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February 2011 Blog Posts (34)

Fire Engineering Community Member In Need

Every now and then we have an opportunity to lift someone up who needs our support, to reach out to someone who was always there for us, to pay it forward and pay it back and to just do the right thing. Most the time in these types of situations it doesn't cost us a thing rather all it takes is a few moments of our time and that's what I'm asking from you. My good friend Jason just informed me that another good friend of of of mine Jeff Schwering, active fire engineering community member,…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Cursing the Curse of Social Media

Blog Note: Another public sector employee has been fired for posting disparaging remarks about their employer. Is it a freedom of speech vs. employee conduct issue?

Read the article here: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110224/NEWS/102240313

Good or bad; the explosion of the use of social media for its velocity and reach comes with some…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 27, 2011 at 11:44am — 4 Comments

NFPA 1917: The Ambulance Is Enroute

The NFPA 1917 Standard for Automotive Ambulances draft closed for comment in December 2010 and the Committee met in Dallas during February 2011 to review the 1,785 comments received. Many comments and proposals for change were duplicative: 133 received on Vehicle Data Recorders (VDRs), 136 on maximum top speed of 72 MPH, 131 on estimated in-service vehicle weight, 132 on visual indicators of tire…

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Added by Mike McEvoy on February 26, 2011 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

Ice Rescue Training FAIL!

Well, we did our ice rescue training a few weekends ago.

 

It was the usual rehash of what we do and say every year, a good refresher for everyone before the annual ice fishing derby the next weekend so we are ready with the know how fresh in our heads.

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Added by Wayne Zeman on February 25, 2011 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

Ante Raised On Anti-Sentiment?

Edit Note: I wrote that "protesters are getting doctors' notes". It should have said "teachers". I apologize for the error.

In addition, the Taft-Hartley Act outlawed the closed shop in 1947, but allowed for union shops. The errors have been corrected.

February 23; this just in:…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 25, 2011 at 9:05am — 8 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CA

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter?Paramedic Glenn L. Allen has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the City of Los Angeles Fire Department.





Glenn L. Allen



Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic

Age: 61

Gender:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

One Meridian Fire--A Youngster's Perspective

I was a senior in high school when the fire at Philadelphia's One Meridian occurred. It's impact for me, at that time, was solely that a friend of mine who worked there during summer vacation wouldn't be returning to his summer position. I was still two years away from…

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Added by Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip on February 23, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Straight Stream vs. Fog: A Visual Aid

Among one of the greatest, and most historic debates in the fire service is the use of smooth bore versus fog nozzles.  What’s better and/or safer etc.?  A byproduct of that debate is hose stream selection for fire attack.  The question is, do you use a wide fog pattern, a narrow fog (a.k.a. power cone) or a straight (or solid) stream for offensive interior fire attack?  Watch this video and form your own conclusions.…

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Added by Matt McDowell on February 23, 2011 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Happy Birthday President Washington a Firefighters Firefighter

Washington was a Firefighter

I never liked this Presidents' Day idea I always thought it was lame. There are presidents who deserve to have their own day, a day when we reflect on their legacy and their contributions to our nation. Men like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, JFK, and many others but to lump them all together is probably politically correct although highly disingenuous.

 

Today's George Washington's birthday and if you look at the life…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 22, 2011 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

Glad to Be Part of the Fire Engineering Family

For those who don't know yet, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment is now part of the Fire Engineering family. I am pleased to introduce myself as…

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Added by Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip on February 22, 2011 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

WORTH THE FIGHT

 

You would have to be living in a very deep h*** not to have noticed the vicious pro vs anti-union rhetoric being slung by everyone from politicians to the old lady walking her dog down the block.This is a nasty and dirty line being drawn in the sand, and one that my state of Ohio will face…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 22, 2011 at 12:21pm — 5 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter Larry Gressett, Sr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Toomsuba Volunteer Fire Department.



Larry Gressett, Sr.



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 5

Date of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 18, 2011 at 7:10pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NY

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter Thomas V. Regan has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Garden City Park Fire Department.



Name: Thomas V. Regan



Rank: Firefighter



Age: 82



Gender: Male



Status: Volunteer



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Added by Brad Hoff on February 18, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Firefighter Injured in Hollywood Hills (CA) House Fire Dies

According to a news report:

 

HOLLYWOOD HILLS (KTLA) -- Fire officials say one of their own has died from injuries suffered while battle a huge fire at a home in the Hollywood Hills early Thursday morning.

38-year veteran Glenn L. Allen died at 12:15 p.m. Friday, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

He was 61 and about a year from…

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Added by Fire Engineering on February 18, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

SAFER Safe for Now

 

Because of incompetent and failed leadership in our 111th Congress, our Fire Grant program and our SAFER program funding--for which many organizations had made plans, assuming they were secure--are not secure. It is absolutely unacceptable to allow the type of failed leadership that we have tolerated for so long to continue. Thankfully yesterday, on February 17, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to extend specific waivers to the SAFER program, which was introduced…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 18, 2011 at 1:33pm — 2 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KY

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter/Forest Ranger Technician Donald R. Lam has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Kentucky Division of Forestry.



Donald R. Lam



Rank: Firefighter/Forest Ranger Technician

Age:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 18, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

Public Safety. Private Funding.

With the mid-term elections behind us, we now need to look forward.

With a nation concerned about the economy and our growing deficit that was created by out-of-control spending, it should come as no surprise that spending cuts are a reality that we must face.

As a push to limit federal government begins to kick in, I believe that less federal money will be made available to local government and in particular; local fire service.

Local and state governments will be asked…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 17, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

Too Late to stop, Too early to quit!

Too late to stop, too early to quit.



What does that mean?



To me it means I have been doing this job to long to stop. It has become a part of who I am. It is more than just something I do. It is a part of me the same as my right hand; I can’t imagine life without it. For the years I was blessed enough to make a living doing this job I was the…

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Added by Wayne Zeman on February 15, 2011 at 11:02am — 8 Comments

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