Featured Blog Posts – September 2009 Archive (28)

A US Firefighter visit to the Chinese Fire Service

I was fortunate to recently go to China and get an unprecedented access to the Chinese Fire Service.

Attached is a link to a Pod Cast I did for the NFPA on September 25 2009. …





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Added by Dave Reed on September 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

A Fire Service Renaissance Man: Remembering Peter Jorgensen

Peter Jorgensen, the publisher of Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine, died of cancer at his home in Tundbridge, Vt.,on Sept. 25 at age 68. Below is a remembrance by Jeff Berend, Elsevier Public Safety’s VP/Publisher.





A Fire Service Renaissance Man


The fire service is made up of many unique individuals, but none more unique than Peter Jorgensen. Whenever I'd see Pete at a conference or meeting, with his always-present bowtie and strong… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 30, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

KME displays modern-looking Force 1500 ARFF vehicle



The Future of ARFF

KME displays modern-looking Force 1500 ARFF vehicle

Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro




I’m sure that most of you who attended FDIC and the Harrisburg Fire Expo exhibit halls stopped by the KME booth and saw its new Force 1500 ARFF vehicle. It was definitely worth a look. At first glance it appeared quite futuristic in nature, and after taking a closer look, I can see that a lot of great engineering went into the design of this… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 30, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

What to Carry in Your Pockets

Pockets Aren't Just Hand Warmers

A brief rundown of essential tools to carry & where

By Robert L. James III




Often new firefighters are unaware of the things they need to carry in their pockets to do the job. Even experienced firefighters may be missing the opportunity to maximize their pocket space; I've run across firefighters who have no idea what's in their own pockets.



Ladies and gentlemen, pockets are not just hand warmers. And when you put your… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 30, 2009 at 8:00am — 21 Comments

From Multitasking to Task Overload

From Multitasking to Task Overload

For firefighters, the ability to do many things at once is crucial, but it’s easy to take it too far

By Billy Schmidt




Firefighting-360 (FF-360) is a continuing series of articles that takes a broad look into the concept of crew resource management (CRM) and how it can improve and enhance training and operations in the fire service. The purpose of the FF-360 column is to inform and encourage emergency responders to use a… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 30, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

No Heroes as NBC's 'Trauma' Fails to Deliver - a Firefighter Nation Review

A.J. Heightman

Editor-in-Chief, JEMS & Firefighter Nation



The new series Trauma premiering Monday night is being billed by NBC as "the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field." The show's Website says it's "like an adrenaline shot to the heart, an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics." Unfortunately having had the… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on September 27, 2009 at 9:04pm — 5 Comments

Tools for the Fire Officer

The IAFC and NFPA have just released the Second Edition of Fire Officer: Principles and Practice. This updated publication is designed to help fire fighters make a smooth transition to fire officer.



Covering the entire scope of NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2009 Edition, Fire Officer combines current content with dynamic features and interactive… Continue

Added by IAFC on September 23, 2009 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

SoCal Fire Photos

The wildland fire season is heating up in Southern California, and as usual many of these fires are directly affecting urban areas. We've gathered a few photos coming to us from the front lines.



Tip: Click the "i" in the slideshow player for photo information and the photographer's name.





Find more photos like this on Firefighter… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Atlanta Crews Respond to Parking Deck Collapse

Atlanta Crews Respond to Parking Deck Collapse

Incident becomes longest rescue in department history

Story & Photos by Greg Simpson




On Monday, June 29 at approximately 1230 HRS, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department responded to a reported parking deck collapse at 5th St. and Spring St. NE.



Firefighters arrived to find an eight-story parking deck with four floors collapsed to the ground in the center section. The Georgia Mutual Aid Group (GMAG)… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Respect the Rank

Respect the Rank

Refusing to do what’s right because you don’t respect the company officer hurts you & the whole crew

By Scott Cook


Photo Chris Mickal



I know I tend to put the responsibility on the company officer and upper echelon for crew and department performance. But that doesn’t excuse some of the stuff those of us who ride backward do that can negatively affect team performance.



