Featured Blog Posts – August 2011 Archive (12)

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...August 29, 2011


I am writing this from my firehouse - tucked away in a back room working because I can plug into the power since we have a generator here. I am happy that I've been able to ramp up my fire calls during my weekends and time away from NYC. Just haven't had time to blog. ;(


I am a member of the OEM and was called to duty Wednesday night in preparation for Hurricane Irene. I was on standby for the hurricane and…


Added by Denise Imperiale on August 29, 2011 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Roll-Up Door Forcible Entry

We had an opportunity to cut through 12 roll-up doors in a building slated for demolition.  The crews had their pick of which methods they wanted to use on the doors they were assigned.  Some of the methods we discussed in the safety briefing included the following cuts; triangle, inverted triangle, two-cut rectangle, and the single vertical…

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 27, 2011 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Man-Lift Rescue/Extrication Training


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 22, 2011 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Keeping Extrication Simple in Sandusky (OH)


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 22, 2011 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Size up

Excerpts from pipenozzle.com post on 9/11 in historical context: 

9/11 will become a monument. But 9/11 has already become yet another powerful metaphor for the infinite stupidity of human beings, the infinite willingness to destroy. And 9/11 has become yet another metaphor of the infinite capacity of human beings to resist the worst…

Added by Barry Greer on August 19, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Handling The Media Monster

I was browsing some topics on this forum, and came across one about how to handle negative newspaper editorials.

I thought, "Wow! A topic I am uniquely qualified to comment on on this forum!"

Okay, okay, I know it was presented as a question a year ago, but it's ALWAYS a relevant topic.

I started writing my response, but it became a HUGE response... so I decided that I would just make it a blog.

Now, to explain why I feel uniquely qualified to comment on the topic: I am the… Continue

Added by Sally on August 19, 2011 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

Survey Says: Fire Service Going Mobile

If you are reading this article on a mobile device, you’re not alone. In fact, each day more people are using their mobile devices as their primary source of communication. This is just one finding from a recent IAFC survey of mobile-device use among first responders.

Recently, IAFC conducted a survey of members and nonmembers on their current and projected use of mobile devices—specifically smartphones, such as Android, Blackberry and iPhone, and tablets, such as Galaxy and iPad—in… Continue

Added by IAFC on August 17, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

The Different Levels of Hazardous Materials Response

The Typing Levels of Hazardous Materials Response Teams (HMRT)

*Adapted form Indiana Hazardous Materials Team Qualification Program


There are generally three types of HMRT's that are categorized by their level of training, expertise, capability and equipment and resources.


HMRT's are generally categorized as Type 1,…


Added by Shawn on August 9, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Concrete Breaching Tips


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 7, 2011 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Farm Rescue Options

Check out some farm rescue options for the following scenarios
1- Grain tube rescue and Hauling Systems
2- Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Containment
3- Corn Header and Haybine Extrication

Pass it on!

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on August 6, 2011 at 8:16pm — No Comments

No Blood Is Thicker

No Blood is Thicker

I was devastated to learn of the death of Captain Jeff Bowen of Asheville, NC's Rescue Company 3. He leaves a wife and three children without a husband and father. Any LODD is a terrible tragedy,…

Added by Ben Waller on August 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

James Zadroga 9/11 Bill help

This is a call for help
Many of the 9/11 first responders have developed serious health conditions in the years after the attack. This includes extremely rare early onset of various types of cancer, and they need help overcoming their sickness. These men and women braved unfathomable conditions that threatened their health and safety in the aftermath of tragedy. To strip them of aid in any way is unconscionable, and to do so when there are so…

Added by Ray J on August 1, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

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