Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...August 29, 2011
I am writing this from my firehouse - tucked away in a back room working because I can plug into the power since we have a generator here. I am happy that I've been able to ramp up my fire calls during my weekends and time away from NYC. Just haven't had time to blog. ;(
I am a member of the OEM and was called to duty Wednesday night in preparation for Hurricane Irene. I was on standby for the hurricane and… Continue
Added by Denise Imperiale on August 29, 2011 at 6:00pm —
We had an opportunity to cut through 12 roll-up doors in a building slated for demolition. The crews had their pick of which methods they wanted to use on the doors they were assigned. Some of the methods we discussed in the safety briefing included the following cuts; triangle, inverted triangle, two-cut rectangle, and the single vertical… Continue
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 27, 2011 at 11:20pm —
I have a long time friend who is still serving as Chief of a small VFD. Their budget is small and they are looking for good quality SCBA at a good price. I have been doing some research for this friend on the different companies that sell reconditioned SCBA. i.e. Bunker Fire & Safety & Dalmatian Fire Equipment. Both seem like large companies! Has any one ever dealt with them? Is their equipment qood quality equipment, are they authorized by the manufacture to… Continue
Added by Bob Anderson on August 23, 2011 at 12:44pm —
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 22, 2011 at 5:17pm —
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 22, 2011 at 3:56pm —
Excerpts from pipenozzle.com post on 9/11 in historical context:
9/11 will become a monument. But 9/11 has already become yet another powerful metaphor for the infinite stupidity of human beings, the infinite willingness to destroy. And 9/11 has become yet another metaphor of the infinite capacity of human beings to resist the worst… Continue
Added by Barry Greer on August 19, 2011 at 7:00pm —
I was browsing some topics on this forum, and came across one about how to handle negative newspaper editorials.
I thought, "Wow! A topic I am uniquely qualified to comment on on this forum!"
Okay, okay, I know it was presented as a question a year ago, but it's ALWAYS a relevant topic.
I started writing my response, but it became a HUGE response... so I decided that I would just make it a blog.
Now, to explain why I feel uniquely qualified to comment on the topic: I am the… Continue
Added by Sally on August 19, 2011 at 6:18pm —
If you are reading this article on a mobile device, you’re not alone. In fact, each day more people are using their mobile devices as their primary source of communication. This is just one finding from a recent IAFC survey of mobile-device use among first responders.
Recently, IAFC conducted a survey of members and nonmembers on their current and projected use of mobile devices—specifically smartphones, such as Android, Blackberry and iPhone, and tablets, such as Galaxy and iPad—in… Continue
Added by IAFC on August 17, 2011 at 11:45am —
The city will not invite the people who responded on 9/11 to the memorial at Ground Zero on 9/11/11. The city instead will hold a separate-but-equal ceremony — on some other day.After all, President Obama will be there. And we all know where he was on 9/11: In the Illinois state Senate. 5 days later, he would be in church with his family listening to the pastor gloat about 9/11 as chickens coming home to roost for that — as he said on other occasions — god-damn… Continue
Added by Ray J on August 16, 2011 at 10:34am —
The Typing Levels of Hazardous Materials Response Teams (HMRT)
*Adapted form Indiana Hazardous Materials Team Qualification Program
There are generally three types of HMRT's that are categorized by their level of training, expertise, capability and equipment and resources.
HMRT's are generally categorized as Type 1,… Continue
Added by Shawn on August 9, 2011 at 1:30pm —
The LTBHMFS is proud to
announce that Firefighter Survival as one of our courses for 2011.
Annually, Firefighters are killed on the fireground in situations that
could have been resolved through training. This intense, physical, hands
on training is a must for any interior attack firefighter.
The Firefighter Survival course will give you some tools to use if
you find… Continue
Added by STEVE HUTCHERSON on August 8, 2011 at 9:21pm —
The company officer has been the backbone for effective fire ground operations for more than 150 years. Continue
The decisions made by these officers and their ability to perform fire ground tasks can greatly impact the outcome of the incident and…
Added by STEVE HUTCHERSON on August 8, 2011 at 9:17pm —
Lt. Brad Hutcherson Memorial Fire School is proud to confirm that P L Vulcan will be hosting a FIRE GROUND TACTICS class Nov.12th 2011 with one of their lead instructors Mark Gregory who also Continue
is a Lieutenant in the F.D.N.Y assigned to Tower Ladder 111 (The
Nuthouse) in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn N.Y.
Added by STEVE HUTCHERSON on August 8, 2011 at 9:09pm —
How can training prevent future failures?
Lt. Scott Goodwin, COSS…
Added by Lt. R. Scott Goodwin on August 8, 2011 at 8:42am —
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 7, 2011 at 8:41pm —
Check out some farm rescue options for the following scenarios
1- Grain tube rescue and Hauling Systems
2- Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Containment
3- Corn Header and Haybine Extrication
Pass it on!
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 6, 2011 at 8:16pm —
I just wanted to write a short blog expressing my satisfaction with the quality of TWWH Fire Engine Models. I hae been an avid collector of fire engine models, mainly Code 3, for years, but nothing compares to the quality of TWH. I have purchased quite a few TWH models for friends over the past few years, and each time it is like Christmas when they arrive. You could not ask for more.I urge everyone to look at their website and look for themselves. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee… Continue
Added by Brady Grim on August 6, 2011 at 12:27pm —
I just wanted to write a short blog expressing my satisfaction with the quality of TWWH Fire Engine Models. I hae been an avid collector of fire engine models, mainly Code 3, for years, but nothing compares to the quality of TWH. I have purchased quite a few TWH models for friends over the past few years, and each time it is like Christmas when they arrive. You could not ask for more.
I urge everyone to look at their website and look for themselves. You will not be disappointed. I… Continue
Added by Brady Grim on August 6, 2011 at 11:55am —
No Blood is Thicker
I was devastated to learn of the death of Captain Jeff Bowen of Asheville, NC's Rescue Company 3. He leaves a wife and three children without a husband and father. Any LODD is a terrible tragedy,…
Added by Ben Waller on August 6, 2011 at 9:00am —
This is a call for help
Many of the 9/11 first responders have developed serious health conditions in the years after the attack. This includes extremely rare early onset of various types of cancer, and they need help overcoming their sickness. These men and women braved unfathomable conditions that threatened their health and safety in the aftermath of tragedy. To strip them of aid in any way is unconscionable, and to do so when there are so… Continue
Added by Ray J on August 1, 2011 at 8:16am —