For whatever reason, some of us don’t want to… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Attacking Wind-Driven High-Rise Fires



Blowin’ In the Wind, Part 4

Considerations for attacking a wind-driven high-rise fire

By Fred LaFemina




Editor's Note: This article is part of a series on high-rise fires. Read the other posts:

Part 1: Understanding conditions behind wind-driven fires…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Capt. Mike Hayes is FireRescue's Company Officer of the Year

Best of the Best

FDNY’s Mike Hayes is FireRescue’s Company Officer of the Year




Captain Michael C. Hayes of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Ladder Company 28 is the recipient of the 2009 FireRescue magazine Company Officer of the Year Award, which was presented to him on Aug. 28 at Fire-Rescue International in Dallas (watch the… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 10, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Make It Personal

I recently attended a seminar on preparation for line-of-duty deaths and firefighter funerals. If you’ve ever read one of my blogs on FirefighterNation.com, you know that I have very strong feelings about firefighter deaths.



But, for the first time, the subject really hit home with me. While it’s important to plan that stuff, if we really think about it, doesn’t… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on September 10, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

A Quick Review of Type 3 Construction & Associated Fire Danger

QUICK DRILLS



If They Build It … A quick review of Type 3 construction & associated fire danger

Story & Photos by Homer Robertson




In last month’s column (FireRescue, August 2009, “Warning Signs,” p. 116), I discussed two fundamental subjects that every fire department should cover in its training programs: fire behavior and building construction. Last month, I focused on flashover, which is just one small segment of fire behavior. This… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 10, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Glad to be a part of FirefighterNation!

We are glad to be associated with the folks here at FirefighterNation and respectfully request you also learn more about us, Ted Corporandy and Paul Schuller at www.firenuggets.com We too, are all about firefighter safety and networking....

Stay safe,
Paul and Ted

Added by Paul A. Schuller on September 7, 2009 at 11:25pm — 1 Comment

Summer Acceleration Theory

Calcium Anthropologists Warn of Effects of Summer Acceleration



Unconfirmed fiction by: Tige R. Schmittendorf



Editor's Note: I know it's Labor Day. I should have warned you sooner...



One day while taking a requisite course towards my doctorate in calcium anthropology — the study of milkmen and their connection to mad cow disease — I had cause to stop, doze, and ponder the season ahead.



In the midst of my heavy R.E.M. sleep, I… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on September 7, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

From the X-Box to the Box Alarm

As I travel around the country talking with other firefighters, a commonly recurring theme of our chat is the future of the volunteer fire service.



The conversation always comes around to the topic of today’s firefighters and the next generation of firefighters. Some “more experienced” firefighters (notice I didn’t use the term older) share that they don’t understand the “kids” coming into the fire service today.



The veterans don’t think today’s recruits share the same… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on September 6, 2009 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Fortune Tellers

In my last blog titled “Dig In.” I talked about the importance of story telling in the fire service and how it serves as a means of sharing experiences, traditions and values from generation to generation. In this article I try to tell a story, and in that story, I hope you can find a lesson to share for generations to come.



Almost every firefighter I meet speaks of how they always knew, from the time… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on September 6, 2009 at 10:22pm — 6 Comments

What are you going to do about it?

A lot of people look to me for solutions to their recruitment and retention challenges. The fact is, we know what the answers are.



Join me for a conversation about the future of the volunteer fire service as I've signed on with Fire-Rescue Magazine (… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on September 6, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Getting Familiar with Unfamiliar Dirt

I recently spent a week on vacation that included a lot of reading on the beach. I was able to complete a six-book series, the Corean Chronicles by L.E. Modsitt, Jr... an excellent read if you're into the genre. In one of the books, a group of soldiers is deployed to an area with which none of them are familiar. They're tired from traveling and just want to… Continue

Added by Ben Waller on September 6, 2009 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

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