September 2009 Blog Posts (88)

Dig In.

Dig in.

“Early on in my fire service career, we responded to a report of a tractor-trailer rolled over on a nearby state highway. We arrived on scene and found a truck lying on its passenger side. The wheels were facing the roadway and the top of the cab was on the shoulder of the road. The truck driver was being treated as walking wounded. It seemed like a relatively benign accident.

As we approached the curb side we realized that this was no ordinary call. It turned out… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on September 2, 2009 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

1 Giant Step for Truckies: Managing Parapets

One Giant Step for Truckies: How to safely manage parapets

By Peter F. Kertzie

The amount of energy we exert scurrying up an aerial ladder to a roof can range from minimal to extreme, depending on the angle of the ladder, the load we’re carrying and the weather, smoke and fire conditions. One thing we can count on during our ascent: There will be sturdy, evenly spaced rungs under our feet the entire time. And if we’re using a platform or Snorkel and simply… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on September 2, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Thank you Jim Page


I know you are in a good place. Thank you from one of the "Old Paramedics."

Tim Floyd
retired Littleton Fire Rescue
Faculty Fire Science, Red Rocks Community College

Added by tim floyd on September 2, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Nims 300 & 400

How can i get my Nims 300 & 400? For some reason its a big secret at my department! Please e-mail me @

Added by Scott Ervin on September 2, 2009 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Tenth Anniversary Benefit Ride for 9/11 workers...

So I was messing around on Facebook when I get this list of suggested friends. Normally they are people from school or friends from work, etc... but this time ther is a girl I don't know who looks familiar. So I clicked on her link and see not one common friend... not one. What I do see is everyone on her sampling of friends list is a brother.

Normally I won't just send a friends request unless it's a brother firefighter, or someone I know is a friend from the past, but this time I… Continue

Added by Allen Wahlstrom on September 1, 2009 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...September 1, 2009

I can't tell you how sad I am now packing up my daughter's room. I have gone through the countless papers and stories she has written. They are all about drugs and how wonderful they are. I thought I was going to vomit. Right next to the drug stories were her Barbies and Betty Spaghettis. She is 18 and what is called MICA. That stands for mentally ill chemically addicted. She has recently started heroin.

We are doing all… Continue

Added by Denise Imperiale on September 1, 2009 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...September 1, 2009

I can't believe a week has gone by since this happened.

I was eating pizza at an outside table at Arminio's in Chatham, NJ where I work and a truck made a tight turn around the corner very close to my table. A cylinder (probably propane) popped off the truck and started hissing with flames shooting out. I went inside and told the owner to call 911 and then went back outside to make sure people didn't walk near the… Continue

Added by Denise Imperiale on September 1, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Photos of LA fires,0,5985825.htmlstory

I am speechless.

Added by Jane Laura Doyle on September 1, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

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