I love Halloween! It's my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year, so it only seemed appropriate to combine the "witching hour" into my latest commentary.
She really is brewing quite a disaster, and sadly, it doesn't take a witch to cook-up this poison - we do a fine job, ourselves.
Added by Paul Combs on October 31, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Due to numerous comments, I'd like to take a moment and highlight one of my recent Fire Engineering mag illustrations.
The illustration in question tackles the topic of firefighter suicide and the fact that we can't always see the underlying problems that lead to this shattering conclusion. This topic had been eating away at me for over a year before settling on a visual commentary. In 2008, my Department went through such an ordeal… Continue
Added by Paul Combs on October 30, 2009 at 8:30pm —
I am curently looking for size up photos for aspiring and current officers. I have been all over the web with limited success. Does anyone have any photos they would be willing to share and or point me in the right direction. I have visited many of the usual suspects: fire nuggets, engineering and google photos. I have seen a lot of very cool stuff but, not what I am looking for. Photo wise I can use everything from mobile homes to commercial/taxpayer photos. We have it all in district. Thank… Continue
Added by Frank Beauvais on October 30, 2009 at 3:26pm —
Safer Grant Application Period Open
The Department of Homeland Security today announced that the application period for the SAFER Grants is now open. It's important to remember that in June of this year the president approved new rules for how the SAFER Grant is going to be allocated and accessed this year. Fire departments this year can use SAFER money not only to increase staffing which is fundamentally important for safe firefighting but now departments can use SAFER money to… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 30, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Important Code Update: from the AFSA
In today's meeting of the International Code Council (ICC) in Baltimore, Maryland, proposals made to eliminate the requirement for residential fire sprinklers in the International Residential Code (IRC) were defeated. These requirements were included in the 2009 IRC, to become effective January 1, 2011. Proposals to modify the 2012 International Residential Code included RB 54, which would have removed the mandatory requirement and made it an… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 29, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Congressional Fire Services Institute Webinar featuring
Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy
CFSI Webinar Series
DATE: November 5, 2009
TIME: 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. (EST)
LOCATION: Your personal computer!
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Moderated by Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director, the program will feature Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy. The two of them will… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 28, 2009 at 3:06pm —
Added by Paul Combs on October 22, 2009 at 6:00pm —
As usual I I found cool and interesting historical stuff from Chief Billy on Firefighter Close Calls.com. Probably got this stuff from our very own fire service history wizard Chief Glenn Corbett...LOL Anyway this was recently posted on the site about two historic fires tragically claiming the lives of our brothers in years past.
REMEMBERING THE LOSS OF 3 PHILADELPHIA FIREFIGHTERS "ONE MERIDIAN… Continue
Added by Brad Hoff on October 22, 2009 at 4:00pm —
As a firefighter/paramedic, I'm embarrassed over the scene being created by health care workers (including nurses, medics, and firefighters) refusing flu vaccination. The consequences are serious: they cast public doubt over the best
tactic we have to prevent spread of influenza in our communities. Vaccines have slashed death rates from twenty five diseases. Get a flu shot in the fall and you are half as likely to die during winter as people who don’t. When physicians, nurses, medics,… Continue
Added by Mike McEvoy on October 22, 2009 at 10:01am —
As I mentioned in my last blog about buddy breathing, 75% of what you learn (hands-on wise) is lost - forgotten, if you don't reinforce (practice) it within two weeks. There is psychological theory that states "when people are put in a stressful situation, they revert to what is "usual and customary" for them. These to "theory's" work hand in hand and ignoring them has cost a lot of us our lives.
