Featured Blog Posts – May 2012 Archive (13)

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 28, 2012

Today was finally a bright and sunny day in NJ. Morris Township and Morristown had a Memorial Day service at my town hall. I didn't expect to go to the service but for some reason I decided today I was going to go.


The Ceremonial Officer was J. Robert Tracy, 86 years old, who for 63 years spoke to the masses gathered at the Green. I got to chat with him before the service started at town hall and he told me he could only speak briefly since he had throat cancer. He didn't…


Added by Denise Imperiale on May 28, 2012 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

School Bus Roll-Over in Virginia

Is your department prepared for the challenges you may face if a school bus loaded with children is involved in a crash.  This past Wednesday a school bus rolled over in Virginia.  It is fortunate that reports are stating all injuries are considered minor.  The picture to the left is from a training scenario a few years back.

What do unstrained passengers go through when a school bus rolls?  Check out the video below for an example.  The video is from a camera mounted on the front…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 28, 2012 at 9:56am — No Comments

More Jack Team Work On A Roll-Over Pinning

What are your options when faced with a vehicle roll-over pinning?  What comes to mind first?  Airbags, hydraulic tools, wreckers, jacks, lifting struts, pry bars, wedges?

For this scenario you have a single victim pinned under an overturned vehicle.  What is the safest and fastest option to free the victim?  For the remainder of the discussion we are going to show the use of a jack.  In the picture to the left and video to follow you will see the …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 28, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

Medical Oxygen Tank Over Pressurization On Wheels

Here’s your scenario:  You get a call for a truck with a high-pitch sound coming from it.  On arrival the truck is a Class B straight truck with hazardous materials placards easily identifiable on your approach.  It’s 80 degrees outside.  You also notice the labeling on the side indicates the vehicle is a medical oxygen service truck.  You also notice a white pressurized gas coming from a vent on the roof of the cargo box.  Some children playing in nearby yards.  Neighbors inform you that…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 28, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Fire Inspections - Are They Worthless? Or do they hold some value?

What are some of the most worthless mundane things that we do while we're on duty? No, I'm not talking about running calls, even if it's the same place we've been to a thousand times before, and the same patient we've treated a thousand times before. Running calls is our reason for being here. 
If you're thinking fire inspections, well, so am I. When it is…

Added by Ken Scofield on May 23, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

VES with Ladder Bail

This is a video of a drill we do. It starts as a VES drill with the firefighter ascending the ladder and then clearing a window. The space is smoked up and the fierfighter enters, starting his search for the door. While he’s searching we throw a rug or piece of plywood ontop of them to demonstrate conditions deteriorating and making them exit fast to the window.

The intent is to force quick recognition to exit and to perform the ladder bail fast. We do this drill after evolutions of…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 22, 2012 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 19, 2012

Hello everyone, when I received an email from Brian M asking how I was since I hadn't blogged, I realized how long it really has been since I did.


I am slowly getting back to being me. The me before all the drama and heartache entered my life in 2007. Looking back, I wouldn't have been able to get through it without knowing I had hundreds of you in my corner, as well as my fire house.


I am still active in the FD and am in charge of our Facebook page and help…


Added by Denise Imperiale on May 19, 2012 at 4:35pm — 2 Comments

NBC announces new show Chicago Fire.



NBC announced its fall TV schedule and one show in particular that I have been tracking is called Chicago Fire http://www.nbc.com/chicago-fire/. Chicago Fire is being produced by legendary producer Dick Wolf http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0937725/of the Law and Order franchise.


I have meet Mr. Wolf on the lot a couple of times…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on May 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Replacing Heavy Rescue With Lightweight Trailers

Pumpers will tow Rescue Trailers to the scene

(Heavy Rescues to be shut down and sold)

by: Lou Angeli

Wilmington, DE (May 11 2012) -- On January 1, 2011, the lone career Heavy Rescue in the State of Delaware was disbanded by the Wilmington (DE) Fire Department, and 17 jobs eliminated, in an effort…


Added by Lou Angeli on May 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Should fire stations be used as neighborhood health clinics?


The fire chief of my old department has ventured forward with a new mission for the fire service. He is trying out a notion of using fire stations and firefighters as neighborhood health clinics.


The idea is that in some neighborhoods during specific and limited hours citizens can come by their local firehouse and have some simple health checks preformed by a combination of firefighters and volunteer health…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on May 7, 2012 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Ruling: Rescue Vehicle Staffing Too Low

Wilmington's Squad Concept Violates Contract's Minimum Staffing

by: Lou Angeli

Wilmington, DE (May, 7, 2012) -- A court appointed arbitrator has ruled that the City of Wilmington violated its contract with the city's firefighters when the Fire Department introduced the Squad Concept on January 1, 2011. At that time, the Fire Department…


Added by Lou Angeli on May 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Japanese firefighter LODD story

This happened 30 years ago today.(5.5.1982)


Manabu Sato-Tokyo fire department firefighter- dispatched on the scene.

He managed to go to victims on the seventh floor and he protected the victims with his body against fire.

After the victims rode a lifter of an aerial ladder, he let it go.

Because he worried overweight.

So he grabbed another…


Added by Noriko Asada on May 4, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

A prayer for a young Firefighter who passed away today...

R.I.P. Kyle McGetrick

A Fire Fighter passed away in Barnegat today. He wasnt the prototypical Fire Fighter. In fact he was just a young boy, far too young to leave this world. This Fire Fighter wasnt very big in stature, but took the words Courage and Bravery to a whole new level. Today Kyle kissed the face of God when he passed away. He is now an Angel, who will be remembered for not how he passed away, but how he lived. I know the special Fire Fighter section of…


Added by Patrick J Cronen on May 1, 2012 at 11:21pm — No Comments

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