Ted Mead
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  • East Smethport, PA
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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 replied to Josh's discussion Blood Pressure/Vitals
"I prefer the sphygmo-manometer  (manual cuff). I have found many of the digital cuffs (both arm and wrist) to be of poor accuracy (always reading too high) and batteries failing with heat. proper training in the use of a manual cuff is a must…"
Jul 30
Ted Mead replied to Brent Lytle's discussion Another Unusual Question. What Do The More Rural Firefighters Use For Trucks To Carry Gear To The Scene?
"as fire police some of us have to make it to the major intersection to clear traffic so the engines and tankers can get through safely, then proceed to the scene. we carry our gear, and some extras in our POV and the chiefs carry more if…"
Jul 30
Ted Mead replied to Brent Lytle's discussion Another Unusual Question. What Do The More Rural Firefighters Use For Trucks To Carry Gear To The Scene?
"i carry my gear, chainsaw, a fire extinguisher, six cones, flares, first aid kits and cooler of water and extra vests in my vehicle i need to get a few tools to have on hand as well"
Jul 24
Ted Mead replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"when i was in the navy we used silicone grease as it will not harm the seals only a thin film is needed and we cruised the arctic a few times"
Jul 16
Ted Mead replied to FFN WebTeam's discussion Firearms in the Firehouse
"while i hold a permit and am authorized to carry it I do not carry my sidearm on calls, this is the preference of the department! I do however carry a stun light in my vehicle for protection as well as zip-ties for handcuffs. I have never needed to…"
Jul 9
Ted Mead posted a discussion

restoring old lightbars

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 often i rewire them and restore the functionality of the components, but ordering replacement domes is often a trial and when you can get them its prohibitively expensive.I use a good quality brass polish and a little elbow grease to restore them to nearly new clarity!It will not take out heavy…See More
Jul 3
Ted Mead replied to michael nacarato's discussion New from TN
"greetings michael and welcome being a volunteer is a dedication many people take for granted, and on some other forums we are looked down upon by paid services. many of us are retired from our civilian jobs and still participate in the protection of…"
Jun 30
Ted Mead and Rob Young are now friends
Jun 29
Ted Mead's 2 photos were featured
Jun 28
Jan Fuchs replied to Ted Mead's discussion What Are Your Hobbies?
"I like to swim,trekking and cooking."
Jun 25
Joel Jones replied to Ted Mead's discussion What Are Your Hobbies?
"I like to hunt, fish,shoot, work on my jeep, offroad, and play disc golf. "
Jun 25
Ted Mead commented on Chief Miller's blog post Does Social Media Belong in Today’s Fire Service?
"photography services are an asset as posted in the original article but If It was up to me any photographer allowed to the fire scene should have some if not the same training as any firefighter! not really a viable solution but a good requirement,…"
Jun 22
Ted Mead commented on Chief Miller's blog post Does Social Media Belong in Today’s Fire Service?
"social media is a two edged sword so to speak. using guidelines for behavior is good but its the instilled discipline to follow those guidelines without deviation that we must follow! posting horrific images on social media of accidents or fire…"
Jun 22
Ted Mead posted a blog post

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…

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 PortvilleSee More
Jun 22
Ted Mead posted photos
Jun 22
Ted Mead replied to Ted Mead's discussion linux, apple, or microsoft
"the only problem with running linux through windows is that windows will use a portal application to run linux in virtual machine mode and the linux os will be subject to the whims and foibles of the windows system. and as well as being vulnerable…"
Jun 16

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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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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