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HAVE YOU PRACTICED DISENTANGLEMENT DRILLS LATELY?

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 ]  

 

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE?

Picture # 1, Single Family?

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 “the first due”. Today I posted three different examples why it’s good to get out for some Driver Training and physically check out your first due. Picture # 1 is a definite hot mess if it’s in the middle of the night or you simply didn’t 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?

Truck fire on the roof, whats the plan?

Picture # 2

Picture # 2

 

 

CPAT - MAKE YOUR OWN PRACTICE COURSE!

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 you’re Chuck Norris! With the majority of us unable to push the earth down while doing push ups, a few simple focused workouts aren’t 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 ]  

 

 

DID THEY SAY A CASTLE OR CASTLE BLVD?

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 “sleepovers” 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 ]  

 

 

CAR FIRES ROUTINE OR REAL?

Picture # 1

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

Picture # 2

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE?

Progress Live-Ins stretching the 300' line!

Progress Live-Ins stretching the 300'
      line!

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 “wow it didn’t look that deep” or “wow, glad that wasn’t an actual fire”. We have all been there and we all have the ability to be proactive and change that to “good job guy... [ more ]  

2 Storys side A, 5 storys on the Bravo, Charlie and Delta! KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!

2 Storys side A, 5 storys on the Bravo,
      Charlie and Delta! KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!

 

 

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Staff Correspondant Captain Rick Brocius

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)

Truck 24 OVM opening up, Picture
      courtesy of (DAILY RECORD / SUNDAY NEWS
      -- PAUL KUEHNEL)

 

A NIGHT THAT MAKES YOU WONDER IF YOU DID EVERYTHING RIGHT

Staff Correspondant Will Skinner, Tower 1 Driver that night

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.

 

“The 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. There’s nothing like a belly full of sausage and peppers to get you through the night.

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Side A, top floor

Side A, top floor

 

 

TRUCK COMPANY TIDBITS

Photo # 1

Photo # 1

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 

One Fireman, a 24’ extension ladder, 6’ 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

Photo # 2

 

WHAT'S BEHIND THAT DOOR?

A COMMON OFFICE HALLWAY WITH COMMON ROOMS?

A COMMON OFFICE HALLWAY WITH COMMON
      ROOMS?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 

On a recent tour of a food distribution company in our area’s 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 20’ below thinking this was just another ... [ more ]  

THINK AGAIN AND KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!!

THINK AGAIN AND KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!!

 

 
 
 

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