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
Paul Rank, Mike McMonigal (Inverness Heights, MN) Rick McLay (Eagen, MN), Doug Pearson (Falmouth, VA) (left to right)…
Added by Bill Carey on May 30, 2013 at 7:35pm — No Comments
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".…Continue
Added by Bill Carey on May 30, 2013 at 7:10pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 29, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by P.J. Norwood on May 29, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 28, 2013 at 11:24am — No Comments
Added by Wayne Zeman on May 28, 2013 at 1:28am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Justin Graney on May 26, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments
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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 24, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments
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 group row house. This, for all intents and purposes, is a tell tail sign that there was…
Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on May 24, 2013 at 6:22pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Shafer on May 23, 2013 at 1:42pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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 issues, fire alarms, etc. So, what are the chances that its actually on fire? How…Continue
Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on May 21, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Brad Hoff on May 21, 2013 at 12:31pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cheryl Cullison on May 21, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
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.
Added by Brad Hoff on May 20, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments
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 accountability, where the company officer has a duty and…Continue
Added by Richard Riley on May 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Chris Willis on May 20, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 17, 2013 at 10:44am — No Comments