May 2010 Blog Posts (62)

Tis the Season

From: www.TigerSchmittendorf.com

THIS IS A DRILL! This is not an actual event. Participants are student actors and real first responders. These photos were taken at the…

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Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on May 9, 2010 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Remembering the West Helena Firefighters

On May 8, 1997, 3 West Helena (Ark.) firefighters were killed in an explosion at a chemical packaging plant



By FireRescue magazine staff…



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

Wildland Firefighting Top 10 Videos List

A reader has asked me to provide links to the ten most viewed videos on RamblingChief.Com. Here they are in order of popularity so far:…


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Added by RamblingChief on May 8, 2010 at 2:51am — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 7, 2010

Did you ever notice after a structure fire no matter what you eat it tastes the best? And even after you've showered the smell has permeated your skin and hair. And you don't even mind.

Added by Denise Imperiale on May 7, 2010 at 11:35pm — 8 Comments

Aircraft Down! Miracle on Beech Street

FireRescue magazine's Technical Rescue Web column

Aircraft Down! The miracle on Beech Street

By Harold Schapelhouman



“Aircraft down”—two simple words that tend to get the immediate attention of most responders and generally cause concern for most urban emergency responders who live in areas where private and commercial aircraft are…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 7, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Wildland Fire News - CA Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) Approves Changes To EMT Program - 03/24/2010

In response to a discussion going on at another "wildland fire website", many false and dated assumptions and inaccuracies are being discussed in regards to the … Continue

Added by RamblingChief on May 7, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Taking a rest

Well, I know it has been a while since I have been around. 'Puter got sick and schooling became hell. Just got finished with finals today, so I am hoping to be around on here more often till classes start again in August.

Added by Jennifer on May 6, 2010 at 10:41pm — 1 Comment

SCBA Maintenance Record

Does anyone have a word Document or excel doc about the maintence schedule for the Scott SCBA. or a checklist of what i need to check on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually basis I would appreciate it

Added by Timothy Wiza Jr on May 6, 2010 at 5:38pm — 3 Comments

America

We're fortunate in being American. At least we don't step on the underdog. I wonder if that's because there are no "Americans" - only a stew of immigrants - or if it's because the earth from which we exist has been so kind to us and our forefathers; or if it's because the "Americans" is the offspring of the logical European who hated oppression and loved freedom beyond life? Those reat mountains and tall timber; the cool deep lakes and broad rivers; the green valleys and white farmhouses;…

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Added by Davin Eshelman on May 6, 2010 at 1:42pm — 4 Comments

What should happen next?

Day One:

Theres a group of FF's sitting in the Fire House kitchen. Talking everyday stuff, just doing what FF's do. A racialy diverse group.

A person of rank walks in and sits with them.

One of the FF's say's, "Hey Sir, what did you think of the new hiring exam?"

He answers, "Ever sence that judge got involved, you know because of the sp---ks, nig---rs and other minorities, they've had to dumb it down. Their ruining…

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Added by Rick on May 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Arson Week

Rochester Firefighters unveiled a billboard that was designed by 7th grader Thalia Davila from Monroe High School. To billboard is located on the side of Woody’s bar and grill on Monroe Ave. This was in line with the kick off of arson awareness week which runs from May 2 - 8.To learn more about community arson awareness, follow the link. …



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Added by Davin Eshelman on May 5, 2010 at 11:19am — No Comments

Why Wildland Firefighters Need EMS - The National EMS Scope of Practice Model

Over at another wildland fire themed website, there is an active discussion on the Interim NWCG Minimum Standards for Medical Units. Seems quite a few folks over there are having problems grasping the fact that EMS has entered the 21st Century and is evolving. As someone who has been an EMT for over 25 years as both a provider, and former instructor and policy writer, I find the general theme… Continue

Added by RamblingChief on May 5, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Nominate Now for IAFC Award Programs!

Less than 1 month remains to submit nominations for numerous national awards presented by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Every year at Fire-Rescue International, the IAFC honors those members of the fire and emergency services who make significant contributions to the fire and emergency service, their departments and the communities they serve. Award details, guidelines, and nomination forms can be found online at… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 4, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What Firefighting Means to You

MY NAME IS FIREFIGHTER TIM URDIALES, I HAVE BEEN ON THE JOB FOR 15 YRS AS OF THIS OCT. I LIKE THE QUESTION YOU ASKED CAUSE I LIKE TO ASK THIS QUESTION TO ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS THAT I COME ACROSS. TO ME BEING A FIREMAN IS MORE THAN JUST A UNIFORM OR TITLE IT IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR ME. I LIKE TO THINK OF MYSELF AS A TRADITIONAL OLD SCHOOL FIREFIGHTER. I LIVE BY OUR CORE VALUES TRADITON , HONOR,LOYALTY, BROTHERHOOD, AND INTEGRITY. I LIVE FOR THE 2 AM STRUCTURE FIRE , THE ROLLOVER WITH ENTRAPMENTS,… Continue

Added by timothy urdiales on May 4, 2010 at 11:48am — No Comments

The First Interstate Bank Fire: Formidable lessons for fighting high-rise fires

The First Interstate Bank Fire: Formidable lessons for fighting high-rise fires



High-rise fires are some of the most challenging incidents a department will ever face, presenting issues of water supply, large numbers of personnel needed, mutual aid, multiple rescues and the need to constantly monitor crewmembers for exhaustion and heat stress, among many others.



The First Interstate Bank Fire in… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 4, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Mind/Body Workout: A walkthrough of basic asana yoga practice

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

The Mind/Body Workout: A walkthrough of basic asana yoga practice

Story & Photos by Jeff & Martha Ellis



Editor's Note: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Visit…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 4, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Stories of the Volunteer Update! Pre-production

WOOO HOOO Had our first "Production" meeting today, it lasted for hours.

It went very well, and I'm very excited about the project. Looks like

we've got our producer, and are moving along at a good pace. I've been

asked for as many "real stories" as I can get. SO COME ON let's hear em,

but first : These must be stories from Volunteer firefighters, real

stories of true events you've participated in, NO fiction, they'll

probably check. Second: I believe the author… Continue

Added by Richard Shankman on May 3, 2010 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Firefighter Survival: Ammonia leak poses big hazard, or is it the PPE? Or, the shots fired!? WTF!

I was very proud when i seen this one. could it have been the no ppe with an scba? Them moving the anyhdrous ammonia tank from the ditch to the middle of the highway. Or was it the cop shooting at it with a high power rifle (AR-15). People wonder why our firefighters are getting hurt, well here is a prime example. All i can say is stupidity only goes so far before you get to mentally ill. Here are just a few lines from the article.

"People in passenger vehicles and semi-trucks watched from… Continue

Added by doug wehner on May 3, 2010 at 10:34am — 3 Comments

We Remember: A look back at fires that have shaped our nation’s history

We Remember: A look back at fires that have shaped our nation’s history

By Cindy Devone-Pacheco



This month marks the anniversaries of a couple noteworthy fires that took place in the southern portion of the United States.



The Great Fire of 1901

Today marks the 109th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1901. On May 3 of that year, Jacksonville, Fla., was the setting for one of the worst fire disasters in Florida history and…

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Added by Cindy Devone-Pacheco, FireRescue on May 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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