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August 2010 Blog Posts (14)

Solar Panel Rooftop Fires

Hello All,

I am very aware of the issue of not being able to turn of a solar panel. What's the answer to this issue? I have two buildings that I want to put solar on the roof. What about firesafety after a earth quake or during a fire what do you do with the solar?

Added by Stephen Craig Cutler on August 27, 2010 at 2:28am — 3 Comments

Explorer program help needed

Hello all,

I am starting up an explorer program in my fire department and I need some help. My chief asked me for some ideas for a good training curriculum for the explorers. If anyone can help me with this task and any other information on this subject, it would be greatly appreciated. I really want to do the best job I possibly can to motivate the future of the fire service properly. Thank you in advance.

J.C. Jimenez

Added by J.C. Jimenez on August 24, 2010 at 8:22pm — 2 Comments

ISO Ratings.

There has been a lot of questions concerning ISO ratings in our area. I've compiled some information written from reading everything I could find on the subject. The ISO website is very good and the information is easy to find.k Check it out on my Blogspot:

Added by Robert Rhoades on August 24, 2010 at 2:01am — No Comments


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Added by Paul Combs on August 19, 2010 at 9:38am — 10 Comments

Remembering Firefighter Tom Stapleton

Remembering Firefighter Tom Stapleton, Eastside Rescue Fire & Rescue (WA). Tom, my friend and firefighting brother, passed away last week after a courageous fight against cancer.

May you go with God and we will always remember you as you continue to live in our hearts and in our lives.

Added by John K. Murphy on August 18, 2010 at 4:31pm — 4 Comments

Evil enjoys freedom

How Ironic that evil should enjoy our freedom. Evil seeps into our society in many forms. We can lockup evil people and lockout those whom we assume or perceive to be evil, but history has proven over and over evil is an abstact entity that cannot be locked away. Only evildoers may be imprisoned or prohibited in any society. Isn't it ironic that our military service men and women are forbidden to encourage Christianity or to possess a bible in an Islamic nation yet, we as Americans are forced… Continue

Added by Jon D Marsh on August 18, 2010 at 11:02am — No Comments


Let's get something straight before the hate mail begins to fly; I am not an Islamaphobe, and I DO support Islam's Constitutional right for Muslims to worship where they choose, though very reluctantly in this case. Just because you CAN put a Mosque at Ground Zero, doesn't mean you SHOULD put a Mosque at Ground… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on August 17, 2010 at 1:40pm — 38 Comments

EMS LODD and a Lesson

Champion EMS EMT-trainee Casey Steenland, aged 33 died on Friday, August 13th in Texas, an apparent victim of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Three other Champion EMS members were treated, two required HBO (hyperbaric oxygen) according to local news sources. All four were apparently exposed to CO from an ambulance… Continue

Added by Mike McEvoy on August 14, 2010 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Can anybody assist me?

I am trying to find out where I can get training videos/DVD's that I can use to train drivers of road tankers. The drivers that I train, travel through 3rd world countries that do not have the resources to act in the event of an incident and the countries seldom care (unless they can issue a spot fine) many of these drivers are semi literate. The material therefore needs to focus primarily on safety and prevention. Thanks. Kind regards, Chris.

Added by Chris Melly on August 11, 2010 at 1:51pm — 2 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter/paramedic Christopher Wheatley. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Chicago FD.

Christopher Wheatley

Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic

Age: 31

Gender: Male

Classification: Career

Years of Service: 10

Date of Incident: 08/09/2010

Time of Incident: 0030hrs

Date of… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on August 9, 2010 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Chicago Firefighter Christopher Wheatley, 31, has died in the Line of Duty

Chicago Firefighter Christopher Wheatley, 31, has died in the Line of Duty after he fell 3-4 stories while operating at a fire in the Loop area restaurant this morning, according to CFD's Commissioner Bob Hoff. He said Firefighters were operating at the Avec Restaurant on Randolph Street around 0130 Hours to handle a reported small fire when FF Wheatly slipped and fell from the ladder that extended to the roof of the structure.

According to Commissioner Hoff: "They had to go up to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on August 9, 2010 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Ambulance Delayed: NFPA 1917

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Ambulances balloting this week failed by one vote to move a draft “NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances” forward into the review and public comment process that would have rolled an ambulance design standard out the door during mid-2012.

At issue was inclusion of several AMD (Automobile Manufacturers Division of the National Truck Equipment Association) testing standards incorporated into the draft document… Continue

Added by Mike McEvoy on August 5, 2010 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: AR

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter/ranger Craig Adams. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Arkansas Forestry Commision.

Chris Adams

Rank: Firefighter/Ranger

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Classification: Wildland (Full-Time)

Years of Service: 2

Date of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on August 3, 2010 at 1:58pm — No Comments


Just when I thought it was a good time to put down my pen and take a vacation, Congress goes and does something so asinine, so incredibly self-serving, that I couldn't let it go without commenting.

This past week our elected leaders shot down the 9/11 Health Bill, 255 to 159, which lacked the 2/3 votes needed… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on August 1, 2010 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

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