Author Archives: Bill Carey

Does This Helmet Make Me Look More Aggressive?

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  A unique poll by the Los Angeles Fire Department                   Yesterday on Twitter the Los Angeles Fire Department asked followers which helmet should they purchase. The options were the current ‘contemporary’ helmet or the ‘traditional’ helmet and if they should be either yellow or black.

Why We Search: San Antonio Bar Rescues

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    Two saved in abandoned bar fire         SAN ANTONIO (Houston Chronicle) – San Antonio firefighters pulled two people from a burning building on the North Side Tuesday morning. The fire started around 1:30 a.m., in an abandoned building near the 800 block of San Pedro. Officials said a faulty AC […]

Expect Fire: San Francisco One and One

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    A little more than a small outside fire       Tuesday’s five-alarm fire in San Francisco was impressive at first reporting and more so when we learned that the initial dispatch was one engine, one truck, and one chief for a “small outside fire.” According to San Francisco Local 798 the first […]

Expect Fire: Remembering Asheville, North Carolina and Captain Jeff Bowen

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    On this day a response to an AFA turned deadly       On July 28, 2011, a 37-year-old career captain died and 9 fire fighters were injured in a 6-story medical building fire while searching for the seat of the fire. At 1228 hours, dispatch sent four companies (2 engines, 1 truck, […]

House Passes Federal Death and Disability Benefits Bill for First Responders Afflicted by COVID-19

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  Presumption bill moves to the President         WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation on Monday sponsored by Rep. Dave Joyce to ensure that families of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians who die from or are disabled by the coronavirus get Public Safety Officers Benefit program payments. […]

January 2020 On-Duty Deaths

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  An increase compared to past Januarys   The first month of 2020 ended with nine on-duty deaths as defined by the United States Fire Administration.      This is the highest January total in six years, but only one of the fatalities involves a victim killed inside a burning structure.  Fatalities related to vehicles […]

I Don’t Think It’s What You Think It Is

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    Atlanta’s story isn’t about duty     It was asked that this comment on Facebook be shared.   I had shared the latest from work on the Atlanta fire rescue suspension story and was asked what my thoughts are on the subject.  While it really doesn’t matter what I think, or anyone else […]

The Minimum Standard

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  Most people don’t wake up and decide they want to suck.

Question from a Reader: 2018 Interior LODDs

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      “Do you know the line of duty death total for 2018 and how many were involved on the interior?”

“Let it Burn!”

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  Come on folks, we’re better than this  

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