June 2010 Blog Posts (59)

Is the Airtanker Industry Dying?

Is the Airtanker Industry Dying?

By Mike Padilla

The airtanker business in the United States is in a state of crisis and everyone, except perhaps the federal government, knows it. We’re down to our last 18–19 large airtankers (LATs), which are expected to have only a few operational years left.

For years, wildland firefighting strategists across the country have relied on airtankers as…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Forcible-Entry Basics: Successful forcible entry includes size-up, the right tools—&, of course, solid skills

It’s too late to learn forcible-entry techniques once the alarm goes off; there’s usually only enough time to determine which technique will be needed and to ensure the appropriate tools arrive at the entry location. It’s the amount of training you do ahead of time that determines the…

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

How Did You Quit Smoking?

NVFC launches Web site to help firefighters curb a dangerous habit

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched a new Web site, www.healthy-firefighter.org/putitout, to help firefighters “Put It Out”—in other words, quit smoking. This got me thinking about just how addictive this habit is, and asking, what actually works?

Have you… Continue

Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on June 28, 2010 at 2:48pm — 5 Comments

Does anyone know the History behind the Beaver shield holder?

I have been trying to find out the history behind the Beaver sheild holder and I can not find any information on it anywhere. Like the origin of it, what its meaning is and when it first used or discovered. Anyone with the knowledge of it write me back I would like to learn more about it.

Added by Ryan Kmetz on June 28, 2010 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

The value of First Responders

Yesterday we were paged out for a 10-50 PI with possible entrapment. Enroute we received details that the car snapped a utility pole, so we had possible lines down to contend with. Our unit arrived on scene a few minutes behind the ambulance. I went up to help the medics while the rest of our truck surveyed the vehicle to see if there was any extrication needed.

The car was a small sedan that was travelling down the country road way to fast. It lost control on a curve and the…


Added by Station10Capt106 on June 27, 2010 at 9:48pm — 3 Comments

New Radio System

My dept has gone to the digital radio system....it stinks. We have to keep our radios under our coats and not in the radio pocket. Anyone else having the same problems?

Added by Robert Thompson on June 26, 2010 at 10:56pm — 2 Comments

The Need for Speed, or Not

In the fire service we are always stressing speed. Tones go off and we run. Flying down the road the radio squawks out “Step on it, fire is progressing”. On scene we hear “hurry up and stretch that line”, “get that ladder up quickly”. Working an accident where there is entrapment the captain yells “hurry up, get that roof flapped”.…


Added by Station10Capt106 on June 26, 2010 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

Who Looks McDonald's Menu more than 15 seconds

Can anyone please tell me why it is necessary to stare at the McDonald's Menu for longer than 15 seconds? Haven't they had the same menu for like 20 years. Now I am not inpatient or anything. But we went in today for lunch. And the guy infront of us just stood there and looked at the menu. And when I say just stood there. I mean for about 5 mins. Yes 5 mins, I know it seems like forever. And then he tells the lady I'll have the usual. And the lady knew what he wanted. And my partner about blew… Continue

Added by Larry Murphy on June 25, 2010 at 2:53pm — 4 Comments

Hot Fun in the Summertime (Firefighter Rehab)

SOPs and Protocol for Warm Weather Firefighter Rehab

By Lou Angeli
Simply stated Firefighter Rehab is designed to ensure that the physical and mental well being of members operating at the scene of an emergency (or a training exercise) don't…

Added by Lou Angeli on June 24, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

the pasing of Captain Dave Peirson of the Caledonia Fire dept


Deceased: 2010/06/20

Funeral Date: 2010/06/26



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dave Peirson, age 48 years at the Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford after a brave battle with cancer on…


Added by Brad Duncan on June 23, 2010 at 7:26am — No Comments

The Charleston 9 - A Different Perspective, Part 1

The evening of June 18, 2007 will be forever burned into my memory, but the day of June 22, 2007 was the date that really made this tragedy personal for me. To set the stage, on the evening of June 18, I was at home after a pretty good day at work. Training had gone well, the weather was pleasant, and I had just finished a nice dinner with my family. I decided to watch some TV, and started the typical flipping through the channels. I usually…


Added by Ben Waller on June 22, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

How to get my volunteers motivated

We had a smoke out in a training tralior and everybody showed up but most of them were standing around talking about nothing. How do I fix this problem any sugestions would be great?

Added by Quinton Lejeune on June 22, 2010 at 5:02pm — 8 Comments

Setting the bar & reach for the stars

How high is your bar set on your volunteer department? Are you well trained and professional in your actions or are you still part of the good ol’ boys club meeting every night to down a few and play some cards?

Firefighting has changed rapidly over the years. While we do not face the number of…


Added by Station10Capt106 on June 22, 2010 at 10:28am — 3 Comments

The Politics of Power: Understand how others view your authority


The Politics of Power

Understanding how others view your authority can help you use it more effectively

By Chief Marc Revere

Power, like politics, is often considered as a dirty word. However, we all seek it, we admire it when it’s… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 22, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

36-5 box

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - This evening around 1845hrs, Company 36 along with mutual aid units were dispatched to the 36-5 box for a working structure fire. Engine 36-1 and Rescue 36-1 were on the street within seconds of dispatch. Chief 36 arrived confirming a working fire and established command. Engine 36-1 arrived and took the interior assignment, and had the fire under control within 20 minutes. Crews worked well together and the assistance was much appreciated! Crews operated on the scene… Continue

Added by Ted McAfee on June 22, 2010 at 6:55am — No Comments

IAFC Safety Week (Day 1): Firefighter Safety and Cyanide Exposure/Poisoning – Important Info YOU Need to KNOW!!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shawn Longerich /…


Added by RamblingChief on June 22, 2010 at 1:32am — No Comments

Oswego NY LODD

June 21, 2010

It is with great regret and a heavy heart that we inform you of the untimely passing of Oswego Local 2707 Firefighter Scott W. Davis. After completing his tour of duty on the morning of June 19th Scott fell victim to an apparent fatal heart attack shortly after midnight this Fathers Day. Scott was 46 yrs. old and he leaves behind a wife Shawn and three children, Brandi 24, Kimberly 21 and Daniel 12.

Services will be held on…


Added by Davin Eshelman on June 21, 2010 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

The DIY Training Tower: How to build one with limited funds & staff

The DIY Training Tower: How to build one with limited funds & staff

By Bob Kolva

How do remote rural and small-town fire departments keep their personnel up to date on structural search and rescue, ventilation and firefighter rescue techniques when the nearest urban training facility is hours away? That was the question we asked ourselves when, once again,…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 21 Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...Father's Day...June 20, 2010

I would like to say Happy Father's Day to all you guys out there. I would also like to say Happy Father's Day to your fathers, especially the ones who were firefighters, for instilling a passion for bravery and courage in their sons.

Added by Denise Imperiale on June 20, 2010 at 8:40am — 1 Comment


I want to specialize in Fire Engineering when done with highschool can any one help

Added by Tyler Weigum on June 19, 2010 at 8:19pm — No Comments

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