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July 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Mass Decon

Mass Decontamination

Mass Decontamination is an important part of today’s functions of the emergency responder. This is due to the fact that live patients can’t wait for Technical Decon to arrive. There are four types of decon, emergency decon, mass, decon, technical decon, and hospital decon. . When we look at the Differences in Emergency Decon and Mass Decon there are almost the same except mass decontamination is for more people. In decontamination our focus is on wetting the… Continue

Added by Todd McKee on July 31, 2009 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Land Field Fires

For two days now,we had to put out fires from the land field,trash dump.I notice that the workers there does not wear and mask ,i would think they would because of the gasses that come from and land field.
What do you think,the city should tell the workers at the land field how dangeous the gasses could cause them health problems.

Added by Brenda Tenney on July 31, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

IAFF–Metro Fire Chiefs Joint Statement

July 30, 2009

IAFF–Metro Fire Chiefs Joint Statement

Despite Financial Crisis, Safety of Fire Fighters and the Public Must Remain Top Priority

Washington, DC –

The International Association of Fire Fighters and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs

Association today issued a joint statement regarding the safety of fire fighters, paramedics and the public

during the ongoing economic crisis.

The statement acknowledges the severe economic… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 30, 2009 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Congressional Fire Services Institute Webinar Series

Congressional Fire Services Institute Webinar Series

CFSI Webinar Series

America Burning: Looking Back on A Vision for

Reducing the Threat of Fire in Our Nation

DATE: 7/31/2009

TIME: 2:00 - 3:00PM EST

LOCATION: Your personal computer!

COST: Free

RSVP: Email by 7/30/2009

Moderated by Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director, the program… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 27, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

Somethings I think I think (Another version)

Many years ago, one of my favorite newspaper columnists was a gentleman named Phil Musick. Occassionally, he would write an article titled the same way as I did mine today. I enjoyed most of those articles. Here's a version of mine.

Somethings I think I think.......

You may know this already, but, there is no respect for anyone or anything anymore.

Life is too short. Believe what they say and value everyday as if it was your last.

As we get older, our… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on July 26, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

On the Passing of a True American Hero, Army Pilot Ed Freeman

Ed Freeman Army helicopter pilot Cogressional Medal of Honor Winner

I am not sure wrote the following story but I am sure they want it in here please pass this link to everyone who serves America, every firefighter, cop, nurse, teacher, utility worker, transit worker, TSA folks, send this to everyone who does the job for America first. Enjoy the story of Ed Freeman below, enjoy a true story of a man of integrity, honor and dignity. And… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 23, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Thursdays 1 PM Free Webcast Biodetection David Ladd

Biodetection: Issues & Answers

July 23, 2009 | 1:00PM EDT

Ever since the Amerithrax attacks of 2001 a national debate has raged regarding field bio-detection. The range of issues between laboratories and public health agencies versus responders is wide and varied. As yet, no solution has been fully developed and implemented, leaving us without an acceptable level of preparedness, despite $85 billion in federal homeland… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 22, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Andy Fredericks Training Days Interview

This is an interview conducted with Lt. Dan McMaster (Alexandria, VA Fire/ IAFF Local 2141) back before Andy Fredericks Training Days. It ran in our Local 947 newsletter and at our website ( ). We had several guys from our Department attend and was an awesome event. Obviously, it is a little dated but it's well worth posting here. Hope everyone enjoys...

Lt. Andy Fredericks was a 20 year veteran of the FDNY when he responded to the terrorist attacks on the World… Continue

Added by Dave Coker on July 20, 2009 at 6:57pm — 1 Comment

CFSI Webinar Series Presents 'AMERICA BURNING'

CFSI Webinar Series Presents 'AMERICA BURNING'

CFSI Webinar Series

America Burning: Looking Back on A Vision for

Reducing the Threat of Fire in Our Nation

DATE: 7/31/2009

TIME: 2:00 - 3:00PM EST

LOCATION: Your personal computer!

COST: Free

RSVP: Email by 7/30/2009

Moderated by Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director, the program will feature Louis J. Amabili, a member of the… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 20, 2009 at 1:22pm — No Comments


I have been reading books on historical figures and great leaders. I find these people fascinating and intriguing. Many of these individuals have been studied on their leadership style and characteristics in great detail. However, the parallels to these great politicians, executives, generals and peace keepers is that they were aware of their surroundings and those around them. They all understood there was a greater cause.

