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April 2009 Blog Posts (20)

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Check out Indiana Safe Fire Service Initiative page on Facebook!!

Added by Stacy White on April 29, 2009 at 11:01pm — No Comments


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

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 — No Comments

Take risk or write it off. Part 2.

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 — 21 Comments

What about 2009 FDIC - Best show ever

Bobby, Dianne, Jane and staff:

What a great production. Wonderful training events and support for the instructors and participants.
Class A production. Thank you

John Murphy

Added by John K. Murphy on April 26, 2009 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Floor Collapse Prop - Mayday Training

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 — 2 Comments

FDIC Streaming Live Follow us on TWITTER

For the first time ever, the FDIC Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast live over the Web on the Fire Engineering homepage. Next week Wednesday, April 22, head to at 8:30 a.m. EST to watch the proceedings at home or at the fire station.You will hear the opening ceremonies, LODD tribute, renowned inspirational Chaplin Father Ed Byrne, the IFD Bagpipers, the voices of the IFD Keynoters Chief Dave McGrail and Ray McCormack, IAFF… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on April 19, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Help support The Battalion-The Series!!!

Not sure if any of you have seen this series but it is fantastic and has been done over several years and several hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money and his crew. These are webisodes about 15 minutes average and are well done and edited to a minimum for the real effect The Battalion-The Series So a brother from DC Fire is asking that we can help support his efforts. Read the message… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on April 17, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

5" ground manifold catastrophic failure in NJ

Got this in an email and I hope everyone checks their equipment on a regular basis for potential cracks and damage. Have you ever seen this before? What could have caused it: lack of proper care, wear and tear, dropping it on the ground, excessive high pressures? has yet to be determined. Here is one similar that I found online. I'm not sure of the brand they had in the pictures.… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on April 16, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

FDIC Streaming Live and on TWITTER

For the first time ever, the FDIC Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast live over the Web on the Fire Engineering homepage. Next week Wednesday, April 22, head to at 8:30 a.m. EST to watch the proceedings at home or at the fire station.You will hear the opening ceremonies, LODD tribute, renowned inspirational Chaplin Father Ed Byrne, the IFD Bagpipers, the voices of the IFD Keynoters Chief Dave McGrail and Ray… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on April 16, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

All Bark!

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 — 1 Comment

I challenge all the barking dogs out there!

As I know Billy G. is too big a coward to publish this I'll speak directly to the secret list the courage and valor fun run is an open run. And I'm throwing the gauntlet at the feet of one William Goldfeder, I don't know if he's enough of a firefighter to pick it up but I'm counting on his unending quest for immortality to drive him to accept this challenge. I am… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on April 14, 2009 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Houston Double Fatality Fire

In reading news reports and watching the videos available online from the various news links I'm beginning to believe that there is a high probability that perhaps a sudden or sustained wind gust may have been a contributing factor in this most recent Houston tragedy. Click here to read more

By all accounts this was a well conducted proactive fire fight the… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on April 13, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Group Milestone

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 — 1 Comment

Fire Engineering On-Scene at Deadly Interface Fires


Only Fire Engineering traveled to Midwest City Oklahoma to report firsthand on the incredible fires which challenged Fire Departments across Oklahoma and Texas. Hundreds of families are now homeless and whole communities have been charred by deadly, wind-driven wildfires.

See FETV-On Scene report and read how these communities fared when faced by a perfect fire storm. The event sadly drives home several key issues, the interface is everywhere, staffing is… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on April 11, 2009 at 10:19am — No Comments

Be the Change Agent and Stay Positive

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 — 1 Comment


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 — 8 Comments

Learning from the Experience of Others

One year ago, two highly regarded firefighters in a well managed and well respected organization lost their lives in a residential structure fire. The fire which originated in the basement caused a floor collapse which claimed the two firefighters. What follows is a shorten version of the official description of the event. It provides many topics for discussion and review.

I would strongly suggest you place yourself in the role of Captain Broxterman or the any other positions to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on April 5, 2009 at 3:38pm — 24 Comments

"Braithre Thar Gach Ni" Brotherhood Above All

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 — 5 Comments

More about the Master Exercise Practioner Program (MEP)

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…


Added by Robert Rhoades on April 1, 2009 at 7:44pm — No Comments

We could use help

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 — No Comments

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