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Otisco FD
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At 7:13pm on July 11, 2009, Todd McKee said…
Welcome to the world's greatest training site. This is where the serious trainers come to train & learn from each other. Please allow me to invite you to the group called "HAZMAT PLACARDS TO SUCCESS". This group is for the firefighter, the EMA officer, and the HazMat Technician. I would love to hear what you have to say. This is a great time to join the group as our main focus is currently the first stages of the HazMat Incident.

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Todd McKee
At 10:56pm on November 20, 2008, Joy Beth Cottle said…
No, that was on a fairly large wildland fire 50 miles north of Fairbanks. Turns out the packing glands needed tightening. I got suckered into going up there with my volly department at the time, and the rigs don't get as much maintenance and testing as at work. Fairbanks Fire Department runs mostly dry pumps, but some of our newer rigs don't have the capability of being completely dry, so we just circulate like the rest of the departments around here.
Our fire chief said we could try going wet last winter, and within a month, we had a 5-year driver freeze up some pump drains left at 30 below for 4 hours without circulating. His excuse? He'd never heard of circulating in cold weather. Every time I'm shoulder deep in the pump with a sponge, I quietly cuss him out. Our ladders and platforms get immediately drained when their master streams are no longer needed, but we have had problems with ice sheets inside keeping them from retracting. If a hoseline does freeze despite keeping it cracked out a window or down a toilet, we just throw it in the back of a department pickup to thaw at the station.
At 1:12am on November 20, 2008, Joy Beth Cottle said…
Awesome patch! Glad I can soak up some experience-based knowledge here without having to fight all the fires to get there. Stay safe! Joy Beth
At 9:23am on November 13, 2008, Jim Mason said…
Being from a large dept I'm interested in small town , espicially rural volunteer dept. training. How do you guys train your officers for the fire ground?
At 5:23pm on November 12, 2008, Jim Mason said…
Thanks for joining CSF (Common Sense Firefighting). We're working to make it a decision making on the fire ground page. I see you are the chief of the dept. It's always good to hear the chief's perspective on fire ground decisions. Where is Otisco FD?
At 7:18pm on November 11, 2008, Jay Blake said…
Yes, grew up there and worked a ton of jobs. WIXT, Eastern, Marcellus, vol at MCFD and Air-1. Also have a brother and a father that are involved with the fire service.

How are things up there, I was just up teaching a class for Canastota, it was COLD.

At 3:02pm on November 11, 2008, Bobby Halton said…

Great to have you on the site brother looking forward to hearing more from you

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