October 2013 Blog Posts (19)

Serious Accident Review Team Training

Each year close to 100 hundred firefighters die in the line of duty. 80,000 are injured. There is no estimate on number of near misses each year. In an effort to reduce the number of LODD's the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation developed 16 Life Safety Initiatives. Initiative #9 is thoroughly investigate all firefighter deaths, injuries and near misses. Investigation of these events is a complex process that needs to be preplanned. …


Added by Michael Teague on October 31, 2013 at 10:45pm — 2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

As I sat in the recliner last night watching the NBC Nightly News special coverage about Hurricane Sandy last night, I have to admit…tears came to my eyes. Seeing the fires at Breezy Point, the mass destruction on the coast line, and hearing the tales of heroism by the first hand accounts of all those who were there. Little did I know that when this happened one year ago, this destruction would also change my life forever even being 10 hours away.

In mid-October of last year, a…


Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on October 30, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Police and Firefighter Training Center Planning and Construction On The Rise

An accelerating increase in the number of new police and fire department training centers being planned and constructed provide another strong indicator that the constrained budget environment in public safety of the past few years (starting around late 2008) may be easing. Other indicators that the tide may be turning are the increased jobs, hiring trends and uptick in new police and fire recruit academies. Past reports about hiring were outlined in…


Added by Bill Booth on October 28, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments

my first shout

I don't if I am in the minority but I cannot remember my 1st firecall. I think like many jobs quickly fade from memory as soon as you return to station. That ssid I eould be interested if anybody out there can genuinely remember there first and recount the tale.

Added by kevin yip on October 26, 2013 at 12:17am — 1 Comment

The Difficult Conversation on Backstep Firefighter

Officers: YOU are what you make your company to be, good AND bad


One thing about the fire service, the implications of us not being prepared are much more significant than the average worker.  Nothing against landscapers, or painters, but if they are not 100 percent on a given day; well usually only their work suffers.

Firefighters are different however.  Almost everything we do has implications for the…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 25, 2013 at 1:43pm — No Comments

CAFF Elects New Executive Board In St Lucia

The Caribbean Association of Fire Fighters (CAFF) held its General Meeting and Election of Officers today Thursday, October 24, 2013 during its 7th Biennial Conference in Gros Islet, St. Lucia. The new Executive Board (2013 - 2015) is as follows: President Mr. Grantley Greene (Barbados), 1st Vice President…


Added by Glyne Alleyne on October 24, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

What You Can Do with Anger

If you choose to use anger in a positive fashion, it can be the driving force behind saving lives.

For those of us in the emergency response professions, we are always saddened to learn about the line of duty death of a firefighter, EMS person, or police officer especially if they were a member of our department or someone who was a very close friend.

I do not doubt that each one of…


Added by Peggy Sweeney on October 22, 2013 at 8:46am — No Comments

Caribbean Firefighters Conference In St. Lucia

The Caribbean Association of Fire Fighters (CAFF) will be hosting their 7th Biennial Conference in St. Lucia this week. The conference will commence on Monday, October 21 and will conclude on Friday, October 25th, 2013 and will be held at the Palm Haven Hotel in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet.…


Added by Glyne Alleyne on October 20, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Red Barrel Appeal To Assist HIV/AIDS Food Bank

In keeping with our desire to expand our community outreach the Bajan Fire Fighters’ Network will be embarking on a humanitarian exercise to assist the HIV/AIDS Food Bank on a quarterly basis. We are happy to announce that our 'Red Barrel Appeal' recently commenced at three strategic…


Added by Glyne Alleyne on October 14, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

ending mutual aid

This is an excerpt from the current post at pipenozzle.com, reprinted here with permission:

Alan Ackley is angry. He’s not getting his way, and he’s going to kick and scream and hold his breath until he turns blue. He and the Ackleyites asked the voters for $3.5 million to run the Poquonnock Bridge Dire District into the ground by the end of 2013, but it turns out the mill rate the district board set was actually for $4.1 million. There’s more. The district has another…


Added by Barry Greer on October 14, 2013 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

a question for you,Since I no longer come here in Germany to American candy, I would be glad if this maybe you will find someone who could help me there. Since my daughter and I went crazy so then it…

a question for you,
Since I no longer come here in Germany to American candy, I would be glad if this maybe you will find someone who could help me there.

Since my daughter and I went crazy so then it would be really very happy!

just now we miss halloween candy´s like candy corn or crunch chocolate...

We can that cost us so entertained by private message



Added by Jan Fuchs on October 13, 2013 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Moerlenbach - train rams car on level crossing - train evacuated from the local fire department

Moerlenbach county ( mountain road ) ( U) - was lucky today, a 39 -year-old woman with her three to five year old children from Heppenheim.

In an accident this afternoon by 15 clock , on a level crossing in Morlenbach , the occupants of the car were slightly injured . They suffered a shock. All subjects were transported to the hospital as a precaution after Heppenheim. The vehicle total loss .

With the kids in the car the woman drove on the railroad crossing on the main road…


Added by Jan Fuchs on October 13, 2013 at 7:10pm — 1 Comment

swap jacket

hello friends,
after passing the respirator course-I got a new jacket.
Has anyone interest to hire a German firefighter's jacket swap?

She has a few signs of use but who am I telling this;-)

would be glad if someone reports

Added by Jan Fuchs on October 13, 2013 at 6:59pm — No Comments

St. John Ambulance Quiz Night Winners

The St. John Ambulance are the proud winners of the Fire Service Quiz Night competition held during Fire Service Week. Members of the Barbados Fire Service fought the good fight however, they were unable seize victory in the keenly fought contest. This year regrettably, there was a decline in the number of…


Added by Glyne Alleyne on October 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Fire Service Health Extravaganza A Success


The annual Health Extravaganza held during Fire Service Week was a resounding success. The event was held at Fire Service Headquarters and involved participants from The Barbados Cancer Society performing breast screening tests, The Barbados Community College General Nursing Programme, along with the Barbados Diabetes Association conducted…


Added by Glyne Alleyne on October 10, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Pedro Alleyne Wins Dressing Drill Contest

Congratulations are in order for the participants of this year's Dressing Drill Competition. The competition was held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 during the activities held for Southern Division Day (Fire Service Week). We congratulate firefighter Pedro Alleyne (Airport Fire Station) on winning the contest.…


Added by Glyne Alleyne on October 10, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Answering the Call

To date, my department has lost FOUR of our own in the Line of Duty/ On-Duty. All of these were killed/died prior to me joining the department. I did have the opportunity to meet the four families of our fallen during our Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service that was held at the end of August. I wrote a short piece on the article…


Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on October 5, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

About me.

Hi Firefighter nation. I'm glad that you guys excepted me to your group and I am interest in seeing and hearing about other calls and how other fire dept run around the nation. I am a firefighter for haz./ west/ and foster and I enjoy serving my city. I currently when I am on vacation from school i normally take first shift with the day time driver at west haz. fire dept. I love to work with my brothers when the time is needed and I love to help maintenance the apparatus and learn how to…


Added by Brandon on October 3, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments

Show Of Skills

Speed and precision were the focus of the Barbados Fire Service yesterday as it demonstrated how it would respond to an airplane emergency.

The Airport station took centre stage during Southern Division Day, part of the Fire Service’s week of activities.…


Added by Glyne Alleyne on October 2, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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