So much attention is given to the "vacant structure" being the killer of firefighters when decisions are the culprit in most cases. Some LODD's are just an unfortunate association with the risk of the profession. We cannot eliminate ALL risk without eliminating the job itself. Many of…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on December 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 6, 2013 at 4:40pm — No Comments
Here is the next simulation. This is of a victorian house. It is approximately 4000 sq. ft. (not including the third floor).
There are six bedrooms. The fire occurs at 0630 hours on a saturday morning. What you see in the video is what you get.
You are on your department riding your apparatus and are assigned Search by Command. An engine company has arrived before you and is stretching a line to the front door.
1) What type of…Continue
Added by Skip Coleman on December 5, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Never before have we had the information we do now
FACE 2011-31 On December 23, 2011, a 42-year-old male career fire fighter died during fire-fighting operations on the 2nd floor of a three-story apartment building. The victim was assigned to Engine 5 (E5) with a lieutenant and driver/pump operator. E5 was the first-due engine company at this fire. The Incident Commander ordered E5 to take a…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 3, 2013 at 6:20pm — No Comments
Rope Rescue in Gates
By Lou Comenale
Illustrations and Equipment Photos by Lou Comenale
On Scene Photos by John Spaulding
There has always been some questioning of the purpose of spending thousands of dollars in rope rescue equipment. The Gates Fire District really doesn’t have the topography that would warrant a rope rescue incident, we do have some vertical embankments along the Erie Canal that makes…Continue
Added by Lou Comenale on December 2, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
A place at the table
Some years ago, I worked on a family farm. The people I worked for treated me like a part of their family, even though I was only distantly related by marriage. Every morning before sunrise everyone would meet at the farm house and enjoy a large breakfast. The same applied during hunting season.
When my personal life came on a very rough time, I remember not wanting the family to feel uncomfortable or to put them in a bad predicament with my presence in…Continue
CDC Current Intelligence Bulletin 67: Fire Service Epidemic
There's an epidemic in the American fire service, and terrifyingly little is known about it. Some estimate that as many as 1% of your brothers and sisters might already be infected, while others claim that number is as high as 10%,…Continue
You laugh, but you know you've thought about it!!!
Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving, everybody - and for Heaven's sake, clean your chainsaw after the carving.
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It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 92nd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & First Assistant Chief Russ Gow has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Factoryville Fire Department.
Added by Brad Hoff on November 25, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments
“Never Forget” is a slogan that the American fire service enjoys using. People never forget major events, brothers that have gone before us, or historical fire service moments, though it often drifts far from a firefighter’s daily thoughts over time. Sometimes a small show of brotherhood is delivered in a way that makes it difficult for one to have an important memory far from their thoughts. I have questioned over the past few years if true brotherhood is a dying breed. All too often it is…Continue
Added by Justin Graney on November 24, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments
I have spent a significant amount of time lately talking about and finding examples of utilizing speed on the fireground. It is my belief (and the belief of many others) that the surest way to increase our survival and the survival of the people we serve is to operate with a high level of tempo. I am not advocating blindly sprinting around and tripping over ourselves. I am talking about the kind of speed which is a product of high quality/fidelity training and a thorough knowledge of fire…Continue
Added by Dave Werner on November 24, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments
I completed my Instructor several years ago and at the time I was only interested in teaching short, hands-on classes if any at all. I always liked passing on information to my members at the station. I started teaching (assisting) some basic firefighter classes and quickly found how much I enjoyed it. Not only was it fun and fulfilling to see a new firefighter go from learning to don gear to making actual fire attacks; but it is also a great way to stay current on basic skills and new…Continue
Added by Ron Becknell on November 23, 2013 at 10:23pm — No Comments
Why the Quint works for us.
By Lou Comenale and Justin Ientilluci
In many firehouses across the country you mention the word “Quint” and you might have well just insulted that firefighters favorite football team. Even in our own department some guys still wish we would run just a Ladder Truck. Slowly the culture is changing and the reality is setting in that running a Quint actually works in our department.…Continue
Added by Lou Comenale on November 22, 2013 at 2:34pm — No Comments
We all know that in competitive sports, second place is the first loser. Athletes (amateur or professional) all seek to win the big game. They put in the time, effort and training. The greater the commitment before the game, the better chance you have to be on top of your game! So why should the fire service be any different? Our playing field is competitive and on game day it takes proficient and effective teamwork to mitigate the emergency. Which leads to the point of this article. …Continue
Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on November 21, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday
P.J. Norwood & Frank Ricci
Preparation, training, and understanding our equipment is the key to success. The fire servicer service has come a long way in preparing for…Continue
Looking for a fun Christmas gift idea? Well, pre-orders for my new book Drawn By Fire, Too are now being accepted on the PennWell bookstore. Over 150 cartoons in a beautifully bound hard-cover book. A link…Continue
Chief Ron Kanterman
I have a re-visiting guest blogger this month. My good friend and associate Captain Rob Beattie of the North Plainfield (NJ) Fire Department has returned, infiltrated my Journal and penned an amusing analogy of team work and the firehouse coffee pot. Show this to your probies/rookies/new guys and where applicable, your old guys. Thanks Rob for your insight. I enjoyed this one! Ronnie K …Continue
Added by RON KANTERMAN on November 18, 2013 at 1:35pm — No Comments
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Added by Paul Combs on November 18, 2013 at 7:49am — No Comments
This post was Co - Authored by Ryan Royal
Commercial outward swinging doors can be some of the most difficult forcible entry situations due to the locking systems and added fortification but what is often overlooked in training is access challenges. The outward swinging door below was on the back of a commercial building. You can see this situation has a half wall on the hinge side and the jamb side…Continue