Featured Blog Posts – June 2011 Archive (16)

Saving Our Own - Columbus Fire Lt. Polaski Rescue

A bread-and- fire on  6, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio ended in the amazing rescue of one of our own.  Columbus Fire Lt. Mike Polaski collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while operating in…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 30, 2011 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Lesson In Awareness: D.C. Rear Tenement

You never know what to expect downtown on Side Charlie.

Near the intersection of South Dakota Avenue and Buchanan Street Northeast, between Engines 17 and 14, lies a duplex. What makes it different from the duplex next door is the addition on Side Charlie. Local news station WJLA recently reported that the owner of 4605 South… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on June 30, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments

NFFF Day at Dover Speedway scheduled for October 2, 2011


$100,000 raised during last September's race weekend.


For the past three years, Dover International Speedway has played host to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for a…


Added by Lou Angeli on June 29, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...June 27, 2011


Taking the Stairs


I work in NYC now and the building construction and equipment is really interesting - some old and some new. What better way to learn about standpipes?


At my last job, I took the stairwell all the time. I walked 5+ flights many times a day-got my energy out. It's so incredibly boring so each time I got to the next flight I would glance at the extinguisher and valves. After all…


Added by Denise Imperiale on June 27, 2011 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Training.... Or a Lack Thereof

Every department trains.  Some departments train weekly, monthly, daily, etc.  My question for you is:

HOW do you train?

I already talked about practicing like you play and training hard, so lets talk about training CORRECTLY.

I, sadly, know of more than a few fire departments that are stuck in

their old ways.  They train using the same methods that the old salts

learned when they were in the academy.  This is not completely a bad

thing, as using… Continue

Added by backsteprescue on June 27, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Remain Calm, All is Well

Dave LeBlanc on how the smart firefighter keeps his head while everyone else is running around losing theirs.

Maintaining your calm on the fireground maybe be one of the most important skills you can acquire. There is enough excitement and confusion already, if we arrive and start screaming and yelling nothing will get done.

In December, Baltimore had a fire that claimed the lives of six people. In… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on June 25, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments

The Floor Above. Why a game changer demands different training

Brian Brush on why we should - and shouldn't - rely on the stairway when going above.

If you review the statistics, multi-story single family and multi-family dwellings are our most common fire. They also present the greatest risk as the core of the life hazard occupies an upper floor and the bulk of where the fire starts will occur on a lower floor. The game changer in residential construction is the open stairwell. Identifying this game… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on June 21, 2011 at 8:01am — No Comments

Back to the Basics With Wedges

Some of you probably remember having to lift something heavy with wedges and cribbing.  That isn’t the case with many of the new recruits, mainly because we show them how to use the…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 20, 2011 at 9:54pm — 1 Comment

June 17th Stop and Remember NEVER FORGET

Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, 2001

It was a relatively slow day for FDNY till 2:19 PM when a phone alarm came into Queens dispatch that a fire was in 12-22 Astoria Blvd, Long Island General Supply (a hardware store). Units arrived within 5 minutes and gave a 10-75 (working fire). The boy's were making good progress but at 2:48 PM something went wrong. Witnesses on the scene report hearing a small explosion followed by a huge blast. The shock wave…

Added by Ray J on June 17, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

Detroit's New Vacant Building Policy. All Flash, Little Substance and A Big Loophole

Why the same old risk analysis dressed up is no good compared to the wrecking ball.

While not exactly scientific it will be interesting to see where popular opinion lies in Detroit Fire's Facebook poll.

- Bill

First allow me three disclaimers on this subject.

1. I do not advocate the reckless abandon of safe, knowledgeable firefighting simply because a building is on fire and we must be… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on June 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Third 10

A look at the third 10 line of duty deaths in 2011

From 17 February to 18 April another 10 fire service personnel have died in the line of duty this year. The current total, as of 23 May rests at 36 dead. The statistics for this group reveal the gamut of the American fire service ranging from a young teen killed in personal vehicle collision to an octogenarian dieing from a fall injury. A west coast firefighter died in the most traditional… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on June 11, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Barrel Vaulted Ceiling

Click the link below to check out a picture of a barrel vaulted ceiling with engineered wood I-beams.  Several questions to ask your crew during a company drill are also included.

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 9, 2011 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Combi Concerns: Fostering unity & diversity in a traditionally competitive & conflicted environment


Combi Concerns

Fostering unity & diversity in a traditionally competitive & conflicted environment

By Dan Eggleston, EFO, CFO, CMO

The definition of the term “combination” is the act of combining or the state of being combined. It seems rather simplistic, doesn’t… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 8, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Practice Like You Play

I'm sure that many of you have heard this saying, whether it was on the baseball field, basketball court, or maybe even on the training ground, but do you follow it?

If you lag behind and don't take your training seriously, how can you expect to do a job right on the fireground?  Especially at 3am.... you're not going to have time to think, normal people would be sleeping but the tones and bells just dropped and woke you up from a dream about being on a desert island with a horde of… Continue

Added by backsteprescue on June 3, 2011 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Huron Fire Department Ladder Struck on a Highway

This report is based on information from recorded times, recollections of HFD personnel on the scene during this incident, and the after crash investigation.  The

information should be used in a manner to train, educate, and make roadway

incidents safer for emergency responders.  …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 3, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

PPE from FDIC: FireRescue tech editors make their top picks

Mike Kirby's Picks

Honeywell/Morning Pride Helmet Ratchet Headband

What seems to be an issue for many fire service personnel and departments is finding a helmet that fits everyone properly. People come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their heads, which means for some, helmets can be uncomfortable or ride too high.

In our fire department, we have to provide helmets to more than 800 firefighters.

To address this… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 1, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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