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November 2010 Blog Posts (41)

PA Governor Torpedoes Firefighter Cancer Bill

Governor Rendell defended his decision to veto this legislation as “too costly”.

Read the story here: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/11/rendell_vetoes_bill_to_expand.html

I support prudent oversight of tax money, but it unnerves me when I see how tax money is frittered away on low priority expenditures and then, when legislation that is both good policy and good… Continue

Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 30, 2010 at 11:47am — 2 Comments

LETTER REQUEST FOR DONATIONS OF OLD, USED, 2ND HAND FIRE HELMETS, TURNOUT GEARS, BOOTS,SCBA PACKS & MASKS AND FIRE & RESCUE EQUIPMENTS.

Good Day,

I’m Stephen Eric P. Chua from the Philippines, me and my group ( 20 persons ). from all walks of life are all volunteer members of our peace & order council in our local community involve in various activities such as, peace keeping, emergency response team ( medical or calamity), and other volunteer works including fire fighting in our local community. We serve as an auxiliary group when needed by our Barangay (Local Community) Captain or Chairman.

As part of it all, we… Continue

Added by Stephen Eric P. chua on November 30, 2010 at 9:47am — No Comments

Size up on Backstep Firefighter



Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the first arriving officer completing a 360 check of the building upon arrival. In his article “Situational Awareness and the Three Sixty”, Christopher Naum makes the following statement, “The effective assessment of the incident scene is much more than the three-sided size-up methodology of past fireground practices. In fact the term size-up doesn’t align with the newest directions in… Continue

Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 30, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

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

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



Gary M. Valentino



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 13

Date of Incident: 11/26/2010

Time of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on November 26, 2010 at 6:22pm — No Comments

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

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



Kenneth Marshall, Jr.



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Status: Paid-on-Call

Years of Service: 15

Date of Incident: 11/25/2010

Time of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on November 26, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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

It is with the deepest sadness and sympathy that I post the following Line Of Duty Death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter Fernando Sanchez has made the ultimate sacrifice. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the California Dept. of Corrections.



Fernando Sanchez



Rank: Inmate Firefighter

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Status: Wildland Part-Time

Years of Service: Pending

Date of Incident: 11/23/2010

Time… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on November 26, 2010 at 11:31am — No Comments

Lift Up the Laid Off

Often times, I will get an idea for a blog from something that I have heard or read. At the very least, it will give me pause to ponder some of the more obscure issues of the day and to my own bewilderment, wonder why it isn’t a more compelling story.

The other morning, as I was driving into work, I heard on the radio that many who were donating to food pantries last year at this time, were CLIENTS of those same food pantries THIS year. Those who were giving were now getting, so to… Continue

Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 24, 2010 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Get the Whole Picture

This is just a reminder to get the whole picture when doing inspections and pre-plans. Just don’t get lazy when doing these prevention functions. Especially on larger buildings that require some effort to get around.



Recently I did an inspection at a local nursing home. It had been awhile since I had been there because we have the crews do most of these inspections. There were some things I had forgotten about and had I not taken some extra time, would have missed.



As I… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 23, 2010 at 7:47pm — 1 Comment

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

It is with the deepest sadness and sympathy that I post the following Line Of Duty Death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter and fire police captain Worne T. Hall has made the ultimate sacrifice. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Hitchins Volunteer Fire Department.





Worne T. Hall



Rank: Fire Police Captain

Age: 86

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 33

Date of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on November 22, 2010 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Company Officer Training Program - Please help!!

I am looking for information about your Company Officer Training Program. Specifically, I am looking for your WRITTEN program. It seems like everyone has a "program", but nothing on paper. My lieutenant has been charged with developing a program and I'm trying to give him a hand.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks

Added by David Malcomson on November 22, 2010 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Fire Service Getting TSA-Style Pat Downs?

It has been widely reported through several news outlets that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) wants to make the more aggressive airline passenger pat-downs so unpleasant, that passengers will want to go through the Backscatter Security Scanners, which are full-body scans that leave nothing to the imagination.

That got me to thinking…

In a metaphorical sense; city governments are TSA screeners and public safety is getting the pat-downs!

