OCTOBER RURAL COMMAND Calibrating the Proportioner: Tips for measuring both water & foam concentrate flow volumes Story & Photos by Keith Klassen
Today’s electronic direct-injection foam proportioners are highly sophisticated machines. They’ve been through approximately 20 years of development, and countless incidents have proven their… Continue
On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Pittsburgh (Pa.) area firefighters were presented with a complex and challenging high-angle bridge rescue. The initial call came in at 1620 HRS to the Washington County 911 Center with the report of a man who had fallen 50–75 feet at the Donora-Monessen Bridge. The first units dispatched at 1624 HRS included Mon Valley EMS, and Donora Fire Department (DFD) Ladder 66 and Chief 66.… Continue
Training a large number of career recruit firefighters can be a daunting task for any department; however, when a department is faced with a skyrocketing number of vacancies due to attrition, increased overtime costs, a year-long delay in the hiring process, plus one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression, the difficulty level of such an undertaking grows exponentially.
In November 2008, Anne Arundel County Executive John…
Even though the combat troops have been withdrawn from Iraq, there are is still a war in Afghanistan and troops are continually wounded overseas. The Chili Fire Department will again be coordinating a drive for clothing and other necessities for the Wounded Warrior Project at the Walter Reed Medical Center. We would ask that you again help make this a success this year and prepare any clothing from your fire companies for future collection. More details on dates will be forthcoming in October.… Continue
My family hasn't had a new baby in 26 years. So I never knew what it was like to be around a baby as an adult. This past summer my nephew and niece both had babies. My nephew had twin girls, My niece had a boy about a month apart. It was love at first sight they melted my heart. Last night one of the girls looked at me and smiled and started talking baby talk to me. Well she won me over big time, it was one of those moments I will never forget.
Well these past few weeks have proven to be exhausting for Eric as well as myself. It is insane that we are now in week 6. It is going much faster then I would have imagined. It is nice to see him happy and smiling and knowing that he has finally found the job that he has been searching for , for a long time.
Going through this academy is something that I was often sure would end our marriage, being as it is that we are going through some other personal things. I didn't think…
This last weekend the 25 & 26 firefighters from all across the state of Okla. got together in one place and trained. Chickasha Fire Department hosted the school and had an outstanding turn out. Okla State University had instructors on the spot to answeer any and all questions in class or out. The amount of information and expertise was beyond words I take my hat off to Chickasha Fire Dept and all the sponsors and to my brothers and sisters who was there from all these different departments… Continue
Added by CHIEF NORMAN on September 27, 2010 at 10:15am —
Today’s challenging economic climate has had a substantial impact on fire services across the country, forcing many communities to slash budgets, and forcing even the most fiscally minded fire department leaders to make tough choices regarding available resources, from closing fire stations on a rolling or permanent basis to reducing the number of firefighters on duty during a given shift.
On Thursday, Sept. 9, at 1812 HRS, the San Mateo County Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) received a report that an explosion and subsequent fire had occurred in the Glenview neighborhood area of San Bruno, Calif., a city within San Mateo County, which borders the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Bay, the City of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. This region is often…
"What is at issue is the running debate within the Fire Service about vacant buildings and interior operations. There are many that believe that there is no need to search a vacant building, in fact they believe we should not even go inside these structures."…
Last night, I had my anthropology class at the college. I dropped my son off at the YMCA at 5:30 PM and headed over. I knew there were some storms rolling in, but didn’t think it would be that bad. It started raining horribly at around 8:00 PM. My station got dispatched to a building fire which actually turned out to be nothing, so they were eventually recalled.
I left school at 9:40 PM. At around 10:00 PM, I got in the house, kissed my wife and opened up my laptop to start…
Social Media SOGs Every department must create guidelines for how personnel share information online By Michelle DeCrane
When you hear the words “social media,” do you automatically think “cocktail party”? Does getting a “tweet” mean the robins have come home to roost? Does getting “tagged” mean the same thing as it did… Continue
Think Tank A new water tank enhances fire protection in Wareham, Mass. By Chief Robert McDuffy & Timothy M. Stinson, P.E.
After a rash of devastating fires during the early part of the 20th century, including one that swept through the center of town, residents of Wareham, Mass., began demanding better fire protection. It came… Continue
Retired Captain Stanley Chalas passed away September 4th 2010 while vacationing in Poland. The Funeral and Internment have taken place in Poland, a local celebration of Captain Chalas life will take place at a later date. When info for the celebration is available it will be…
Welcome to In-Depth Extrication! This column will cover very specific extrication-related topics that allow for an “in-depth” analysis. Each month, I plan to completely deconstruct a topic, and then reconstruct it in a manner that’s…Continue