Archive for April2009

Word of Mouth

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In fire departments our most influential training opportunities are not necessarily the yearly recertifications or the latest seminars but the working fire. Our trade is a hands on service where the majority of learning is done by doing. We go to fires; we stretch hoselines; we search rooms; we open up the roof. And if […]

Making Johnny a Poor Leader

FDNY Lt. says fire service needs culture of ‘extinguishment not safety’VideoFDNY Lt. Ray McCormack claimed the fire service needed a “culture of extinguishment not safety” during a keynote speech to FDIC on Thursday. In a hard-hitting address, Lt. McCormack criticized today’s leadership, and said too much emphasis is being placed on firefighter safety. “Too much […]

PGFEMS Safety Stand Down

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In review of the fireground “mayday” in Prince George’s County (MD) involving Firefighter/Paramedic Daniel McGown[1], Acting Fire Chief Eugene Jones has issued a Stand Down for Safety[2] this week. The focus of the training is to review standard fireground operations; mayday procedures; SCBA use and emergency procedures; and crew integrity. Career and volunteer members from […]

Why We Search

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The next time you run that report of smoke coming from the local Quick Mart or 7-11 will your attitude towards search be different?Do you consider such occupanicies to be ‘unoccupied’ depending on the business hours?What type of informal preplanning can reveal such conditions (i.e. medic locals, shopping for the meal) 3 rescued from fire […]

Wind Driven Fires, Houston

Some of the latest news developing from the early LODD investigation in Houston involves the possibility of high winds effecting the fire behavior. If so this will not be the first time we have heard of this regarding private dwellings.“Winds may have been factor in fatal fire“““One of the things that we’re looking at is […]

Chocks

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That cheap scrap of wood may save your life. Don’t carry them just to look cool. “Close Call for Two Firefighters” Patrick Scott Pictures Photographs courtesy Nate DeMarse

Industry Standard

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Another possible tool for us to add to the proverbial toolbox is a new gadget aimed at tracking people. Intelligence Safety Solutions released a prototype of SafetySet, an electronic device that is reported to be able to provide a definitive answer for determining if occupants are still in a building. According to researchers from the […]

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