Featured Blog Posts – September 2011 Archive (12)

You’ve spilled something there on your shirt, Chief.


A conversation heard at a Midwestern fire department between Bobby, the Training Officer and his Chief:


Fire Chief:  Go away, Bobby, I’m eating.

T.O. Bobby:  Hey, Your Eminence, I have some good news and I have some good news.

Fire Chief:  You know me, Bobby.  Give me the bad news first.

T.O. Bobby:  There is no bad news, Chief.

Fire Chief:  There’s never no bad news, Bobby.  This is 2010,…


Added by FireDaily.com on September 28, 2011 at 6:43pm — No Comments

You are in Level A PPE, your SCBA fails, how long can you survive?

From my friends at CSTI:


Do you ever wonder how long your air supply would last if your SCBA conked out?…


Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on September 21, 2011 at 4:16pm — 2 Comments

I can't believe that we are still this stupid.


We recently received several new fire engines. These beautiful Pierce Quantums are everything you could want in a fire engine. However, it seems there is at least one thing that some people don't want. The seats in the engines have sensors that can tell if someone is sitting there and whether or not the seat belt is buckled.


Last week, as I was gathering my gear from the engine, the Captain who relieved me asked the engineer if the engine had one of those seat belt…


Added by Michael Teague on September 16, 2011 at 5:08am — 13 Comments

Tales from a tailboard fireman- honoring our fallen


Once again, the country is honoring the First Responders who fell on 9/11. Big ceremonies are happening all over the land with politicians using the date to get photo ops with firefighters and police. Then on 9/12, they will go back and continue the fight to take away benefits negotiated by us, which we worked 25 to 30 years of daily danger for. When we left our families to go to work, our wives and children did not know if they would see us come home. Many of my friends have died…


Added by mike simms on September 12, 2011 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

Sacramento 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5k Run/Walk

It was an honor to carry FF Van Hine's name up 110 floors during the Sacramento 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Even with the training I did it was an incredibly hard climb.

Added by Michael Teague on September 11, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments


On Sunday September 11, 2011, at 8:00 am, a Memorial Service will be held at the quarters of Engine 40 Ladder 35 "The Cavemen" in remembrance of the members of The Cave who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9/11/2001. Engine 40 Ladder 35 is located at 131 Amsterdam Ave and West 66th Street in…


Added by Ray J on September 11, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sacramento 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5k Run/Walk

343 firefighters will climb 110 stories  at the Renaissance Building in Downtown Sacramento on Sunday 9/11/11. Over 3,000 others will complete a 5K Run/Walk on the Riverfront. After the completion of the Stair Climb and 5K there will be a tribute concert in the Capitol Mall.


This event is sponsored by the Local 522 Sacramento Area Firefighters, Placer County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Sacramento Police Officer…


Added by Michael Teague on September 10, 2011 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Truck Fire With Magnesium Fireworks

This truck fire appeared routine on arrival.  The driver reported no occupants in the truck and no hazmats in the box.  You’ll see a quick knock down with water and foam, but burning magnesium kept burning through the foam blanket. Usually more H2O will suppress this type of burning metal fire, but sand was used for final extinguishment in this case.



Added by Paul Hasenmeier on September 10, 2011 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

9/11/01 - 9/11/11

Here are 343 brave men I was proud to work with.

Joseph Agnello, Lt. Brian Ahern, Eric Allen, Richard Allen, Capt. James Amato, Calixto Anaya Jr., Joseph Angelini Sr., Joseph Angelini Jr., Faustino Apostol Jr., David Arce, Louis Arena, Carl Asaro, Lt. Gregg Atlas, Gerald Atwood, Matthew Barnes, Gerald Baptiste, A.C. Gerard Barbara, Arthur Barry, Lt. Steven Bates, Carl Bedigian, Stephen Belson, John Bergin, Paul Beyer, Peter Biefeld, Brian Bilcher, Carl Bini, Christopher Blackwell, Michael… Continue

Added by Ray J on September 8, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments

Through the Lock; A NEED to Know Skill

I recently updated the through-the-lock setup that I carry in my gear (see pics below).  For years I had used a modified set of locking pliers (ViseGrip style) with separate key tools and shove knife. This setup has proven extremely effective at both alarm runs and working fires.


I've decided to change my setup to a modified "Channelok" setup.  It's going to allow me merge 2 tools into 1 and I'll be able to store it in a smaller pocket.  I am actually using an Irwin/ Vise…


Added by SAFE Firefighter on September 6, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Firefighter Injury Investigation Report

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District recently completed a Serious Accident Review. On May 31, members of Metro Fire were operating on a residential structure fire. A truck company was on the roof performing vertical ventilation when a roof collapse dumped one firefighter into the burning garage. The firefighter was successfully rescue by adjacent crews. Follow this link to the report

Ellsworth SAR…


Added by Michael Teague on September 2, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

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