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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Today while doing a few charity events in the "Central PA" area Santa
and a few of his Elves performed a quick forcible entry
refresher. Santa has been having trouble with the new building construction, he said its tough to
make the traditional entry. Good Luck Santa!!
Monday, December 3, 2012
On December 3, 1999 at 1815 hours, box 1438 was struck for 236 Franklin Street (The actual address is 266 Franklin Street) for smoke coming from the roof of a 6 story warehouse. Initial alarm consisted of Engines 1, 6, 12, 13 Ladders 1, 5 Rescue 1 and a Chief. Upon the District Chiefs arrival, his Aide circled the building to conduct a scene survey, and saw the crews from Engine 13 and Ladder 1 enter the building. The Aide reported that he was on the C/D corner of the building an... [ more ]
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Here is an example of why we do a full 360 degree check on house fires, especially at night; and why we must explore what is in our area (not just first, second, or third due). What looks like a single story home with ordinary construction and an attached lower level garage actually has an addition added onto side C that looks to be a garage/shop/barn. There is also an elevated walkway that attaches the two structures. Both of these factors can drastically change fire attack, contai... [ more ]
Photo Courtesy of Bill Noonan
Monday, November 26, 2012
With the days and nights getting colder in Central PA a few simple items can make the difference between happy and miserable on a prolonged fireground. This can be done with a change of dry clothes. I pack a t-shirt and sweat shirt, knit hat, suppression and work gloves, two hoods, two chemical hand warmers and a hospital towel.
Ready to go......
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The National Fire Protection
Association estimates that approximately 20,650 firefighters faced
occupational exposure to hazardous substances â including asbestos â in 2008.
Dick Cray, A solid MENTOR that made
countless Firefighters into the Fireman
they are today!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Websterâs II New College Dictionary 1995 defines a mentor as âa wise and trusted teacher or counselorâ. When we were young and growing up, most if not all of us had a mentor. Someone we admired or a person who took the time to show us the way. It may have been a teacher, a coach or maybe even the Chief at the local firehouse.Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to have several mentors that groomed me. Even today with me being almost 50 years old, I still h... [ more ]
James âBummyâ Bumgardner another
Mentor who changed the lives and made
countless great Fireman!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
SEPTEMBER 11th 2001
0814hrs on September 11th 2001, the world changed forever. At this time, it is believed hijackers made their move aboard American Airlines Flight 11, shortly after leaving Logan International Airport. Stabbing three occupants and spraying the first class cabin full of mace, they quickly took control of the plane.
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Firehouse Pride is dedicated to providing you with quality products from the minds of experienced firefighters around the Country. Some are service spawned, others are pride based, but none are “gimmicks”. Members and contributors of Firehouse pride are from all different backgrounds and departments with a common bond of a love for the job of firefighting. This website is our attempt to bring you one place to find some of the most innovative and inter... [ more ]
Colonial Park Fire Demo's "The Pig"
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Anne Arundel County Tower 40 assigned to assist Ladder 39
from Annapolis City with ventilation on a working residential dwelling fire.
TW40 crew consisted of 3, myself (back seat firefighter), PO Handshew, and Capt
Ladd (riding the seat). TW40 had to park
several blocks away in this tight neighborhood of Annapolis City. TW40 grabbed
our hooks and headed to the scene where we found L... [ more ]
Modify your rotary saw for tight space
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
All Ladder Companies are equipped with âK-12â type rotary
saws equipped for wood and metal cutting. Masonry discs are also stored on the
apparatus. While the standard configuration rotary saw will work for us most of
the time, there may be times when there will not be enough room to get the blade
to the intended cutting area. This article will cover the conversion process. ... [ more ]
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
As you know, this week marked National Fire & EMS safety, health, and survival week so I was curious if any agencies really did much to actively participate. It was great to hear from a few agencies that had actually stepped up and done a few things for their personnel. I can't say for sure if it was directly related to the significance of this week or not but several members of Rohrerstown Fire Co. in Lancaster County decided to make great use of the mezzanine area of... [ more ]
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A FEW WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A HEAT WAVE IF YOUâRE A FIREFIGHTER AND SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT RELATED INJURIES
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
School is out, so do a 360 of your ambulance, fire apparatus or whatever you drive. How many times could we have saved time and money on a flat tire from a haligan bar because we did not do a 360? Don't make it a childs life................
Monday, June 18, 2012
SOFA SUPER STORE
At 1908hrs on June 18th 2007, the first call was received for a fire in the Sofa Super Store located at 1807 Savannah Highway. The 42,000 square foot building would start in the loading dock behind the store and eventually would take over the rest of the structure. At 1941hrs a flashover would occur with at least 16 members still oper... [ more ]
Thursday, June 14, 2012
ON PHILADELPHIA AVE.
YOUR FIRST DUE!!!
Takoma Park station 2 in Montgomery County Maryland, we pride ourselves in
knowing our first due. We are out every shift looking, lurking, and learning.
Sometimes we pull lines into occupied apartment buildings, other times we go
over buildings... [ more ]
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