Motivation…where is it, where did it go, was it ever even here? A lot of us as fireman like the idea of saying we’re motivated. In some cases that may be true. We’re motivated to go to a working fire, motivated to go on vacation, motivated to get up in…Continue
"Give your Ladders a little love"
"A clean tool is a happy tool, and portable ladders are no exception. Keep your ladders free and clear of fire debris and clean as needed with careful focus on the extension ladder's moving parts. Pulleys, ladder locks, and fly section channels are prone to collecting debris." Pg. 270, Chapter 22.
Often hidden in a compartment and out of sight, the portable ladder is thrusted into action at a working fire with an occupant…Continue
Added by Dan Shaw on May 31, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments
I will attempt to post a simulation every week, this first one is a working fire in a multi-family residential, the fire is called in as a porch fire but while en route you are updated to a more serious condition of possible people trapped.
Built Early 1900s
Balloon or Platform
Residence is a common response address for your department re: EMS go ahead and make up what ever…Continue
Added by Joseph Pronesti on May 28, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
How Many Sacrificed Lives for Freedom?
As we celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday I started wondering how many Americans have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom in wars and…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on May 27, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments
I heard this recently after the results of our captain's promotional process was completed. I actually heard variations of it more than once, and sometimes with a tremendous amount of conviction and passion. Maybe even more conviction and passion than was used to prepare for the test. That is my explanation for the poorer scores.
As head of the training division, I was tasked with preparing and executing a promotional exam. Preparing for and taking an exam for promotion is pretty…Continue
Added by Mike DeVirgilio on May 27, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Night Club Fires: A Dance with Tragedy
Wm. Lance Smith, FF/EMT
The events that often lead to tragedy could have been prevented through education and more comprehensive prevention. Preparation for such events can also reduce the negative outcomes of these events. Preparation and planning of a disaster should not be limited to plane crashes or hazmat spills, but should…Continue
Added by Wm. Lance Smith, BSFS on May 27, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Added by Pamela Laughlin on May 26, 2015 at 10:05pm — No Comments
Added by Pamela Laughlin on May 26, 2015 at 10:01pm — No Comments
Let’s talk about a subject that I think some of us are either afraid of or aren…Continue
Back before super stores, mega malls and big box stores, consumers in many towns purchased their clothing and household goods from stores located on respective “Main Streets”. These stores had large display windows that advertised what shoppers could find once inside (Think Ralphie from the movie A Christmas Story staring at his Red Rider BB Gun). Because many of these Ordinary Constructed Type III structures were built specifically as retail these display cases had what best…Continue
Added by Joseph Pronesti on May 25, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments
"Never forget and always be grateful"
Today we take a moment to thank each and every veteran and their families for the sacrifice they have made to provide for our freedoms. We remember all of those brave soldiers who did not make it home and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their life, for those of us resting under that blanket of liberty. …
Added by Dan Shaw on May 24, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments
Tradition. Pride. Dedication. Self-sacrifice. These are some of the reasons we embark on a career, volunteer or paid, in the fire service. If your department holds these values essential, then I applaud you. I have unfortunately experienced first hand, by seasoned members, an absence of ownership, lack of mentoring, and general disregard toward the enthusiasm of the upcoming generation.
Sadly this occurs at any level in the fire service. For example a senior member or…Continue
Added by Lou Comenale on May 23, 2015 at 5:44pm — No Comments
GET LIKE YOU WAS
“Get like you was before you got like you is.” Earl D.
Sometimes in life and in our work we wake up one day and we look back and we find that somehow we have slipped away from the real and important things that bring worth and value to our lives and to our work.
I like to describe the changes that seem to…Continue
So you have put the time in to study for the promotional exam. You have made it through the assessment centers and the interview process and have been handed a new t-shirt. The letters on your back have turned gold and you are ready to start your journey as a Company Officer, or are you? Anyone can wear a shirt with gold letters on their backs. If we choose to not take the responsibility and live up to the title that is on our chest, then it’s just a t-shirt and nothing else. The shirt and…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on May 20, 2015 at 7:49pm — No Comments
Flow Paths Aren't Real?
Some really good friends who happen to be excellent firefighters told me that there wasn’t any such thing as flow path. Their position was that it was really convection and flow path was something someone made up to make a name for themselves. I initially said no,…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on May 20, 2015 at 6:04pm — No Comments
Scenario: I am seeking to create a diverse cadre of instructors in fire academies and there is little on the topic. How does a fire chief or training officer select the best individuals for this important position?
The question you should start asking is what constitutes a “diverse” instructor cadre and what are the important elements to seek out when creating this group of instructors. The term Diverse in…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on May 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)
As many of our fire departments…Continue
Added by Joseph Kitchen on May 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
When I became a firefighter twenty-seven years ago my father who spent thirty years on the job in the same town offered me a bit of advice when fighting fires in our town's residential structures, when fighting an upper floor or attic fire a good engine company making the advance with the initial attack line will take the stairway landing window(s) to vent and in turn make the the…Continue
Added by Joseph Pronesti on May 19, 2015 at 8:23pm — No Comments
For years nearly every nozzle manufacture has been attempting to bring some type of new and attractive technology to the tried and true smooth bore. In my short career I have seen countless variations of integrated, variable choice, or adjustable diameter tips/nozzles, none of which have gained much traction beyond the exhibition floor.
Some would stop the…Continue
Displacing vehicle dash assemblies can be a challenging task at times. Many options are available when a vehicle is sitting upright. However, displacement options can quickly diminish when vehicle orientation changes or the involved vehicle is pinned against various objects. Todays "Quick Tip" will show an alternative technique that is quick, and many times can provide enough displacement to free trapped patients. I have used this method many times when a…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on May 19, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments