October 2010 Blog Posts (63)

Training Exercise Test Illinois Public/Private Partnership

Putting the Partnership to the Test

A full-scale training exercise provides an opportunity for public- & private-sector leaders to learn from one another

By Rob Ugaste

Photos courtesy Lake-Cook Regional Critical Incident Partnership…



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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 11, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Motorcycle Escort of Marine Lance Cpl. Scott Lynch KIA in Afganistan

All,

The Hudson Valley HellCats Firefighter Motorcycle Club will be conducting an emergency escort of the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Scott Lynch killed in action in Afganistan last week from the Tuxedo High School New York, to his home town of Greenwood Lake, New York. If you can attend be at Tuxedo HS at 10am on Monday, 10/11/2010.

Motorcylces, chiefs cars, what ever.......

This will be a full police escort event.

...........All gave some, and this man…

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Added by Ted Hardy on October 10, 2010 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Firefighter Appreciation Awards

The Democrat and Chronicle created a database for awards that were
handed out last night at the Monroe County Volunteer Fireman’s
Association Firefighter Appreciation Awards dinner.

You can view the awards below.
http://rocdocs.democratandchronicle.com/database/2010-firefighter-appreciation-awards

Added by Davin Eshelman on October 8, 2010 at 3:39pm — No Comments

A Look Back: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871

FireRescue recalls the monumental tragedy that spurred the creation of Fire Prevention Week



Note: This article was originally printed in the October 2006 issue of FireRescue magazine.

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Editor’s Note: In honor of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8–14, we at FireRescue would like to present our readers with a historical account of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the incident that…

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Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 8, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Forgotten Fire: On the same day Chicago burned, disaster of even greater proportion struck in Peshtigo, Wis.

The Forgotten Fire

On the same day Chicago burned, disaster of even greater proportion struck in Peshtigo, Wis.

By FireRescue Magazine staff



Most people remember Oct. 8, 1871, for the Great Chicago Fire, and the devastation and destruction that it caused. But on that same day, a fire of even greater destruction took the lives… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 8, 2010 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Pay to Spray

Here’s the short version of what happened: In rural Obion County,

homeowners must pay $75 annually for fire protection services from the

nearby city of South Fulton. If they don’t pay the fee and their home

catches fire, tough luck — even if firefighters are positioned just

outside the home with hoses at the ready.…



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Added by Davin Eshelman on October 7, 2010 at 5:20pm — 2 Comments

I GOT A 97!!

On my second evaluation test. haha

Added by Jonny Gordon on October 7, 2010 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

More college credits

Over the past few years, I have been doing those independent study courses with FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. As you can see on my training page, I have been working my butt off trying to accomplish as much as I can to make myself as marketable and as adaptable as I possibly can. Apparently, the Frederick Community College in Frederick, MD, has quite a comprehensive program that allows FEMA ISP students to apply their courseware for college credits!


For example, a good deal…
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Added by John Karl Ambrusch, III on October 7, 2010 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

Basement Firefighting Course

As part of my own professional development, and because I have such an interest in the subject matter, I’ve decided to take a long shot and start writing a training course on basement firefighting.


I’ve been reading quite a few articles on several fire service web sites and have noticed a few more news coverages on the television about firefighters injured or killed after accidents involving fires in basements. At school, I learned quite a great deal about the special circumstances…
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Added by John Karl Ambrusch, III on October 7, 2010 at 9:06am — No Comments

A Sarcastically Humorous Guide to Surviving Fire Forums

Cliffs Notes for Fire Forums. They were around long before Dummies.



Note: the following comments and opinions are mine and do not represent the views

of my employers. Or maybe they do. Unless you’re offended, then they

don’t. Either way, I’m thinking I’m not alone on some of these thoughts.…

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Added by Bill Carey on October 7, 2010 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Pull-ups Work: A pull-up bar lets you use your own weight to gain muscle strength

By Jeff & Martha Ellis



As firefighters, we’re big on inexpensive tools that facilitate physical training. In many cases, you don’t need equipment at all, just gravity and an imagination—and those are free.



There’s one piece of equipment, however, that provides a multitude of options when strength training and conditioning without requiring you to take a rig out of service to pay for it: a simple pull-up… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 7, 2010 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Radios

what kind of radios like:portable scanners/desktop scanners/portable 2way radios/c.b. radios are the best to use for f.d./r.s./e.m.s. units and places to find Frequencies for them thank you





Added by RESCUE 540 WPIN412 on October 6, 2010 at 1:43pm — 3 Comments

Keep Your Head in the Game: NFFF focuses on LSI #13

NFFF focuses efforts on Life Safety Initiative #13, developing consensus protocol on behavioral health

By Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki



This is the first in a series of seven articles describing a new approach to mental and behavioral health in the fire service. Check back for future articles.



It’s well recognized that firefighters and their… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 6, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

10 Tips for Conducting Tunneling Operations at Extrication Scenes

Story & Photos by Les Baker



Tunneling is a tactic that we’re rarely required to perform at extrication incidents. However, when it is the most practical plan, it’s usually the only tactic that will work, so rescuers need to have the expertise to get the job done.



Further, tunneling may become more common for responders in the future, with the increased number of sport utility vehicles and minivans on the road. It’s often a… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 5, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

I really may have saved a life

I will not mention the name of the officer or the department, but I wanted to share this experience with any other officers and especially dispatchers out there who may encounter that same issue.


Today, about a half hour ago, I was sitting our data channel (where the officers without computers call to get driver licenses, registrations, criminal histories, etc). The officer called me on the air and asked for operator license information. He gave me OLN and…
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Added by John Karl Ambrusch, III on October 4, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Embrace Diversity: How to Create an Inclusive Work Environment

PRESIDENT'S LETTER

From the October issue of FireRescue magazine



By Chief Jack Parow, MA, EFO, CFO, MIFireE



Today’s fire department workforce is very different from the one I entered 35 years ago. In my experience, personnel don’t seem to act, think or look like the workforce of the past, and they seem to have different expectations,… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on October 4, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Vicki Minor, Founder and Director of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, to be Inducted into the Caring Institute HALL OF FAME





On Tuesday, October 5th, Vicki Minor (Founder and Executive Director of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation) will be inducted into the Caring Institute Hall of Fame.



Vicki will be among five other adults and five youths being bestowed this great honor for their dedicated… Continue

Added by RamblingChief on October 4, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Nothing Good Happens At 3 A.M.

"Combat Ready" is not a slick ad slogan or an "aggressive" cliche. That call for bells at 0300 may be the only jump you get. How prepared will you be?





This week members of the District of Columbia Fire Department responded to a fire on the fifth floor of the eight-story Sarbin Towers in Northwest. First due companies arrived to find that two occupants had jumped from the fifth floor and others were in the windows. Some occupants had… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on October 2, 2010 at 9:59am — No Comments

American Lung Association Stairclimb Dallas Texas

http://www.mrsnv.com/evt/home.jsp?id=3042



Join us for one of the most unique events in Dallas! On February 26, 2011, hundreds of people will huff and puff their way to the top of the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas for a great cause. This is more than your same-old 5K. This…
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Added by Adam C. Law on October 1, 2010 at 11:18pm — No Comments

I'm taking an EMT class and it's hard but fun!!!!!!!!

I'm taking an EMT class and it's hard but fun!!!!!!!! Continue

Added by Jonny Gordon on October 1, 2010 at 7:31pm — 1 Comment

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