May 2012 Blog Posts (41)

Firehouse Expo & the 9/11 Patch Project present the "Fully Involved Comedy/Rock Tour"

This years Firehouse Expo in Baltimore will have a great new show. The Fully Involved Comedy/Rock Tour is a Firehouse Expo and 9/11 Patch Project joint effort to bring a night of comedy and music to the Expo. The event stars the Comedy Central sensation, Ralphie May, and is hosted by Rescue Me's Mike "Probie" Lombardi…

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Added by Brett Hill on May 30, 2012 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 28, 2012

Today was finally a bright and sunny day in NJ. Morris Township and Morristown had a Memorial Day service at my town hall. I didn't expect to go to the service but for some reason I decided today I was going to go.

 

The Ceremonial Officer was J. Robert Tracy, 86 years old, who for 63 years spoke to the masses gathered at the Green. I got to chat with him before the service started at town hall and he told me he could only speak briefly since he had throat cancer. He didn't…

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Added by Denise Imperiale on May 28, 2012 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

School Bus Roll-Over in Virginia

Is your department prepared for the challenges you may face if a school bus loaded with children is involved in a crash.  This past Wednesday a school bus rolled over in Virginia.  It is fortunate that reports are stating all injuries are considered minor.  The picture to the left is from a training scenario a few years back.

What do unstrained passengers go through when a school bus rolls?  Check out the video below for an example.  The video is from a camera mounted on the front…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 28, 2012 at 9:56am — No Comments

More Jack Team Work On A Roll-Over Pinning

What are your options when faced with a vehicle roll-over pinning?  What comes to mind first?  Airbags, hydraulic tools, wreckers, jacks, lifting struts, pry bars, wedges?

For this scenario you have a single victim pinned under an overturned vehicle.  What is the safest and fastest option to free the victim?  For the remainder of the discussion we are going to show the use of a jack.  In the picture to the left and video to follow you will see the …

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 28, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

Medical Oxygen Tank Over Pressurization On Wheels

Here’s your scenario:  You get a call for a truck with a high-pitch sound coming from it.  On arrival the truck is a Class B straight truck with hazardous materials placards easily identifiable on your approach.  It’s 80 degrees outside.  You also notice the labeling on the side indicates the vehicle is a medical oxygen service truck.  You also notice a white pressurized gas coming from a vent on the roof of the cargo box.  Some children playing in nearby yards.  Neighbors inform you that…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 28, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Memorial Day 2012

Tomorrow as you go throughout your day, remember that Memorial Day is not just another day off from work, its not a day to drink, its not a day to have cookouts. Remember that Memorial Day is a day to remember all of the men and women of the Armed Forces. Tomorrow is a day to remember those that have paid the ultimate price for freedom. So tomorrow, if you have a day off from work, remember that there is a Soldier, Sailor, Airman Marine, and Coast Guardsmen standing watch away from their…

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Added by Joseph Shipley on May 27, 2012 at 10:46pm — No Comments

We need to change our priorities!

Please comment! It occurs to me that our government and society put sports players above firefighters, police, ems, and the military! There is something wrong when a sports star can earn 20+ million a year for playing a game, but someone who puts their life on the line and saves lives can't. Our priorities are so screwed up!

Added by Jason Morgan on May 25, 2012 at 5:44pm — 2 Comments

department problems

I never blog before. So bare with me

We been having issues with a county fire problem as for the past 60 years our county has a contract thru calfire, my department has a contract to staff the second engine out to all county calls now we had an idea to have a city run the county with us running the west side of it all. After a long vote the county did in fact give it to the city and us and last week they re voted to have calfire stay another year. And calfire wants to build two new… Continue

Added by DAVID GONZALEZ on May 24, 2012 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Fire Inspections - Are They Worthless? Or do they hold some value?

What are some of the most worthless mundane things that we do while we're on duty? No, I'm not talking about running calls, even if it's the same place we've been to a thousand times before, and the same patient we've treated a thousand times before. Running calls is our reason for being here. 
If you're thinking fire inspections, well, so am I. When it is…
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Added by Ken Scofield on May 23, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Thank you for all we do.

Wow, I just had the coolest thing happen to me tonight.  I was waiting for my pizza when a Lady walked up to me and thanked me for doing what we do.  She was attacked years ago but never got to thank the Emt/Firefighter that saved her life. She just wanted to Thank me for doing what I do. So too all of us out there that put our lives on the line whenever and Wherever from me and that Lady Thank you, Keep up the good work.

