Featured Blog Posts – October 2010 Archive (28)

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Added by Jay Nicholson on October 31, 2010 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

NIST Study on the Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire













It’s rapidly becoming one of the most studied fires in recent US history, and for good reason. The Sofa Super Store Fire of June 18, 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina claimed the lives of nine firefighters and has left an unending scar on the members of the Charleston Fire Department and

the American fire service. Today, the long awaited…

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Added by Timothy Sendelbach on October 28, 2010 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Battery Donations for Local Fire Departments

For the 23rd consecutive year, the IAFC is partnering with Engerizer on the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery (CYCCYB) program. Last year, more than 6,200 departments joined in supporting this program. Visit the CYCCYB website to access the many resources available to you your department to…

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Added by IAFC on October 27, 2010 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Texas Firefighters Make Numerous Flood Rescues Resulting from Tropical Storm Hermine

By Tom Vines



As Tropical Storm Hermine moved from the Gulf of Mexico into southern and central Texas in early September, it showed much of its force in wind; however, it soon walloped the area with a massive downpour of rain, making for a long shift for firefighters in Killeen, Texas, located approximately 70 miles north of Austin.



Hermine Hits

The long shift began on Sept. 7 at… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 27, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Remembering 6 FDNY Firefighters Killed at Soap Factory Fire 48 Years Ago Today

Today we remember the six FDNY firefighters killed on Oct. 26, 1962—48 years ago today—at the Sefu Soap and Fat Co. Fire in Queens.



• Captain William Russell; Engine 325

• Firefighter James Marino; Engine 325

• Firefighter Richard Andrews; Engine 325

• Firefighter George Zahn; Engine 238

• Firefighter Richard Gifford; Engine 238

• Firefighter Francis Egan; Ladder 115



More than 20 firefighters were working at a four-alarm fire in a soap factory when… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 26, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Predictability of Occupancy Performance and Tactical Patience

By Christopher J. Naum, SPFE

TheCompanyOfficer.com and CommandSafety.com

Today’s incident demands on the fireground are unlike those of the recent past, requiring incident commanders and commanding officers to have increased technical knowledge of building construction with a heightened sensitivity to fire behavior, a focus on…

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Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on October 22, 2010 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Internal & External: Managing fireground risks involves controlling situational factors & human factors

FIREFIGHTING-360

By Billy Schmidt



My last FF-360 column, “Means to an End: Effective communication leads to action,” was the first in a series that addresses the characteristics of effective communication and the barriers that prevent it. Following columns will review areas such… Continue

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

Back It Up: Dead lifts help strengthen back muscles & prevent back injuries

By Jeff & Martha Ellis



In the July 2007 column “More Power to You,” p. 110, we addressed functional lifts that strengthen your muscles for moderately heavy lifting, such as lifting a ladder from the ground to overhead. There are, however, many situations when we need to lift and move something that weighs considerably more than a ladder, such as extrication power units or fans—not necessarily overhead, but off the… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 21, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Good Things Are Happening at E-One These Days

Inside the Apparatus Industry

Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro



E-One, one of the top five apparatus manufacturers, has weathered the storm surrounding its sale from Federal Signal 2 years ago, and it seems to be doing OK for itself these days. In fact, it’s made some big announcements in the past year. Let’s review.



At FDIC this year, E-One announced its… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 20, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

USAR Team Rescues Victim from Structural Collapse

Northwest Ohio Region #1 Urban Search and Rescue Team performs complex structural collapse rescue

Story & Photos by Paul Hasenmeier



On July 7, 2010, rescuers in Ohio were called to the scene of a significant structural collapse with two victims trapped. The rescuers—who came from volunteer, combination and full-time fire departments, and who had varying levels of experience and… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 19, 2010 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Tips for Mastering Extrication Tactics Involving Wheel Assemblies

Your guide to the terms, equipment & benefits associated with using wheel assemblies to assist with extrication procedures

Story & Photos by Les Baker



Many responders rarely consider using the wheel assembly to assist with extrication procedures. In fact, most only work with wheels if their department’s protocols involve deflating tires during stabilization. Further, many of these… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 18, 2010 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Catastrophic Collapse: Remembering 23rd Street

At 2136 HRS on Oct. 17, units responded to a fire in a four-story structure at 7 E. 22nd St. The location housed an art dealer who reportedly stored highly flammable paint and lacquer in the building’s cellar where the fire originated. All photos courtesy…

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

Tragic Structural Collapse: The Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley Fire

On Oct. 16, 1967, the Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley, located at 515 Anderson Ave. in Cliffside Park, N.J., was involved in a fire. Several crews from neighboring towns responded to the blaze, including five firefighters from the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department, which was called on mutual aid. Several firefighters entered the building that day; tragically, the responding crew of volunteers never made it back out.



Today we remember Chief Gustave A. Genschow, 43, a 27-year…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 16, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

More for Their Money: If we expect a pay raise, we have to do more than just show up when called

More for Their Money

If we expect a pay raise, we have to do more than just show up when called

By Scott Cook



I’ll be the first to say that fire and EMS personnel generally aren’t paid nearly enough. I’ll also be the first to say that we knew what the job paid when we took it—practically begged… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 15, 2010 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

More Power to Ya: 2 lifts that develop strength & integrate muscle groups

More Power to Ya

2 lifts that develop strength & integrate muscle groups

Story & Photos by Jeff and Martha Ellis



Editor's Note: This article originally ran in the July 2007 issue of FireRescue magazine.



There are many benefits to performing lifts that… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 14, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Helicopter Maneuvers Below Bridge to Complete Challenging Rescue

RESCUE REPORT



By Tom Vines

Photos Courtesy Deputy Eric Heilman/Mason County Sheriff's Office



On Aug. 17, six teenagers were hiking in a canyon in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state—specifically, an area that had been closed to the public due to its hazardous terrain—when their expedition took a scary turn. The subsequent rescue… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 13, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Triple Threat: Howard County (Md.) Fire Rescue takes delivery of 2 pumper/tankers & a water-delivery unit

Triple Threat

Howard County (Md.) Fire Rescue takes delivery of 2 pumper/tankers & a water-delivery unit

By Bob Vaccaro



Howard County, Md., has seen significant growth in the last several years. As a result, the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services (HCDFRS) is currently going through some growing… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 12, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Training Exercise Test Illinois Public/Private Partnership

Putting the Partnership to the Test

A full-scale training exercise provides an opportunity for public- & private-sector leaders to learn from one another

By Rob Ugaste

Photos courtesy Lake-Cook Regional Critical Incident Partnership…



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

A Look Back: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871

FireRescue recalls the monumental tragedy that spurred the creation of Fire Prevention Week



Note: This article was originally printed in the October 2006 issue of FireRescue magazine.

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Editor’s Note: In honor of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8–14, we at FireRescue would like to present our readers with a historical account of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the incident that…

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

The Forgotten Fire: On the same day Chicago burned, disaster of even greater proportion struck in Peshtigo, Wis.

The Forgotten Fire

On the same day Chicago burned, disaster of even greater proportion struck in Peshtigo, Wis.

By FireRescue Magazine staff



Most people remember Oct. 8, 1871, for the Great Chicago Fire, and the devastation and destruction that it caused. But on that same day, a fire of even greater destruction took the lives… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 8, 2010 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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