September 2009 Blog Posts (88)

Here it is

Hellow all my brother and sisters here is just a peace of my mind.I have only been on the service for a year,and i have seen somethings and done a few things.And i hear a lot of deiscusions on which i fill strongly about, and some things i dont have a clue on cause i am soo new. The bigest discusion i hear the most is, the volies and full times battel that i hear a lot in the forums. This is what i think i think that we are all a united family, we all share a love and a pashion for what we do.… Continue

Added by willie plunk on September 23, 2009 at 2:05am — 2 Comments

here's the deal

hi everyone!!!



i know its been a long time but here is the buzz on whats going on in here. well first off-- jimmy and i are finally married. the boys have started back to school and are doing great. they are also in cub scouts for the first time and saturday they both launched rockets they made. also they are in awana at our church and is doing good there too. the girls are doing good and slowly growing but are ornery. zoey is 15 lbs now and mikayla is 10 lbs. they will be 2 in may.… Continue

Added by Trish Girard on September 21, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Ambulance Driving and Internet Credibility

Another FFN blogger recently posted this little gem "I Am Just An Ambulance Driver". I have several problems with this. For starters, the piece was obviously copied from somewhere with no attribution. I found a previous version of it with a minimal search at EMTLife forum board. Note that the comments… Continue

Added by Ben Waller on September 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

ACORN.. YES ACORN ...GETS FIRE PREVENTION GRANTS THROUGH FEMA..

DID ANYONE EXCEPT ME NOTICE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO... THAT ACORN... YES THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE THATS CURRENTLY EMBROILED IN CONTROVERSY WITH ALMOST EVERONE... RECIEVE THE HIGHLY SOUGHT FIRE PREVENTION FUNDS TO SOME MORE COMMUNITY ORGANIZING!!!!

ITS A DAMN OUTRAGE.. BUT WITH THIS SOCIALIST LEFT WING BUNCH OF RADICALS RUNNING THINGS NOW.. WE SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMING..

Added by TOMMY on September 20, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Firefighter Safety

When are we going to get serious about firefighter safety, education, and accident prevention?



I find it both ironic and sad that so few of our departments have a recognized safety program. Business and private industry have their own safety programs. Programs that are designed to both investigate, and prevent, employee accident and illness. Does your department have such a program?



Some questions, just to prompt some thought.



Does your fire department have a… Continue

Added by Coach on September 20, 2009 at 10:02am — No Comments

cash bash

On Nov. 7th the Allison 2 VFD will be hosting a cash bash at our station with Labelle..tickets are $20 for two numbers.. no smoking... must be 21 to enter..free food and beer.. come out and have some fun and help support both volunteer fire departments.. contact our station at 7247853884 for tickets..hope to see u there

Added by Fire Chick on September 19, 2009 at 6:09pm — No Comments

My little firefighters

I am a father of twins but my son tye passed away a week before he was born but i have a beautiful daughter Kyra she was born 6/25/09.

Added by Andy on September 19, 2009 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

New Job

Hey all it's been a long time since I've posted a blog because I've been busy with things these past few months. I'm sure you remember me being really excited for the possibility of being a paid Fire-fighter for the city of Schenectady NY. I'm sorry to say that even though I did get offered a position within the Schenectady city FD's ranks, I turned it down, due to the fact that at the same time I interviewed with the city's FD, I was also getting a 2nd interview for a job I applied for in the… Continue

Added by Scott Runkel on September 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Career v vol

This debate could go on forever. It is like the debate over a 'foward/ reverse ' lay, everyone has their own ideas.
I have known people from both sides of the fence. My mentor said it right, "Do you have 5 years of training
or do you have 5-1 year training?"

Is it someones contention that the laws of physice is reversed for one group, fire burns down for one group and burns up for the other?

We have the same object, "Protect Life and Property"

Andya

Added by H.M."Andy" Anderson on September 17, 2009 at 10:23am — 16 Comments

SAFER = Southern Area Fire Equipment Research monthly southern California meetings

SAFER is a California non-profit corp founded in 1976 for the purpose of improving firefighter safety. If you are in the Los Angeles/ SO Cal area, you are welcome to attend our monthly meetings (third Friday of the month)to see what we are all about. For more info, see: www.safer.org Our next meeting is Sept 18th in Torrance.

