Featured Blog Posts – September 2010 Archive (26)

2010 NFFF Memorial Weekend - Live!

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This year if you are unable to travel to Emmitsburg you can still take part in the NFFF 2010 Memorial… Continue

Added by FFN WebTeam on September 30, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Rural Command: Tips for measuring both water & foam concentrate flow volumes

OCTOBER RURAL COMMAND

Calibrating the Proportioner: Tips for measuring both water & foam concentrate flow volumes

Story & Photos by Keith Klassen



Today’s electronic direct-injection foam proportioners are highly sophisticated machines. They’ve been through approximately 20 years of development, and countless incidents have proven their… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 30, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Pittsburgh Area Firefighters Tackle Complex Bridge Rescue

By Tom Vines



On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Pittsburgh (Pa.) area firefighters were presented with a complex and challenging high-angle bridge rescue. The initial call came in at 1620 HRS to the Washington County 911 Center with the report of a man who had fallen 50–75 feet at the Donora-Monessen Bridge. The first units dispatched at 1624 HRS included Mon Valley EMS, and Donora Fire Department (DFD) Ladder 66 and Chief 66.… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 29, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Innovative Recruit Training: How Anne Arundel County made it happen

By Michael E. Cox, Jr.



Training a large number of career recruit firefighters can be a daunting task for any department; however, when a department is faced with a skyrocketing number of vacancies due to attrition, increased overtime costs, a year-long delay in the hiring process, plus one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression, the difficulty level of such an undertaking grows exponentially.



In November 2008, Anne Arundel County Executive John…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 28, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

GIS: The tool you can't afford to overlook

By Joseph A. Masington & Guy Seeley



Today’s challenging economic climate has had a substantial impact on fire services across the country, forcing many communities to slash budgets, and forcing even the most fiscally minded fire department leaders to make tough choices regarding available resources, from closing fire stations on a rolling or permanent basis to reducing the number of firefighters on duty during a given shift.



As a result, the amount of…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 27, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

A Joint Effort: One responder’s account of the response to the San Bruno explosion

TECHNICAL RESCUE

By Harold Schapelhouman



On Thursday, Sept. 9, at 1812 HRS, the San Mateo County Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) received a report that an explosion and subsequent fire had occurred in the Glenview neighborhood area of San Bruno, Calif., a city within San Mateo County, which borders the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Bay, the City of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. This region is often…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 25, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Social Media SOGs: Every department must create guidelines for how personnel share information online

Social Media SOGs

Every department must create guidelines for how personnel share information online

By Michelle DeCrane



When you hear the words “social media,” do you automatically think “cocktail party”? Does getting a “tweet” mean the robins have come home to roost? Does getting “tagged” mean the same thing as it did… Continue

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

Think Tank: A new water tank enhances fire protection in Wareham, Mass.

Think Tank

A new water tank enhances fire protection in Wareham, Mass.

By Chief Robert McDuffy & Timothy M. Stinson, P.E.



After a rash of devastating fires during the early part of the 20th century, including one that swept through the center of town, residents of Wareham, Mass., began demanding better fire protection. It came… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Train with the Towers: Download the Tow Company Visit Worksheet to track your extrication training needs

Story & Photos by Les Baker



Tow Company Visit Worksheet-2.pdf



Welcome to In-Depth Extrication! This column will cover very specific extrication-related topics that allow for an “in-depth” analysis. Each month, I plan to… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 20, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Eco-Engine! At FDIC, HME unveiled a truck that runs on compressed natural gas

Inside the Apparatus Industry



Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro



By now, just about all of us have heard about how manufacturers in various industries are making strides in producing and delivering hybrid, electric diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and trucks.



I never thought the fire apparatus industry would succumb to the idea of an eco-friendly fire truck. I… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 15, 2010 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Open Door Policy...RIDING BACKWORDS September 2010

RIDING BACKWORDS – September 2010

Generally speaking, an open door policy refers to the availability of management to any employee at any level. Open door policies allow employees to step outside the traditional boundaries created by the hierarchy of an organization – what we know as the chain of command. Open door policies permit employees to bring their concerns to the appropriate level they feel can provide the impetus necessary to resolve their issue. Our discussion will…

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Added by John Barrett on September 14, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Rescue Report: Teton Rangers Respond to Mass Casualty on Mountain

By Tom Vines

Photos Courtesy Grand Teton National Park



On July 21, Grand Teton National Park rangers completed an extraordinary, complex and challenging rescue for numerous climbers hit by lightning strikes on the 13,773' Grand Teton Mountain. The operation was breathtaking in scope—a mass-casualty incident response in one of the lower 48’s most rugged areas. Even for the Teton rangers, who… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 14, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Amazing Posts Commemorating 9-11

I'd suggest if you haven't had a chance yet, check out some of the posts today over on FireEMSBlogs.com. There are some excellent posts remembering feelings about that day, our observations now about things, and just honoring those who gave everything they had that day. This event not only touched those in our nation, but in others as well. Give your day in honor of those by helping others and dedicate today to the memories of our brothers and their… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on September 11, 2010 at 10:17am — No Comments

343

Today, we honor the memory of the 343 brave firefighters who perished nine years ago in the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Their sacrifice will forever be remembered as perhaps the greatest act of heroism of our time.









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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 11, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

9/11 Beyond the Memorial: Training & information from FireRescue/FirefighterNation.com contributors

On the nine-year anniversary of 9/11, we will all remember the victims in our own way. But beyond remembrance, this day reminds us that there are also lessons to be learned and training challenges to be met to ensure we’re ready for the next terrorist attack.



Below, we’ve compiled a list of articles from FireRescue/FirefighterNation.com contributors about various aspects of 9/11. We hope their words will help you not only commemorate the victims and the 343 firefighters killed, but… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 11, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Maritime Memorial: State-of-the-art FDNY fireboat honors 9/11 fallen

A Maritime Memorial

State-of-the-art FDNY fireboat honors 9/11 fallen

By Jane Jerrard



The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and New York City have gained a powerful memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the city. A new fireboat, named the Three Forty Three in tribute to the fallen, will help… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 11, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Remembering the Real 9/11: We can’t forget that day’s images, emotions & lessons

Remembering the Real 9/11

We can’t forget that day’s images, emotions & lessons

By Brian A. Crawford



Over the last 9 years, countless tributes—books, songs, films—have been made about the events of 9/11; each September, these tributes are revived as the nation collectively mourns.



As first responders, we have… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 11, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

When standards of conduct begin to slip, the consequences can be far-reaching

REALITY CHECK

Beware the Lowering of the Bar

When standards of conduct begin to slip, the consequences can be far-reaching

By Scott Cook

Last month I wrote about the collision of USS Hartford and USS New Orleans and its relationship to the fire service, specifically in relation to officer responsibilities. You’ll recall…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 10, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Public-Private Partnerships: A Success Story!

Public-Private Partnerships: A Success Story!

A critical incident partnership in Illinois proves successful at bringing the public & private sectors together

By Rob Ugaste



Editor’s note: This is the second part of a series on public-private partnerships. Read the first article:… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 7, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Succession Solution: A leadership culture plays a key role in moving succession planning to action

PRESIDENT'S LETTER

From the September issue of FireRescue magazine



By Chief Jack Parow, MA, EFO, CFO, MIFireE



As the Baby Boomer Generation continues to retire and the economy drives downsizing and early retirements, we face unprecedented gaps in leadership. We addressed this topic in last month’s President’s Letter, “Planning Today for… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 6, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

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