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Time to be mentally prepared for the shift, Time to be physically ready, Time to check your…


Added by Tom Gherman on October 23, 2008 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Helmet Safety & Straps

On the front of there is a video regarding a firefighter that fell through the floor and his helmet saved his life. I recommend that everyone watch the video and the next time you see a student or fellow firefighter w/o his chin strap buckled, do him a favor and give him a small reminder. It could save his life! As a fire instructor, I am strict about if you wear your helmet it gets buckled. I received the number one sign…


Added by Todd McKee on October 21, 2008 at 2:35pm — 10 Comments

Please Read Worcester Cold Storage Fire Dedication Needs Our Support

Memorial Service to be held at Worcester Cold Storage Fire site

The Worcester Firefighters Memorial Safety and Survival Seminar invites all of us to be part of the "Remembrance Wall" at the site of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire of December 3, 1999, to be…


Added by Bobby Halton on October 16, 2008 at 1:08pm — No Comments

We reap what we sow: Every day is a new chance to build up your department.

To the Choir,

One of the greatest satisfactions that I get as a Chief officer is the opportunity to help build up the future leadership of our department. Every day that I put on the unifrom affords another (often several) opportunities to mentor/coach a company officer or firefighter. This deliberate, progressive pattern of passing on the knowledge, skills and abilities that were freely afforded to me as I came up, is imperative to preserving traditions, values, organizational…


Added by John F. Sullivan on October 16, 2008 at 7:36am — No Comments

New Member

Hello everyone I am a new member to this site. I hope to give and get great information on this site I will post stuff when I get a chance to and hope it will benefit people in the fire service. I am a Ladder Co. Lt with the Roanoke Fire EMS department in Roanoke Virginia, if there is anything I can do or help you with please let me know.

Added by Tom Gherman on October 15, 2008 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

A Chance for You to be Heard on NIMS and Local Incident Management

Full NIMS Nationally “NIMS Essentials” Locally…


Added by Bobby Halton on October 12, 2008 at 6:41pm — 34 Comments

Glad to be here!

Thanks everyone for being here on the fire Engineering Community and graciously adding me as your friend.

I am glad to be here and hoping to learn even more by adding this tool 2 my tool box.

Thanks again for all the information and I look forward to getting more involved here as time goes by. I also want you to know that if anyone has questions about fighting fire in Alaska, especially here in the Interior where it gets down to -50, just ask.

Added by Brad Hoff on October 10, 2008 at 10:54am — No Comments

1403 and instructors

A few years ago I had a forum on Fire Engineering concerning the level of instruction experience or training to become a live fire instructor.Comments were mixed and even flew into a heated debate on the risk/benefit analysis of conducting such training. It all boils down to this: live fire training is the culmination point for safe and effective fireground training, and should be conducted by "someone who has the training and experience to supervise students during live fire training… Continue

Added by Tony Piontek on October 9, 2008 at 8:49pm — 4 Comments

Training: How much and how often.

Today I wanted to take a few minutes and ask how much and how often does everyone get to train in their fire house? I know me being a new firefighter seeing new things and learning new ways to get the job done more

effective and safer makes everyday a learning experience. I have been lucky

enough to have family and fellow firefighters show me early on the importance

of training. I think all of us rookies and veterans should all have the…


Added by Jordan Smith on October 4, 2008 at 5:28pm — 9 Comments

Flags at Half Mast this Sunday, October 5th. for National Fallen Firefighters Day

My good friend Billy reminded me that this Sunday October the 5th., the US flag is to be flown to half staff, as per the orders of the President of the United States (Public Law 107-51)…


Added by Bobby Halton on October 3, 2008 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

Sticking Together

Please take the time to remember the one you love as our country is going through some of the toughest times ever. We must stick together through this time of need and support our fellow firefighters and our loved ones.

Never give up and never let anyone tear down the service we all love. There is a reason we call ourselves firefighters...

Be proud!

Your Friend

Todd McKee

Added by Todd McKee on October 2, 2008 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Where are the Experts?

After being a member of this "Community" for a number of months and adding a good number of friends (49 !!!.... I didn't know I was so well liked !?!?), I am surprised by the popular response to the profile question: Areas of Expertise.

Some members will respond with such creative answers such as: "Under Construction", "Underway", "Still learning" or "I am no expert" ! Still other members will just leave it blank.

I believe some of these members are selling themselves short,… Continue

Added by Ron Smith (a.k.a. G-Ron) on October 2, 2008 at 10:12am — 4 Comments

Beverly Hill Supper Club Fire

Hello everyone. A couple months back I read in Fire Engineering about Fire enginnering re-investigating the fire. I haven't seen anything posted about where they stand with that. Can anyone tell me where I can find this information at? Thanks

Added by Tony McLain on September 29, 2008 at 10:35pm — 2 Comments

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

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