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October 2010 Blog Posts (25)

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CT

It is with the deepest sadness and sympathy that I post the following Line Of Duty Death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter LT. Bruce Bachinsky has made the ultimate sacrifice. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Waterbury Fire Department.



Bruce Bachinsky



Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 12

Date of Incident: 10/26/2010

Time of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 27, 2010 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Pure Speculation, Not Judgment

I read two line of duty death reports from the USFA yesterday…we all need to read them. It does not say how or why these good men died, but that is the point. Not knowing gives us an opportunity to look at ourselves and speculate what might have caused their deaths and focus us on what we should be doing to protect ourselves, those we care for, and those that we work with.



I copied… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 26, 2010 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: OH

It is with the deepest sadness and sympathy that I post the following Line Of Duty Death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter Daniel C. Wilson has made the ultimate sacrifice. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Jerusalem TWP Fire Department.



Daniel C. Wilson



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 58

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 32

Date of Incident: 10/19/2010

Time of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 25, 2010 at 5:04pm — No Comments

THE OL' BALL AND CHAIN - October FE Magazine Illustration







To see more of my work or to purchase prints, visit:… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 25, 2010 at 1:52pm — 5 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MO

It is with the deepest sadness and sympathy that I post the following Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter Randall Scott Davenport has made the ultimate sacrifice. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Marshall Fire Deprtment.



Randall Scott Davenport



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 4

Date of Incident: 10/24/2010

Time of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 25, 2010 at 10:37am — No Comments

Things that drive me crazy! (or crazier)



I suppose we all have pet peeves. As anal as I am, I have more than my share. One of them is what is shown in the photo above. Now, to be fair, no water is flowing (yet) and I am sure that the men and women of the Pawtucket fire department are among the best in the country. But - what's the firefighter doing at the tip of the aerial?

In my opinion, he or she is in one of the most dangerous positions a firefighter can put themselves in - and… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on October 21, 2010 at 9:52am — 7 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NY

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter William Akin. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Co.



William Akin, Jr.





Rank: Fire Police Captain



Age: 52



Gender: Male



Status: Volunteer



Years of Service: 25+



Date of Incident: 10/19/2010



Time of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 20, 2010 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Engaged and Ownership in today Fire Service

What do these two little words mean to you in your life? They have different meanings for all of us I’m sure, but, how much thought do we give to these words in our Professional lives as Firemen and as Brothers?



In our everyday lives we are engaged in sports, playing, coaching, watching, etc. We are engaged in our families, by being loving husband or wives, fathers or mothers, watching our children grow into well rounded adults. We own cars, houses, computers, cell phones, you name… Continue

Added by Jeff Schwering on October 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

STRANGE S.O.G. BREW



I am a BIG believer in SOGs (or, SOPs depending on your Department). Standard Operating Guidelines are the foundation for how we approach most incidents and a baseline for what is expected of us as firefighters. Although it is up to ALL of us to follow and… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 18, 2010 at 2:45pm — 11 Comments

Roll Call for October 3 - October 9

SAFE Firefighter is going to give an overview of how WE did as a fire service from Sunday to Saturday of every week. Please feel free to leave comments or add comments with links to additional information.

Thanks and Be SAFE!

To Read the Post, CLICK HERE

Added by Matt McDowell on October 16, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Arizona has a chance to set the example for the US once agian

On Nov. 2, the people of Arizona will decide whether to amend the state constitution to bar the government from discriminating against or granting preferences to individuals or groups in public employment, contracting, and education. I wholeheartedly support Proposition 107, the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative. A person’s race, ethnicity, or skin color should not be a part of their promotion or the application process. Individuals should be promoted, hired, or admitted based on their… Continue

Added by Frank Ricci on October 15, 2010 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

When Seconds Count........

It is “interesting” that in discussions about this weekend’s four alarm fire in Lowell, that the Fire Chief and the Mayor were mum on the rolling brown out issue. Wouldn’t the right thing for Hizhonor and Da Chief to do would be to point out that budget reductions have forced cuts in staffing? And that those reductions in staffing have resulted in companies being closed. And that if those companies were not closed nine more firefighters would have been available to respond. And that of those… Continue

Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 14, 2010 at 6:16am — No Comments

Chief Bobby Halton's October Rant

Socialists or Capitalists





Oct 1, 2010

BY BOBBY HALTON



I have a great friend; he is provocative, insightful, and funny. He is the kind of guy that you never know what he is going to do next. He voted for President Obama then showed up at the Courage and Valor Fun Run this year wearing a T-shirt with former President George W. Bush’s picture on it and the caption “Miss Me Yet?” He is not afraid to change his mind or speak it; he has courage in his convictions, and… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 12, 2010 at 10:56am — 10 Comments

Dry Hydrants

Having a difficult time determining the best practice for flushing/back flushing these installations. Believe that pressurizing them with an inch-and-a-half or larger is causing uncemented plastic fittings to come apart or to leak. Saw the comments about letting the "dust settle" and gravity feeding some portion of the tank water down the h*** before priming. We have milfoil trouble, is anyone doing anything about invasive specie? Thanks for any suggestions

Added by Gary M Courtney on October 9, 2010 at 1:37pm — 1 Comment

REMEMBER THAT PREVENTION IS OUR MISSION, TOO



I'd like to introduce you to a good friend of mine, and to the fire service. Dayna Hilton and her family of dalmatians are making a difference through their energetic fire education programs. I first met Dayna and Sparkles through email a few… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 7, 2010 at 7:04pm — 8 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CA

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter Jim Saunders. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.



Jim Saunders



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 52

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident: 10/03/2010

Time of Incident: Pending

Date of Death:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 7, 2010 at 3:28pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter Assistant Chief Thomas Innes. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Hindsboro Community Fire Protection District.





Thomas Innes



Rank: Assistant Fire Chief



Age: 61



Gender: Male



Status: Volunteer



Years of Service: Pending



Date of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 6, 2010 at 11:07am — No Comments

Roll Call for September 26 through October 2

SAFE Firefighter is going to give an overview of how WE did as a fire service from Sunday to Saturday of every week. This will include LODD, Civilian Deaths, Close Calls and any other interesting stuff. Please feel free to leave comments or add comments with links to additional information. Thanks and Be SAFE!



Roll Call for the week of September 26- October 2…



LODD-RFB



2 (Robert Hall and Edward Mosely)

62 for 2010



Civilian Fire… Continue

Added by Matt McDowell on October 6, 2010 at 9:11am — No Comments

From FIREFIGHTER CLOSECALLS: NY EMS CHIEF DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE ON A RUN THIS MORNING

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 It is with deep regret that Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad and the Broome County Office of Emergency Services have advised us of the Line of Duty Death of Chief Karen Hand, AEMT-CC this morning. Karen was the Chief of the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad, and lost her life to sudden cardiac arrest this morning while on a run. In addition to her 17 years of service with BVES, Karen was Captain of the Lisle Fire Company EMS First Response Team, has served as a Deputy… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 5, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: OH

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter Robert Hall. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Lynchburg Area Joint Fire & Ambulance District.





Robert Hall



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 57

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 4

Date of Incident: 09/27/2010

Time of Incident: 1900hrs

Date of… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 4, 2010 at 7:29pm — No Comments

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