January 2015 Blog Posts (9)

America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter is in Suburban Philly; Identified in The Daily Beast

If any one of the over 160 criminal charges filed against him are true, it would be astronomically difficult to argue with The Beast’s opinion that he is America's Worst Volunteer Firefighter.

Sadly, we see these news headlines all too often: Firefighter Charged with Setting Fires. What we don't see, usually never see, is a case like this volunteer firefighter. Authorities claim this guy, already out on bond from serial arson charges, did some other really, really, really bad…


Added by FireDaily.com on January 29, 2015 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks explode during truck fire

From time to time, hazards that we may have previously recognized as low-frequency encounters become something we are much more likely to face on a fire or other emergency response. Technology or culture evolves. A particular process or type of equipment becomes more prevalent in society. And we get to deal with that.

While the particular changes or improvements may be deemed to make life easier, cheaper, or otherwise more efficient or friendly for society — new hazards may manifest,…


Added by Ben Peetz on January 29, 2015 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Water + molten steel = Massive steam explosion

When it comes to facilities handling molten steel and similar substances, firefighters must understand the implications of adding water during any fire suppression activities.

While the event described here was not directly related to an emergency response, this is an excellent example of what can result when water comes in contact with a high-temperature, high-density substance — which in turn, flash boils the water into a massive steam cloud. The expansion of the water into steam…


Added by Ben Peetz on January 27, 2015 at 9:07am — No Comments

So I am seeking some guidance. I've been in the emergency service career for 17 years this year. I have worked as a career firefighter or medic most of that. I just recently (a little over a year ago…

So I am seeking some guidance. I've been in the emergency service career for 17 years this year. I have worked as a career firefighter or medic most of that. I just recently (a little over a year ago) became a certified law enforcement officer and been doing that since. I'm at a turning point in my life and need to settle in to a career. I'm torn on what to do. Any positive advise will be helpful. Continue

Added by Tony Frazier on January 23, 2015 at 1:10am — 1 Comment

SHARED BLACK EYE - January Magazine Editorial Cartoon

So you think your actions don't effect us all in the public's eye? Think again!

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on January 20, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

My Take Away From 2014

Since the end of 2014, I have been reading and listening to year end thoughts and data related to the fire service. There has been discussion on types of calls, near misses and, of course, line of duty deaths. Numbers are broken down and categorized for each type of injury or death that is fire service related and then scrutinized. In many cases these are supposed to be used as lessons and to determine the effectiveness of different messages from different mediums about the prevention of…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 19, 2015 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Company Officer Daily Journal

This is a basic template you can use for daily journalling as a company officer. I am working on a full print version with will have additional resources included later on. Use this template and add what you need.


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 12, 2015 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Opposing Forces

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 2, 2015 at 3:44pm — No Comments

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