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August 2015 Blog Posts (73)

Mega Mansions-Insights from the MD Childs Point Road Fire & Report

On Monday, January 19, 2015, a fire occurred at a residential dwelling located at 936 Childs Point Road, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland 21401.  The two-story occupied single family dwelling was approximately 16,386 square feet in size and sustained a complete loss to the structure and contents. The damage was estimated to be approximately $16 million to $18…

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Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on August 6, 2015 at 8:14pm — No Comments

MFA #6: Words that Convey Nothing - “Aggressive Interior Attack”

I borrowed the title of this blog from the late Tom Brennan, FDNY Captain, Waterbury (CT) Fire Chief, Fire Engineering Editor, and firefighting sage extraordinaire, but I take full responsibility for the example.  Tommy’s “Random Thoughts” column in the March 1996 issue of Fire Engineering railed against the use of phrases such as "Be Advised", because of uselessness; and “Heavy Fire Condition”, because of imprecision.  He related his frustration with persons who would describe a a building…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on August 6, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #40 (IT'S CRITICAL)

While riding the Squad yesterday, I worked an extrication involving a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser that was struck from behind on I95. The trooper was investigating a MVC that we responded to and cleared about an hour prior. After thinking about the circumstances, I thought there's no better time to cover an important part of roadway…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 5, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Bureaucratic Personality - Book Smart Fireground Stupid

We all understand the fireground can be a very dynamic working environment. If you've been around long enough to know, new fire service veterans will often say "that no two fires are the same" or there is no such thing as the "routine fire" today. This can be especially true if you are charged to work for a fire department that has an "all hazards" mission statement.…

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Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on August 4, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Link to MFA Reference

Here's the direct link to Jones & Bartlett's "Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting" that I referenced in my latest blog, MFA #5 - Keeping Up to Date - Where to look when the textbooks are wrong: 

http://samples.jbpub.com/9781284084108/9781284084108_Secured.pdf

That publisher today allowed me to post this link to a free download of this supplement, a testimony to their…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on August 4, 2015 at 7:31am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: SC

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 49th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Tyron Weston 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 Columbia SC Fire Department.



Tyron…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 3, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

Firefighter Behavioral Health and Suicide

As a part of the Florian Program Advisory Board, I have the privilege of attending an annual meeting that allows me to hear from some of the best and brightest minds in the area of firefighter behavioral health. The Florian Program is a recent addition to the Rosecrance Institute in Rockford, Illinois, and it focuses on firefighters who are struggling with substance abuse and any other type of co-occurring issue. This program has a group of professionals who understand the firefighter…

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Added by Jeremy Hurd on August 3, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NC

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 48th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain James Alan Hicks 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 North Carolina Air National Guard Fire and Emergency Services.…





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Added by Brad Hoff on August 3, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments

It's so easy...it's hard.

The Sunday Preach

"Click it"

Look in the mirror, in the end... you are responsible for the choices you make. 

In our personal vehicles, we would never think to drive or ride without a seatbelt securely fastened... How is it that in the rig, we think it's not required?

"The safe response is paramount and cannot be understated. The chauffeur and the company officer are equally responsible for that safe response. Be certain to wear your…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 2, 2015 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Lessons from the Fireground: Houston FD LODD May 31, 2013

Lessons from the Fireground

Houston FD LODD May 31, 2013

The Houston (TX) Southwest Inn LODD Report has been issued by NIOSH F2013-16

Executive Summary

On May 31, 2013, a 35 year-old career…

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Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on August 2, 2015 at 8:01pm — No Comments

The Waldbaum’s Supermarket Fire and Collapse: FDNY 1978-Honor, Remembrance, Learning’s

Waldbaums Supermarket Fire and Collapse: FDNY 1978

Honor, Remembrance, Learning’s

 

The Waldbaum Super market fire, Brooklyn, New York occurred on August 2, 1978. Six firefighters died in the line of duty when the roof…

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Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on August 2, 2015 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Unrealistic Expectations

          “Let’s go boys. Eat your breakfast. We have to leave or we are going to be late for practice.” I yell from the garage.

          Our two boys, four and six, were having their usual morning chat about Super Mario Brothers as they enjoyed their raisin toast, oatmeal with dinosaur eggs, and strawberry explosion smoothies through a multi-colored flex straw. My wife and I gathered their baseball uniforms and…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on August 2, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Are you engaged?

When it comes to the bigger picture of your position in the fire service the important question is, how engaged are you?  Your answer matters and has a significant impact either positive or negatively on the greater good.

Added by Douglas K. Cline on August 1, 2015 at 5:47pm — No Comments

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