Ted Mead
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going for my ham license

Started Mar 4 0 Replies

after careful consideration I'm going for my ham license.Ive had a spate of repairing radios and antenna systems due to an incident where we had to redirect large trucks on a narrow road.at the time…Continue

through a vehicle hose deployment

Started Feb 2 0 Replies

twitter, and other social media is ablaze with rants about this incident.…Continue

Lucky to be Alive Incidents

Started Jan 21 0 Replies

went out on a call the other day (MVA) truck struck a utility pole due to icy roads. the young couple escaped the vehicle in the short interval before the auto-recloser re-nergized the lines.the…Continue

Keep Up on Rope and Rescue Training

Started Nov 10, 2019 0 Replies

many departments have some training in rope and rescue.but as a navy veteran we have had a lot of training in rope and its multitude of uses.aside from scheduled training we throw in a few surprise…Continue

 

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Alvin Gonzalez commented on Ted Mead's status
"Good to hear surgery went well. Take it easy brother!"
Mar 28
Ted Mead posted a status
"recovering from pacemaker surgery, a bit sore but feel good. using the rest time to organize my office (much to the wife's delight)"
Mar 28
Ted Mead posted a discussion

going for my ham license

after careful consideration I'm going for my ham license.Ive had a spate of repairing radios and antenna systems due to an incident where we had to redirect large trucks on a narrow road.at the time of the night that it happened a vehicle into a pole and live lines down! it was a while before the power company was able to shut the power off.in the meantime we had to get 20 big rigs turned around at a narrow intersection.Im glad the guys had a little patience, but i told them i wished i had my…See More
Mar 4
Ted Mead replied to Jacob's discussion Can you recieve fire alerts on a CB?????
"cb radios can be of some use, But not as firefighting communications. I have one in my pov because sometimes we have had to close roads due to accidents and the cb gave me a means of communicating the road closure to the truckers in our area. I have…"
Feb 11
Ted Mead replied to Gordon "Gopher" Runer's discussion Is 10-4 now 10-7?
"due to the confusion caused by code-speak  It has largely fallen by the wayside and is now discouraged in communication of the fire and police services. and if you think about it if you are calling for help because a person is down what are the…"
Feb 11
Ted Mead replied to Just Plain Craig Moyer's discussion For Volunteers, Do your engineers work on the apparatus?
"small equipment maintenance such as trash pumps, portable generators, hydraulic pumps, "minor" vehicular electric and mechanical work.  our equipment (Trucks and main generator) is under maintenance contracts for major and cyclic pms…"
Feb 11
Ted Mead posted a discussion

through a vehicle hose deployment

twitter, and other social media is ablaze with rants about this incident.…See More
Feb 2
Ted Mead's discussion was featured

Lucky to be Alive Incidents

went out on a call the other day (MVA) truck struck a utility pole due to icy roads. the young couple escaped the vehicle in the short interval before the auto-recloser re-nergized the lines.the vehicle then burned as the power came back on before the engine arrived(rural area)this couple escaped with only minor scrapes and bruises. I think someone was watching out for them.Its one of these cases where i wish i could have told them just how lucky they were.it was a 10 kv  line that was laying…See More
Jan 22
Ted Mead replied to Keith Sartin's discussion Field Training Officer
"a field training officer program! That depends on your location, and local government requirements. I could create one but it would be for my area and may not be suitable for yours. Generally many of your senior personnel handle much of the training…"
Jan 21
Ted Mead posted a discussion

Lucky to be alive incidents.

went out on a call the other day (MVA) truck struck a utility pole due to icy roads. the young couple escaped the vehicle in the short interval before the auto-recloser re-nergized the lines.the vehicle then burned as the power came back on before the engine arrived(rural area)this couple escaped with only minor scrapes and bruises. I think someone was watching out for them.Its one of these cases where i wish i could have told them just how lucky they were.it was a 10 kv  line that was laying…See More
Jan 21
Ted Mead's discussion was featured

Keep Up on Rope and Rescue Training

many departments have some training in rope and rescue.but as a navy veteran we have had a lot of training in rope and its multitude of uses.aside from scheduled training we throw in a few surprise training quizzes and scenarios just to keep things interesting.during one of the pumper practices we pulled a surprise rope rescue quiz where the juniors had to construct a tripod using rope and heavy branches to pull a "Victim" up out of a ravine. It went quite well, they took instruction well and…See More
Dec 26, 2019
Ted Mead posted a status
"happy and safe holidays out there my friends"
Dec 25, 2019
Ted Mead replied to FFN WebTeam's discussion Why Do I Volunteer as a Firefighter?
"many people ask me that as well I replied look in the mirror, look at your loved ones, look at your pets, and look at your friends! and ask yourself why become a firefighter? being a firefighter is so much more than training! When you join a…"
Dec 19, 2019
Ted Mead's discussion was featured

Keep Up on Rope and Rescue Training

many departments have some training in rope and rescue.but as a navy veteran we have had a lot of training in rope and its multitude of uses.aside from scheduled training we throw in a few surprise training quizzes and scenarios just to keep things interesting.during one of the pumper practices we pulled a surprise rope rescue quiz where the juniors had to construct a tripod using rope and heavy branches to pull a "Victim" up out of a ravine. It went quite well, they took instruction well and…See More
Dec 18, 2019
Ted Mead commented on Ed M's blog post Can Water In An Electrical Outlet Cause A Fire
"Spelling on phone is a pain"
Dec 11, 2019

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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dedication to our departments

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 12:46pm 0 Comments

we all know that it takes dedication to be a firefighter/ems/ police!.

Its difficult for the average person to understand the dedication we put forth to the community and often we face criticism from people who just don't get it!

being part of a fire department whether its a paid dept or a volunteer one takes a certain amount of character that people only find they have after they have joined.

there are those who feel alone, depressed, and often mildly…

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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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