So, if any city officials… Continue

Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 22, 2010 at 9:59am — 4 Comments

Are Bed Bugs Biting Your Wallet?

Bed Bug media hype has spurned considerable action in the travel industry, hospitals, prisons, homes and (of course) fire stations. These pesky little critters have developed resistance to many pesticides (which may account for the recent increase in infestations), are particularly good a hiding, but remain visible to the naked eye. That's right; you can see them! What you might not see so clearly are the unscrupulous profiteers hoping to drain your wallet with ridiculously expensive equipment… Continue

Added by Mike McEvoy on November 21, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Oklahoma City and Tulsa Firefighters Need 5 Minutes of Your Time

The Tulsa fire department has request:



In October of 2011, the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Fire Departments will present city officials with a option to integrate the ambulance transportation services into the local fire service organization. We appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time to complete the following survey. Your information will be used in gathering best practices from across the nation and assist in guiding the planning process. Also, please take a moment to forward… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 19, 2010 at 2:36pm — 3 Comments

CHOPPED!



Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone!!









To see more of my work or to purchase a print of this illustration, visit:… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on November 19, 2010 at 1:31pm — 5 Comments

Tools in the Toolbox





"The fire service is fascinated with acronyms. Some have been around for a while. PSI, GPM, and RIT are examples. Some others are new VSP and CRM for example. We are also fascinated with new ideas and techniques. We are focused on these new ideas to fix old problems. Maybe the problem is that we keep looking for solutions when we should just fix the problem.



Why do we constantly seek to fix our problems with solutions from other… Continue

Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 19, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Letter Request for donations of old, used, Fire helmets, turnout gears, boots, fire & rescue Equipments.

Good Day,

I’m Stephen Eric P. Chua from the Philippines, me and my group ( 20 persons ). from all walks of life are all volunteer members of our peace & order council in our local community involve in various activities such as, peace keeping, emergency response team ( medical or calamity), and other volunteer works including fire fighting in our local community. We serve as an auxiliary group when needed by our Barangay (Local Community) Captain or Chairman.

As part of it all, we… Continue

Added by Stephen Eric P. chua on November 19, 2010 at 3:12am — No Comments

Letter Request for donations of old, used, Fire helmets, turnout gears, boots, fire & rescue Equipments.

Good Day,

I’m Stephen Eric P. Chua from the Philippines, me and my group ( 20 persons ). from all walks of life are all volunteer members of our peace & order council in our local community involve in various activities such as, peace keeping, emergency response team ( medical or calamity), and other volunteer works including fire fighting in our local community. We serve as an auxiliary group when needed by our Barangay (Local Community) Captain or Chairman.

As part of it all, we… Continue

Added by Stephen Eric P. chua on November 19, 2010 at 3:04am — No Comments

Somethings I think I think ( November, 2010 )

Several years ago, one of my favorite writers, Phil Musick, wrote a column for the Pittsburgh Press. He titled it as I have titled this. This is how I pay tribute to him and his work. May he rest in peace.







Somethings I think I think ( November , 2010 )



It’s so hard to step out of something you have been doing for a long time.



Making rules and setting examples is one thing. Being prepared to follow them yourself, is another… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on November 19, 2010 at 2:03am — No Comments

Budget cuts at the FDNY, your hometown, everywhere

We've got an interesting link here to a scheduled press release where the New York City mayor is going to propose shutting down 20 fire stations at night in order to help alleviate some of the budget shortfalls anticipated in New York City.



With the coming "austerity" which is surely the next buzzword will be getting used… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 18, 2010 at 1:03pm — 4 Comments

Corrective Actions In The Name Of Firefighter Safety

Once you are aware of, and have an understanding of the 16 firefighter life safety initiatives as presented by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; we will need to implement those initiatives into our daily operations whether on the scene of an emergency or back at the firehouse. That is-if we are to succeed in ensuring that everyone goes home ! No matter your longevity in the fire service, one year or forty years, I would bet my last toad on the stump that you have been involved in,… Continue

Added by Jon D Marsh on November 17, 2010 at 5:17pm — No Comments

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