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Learning from Tragedy Lesson One Preparation

This Monday, December 8th. an F/A-18D returning to Miramar Naval Air station from the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of San Diego encountered some type of engine problem forcing the pilot to eject seconds before the jet slammed into a neighborhood just outside the airbase. The resulting explosion destroyed two homes and damaged three more. The most tragic result was the death of four members of one family who were home unfortunately at the time. An additional 20 homes in the area were… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 11, 2008 at 6:02pm — 4 Comments

This is a week to recall and reflect on two historic fires; Friday marked the 66th anniversary of Bostons Coconut Grove nightclub fire. The Boston Fire Department responded 5 alarms to Box 1521 that …

This is a week to recall and reflect on two historic fires; Friday marked the 66th anniversary of Bostons Coconut Grove nightclub fire. The Boston Fire Department responded 5 alarms to Box 1521 that night where 492 lives were lost and 166 injured. Many of the doors to nightclub were bricked up or bolted shut and the entrance was a revolving door.The night… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 30, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Nominations Requested for The 2009 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Medal and $35,000 Cash Award

Fellow brothers and sisters because the Ray Downey Courage and Valor award is so special to the Fire Engineering family and to all of the FDIC faithful, I felt it important to make a a special request of all of the members of the fire engineering training community to consider nominating a worthy candidate. Please watch the video by Ray Downey's sons Battalion Chiefs Chuck and Joe, and then go to the link for the Courage and Valor award nomination form and nominate someone from your… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 26, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Visitation for Senior Firefighter Walter Harris

The staff of Fire Engineering is deeply saddened by the loss of Detroit’s Walter P. Harris Senior Firefighter Engine 23, 6th Battalion. Walter was killed in the line of duty while serving his community. Walter is remembered as a loving gentleman and an outstanding firefighter. Our deepest sympathies to the Harris family, the members of the Detroit Fire Department and all of Walter’s many friends. Fire Engineering thanks Dennis Walus for providing us with Walter's information.…


Added by Bobby Halton on November 17, 2008 at 10:30pm — No 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Murdered Fireman Ryan Hummert to be Laid to Rest Friday July 25 2008

Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Hummert was on the job in Maplewood for one year, he was by all accounts a great fireman and a wonderful person. He was murdered by a mental ill man with a high powered rifle while responding to a car fire which was set to ambush the responders. Also shot was a 28 year old police officer who thankfully will survive. Any meaningful or comforting words escape me as to how very sad and tragic this horrible crime…

Added by Bobby Halton on July 24, 2008 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

Notes from the Annual International FOOLS Convention

I had the distinct honor, for which I have to admit I am poorly qualified for as compared to most of you, to be the first keynoter at the International FOOLS convention in Seattle this week. It may very well be the most humbling event of my career because of the caliber of men and women which I was asked to address. I am so proud to be a member in good standing of this outstanding organization. Although many, who are…


Added by Bobby Halton on July 12, 2008 at 4:11pm — 4 Comments

Hackensack Twenty Years Later July 1

The Hackensack Ford fire which occurred twenty years ago today July 1 1988 still holds many lessons and is a modern landmark fire. For my generation the Hackensack Ford fire was a major learning fire. The practices and procedures of our day were greatly affected by the tragic loss of 5 wonderful men. Captain Williams, Lieutenant Reinhagen, and…

Added by Bobby Halton on July 1, 2008 at 5:06pm — No Comments

The Most Important Things You Will Read This Week

The issue of Firefighter Safety and Survival…

Added by Bobby Halton on June 25, 2008 at 9:23am — No Comments

Thirty six years ago today Box 1571 Sounded for a fire in the Hotel Vendome

It is fitting to reflect that 36 years ago the City Boston lost nine men in the line of duty on Commonwealth Ave and Dartmouth Street after a three hour firefight when without warning a sudden collapse took the lives of nine of Bostons bravest. The Vendome Hotel Fire memorial is dedicated to the memories and legacy of those nine Boston members firefighters killed that afternoon Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Lieutenant John E. Hanbury,…


Added by Bobby Halton on June 17, 2008 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

Remember the Fathers, Remember Them All.

Father's Day 2001 Queens New York


I could not let such an important day pass with mentioning two things; first the many fathers who selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice in the finest traditions of our service, who memories we honor as we celebrate all Fathers today. And secondly to the lessons all of us have benefited from having by such incredible men in our lives as all of our Fathers were. I thought that a great way to share with you today would be to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on June 15, 2008 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

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