Featured Blog Posts – May 2010 Archive (38)

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

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

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

@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

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

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

It's EMS Week: Roll With It!

In honor of EMS Week 2010 - I present to you: Roll With It!

Read on, watch the video at www.firerecruiter.com

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on May 19, 2010 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Hosebed Design: How Low Can You Go?

Inside the Apparatus Industry

How Low Can You Go?

Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 19, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Texas Icon Dies

Jack Colley, 62, who guided state preparations through disasters such as the space shuttle Columbia and the evacuation of millions of Texans during Hurricane Ike died Sunday following a heart attack. Jack worked as head of DPS' Division of Emergency Management for 12 years and was involved in the response and recovery of storms, disasters and emergencies.

Many, many Texas citizens owe their lives to Jack. Through lessons learned following Katrina and Rita, Jack was the authority when… Continue

Added by Oldman on May 17, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Canines to the Rescue, Part 2

Canines to the Rescue, Part 2

Requirements for fielding K-9 teams in the fire & rescue services

By Brett Martinez

Note: This article is the second in a series of articles on canines in the fire and rescue services. Be sure to read
Part 1, "Canines in…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 17, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Are You Making a Difference?


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 15, 2010 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

“OOOHHHH, Look, Something Shiny!”

“OOOHHHH, Look, Something Shiny!”

Don’t let the excitement of a new apparatus overwhelm your good judgment

By Scott Cook

It happens a lot. You’ve just purchased a new apparatus, and it’s ready for delivery. Hopefully, you’ll be doing a final inspection at the factory, but you may be doing it at the station when the vehicle is delivered. It all depends on who you bought it from and what you negotiated up front.



Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 14, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Twelve Points


Added by Al Mozingo on May 13, 2010 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

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