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… Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 30, 2010 at 9:30am —
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.… Continue
Added by Mary Ellen Shea on November 30, 2010 at 8:24am —
By Kriss Garcia Continue
“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.”
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…
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 30, 2010 at 8:00am —
When Sparks FlyTips for mitigating electrical hazards on the firegroundBy 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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on November 27, 2010 at 9:55pm —
REHOBOTH, Mass. (WPRI) - A Rehoboth firefighter died in the line of duty on Thanksgiving, the Rehoboth Fire Department said Friday.
Added by Lyle Katseff on November 27, 2010 at 9:53pm —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Denise Imperiale on November 24, 2010 at 6:51am —
First-Due Arriving Companies; Are You Prepared?
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?… Continue
Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on November 23, 2010 at 11:58pm —
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 23, 2010 at 7:06pm —
Lessons from the Past
Learning Fire Prevention Basics from the MGM Grand Fire By Azarang (Ozzie) Mirkhah, EFO, CFO, MIFireE
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in IAFC On Scene, October 1, 2010. Republished with permission from the IAFC.
November 21 marks… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 21, 2010 at 8:00am —
Today, (November 21, 2010) marks thirty
years since the deadly fire at the MGM Grand
in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fire claimed a total of eighty-seven lives and stands today as the second deadliest hotel fire in US history (second only to The Winecoff Hotel Fire
in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1946… Continue
Added by Timothy Sendelbach on November 21, 2010 at 7:00am —
"The fire service is fascinated with acronyms. Some have been around for a while. PSI, GPM, and RIT are examples. Some others are new VSP and CRM for example. We are also fascinated with new ideas and techniques. We are focused on these new ideas to fix old problems. Maybe the problem is that we keep looking for solutions when we should just fix the problem.…
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 19, 2010 at 6:30am —
Something is better than nothing right? Hmm, I keep telling myself that. I bought some bunker gear from E-Bay and will donate it to a brigade in the Philippines. I am hoping that it is reliable. I don't buy from E-Bay often and I have never bought firefighting items from E-Bay. I guess I will find out. Since I have not really been getting donations and I have been spending my own money to get gear. I decided maybe E-Bay is the best option. I am just hoping I am sent something that I could… Continue
Added by Jason McDonald on November 18, 2010 at 9:08am —
Inside the Apparatus Industry
Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro
As I was walking around the exhibit floor at FRI a few months ago, I stopped by the always-large Darley booth. Darley always has an array of products to peruse, which isn’t surprising considering that they’ve been around since 1908 and have always had a jump on many other manufacturers when it comes to new ideas for the… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 17, 2010 at 1:00am —
Flow chart helps fire departments ensure their personnel have access to the appropriate resources after a potentially traumatic event
By Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki
Following is the second in a series of seven articles that describe a new approach to mental and behavioral health in the fire service. Read the first article… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on November 16, 2010 at 7:00am —