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Not sure it ever worked in the first place


We are in a fascinating period of time for the fire service.  Never before have the resources (financial, physical and mental) been greater.  We are finally looking at fires, how they burn, how conditions change.  We are looking a fuel packages, flow paths.  We are discussing heat release rates and polar…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 9, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Help Needed

Good morning everyone.

I am in the process of re-writing our Department's Red-Hat (probationary, non-certified) to Black Hat (certified) FF manual. The purpose of this manual is take thru training that the FF learned at the academy and prepare them for real life situations. We all know that what you learn at the academy is nothing like real world situations.

My Department is a combination Department with County Career personnel working days with the volunteers covering nights…


Added by Brady Grim on January 20, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Suicide. A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 38,364 deaths. Based on data about suicides in sixteen National Violent Death…


Added by Peggy Sweeney on January 20, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

Mutual Aid Response to the Motor City

The Model City Firefighter is headed to the Motor City to provide mutual aid!

A couple months back, the Detroit Mutual Aid Project was launched to raise much needed funds to purchase equipment for our brothers and sisters in Detroit, MI. As a Board Member of the National Firefighters Endowment, I have been involved with the project since…


Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on January 12, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

HazMat/WMD - making sense of scents

HazMat Situational Awareness – Making sense of scent

It is not that we as hazmatters want to smell a chemical agent but that we as professionals better know what it smells like. Besides PPE problems such as suit breakthrough or poorly fitting mask another good reason to have an idea of the scents that are associated with the bad stuff is the valuable information we receive from our witnesses/victims.

Understanding witness statements can be a vital key to helping us safely solve… Continue

Added by Phil Ambrose on December 24, 2013 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Blowin' Smoke with Kevin Shea

ModelCityFirefighter.com’s newest article of Blowin’ Smoke features Kevin Shea, a retired firefighter from FDNY. We are very excited about this Blowin’ Smoke article and grateful for the opportunity to interview Shea on the site. I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year in Chicago at Fire Rescue International. He is about as humble as they come and is a wealth of knowledge. We hope you enjoy the interview.



Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on December 18, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Is a police and firefighter hiring recovery underway

After several years of dormant or non-existent hiring in public safety is there a recovery underway? Are cities, counties, state and federal agencies moving back to pre-recession staff levels? In past reports we highlighted that we saw as a slow but steady increase in the new recruit academies. Reports that departments were holding off…


Added by Bill Booth on December 13, 2013 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Maps and Communication training for new employees.

Does anyone have a policy and/or training material on maps and communications for new employees. This is a concern of mine as the chief. I want to make sure that we offer our responders the best and most up to date training available. What I would really like to have is a classroom presentation that has been put together and used with success. We have people within our agency that teach, but every class seems to be different and we need a program that is consistent. I'd love to see what…


Added by Keith Sartin on December 10, 2013 at 4:26pm — No Comments

They Did Not Choose To Die on Backstep Firefigher

Never before have we had the information we do now


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"…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 3, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

It's that time of year again.

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…


Added by Matt Lacey on November 29, 2013 at 10:05am — 2 Comments

Collinwood, Our Lady of Angels, and 600 Dead Children

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…


Added by Barry Greer on November 25, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

The Greatest Risk, Taking No Risk At All on Backstep Firefighter


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…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 12, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

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

Police and Firefighter Training Center Planning and Construction On The Rise

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…


Added by Bill Booth on October 28, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments

The Difficult Conversation on Backstep Firefighter

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…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 25, 2013 at 1:43pm — No Comments

ending mutual aid

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…


Added by Barry Greer on October 14, 2013 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

Answering the Call

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…


Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on October 5, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

Firefighters we get visited by ghosts.


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.…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on September 24, 2013 at 10:31pm — 1 Comment

Don't Kill a Firefighter Just Because Your Stupid.

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.…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on September 16, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments

Hate Rants: Is this anyway to treat a brother/sister firefighter?

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…


Added by Lou Angeli on August 29, 2013 at 10:02pm — No Comments

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