Lou Angeli's Blog (44)

Hate Rants: Is this anyway to treat a brother/sister firefighter?

by: Lou Angeli

TORONTO, ONT (August 29, 2013) -- Earlier this week, Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales announced that 2 city firefighters had been suspended indefinitely for sexist remarks made about colleagues on Twitter. Believe me, these firefighters made some very nasty comments. 

Toronto's top firefighter said,  'In the public domain it's…


Added by Lou Angeli on August 29, 2013 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Honoring the Prescott 19

by: Lou Angeli

During my career, I’ve covered a number of wildland fire campaigns as a video and photojournalist.  One thing I’ve learned is that when Mother Nature whips a firestorm, she does so with a vengeance. 

This past Friday night a single bolt of lightning ignited a blaze, which spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and strong…

Added by Lou Angeli on July 1, 2013 at 11:38am — No Comments

In Wilmington DE -- A Promise Fulfilled

by: Lou Angeli

WILMINGTON, DE (January 21, 2013) -- Nearly 4 years ago, the citizens of Wilmington, DE lost vital fire protection to a fancy sounding concept known as Rolling Bypass, the city's term for brownouts. Since 2009 one of three engines companies (the department operates six) has been closed for 24 hours leaving five engine companies to serve the city of 90,000 (daytime). Response times increased somewhat, especially in neighborhoods which are home to those…


Added by Lou Angeli on January 8, 2013 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Young firefighters benefited from Flashover Training.

 By: Lou Angeli
Townsend, DE, January 4, 2013 --  Was it luck or training that saved the lives of 2 firefighters working a well involved structure in Townsend, DE this past Friday? Photos and eye-witnesses reveal…

Added by Lou Angeli on January 7, 2013 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Firefighting, EMS, The Web and Social Media

by: Lou Angeli

Veteran responders: Remember back in the day -- before the internet -- when contact with one another was through print magazines or via "pen pals?" Back then we learned of LODDs, huge incidents, apparatus deliveries and job notifications through magazines like Firehouse, Fire Engineering, Fire Chief, JEMS and monthly…


Added by Lou Angeli on September 27, 2012 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Replacing Heavy Rescue With Lightweight Trailers

Pumpers will tow Rescue Trailers to the scene

(Heavy Rescues to be shut down and sold)

by: Lou Angeli

Wilmington, DE (May 11 2012) -- On January 1, 2011, the lone career Heavy Rescue in the State of Delaware was disbanded by the Wilmington (DE) Fire Department, and 17 jobs eliminated, in an effort…


Added by Lou Angeli on May 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Ruling: Rescue Vehicle Staffing Too Low

Wilmington's Squad Concept Violates Contract's Minimum Staffing

by: Lou Angeli

Wilmington, DE (May, 7, 2012) -- A court appointed arbitrator has ruled that the City of Wilmington violated its contract with the city's firefighters when the Fire Department introduced the Squad Concept on January 1, 2011. At that time, the Fire Department…


Added by Lou Angeli on May 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Fire-Rescue-EMS News via LexisNexis and News Aggregators


Wilmington, DE (April 6, 2012) -- It's been a busy week for volunteer firefighters in New Castle County, Delaware, and fire departments across the nation have learned the details thanks to software known as a news aggregator. In this case, the automatic system discovered the terms firefighters, structure fire, injured firefighter on DelawareOnline, the web version of Delaware's News-Journal.

These aggregators make life easy for news editors (TV, radio,…


Added by Lou Angeli on April 6, 2012 at 2:21pm — No Comments

New York Post: Discrediting Firefighters Whenever Possible

by: Lou Angeli

Lewes, DE (March 27, 2012) -- I don't know where to start, but first allow me to make this personal statement. The New York Post, one of America's largest newspapers, is also its worst. It serves up yellow journalism on a daily basis and "...is best used to line the bottom of bird cages."

Yesterday, Monday March 26, 2012, The Post ran a story about a former FDNY firefighter who the paper claims faked a medical condition in order to…


Added by Lou Angeli on March 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Truckies Come Home!

Emphasis has been on Rolling Stock -- Not Tactics

by: Lou Angeli


(St. Louis, MO ) - Ever since Neil Svetanics, former Chief of the St. Louis Fire Department, popularized the "Quint Concept" 20 years ago, the nation's fire departments have gone crazy for quints. The concept that some said was a only a passing fad is still claiming new…


Added by Lou Angeli on February 19, 2012 at 1:47am — No Comments

Electing Fireline Officers: Is there a better way?

by: Lou Angeli


Suburban Philadelphia, PA -- (October 18, 2011 )  During the next 6-8 weeks thousands of suburban firefirefighters around metro Philadelphia will have the opportunity to decide who will lead their volunteer department during the year 2012. For nearly 300 years, they will determine by 'popular vote', who is best suited to command the department,…


Added by Lou Angeli on October 18, 2011 at 1:50am — 4 Comments

NFFF Day at Dover Speedway scheduled for October 2, 2011


$100,000 raised during last September's race weekend.


For the past three years, Dover International Speedway has played host to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for a…


Added by Lou Angeli on June 29, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Memorial Day (Thanks from America's First Responders)

Almost ten years ago, the lines between soldier and public servant became blurred by a horrible act of terrorism in lower Manhattan. On that day, and the weeks that followed, we all served as warriors on the front lines - whether fire, EMS, law enforcement or military.

But this weekend reminds us that one brave group of American protectors take the fight to the enemy on their soil. Sometimes they are asked to pay a steep price, so we First Responders may serve with honor on American… Continue

Added by Lou Angeli on May 30, 2011 at 2:19am — No Comments

"December: The Killing Month"

by Lou Angeli


December 22, 2010 -- Today firefighters and emergency personnel worldwide mourn the loss of 2 brave Chicago firefighters who perished during a building collapse in south city. It came on the 100th anniversary of the Union Stock Yards fire, which killed 21 Chicago firefighters.

Sadly though, 11 years ago this month a similar fire claimed the lives of 6 Worcester Mass Firefighters who were lost as they searched for 2…


Added by Lou Angeli on December 22, 2010 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Remembering Firefighter Michelle Smith

In Memory: Two years ago today, Delaware City Firefighter Michelle Smith, a 29 year old mother, was critically injured after being run down by a motorist while she was providing patient care to the vicitm of a motor vehicle accident on US Route 13. She died of her injuries 2 days later. Today, Delaware's Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs remember Michelle, her family and the members of Station One-Five, Delaware City Fire Company.

Following her death, legislation was passed in the… Continue

Added by Lou Angeli on December 20, 2010 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Wilmington's Disbanding of Rescue-1 Affects all Citizens of Delaware

No Warning Given to Wilmington's Mutual Aid Partners…


Added by Lou Angeli on November 14, 2010 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Yellow Flag Response

photo courtesy Dover International Speedway

Playing it safe in the world's most dangerous…


Added by Lou Angeli on August 19, 2010 at 11:57pm — No Comments

New broadcast documentary about Volunteer Firefighters

Production has begun on a television documentary dealing with firefighting volunteers. “Last One Standing” is one of the few fire-rescue documentaries that specifically deals with the subject of volunteer firefighting. The documentary is being filmed in HD and surround sound, and will take about 6 months to produce.

The synopsis for the film is posted online at…


Added by Lou Angeli on July 13, 2010 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

Hot Fun in the Summertime (Firefighter Rehab)

SOPs and Protocol for Warm Weather Firefighter Rehab

By Lou Angeli
Simply stated Firefighter Rehab is designed to ensure that the physical and mental well being of members operating at the scene of an emergency (or a training exercise) don't…

Added by Lou Angeli on June 24, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

About that Mosque At Ground Zero

I'm a fairly open minded guy, but this Mosque controversy at Ground Zero -- well it for the birds. After the mosque is built, I can imagine Muslim extremists and others chiding

one another..."We slaughtered thousands of their people -- and the stupid

Americans erect a golden shrine in the name of Allah, celebrating our success."


That's the plain and simple of it! We're at War with Muslim. New York, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and a few others in…

Added by Lou Angeli on May 25, 2010 at 2:10am — 4 Comments

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