Ted Mead
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restoring old lightbars

Started Jul 3 0 Replies

as an electrician and member of the fire department I often come across old light bars and have taken an interest in restoring them.many ive found were cluster**** of a wiring mess or damagedquite…Continue

linux, apple, or microsoft

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Mead Jun 16. 2 Replies

I am a linux user and have been for 15 years,I still repair win-hosed and crapple computers but do my best to steer people away from those control freak operating systems.i find it so hard to get…Continue

What Are Your Hobbies?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Fuchs Jun 25. 3 Replies

it might be opening up a hornets nest but here goesWhat are your hobbies?mine are fishing, hunting, camping, flying drones, and wood working (preferably vintage style wooden toys)oh and spoiling the…Continue

Organized Assignments

Started Apr 17 0 Replies

ours being a semi rural area when an incident occurs it is often hard to know where to go to effectively cover an area what i plan on suggesting is zone assignments.for example a location on main…Continue

 

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Ted Mead commented on Robert L. Oswalt's group PA fire police
"many fire police outfits wear ball caps with fire police patches on them and their reflective vests or coats but for safety reasons I recommend the cairns helmets. mine has the fire police lables and my badge #  and station initials on it with…"
Saturday
Ted Mead commented on Jake Stoffer's group Northwestern Pennsylvania Firefighters
"community education on rubbish fires! I feel there is a need for community education on rubbish or brush fires. all too often we have responded to wild fires caused by rubbish and brush fires that were either unattended or placed too close to wooded…"
Sep 2
Ted Mead replied to Jake Stoffer's discussion Where are you from and what department are you currently on? in the group Northwestern Pennsylvania Firefighters
"Smethport Volunteer Fire department Mckean county Station 2 t-22, e-23, e-24, and U-25. we keep pretty busy and we have a great bunch of guys and gals!"
Sep 2
Ted Mead joined Jake Stoffer's group
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Northwestern Pennsylvania Firefighters

For Firefighters, EMT's, and First Responders in NW Pennsylvania. Especially in the counties of Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, Warren, Forrest, and ButlerSee More
Sep 2
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Aug 30
Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"we do have standards we have to follow and comply with and if a person is unable due to health they are assigned to fire police and training duties. But this is our department! that cant be said for all departments around the country or around the…"
Aug 25
Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"the problem lies with the standards themselves! I ran into the same issue with the reserve center They were issued set standards to comply with but they had jug-heads for officers who decided that middle aged people should be forced to match the…"
Aug 23
Ted Mead replied to Dylan Goldsmith's discussion Smoke Flow in the group The Volunteers
"the only time ive seen smoke go downward was during certain weather conditions air layer movement can do funny things but as the others have stated unless the smoke is being pushed down due to inadequate exhaust ventilation it will always follow the…"
Aug 22
Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"a better idea is having suitably trained safety officers and an efficient program in place to prevent heat stresses, frequent communication, and extra vigilant hydration procedures, (I carry a cooler of bottled water in my pov and if someone looks…"
Aug 22
Ted Mead commented on Michael DeStefano's blog post Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs
"setting standards is fine to a certain extent but a lot depends on the size of your department and the ages of the members. many of our older members are often moved to the positions such as fire police-traffic control and training supervisors…"
Aug 22
Ted Mead commented on Capt Ahmed Taib's blog post Bursting The 3rd World Myth - Fire Engines Don't Fight Fires, They Are Just Tools To !
"Fire fighters are a rare breed they are selfless individuals who come together as a common team. That team does many things and does them as well as he or her can. Equipment is just one thing a tool to get the job done! The best tools a firefighter…"
Aug 22
Ted Mead posted a blog post

vehicle rescue training refresher

had a little vehicle rescue refresher training today to give the new guys a little practice with the jaws of life.our trainer was excellent in explaining the different methods and options for cutting a vehicle open.our local salvage yard happily donates car bodies for training!1534893485377.jpgSee More
Aug 22
Ted Mead posted photos
Aug 22
Ted Mead commented on Russ's group Small Volunteer Fire Departments
"had a little vehicle rescue training refresher Hats off to our instructor and the local salvage yard for donating the vehicles."
Aug 22
Ted Mead replied to Dr.mustafa elnhrawy's discussion Where are the officials from repeating the fires of the previous lessons
"all well and good if you have the funding needed. but specialty equipment limits itself to the variety of fires it can handle. not every house fire is exactly the same and you cannot forsee change in wind conditions rapidly enough for special…"
Aug 21
Ted Mead replied to Timothy D. Stone Jr's discussion Whats your station name number and location, and whats your unit number in the group The Volunteers
"Smethport Volunteer Fire Dept. Station 2 , I am 284. E-23, E24, U25, T22 all modern (and a Vintage Stuart, and Model T fire truck for parades) we do a lot for our community and surrounding areas (fire fighters, fire police, EMS, and safety…"
Aug 21

Profile Information

What State do you live in?
PA
Type of Organization
Volunteer Fire Department
Job Function
First Repsonder, Other
Years in Fire/EMS:
1
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Fire Police
Years With Department/Agency
1
Dept. Web Site:
http://smethportfd.com/index.php
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
trained fire-fighter Orlando navy base (past)
specialized in petroleum products oil, fuels. aircraft,electrical and alpha class fires
My Training:
Fire police,BLS, landing zone, (present) and applying for vehicle rescue when it becomes available
About Me:
I enjoy volunteering for many causes including camp JJ (a camp for disabled children) I am a computer technician and retired industrial electrician, i enjoy spoiling grandkids and pets alike, and i enjoy fishing,hunting, and quiet walks.
Day Job:
Retired Industrial Electrician
Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
to be able to assist where and when i could in any emergency
Why I Love Fire/EMS
brotherhood
Top Issues Facing Responders:
fire, traffic incidents and bad weather emergencies

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vehicle rescue training refresher

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

had a little vehicle rescue refresher training today to give the new guys a little practice with the jaws of life.

our trainer was excellent in explaining the different methods and options for cutting a vehicle open.

our local salvage yard happily donates car bodies for training!1534893485377.jpg

early morning fire in Eldred Pa Numerous companies and ems services responded, multiple patients transported to hospitals for smoke inhalation. traffic was routed to alternate routes due to main stre…

Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:16pm 1 Comment

early morning fire in Eldred Pa Numerous companies and ems services responded, multiple patients transported to hospitals for smoke inhalation. traffic was routed to alternate routes due to main street being closed off completely.

no serious injuries but it was a long battle (over 4 hours) for the crews who responded!

Hats off to the guys and gals of Eldred, Port Allegany, Coudersport, Olean, Roulette. Knapps Creek, Smethport, Otto, and Portville

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Personal Duty Standards

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 10:55am 0 Comments

Being former military I have a deeply ingrained sense of duty and commitment so I hope this doesn't drive people away, I have seen discord in different departments and jobs caused by drama llamas and the Im special attitudes! (and if anything sours my temper it's that type of Bull crap)

As far as being in a fire department you take an oath to serve and protect your department and its members, and contention in the ranks has no place there

we are better than that

For me…

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At 3:03pm on May 1, 2018, Mqondisi Moyo said…

Thank you Ted, there is so much dedication by my fellow firefighters indeed, usually working by improvising due to lack of equipment but usually achieving the end goal which is to spare other peoples lives and maintaining our safety. its best to be part of this network,  the greatest weapon fireman needs is Knowledge.

At 1:52am on April 23, 2018, Sanatha Rajeev Pagoda said…
Thank you for excepting me to my freighter nation.Regards
Rajeev
At 1:40pm on April 20, 2018, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…

Welcome to Firefighter Nation Ted. Its awesome you joined the group. There is lots to do, read and be involved with here. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.
Chief William Sharp- Retired
Brookings Fire / Rescue
Living in Alaska

 
 
 

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