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January 2012 Blog Posts (42)

DOE helps launch first responder training program, app for alt-fuel vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) launched a training program specializing in teaching first responders how to treat crashes involving hybrids, battery-electric vehicles and other advanced-powertrain vehicles. NAFTC has also launched in iPhone app – and will…

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Added by John Shafer on January 31, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Blogging Then and Now

Every now and then, I have to remind myself that I have been blogging for a long time.

My first article went up at Firehouse.com during the early days of the MembersZone feature. Back then, you could sign up for free, but if you paid, you could get content that wasn’t available with the free membership. That first article was posted in the “Volunteer’s Corner”.

From there, I went to the IACOJ website, where I posted several blogs in the “ChiefReason” section.

The Board…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 30, 2012 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: PA

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 8th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Captain Walter Sumner has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department.

Walter C. Sumner

Rank: Captain

Age:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 30, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

High Anchor Point with 2:1 for Window Rescue - Company Drill

This is a firefighter or victim rescue company drill that intimidates some, but once you break it down and train, it can be done quickly with just a few firefighters.  The scenario simulates a heavy victim inside the window where rescuers cannot lift the victim out the window.  The high-anchor point with a modified 2:1 provides extra lifting power.

The set-up can be done quickly with one firefighter if needed.  You will need an extension ladder, a life safety rope (100′ will do), and…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 30, 2012 at 2:06pm — No Comments

COLD TOES - WARM THOUGHTS

Hang in there, my Brothers and Sisters in the north - Spring is just around the corner!!!…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 30, 2012 at 7:51am — 5 Comments

Owning Training

Two phrases heard frequently in the Fire Service, "We will never" and "We have always", are ignorant statements and are just not true. In a profession that constantly encounters new situations, why do we speak in absolutes?

In the previous post, I discussed Training Warning Flags. The first posed question was, Does your training staff (Training Officers, Instructors, and Senior Firefighters) feel responsible for the performance of their students?

This is such an…

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Added by Christopher Huston on January 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

WHY EVERYONE GOES HOME DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN “EVERYONE GOES HOME.” on Backstep Firefighter

The cowboy in us asks 'If great responsibility is founded on personal responsibility, then what place does personal experience hold?'…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on January 28, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Pump anodes to prevent pump failure due to electrolysis

We have had two pumps through our shop, in 2011, that the pump housings were totally eaten away causing a failure of the pump. It first appeared to be bad water systems or operator error, however when the second showed up, we begin noticing the the intake strainers were being replaced more often that usual. Both apparatus have polytanks.

A third apparatus from 2010 that had a pump failure, had the same damage as the two new pumps. The 2010 repair, originally had a steel tank, but it…

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Added by Bob Franklin on January 28, 2012 at 12:03am — No Comments

Certified pump testing

Does anyone know of a state that requires a state ceertification for a person or company to conduct pump certification test? There are alot of departments here that are getting taken on annual service test being done by people who have never heard of NFPA 1911. Any information will be greatly appreciated. BOB

Added by Bob Franklin on January 27, 2012 at 11:35pm — No Comments

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire on 2 Floors (Videos)

This week we've got a rippin' 2-story single family dwelling.  Share your strategies, tactics and experience! 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!

Added by Matt McDowell on January 27, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Cure

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about "The Sickness" in the fire service. There was a great deal of conversation from this post that was constructive and on point. I must admit that I wrote it with this post in mind. Actually, this post came to me before that one did, but I wanted to define the problem in a way that most could relate to.



While reading the responses to the post a great guy and respected chief posted a response, "OFFICERS" as the solution. I couldn't agree with him more… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 27, 2012 at 7:23am — 4 Comments

JANUARY MAGAZINE EDITORIAL CARTOON

The firehouse and training grounds are very fun places to be. Lighthearted jokes and razzing are the norm - and quite honestly a very healthy behavior. Good-natured poking and prodding creates friendships, camaraderie, trust, and some of the best nicknames in the fire service. However, when…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

What to do, what to do...

Yesterday was the first 24-hour period in two weeks that we didn't have a call. I'm not sure what to do with the "free time." Last week, with the flooding and storm, we had 12 calls in 36 hours. Maybe I could take up knitting. With fire-retardant yarn, of course.

Added by Ned Hickson on January 26, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

Free Green Building Codes 101 Webinar

Green Building Codes 101: Navigating the Standards, Codes, and Rating Systems.

This webinar addresses many of the questions about the relationships between green standards, codes, and rating systems. This webinar was developed collaboratively by ICC, USGBC, ASHRAE and AIA.

Link:…

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Added by John Shafer on January 25, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

When I grow up I want to be a retired firefighter!

       Politics & Tactics

                            When I grow up, I want to be a retired firefighter!

Ok that may have not been your response to that timeless question. However about ten years into your career this answer will hold more relevance. Long nights away from your family, missed baseball games and birthdays. We have all sacrificed our time for the greater good with the hope to be able to retire with…

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Added by Frank Ricci on January 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Armchair Blindness

We are well aware of the fact that fire behavior is heavily influenced by many factors; ventilation, construction, wind, fuel loading. The fact is that there are just as many if not more variables and factors at work on human behavior as there are in fire behavior. The ignorance begins when we watch a video and believe that those at work on the screen are in the same frame of mind as we are at our desk. Only when we consider these influences, couple them with the presented conditions can we…

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Added by Brian Brush on January 23, 2012 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

Training Warning Flags

Training is an issue in any department. At some levels the firefighters cannot get enough training. Whereas some, well, we know how they act. We tend to decide if a training was successful or not by getting those “other guys” to step up and train with us. Could we be missing something though? Are we capable of detecting Warning Flags in training? Do we always have control over those warnings? Let us look at some self-diagnosis.

  • Does your training staff (Training Officers,…
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Added by Christopher Huston on January 22, 2012 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Are you ready for the Mayday?

Most Firefighters understand what a mayday is and are familiar with Rapid Intervention Crews. What you may not know is that the NFPA has a standard for the qualifications and training "to save our own." Over the weekend, I attended a NFPA 1407 implementation course. This 8-hour session concentrated on the standard and ways to integrate it into our training so we meet the standard for RIC. Rather then get into my own thoughts and knowledge of the subject; I would rather publish a simple list…

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Added by Christopher Huston on January 22, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NJ

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 7th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Bruce Turcotte has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Hopelawn Engine Company No. 1.

Bruce Turcotte

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 58

Gender: Male

Status:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 21, 2012 at 3:19pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: HI

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 6th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter III Duane Ibarra has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety.

Duane Ibarra

Rank: Firefighter…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 21, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments

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