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April 2011 Blog Posts (42)

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Added by Stephen Charlton on April 23, 2011 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Has Volunteers Lost The Brotherhood bond we once had?

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Added by Stephen Charlton on April 23, 2011 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CT

It's been awhile since there was a need to post a Brothers'/Sisters' passing while on a job. These things we don't like to read let alone I don't like posting. Now there are several and it's time we once again ponder why so many?



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 Robert Dean Watts has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on April 22, 2011 at 12:46pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MS

It's been awhile since there was a need to post a Brothers'/Sisters' passing while on a job. These things we don't like to read let alone I don't like posting. Now there are several and it's time we once again ponder why so many?



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 Jacob Anthony Carter has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on April 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TX

It's been awhile since there was a need to post a Brothers'/Sisters' passing while on a job. These things we don't like to read let alone I don't like posting. Now there are several and it's time we once again ponder why so many?



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 Gregory Mack Simmons has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on April 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"In the Zone"...The Urban/Wildland Interface.......

Hey all don't know how far this idea will make it, but some friends of mine said I should so here we go....



The Name of my Blog for all to read will be "IN THE ZONE".  For this blog, "The Zone" is the Wildland - Urban Interface Zone, or the I-Zone as it is commonly referred to. Even if your deep inside the heart of a major metropolitan city, anywhere the Urban Fuel… Continue

Added by Jason Myer on April 21, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Search and Rescue Seperation For Initial Training



In my academy we were not taught the art of search, instead we did "search and rescue" drills. When we entered a building be it the drill tower or an acquired structure we would immediately start our search as we were being trained to do. Right hand or left hand from the front door with the sole purpose of finding a victim or reporting primary clear. The monotony of the…

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Added by Brian Brush on April 19, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Whose job is it?

First off I want to thank everyone for the kind words I received at this years FDIC.

Ever onward!

At this years FDIC I was moderator of Round Table "Off Line".

One of the questions I posed to the esteemed panel was "We continually hear of firefighter injured and/or killed in vehicular accidents because they were not wearing their seat belts. Should the office be held responsible for this and to what extent?".

We had a good discussion there and I hope we have a similar good… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on April 18, 2011 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

"Lest We Forget" LODD #2

This installment of LODD drills comes from 2006 and the loss sustained by the brothers and sisters of Green Bay, Wisconsin Fire Department. The LODD occurred August 13th 2006.

From the official LODD Report:

August 13th, 2006, 1223 hrs

Arnold W.“Arnie”Wolff, Lieutenant

 

Lieutenant Wolff and an engineer were ordered to enter the…

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Added by Dan Shaw on April 17, 2011 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

The Value of Exercises

I recently served as a controller for an exercise up in New England.  This was a combined exercise based on the dispersion of Anthrax.  This in itself makes it a terrorist incident.  Present at the exercise were fire, EMS, Hospitals, Emergency Management???and one lone policeman.

Unfortunately this is not an exception but pretty much the rule when it comes to exercises, law enforcement just doesn?t show up most of the time. Although in most every case, the training of our law…

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Added by Robert Rhoades on April 16, 2011 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

The Way of The Chief

I was told by a friend I need to swing by FireEngineering.com more often.  They, as usual, are right.


So I just posted some new content over at Firehouse Zen, titled The Way of The…
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Added by Michael "Mick" Mayers on April 15, 2011 at 4:19pm — No Comments

What's in YOUR pockets?

For as long as I have been in the fire service, there is one question that I always seem to hear..."Hey, what do you carry in your pockets?"  

 

For some this is an easy question to answer, but then there are those who have to pull everything out of their pockets to actually see what is in there.  I have seen everything from screwdrivers to pliers, wood chocks to channel locks, moldy cheese and other things that many would be scared of!  I have run the gamut of what I carry in…

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Added by Chris Piepenburg on April 14, 2011 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

LIFE SUPPORT



It baffles me to no end how city planners and leaders can justify their numbers when talk of privatizing EMS rolls around! If a fire based EMS system is already in place and is healthy and thriving, why mess with a sustainable money making machine? My friend and boss Bobby Halton said it best when reviewing this submission; stupid is, is stupid does! Forrest Gump is a… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 13, 2011 at 1:08pm — 9 Comments

The Work Injury Fantasy League

That is what I like to call the workers compensation system here in Illinois.

 

Blogger Alert: I want to be very clear that I am not singling out a particular segment of the workforce based on the links provided. My cynicism extends across the board. The term “union” appears in this article as an example of lobbying only. It does not reflect my view of unions either way, so save the vitriol.

 

As part of my job, I handle work injury claims for my company.…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 13, 2011 at 9:58am — 8 Comments

Misapplication of the Trench Cut

 

 

The classic trench cut shown to the left has not changed by definition only by misapplication. The trench cut was developed during the 1960’s in New York city during an exceptionally busy fire…

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Added by Brian Brush on April 12, 2011 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Is Anyone (Else) Out There? First Arriving & Trapped

As reported in our nations news, five DC Fire Department members were injured yesterday in an early morning house fire.  They became trapped by a ceiling collapse shortly after making entry. The speed with which the RIC deployed and made rescues, coupled with the the IC immediately requesting a 2nd Alarm resulted in not only rapid rescue of multiple trapped firefighters, but also quick knock down of a serious fire.  

 

Unlike urban/metro FD's, the suburban FD may not have quite…

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Added by Matt McDowell on April 11, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Stats...and RIT

My colleagues and I at Traditions Training, LLC are very happy to be a part of this "blogger network" with Fire Engineering. I am hoping that this new blog will come out ok, as I am still adjusting to the format on the new FE site.

Ok, here we go... Elder Statesman Henry Clay once said "statistics are no substitute for judgement" and I wholeheartedly agree. In fact I really hate statistics…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on April 8, 2011 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Wind Driven Fire Lessons Continue

It has been almost 2 years since 4/12/20009 when we lost Captian James Harlow and Firefighter Damion Hobbs in Houston Texas ( www.tdi.state.tx.us/reports/fire/documents/fmloddhouston09.pdf ). Nearly 4 years ago on 4/16/2007 we also lost Technician Kyle Wilson with Prince William County Fire (…

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Added by Brian Brush on April 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

A Culture of Acceptable Mediocracy

A Culture of Acceptable Mediocracy

Since the attacks at the World Trade Centers on 9/11 the fire service has evolved at a rapid rate.  Hazardous materials and technical…
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Added by Eddie Crombie on April 5, 2011 at 4:40pm — 2 Comments

MARCH MAGAZINE CARTOON



Why is it that some RIT crew members think that a fast and effective operation means emptying every compartment on their rig and carrying it inside to preform a rescue? You've seen these people, the ones in their bright yellow RIT vest standing like statues in a mountain of equipment waiting to leap into a rescue situation. I have even taught in a few departments that…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 4, 2011 at 1:42pm — 8 Comments

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