, 2/21! We hope you can show your support for Class 29 and join them for graduation ceremonies!
On Monday, June 3, 2013 box alarm 01-17 was alerted bringing in a working fire to “The Big House’s” first due at 0708 hrs. E601 and T620 arrived at 809 Bellview Ct. to find a single family dwelling with fire showing from an attached garage. The units forced entry and made quick work of a small garage fire. OPS 600 was the first arriving Chief Officer and had the Bellview Command. Other units arrived and took their NOVA assignments. The box was scaled back with the first hour and had the remained of the unit in service shortly after.
Units on the Box: E601, E622, E610, E605, T620, TL606, R613, M6133, BC601, BC602, OPS 600, EMS601, SO600, and FM611.
“The Big House” is holding true to its name for the career staff on A shift! The past week has provided daily excitement for the crew.
On Thursday, May 30, 2013 box alarm 22-03 was alerted at 18992 Castleguard Ct at 1155 hrs. E622 was out of position on the east side of their first due allowing E601 to become the first due engine. A column of smoke was visible from the ramp of many fire stations, including “The Big House”. T620 was the first unit to arrive and report a 2 story single family with fire from side Charlie. T620 further investigated to find 2 a story in the front, 3 story in the rear with a walk basement with the Charlie side well involved in fire. The crew noted immediate exposure problems and confirmed with the home owner that everyone was out of the home. E601 arrived and Co. 20’s crews went to work on a defensive attack from the bravo/charlie corner with a blitz fire. Engine and Tower 606 arrived soon after and also deployed various hand and master stream lines. Other units arrived and assumed their normal NOVA dispatched rolls.
BC602 had the command and crews operated until approx. 1845 hrs performing overhaul and salvage operations. Despite efforts of personnel on the scene the structure and contents were a total loss for the unfortunate family. Multiple firefighters were transported for various reasons and all released shortly after with minor injuries/illnesses.
Units on the Box: E601, E606, E622, E623, E618, T620, TL606, R613, M6062, BC601, BC602, SO600, EMS601 and FM611
Over the past few weeks Fire Station 619 HazMat Team members have rotated through gas prop training with Washington Gas. The crews operated in their “Pipetown” training facility running hose lines to control valves, practiced protecting exposures and reviewed other types of gas leaks. The training coordinators discussed low and high pressure lines, commercial and residential meters, and provided advice for fire department responses. The staff would like to thank Washington Gas for hosting the training and BC Mike Johnson for setting up the schedule.