Featured Blog Posts – April 2011 Archive (44)

IN THE ZONE... LCES (#2 28 APRIL 2011) - Fire Engineering Training Community

As I sat here contemplating what to write about this week, thinking about our fellow firefighters that have been injured or have paid the ultimate sacrifice on fires in or near wildland-urban

interface areas

already this year. Two firefighters injured in North Central Nebraska, A firefighter injured in Arizona, Two

firefighters killed and I believe the total injured at one point

was 8 firefighters on separate incidents here in Texas. And I have

been wondering what is…

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Added by Jason Myer on April 28, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Colorado Firefighters Perform Unusual Residential Rescue

A rescue by the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District of Breckenridge, Colo., proves that you may need to employ rope rescue techniques in the most unexpected places.



On Jan. 31 at 1511 HRS, the Summit County Dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a 21-year-old male had fallen down an elevator shaft in a house. The caller said the patient was unconscious and shaking.



At 1514 HRS, the Red, White & Blue Fire District dispatched units… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 28, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

We Try Harder - Firehouse Zen

Fresh out of the oven, some humble pie.  Served with the right amount of self-critique, this can be a tasty dish. Latest post at Firehouse Zen.

Added by Mick Mayers on April 27, 2011 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Training Ground Complete !

The Mullins Fire-Rescue Training Ground is now complete and certified by the SCFA. Eight years of hard work and dedication finally paid off. Countless man hours put in by lots of people finally made this possible. Special thanks to Training 1 Wayne Collins, Assistant Chief Shawn Harrelson, FF Ray McCormick (Expert Fabricator),FF Josh Richardson, and everyone who helped when they could. I am proud to say i'm one of the first to graduate SCFA 1152 right here at our home training facility. Hope… Continue

Added by Shawn Lee on April 27, 2011 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

30% Club... Wanna Join? Pay Your Dues

This article is being posted, with permission from the author Jake Rixner



In everyone's career, things are said or done that…

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Added by SAFE Firefighter on April 27, 2011 at 9:45am — No Comments

Managing the “Personal” Side of Fire Service Leadership

L EADERSHIP SKILLS

Managing the “Personal” Side of Fire Service Leadership

Leadership requires people skills to maintain operational readiness

By Marc Revere



“Leadership is horrible! Leadership is lonely!” I’ve… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

SOMETIMES IT"S NOT SO SIMPLE on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on April 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Company Officer: Going for it and Belief

The Company Officer: Going for it and Belief

Christopher J. Naum,SPFE

TheCompanyOfficer.com

 

As a Company Officer, at some point in your career, you will come to that one pivotal point, when the clarity of a situation becomes all so apparent and clear.

Sometime you just have to believe and have the resilience, fortitude and that deep in the gut feeling that you know what and how something needs to…

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Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on April 23, 2011 at 11:28pm — No Comments

SCHOOL BUS UNDER-RIDE AND THE YELLOW JACKET SPLIT

Guess what?  Some firefighters and myself got our hands on another school bus for heavy rescue training in Norwalk, Ohio sponsored by the Northern Ohio Fools on a rainy April Saturday.  Of course, we spent some time covering the basics of school bus extrication with the newbies of this heavy rescue environment.  Then I had a few new ideas and… Continue

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 23, 2011 at 8:45pm — No Comments

In the Zone....PPE, Equipment, Training and Firewise program.

Hey all don't know how far this idea will make it, but some friends of mine said I should so here we go....



The Name of my Blog for all to read will be "IN THE ZONE".  For this blog, "The Zone" is the Wildland - Urban Interface Zone, or the I-Zone as it is commonly referred to. Even if your deep inside the heart of a major metropolitan city, anywhere the Urban Fuel… Continue

Added by Jason Myer on April 21, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Choose Your Weapon: Nozzle selection when using CAFS

By Keith Klassen



For years, the fire service has been embroiled in the “great compressed-air foam system (CAFS) nozzle debate”—a debate that focuses primarily on which nozzle is best for compressed-air foam (CAF). In reality, CAF can be pumped through any nozzle. However, that doesn’t mean fire departments should just pick a nozzle at random. Nozzle selection must be based on research into how CAF works and consideration of the various factors that make each department…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 21, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

I GOT MARRIED!

 

Well, I’ve been away from this page for a long time…should’t, but today I’m writing you about something I should write a long time ago..…

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Added by Sharon Garcia Valle on April 20, 2011 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Captain Bill Duncan

Obituary for William Duncan

Obituary for William Duncan

Duncan, William “Bill”



With great sadness we share that Bill passed away on Friday, March 25, 2011 at K-W Health Centre of Grand River Hospital at the age of 56 with Donna and David at his side.



Beloved husband of Donna (nee Bronson) Duncan for 17 years.



Supportive and loving father to…

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Added by Brad Duncan on April 20, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Ergonomics in Apparatus Design -- Where Are We Now?

A review of some of the safety-related design changes I’m seeing

Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro



If you’ve been reading my columns over the past several years, then you’ve probably heard me use the term “ergonomics” many times. I guess when I like a word, I tend to use it a lot—sorry to be redundant! What’s more interesting: Apparatus manufacturers seem to like the word as… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 20, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

What Is Your Favorite Attack Line & Nozzle Setup and Why?

Please share…

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Added by SAFE Firefighter on April 19, 2011 at 11:53am — 11 Comments

Another Successful Year

CAMP HOUSTON FIRE 2011 was a huge success.  Without the assistance of the Houston Fire Department, our many Sponsors, fellow firefighters, friends, and family  we could not have accomplished our goals.  Twenty young women from the Houston area have succeeded in over-coming their fears and learning that they "can do anything".  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!!!

 

Laura

Added by Laura Hunter on April 19, 2011 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

Don’t Know the Fundamentals of Wildland Firefighting? It’s Time to Learn



REALITY CHECK

By Scott Cook



How fast can you run?



On Friday, April 15, Eastland, Texas, firefighter Gregory Simmons died in a wildland fire. Simmons’ death was initially thought to be the result of being overrun by the fire, but a later report from the medical examiner relates that he died from blunt-force trauma.…



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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 19, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Web-Based Training for Mental Health Professionals Serving Firefighters

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is working with the Medical University of South Carolina staff to prepare Web programs to meet this need

By Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki



Following is the last in a series of seven articles that describe a new approach to mental and behavioral health in the fire service. Read the other six articles:… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 19, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

Executive Producer;…

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Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on April 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Tornado response requires effective command & knowledge of different agencies’ roles

Taming the Twister

Tornado response requires effective command & knowledge of different agencies’ roles

By Mike Walker



Every community recalls history through pivotal events. For example, April 19, 1995, and Sept. 11, 2001, are both dates that changed the course of history for the United States. Most people can say where they were and what they were doing… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 15, 2011 at 6:01pm — 3 Comments

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