For many of us the "real world" is not having enough firefighters on duty to safely do the job(s) placed upon us. So much emphasis is placed upon EMS that other parts of our job are suffering. Now, don't get me wrong, a well trained and equipped fire department paramedic is as good as any out there, but making a guy go to a paramedic school in order to get on the job leads to some difficult situations. Of course that is another blog. The rumors and talks of a regional fire department is coming… Continue
Added by Kristofer DeMauro on May 10, 2008 at 9:35pm —
Be sure to read the recently released NIOSH report on certain types of aerials by clicking here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/SafetyAdvisory05052008.html. The report concerns safety issues with aerial ladder trucks with locking (pin-anchored, lever actuated, clamped) waterways.
Also, we're always looking for new Quick Vote questions to post on the homepage of the Fire Engineering site. Quick Votes are those poll… Continue
Added by Fire Engineering on May 9, 2008 at 9:47am —
Just wanted to talk about Duneland Fire School (Chesterton, IN). I wanted to give some much needed praise to my instructor for my Fire Officer 1 class. Scott Chasteen, chief of Greensburg Fire Dept (Greensburg IN) taught my class in a professional manner. I felt that he got this class handed to him last minute and probably didn't get all the information from Duneland Fire School. Scott made the best of it. He made sure that we all had the material, including the practical… Continue
Added by Tom Fentress on April 28, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Hey gang! I thought I'd offer a little update on the ISFSI. I was sworn in as president at FDIC a few weeks ago and WOW, what whirlwind it's been! We have a lot going on at the Society and could sure use everyone's help. I'm very lucky as President that I have such a talented Board of Directors! The guys and gals on the board have a lot of experience and passion for the job. I can't wait to see what we're able to accomplish to improve firefighter safety!
I have to say a big THANK YOU… Continue
Added by Eddie Buchanan on April 28, 2008 at 8:09pm —
Good Morning, Sorry I have been a little absent lately but FDIC was unbelievable and now I am back “On the Road” went to Rochester NY and visited with the brothers and sister there for Medal Day and a promotional ceremony. They were kind enough to take me to a 2 and half story working job as well. They have their hands full and are doing some solid work. I will be flying into Charleston today for the Memorial Safety… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on April 26, 2008 at 10:14am —
Our circulation guy asked if I had any comments we could print as to why firefighters like you read Fire Engineering. I would love it if a few of you could give us some quotes as to why you read the magazine.
I gotta tell you a funny… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on April 21, 2008 at 2:40pm —
While I have been in EMS for 21+ years I have never taken the National Registry of EMT's Paramedic exam, until this past Thursday. I have to say that I have always been leery to try, what if I can't even pass the exam I have been teaching new medic students to pass just to enter the profession? Since our medic students must take and pass this exam, I was convinced by one of our other… Continue
Added by Michael D. Smith on April 19, 2008 at 10:06pm —
As many of you know, we here in the Cincinnati area experienced the loss of two of our own. Channel 9 here has initiated a Appreciation Day for firefighters on April 17th. Let's not let this be an isolated event. I believe this could be a time to, not only express appreciation to those who serve, to to expand awareness of firefighter safety. Get your community involved! If you do something for April 17th, please post it here to let everyone know of ways to become active in their community. Here… Continue
Added by Michael Finney on April 15, 2008 at 12:17pm —
NOTE: Anyone can attend
Dates: April 25, 2008 (1pm-5pm EST) and May 2 (1pm-5pm EST) This seminar is divided into two sessions.Bombings,
attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear,
and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to
handle such situations. Inappropriate and costly management decisions
are often made due to a lack of organizational planning and a
methodology for… Continue
Added by Michael Finney on April 14, 2008 at 9:16am —
We all got'em. Some well deserved, some we would rather forget. Firehouse nicknames. On my crew I have a "Booge," "Lukie," "Greenie," "Wrong Way," and a "Fragile Bob." I have been called "Da Wop" "Henchman" and my favorite is the "Spaghetti Yeti." What are some of the ones around your fire house?
Added by Kristofer DeMauro on April 12, 2008 at 6:41pm —
Note: Open to anyone wishing to attend
Link: Click here to attend
Bill will be delivering his real-world focus on what a new or acting officer must know to successfully communicate with their crews, supervisors, and our business community. Bill will…
Added by Michael Finney on April 6, 2008 at 3:23pm —
This morning two firefighters were killed in a working house fire in Colerain Twp. Ohio. That is north of Cincinnati. The two entered with one other firefighter and the floor collapsed. One firefighter exited. Two fell into the basement. The occupant was out upon arrival. Continue
I am sure more news will be coming on this fire.
I can not, nor will I comment on…
Added by Skip Coleman on April 4, 2008 at 9:30am —
We are now beginning to take enrollment for Daniel Sharon's Seminar on Bomb Threat Planning and Management
(8 hour class). I wanted to give you advanced notice to notify your departments and people you believe would benefit from the class. The course description is as follows:
About the Class...
Bombings, attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear, and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to handle such situations.… Continue
Added by Michael Finney on April 1, 2008 at 1:46pm —
I wish to thank the members of The Start Water Group for their fanatstic responses and questions. We curently have over a dozen topics to respond to. We have been able to strike a balance between real world concerns and academy training, appealing to both line firefighters and instructors. That balance I believe is exactly what this site should be about. All of the topics in the Start Water Group are relevant and timely. Please keep the responses comming. Remember we all do the same… Continue
Added by Ray McCormack on April 1, 2008 at 9:04am —
just checking things out and getting used to the site . still got alot of exploring to do
Added by mike diener on March 31, 2008 at 3:40pm —
I will not be at the April meeting due to attending FDIC...I would guess that Mark will 'designate' someone to take notes in my place--thanks in advance to the person who does this. Also, I was accepted to the Book Committee for the State, our first meeting is April 15th, I will keep the district posted. As always, if you have any questions,… Continue
Added by Stacy White on March 29, 2008 at 12:44pm —
In my tenure as a firefighter I have responded to numerous hazmat calls. Most (90%) we handled at the operations level. Only a few needed "tech" level interventions. With that said, continued education and training to maintain the skills learned have been important for me. Yesterday I attended an 8 hour class with several other departments, including DHS hazmat teams. The class was hosted by the Dupont Chemical company. The company has an old Anhydrous Amonia car converted to a training prop… Continue
Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 28, 2008 at 9:12am —
I originally wrote this piece for another blog spot in October-2007 but felt it has relevance here. I'd love to hear what you think on the subject:…
Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on March 27, 2008 at 3:33pm —
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Added by Fire Engineering on March 27, 2008 at 12:45pm —
What SOP do I need to make law, but not write a huge book?
I have been working in SOP for over the last 6 months.
What do's and donts should I use.
Im open to all information.
Added by Kirk Pickens on March 25, 2008 at 10:28am —