Archive for May2010

Memorial Day

Please take the time to honor the Men and Women who fight for our Freedom. They lay it on the line for us everyday. It is the least that we can do for them after all they do for us. God Bless the Men and Women of our Armed Services and God Bless your Families. […]

Flashover Definition

A condition in which all combustibles in a room or confined space have been heated to the point at which they release vapors that will support combustion, causing all combustibles to ignite simultaneously.

Fire Scenario

Give your size-up, Initial Incident actions, and Brief Description of the strategy and tactics you would use. [vodpod id=Video.3722121&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “Weekend Fire Scenario“, posted with vodpod

When Did Striving For Excellence Become A Bad Thing

Hey man are you okay? These are the words heard on the other end of the phone as a brother firefighter calls to check on another after a very late night fire in which a mistake was made. The is response I hate making mistakes, but I have learned from it and will not make […]

Are you a Veteran or Dinosaur? By Captain Jeff Schwering

In our world, we are all Firefighters, regardless of race creed or color. We have sworn to protect and serve the citizens of our community. We all get on the big truck, regardless of color or gender, when the bell hits to do our job. Are you a veteran or a Dinosaur? This statement applies […]

My first call

When I first came out of the academy I was ready. I wanted to kick ASS and take names. I was a brand new EMT and firefighter. Then, when I driving to work that first day I was a bit scared… What if I wasn’t good enough? What if I got scared and forgot what […]

Truck Familiarization Drill

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For this drill you will need your apparatus and copies of your check off sheet. Members will go to the apparatus and each member will go compartment by compartment naming the equipment and will be checked off on the sheet. The person who get the most correct gets a night off from chores or what […]

Respect. What’s it to you?

Respect, what does it mean to you? Do you feel it is owed to you or do you have to earn it? Do you want to earn it? Do you do what is needed to earn the respect you want, or do you just sit there, behind your desk, and shout orders? Do you really […]

Fire Vocabulary: Flashover, Flashover Chamber

What is a Flashover. Tell the signs of a flashover? This is to supplement the Flashover Definition. We will have the definition for you on Friday [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.942755&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “ Fire Vocabulary: Flashover, Flashove…“, posted with vodpod

FireHouse Expo Baltimore July 20-24

The Firehouse Expo in Baltimore is taking place July 20-24. It offers a great learning experience from instructors from all over the country. Spots are available for some great classes. Give it a look and sign up and we will see you in Balmer.

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“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
Anthony, Thank you for your response. I hope I didn't come off as saying that "I am the only opinion that matters in this paper." I agree with you 100% that there is no "Set" way to do anything, and that we need to keep our minds open to different techniques and thinking outside of…
2014-08-27 20:34:16
Ryan McGovern/ Ladderjack
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
Ben, Thanks a lot for your comment! You're definitely right that there needs to be hoseline protection given to the guys working above the fire; and that a TIC should be utilized when attempting VES techniques. Every little thing we can do and engineer to make an already dangerous maneuver safer is a must! Thanks…
2014-08-27 20:25:20
Anthony Correia
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
While VSP was written as an EFO paper, the paper it is not end all be all on this topic. In a presentation Marsars did last year, he himself said it wasn't 100%. Even gave an example of a fire in his home local where a person lived, that would of met unlikely survivability profiling.…
2014-08-27 19:24:24
Ben Waller
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
...OK, it was 3 points, but who is counting?
2014-08-26 23:44:08
Ben Waller
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
I agree, with two additional points. VIES of the tenable 2nd story windows should include the following - 1. A heavy Transitional attack in the 1st floor windows below the fire to protect the truckies' access, the ladders, and egress for truckies and (potential) victims. 2. Truckies take a thermal imaging camera and size up…
2014-08-26 23:43:33

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