November 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Broad Channel Fire Requests Help

This request was received this morning at 9am and we're just passing it on:

Broad Channel Volunteers in Broad Channel, NY

The firehouse is in need of Scott air packs for the firefighter, new or gently used gear that is still in commission and able to be used in fires, medical supplies, fire related tools, vhf portable radios, sheet rock, ply wood, drills,…


Added by Hancock Hope on November 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments


Added by Mirel on November 28, 2012 at 2:11pm — No Comments

10 Ways to Avoid the Cold and Flu

It’s that time of year again when the common cold and flu begins being passed from one person to the next. Each year the common cold affects the average person two times, and can affect the fire rescue athlete even more.  The sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and runny nose leave you wanting to curl up under…

Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 22, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Equipment and Manpower Request

Hancock Hope has received a request for any manpower that can spend some time at fire stations affected by Hurricane Sandy in Nassau County. The request is for firefighters and emt’s that can spend three to seven days.

If you can assemble a group to respond in the near future, please contact Hancock Hope at or…


Added by Hancock Hope on November 19, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Hancock Hope Seeking Gear, Equipment

Hancock Hope needs to restock our backup supplies. If your department has surplus gear, supplies, gloves, helmets, airpacks, or any other item typically used in fire and ems operations, we can put it in the hands of a department that needs it, when they need it. The majority of our inventory was requested and delivered to Queens,NY in response to Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts.

 Visit or feel free to call Dan Macakanja @ 716-952-4575



Added by Hancock Hope on November 16, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

The Glove Friendly RIT Mask

This photo shows a way to make an SCBA face piece for your RIT bag/kit glove friendly. You can use a garden hose or any kind of rubber tubing or hose that would be easy to grab with a gloved hand. We used a small bungee cord and ran it through the bonnet and attached both ends to the hose. This allows for easy feeling and grabbing the back of the mask with gloved hands.…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 12, 2012 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Cold Weather Bag

Lt. Bronner sent the following notice about getting your cold weather bags together as the temperature drops.  If you have a cold weather bag share what you have in it so others can get an idea of what works and what doesn’t.  Stay warm.  Read On.

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on November 12, 2012 at 3:11pm — 3 Comments

Hancock Hope sends Albany Team to Queens

Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, Hancock Hope has been helping fire departments through tough times. Whether the need is long term manpower, equipment, or gear, Hancock Hope finds a way to make it happen.

Hurricane Sandy is no different. Joining hundreds of firefighters from all over the country who have descended on the New York/ New Jersey area, members of Hancock Hope’s National Response Team will travel…


Added by Hancock Hope on November 9, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...November 5, 2012

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I was at my firehouse in the parking lot and a member of the OEM was in his truck. He was waiting for the word to drive some water to a nearby neighborhood whose residents couldn't get off their street. I am a member of the OEM but since I am also a volunteer FF, I seldom get to do OEM work during an incident. We were chatting and I mentioned that I was basically camped out at the firehouse. He said, "playing den mother?" Boy, I was insulted but being…


Added by Denise Imperiale on November 5, 2012 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy

These past 8 days have been exhausting and tiring for our 49 crew here in Long Beach Island, NJ

 The past 8 days we have been responding to calls 24/7 with our call ratio around 200.  We have had about 60 rescues (all evacuated by national guard), 80 gas leaks(detected by our company), a rough estimate of around 25 fire alarm and co activations, 2 structure fires, 5 water leaks and a couple water rescues.…


Added by Kody Brodwater on November 3, 2012 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter

Brothers and Sisters,


My book, Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter, is now available through your favorite on-line book retailer. It is going through the normal review process, but early "informal" reviews show that readers, both civilian and emergency service personnel, are enjoying the book. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated each year to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Signed copies can be purchased through the author's website,…


Added by Kit Howes on November 3, 2012 at 11:22am — No Comments

On Volunteer Fire Department's...

If anyone has had a rough time in the Volunteer Fire Service it has been me. I've done everything in my short time being a fireman from starting off being completely ignored as a new, younger generation jr. fireman and no one would teach me anything, to almost being arrested for things I didn't do, to sitting on the opposite side sitting at a police station after a member went down for something big. And now, I'm one of the leading fireman in my company, with thousands of hours of research,…


Added by Michael Piccoletti on November 3, 2012 at 12:14am — No Comments

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