Take a look at the pictures and ask a few questions. There are always variables that we don't know about using a still photograph, but we can put ourselves in that picture and think about what we would do. The idea is to consider different approaches and outcomes and keeping ourselves ready should a similar even occur.
1. Is there tenable space in this…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 30, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
There have been numerous complaints from a small group about my latest seat belt cartoon. Enough so that Brother John Willgohs felt compelled to share his story of an apparatus accident that happened in 1998. If you can read this, and look at the attached photo without realizing the necessity for you and…
There have been numerous complaints from a small group about my latest seat belt cartoon. Enough so that Brother John Willgohs felt compelled to share his story of an apparatus accident that happened in 1998. If you can read this, and look at the attached photo without realizing the necessity for you and your…
Added by Paul Combs on December 30, 2011 at 10:22am — No Comments
It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 80th Line Of Duty Death in 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter James Rice has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Peabody Fire Department.
James “Jim” Rice
Added by Brad Hoff on December 28, 2011 at 6:33pm — No Comments
2012 is just around the corner.
If you haven't already made plans for the new year, then you'd better start now.
I am speaking to volunteer fire departments.
Have you made plans to recruit, and then retain new members?
There are people in your communities who are sitting on the fence. They want to get involved in their community in some way. Do you know who they are and have you reached out to them?
The days of…Continue
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 28, 2011 at 4:37pm — No Comments
Share your strategies, tactics and experience! Every Friday we'll post a picture or video and want to get your take on the situation.
THE SCENARIO: You're wearing all the hats today! You're dispatched to a reported "structure" fire. It's the middle of the week during Christmas vacation and the neighbors don't know if the kids are there or not.
Added by Matt McDowell on December 23, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
So many times I hear "Why do we have to train?" or "Why is it so important?". When I hear these comments I can't help but get upset and mad. But I have had to remind myself numerous times that when I hear things like this it is my job to change those "Attitudes". We must do "Whatever it takes" to make sure we are ready to answer the call when the bells go off. Training is what keeps us as firefighters safe and ready to do our jobs better and more effectively. Yes there is always that chance…Continue
On December 22, 1999, we lost three (3) Keokuk, IA firefighters (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200004.html).
I received the news on the fire in Keokuk, IA that claimed the lives of Assistant Chief Dave McNally, Firefighter Nathan Tuck and Firefighter Jason Bitting as they attempted the rescue of three, small children, who also perished in the fire.
The headline in the Thursday,…Continue
Water supply is vital for the completion of our job of extinguishing fires. It really is as simple as that. Arguably, no incident demands for the quick actions of a competent driver as much as a Highrise building. They are tasked with establishing and maintaining a positive water supply in this normally standpipe equipped building. The added element of supplying a Fire Department Connection (FDC) certainly adds an additional dimension to that of a residential structure…Continue
Here is a short video that you can use for a drill or training night. Feel free to use however you like. This is from a recent basement fire and what was looked for and what was done. There are some considerations to think about. This is not everything for all basement fires. Just a simple tutorial. Feel free to add your experience and ideas to this video.
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 21, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
"There Ain't No Slack in Initial Attack!"
After 6 Seasons with Cal-Fire, and 7 Years of College, I finally said it out-loud.
I want to start a company and an NPO to partner with that provides Fitness, Education, Training and Resources to Wildland Firefighters.
We are Here! And - Here is…Continue
Added by Katy Luetke on December 21, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
The recent MayDays that have occurred in Brooklyn New York City and Springfield Pennsylvania have highlighted many things. There will be the Monday morning quarterbacks and the official analysis from the respective departments. There should be no surprise to any of us that there has already been a lot said and discussed on the social media sites. There is one specific item that I am here to discuss and to peak your interest in. I am hopeful that you will consider my points, look at your…Continue
My wife and I were at the mall finishing up our Christmas shopping and taking in the sights of the holiday season.
There were grade schoolers singing Christmas songs or I assumed that they were. I couldn’t hear them over the Christmas music blaring over the mall’s speakers.
There were dancing sugar plum fairies. Check that; it was mall cops chasing another shoplifter.
Everyone was in the Christmas spirit. Some could be heard complaining about how crowded it was. Others…Continue
It has been my understanding, for most of my Fire Service career, that the Training Officer is the “Change Agent” in any department. I do believe this to be true, however, with no coordination and buy-in of other key staff members this is an impossible feat. The job of Training Officer is challenging, often daunting and increasingly litigious. So…how do we make positive changes from the Training Officer’s chair; that play out like a well-rehearsed orchestra and not an out-of-tune garage…Continue
Added by Mark Fowler on December 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Have a safe and wonderful Christmas, everybody!!
Oh, and keep an extinguisher by the fireplace, just in case Santa needs a little…
Within the culture of the American Fire Service, we have sub-cultures. There are those who seek to be professionals in their chosen trade. Then there are individuals who simply seek entitlement. No matter where you align yourself on that scale, this trade has minimum requirements. You must position yourself within the team and carry out the duties you are assigned. Our business has been forged through blood, sweat and tears. Even if you care not for the sense of pride and accomplishment…Continue
What’s your plan for a collision pinning a victim between the hood of a car and the rear-end of a heavy vehicle? Is this an unlikely scenario? Whether you are in a small town or big city, commercial vehicles are stopping and going through your jurisdiction daily. See my previous post on cribbing for heavy vehicles to get an idea of the weights.
It is imperative for us to…Continue
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on December 17, 2011 at 10:10pm — No Comments
My other blog on the situation in Moline IL entitled “City Fires; Chief Retires” can be found here. Pertinent links to local news coverage can also be found under the Comments section.
After watching the Moline budget talks being covered on local TV, in the local papers and listening on local talk radio, I am convinced that fire departments will NEVER win another battle against manpower cuts, as…Continue