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FACE 2011-31 On December 23, 2011, a 42-year-old male career fire fighter died during fire-fighting operations on the 2nd floor of a three-story apartment building. The victim was assigned to Engine 5 (E5) with a lieutenant and driver/pump operator. E5 was the first-due engine company at this fire. The Incident Commander ordered E5 to take a 1¾"…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 3, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
The holiday season has begun for some of us it is colder than the look you see in a black Friday shopper's eye when they are told the products they wanted are sold out. It is also the weekend leading up to the fire dept's Christmas dinner. A time food, family, and awards. This has been a long standing tradition with good awards and not so good awards. Last year I hit a deer with our light rescue needless to say I got a couple. This year I am handing some out for the first time. I will admit…Continue
Added by Matt Lacey on November 29, 2013 at 10:05am — No Comments
Excerpt post with permission of pipenozzle.com
Yes, Collinwood (1908) and Our Lady of Angels (1958) happened a long time ago, but in May 2012, three teenage boys mimicked a youtube.com video and set fire to hand sanitizer on a desktop in a Woodburn High Schoolcomputer room and tried to put it out with paper…Continue
Added by Barry Greer on November 25, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments
There is a debate that rages, on a daily basis; aggressive versus safe – interior versus exterior – searching versus waiting. Depending on where you work and what your experience is, you no doubt have an opinion about these topics. Some hold a very strong opinion, that the safety sallies (you know, those that advocate safety above everything) are ruining the fire service and that there is no room for their thinking. There are others that…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 12, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments
As I sat in the recliner last night watching the NBC Nightly News special coverage about Hurricane Sandy last night, I have to admit…tears came to my eyes. Seeing the fires at Breezy Point, the mass destruction on the coast line, and hearing the tales of heroism by the first hand accounts of all those who were there. Little did I know that when this happened one year ago, this destruction would also change my life forever even being 10 hours away.
In mid-October of last year, a…
Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on October 30, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments
An accelerating increase in the number of new police and fire department training centers being planned and constructed provide another strong indicator that the constrained budget environment in public safety of the past few years (starting around late 2008) may be easing. Other indicators that the tide may be turning are the increased jobs, hiring trends and uptick in new police and fire recruit academies. Past reports about hiring were outlined in…Continue
Added by Bill Booth on October 28, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments
Officers: YOU are what you make your company to be, good AND bad
One thing about the fire service, the implications of us not being prepared are much more significant than the average worker. Nothing against landscapers, or painters, but if they are not 100 percent on a given day; well usually only their work suffers.
Firefighters are different however. Almost everything we do has implications for the…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 25, 2013 at 1:43pm — No Comments
This is an excerpt from the current post at pipenozzle.com, reprinted here with permission:
Alan Ackley is angry. He’s not getting his way, and he’s going to kick and scream and hold his breath until he turns blue. He and the Ackleyites asked the voters for $3.5 million to run the Poquonnock Bridge Dire District into the ground by the end of 2013, but it turns out the mill rate the district board set was actually for $4.1 million. There’s more. The district has another…Continue
To date, my department has lost FOUR of our own in the Line of Duty/ On-Duty. All of these were killed/died prior to me joining the department. I did have the opportunity to meet the four families of our fallen during our Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service that was held at the end of August. I wrote a short piece on the article…Continue
Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on October 5, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments
It was a dark and stormy night, really it was. The heavens had opened up in Colorado once again; the streets were running with hot stinky water, funky water that smelled of petroleum and death. I was on duty at firehouse number four when the alarm hit. Rollover T/A at Lake Avenue and highway 115 with people trapped.…Continue
I have had a bad case of writers block and just haven’t been able to settle on a topic for a new post and the then rains came. Man did it rain here in Colorado for the last couple of days; it has rained on a biblical level. One area south of Colorado Springs received 9 inches of rain in four hours.…Continue
Added by Timothy O. Casey on September 16, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments
by: Lou Angeli
TORONTO, ONT (August 29, 2013) -- Earlier this week, Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales announced that 2 city firefighters had been suspended indefinitely for sexist remarks made about colleagues on Twitter. Believe me, these firefighters made some very nasty comments.
Toronto's top firefighter said, 'In the public domain it's…Continue
Added by Lou Angeli on August 29, 2013 at 10:02pm — No Comments
Recently while at the 1st Responder Treatment Center at Transformations, I discovered that adrenaline junkies can actually run dry. I am not going to pretend to even understand this whole thing, but wanted to share that for years I would laugh when people would refer to me as an “adrenaline junkie” until I realized what that REALLY meant.
Webster says that a “junkie” is a person who gets an unusual amount of pleasure from or has an unusual amount of interest in something.…
Added by aaron johnson on August 23, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments
OK lets get back to the basics of journal reading. When reading industry material for learning, the article must be read multiple times. The first read gives us an overall idea of the piece while subsequent reads help us break down the material. Most articles are broken down into segments separated by paragraph breaks or bold face headings.
The second read should be to determine the main idea of each segment. In fire service…
Added by daniel hunt on August 21, 2013 at 4:02pm — No Comments
I have a small face book page entitled F.D. Journal. My concept with this page and through this blog is to share web articles and past trade journal articles and discuss the good points or bad points, consider adopting new techniques or modifying my current way of practice. My hope is that others would join in and discuss the articles. Give new firefighters a place to start in digesting the vast contents of training material on the web.
I hope to be able to post in both…Continue
Added by daniel hunt on August 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Fire Engineering magazine recently published an article entitled, "Should Healthcare Fire Safety Backtrack on 60 Years of Improvement". This article clearly outlines where healthcare fire safety started, what it has
evolved to, and the decreases in fire safety that are currently being
Added by aaron johnson on August 20, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments
Blowin' Smoke is a series of articles published on ModelCityFirefighter.com that consist of a Q&A session with veterans in the fire service. These individuals are asked a series of questions about their career and experiences they have witnessed. This edition is with an 18 year veteran of DFD that is currently assigned to Detroit's…Continue
Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on August 19, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments
I grew up in a Fire Department and always had a passion to excel at it. I can remember going to the firehouse as a kid and ringing the bell on the front of the truck, opening the doors, and pulling the air horn on our way to fill up with gas. Washing the truck as a kid felt like a privilege. The year I joined the firehouse officially I was age 15, even though I was already a part of the family. Hanging out with all the older firefighters was the coolest thing for a kid my…Continue
Added by Mark Lamplugh on August 16, 2013 at 9:58pm — No Comments
Added by Phil Ambrose on August 13, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments