August 2009

The next to last article about the first half of this year’s LODDs is posted. One thing that was immediately interesting is that the notion that young firefighters racing up to the station will die in POV accidents is not a large fact. Of all of the “Collision” deaths, only one of the six was an 18 year old, operating without a […]

2009 LODD; Medical, Response

“- However there are some whose deaths raise a concern that the definition may be too loosely applied.”

2009 LODD; Position, Fireground

A further, more specific, breakdown of the numbers and information shows the following: Position Types Chief Officer: 6; Line Officer: 15; Firefighter: 32 Line Officer, in this writing, refers to traditional sub-command positions (i.e. captain, lieutenant, and corporal) as well as “station chief” as it was listed congruent with “firefighter”. Of the 32 firefighters, I […]

2009 LODD 6-Month Summary

“The following is a brief look at the line of duty death numbers for the first half of the year.”

Truck Appreciation Day

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Every now and then those on the truck are fortunate to grab fame and glory. After all, it is well within their duties to search for and rescue those in distress. Aside from the routine of breaking doors, windows, tools, posing for photos and watching the fire go out, a truckie may get the rare […]

Implications of Medical History

” If we are unwilling to require members be physically and medically fit, and we cannot provide them with to tools needed to respond to a mayday, then the mission of the department needs serious reconsideration.”

“Father’s Day” 2001

The following was written by Andy Fredericks and is shared with permission from the staff at Fire NuggetsFather’s DayAndrew A. FredericksOn Sunday, June 17, 2001, a fire occurred in a hardware store in the Astoria section of the Borough of Queens, New York. The FDNY was notified and responded with a full first-alarm assignment, including […]

Introduction Revisted

A year ago I had begun my fire service writing with a reflection of the powerful statement in an article by Charles Bailey of the disconnect in learning within the American fire service. Bailey had shared that the problem is the process between crafting the messages and how the messages are learned are not conjoined. […]

Stock Tip

Men’s Warehouse (MW on the NYSE) was up $1.26 today from the morning’s opening.“Chief Halton said he failed to inform speakers at the conference that if they chose to present in uniform, they had to ensure their speech was consistent with the policies, procedures and positions of their organizations.”“It was for that reason and that […]

Wind Driven Conditions – Building Experiments

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The second part of the NIST Wind Driven Fire Conditions reports has been released. This part details the experiments and results from the Governor’s Island tests. The lengthy report is a must read for those who desire to better understand not just high rise firefighting, but positive pressure ventilation as well. We should also be […]

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