Just had a facebook exchange with Tony Correia regarding seatbelts in apparatus, and I understand that you are working on this important issue with NIOSH. My concern is not that firefighters should accept anything but full compliance with their use, but that under certain conditions buckleing-up is extremely difficult if not impossible. In particular, apparatus cabs designed with four crew seats abreast of each other, makes simply finding room to sit difficult enough. Apparatus cabs housing a top mounted pump panel is where this problem is most prevalent. Committees want it all, a top mounted enclosed pump panel and 4 riding positions for crew members. Going back to side mounted pump panels not considered to be an option, despite the fact that this arrangement would free-up space in the cab for functional/safe seating. What are your thoughts about perhaps a manufacture's standard requiring a minimum cubic inch requirement for each crew member as a way of increasing the functionality of seat belt use?
Thanks for an enlightening and challenging course with the Long Branch FD last week. I know we took a away a lot of helpful guidance that will benefit our Chauffeur training program. I will be posting the photo's and video's of you driving our old 1976 CF Mack soon.
LT thank you so much for the T-shirt! I want you to know that I wear it with much respect and pride. Hope to see you again sometime soon but until then take care and please say hello to the wife from us....Lt Jon Branch, Guam Fire Department
Mike, I have a couple of training seminars coming up and am hopeful that you may be attending the same. One is Wichita in September which should be huge, the other two are still in the works for Idaho and Iowa.
Well I guess you have earned a Vacation...HAHA... I will be driving and Acting Up as Lieutenant most of the time.. Got a LOT of learning still to do.. I find myself now yelling at the Engine to get out of the way... Funny how things change..
Howdy Mike from your Favorite Water Weasel from Texas.. Didn't see you this year at the Fire Rescue International.. Did I miss you or where you not able to come for another visit to Texas? Oh FYI: I have been moved to another Station where I now am on a Quint or Truck every shift. Learning Truck work is pretty COOL! Don't rub it in.. Guess I won't be a Water Weasel forever.. HAHA..
Mike, I am starting to put together a basic EVO class for a local EMS Provider in part of my District. Was told class can't be more than 4 hours long. Got any ideas of what to cover in that limited amount of time?
Howdy from Texas. Haven't got a chance to tell you thx for coming to the Fire Engineering Fort Worth. I really enjoyed your class on truck ops. Oh, almost forgot Homer Robertson told me to tell you hello. Be safe and remember a Truckman is only as good as the Engine Company they are chasing.. Take care from a Water Weasel..
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