Added by Jim on May 22, 2012 at 11:45pm — No Comments

VES with Ladder Bail

This is a video of a drill we do. It starts as a VES drill with the firefighter ascending the ladder and then clearing a window. The space is smoked up and the fierfighter enters, starting his search for the door. While he’s searching we throw a rug or piece of plywood ontop of them to demonstrate conditions deteriorating and making them exit fast to the window.

The intent is to force quick recognition to exit and to perform the ladder bail fast. We do this drill after evolutions of…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 22, 2012 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Firefighters can solve any problem.

Firefighters are by nature natural problem solvers. If you think about it we get called for everything nobody else knows what to do with. A citizen calls 911 because something in their life has exceeded their ability to handle it.

 

The call takers and dispatchers are highly trained professionals that spend many hours in educational classes and are constantly being given new techniques in how to help the general…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on May 21, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 19, 2012

Hello everyone, when I received an email from Brian M asking how I was since I hadn't blogged, I realized how long it really has been since I did.

 

I am slowly getting back to being me. The me before all the drama and heartache entered my life in 2007. Looking back, I wouldn't have been able to get through it without knowing I had hundreds of you in my corner, as well as my fire house.

 

I am still active in the FD and am in charge of our Facebook page and help…

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Added by Denise Imperiale on May 19, 2012 at 4:35pm — 2 Comments

2nd Alarm Fire @ a Retirement home in Tigard, Oregon Early in the AM.

OR | TIGARD | 2ND ALARM | 16082 SW 113TH AV | FD WAS O/S OF A RETIREMENT HOME WITH FIRE IN TWO APT ON THE 2ND FL WHICH QUICKLY EXTENDED TO THE 1ST FL AND PART OF THE ATTIC.  FD STARTED WITH A FULL BOX RESPONSE, AND QUICKLY UPGRADED TO A SECOND ALARM DUE TO THE INTENSITY OF THE FIRE.  THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY OF PEOPLE TRAPPED, BUT AFTER EXTENSIVE SEARCHES, NO VICTIMS WERE FOUND.  FD MADE AN AGGRESSIVE EXTERIOR ATTACK.  JUST PRIOR TO GOING UNDER CONTROL, THE FIRE STARTED ON THE 1ST FL AGAIN…
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Added by USEmergAlerts Incident Alerts on May 17, 2012 at 8:49am — No Comments

2nd Alarm Dwelling Fire in Worcester, MA

| MA | WORCESTER | 2ND ALARM | 11 ORMAND ST | FD O/S W/HVY FIRE COND IN A 2.5 STY WDFR DWELLING. CMD RPTS 1 VIC BEING TREATED BY EMS ATT. 2 LSO | NEFA | UEA04 | UEA02

Added by USEmergAlerts Incident Alerts on May 16, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments

Male DOA After being Struck by a train in NYC

| NYC | MANHATTAN | TRAIN VS PED | UNION SQUARE L TRAIN STATION | UNIT'S O/S OF A MALE STRUCK BY A TRAIN. CONF DOA AT SCENE. INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY. | UEA02

Added by USEmergAlerts Incident Alerts on May 16, 2012 at 9:48am — No Comments

NBC announces new show Chicago Fire.

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NBC announced its fall TV schedule and one show in particular that I have been tracking is called Chicago Fire http://www.nbc.com/chicago-fire/. Chicago Fire is being produced by legendary producer Dick Wolf http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0937725/of the Law and Order franchise.

 

I have meet Mr. Wolf on the lot a couple of times…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on May 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Fire Fighters battle a 2nd Alarm Fire early this morning at 3:30am in San Martin, CA

| CA | SAN MARTIN | 2ND ALARM | 1405 CENTER AVE | FD O/S HVY FIRE COND IN A STRUCTURE.  3 LSO. DEFENSIVE OPS. | UEA02

Added by USEmergAlerts Incident Alerts on May 15, 2012 at 8:33am — No Comments

School Bus MVA W/2 Injs, 1 in Critical Cond in Manor, TX

| TX | MANOR | MVA | 16012 LITTIG RD | SCHOOL BUS VS CAR MVA. FD RQST 2 AMBULANCES TO THE SCENE. 1 VIC W/CRITICAL INJS | PIO | UEA02

Added by USEmergAlerts Incident Alerts on May 15, 2012 at 8:27am — No Comments

MCI Called in Manhattan, NYC for an MVA Involving an Ambulance

| NYC | MANHATTAN | MCI | 5 AVE & E 132 ST | UNIT'S O/S OF AN EMS UNIT INV MVA W/7 VICS. DECLARING AN MCI ATT. MULTI-UNIT'S O/S | UEA02

Added by USEmergAlerts Incident Alerts on May 15, 2012 at 8:25am — No Comments

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