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March 2010 Blog Posts (35)

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

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Firefighter Brian Carey. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and the members of the Homewood FD in Illinois.



Brian Carey,




Age: 28

Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped

Rank: Firefighter

Nature of Death: Burns

Classification: Career

Emergency Duty: Yes

Incident Date: 03/30/2010

Duty Type: On-Scene… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 31, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

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

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Firefighter John P. Moore. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and the members of the Columbus FD in Ohio.



John P. Moore,






Age: 56

Cause of Death: Unknown

Rank: FF

Nature of Death: Heart Attack

Classification: Career

Emergency Duty: No

Incident Date: 03/29/2010

Duty Type: Other On-Duty

Incident… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 31, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

NFPA 1407, New Standard on Rapid Intervention Training.

Here is some news concerning RIT teams and their training!



Recently, a new NFPA standard was released that impacts Rapid Intervention Team Training. Along with a few other items,”NFPA 1407: Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews, 2010 Edition” has formalized the training requirements for members who participate in RIT and for those who serve as leaders of a RIT. The document provides a framework for identifying the skills that are necessary to be… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 30, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Lifeguard Operations & Management

Lifeguard Operation & Management Course

April 25, 2010

National Drowning Prevention Alliance Symposium

Sheraton at Station Square

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



This intensive 3-hour classroom-formatted program is intended for Lifeguards; Lifeguard Instructors and Supervisors; Aquatic Facility Managers and Operators; Aquatic and Recreation Professionals; and Public Safety and Rescue Personnel responsible for drowning and aquatic injury prevention,… Continue

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on March 26, 2010 at 8:43pm — No Comments

2010 International Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy

International Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy

May 20 - 23, 2010

Lifesaving Resources Inc.

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire



This intensive 3.5-day training program is designed to train Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue Instructors to conduct NFPA 1670 compliant Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses. Instructor candidates must have approval by their department's chief officer or Training… Continue

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on March 26, 2010 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course

April 17 - 18, 2010

Lifesaving Resources Inc.

Lifesaving Resources' Water & Ice Rescue Training Center

Harrisville, New Hampshire



This fast-paced and intensive two-day training program is designed to provide Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel with the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively respond to incidents in, on, and around the water, including static and moving water… Continue

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on March 26, 2010 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Fire Chief/Fire Fighter Anthony J. Kochutin

G******** Brothers and Sisters, my name is Gabriel T. Rukovishnikoff, JR. Fire Chief of St. Paul Volunteer Fire Dept in St. Paul Island, Alaska. We lost our Brother Anthony J. Kochutin today just after midnight. He was fighting prostate cancer. He was retired an served our Dept and Community for 20 plus years as a Fire Fighter and also Served a year or so as our Fire Chief. He passed in the hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Anthony is survived by his Brother Nekifer Kochutin, Jr. who is also a… Continue

Added by Gabriel Rukovishnikoff, Jr. on March 25, 2010 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

IAFF and DHS Select MSA to Build the Flat Pack

IAFF and DHS Select MSA to Build Next-Generation SCBA Prototype



New Pressure-Vessel Technology of SCBA Will Increase Fire Fighter Safety





Washington, DC – The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), under contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has selected global safety equipment manufacturer MSA… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on March 23, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities in NC.

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Firefighters Jeremy Bolick and Tommy Wright. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and the members of the Blowing Rock FD in North Carolina.



Jeremy Bolick,




Age: 23

Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision

Rank: Firefighter

Nature of Death: Trauma

Classification: Volunteer

Emergency Duty: No

Incident Date:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 23, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

More of "Too Hot" Stuff

I Blogged last (February 5th. to be exact) on "How do you know when it's getting too hot when you are inside a fire building"? I extend the question!



God Love Billy Goldfeder! He sends out his "Secret List" and as we all should be aware, most of us are dying responding to and returning from incidents. If you look at the list of other ways we are dying and getting hurt "really bad", collapses of floor assemblies is at the top of the list.



Many are as a result of fires… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on March 22, 2010 at 4:25pm — 3 Comments

Why?



