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Fire Safety for One and All

Many years ago, I was presented with an opportunity to deliver a fire safety talk to a group of visually impaired senior citizens. I struggled a bit wondering how I was going to accomplish that and what I would tell them. I was overthinking it, partly because it would be my first time speaking to such a group and partly because of their special needs. I then consulted the wisdom from a couple of fire chiefs I knew and learned from them to keep it simple, and that fire safety is essentially the…See More
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False Alarms; No Such Thing

Communication is key in much of our daily life. As much as we try, we sometimes have that “failure to communicate”. That said, to avoid some confusion, there is a need to let go of the term and the concept of “false alarms”.  Smoke alarm or smoke detector activations related to “culinary mishaps”, burnt popcorn, or burnt whatever in the microwave or a pot of food on the stovetop, are not false alarms. Those devices did their job. Even in the case of when steam sets those devices off, those…See More
Aug 18, 2023
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Community Fire Prevention; Take Care of the Little Things

If you have read my fire prevention missives in the past, you have learned that, in my opinion, preaching the good word supporting public fire and life safety education is part of our mission of saving lives and protecting property. Consider how much property can be saved with the effective use of a sprinkler system, or a fire extinguisher. In the restaurant and commercial occupancy world, an Ansul system, or a FM 200 system and the like, can also prevent some damage loss and protect property.…See More
Jun 21, 2022
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Responsibilities and Pride of the Helmet

Do you remember your thoughts or feelings when you put on a fire helmet for the very first time? Maybe your feelings were different than the ones being written about here, but you can follow along and reminisce. On that day, there may have been happiness, excitement, exhilaration, and anticipation on what was yet to come. Calls for help, emergency responses. Red lights, sirens, and air horns oh my! There may have been some angst, nervousness, and shyness, even though you would eventually fit in…See More
Feb 24, 2021

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Lives in:
Pittsburgh, PA
Department:
Southern Allegheny Valley Emergency Services
Title/rank:
Firefighter, Emergency Management Coordinator
Years of public service:
43
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Funding, Training, Manpower
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter II, Fire Instructor 1, former EMS Instructor, EMT. Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Specialist, Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Building Code Official.
Topics you provide training for:
Firefighter Safety, Firefighter 1, EVDT, Hazardous Materials, EMS, Basic Vehicle Extrication.CORE, CERT, Traffic Incident Management, Building Construction.
Areas of expertise:
Not an expert in anything, still learning.
Bio:
Andy is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Borough of Aspinwall, PA. He is enjoying his 43rd year in the fire service and is presently serving with the Aspinwall Fire District, part of the Southern Allegheny Valley Emergency Services. He is active in Fire Prevention, Training and Fundraising and is one of the Safety Officers for this department. He is Local Level Instructor in Allegheny County . He also instructs C.E.R.T locally. He is employed by Chesley Brown International as a Fire and Life Safety Manager, responsible for 2 high rises and 4 mid rise commercial buildings.

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Fire Safety for One and All

Many years ago, I was presented with an opportunity to deliver a fire safety talk to a group of visually impaired senior citizens. I struggled a bit wondering how I was going to accomplish that and what I would tell them. I was overthinking it, partly because it would be my first time speaking to such a…

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Posted on May 21, 2024 at 12:48pm

False Alarms; No Such Thing

Communication is key in much of our daily life. As much as we try, we sometimes have that “failure to communicate”. That said, to avoid some confusion, there is a need to let go of the term and the concept of “false alarms”.  Smoke alarm or smoke detector activations related to “culinary mishaps”, burnt popcorn, or burnt whatever in the microwave or a pot of food on the stovetop, are not false alarms. Those devices did their job. Even in the case of when steam sets those devices off, those…

Continue

Posted on August 18, 2023 at 1:58pm

Community Fire Prevention; Take Care of the Little Things

If you have read my fire prevention missives in the past, you have learned that, in my opinion, preaching the good word supporting public fire and life safety education is part of our mission of saving lives and protecting property. Consider how much property can be saved with the effective use of a sprinkler system, or a fire extinguisher. In the restaurant and commercial occupancy world, an Ansul system, or a FM 200 system and the like, can also prevent some damage loss and protect…

Continue

Posted on June 21, 2022 at 8:10pm

Responsibilities and Pride of the Helmet

Do you remember your thoughts or feelings when you put on a fire helmet for the very first time? Maybe your feelings were different than the ones being written about here, but you can follow along and reminisce. On that day, there may have been happiness, excitement, exhilaration, and anticipation on what was yet to come. Calls for help, emergency responses. Red lights, sirens, and air horns oh my! There may have been some angst, nervousness, and shyness, even…

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Posted on February 24, 2021 at 12:09am

In other news; Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives.

 

In case you missed some of the news stories, this week of October 7th is National Fire Prevention Week. There’s a lot of history behind this week. I encourage you to read how and when it all started. Many fire stations nationwide hold open houses, provide station tours, respond to requests of visiting this school or that school and for some, at the end of the week, those events are tucked away until next year. I’ve stated as well as many others have, that Fire Prevention…

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Posted on October 10, 2018 at 6:28pm

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DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENCE: not subject to control by others; not requiring or relying on something else. Those who sacrificed for our Country enabled us to be independent and we do rely on those who maintain that freedom for us on a daily basis, here and abroad. To all of them, THANK YOU!!!! Thank you to all of our military personnel for keeping us safe and independent!
 
 
 

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