My inspirations for starting this series investigating the feasibility of increasing firefighters' danger tolerance included the suggestion that the modern fire attack (MFA) technique of exterior streams was evidence of cowardice, as well as recent rants regarding firefighters “not doing their jobs”, at least as defined by the person posting the rant, which generally involve the perceived hesitation of other firefighters to perform interior operations. To me, the idea that we all merely need…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on February 19, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments
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Added by Paul Combs on February 19, 2018 at 7:31am — No Comments
Leadership by example is often a concept that is easier said than done. We may hear the phrase often, but how often do we see leadership in action? Who among us is setting the example, Chief Officers, Company Officers, Medics, Firefighters, Recruits, Civilians?
The fact is, regardless of the titles we may wear or where we may fit within an…Continue
Added by Nick J. Salameh on February 16, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Use of SCBA in Post Fire Environments
The prevalence of cancer in firefighters has received a tremendous amount of well-deserved attention over the last couple of years. This may not be as new as it feels. As early as 1775, doctors in London linked cancer and chimney sweeps together. Chimney sweeps had higher than population average rates of polyps in the nose and cancer of the scrotum. Of…Continue
Engine Company Search: Tri Level House
Life Safety is the fire services number one priority, typically accomplished by searching for victims of fire inside fire buildings. This is a high risk, high man power, and high intensity tactic that must be planned and coordinated. However, fire…
Added by Robert Owens on February 12, 2018 at 9:39am — No Comments
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Fires in parking garages are rare incidents, which is why we should prepare for them by conducting fire preplans. A vehicle fire inside of a parking garage may seem like a simple job, until you arrive to find two cars burning on the top deck under solar panels with no standpipe, or an O.O.S (out of service) FDC.
Most fires in parking garages are burning vehicles. These PG fires can be…Continue
Added by Brian D Butler on February 10, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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Every minute of the day brings the potential for a machinery rescue response. Think about it, how many vehicle extrications are there in the U.S. every single day? How many rings are cut off by rescue companies and emergency room personnel every single day? How many kids get their fingers stuck in toys, bicycle parts, or their head stuck between railings every single day? If we put vehicle extrication…Continue
Added by Brian D Butler on February 8, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments
True Firefighter Courage
Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima,…Continue
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The Sunday Preach:
'Everyday is your Superbowl'
"We have no such luxury of scheduling either our fires or where in the home these fires will occur. We may go to two in one day, one this week, or one in a year. Whenever a fire happens, we must be ready. For firefighters, every day is potentially game day, and we must be ready to play." (25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD Pg. 221.)
Tonight marks the culmination of the 2017 NFL season. Last years post…Continue
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 4, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Stretching a hand-line is one of the most fundamental tasks we perform within our fire service. Without being proficient at stretching/advancing a line, it’s safe to say we can expect nothing short of an inadequate outcome when operating on the fire ground. Stretching is one of the first things we learn as new firefighters. In academy’s across the country, evolutions are repeated over and over at nauseam with instructors ordering “I want that line to the front door”, “Stretch…Continue
Added by Adam J. Hansen on February 2, 2018 at 8:51am — No Comments
The Super Bowl - the pinnacle of professional football greatness, myth and lore, where there have been some amazing athletes who can claim to be the glorious victors, or the devastated runner-up. However, one thing is for certain, whether you are the winner or loser of the BIG game – they all got there by…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on February 1, 2018 at 9:10am — No Comments
Engine Company Search: Ranch House
Life Safety is the fire services number one priority, typically accomplished by searching for victims of fire inside fire buildings. This is a high risk, high man power, and high intensity tactic that must be planned and coordinated. However, fire departments all over…
Added by Robert Owens on January 31, 2018 at 2:03pm — No Comments
By Brian Butler
We are currently starting to see more photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roofs in urban area housing, especially in New Jersey which has the most solar panels per square mile in the U.S. PV solar panels will be problematic when performing roof ventilation and ladder placement. In…Continue
So far in this series exploring the practical limitations inherent in any attempt to motivate firefighters to think less about their own safety and more about the lives and property we are sworn to protect; to display more boldness and less caution, I have suggested that the concept of heroism is so vague as to render it virtually useless as a tool for either change or measurement, and have proposed that the route to maximizing effort is to educate, demonstrate, and support the desired…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on January 29, 2018 at 7:41am — No Comments
Male and female aspirant have an equal job opportunity in this field. They will get job opportunity in state and municipal fire brigades, in industrial fire brigades, in railway and airports fire brigade, at high rise building, at five-star hotels and hospitals. In Indian scenario, in recent years, Increase industrialization, the introduction of new life safety rules and regulations, and government level effort to implement effective disaster handling…Continue
Added by Shivkant on January 29, 2018 at 5:25am — No Comments
In this post, I discuss the book: Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family and I discuss caring for your people so you can build a high performing team.
So if you want to all out effort, all in attitude, and have fun at work so you can how to get the most out of those around them, keep reading!
Below are the top 5 highlights I had from the book.
– We are social animals and we respond to the environments we’re in.
– We are…Continue
Added by John Lovato Jr on January 25, 2018 at 3:28pm — No Comments
The Armadillo Effect: Art of Foreseeability
by: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr.
Have you ever wondered how Armadillos are always seen dead on the side or the middle of the road? Have you wondered how a squirrel jukes back and forth in the roadway when a vehicle approaches sometimes making it across and sometimes not? Have you wondered how an Eagle is able to soar high above and a precisely locate their prey?…Continue
Added by Thomas D. Kuglin Jr. on January 24, 2018 at 6:09am — No Comments
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the "right of the people to be secure in their persons ... against unreasonable searches and seizures." In most cases, the Constitution requires the government to obtain a warrant supported by probable cause to search a person. However, when government has a special need for a search, such as protecting public safety, courts have upheld the search(s) if it is found "reasonable" after balancing the physical intrusion against…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on January 22, 2018 at 10:24am — No Comments