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What is with all the Booster Lines in the U.K.?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lars Ågerstrand Nov 1, 2010. 13 Replies

NOTE: I first posted this in the Scottish FF area but wasn't getting any feedback, save for one suggestion to post it in the main area... so here it is: I first thought it was just "Hollywood U.K."…Continue

Tags: Burning, LFB, London's, Line, Scotland

Do BLUE lights cut through smoke better?

Started this discussion. Last reply by andrew shapiro Jul 25, 2010. 19 Replies

Has anyone heard about BLUE LED helmet lights? The local FF shop has them in stock on the theory (from the salesman) that the blue cuts through smoke better than white light... the store was waiting…Continue

Tags: smoke, light, blue, helmet


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Bekks updated their profile
Jul 29, 2011
Bekks commented on Mark Spoo's group Fire Investigation
"I've been away from FFN for a while, checking things out again... joined this group because I am now studying and training in fire investigation. I have over 80 hours on, took a Fire Scene Assessment course locally (more of an…"
Jul 29, 2011
Bekks joined Mark Spoo's group

Fire Investigation

A place for fire investigators to share ideas, techniques, questions.
Jul 29, 2011
Engineer k7 replied to Bekks's discussion Kids on the radio! in the group Communications
"If parents cannot control there children or there 2-way radio then they need to do something to control it."
Apr 17, 2011
Bekks replied to Bill Carey's discussion The Mule Kick. Why do we do it?
"DING DING DING! Exactly... yah, this discussion is about the mule-kick which could cause compression fractures, twisted ankles, and all that other stuff... But WHY are these guys not masked up? That's no brush fire folks... That's a…"
Mar 8, 2011
Bekks replied to FETC's discussion Hosed Episode #1
"This is the place where I, as a volly, jump up and down and tear this video apart in defense of vollys..... ummm... nope... got nothin.... That was funny. Now MY department and others near mine are 100% professional in our conduct and…"
Feb 25, 2011
Bekks commented on Ralston L. Soots's blog post Thing's i Should purchase as a Jr.Firefighter.
"I was just re-reading your post... They give Juniors Radios? If they can afford that, they can afford to give you proper PPE without you buying your own helmet. As for the Black helmet reflectors, they do not meet the Health and Safety…"
Feb 25, 2011
Bekks replied to Ashley Renee Miller's discussion Disabled Firefighters
"My small volly department has just recieved an application from a young man that does not have use of his right arm. Our Chief presented him with a challenge and I think he is up for it... to train as our department's Safety Officer. The…"
Feb 21, 2011
Bekks commented on jerry harper's blog post POV sirens in new jersey
"In Ontario Canada, we only got legal permission to have a green light (no siren) on our POV within what... the last 10 years or so... There was a little bit of time before that when the green lights were not restricted by law to fire (and two…"
Feb 20, 2011
Bekks replied to Chris Moyer's discussion PPE expiration
"We are getting some new PPE as their 10 year life cycle is up. The salesman gave us a heads-up that NFPA is revising this to be 5 years - not 10. Can anyone advise if this is what is actually happening? It has HUGE financial implications for…"
Feb 15, 2011
Bekks replied to Matthew van Tilburg's discussion Please Help... fellow crew not wearing SCBA
"I found myself in a similar situation as a probie when I went out in the tanker with the Deputy Chief not wearing his seatbelt. Which is law. No discussion. No personal opinion. Law. I was fortunate to have the burden taken off my shoulders when the…"
Feb 15, 2011
Bekks replied to VIFirewoman's discussion Women in the fire service(honest opinion)
"I don't have a problem with women in the fire service. My wife and I joined our volly service together... train together... run calls together... I would trust her or any of the other women on the dept to pull my a** out if I got into trouble…"
Feb 11, 2011
Bekks replied to Andrew's discussion Color of helmets in the group The Officer's Club
"I think that is a good solution but if they have some attachment to their red helmet, they should level up to Captain (if they can) but the red front sounds like a good solution. In MY department it's kinda simple: Chiefs: White Captains:…"
Feb 10, 2011
Bekks joined Andrew's group

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A group for all company officers to discuss issues they feel are important or vent about things that are burning them up concerning the status quo of the fire service today.
Feb 10, 2011
Bekks joined Mike France's group

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Feb 10, 2011
Bekks replied to Mike France's discussion Chiefs Cars in the group Incident Command & The Chief Officer
"That's a sharp setup there Mike (the 3 photos in the topic theme). There is a Health and Safety initiative up here what would recommend that those two helmets be "positively secured" to the vehicle. (Unless thay already are and I…"
Feb 10, 2011

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Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
1+ Fire / 7 EMS
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
A Rural Township Department
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Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Bolton Ambulance Service (7 years)
Ontario Race Physicians Medical Team (1 season)
My Training:
P1 Paramedic, First Response, Defib (S-AED), BTLS.
Occupational Health and Safety Rep. (non FF)
About Me:
Health and Safety Representative (certified) - Different from "Safety Officer" My job is only for the station - trip hazards, evac plans, regular office type stuff.

Leaving my department name out of this for fear of accidently saying something that might reflect poorly on my dept... don't think I will... but C.Y.A.!

7 years of experience as a paramedic.

My comments are sometimes educated, sometimes informed and sometimes just blowing smoke...but they are always mine and mine alone and do not reflect upon anyone else (especially my department or employer).
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Law enforcement (not
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
To serve my community and help people in need.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Lack of funding for rural fire services.

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At 4:22pm on February 21, 2011, Rachel said…
How's it going? Take care!!
At 7:31am on October 7, 2010, frans said…
Hello, nice to meet You, Sir.
At 9:17pm on July 29, 2010, Roy Luther said…
You are welcome Brother!!!! Thanks, I am glad you like the Music!!!!!
At 7:26am on July 3, 2010, Leo Cartwright said…
Hi there Bekks; I would like to Welcome you to FFN & hope U enjoy this site and gather as many friends as I have during your stay. I’m Leo, a Paramedic from Victoria - Australia; If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends. If I have not added you as a friend, it’s because I have reached my Max and I am waiting for members to reply to me.
I am looking for Police, Medical, Ambulance, S&R; Dispatcher & Fire Service patches. If U are interested, or U know someone in these groups please contact me. If you feel like sending me one of your Service patch … don’t be shy….
My address is:-
Leo J. Cartwright 246 Kay Street; TRARALGON; VICTORIA 3844; AUSTRALIA

Cheers Leo
At 6:16pm on June 29, 2010, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Bekks, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Have fun.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon

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