May 2010 Blog Posts (62)

But They'll Die as "Valiant Heroes"

A slight observation commentary

Earlier this week some of us were shocked and surprised with the confined space close call in Indiana. Two men were found unconscious at the bottom of a well. Two firefighters went down to rescue and them and became incapacitated as…


Added by Bill Carey on May 29, 2010 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Stick with the Old, Toss the New

This week a new design in SCBA was field tested by firefighters here in the metro-Washington, D.C. area. Its unveiling marks a significant change that can affect firefighter operations and stress. Unfortunately, some people seem to be stuck in "tradition" and much like mammoths caught in the La Brea tar pits, their narrow-mindedness keeps them from seeing the potential that this new tool has.…

A firefighter from Engine Co.25 in Washington, D.C. completes a ladder evolution while wearing MSA's new SCBA. (Mark Brady photo)

Added by Bill Carey on May 29, 2010 at 8:33am — 2 Comments

a small town in Saskatchewan,

One dark night outside a small town in Saskatchewan, a fire started inside the local sausage plant and in a blink it exploded into massive flames.…


Added by Leo Cartwright on May 29, 2010 at 2:16am — No Comments

Recalling One of America's Worst Tragedies: The Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

One of America’s Worst Tragedies: The Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

By FireRescue magazine editor-in-chief Tim Sendelbach

On the night of May 28, 1977, the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky., was the scene of one of the worst nightclub fires in U.S. history. Today marks the 33rd anniversary of that tragedy. Here, we look back at the incident and pay tribute to the firefighters who bravely battled the flames and pulled victims from the burning…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 28, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Safe on the Shore: Performing a shore-based water-rescue operation

Safe on the Shore

What you need to know to successfully perform a shore-based water-rescue operation

By Andy Speier

Consider this scenario: You’re the battalion chief on duty during a summer afternoon, and you’re dispatched to a call involving a “car in the river with possible victim trapped.” As is most often the case, the address is vague; all you know is… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 27, 2010 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

But Wait, There’s More! The Ginsu phenomenon & the fire service

By Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, EFO, CFO, MIFireE

From the May 2010 issue of FireRescue magazine

If you’ve ever watched TV, you’ve likely seen a commercial that sounds something like this:

“For three easy payments of $29.95, this limited edition set of elevator music greatest hits can be yours. But wait, there’s more! If you call in the next… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 27, 2010 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Four Gary, IN Firefighters Cut In Budget Trimming

Post-Tribune Newspaper

May 27, 2010

GARY -- The city laid off four firefighters and got rid of the jobs they held Wednesday as it moved forward with cost-cutting that originally targeted as many as 57 firefighters' paychecks.

"It wasn't like we had a big choice," Firefighters Local 359 President Raynard Robinson said.

Gary sought to cut…


Added by Michael J. Gregory on May 27, 2010 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 26, 2010

Today is my mom's birthday. Happy Birthday Antoinette! I know she is looking down on me. She is the main reason I became a volunteer. Volunteer ffs in Bellport, NY saved her life and it made such a big impression on me. Volunteers lived on my cul-de-sac (like 6 out of 10 homes) and they got a pulse before EMS arrived. She was literally blue, without oxygen for about five minutes. That happened 14 years ago and she's been gone for…


Added by Denise Imperiale on May 26, 2010 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Learn the Hand Method for Rope Rescues

In Good Hands: The Hand Method is a way to estimate weight & force applied to anchors during rope rescues

Story & Photos by William Burns

The rescue company has just rigged the anchors for a rope-rescue pick-off. As the rescue safety officer, you ask yourself a series of questions about the anchor system: How much weight can the anchor points hold? How much weight will be applied to the various… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 26, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Firefighters Get Creative to Rescue Teen Trapped in Tree

A call to the 911 Center in Concord, N.H., reported that there was a male stranded in a tree.

Two Rochester firefighters donned dry suits to prepare for a rescue.…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 25, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

About that Mosque At Ground Zero

I'm a fairly open minded guy, but this Mosque controversy at Ground Zero -- well it for the birds. After the mosque is built, I can imagine Muslim extremists and others chiding

one another..."We slaughtered thousands of their people -- and the stupid

Americans erect a golden shrine in the name of Allah, celebrating our success."


That's the plain and simple of it! We're at War with Muslim. New York, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and a few others in…

Added by Lou Angeli on May 25, 2010 at 2:10am — 4 Comments

@FireRECRUITER: Make the Right Investments


I typically reserve my commentary type articles for my flagship site but I think it's appropriate to divest from that practice for the purpose of this post.

The following article tells of a small city that is threatening to stop collecting a voluntary public donation that has brought thousands and thousands of dollars in…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on May 24, 2010 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Firehouse Dedication

West Webster Firefighters held a dedication at their Station #2 on Backus Rd this past weekend.…


Added by Davin Eshelman on May 24, 2010 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

Proud Dad

That's me. Attended my first, hopefully not last, college commencement last night. I can now say, with pride, that my son, Jayson, is an SDSU alum, Class of 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Added by Jay Nicholson on May 23, 2010 at 7:34pm — 3 Comments

First Due Blog Carnival, 2nd Edition

Welcome to the First Due Blog Carnival's second edition, "Influential Fire Reports". We asked you to share what firefighting report made a personal impact on how you operate as a firefighter or fire officer. The response was great and varied between being deeply personal and having a mission. Take…


Added by Bill Carey on May 23, 2010 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 23, 2010

It has been really quiet in terms of calls in the last two weeks. It seems that politics has made its way into so many places in our township, and just like a snake, is lifting its head up in places you don't expect it. Yes, our department and others. Cut-backs and budgets are to blame but what I don't understand is the need to sacrifice safety for dollars. I cannot comment more on this right now.

I am a bit…


Added by Denise Imperiale on May 23, 2010 at 6:59am — No Comments

Reflections on an EMT-A class

First of all I thought that I'd preface this with a little history. I originally became a First Responder in 1995 and and EMT-B in 1997. I worked part time as a medic for about a year and then since I just met my wife and we got engaged something had to go. I kept the fire dept but stepped back from EMS. I let my EMT-B cert expire and just maintained my First Responder Cert.

The last couple years I started getting the EMS bug again and last year became recertified and an…


Added by Station10Capt106 on May 21, 2010 at 3:59pm — 2 Comments

House book for new members part 2

This is the next couple of pages in the New members House book. I have also included the cover of the book. Enjoy

Welcome to your new…


Added by Capt.Alex Arnold on May 21, 2010 at 1:53pm — 2 Comments

Steps for Creating an Appropriate Action Plan for Any Incident

How to Develop an Appropriate Action Plan

The acronym COST will help you remember the steps for creating a suitable action plan that gets the job done

By Dan Pfannenstiel…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 21, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

House book for new members.

I have been writing once and a while about communication in the fire service. This got me to thinking about my own house. I pondered about this and figured that I should write a book about what the expectations are for new members in our house and district. This is a work in progress and I wanted to share it with everyone here and get your opinions on the rough draft. I have it mostly done and will be putting it up here in sections. I am starting out with the introduction and the first…


Added by Capt.Alex Arnold on May 20, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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