Added by Steve SAFER on September 16, 2009 at 5:38pm — No Comments

SoCal Fire Photos

The wildland fire season is heating up in Southern California, and as usual many of these fires are directly affecting urban areas. We've gathered a few photos coming to us from the front lines.



Tip: Click the "i" in the slideshow player for photo information and the photographer's name.





Find more photos like this on Firefighter… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Atlanta Crews Respond to Parking Deck Collapse

Atlanta Crews Respond to Parking Deck Collapse

Incident becomes longest rescue in department history

Story & Photos by Greg Simpson




On Monday, June 29 at approximately 1230 HRS, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department responded to a reported parking deck collapse at 5th St. and Spring St. NE.



Firefighters arrived to find an eight-story parking deck with four floors collapsed to the ground in the center section. The Georgia Mutual Aid Group (GMAG)… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Respect the Rank

Respect the Rank

Refusing to do what’s right because you don’t respect the company officer hurts you & the whole crew

By Scott Cook


Photo Chris Mickal



I know I tend to put the responsibility on the company officer and upper echelon for crew and department performance. But that doesn’t excuse some of the stuff those of us who ride backward do that can negatively affect team performance.



For whatever reason, some of us don’t want to… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Attacking Wind-Driven High-Rise Fires



Blowin’ In the Wind, Part 4

Considerations for attacking a wind-driven high-rise fire

By Fred LaFemina




Editor's Note: This article is part of a series on high-rise fires. Read the other posts:

Part 1: Understanding conditions behind wind-driven fires…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Guy, Learn Your Area

The new guy was just putting away the last dish when someone yelled “First due box!” He’s the last one on board and the engine pulls out just as he closes his door. Bouncing back and forth in the cab, he buttons up, and tries to slip his arms into his SCBA straps. Forgetting his radio, he slips out of the SCBA and slips the radio on. As he leans against the rig while taking a corner, he notices his hood on the floor of the cab. Instinctively he leans down to pick it up and is jerked to a halt… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on September 14, 2009 at 11:31pm — 1 Comment

Back in the Game

It just doesn't seem to stop. Too many news articles, stories, video links, etc of LODD notices and accidents/injuries involving public safety personnel.



Personally, I have not been on my own soapbox of late. Excuses are a dime a dozen, but life happens. Business obligations, personal responsibilities, and the fact that the day only has 24 hours in it limits what can be accomplished.



I don't know if it has been a single incident, or a culmination of numerous incidents of… Continue

Added by Coach on September 13, 2009 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

One More Time

One More Time

An Old Firefighter’s Request



One more time

One more time into the dragon’s lair

One more time through to the bowels of hell

One more time

Just one more time



One more time

One more time to feel the dragon’s breath

One more time to fight the Devil on his terms

One more time

Just one more time



One more time

One more time to go where mortal men fear

One more time to feel the rush

One more… Continue

Added by Fred Eppinger on September 13, 2009 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Beware the Dragon's Lair

Beware, the Dragon's Lair

by Fred Eppinger

October 1997



Beware, all ye who would enter the Dragon's Lair, for 'tis no place for the faint of heart and only a true Dragon Slayer will survive the test.



Those who will enter and return, shall be known as Dragon Slayers, and shall live high in the minds of the faint of heart.



Those who will enter and return unscathed, shall be known as having walked with the best.



Those that have entered and not… Continue

Added by Fred Eppinger on September 13, 2009 at 4:51pm — 2 Comments

I Am A Firefighter

I Am A Firefighter

By Fred Eppinger

August 1997





I am a Firefighter; I am a DragonSlayer.

I have entered the lair of the beast and engaged it in mortal combat.



I am a Firefighter; I am a Dancer.

I have entered the gates of hell and danced with the Devil,

until his desire to dance was destroyed.



I am a Firefighter; I am a Human Being.

I make mistakes and I learn from them.

I have fears and I confront and overcome… Continue

Added by Fred Eppinger on September 13, 2009 at 4:43pm — 4 Comments

Gone but not forgotten

To all my brother & sister firefighters

Im a firefighter and we honored or brother

Firefighters that day september 11 2001.

Today we honored them again today by

having a bike ralley honoring the fallen

hero's. Grove,Oklahoma was the place

You should have been here.We had police

Officers/Firefighters/Ems personal there

We even had one of the fire trucks that was

at Ground Zero that horable day on Display

for all to see. Oaks fire dept bought… Continue

Added by FRANCIS FAULKNER on September 11, 2009 at 9:58pm — 1 Comment

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