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Tommy Carr named Fire Chief in Charleston South Carolina

I received a note today from the IAFF informing us that Tom Carr currently the fire chief in Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, has accepted the job as fire chief for the city of Charleston. I'd like to extend my heartiest is congratulations to the city of Charleston, the Charleston firefighters and to my good friend Tom Carr. Tom has been and continues to be a… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on September 29, 2008 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Men Are From Smooth Bore Women Are From Fog

Pause then laugh!

This is not a debate on smooth bore vs. fog nor is it a male - female thing. It seems sometimes that the fire service can be broken down into two distinct camps. Some of the more popular Smooth Bore vs. Fog, Paid vs.Volunteer and PPV vs. VES.

Maybe there is another - Extinguishment vs. Failure

Extinguishment is at the heart of what we do. No other organization does what we do. Ask any firefighter how they felt putting out the fire and you will find the…


Added by Ray McCormack on September 29, 2008 at 11:54am — 13 Comments

A touch of the Amish

The recent movement of Hurrican Ike through Ohio proved the old point, if you dont' like the weather, stick around for a day, it'll change. Responses for down utility lines rolled into departnments across the affected area for about 18 hours. I've always been amazed that the fire department is the only entity that can figure out what type of line is hanging from a pole. Why is that? And so in the Central Region of Ohio around Columbus, it went on for about 11 days with a lot of people in the… Continue

Added by Robert Rhoades on September 25, 2008 at 6:55am — No Comments

Training and Use of UV lamp on fire scene

First, I wonder if there are investigators who use the UV lamp during investigation on a fire scene.

And, I am looking for documentation on the training and use of the UV lamp on a fire scene.

Thank !!

Added by Daniel Boilard on September 24, 2008 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Ladder co. 72 with Heavy Auto Extrication

Today Ladder co. 72 had a good MVC with entrapment on S.R. 9 in Clearview.

Units Units responded to the report of an MVC with unknown injuries. Upon arrival, M71 had two vehicles high speed blocking with 2 red patients entrapped. L72 was added to the response.

Upon arrival we were assigned to the silver Ford Focus, and Engine co. 13 was assigned the red PT Cruiser for…


Added by Chad Berg on September 13, 2008 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

9/11 early fire for Ladder co. 72 of Snohomish County

At around 02:30 on the morning of September 11th(343), Snohomish County toned out a Residential Fire for District #7 in the Maltby area on 83rd Avenue.

Engine co. 73 was the first to arrive and reported a 25' x 50' detached shop facility that was fully involved. They stretched a 2.5" and started flowing with the residential exposure adjacent to…


Added by Chad Berg on September 13, 2008 at 3:22pm — 3 Comments

Should all 1st out apparatus have a RIT pack?

I was at my fire house the other day and a few of us were talking about the RIT pack. Do you think that all 1st out companies should have a RIT pack on board the apparatus? Why or why not? Any kind of feed back would be great.


Added by Jordan Smith on September 12, 2008 at 9:49am — 4 Comments

9-11 "Greater Love Hath No Man"

So I'm sittin' here cogitatin' on things, particular the fact that tomorrow is once again 9-11. In our town, like many towns I imagine, we'll be having a memorial in the morning, I moment of silence, reading the names, the bells, a piper. The crowd gets smaller every year. People drive by the firehouse where it is being held and don't even notice, let alone slow down to pay respects. For many people, 9-11 has been reduced to a memory of cable T.V.…


Added by Ben Fleagle on September 10, 2008 at 9:34pm — 9 Comments

Marketing the Mission 10 Years Later

In April of 1999, Atlanta Firefighter Matt Mosley captivated the nation’s attention when he hung from a rope attached to the belly ring of a Jet Ranger helicopter. His mission was to…


Added by David Rhodes on September 9, 2008 at 1:38pm — 2 Comments

Looking Back to Remember, Honor and Never to Forget!

