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Fire and Emergency Services Exploying:Safety Issues

We have about 6 young men ,that is in training .(Explorers)) One issue that requires particular attention is what the Fire and Emergency Service Explorer will be allowed to do at the emergency scene.Many departments allow Explorers to respond on the apparatus with trained personnel.A solid policy must be established as to what the Explorer may not do once he or she arrives on the scene.

Explorers may not be substituted for trained personnel

''''''''must be equipped with personal… Continue

Added by Brenda Tenney on November 11, 2008 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Bill Corbin Receives 2008 Henry S. Parmelee Award

I would like to recognize Bill Corbin's outstanding achievement in receiving the 2008 Henry S. Parmelee Award from the American Fire Sprinkler Association. Firefighters everywhere were excited during the recent ICC code hearings and our success in getting residential sprinklers past. But we know that the fight is far from over and men like Bill Corbin will help us to maintain this outstanding advancement in fire protection. We would also like to recognize our good friends at the American Fire… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 11, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Deer and the highway,accidents

I just went to and scene where two car accidents was involved .Two deer run out in the road,the car entered the other lane.,and hit on coming car..I want to know what would you do,if deer run in front of your car or truck.
Would you go into on coming traffic,or what?
Their was 3 PI's ,this time,the people was lucky they was not going to fast,on and major hwy.
In our area,deer cross the roads any time of day or night...

Added by Brenda Tenney on November 10, 2008 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Congratulations to Deputy Chief "Butchie" Cobb

Jersey City Deputy Fire Chief Robert W. Cobb Joins ISO as RDS Director of Community Hazard Mitigation…


Added by Bobby Halton on November 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A National Tragedy

Every now and then it's absolutely appropriate to use this space as a bully pulpit. And today I fully intend to do that. This Thursday the American Fire Service suffered an incredible tragedy. It is such a significant tragedy because it is a values-based tragedy. St. Louis firefighter Leonard Riggins 52 years old, was shot and killed while trying to do what he had spent his entire adult life doing, helping others. Firefighter Riggins stopped to lend aid to a motorist…


Added by Bobby Halton on November 8, 2008 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

For Bobby Halton: "Brother Berg Wants A Story"

Chad Berg, my good friend, wants a story. I have recently read Chief Halton's latest editorial, much on my mind. I take pen in hand,..or keyboard and this is what comes out. Please read it all, the major point is in the end.

So, Brothers, there we were....Hey, I'm not gonna lie to ya, it wasn't the coldest night in Alaska, we've seen much worse. But lend your ear (or eyes) and I'll tell you a tale of frozen fingers, ears and eyelids,… Continue

Added by Ben Fleagle on November 7, 2008 at 2:12pm — 11 Comments

What If,Infectious diseases,like anthrax was to spread,what could we do?

The Russians made and vaccine-proof anthrax.The Americans asked to see it,and the Russians refused.If that's not frightening enough,Alibek told Diane Sawyer that Russian scientific publlications have reported a genetic marriage between smallpox and a brain virus called VEE.He believes they have engineered yet another deadly genetic merger -

Infectious diseases may be introduced into an unsuspecting U.S.population not only from natural human,animal,or plant sources but also deliberately…

Added by Brenda Tenney on October 31, 2008 at 9:29pm — 3 Comments

Governor Issues Re-examination of Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

Today, the governor the state of Kentucky issued a letter to Dave Brock, a survivor of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. For those of you who may not remember, the Beverly Hills Supper Club was a nightclub located in Southgate, Kentucky. On May 28, 1977, it would become the scene of one of the largest losses of life in the history of the American fire service. In the letter issued today, Governor Steven Beshear explains that he has directed three nationally recognized attorneys to re-examine… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 29, 2008 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments



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

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