"Residential Recognition - Take off the blinders!"
"All our senses must be on alert. We must use all our five senses to gather intelligence about the bigger picture, then attempt to validate the smaller tactical pieces to make sure the outcome is what is anticipated. We must absolutely resist the temptation
to put the blinders on and run like a moth to a flame in our tactical decision making." Chapter 21, Page…
Added by Dan Shaw on January 31, 2016 at 7:36am — No Comments
A few months ago I posted an article on fireground size up titled, "Size Up's: Not just what it is, but what it was". This article is the second part on size ups. It focuses on two important factors that are not always discussed when talking about size ups. A major key to being able to perform a good size up actually begins well before the fire with taking the time to get to know your district inside out and…Continue
Added by David Topczynski on January 30, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Added by Brad Hoff on January 29, 2016 at 11:28pm — No Comments
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Compressed Natural Gas, with a name like that, it has to be bad. Right? I was recently asked to provide some information on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transport vehicles. Now remember, LNG differs from CNG in that it is super-cooled and compressed so that its storage is in a liquid form, which…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on January 29, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments
Its 3 in the afternoon you get dispatched for a working fire in a single family dwelling. You get there and find that there is a working fire in ranch style house unknown entrapment, but your next in help is still 15 minutes out, you and your crew of 3 are all you have in the meantime.…Continue
Added by Chris Willis on January 27, 2016 at 8:49pm — No Comments
This photo is actually of a poster that I saw in the middle school while on a fire alarm. These posters hang throughout the entire school. It is simple, but it says a lot. This post is simple and short. It's not a motivational speech about being a 212 degree firefighter but reminder not to give up and cool off to 211 degrees. It is about the importance of the single…Continue
Modern building technology is an amazing thing. That being said, technology can also create new firefighter hazards unforeseen by many. For example on a recent building familiarization tour with my truck company, we located many of these pre-engineered smoke ventilation hatches on a new constructed occupancy in my district.
We all know working on the roof is dangerous. Our working environment often yields decreased visibility; night time darkness; seasonal weather related…Continue
IF WE WORKED FOR TIPS
The mirrored elevator doors opened and the couple walked quietly past the Bellman’s stand. The Bell Captain said good morning to them and he knew their last name. He held the door to the hotel dining room for them and then returned to the stand.
He asked if I knew who the couple was and I replied that I did not. He explained that they had come to…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on January 21, 2016 at 11:24pm — No Comments
After getting all caught up on the back-and-forth going on between Captain Tom Kenney of the Providence, RI Fire Department and the city administration AND the Providence Journal newspaper, it is very clear that there is mutual disdain, to put it mildly.
Let me say right here/right now that I HATE sensationalist headlines.
You know the type if you have spent time on the Internet. It is a…Continue
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 19, 2016 at 6:12pm — No Comments
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoken over 50 years ago in a speech that changed our way of life, our perception and view on culture and reminded us what we as Americans stand for, what we stood for and what we should stand for. He started it with four simple words, four words that made the…Continue
Added by Dave McGlynn on January 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments
We in the fire service are fond of initials. They are used both as abbreviated identifiers (e.g., BC, LT, EMS, FADO, AFA, MVC) and/or shortened versions of unwieldy terms (e.g., IDLH, BLEVE, SCBA), forming the type of private, insider language common of all professions. They have also proven to be valuable memory aids, helping us to learn and recall the components and steps of complex processes. For instance, the myriad and extensive considerations that should be included in…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on January 19, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
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TXIt is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 5th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Richard J. Cano has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department.
Added by Brad Hoff on January 18, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
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Make Your Ladders Happy!
“Portable ladders want to be used at fires. They want to get out of their ladder racks and be used, see the light of day, be near the heat and smoke, and help you do your job more quickly and easily. They live to be thrown against residential building fires. It makes them happy. They love to be carried or dragged into place by one firefighter. They want to be placed at the level of the residential windowsill for best overall operations.” Chapter 22,…Continue
Added by Dan Shaw on January 17, 2016 at 3:02pm — No Comments
Added by AB Turenne on January 16, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
It is fourth and goal with the game clock tick, tick, ticking away. The success or failure of your next play will bring your team victorious glory or public disgrace (and these days, social media shaming). You take your positions, the ball is snapped, you run your route awaiting a precise throw from the quarterback, the ball is released and it's coming your way, you…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on January 15, 2016 at 8:52am — No Comments
When I first became married senior firefighters were quick to inform me of the dangers of wearing my wedding band while working. I defied the warnings and continued to wear my ring. I have seen photos over the years of “degloved” fingers and other injuries related to wearing jewelry on the fireground.
This week a mentor of mine who…Continue