As for many of us this time of year always makes us stop and say a prayer for the Firefighters, Police Officers, Port Authority Officers and Public Safety Officials who perished on 9-11-01. Today, I was going through my computer looking at all of the images from that day of darkness and I stopped again to say another prayer. For me, I did not know any of the…


Added by Dan Walker on September 5, 2008 at 6:38pm — No Comments

NIST Fire Dynamics Seminar

I spent a very interesting day on Wednesday at the NIST fire research lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center in Gaithersburg Maryland. The mission of NIST is to conduct basic and applied research for the purpose of understanding from the fire behavior and hopefully… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on September 5, 2008 at 5:37pm — 1 Comment

Little Things

As I was writing the "You Know What Really Grinds My Gears" Post, I was reminded of the things that really keep me coming back for more. Some are obvious, of course, but others more ethereal. Now that's a big word for a fireman...but don't worry, I looked it up. So, here are a few of the "Little Things" that keep me into the job...again, you can agree, disagree, laugh, or add to it....

1) A working fire.

2) A cigar back at the station after a working fire (don't…


Added by Tim Linke on September 1, 2008 at 5:25pm — 12 Comments

Do you know what really GRINDS my gears?

I'm sure that a few of you are fans of the TV Show "Family Guy." In one episode, Peter gets a job on the local newscast as a commentator. His spot was called "Ya' know what grinds my gears?" Of course, Peter's perspective on life is a little slanted, and wackiness ensued. I've decided to add this to my blog post as a "ya know what grinds me gears related to the fire service?" You can agree, disagree, laugh, or agree to disagree. I'll add more as I think of them.

Things that really…


Added by Tim Linke on August 27, 2008 at 9:59pm — 11 Comments

Flames in Fernwood

Another working fire in the Fernwood section of Snohomish County for "C" shift today.

At 11:05 pst, Snohomish County F.D. #7 was dispatched to a residential fire in the Fernwood area of Fire District #7 just blocks from Station 72's quarters. Ladder co. 72 arrived to find a large 2 story single family, charged with heavy smoke and flames out the C side kitchen window on the first floor. Ladder co. 72, led by Lt. Fisher, forced the front door…


Added by Chad Berg on August 27, 2008 at 9:08pm — 2 Comments

G******** from Emmitsburg

G******** from Emmitsburg and the Emergency Management Institute/National Fire Academy. I'm here as part of the instructor cadre for Series 10 of the Master Exercise Practioner Class. These folks will graduate on Thursday including the first Chinese National ever to take the class. The Master Exercise Practioner Class has trained over 500 people from across the United States to develop and carry out every phase of an exercise program. There are 62 people in this class from a very good cross… Continue

Added by Robert Rhoades on August 27, 2008 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Alternative Hose Stretches

How many of you drill on alternative hose stretches on a regular basis? Is your training stuck on just laying a LDH feeder and pulling the 1 3/4" pre-connect? Or do you think "out of the box"? How is this perceived by your crews?

Added by Russ Chapman on August 26, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Fernwood continues to Burn!

: Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:10 am Post subject: Another Fire in Fernwood for C shift… Reply with quote

Added by Chad Berg on August 25, 2008 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

Live Auction of Fire Memorabilia to Benefit Fire Chief

As part of a large fundraising effort for Evans Center Firefighter Dennis Allen, a benefit scheduled for September 6, 2008 will feature a live auction of firefighter art and memorabilia. The benefit will run from 2-8pm and the live auction will kick off at 5pm.

Former Chief Allen received a double lung transplant on July 2, 2008 after suffering from the deadly disease: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis for more than two years. He…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on August 24, 2008 at 10:42pm — No Comments


Thursday Night ABC WORLD NEWS with Charlie Gibson will air a Bob Woodruff segment on Sgt Eddie Ryan and the FDNY SE-RATS (SgtEddie-RyanAssistanceTeam) tonight August 21st. at…


Added by Bobby Halton on August 23, 2008 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

Recruitment & Retention Toolkit: Brotherhood

This article is one in a series of toolkits focusing on recruitment, retention, fire service marketing and leadership. It first appeared in the August-2008 edition of FASNY's "The Volunteer Firefighter" Magazine…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on August 22, 2008 at 10:25pm — 3 Comments

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