Every now and then it's absolutely appropriate to use this space as a bully pulpit. And today I fully intend to do that. This Thursday the American Fire Service suffered an incredible tragedy. It is such a significant tragedy because it is a values-based tragedy. St. Louis firefighter Leonard Riggins 52 years old, was shot and killed while trying to do what he had spent his entire adult life doing, helping others. Firefighter Riggins stopped to lend aid to a motorist… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on November 8, 2008 at 2:38pm —
Chad Berg, my good friend, wants a story. I have recently read Chief Halton's latest editorial, much on my mind. I take pen in hand,..or keyboard and this is what comes out. Please read it all, the major point is in the end.
So, Brothers, there we were....Hey, I'm not gonna lie to ya, it wasn't the coldest night in Alaska, we've seen much worse. But lend your ear (or eyes) and I'll tell you a tale of frozen fingers, ears and eyelids,… Continue
Added by Ben Fleagle on November 7, 2008 at 2:12pm —
The Russians made and vaccine-proof anthrax.The Americans asked to see it,and the Russians refused.If that's not frightening enough,Alibek told Diane Sawyer that Russian scientific publlications have reported a genetic marriage between smallpox and a brain virus called VEE.He believes they have engineered yet another deadly genetic merger -
Infectious diseases may be introduced into an unsuspecting U.S.population not only from natural human,animal,or plant sources but also deliberately… Continue
Added by Brenda Tenney on October 31, 2008 at 9:29pm —
Today, the governor the state of Kentucky issued a letter to Dave Brock, a survivor of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. For those of you who may not remember, the Beverly Hills Supper Club was a nightclub located in Southgate, Kentucky. On May 28, 1977, it would become the scene of one of the largest losses of life in the history of the American fire service. In the letter issued today, Governor Steven Beshear explains that he has directed three nationally recognized attorneys to re-examine… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 29, 2008 at 9:53pm —
Time to be mentally prepared for the shift, Time to be physically ready, Time to check your… Continue
Added by Tom Gherman on October 23, 2008 at 9:41am —
On the front of www.fireengineering.com there is a video regarding a firefighter that fell through the floor and his helmet saved his life. I recommend that everyone watch the video and the next time you see a student or fellow firefighter w/o his chin strap buckled, do him a favor and give him a small reminder. It could save his life! As a fire instructor, I am strict about if you wear your helmet it gets buckled. I received the number one sign… Continue
Added by Todd McKee on October 21, 2008 at 2:35pm —
Memorial Service to be held at Worcester Cold Storage Fire site
The Worcester Firefighters Memorial Safety and Survival Seminar invites all of us to be part of the "Remembrance Wall" at the site of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire of December 3, 1999, to be… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 16, 2008 at 1:08pm —
To the Choir,
One of the greatest satisfactions that I get as a Chief officer is the opportunity to help build up the future leadership of our department. Every day that I put on the unifrom affords another (often several) opportunities to mentor/coach a company officer or firefighter. This deliberate, progressive pattern of passing on the knowledge, skills and abilities that were freely afforded to me as I came up, is imperative to preserving traditions, values, organizational… Continue
Added by John F. Sullivan on October 16, 2008 at 7:36am —
Hello everyone I am a new member to this site. I hope to give and get great information on this site I will post stuff when I get a chance to and hope it will benefit people in the fire service. I am a Ladder Co. Lt with the Roanoke Fire EMS department in Roanoke Virginia, if there is anything I can do or help you with please let me know.
Added by Tom Gherman on October 15, 2008 at 2:42pm —
Full NIMS Nationally “NIMS Essentials” Locally… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 12, 2008 at 6:41pm —
Thanks everyone for being here on the fire Engineering Community and graciously adding me as your friend.
I am glad to be here and hoping to learn even more by adding this tool 2 my tool box.
Thanks again for all the information and I look forward to getting more involved here as time goes by. I also want you to know that if anyone has questions about fighting fire in Alaska, especially here in the Interior where it gets down to -50, just ask.
Added by Brad Hoff on October 10, 2008 at 10:54am —
A few years ago I had a forum on Fire Engineering concerning the level of instruction experience or training to become a live fire instructor.Comments were mixed and even flew into a heated debate on the risk/benefit analysis of conducting such training. It all boils down to this: live fire training is the culmination point for safe and effective fireground training, and should be conducted by "someone who has the training and experience to supervise students during live fire training… Continue
Added by Tony Piontek on October 9, 2008 at 8:49pm —
Today I wanted to take a few minutes and ask how much and how often does everyone get to train in their fire house? I know me being a new firefighter seeing new things and learning new ways to get the job done more Continue
effective and safer makes everyday a learning experience. I have been lucky
enough to have family and fellow firefighters show me early on the importance
of training. I think all of us rookies and veterans should all have the…
Added by Jordan Smith on October 4, 2008 at 5:28pm —
My good friend Billy reminded me that this Sunday October the 5th., the US flag is to be flown to half staff, as per the orders of the President of the United States (Public Law 107-51)… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 3, 2008 at 5:33pm —
Please take the time to remember the one you love as our country is going through some of the toughest times ever. We must stick together through this time of need and support our fellow firefighters and our loved ones.
Never give up and never let anyone tear down the service we all love. There is a reason we call ourselves firefighters...
Added by Todd McKee on October 2, 2008 at 11:08pm —
After being a member of this "Community" for a number of months and adding a good number of friends (49 !!!.... I didn't know I was so well liked !?!?), I am surprised by the popular response to the profile question: Areas of Expertise.
Some members will respond with such creative answers such as: "Under Construction", "Underway", "Still learning" or "I am no expert" ! Still other members will just leave it blank.
I believe some of these members are selling themselves short,… Continue
Added by Ron Smith (a.k.a. G-Ron) on October 2, 2008 at 10:12am —
Hello everyone. A couple months back I read in Fire Engineering about Fire enginnering re-investigating the fire. I haven't seen anything posted about where they stand with that. Can anyone tell me where I can find this information at? Thanks
Added by Tony McLain on September 29, 2008 at 10:35pm —
I received a note today from the IAFF informing us that Tom Carr currently the fire chief in Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, has accepted the job as fire chief for the city of Charleston. I'd like to extend my heartiest is congratulations to the city of Charleston, the Charleston firefighters and to my good friend Tom Carr. Tom has been and continues to be a… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on September 29, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Pause then laugh!
This is not a debate on smooth bore vs. fog nor is it a male - female thing. It seems sometimes that the fire service can be broken down into two distinct camps. Some of the more popular Smooth Bore vs. Fog, Paid vs.Volunteer and PPV vs. VES.
Maybe there is another - Extinguishment vs. Failure
Extinguishment is at the heart of what we do. No other organization does what we do. Ask any firefighter how they felt putting out the fire and you will find the… Continue
Added by Ray McCormack on September 29, 2008 at 11:54am —
The recent movement of Hurrican Ike through Ohio proved the old point, if you dont' like the weather, stick around for a day, it'll change. Responses for down utility lines rolled into departnments across the affected area for about 18 hours. I've always been amazed that the fire department is the only entity that can figure out what type of line is hanging from a pole. Why is that? And so in the Central Region of Ohio around Columbus, it went on for about 11 days with a lot of people in the… Continue
Added by Robert Rhoades on September 25, 2008 at 6:55am —