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Jun 14
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K-12: Inboard vs Outboard

I would think it’s safe to say that practically every truck company in the US carries a K-12, whether Partner, Stihl, or Husqvarna. Departments without dedicated trucks often carry these versatile saws on their engines. Obviously we also find them on squads and heavy rescue companies.They are a great tool to have and if you’re lucky you have at least two. There’s a lot that can be discussed about these saws, not only blade position but the type of blade to run.With regards to blade position,…See More
Jun 4
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Discipleship in the Fire Service

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor to deliver a short invocation at the inaugural Deep South Fire Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.  What follows is an updated format.  If you are reading this, you have probably heard of Andy Fredericks?  You’ve probably also heard of “Andy’s Ambassadors”. You might even wear the Andy Ambassadors patch on your bunker coat or chore…See More
Apr 9
Clay Magee posted a blog post

SMA Dailey's Top 10 to Sergeant Majors applied for the Fire Service

Last week I came across a post on Facebook titled “Dailey’s Top 10 to SGMs, in his own words”. Dailey is Daniel A. Dailey, Sergeant Major of the Army.  For those that do not know, the SGM of the Army is the top enlisted position in the United States Army.  He is a combat infantry veteran, an Army Ranger, and has received numerous awards including the Bronze Star numerous times.  I really enjoyed reading through these and thought they applied very well to company officers in the fire service.  I…See More
Nov 28, 2018
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Basic Elevator Use at High-Rise Buildings

A basic understanding of elevators is a must for companies involved in high-rise fire suppression activities. Elevators can be used to shuttle men and supplies to the floors above. Elevators will be used extensively early on, but be prepared for elevators to be placed out of service during an extended event due to water damage or loss of power.A few basic rules to understand with elevator use:1. If the fire is on the 7th floor or below, take the stairs.2. Firefighters should stop the elevator…See More
Aug 28, 2018
John Buttrick and Clay Magee are now friends
Jul 4, 2018
Clay Magee joined Mike Walker's group
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High-Rise Fire Group

So many cities have High-Rise structures and the tactics used by various departments varies as much as the cities themselves. The group is designed to allow Metro-City and Big-City firefighters discuss this challenging aspect of our jobs.See More
Apr 23, 2018
Clay Magee posted a blog post

The Bastardization of Fire Service Maxims

The “Fire Service”.  “Fire Service” is composed of two words. “Fire” and “Service”.  According to Webster’s, “Fire” is defined as “a destructive burning (as of a building)”.  Webster’s defines “service” as “the occupation or function of serving;  the work performed by one that serves; contribution to the welfare of others”.  So it’s easy to extrapolate a definition for “Fire Service”.  “Fire Service” as defined by me is “A group committed to serving the citizens, whom we are sworn to protect,…See More
Mar 8, 2018
Clay Magee posted a blog post

Standpipe Ops: The 2.5" Encased Inline Gauge

This piece of equipment is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your tools for standpipe operations. It is second only to your hose and nozzles.  It's selection and use it just as important as hose and nozzle selection. Unfortunately, it is one of the most overlooked and least understood pieces as well. By placing this inline gauge on the standpipe outlet you are in essence moving the engine's pump panel to the floor below the fire.   As a nozzle man, can you imagine not having an…See More
Dec 3, 2017
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Standpipe Ops: Hose and Nozzle selection

Last week we discussed NFPA 14 and the design standards and required static and residual pressure parameters for installation.  It is important to remember that standpipe systems designed prior to 1993 have a required operating pressure between 65 psi and 100 psi.  Standpipe systems designed Post 1993 have a required residual pressure between 100 psi and 175 psi. Outlets are required to produce 250 GPM.  REMEMBER, if the standpipe valve is a Pressure Reducing Valve, it does not matter how much…See More
Nov 19, 2017
Clay Magee posted a blog post

Standpipe Ops: NFPA 14 - Small Talk About A Big Subject

This week we will be discussing NFPA 14 “Standard the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems”.  Over the next two weeks we will discuss nozzle tip size and hose sizes for standpipe operations.  This information from today will help set a background on the numbers that will be used over next few weeks. Warning: This post may be lengthy and somewhat boring but the information is crucial to understanding weapon selection.  This is a small talk about a big subject. I first started studying…See More
Nov 11, 2017
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Nov 9, 2017
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"William, welcome to FE community. You look pretty salty and like you might be into white wine and rom coms."
Nov 9, 2017
Clay Magee posted a blog post

Standpipe Ops: The Great Nozzle Debate

The age old debate in the fire service among nozzle men is certainly smoothbore vs the combination fog nozzle.  Both have their place in the fire service. Both have advantages and disadvantages.  However, when it comes to standpipe operations their is only room for one, and that is the Smoothbore nozzle. Here are a couple of reasons why: 1) Pressure - Smoothbore nozzles are low pressure, they operate their rated flow at 50 psi. Why is this important in standpipe ops? Because standpipe systems…See More
Nov 4, 2017
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Standpipe Packs: Denver vs FDNY

Today we will discuss the Denver Fold and the New York Fold. These two are my favorite folds.  They meet all of the criteria laid out in last weeks article.  They are broken down into 50’ sections, they fold easy, and they flake easy.  The deployment of both is practically the same.  If you want to see how to deploy them, and I recommend that, go to YouTube and search for the Denver Fold.  There are plenty of videos from different departments including Chief McGrail of Denver that show the wet…See More
Oct 28, 2017
Clay Magee posted a blog post

Choosing a Standpipe Pack

Departments that have standpipe equipped buildings should put serious thought into choosing a standpipe pack.  The "we've always done it this way" mentality should not be a guiding factor.  There are multiple different options for standpipe packs. Some are good, some are bad.  Even the good ones have their positive and negative attributes.   There are a few attributes you want to consider when deciding what fold to use. 1. Lightweight - There is no one size fits all standpipe pack.  No one…See More
Oct 21, 2017

Profile Information

Lives in:
Chelsea, Alabama
Department:
Birmingham Fire and Rescue
Title/rank:
Firefighter/Paramedic
Years of public service:
13
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
FFI, FFII, FO1, FO2, Instructor I and 2, Rope I, HazMat Tech, FDISO, AO Pumper and AO Aerial, RIT
Bio:
Clay is an instructor with Magic City Truck Academy and a Firefighter/Paramedic with Birmingham Fire and Rescue and Chelsea Fire and Rescue. He is currently assigned to Rescue 20 at Birmingham. Clay began his career with the East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department in 2004 while attending Mississippi State University. He has been with Birmingham Fire since 2013. He has a passion for forcible entry and high-rise operations. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Mississippi State University, an Associates of Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and multiple certifications from the Alabama Fire College.
Web site:
http://www.magiccitytruckacademy.com

Clay Magee's Blog

K-12: Inboard vs Outboard

I would think it’s safe to say that practically every truck company in the US carries a K-12, whether Partner, Stihl, or Husqvarna. Departments without dedicated trucks often carry these versatile saws on their engines. Obviously we also find them on squads and heavy rescue companies.

They are a great tool to have and if you’re lucky you have at least two. There’s a lot that can be…

Continue

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 3:22pm

Discipleship in the Fire Service

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor to deliver a short invocation at the inaugural Deep South Fire Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.  What follows is an updated format.

 

 

If you are reading this, you have probably heard of Andy Fredericks?  You’ve probably also heard of “Andy’s Ambassadors”. You…

Continue

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 11:45am

SMA Dailey's Top 10 to Sergeant Majors applied for the Fire Service

Last week I came across a post on Facebook titled “Dailey’s Top 10 to SGMs, in his own words”. Dailey is Daniel A. Dailey, Sergeant Major of the Army.  For those that do not know, the SGM of the Army is the top enlisted position in the United States Army.  He is a combat infantry veteran, an Army Ranger, and has received numerous awards including the Bronze Star numerous times.  I really enjoyed reading through these and thought they…

Continue

Posted on November 28, 2018 at 1:36pm

Basic Elevator Use at High-Rise Buildings

A basic understanding of elevators is a must for companies involved in high-rise fire suppression activities. Elevators can be used to shuttle men and supplies to the floors above. Elevators will be used extensively early on, but be prepared for elevators to be placed out of service during an extended event due to water damage or loss of power.

A few basic rules to understand with elevator use:

1. If the fire is on the 7th floor or below, take the stairs.

2. Firefighters…

Continue

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 3:53pm

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