"Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) is a topic worthy
of some discussion. Ladder companies that carry PPV fans must be well versed in their use. There is a tendency that if someone sets a PPV fan at the front door, it should be started and run. This is not always the case. PPV fans are excellent tools for removing smoke…
Added by Dan Shaw on August 23, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
While out running errands I came across the building that is pictured below. From the street it looks like any other Starbucks, Moes, Cold Stone, Remax and dentist office. But a closer look reveals the old smoke stack and a 360 reveals that it used to be some type of plant or factory. This changes our size up completely. It takes the building from being a possible Type II to a Type III or Type IV. Meaning that instead of truss being our main concern, now it's hidden…Continue
Added by David Topczynski on August 22, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments
It wasn't until I was at a friends house recently that I realized just how "Child Proof" a home can be. There seems to be a gismo that can block any size opening or keep any type of knob from turning on the market. While this is great for the safety of our children these products can create a nightmare for us. There is in fact so many different safety products available that I will start by only discussing baby gates in this post.
Baby gates come in just about any shape and…Continue
Added by David Topczynski on August 21, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
James D. “JD”…Continue
Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 12:40pm — No Comments
It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 53rd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Christopher Joe Daniels has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department.…
Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 12:27pm — No Comments
As a servant leader hopefully you will not fall into the trap of focusing your efforts on self-serving ventures or only focusing on the organization. As a servant leader you must be focused on what is truly the most valuable resource in the fire service, the others around you.
It is important to remember there is no I in team. This is a hard area to over come and it takes constant effort with successful leaders as they are always striving to get better, focused on the vision…Continue
Added by Douglas K. Cline on August 20, 2015 at 8:20pm — No Comments
Recently, while teaching a hands-on-engine class in Delaware, my younger and wittier teaching companion Roger Steger, found it was time for our traditional protein bar and Monster (drink) run. As he headed out the gate, he stopped and asked me if I needed some Metamucil to go with my Ensure. This was his not-so-subtle way of reminding me that I am old. It was day two of, running long-lines, pushing in with large lines and box-alarm drills, and on top of that, it was 97 degrees. I needed…Continue
Added by Lawrence Schultz on August 20, 2015 at 3:57pm — No Comments
The topic of short staffed operations is often overlooked, despite it being an issue that many municipalities deal with across the country. Understaffed fireground operations, specifically understaffed rapid intervention team (RIT) operations, is an important topic to address for any fire department. Short staffed operations change the way we operate on the fireground. Understaffed RIT operations directly affect our safety on the fireground. Not being able to rescue a downed firefighter…Continue
Added by David Topczynski on August 20, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments
Pro-Active Drivers: Why there are more jobs, than just babysitting the truck
By: Dean Helsel
In the volunteer and combination departments, in my area, I see an ongoing issue with the drivers. Drivers are getting the firemen to the scene, but what are they doing once they are on location? Are your engine drivers being pro-active when…Continue
Added by Dean Helsel on August 19, 2015 at 5:24pm — No Comments
Firefighter Fitness from a New Zealand Firefighter's Perspective
As firefighters, we tend to consider ourselves generally fit and healthy individuals capable of carrying out a physically demanding job. But are we really as fit as we think we are? Are our bodies really in good enough shape to handle the frenetic pace of the first twenty minutes at a working structure fire; the…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on August 19, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments
As we continue to discuss and explore modern fire attack (MFA) methods, I thought it was time to start talking about what may be the greatest tactical change: we can stop routinely cutting holes in roofs and breaking windows of burning buildings! (And by "greatest" I mean the one offering the most benefits and challenges.) Now, you can read all of the recent fire dynamics research reports and analyses yourself and never find that recommendation, but I see it as a logical and…Continue
This may be the most important blog I have ever posted. In order to make the greatest impact possible I have decided to also keep it short.
When I was younger my parents never let me quit a sport once the season began. Their philosophy was "Finish what you started. If you quit when things get hard you'll quit anytime you encounter adversity in life." I will forever be grateful for that…Continue
Added by Frank Viscuso on August 17, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
Collaborative efforts for organizational efficiency and effectiveness are a must in today's society. Business practices that once worked for an organization may not necessarily work today. For many years, we have been transitioning our organizations over to computers, GIS mapping software, new and innovative 911 alerting systems, and now web-based reporting programs that are being developed by firemen...for firemen.…Continue
Added by Jeremy Rebok on August 17, 2015 at 9:45am — No Comments
I would like to take a long winded roundabout way to look at the importance of saving seconds in an effort to saving minutes on a fire scene. This came up when I noticed during night calls guys would wake up, put on their shoes, walk to the Apparatus and then take their shoes off. This didn’t make sense to me, I just don’t put my shoes on, but how could I tell them that they were wasting time. Throughout my short career I have always been told “seconds matter”,…Continue
Added by Justin Renner on August 17, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments
The Sunday Preach:
See the future... (crystal ball not required)
If you are looking to see potential forcible entry challenges in the residential setting, often you need to look no further than your local hardware store.
"Residential building forcible entry is no longer the 'mule kick' on a hollow core wooden door. Formidable forcible entry concerns are becoming prevalent in the single family…
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 16, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments
Let me begin by saying there are two sure fire ways to fail as a leader in the fire service. One is to DO without ever thinking and the other is to THINK without ever doing.
You and I both know people who habitually take action before developing a sound game plan. They are what I call “Ready/Fire” people. They don’t take the time to aim at the target they just shoot like a chimpanzee holding a…Continue
Added by Frank Viscuso on August 15, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
EVALUATE, DIAGNOSE, AND PRESCRIBE.
The Fire Service is similar to the patient waiting room at the local doctor’s office. Both are filled with all kinds of people from different places with assorted backgrounds, personalities, exposures, symptoms, complaints and outlooks. The one common denominator is that each person has come seeking a reason and an explanation for why they are feeling whatever it is that they are…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on August 15, 2015 at 8:57am — No Comments
Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on August 14, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments