Spanner 122's Blog (7)

Pranks Should Not Compromise SAFETY!

I don't have a lot to say on this matter, except "Use your heads" when pulling pranks. There are many more imaginative ways to prank someone then to screw with their gear. As far as I'm concerned, screwing with gear not only lacks imagination, but also smarts. Gear is only manufacturer guaranteed if it is not tampered with and is in it's proper working condition, not full of cream, or oils or sand or bottles or whatever else someone feels fit to put in gear. Insurance companies are pretty picky… Continue

Added by Spanner 122 on August 21, 2008 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Please Buckle up

Another sad day and a grieving family due to lack of seatbelts. This is not the only one since my other blog post regarding seatbelts, but it struck me when reading it... responding to a vehicle fire and leaving behind a young family. Our job is tough, our job is dangerous, our job can be incredibly rewarding. One thing our job should not be is deadly. There are ways to prevent a high percentage of LODD's. Be the solution, buckle up!





NO SEATBELTS IN OHIO APPARATUS CRASH… Continue

Added by Spanner 122 on July 9, 2008 at 10:17am — 6 Comments

Do You think others don't see you page??!!

I was just thinking, do people actually think that others on here are not going to see their page? You know, commenting on the forums on someone's open page isn't always smart, especially if it's not something you wanted to post in the forum (the "Safety Nazis" quote is still my favourite).

I had just innocently enough wandered to someone's page to say something like, "Even though we have disagreed on a subject or two, I respect your views on safety and your convictin in your words."… Continue

Added by Spanner 122 on March 11, 2008 at 5:50pm — 5 Comments

Training leads to "Don't think react!!"

I came across this article today from almost a year ago and loved the photos that accompanied. It clearly showed the firefighters in control of this situation and then in a single ACTION, saved the life of a clearly distraught man. The photos tell the whole story... imagine being a part of a department that doesn't have the time, money or desire to train? The outcome of this could have been very, very different. I'm not sure anything else needs to be said, the article and especially pictures… Continue

Added by Spanner 122 on March 6, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Speaking of Seatbelts (and vehicle related LODD's)

These are all taken from the secret list from the end of December - the middle of February. A very short time, for this number of incidents. Almost all could have been avoided by more prudent driving, or at least more attention to road conditions, and at the very least by wearing seatbelts.

Becoming part of the emergency helps no one and puts more individuals in danger, civilians and firefighters. Longer response time while more firefighters are dispatched, civilians injured and mostly… Continue

Added by Spanner 122 on February 24, 2008 at 8:22am — 5 Comments

Women in the Fire Service

Well, since it seems to be a big topic these days, not just on this board but at the halls as well, I thought I would give my uninterrupted two cents worth on my own page. It's come up in the halls because we have a new class going through soon and everyone is wondering who the next one will be. The interesting point is, the guys will talk with me about it and talk about their thoughts anc concerns with another "woman, or anyone for that matter" getting the job that may not be capable or… Continue

Added by Spanner 122 on February 18, 2008 at 1:04pm — 4 Comments

Do you really love this job??

After reading a great blog post by Dennis about the lowering of standards at FDNY in order to help more people pass the tests and responses and comments by my friend FireSiren, I have been thinking (instead of going to the pool for a hard swim).

The lowering of standards is just one of the issues that has plagued the Fire Service lately. I am happy to hear people coming forward and voicing their opinions on such issues, especially when they may be hit with some backlash or ill…

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Added by Spanner 122 on January 25, 2008 at 12:54pm — 6 Comments

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