Ted Mead
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  • East Smethport, PA
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restoring old lightbars

Started Jul 3, 2018 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018 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 Lt2406's discussion VENTILATION
"It depends on the situation and what is being removed/ ventilated! positive pressure ventilation needs an adequate escape route for smoke or some light gasses, but a heave gas or mist of tear gas needs the use of positive pressure and exhaust…"
Jun 10
Ted Mead replied to Christopher James Cook's discussion Fire Triangle Formula.
May 18
Ted Mead replied to Adam White's discussion Smoke/Fog Machine Suggestions?
"smoke makers are easy to build (You can make one out of an old bbq/ smoker and a small induction blower) but you need to be careful of what you use to create the smoke. burlap (same as used in bee keeping) produces a white smoke that will disperse…"
May 16
Ted Mead replied to Christopher James Cook's discussion Fire Triangle Formula.
"ex navy , firefighter, and instructor (held weekly classes at the factory I retired from) and was well versed in many fire fighting systems and methods."
May 2
Ted Mead replied to Matt Chunko's discussion Best way to carry items.
"a utility belt does not have to be worn as it can be carried by the belt strap over the shoulder. a carpenters pouch may be handy but in the case of the scanner it could fall out and be damaged without some means of securing it to the pouch utility…"
Apr 21
Ted Mead replied to Mike Northrup's discussion Respect
"our juniors learn real quickly and pay close attention to what they are taught. they know we will not put them into a situation they cant handle, we have a strict policy in place to deal with disrespectful and abusive behaviour. but respect is…"
Apr 21
Ted Mead replied to rodney recore's discussion Junior FF Training Ideas, Anyone?
"heres a neat link https://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/rescue-knots many of these knots can be made quick release by looping the tail end of the rope back through."
Apr 21
Ted Mead replied to Christopher James Cook's discussion Fire Triangle Formula.
"if you subtract any one of the three the fire cannot exist remove the oxygen and fuel cannot readily burn,  remove the fuel and there is nothing to burn, and removing the heat takes the enabling catalyst out of the equation. but always remember…"
Apr 21

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What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Volunteer Fire Department
Job Function
First Repsonder, Other
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Fire Police
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
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
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


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
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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