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May 2013 Blog Posts (38)

NFFF FDIC Stair Climb 2013 (Photos)

Photos I took at FDIC while reporting and climbing. - Bill

Scott, Padgett, Wes Little, Brandon Morris, Ted Horvath (left to right) Southern Pines Fire Rescue, Southern Pines, NC

Scott, Padgett, Wes Little, Brandon Morris, Ted Horvath (left to right) Southern Pines Fire Rescue, Southern Pines, NC

Paul Rank, Mike McMonigal (Inverness Heights, MN) Rick McLay (Eagen, MN),…

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Added by Bill Carey on May 30, 2013 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Indianapolis Working: Helmet Cam Video, First-Due at Apartment Fire

Old post; working through the various functions and views on the FE page. - Bill

Quick grab after arrival on the scene

On the scene in Indianapolis with the first-in engine company at a working apartment fire. Video posted to YouTube by Joel Harsin, "Apartment fire with entrapment. Indianapolis Fire Department".…

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Added by Bill Carey on May 30, 2013 at 7:10pm — No Comments

Go/No Go

What are people's thoughts on vacant/unoccupied structures? Check out Go/No Go on HeadsUpFirefighting and chime in on what you feel works for your department.

Added by Dave Werner on May 29, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments

I"ll Make You Train!

This is going to be short and to the point: Don't make training a threat in relationship to punishment.

I have heard, and have used this phrase myself, "I'll just make him/her train all day."  This in response to a firefighter that is a problem.  Negative attitudes, lack of interest, or any other behavior can be attempted  to be changed by making them train, but in wont work.  It will only make them hate training all that much more.

As an officer we need to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 29, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments

The Role of the Safety Officer and Radio Communications

In the world of do more with less the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) role is becoming more complex. Your responsibility is the overall safety of the firefighters on scene. This is not the time to be focused on the “small” things such as gloves and chin straps. Those items are important but they need to be addressed ahead of time during training not on the fire ground.

We have seen it time and time again where Incident Commanders (IC) and other command staff miss the MayDay radio…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on May 29, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Quint Options: Do You Reverse Lay?

I have been told that reverse lays are a thing of the past, and in suburban America for the most part, they are. With an increase in the use of LDH with storz connections, increased tank capacities, automatic aid and codes requiring hydrants, the need for many departments to utilize the reverse lay has been diminished. However, like so many tactics that have been ignored or forgotten, this is one that needs your consideration if your running with quints.



Since the…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 28, 2013 at 11:24am — No Comments

Life after the fire service..............

.....can you even imagine it? I took a leave of abscence for three months after losing two friends from my department in 1999.



It didn't take long before I had to get back on the truck as they say. Every time I heard the sirens and air horns, I felt that that was where I belonged, on the truck. Not sitting on the porch with a beer. I had to go back.



So I did. It was hard at first, and every time I drove a tanker I was a quivering mess of nerves, fear, and anguish. I… Continue

Added by Wayne Zeman on May 28, 2013 at 1:28am — No Comments

What is it that we actually do?

What does the fire department do? If you ask Joe Citizen walking down the street he will reply, “they put out fires”. Yes, our original purpose and still our number 3 job is to fight fires. Years ago, I was one of the guys that moaned and groaned about running a medical call. I have even let the words “I am a fireman, not a medic” slip from my lips from time to time.

As my career has progressed over the years, I see the bigger picture now. Fire Department stands for much more than the…

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Added by Justin Graney on May 26, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

"FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION"

 

 

A MOTIVATIONAL PHRASE IS…

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Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on May 24, 2013 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Quint Options: Do You Reverse Lay?

I have been told that reverse lays are a thing of the past, and in suburban America for the most part, they are. With an increase in the use of LDH with storz connections, increased tank capacities, automatic aid and codes requiring hydrants, the need for many departments to utilize the reverse lay has been diminished. However, like so many tactics that have been ignored or forgotten, this is one that needs your consideration if your running with quints.



Since the late 1980's and… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 24, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments

THE "ALL STARS"

One of our biggest challenges is knowing the buildings (inside and out) that we may have to run into if they are on fire.



As you can see in this photograph, there are four (4) visible, white "stars" on the wall of this two-story, end of the…

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Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on May 24, 2013 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Energy Efficient Windows Can Melt Vinyl Siding

The Effect of Reflected Sunlight from Low-e and other Double Paned Window Glass on Vinyl Siding:

OVERVIEW

Glass in may on occasion slightly warp or deflect due to a difference in barometric pressure between the interior of the glass panes and the outside air pressure. This can create a concavity in the glass. Such a concavity is a normal response to pressure differences, does not affect the performance of the window, and…

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Added by John Shafer on May 23, 2013 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Are You Smarter Then A 5th Grader?

I will start of with a brief recap of my last blog. I began with a contemplative question that challenged the value of our thoughts and trends, as they relate to risk assessment on the fireground. I opined, that we might be defaulting to a “risk avoidance” strategy because we were falling to acknowledge the other causes that make firegrounds go bad.

 

I then suggested that the fire service as a whole has done a poor job of offering a subjective and systematic way of assessing…

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Added by Lawrence Schultz on May 21, 2013 at 8:01pm — 1 Comment

"SPRINKLERED BUILDING, MIDDLE OF THE WORK DAY"

The box alarm (structural assignment) is transmitted, reporting a fire at the Home Depot. It's mid-afternoon, the building is 100% sprinklered and companies have responded to the reporting address a number of times for false calls, odors, electrical…

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Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on May 21, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TX

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 33rd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Stanley Wilson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our brothers & sisters of the Dallas Fire Department.



Stanley A.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on May 21, 2013 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Easy Upgrade for the Fire Kitchen

I know that many fire houses use white rice as a side dish. It can be quick and easy to use. Even though white rice can be simple to make it does not have many of the nutrients that our bodies so desperately need. These days when a recipe calls for rice instead of using white rice I now use brown rice. Even though it may take a little longer to prepare I believe the benefits it provides are worth it.

 

White rice comes from brown rice. The difference is brown rice still has its…

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Added by Cheryl Cullison on May 21, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: AZ

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 32nd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Bradley Harper has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our brothers & sisters of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Brad Harper…

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Added by Brad Hoff on May 20, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments

WHERE ARE THEY?

There are many facets of accountability on the fireground today. One of which is the tags, rings or passports that tell incident commanders which personnel are riding each apparatus on the scene. Another major one concerns personal…

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Added by Richard Riley on May 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Are Pistol grips really that bad?

 

I have heard things from pistol grips are junk, they instill bad habits, they are the devil, pistol grips are for firearms only. But in all honesty are they really that bad?

I say no, there not bad. To be honest with you I like them on my nozzles, yet I dont even use them unless its for a…

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Added by Chris Willis on May 20, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments

Quick Drill: Apparatus Familiarity

So, sometimes we need a change of pace or we've had a busy day on shift, but we still need to drill. Or, maybe your at your volunteer department and you have some guys just hanging out waiting for the next call.

 Here is a quick drill that, in many cases, will turn into a great discussion and even progress into some flowing of water or advancing of lines.

As the company officer we are tasked with drilling our company and personnel. It doesn't matter whether your…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 17, 2013 at 10:44am — No Comments

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