In the fire service, the same can be said about our great leaders.… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 17, 2009 at 8:32pm — No Comments

8th Annual Andy Fredericks Memorial Golf Tournament presented by our friends at FIRENUGGETS.COM



8th Annual Andy Fredericks Memorial Golf Tournament
Thursday October 1, 2009




The 8th Annual Andy Fredericks Memorial Golf Tournament will soon be upon us. Our goal is to honor Andy and his contributions to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 16, 2009 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

FDNY Commissioner Comments on Ricci Decision

FDNY Commissioner Comments on Ricci Decision

In an opinion editorial posted in the New York daily news FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Nicholas Scoppetta discusses how the FDNY has been working successfully improve its diversity without imposing quotas How to get diversity -- without resorting to racial quotasRead more:

The Commissioner opened his piece this way The policies and practices used in the past to promote workplace diversity have long been in need of change. The… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 12, 2009 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

Bobby's July Editoral

What We Know That Ain’t So

By Bobby Halton

Firefighters are three times more likely to die on the job than any other occupation. The NFPA has established that half of all of these deaths are attributable to stress from overexertion. Will Rogers said that is not what you don't know that is going to kill you but what you know that ain’t so. I had always thought that firefighters needed to be in good shape, that most heart attacks happened to firefighters due to pre-existing… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 12, 2009 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Frank have you seen this?

Good morning have you seen this?
your a fighter do not let them pull this crap! The libs are starting their attacks against you. It makes me MAD AS !#@#

I found it on Drudge Report


Added by Bill Greene on July 12, 2009 at 5:44am — No Comments

Defensive transition

When is it time to pull out? The old adage of 20 minutes was considered to be the norm. This is really for two reasons. The building construction for that day did not consider light weight trusses, no gang plates, no I-beam floor joists; one bottle lasts about that long. There were many reasons for the “rule of thumb”. In today’s buildings we can not operate by rules of thumb. Think about it this way…dispatched to a SFD at 2300 arrive to find light smoke showing at 2305 and place your crew into… Continue

Added by Rob Gaylor on July 10, 2009 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Growing pains

Hello to all...

I hope that this finds everyone well. I hope that with the holiday season upon us that everyone takes a little time to stop and give thanks for what we all have; regardless of religious beliefs. I recently had an amazing experience. I am sure that I am no different than any other father out there that watches his young children grow up and finally ...FINALLY graduate and move into adult hood. Now the experience that I am talking about is not the typical… Continue

Added by Rob Gaylor on July 10, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments



Becoming and officer envelops many tasks and in reality for what real benefit we often wonder. Getting the bars or bugles on your collar gives you the right to tell people what to do … and remember you get that extra $20.00 a day. The reality of it is this…the one thing that you must become a master at is motivation. How do you get someone to do something? Often times we feel that it is just easier and some times faster to just do it our selves. Remember you… Continue

Added by Rob Gaylor on July 10, 2009 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Training/ Driving on!

I have been a part of the Training Division for three years and I've learned first hand about the uphill battle trainers face when it comes to accomplishing the training that matters. We as trainers must never get discouraged, and must always think of the firefighters that we train because they are why we chose training. So when it gets tough think of the firefighters and the public we serve.

Added by Antonio Almodovar on July 9, 2009 at 5:53pm — No Comments


At a recent full scale exercise I was the fire controller and an old acquaintenance of my was the evaluator. This was an IED type exercise at a school football game. Initial response was from the Twp. PD who did an excellent job of taping off the area and controlling the scene. The fire department arrived on the scene with a command vehicle, turned on the big green light and never stepped foot in it again. It was hard to watch an incident like this because the safety of responders was in… Continue

Added by Robert Rhoades on July 7, 2009 at 2:57pm — 2 Comments

Fire Engineering/FDIC Contributor Bennie Crane Passes Away

Bennie Crane passed away on July 4, 2009, after a long illness. A popular speaker and certified facilitator, Crane began his fire service career with the Chicago (IL) Fire Department in 1961 and retired as district chief in 1995. He was a field instructor with the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute and Northwestern University. Crane was a longtime member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Associate Advisory Board, reviewing call for presentations… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on July 6, 2009 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

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