Rick Lasky took self-rescue and firefighter rescue to new levels several years ago. With the… Continue
Added by Skip Coleman on October 20, 2009 at 4:43pm —
Well it seems a lot has been happening in OUR country lately with American Flag displays in some apartment complex in Albany Oregon or a decal in a Pa FD not being allowed! In all my years in the Fire Service not much has been held more sacred than Patriotism and displaying the American flag and all that it stands for! We have all given our own personal sacrifices in one way or another and an insurmountable number have given their lives for OUR FLAG and COUNTRY to allow her to forever wave!… Continue
Added by Brad Hoff on October 19, 2009 at 11:30am —
He started in 1962 after serving in the Air Force. He was hired as a fireman and quickly promoted to Captain. He made Deputy in the 80's and Chief in 1993. He held that position until he retired in 2003.
He witnessed many changes in his career and brought about many more. Perhaps his biggest legacy was creatng a department that would continue after he was gone. He measured his success on the success of his people, and he always encouraged them to excell. He also oversaw the… Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 18, 2009 at 8:38am —
BRÁITHEREACHAS THAR GACH NÍ
Key Note for October 10th 2009 – Interior Firefighters, Alaska State Firefighter's Association "Fireman’s Ball"
When people ask me about the “Brotherhood”, I often find myself at a loss for words to define it for them. Because for me, the “Brotherhood” we are speaking of is something felt very deeply, something that has taken years to mature and show itself, but which once exposed ran to full throttle, without reservation. I find that it is something… Continue
Added by Ben Fleagle on October 16, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Firefighter Michelle Smith was responding to a car accident with injuries when she was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 20, 2008. The defense for the man who killed her claimed becuse Michelle was working as a medic on that call then he did not kill a firefighter. Fire Engineering disagrees, Mr. Taye killed a firefighter.
We wear many titles as firefighters, medics, rescue techs, confined space experts, hazardous materials responders, but inclusive of all of those other titles… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 16, 2009 at 11:55am —
This Blog was originally posted September 14 but was deleted in the set up on the new web site. I am posting it again.
I generally let politics roll off my back. I believe I'm too ignorant about the true facts and history in general to comment. But something caught my eye (or more rightfully so - my ear) a few days back. I was listening to talk radio and the host mentioned that if you visit the White House web site… Continue
Added by Skip Coleman on October 12, 2009 at 3:34pm —
I have two problems with the buddy-breathing device on SCBA’s.
1) Unless you drill on using it “often”, like once a month, in blacked out facepiece conditions, you probably won’t be able to actually do it in a real, stress-filled emergency. 75% of what you learn is forgotten within two weeks if it is not reinforced! (That’s a fact Jack!)
2) It’s (for lack of a better word) illegal to use. Not to buy (to the joy of the manufactures) but to actually use.
When I… Continue
Added by Skip Coleman on October 12, 2009 at 11:00am —
Added by Bobby Halton on October 11, 2009 at 1:49pm —
We are watching our federal funding for firefighting slowly eroding day by day. Earlier this year the Obama administration proposed cutting the fire act grant budget by $400 million. The original budget proposal from the president's office was to fund the fire act grant by only $170 million. Only through aggressive and coordinated action were we able to get some of that money, not all of it restored. Now we see in this article in the Washington Times that identifies acorn the community… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 7, 2009 at 12:15pm —
We are very proud to announce the opening of Fire Engineering University: Online Continuing Education for Firefighters
This will change the way fire service professionals approach continuing education. Our goal is to provide you with relevant, topical educational content that is easily accessible. Content written exclusively by the authors in Fire Engineering for you, serious firefighters. For a full listing of courses with descriptions, credits, and fees, go to… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on October 6, 2009 at 2:44pm —
A Ransom Note To The American Fire Service
IF yoU CoMplY witH theSE
S A F E T Y
DeMAndS wE will LowER The NUMber of LODDss
S SEAT BELTS WEAR EM
A ACCIDENTS AVOID EM
F FITNESS GET IT
E ERRORS END EM
T TRAIN EVERYDAY
Y YOU MAKE IT WORK
tHe CloCk has StaRtED
tHE NeXt MovE is yoUrs
we wiLL be WATCHinG
As found on thehousewatch.com
Added by Ray McCormack on October 5, 2009 at 10:00am —