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Added by Stacy White on April 29, 2009 at 11:01pm —
What a great FDIC! Hats off to Bobby Halton and Diane Feldman, and all of the Fire Engineering team for pulling off another great show. We were pleased to have the George D. Post, Instructor of the Year Award on the main stage again! Dan Madryzkowski from NIST took this year's award. What a great guy! You can watch the award on the video coverage for FDIC on Fire Engineering.com.
This week's edition of the VOICE features Tom Harrington from the DHS Grant Office. Tom oversees the… Continue
Added by Eddie Buchanan on April 28, 2009 at 7:42pm —
Back in January, I wrote a blog post asking the question, “Can we establish a common understanding of risk? Or.. should we write it off?” Because my tongue was planted firmly in my cheek when I posed the question, I don’t want the point to be missed. I believe our duty to ourselves and our beloved fire service cannot be separated from our duty to the citizens we are sworn to and are obligated to protect. What is good for us is good for them. My question is, are we seeing this trend to "let it… Continue
Added by Art Zern on April 27, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Bobby, Dianne, Jane and staff:
What a great production. Wonderful training events and support for the instructors and participants.
Class A production. Thank you
Added by John K. Murphy on April 26, 2009 at 4:17pm —
I've drawn up some plans for the floor collapse prop our training division used. See the uploaded file. Let me know if you have any questions. PS- We plan on submitting an article to Fire Engineering which we will get into the entire drill in deeper detail. I hope to have photos of this prop uploaded tomorrow or at least by the end of the week. Floor Collapse Prop Detail.pdf
Added by Steven D. "Smitty" Smith on April 22, 2009 at 5:30pm —
We all know fire fighters who talk a lot of talk, but fall short on the walk. They throw around the latest fire service buzz words and training topics, but are opportunistic in their implementation. This month's FE cartoon tackles this topic and poses the question "Are You All Bark?".
In my view, if you are going to preach wearing your apparatus seat-belt, then you should be the first to buckle-up. If you're going to squawk at others… Continue
Added by Paul Combs on April 14, 2009 at 3:30pm —
The Start Water group just posted its 50th topic. I would like to thank the members of the Start Water group for their thoughts, insights, and time. The amount of topics and responses by the Start Water members is outstanding and in a class by itself. To all those who have not joined our group so far, don't worry there's still time to discover firefighting.
Added by Ray McCormack on April 12, 2009 at 8:45pm —
I was talking to some old friends that I had worked with when I had originally got hired as a career firefighter. We were discussing the “good old days” and having a good laugh. We all have moved on to different departments and districts since then, but we all agreed that those were some the best times of our careers. The pay and benefits weren’t great, we had our share of issues with the city, but we were a tight group and we had a blast on duty.
Most of us have moved on to bigger… Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 10, 2009 at 10:43pm —
Vent Enter and Search , or as it’s commonly referred to, VES,
has been an accepted term for the fire service for the last 8-10 years or so, depending on who you talk to. It’s a common strategy that has been successfully used throughout this country to save lives. I would like to offer some insight as to what this is and when and how it can be applied.
There’s a high likelihood, that if you have been in the fire service for longer than 10 years, you may have performed this… Continue
Added by Greg Wild on April 7, 2009 at 12:26pm —
I was asked to speak on Brotherhood at a local department's awards dinner. This is my pre-speech draft:
When I was young, I remember visiting the firehouse my Uncle worked in. The house in Pikesville Maryland, across the street from the Old Confederate Soldiers Home, housed Engine 2. It was a place of massive red trucks, squeezed together between brick walls and dark lighting, and tall men. I was too young to really understand what was going on around me, but there was a sense… Continue
Added by Ben Fleagle on April 4, 2009 at 9:00am —
Previously I posted a comment from Emmitsburg about the Master Exercise Program and I thought that I'd update that by explaining the program. The MEP certification means that a candidate has successfully completed three weeks of instruction on the development, control and evaluation of exercises. The Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP) eligibility includes local, Tribal, State, Territorial, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other Federal agency emergency management/emergency… Continue
Added by Robert Rhoades on April 1, 2009 at 7:44pm —
Oh yes,we have gear,some new ,some old gear. We have the man power to do the job.We work with the county.
One thing we need is and better Fire department,add ons. We need and rest room,meeting room.bunker rooms and etc.
We go out there ,we do our job,some paid departments,,in the city.But the smaller towns.oh yes,we are volunteer.Just as good as and paid department,we go though what all fire fighters go though.
Most citizens exspects us to do everything for free. Yes!!! we need… Continue
Added by Brenda Tenney on April 1, 2009 at 3:22pm —