Featured Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (33)

A Few Extra Hands

Let’s face the facts; in today’s fire service, career and volunteer departments are dealing with understaffed box alarm assignments. On paper; a 4 man company is “NFPA” compliant. We all know that the more manpower, the better. See the study that NIST did to see just how much more a few hands can improve operations.…


Added by Charles Snow on January 12, 2011 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Twitter: a new firefighting tool?

During the San Bruno fire, I found Twitter to be the best source of live and up to date information. Hundreds of people posted updates by the second, like “horrific fireball continues to burn”. There were also

accurate updates of the location of the rapidly spreading fire. Could

this be the fastest form of emergency communication?

There are limitations to an emergency dispatch system that relies on transferring vocal information. On average, it takes 60 seconds for a 9-11…


Added by Jeremy Orozco on January 11, 2011 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Recruitment Effort Goes Statewide in NY

The Recruitment and Retention Committee of FASNY is promoting the concept that every volunteer fire department in New York State open its doors to prospective members on April 9 and 10, 2011.


More than just a plea for common sense collaboration among departments, FASNY put their money where their mouth is by creating planning and marketing tools to help FDs leverage the impact of the statewide campaign and make their local efforts…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on January 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Near-Miss Reports: A Tool Chest for Fire Officers

Georgia Fire Academy enhances officer development training by incorporating the Near-Miss Reporting System

By David Wall & Tommy Bishop

Company officers use tools from the near-miss website…

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on January 11, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Not Your Typical "Truckie"

Glenn Usdin was a Run-to-the-Curb kid, growing up in the Long Island New York fire service and rising to the rank of fire chief in Lancaster PA. Like many in the fire service, his career path has taken him in several different directions including a tenure as associate publisher of Fire Engineering Magazine, president of American-LaFrance Used…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on January 11, 2011 at 12:24am — No Comments

2 Plans in 1: Creating a training action plan

By Kevin Milan

A fireground mentor once told me, “It’s OK to vary your plan, as long as you have one.” As a young fire officer, I understood the message: We can change ventilation tactics so long as we plan to vent. A secondary water supply can come from either direction, so long as it arrives. Little did I know that this mentor imparted wisdom about things far beyond commanding the initial fire…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on January 10, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Steps for Conducting a Rear Roof Rail Displacement

Story & Photos by Les Baker

A quick and easy method for extracting patients from a roof-resting vehicle involves the displacement of the rear roof rail.…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on January 7, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Old Fire Lookout Gets New Life as a Radio Tower

By Jane Jerrard

A Maine mountaintop is slated to be the site of a unique communications tower that combines a 1944-style structure with modern-day microwave technology.

The Maine Office of Information Technology (OIT) is…

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on January 6, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

A Work in Progress: Tips for fighting fires in buildings under construction


A Work in Progress

Tips for fighting fires in buildings under construction

By Homer Robertson

Just like people, buildings have a life cycle, from the time they’re “born” (built) until they “die,” which can come in a number of ways,… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on January 4, 2011 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Remembering a Great Chief; Houston DC Lonnie Franklin 1/4/1983

Remembering District Chief Lonnie L. Franklin

Killed in The Line of Duty January 4, 1983

When I close my eyes and think about it, it is hard to imagine that 28 years have passed since the tragic morning of January 4, 1983 when District Chief Lonnie Franklin was killed while enroute to an arson fire on Dowling near Drew in the Third Ward. Chief Franklin was a brother-in-law to the Jahnke HFD family (Roe, Claude,Val, and Duke) and uncle to our late fallen brothers Steve and… Continue

Added by Robert G. Parry on January 4, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments

How Fire Departments Can Influence State & Local Politics

How Fire Departments Can Influence State & Local Politics

By James L. Cubbage Jr.

During one of the Annual Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) dinners in Washington, D.C., in the early 1990s, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (then the junior Senator from Delaware)—or as we call him, Joe—made the following statement: “There are three political parties in Delaware: the Republicans, the… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on January 4, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Recent Fitness Trends: Which one is the best?

By Michael Ong

Fitness is a big industry these days. Companies spend millions of dollars competing for consumers while nutritional supplements, fitness equipment and various workout programs flood the market with the endorsements from big-name athletes. Advertisements even include testimonials from firefighters and their success stories that came about as a result of using the products. Video workouts, Web-based workouts and “boot camps” are all the rage at the firehouse…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on January 3, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tales from a tailboard fireman: clam chowder

Tonight I made clam chowder for the family. It is a firehouse recipe I learned from my first Captain 37 years ago at Station 10 T10. In those days the light unit took all the EMS and the hose wagon took all the small fires. Being a Captain at a big 4 unit house was a good deal.This was before 911 came into use and people only called for an emergency.  Claire Evans was my clam chowder teacher, he was anal about how the potatoes had to be cut all the same size. In those days the cooks always had… Continue

Added by mike simms on January 1, 2011 at 9:17pm — 2 Comments

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