November 2010 Blog Posts (89)

Firefighter Ski Events

Here are some Firefighter ski events that are held in New York State. There used to be a firefighter ski race at Bristol Mountain.



January 2,2011 Kids Escaping Drugs Firefighter Ski Race at Holimont

http://www.ked.org/skiscape.html



2011 FASNY Winter Games Feb 4-6 Greek Peak Mountain…

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Added by Davin Eshelman on November 30, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Size Up on Backstep Firefighter

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the first arriving officer completing a 360 check of the building upon arrival. In his article “Situational Awareness and the Three Sixty”, Christopher Naum makes the following statement, “The effective assessment of the incident scene is much…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 30, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Smoke Generators Fuel Family Evacuation Drills on the "Today Show"

During the hours that most families might be relaxing together, gathering around the television screen to watch a football game or sleeping, on Sept. 13th, the Cannavo family from Guilderland, NY allowed BullEx Digital Safety and the entire production crew from the Today Show into their home with cameras in tow to demonstrate proper home evacuation techniques in the event of a home fire.…

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Added by Mary Ellen Shea on November 30, 2010 at 8:24am — 2 Comments

What’s Holding Us Back? Recognition-Primed Decision-Making

By Kriss Garcia



“For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.”

--Benjamin Franklin



This year, the organization known as the International Fire Instructors Workgroup (IFIW) met for its third time in Ottawa, Canada. Keeping to our original charter of a small yet…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

When Sparks Fly:Tips for mitigating electrical hazards on the fireground

When Sparks Fly

Tips for mitigating electrical hazards on the fireground

By Homer Robertson



Controlling the utilities at incident scenes should always be a priority. There’s a lot more to securing utilities than just going around the building turning off switches and closing valves. Just like many fireground tasks, it… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 30, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Just a little proud, Kind of nice to feel as if I am moving my department forward.

My department is still known for things that happened 20 years ago. Not good things such as running out of fuel on the way to the scene and showing without water. There were times when no one knew how to run the pump.

This is not my department now. But it is still how we are thought of. I have been tring to shake this image and it's hard. No matter how many homes we save folks just remember the bad stuff from years ago.

Well the last board meeting I brought cpr…

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Added by John Dobson on November 29, 2010 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

1990 Ford F-350 for sale

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Added by jonathan t pangle on November 29, 2010 at 10:01pm — No Comments

1985 Pierce Arrow For Sale

The Spring Brook Fire District #1

In the Town of Elma,NY 14059…

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Added by James Stevenson on November 29, 2010 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Remembering 6 Firefighters Killed in 1988 Kansas City Explosion

And don't forget to read yesterday's anniversary coverage of the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire, which took the lives of nearly 500 people and led to significant changes in building safety codes.



Ammonium nitrate/fuel oil mixture causes massive blast that killed two entire pumper companies




Today we remember… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 29, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Best Rescue Equipment For Water Rescue!

Just wondering what you all use for dive gear in the warm water. Full face mask? What do you find most affective in under water recovery why, how come and how many people do you use? This would be a great help for me and my crew when we train. We use 2 man groups and use the 1.5 viz patern it seams to be the most affective way to do it in the New England waters. Just looking for all your input.I also have a hard time training new members in fresh water lakes and ponds it takes me 3 times longer… Continue

Added by Chris Combs on November 29, 2010 at 3:50am — No Comments

leaving school for calls

i want to know why they wont allow us to leave school for a call.... i think it wrong when your only like a mile away??

Added by tyler ray price on November 28, 2010 at 9:32pm — 4 Comments

Cocoanut Grove Nightclub - Sixty-Eight Years and 492 Reasons to Remember



Ever wonder why occupancies with revolving doors have outward swinging doors to the left and/or right of them? Ever wonder why exit lights stay illuminated in movie theaters? Why exits at restaurants and places of public assembly (to name a few) swing outward? Or why your child’s elementary school is restricted from decorating the hallways with colorful artwork? The answer in part - Cocoanut Grove, November 28,… Continue

Added by Timothy Sendelbach on November 28, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Remembering the Fire that Led to an Overhaul of Fire Codes

Don't forget to read yesterday's anniversary coverage of the 1988 Kansas City explosion, which took the lives of six firefighters.



The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire took the lives of nearly 500 people, leading to significant changes in building safety codes




On Nov. 28, 1942, a massive fire at the Cocoanut… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 28, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Interactive Dynamic Risk Assessment Download

Interactive Dynamic Risk Assessment Download

Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

Commandsafety.com and Buildingsonfire.com

An interactive training program has been provided courtesy of Buildingsonfire.com and Commandsafety.com to support skill set development in the areas of dynamic risk assessment, size-up analysis and situational awareness. This is a basic program that will support any…

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Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on November 27, 2010 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Firefighter dies in the line of duty

REHOBOTH, Mass. (WPRI) - A Rehoboth firefighter died in the line of duty on Thanksgiving, the Rehoboth Fire Department said Friday.

http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/massachusetts/rehoboth-firefighter-ken-marshall-junior-dies-in-the-line-of-duty

Added by Lyle Katseff on November 27, 2010 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Florida Water Tank Rescue Provides High Drama

Hollywood, Broward County & Fort Lauderdale departments work together to complete challenging confined-space rescue

By Tom Vines



An Oct. 8 water tank rescue in Florida proved challenging for firefighters, combining the demanding aspects of both high-angle and confined-space rescue.



The incident took place in Hollywood, Fla., located on the state’s east coast, between Fort… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 26, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

A Thanksgiving Day thought...

Today, I would like you all to take a moment and hear what I give thanks for.


  1. I…
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Added by John Karl Ambrusch, III on November 25, 2010 at 6:57am — 1 Comment

When More Isn’t Better: During instruction, comprehension tops volume

When More Isn’t Better: During instruction, comprehension tops volume

By Kurt Glosser



Think back to your last fire-related class. Was it filled with tons of information, lots of content? How many pages were in the student manual? How many slides flashed before your glazed eyes?



How have so many instructors come to believe that they must tell students everything they know about a particular… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 24, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Before I forget...Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Here's the question: What do you do with 9 male and 1 female 15 year old relig ed students on a Sunday night at 6:30? Subject is fire (for you Catholics we are prepping for Confirmation and were talking about the Holy Spirit). Stumped? Here's what I did - you will all get a laugh.

First, brought a huge pizza with me. Get them quiet with carbs.

Set up obstacles in the room we were in, shut down all…

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Added by Denise Imperiale on November 24, 2010 at 6:51am — 3 Comments

First-Due Arriving Companies; Are You Prepared?

First-Due Arriving Companies; Are You Prepared?

Christopher Naum,SFPE

Thecompanyofficer.com

As the First-Due Fire Company; Officer and crew, Are you prepared to address the fireground variables and occupancy risks upon your arrival and during the initial stages of your deployment and operations? Are you combat ready or passively engaged?…

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Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on November 23, 2010 at 11:58pm — No Comments

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