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August 2013 Blog Posts (22)

Brooklyn Working: Video of Rescue in Bedford-Stuyvesant


Uniformed corrections officer douses brownstone interior with gasoline

A corrections officer is charged with second-degree arson in a Brooklyn two-alarm fire that injured 12 people, five critically. Engine 233 transmitted the 10-75 for Box 861 at 375 Chauncey Street. Battalion 37 gave the All-Hands and ’doubtful will hold’ with a report of fire on two floors and…


Added by Bill Carey on August 30, 2013 at 7:08am — No Comments

To break or not to break? That was the question...

Interesting fire a few days back in a manufactured home. Moderate case of "Colliers Mansion" throughout made the stretch tough. Heavy smoke conditions enveloped the structure upon arrival with no visible fire showing. Definitely in a "ventilation-limited" state. As I got a quick C side view prior to making entry for back up fire attack, I…


Added by Colin Kelley on August 29, 2013 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Around Here

We had a great auto extrication drill the other night and we did it all by ourselves. Nobody asked permission, we simply called a tow company and had a few cars delivered. As we passed the hat around the table to help defer some of the $200 out-of-pocket cost to the firefighter who set up the drill I…


Added by Mark vonAppen on August 28, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Basement Fires, a Three Star Performance or a Three Ring Circus?

Hey Folks, today’s blog is a result of my frustration with the continued inept (and down right dangerous) management of basement fires. Generally speaking, basement fires are often (unnecessarily) chaotic events. In the spirit of transparency, I am inspired to address this issue by my growing frustration and disappointment in my own working environment.  As a disclaimer, I will keep the specific Department anonymous, however in order to be fair, I am not speaking of either the Washington DC…


Added by Lawrence Schultz on August 27, 2013 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

Why We Search: Transients Escape Portland Fire


Homeless people find their spot next door to a church on fire

Portland firefighters responded to a structure fire on North Maryland Avenue on 25 August. The structure was once a YWCA building and women’s shelter and had reportedly been abandoned for five years.

According to KOIN a homeless couple and their friend were…


Added by Bill Carey on August 27, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments


I am honored to be drawing on another USO tour in the next few weeks, so I will not be posting again until mid-September. Please keep my cartoonists brothers, and all our active, wounded, and retired warriors in your thoughts and prayers.

For my close…


Added by Paul Combs on August 27, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Making The Push

Making The Push

     For many of you, when you hear Nozzle Forward” in the fire service, you know exactly what that name encompasses. For those of you who…


Added by Ryan Torres on August 27, 2013 at 3:32am — No Comments

Illegal Renovations. Remembering FDNY Lieutenant Carpluk and Firefighter Reilly

Old post on the anniversary of a bad fire. Remember the fallen by checking the conditions of dollar stores in your area. - Bill

Remember Lieutenant Carpluk and Firefighter Reilly by looking at dollar stores in your first due and asking "what if?"

On 24 August 2006 a FDNY lieutenant and probationary firefighter were trapped…


Added by Bill Carey on August 26, 2013 at 10:51am — No Comments

"25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD"

A sobering yet poignant video Dan Shaw and I put together as launch our book! It is in the Fire Engineering Bookstore ready to ship today!

Please pass this video along, go give our FB "25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD" page, give us a "like" and buy a copy of the book today... make you and your firefighting team the best team they can be!

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 26, 2013 at 10:12am — No Comments

Flow Path

By Mark vonAppen

All of my life I have been known as a bit of a trouble maker.  I have pushed limits and challenged authority.  In the process, I have trampled a path that few have chosen to follow.  Sometimes it's a lonely…


Added by Mark vonAppen on August 26, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Question on SOGs: Delayed Resources

Posting a question we got from a Fire Engineering reader:

How does your department operate with a 2 Man crew at structure fire with a 5 to 10 min delay for more resources to arrive? Do you have a SOG breaking down individual tasks. Can post a link to the SOP or describe it?

Added by Fire Engineering on August 26, 2013 at 8:49am — No Comments

The Duty To Lead - Part Three

The past two segments of "The Duty To Lead" have covered a variety of topics, including task competence, daily attitude, and perceptions being tied to one's personal affairs. This blog entry will round out the discussion, looking into topics such as the relationship between being an officer and being an instructor, some ways to encourage constant learning on your shift, and a few closing thoughts.…


Added by Matt Verlaque on August 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What are You Going to Do? - Tornado's

Things get messed up on occasion at almost every level of almost every occupation.  As an example I posted a Round Table question in Fire Engineering Magazine a month or two ago.  Due to extensive and I must add quite insightful and interesting coverage of Hurricane Sandy in the June and July issues,  it kind of got lost. I think it was a great opportunity for those that “do”, to help those that “don’t” (but should).  And in an occupation that prides itself on brother and sisterhood, isn’t…


Added by Skip Coleman on August 23, 2013 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


If you're not thinking forward, you are already behind! Difference makers prepare and shape their future by always thinking of innovative ways to accomplish a goal. So, are you a progressive thinker, or a complacent wallflower?

Always make a…


Added by Paul Combs on August 23, 2013 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

^^ WHATS UP? ^^

Here is another example of business owners expanding their operation upward, when adjacent property isn't available. Although this is good for extra occupancy, especially in a restaurant or bars profitability, it provides for certain obstacles and dangers for firefighters.

As was brought-up (by Jake Rixner) in my previous post about "rear porches", these additions (roof top decks/patios) aren't likely built to code. In a lot of jurisdictions, a roof top deck/patio can't be visible…


Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on August 21, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments


Although this type of construction is routinely found in cities around the United States, it is not all that uncommon to find them in the Main Streets of small town America. has posted photos of rear porches in the past, but this type of configuration continues to pose challenges for operating fire units.

Did you know that…


Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on August 21, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

The Best is Yet to Come

I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that "things" in the fire service are finally changing and changing for the better.  The bad news is that some of you may not like it. 

I just got back from a weekend with some of the largest minds in today's fire service. (Not quite sure what I was doing there.) Here is some of what’s coming or in some cases, already here.

  • Did you know that every fire apparatus built after 2008 (I believe – maybe 2009)  has a…

Added by Skip Coleman on August 14, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Basement Fires Have Just Gotten More Dangerous


    3/4" OSB and Gusset Plate Constructed Materials

Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on August 13, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Why We Search: Numerous People in Missouri Vacant


Jefferson City fire reminds us that vagrancy is not seasonal

Early Tuesday morning Jefferson City firefighters responded to a fire at 111 Adams Street. During the course of the fire and investigation a homeless man was arrested for allegedly starting the fire, knowing that other squatters were inside.

“[Police] also…


Added by Bill Carey on August 12, 2013 at 5:51am — No Comments

The Duty To Lead - Part Two

Last month, we got started discussing the importance of being a good role model for your company as a new officer. This continuation will delve a bit deeper into the importance of fireground competence for company officers and the effects that it will have on your company and the operations that you are involved in. Additionally, we will start to identify some attitudes and personality traits that will positively impact your company.



Added by Matt Verlaque on August 11, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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