By Mark vonAppen
This letter came to me from a firefighter in a major metroplolitan department here in the USA. If this rookie had a voice, this is what he would say.
A DEPARTMENT IN NEED
As a firefighter for the City of Charleston, SC for almost eight years (2005-2013), I saw many things both good and bad. But for the most part the Charleston Fire Department has been continuously plagued by numerous problems. It is these problems that are the root cause for the departure of dozens of firefighters new and old, who have left to pursue careers with other departments as well as non fire…Continue
Added by Scott Jainchill on September 4, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments
Some would say it is a fine line between being an aggressive firefighter and being a reckless one. While that may have some truth to it, I feel that the main difference between the two is knowledge. Knowledge gained through education, experience and judgment.
Education is the first one I will address because it has to come first. We don’t send untrained people out to fight fires, we educate them first. Of course this is done to varying degrees throughout the fire service, whether it…Continue
Added by Wayne Zeman on September 3, 2013 at 5:38pm — No Comments
For the next few weeks I am going to post blogs that ask questions concerning searching. Of everything we do on the fireground, I believe Search is the poorest evolution we conduct. I have my ideas why but that’s another blog for another time.
I will embed video in the blog that shows a fire problem. In each of these, assume you are operating in your jurisdiction with your resources. If your staffing is 5 plus an officer or two, whatever - it’s what you have to work with. Bring…Continue