It's a simple question, really - what would you miss out on if you unexpectedly died? There's no doubt, whether you're career or volunteer, that this is a dangerous profession - and the importance of seatbelts is not a new philosophy. But year after year we read the latest LODD report about yet another Brother or Sister being lost to this asinine complacency! I don't get it! We train on flashover, we train on orientation, we train on tactics,… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on March 22, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

NVFC Health and Safety Survey

Please take two minutes to participate in this important effort being undertaken by our great friends at the NVFC. Only by adding your our voice will the survey be meaningful.The NVFC is conducting a survey to identify new or changing health and safety issues facing the fire and emergency services. The results of the survey will help inform the second edition of the Emerging Issues study, which will explore the key findings as well as examine the initiatives, programs, and strategies currently… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on March 22, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Reflections on The first annual Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride and Cook Off

I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride and Cook off. It was organized by The Texas Line of Duty Task Force. The memorial ride was created to help raise awareness of The Texas Line of Duty Task Force and helped raise funds for the trailers that they use to carry the equipment they bring when a Texas firefighter falls in the line of duty.



The memorial ride and cook off was also created to raise money for scholarships for the families and funds… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on March 21, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Valuable Asset



I am a sucker for old war stories. Just begin any sentence with “well in my day...”, and I’m hooked like a kid in a toy store. These stories do more than just relive a nostalgic time and event, they educate and provide valuable information about structures, fire, tactics, and of course the character of the men that came before us. Our retirees have much more to offer than the occasional parade march or annual fireman’s ball fodder. Let them know… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on March 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

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

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother in arms FF Donnie Adkins. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and the members of the Glasbow VFD..





Donald "Donnie" Adkins,




Age: 32

Cause of Death: Other

Rank: Firefighter

Nature of Death: Asphyxiation

Classification: Volunteer

Emergency Duty: Yes

Incident Date: 03/13/2010

Duty Type: On-Scene… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 19, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

If you missed the online portion, it will be available in 24 hours for view as an archive. Vent-Enter-Search of Today's Fire Buildings Mar 18, 2010 1:00 PM EDT 10:00 AM PDT 5:00 PM GMT Approxim…

If you missed the online portion, it will be available in 24 hours for view as an archive.









Vent-Enter-Search of Today's Fire Buildings



Mar 18, 2010

1:00 PM EDT 10:00 AM PDT 5:00 PM GMT

Approximately One Hour

Michael M. Dugan

Captain

Ladder Company 123, Crown Heights,… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 18, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ohio HazMat Classes Offered for Free

Ohio HazMat Classes are being offered by The University of Findlay for no charge to the members of your Fire Department. These classes are HazMat Awareness, HazMat Operations, and HazMat Technician. The classes are funded through a grant that has been awarded through PUCO. All classes are compliant with Federal Regulations! Contact Todd McKee at 740 507 8802 to hold a class at your location!

Take care be safe,
Todd McKee

Added by Todd McKee on March 17, 2010 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh RIT team saves two firefighters

The below message is from our good brother Asst. Chief Jim Crawford of PBF. I received this in an email and felt it was in the best interest of everyone on here to pass this on.





"This is why all of us push, prode, and drive our points home as to why we train and do certain things...



Today, Pittsburgh had a successful RIT rescue of two firefighters who fell into a basement and became trapped after the stairwell they were climbing collapsed. Our GO Team did a…
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Added by Brad Hoff on March 17, 2010 at 10:47am — No Comments

Interior Alaska firefighters bring the heat at stair-climbing event!

It's a proud day to read of a few of my local brothers and sisters, along with many others from across the nation and the world who competed in an event that raised more than $500,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.



Interior Alaska FF's compete in Seattle stair climb



Donations still… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 16, 2010 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Predicting flashover: engineers gauge combustion to protect firefighters

Here is an interesting article about a device that in the future that may help us predict and prevent ourselves from being caught in flashovers.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - STOW — If you're an engineer developing a device to predict a flashover, you've got to know if the device is going to work in deadly conditions.



Last week, engineers and graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute placed thousands of dollars worth of sensitive test equipment inside a concrete…
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Added by Brad Hoff on March 16, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

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