Archive for May2014

Why Firefighter Suicides Should Not Be Considered as LODDs

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Put aside the emotion when considering adding to a number we try to lower each year

“FEAR” by Ric Jorge

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Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise The truth of the matter is, everyone gets scared. But when fear develops into anxiety around a function of your job (being a fireman) now we got problems. The biggest problem is not how did it occur, but how are we going to manage it? Lets identify: FEAR as an emotion caused by […]

Holding 1&1: Engine Size-Up

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This is YOUR fire, what will YOU do?   What is your size-up from this fire? What floor do you report there to be fire showing from? First Engine, what’s your line selection and where do you operate it from first? First Truck, you’re the OVM, and assigned to VES with the Chauffeur for reported […]

Tactical Safety for Firefighters: False Positives

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Ray McCormack says you come first. Really.

Safer Buildings

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Deputy Chief Ayotte looks at a common public misconception I could not attend the funeral of Lieutenant Ed Walsh because I had jury duty. On my way home after doing my civic duty, I stopped in at my local Starbucks to grab a Cafe Americano. Someone in the store was using Starbuck’s Wi-Fi connection and […]

Expect Fire Buffalo: High-Rise Smoke and No Standpipes

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Lloyd Mitchell on the scene of fatal fourth floor fire Video below is from Lloyd Mitchell Photography of a fire at 1240 Delaware Avenue, a U-shaped multi-family dwelling. Engine 37 and Truck 4 roll on a PS to investigate smoke. They arrived on location and requested the balance of the first alarm for a heavy […]

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