Featured Blog Posts – June 2010 Archive (36)

Is the Airtanker Industry Dying?

Is the Airtanker Industry Dying?

By Mike Padilla



The airtanker business in the United States is in a state of crisis and everyone, except perhaps the federal government, knows it. We’re down to our last 18–19 large airtankers (LATs), which are expected to have only a few operational years left.



For years, wildland firefighting strategists across the country have relied on airtankers as…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Forcible-Entry Basics: Successful forcible entry includes size-up, the right tools—&, of course, solid skills

It’s too late to learn forcible-entry techniques once the alarm goes off; there’s usually only enough time to determine which technique will be needed and to ensure the appropriate tools arrive at the entry location. It’s the amount of training you do ahead of time that determines the…
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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

How Did You Quit Smoking?

NVFC launches Web site to help firefighters curb a dangerous habit



The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched a new Web site, www.healthy-firefighter.org/putitout, to help firefighters “Put It Out”—in other words, quit smoking. This got me thinking about just how addictive this habit is, and asking, what actually works?



Have you… Continue

Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on June 28, 2010 at 2:48pm — 5 Comments

The value of First Responders

Yesterday we were paged out for a 10-50 PI with possible entrapment. Enroute we received details that the car snapped a utility pole, so we had possible lines down to contend with. Our unit arrived on scene a few minutes behind the ambulance. I went up to help the medics while the rest of our truck surveyed the vehicle to see if there was any extrication needed.

The car was a small sedan that was travelling down the country road way to fast. It lost control on a curve and the…

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Added by Station10Capt106 on June 27, 2010 at 9:48pm — 3 Comments

The Need for Speed, or Not

In the fire service we are always stressing speed. Tones go off and we run. Flying down the road the radio squawks out “Step on it, fire is progressing”. On scene we hear “hurry up and stretch that line”, “get that ladder up quickly”. Working an accident where there is entrapment the captain yells “hurry up, get that roof flapped”.…

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Added by Station10Capt106 on June 26, 2010 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

Hot Fun in the Summertime (Firefighter Rehab)

SOPs and Protocol for Warm Weather Firefighter Rehab

By Lou Angeli
Simply stated Firefighter Rehab is designed to ensure that the physical and mental well being of members operating at the scene of an emergency (or a training exercise) don't…
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Added by Lou Angeli on June 24, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Charleston 9 - A Different Perspective, Part 1



The evening of June 18, 2007 will be forever burned into my memory, but the day of June 22, 2007 was the date that really made this tragedy personal for me. To set the stage, on the evening of June 18, I was at home after a pretty good day at work. Training had gone well, the weather was pleasant, and I had just finished a nice dinner with my family. I decided to watch some TV, and started the typical flipping through the channels. I usually…

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Added by Ben Waller on June 22, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

How to get my volunteers motivated

We had a smoke out in a training tralior and everybody showed up but most of them were standing around talking about nothing. How do I fix this problem any sugestions would be great?

Added by Quinton Lejeune on June 22, 2010 at 5:02pm — 8 Comments

Setting the bar & reach for the stars

How high is your bar set on your volunteer department? Are you well trained and professional in your actions or are you still part of the good ol’ boys club meeting every night to down a few and play some cards?

Firefighting has changed rapidly over the years. While we do not face the number of…

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Added by Station10Capt106 on June 22, 2010 at 10:28am — 3 Comments

The Politics of Power: Understand how others view your authority

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

The Politics of Power

Understanding how others view your authority can help you use it more effectively

By Chief Marc Revere



Power, like politics, is often considered as a dirty word. However, we all seek it, we admire it when it’s… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 22, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The DIY Training Tower: How to build one with limited funds & staff

The DIY Training Tower: How to build one with limited funds & staff

By Bob Kolva



How do remote rural and small-town fire departments keep their personnel up to date on structural search and rescue, ventilation and firefighter rescue techniques when the nearest urban training facility is hours away? That was the question we asked ourselves when, once again,…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 21 Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...Father's Day...June 20, 2010

I would like to say Happy Father's Day to all you guys out there. I would also like to say Happy Father's Day to your fathers, especially the ones who were firefighters, for instilling a passion for bravery and courage in their sons.

Added by Denise Imperiale on June 20, 2010 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...June 19, 2010

Excuse the lack of proper writing style. I am letting you peek into my brain.

Last night I just couldn't get to see the homebound person and her family that I visit every Friday after work about 20 miles away. I went to bed asking God to please tap me on the shoulder and get my butt out of bed and drive early this morning before my pedicure.

As these things go, ping I was awake at 6:30 and had loads…

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Added by Denise Imperiale on June 19, 2010 at 10:57am — No Comments

In Search of Tactical Patience

Today commemorates the anniversary of the Sofa Superstore fire in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine firefighters lost their lives while engaged in aggressive… Continue

Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on June 18, 2010 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

Safety Week 2010: Make It Personal!

Despite the fact that I wrote this piece for Fire-Rescue Magazine last year, I'm pretty sure its content is still relevant as we ponder recent and not so recent events on the eve of Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week http://www.firefighternation.com/forum/topics/usfa-reminds-you-that-safety.

As I stated in comments to another blog by John Mitchell (…

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Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on June 17, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Tactical Lessons Learned from Charleston

Tactical Lessons Learned from Charleston

By Tim Sendelbach, FireRescue magazine Editor-in Chief



The Sofa Super Store Fire is an incident that I can only hope every member of the fire service never forgets. The nine men who lost their lives that tragic night are well deserving of our fullest respect; the lessons they left behind are invaluable to us.



As a member of the fire’s Post-Incident…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 17, 2010 at 6:19pm — No Comments

If These Walls Could Talk: How would your department measure up to the Charleston investigation?



If These Walls Could Talk

How would your department measure up to the Charleston investigation?

By Timothy E. Sendelbach

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the July 2008 issue of FireRescue magazine.

For the last 10 months, I’ve had the…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 17, 2010 at 6:19pm — No Comments

3 Years Out: What's Changed in Charleston?

3 Years Out: What’s Changed in Charleston?

By Cindy Devone-Pacheco



Three years ago today, nine firefighters lost their lives inside the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C. It was an incident that many in the Charleston Fire Department (CFD) thought could never happen to them. It was an incident that, in the most savage way possible, exposed the fallacy of that mindset. Ultimately, it led to a litany of accusations, investigations,…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 17, 2010 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Then & Now: The truth about Charleston from the last officer out

Then & Now: The truth about Charleston from the last officer out

By Cindy Devone-Pacheco



As many departments across the country know all too well, the effects of a line-of-duty death (LODD) are deeply felt, long lasting and far reaching. Firefighters and civilians alike who were alive on 9/11 will forever be able to recall precisely where they were when they heard that two planes had flown into the World Trade Center buildings.



Of course, 9/11… Continue

Added by Cindy Devone-Pacheco, FireRescue on June 17, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Reliable Firefighters: Wisdom from other high-risk professions

FIREFIGHTING 360

Reliable Firefighters: Wisdom from other high-risk professions

By Billy Schmidt



Reliability: It’s the cornerstone of the firefighting profession (I use the term “firefighting profession” to include all emergency services professionals). It’s the combination of anticipation and resilience, a firefighter’s… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 17, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

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