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November 2012 Blog Posts (28)

Solar Panel Safety for Firefighters

The Fire Training Program at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Washington County Fire Training Association (WCFTA), recently hosted a one-day class on Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) Safety for Fire Fighters at SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Emergency incidents involving Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) equipment are becoming more and more common in both urban and rural areas.

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Added by John Shafer on November 28, 2012 at 6:06pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: RI

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 74th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain David Mowbray has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the North Kingston Fire Department.

David M. Mowbray…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 27, 2012 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Light Box Instructions - Where's The Training

Last night I was sent the picture below.  Let me first say that this particular light is not on a fire apparatus.  We had a little bit of discussion about the labeling on Facebook and figured the topic was worth sharing.  Here’s what the label says if you can’t read it in the picture:  #1 Push black release on bottom  #2 Pull upward on flashlight.  Check out the picture and think for a moment about training.  Then scroll down for a few more thoughts.  …

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on November 27, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: PA

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 73rd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Chris Good has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Goodwill Fire Company.

Chris Good…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Please Read, Firefighters, Cops, Family and Friends Need Your Help

Please read the short note I recieved this morning and call Bob if you can help

Good morning Chief Halton,

 

I am retired Battalion Chief Bob Mauck who is a subscriber to your newsletters, etc. I am writing today to submit a special request to Fire Engineering.com. I spent two weeks in NJ and NY as a part of the initial response to hurricane Sandy. My great friend and response team partner is now in the area as a Safety Officer. To say the damage and devastation is…

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Added by Bobby Halton on November 22, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

10 Ways to Avoid the Cold and Flu



It’s that time of year again when the common cold and flu begins being passed from one person to the next. Each year the common cold affects the average person two times, and can affect the fire rescue athlete even more.  The sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and runny nose leave you wanting to curl up under the bed covers. To avoid this misery, prevention is the best…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 21, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Buckle Up

Now that I have your attention, it is time we speak about buckling up. Before your attention wanes because you think this is yet another fire service writer imploring you to wear your seatbelt, realize that I do not wish to speak of seat belts in this post. I do wholeheartedly agree with wearing a seat belt on the apparatus, but that is a subject for another day. Take a look at the photos below, and I want you to take in the stark difference between the two.…

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Added by Jason Jefferies on November 20, 2012 at 7:49am — 3 Comments

HAZARDOUS CRANBERRIES

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family - may it be a joyous and safe time! Keep less fortunate friends and loved ones in your prayers and be thankful for everything in your life.



...just beware of the canned cranberries!!

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Added by Paul Combs on November 20, 2012 at 6:22am — No Comments

Bleeding the line

Bleeding the Line

Many habits are formed in the academy and on the drill ground.  Some of these habits are good and some not so good.  We try to create a realistic scenario and environment as much as possible during drill.  Due to many constraints we are faced with the need to adjust what we would or should really do because “this is only a drill.”

Firefighters are taught very early on to open the bale, bleed the air and check the…

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Added by scott corrigan on November 18, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Resiliency before "Survival"

From the time the alarm sounds, stresses begin to deteriorate our abilities to function as we do normally. The alarm itself kicks off an acute physiological response which immediately reduces cognitive and physical abilities. We pile on gear which restricts our movement, retains heat, and weighs down our body. The trip to the alarm in the rig is exciting; sirens, the smoke column, and radio traffic continue to ramp up emotion. Now we arrive to find the ball is set in motion; firefighters are…

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Added by Brian Brush on November 17, 2012 at 10:09am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MI

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 72nd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain John Sayles has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Pentwater Fire Department



John T. Sayles…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 16, 2012 at 1:53am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NC

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 71st Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Walter Summerville has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department.



Walter M. Summerville III…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 16, 2012 at 1:44am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NC

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 70th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Deputy Fire Marshall John Hall has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Bladen County Emergency Services.

John McClelland Hall…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 14, 2012 at 2:46pm — No Comments

OUT OF POSITION



This is not the time to realize that you should have trained more on aerial ladder operations and tactics - pre-plan your response areas and train on proper placement and quick set-ups! Train, train, train...

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Added by Paul Combs on November 14, 2012 at 9:47am — 1 Comment

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IN

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 69th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Mark Haudenschild has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Mark Haudenschild II…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 14, 2012 at 3:56am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 68th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Walter Patmon has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Chicago Fire Department.

Walter Patmon, Jr.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 14, 2012 at 3:44am — No Comments

By the Authority Vested in Me…

Has your fire department ever found it necessary to “commandeer” equipment in order to mitigate an incident?

Does your state laws allow in specific circumstances for a representative of the fire department, at the direction and command of a fire department’s ranking officer to take public control of private equipment with legal immunity should that action cause negative reverberations?

Is your fire department willing to go beyond that threshold where it becomes more important…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 13, 2012 at 8:41am — No Comments

The Glove Friendly RIT Mask

This photo shows a way to make an SCBA face piece for your RIT bag/kit glove friendly. You can use a garden hose or any kind of rubber tubing or hose that would be easy to grab with a gloved hand. We used a small bungee cord and ran it through the bonnet and attached both ends to the hose. This allows for easy feeling and grabbing the back of the mask with gloved hands.…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 12, 2012 at 8:57pm — No Comments

VETERAN'S DAY



To ALL our veterans, wounded warriors, and active service members - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 11, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

YOUR TRUE VALUE



This editorial seems very appropriate now that the handshakes and photo-ops are over. Every politician loves a firefighter, especially during an election year!

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Added by Paul Combs on November 8, 2012 at 9:46am — No Comments

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