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Friday, November 19, 2010
Over the summer we had a call at work to assist our City's code enforcement officials with lighting and were once again reminded of how important basic survival techniques are to our everyday well being. These pictures were taken in a basement of a property that was under investigation for "re-routing" electricity to the building after the meter had already been pulled. Additionally it was discovered that there were no steps at the Bilco door so that can always make for ... [ more ]
Picture # 1, Single Family?
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Once or twice a month I want to post a few unusual and
thought provoking finds from around âthe first dueâ. Today I posted three
different examples why itâs good to get out for some Driver Training and
physically check out your first due. Picture # 1 is a definite hot mess if itâs
in the middle of the night or you simply didnât catch the signs of it being a
duplex due to the heat of the moment.
These duplex houses are in the first due of Burtonsville, MD
and were... [ more ]
Truck fire on the roof, whats the plan?
Picture # 2
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Most Career Fire Departments require the Candidate Physical Ability Test as part of the hiring process. This is a PASS or FAIL step and should be trained for unless youâre Chuck Norris! With the majority of us unable to push the earth down while doing push ups, a few simple focused workouts arenât a bad idea!
The following selections of photos are from when Dan Rothermel and I went through the process for Montgomery County, MD. The hardest thing to find out of our equipm... [ more ]
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Here is one more reason why knowing your first due is so important.
This homeowner built a, 4 story stone castle tower has 2 full bedrooms, an
office, a bathroom and roof access. It also has a full HVAC system. More
importantly, the home owner allows church groups, cub scouts and girl scout
groups to have âsleepoversâ and camping parties in the building. A fire on the
first floor would immediately trap any occupants on the upper floors. Although
it is difficult to judge from... [ more ]
Picture # 1
Monday, November 1, 2010
The first (picture #1) is a mini van alone in a parking lot with what appears to be a small fire in the passenger compartment. The incident time is 0830 and you arrive to find nobody around, light smoke showing and the windows smoke stained. What are your thoughts and the first three things you will have your crew do.Some possible thoughts on this and to "keep it simple" Are: 1. What's burning in that car and what's the location, is it in a high profile area? D... [ more ]
Picture # 2
Progress Live-Ins stretching the 300'
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Weather you run 50 or 15,000 calls a year, your first due is
rural, suburbs or city, a fire is still a fire. Knowing your first due can make
a difference on being out for a few hours or watching the sun come up with
master streams flowing! Have you ever come up short on that first line and said
âwow it didnât look that deepâ or âwow, glad that wasnât an actual fireâ. We have
all been there and we all have the ability to be proactive and change that to âgood
job guy... [ more ]
2 Storys side A, 5 storys on the Bravo,
Charlie and Delta! KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!
Staff Correspondant Captain Rick Brocius
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
On October 20th 2010, the firefighters of York County station 24-C, were alerted
for a "CO Emergency with 1 unconscious". Seconds later Engine Co. 24, Rescue Co
24 , and ambulance 24-2 were on the street with 6. While responding they were
advised by YCC that the caller believes this was intentional, but unsure where
the CO was coming from. Ambulance 24-2 was first arriving and found a male
subject standing on the front porch attempting to light a cigarette. T... [ more ]
Truck 24 OVM opening up, Picture
courtesy of (DAILY RECORD / SUNDAY NEWS
-- PAUL KUEHNEL)
Staff Correspondant Will Skinner, Tower
1 Driver that night
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The following is an account from the row home fire in Harrisburg City, PA that killed 4 small children and 1 adult on Monday October 18, 2010. This article is as accurate as the author can recall.
âThe Hill Brothers" of Station 2 were sitting around the kitchen table jawing and busting nuts after dinner, which is the norm in most city stations. Thereâs nothing like a belly full of sausage and peppers to get you through the night.more ]
Side A, top floor
Photo # 1
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
One Fireman, a 24â extension ladder, 6â NY Hook and the
Halligan Bar can produce quick ventilation results on a fire. Here is a way to
speed up the process and a helpful use of the Halligan Bar as a foot hold, and
NY Hook as a feeler, on the roof.
The Outside Vent Man or Roof Man can place the NY Hook and
the Halligan Bar directly on his ladder (see photo # 1). This can cut down on
time running back and forth and free up another hand for the vent saw if
m... [ more ]
Photo # 2
A COMMON OFFICE HALLWAY WITH COMMON
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
On a recent tour of a food distribution company in our
areaâs first due we discovered a common looking door in an office area hallway.
What was on the other side of the door was anything but common. A quick primary
search of this office area could easily lead to a serious or fatal firefighter
injury. Things to keep in mind, know your first due, sweep with a tool ahead of
you and stay low. A firefighter standing up could easily end up 20â below thinking
this was just another ... [ more ]
THINK AGAIN AND KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!!
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