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13 YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOST 2 FIREMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DCFD

Wednesday, May 30, 2012  DC TOWNHOUSE
“3146 CHERRY ROAD NE”
 
DETAILS
 
          A call was received by D.C. Central Dispatch on May 30th, 1999 for a reported fire in the basement of a town house. At 0017hrs four engines, two trucks, a rescue and a battalion chief responded as the first alarm assignment. Arriving first, Engine 26 reported smoke showing from side alpha and began to advance a 1 ½” line to the fir... [ more ]  

 

Fireman "Sauce"

Fireman "Sauce"

 

LADDER TRUCK DRIVER?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  I see too many Ladder Truck drivers that just get the piece there and stand around doing nothing! The Ladder Truck driver should be working as hard if not harder than the riders of the piece! With that being said…………



Did yo... [ more ]  

 

 

DETERGENT SUICIDE IN SWATARA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Thursday, May 17, 2012  CASE SUMMARY
On 05/03/12 around 1000 am Swatara Township Police and Fire (49, 41, 40) along with Lifeteam were dispatched to the Super 8 Hotel off of Eisenhower Boulevard for a barricaded person involving hazardous materials. When police and fire arrived we found a 2 story hotel with all guests evacuated except a suicidal person on the second floor of the hotel. There was distinct “spoiled egg” odor in the hotel and just outside the hotel.
The scene was immedia... [ more ]  

 

 

ARE WE REALLY READY TO DEAL WITH A TORNADO OR MICROBURST IN OUR FIRST DUE?

Christian Hunter of Monroeville was driving home from work along Route 30 in Hempfield when he took this photo of the funnel cloud moving toward him.

Christian Hunter of Monroeville was
      driving home from work along Route 30 in
      Hempfield when he took this photo of the
      funnel cloud moving toward him.

Thursday, May 10, 2012  We are now into May and most weather experts consider April and May to be the official
start to the severe weather season so with that said, and being the weather geek
I am, I read this article in Fire Engineering and thought I'd share it with you.
As most of you are aware, this year has already proven to be one that will more
than likely be record setting in many ways for severe weather events. From the
large tornado outbreaks in February and March to yesterdays... [ more ]  

 

 

** The Basics Matter Most **

Sunday, May 6, 2012  While at work yesterday we stop for a quick bite to eat and when I stepped out of the tower I just happened to look up and see something quite interesting. I've been at this building dozens of times but never thought much about it but for some reason I happened to glance at a different area of the buildings exterior today and I'm glad I did. I looked up to see a "door to nowhere". I know these doors are not that uncommon but I wanted to at least post this to remind folks that practicing our m... [ more ]  

 

From Kyle Steese in South Williamsport

From Kyle Steese in South Williamsport

 

ARE YOU READY FOR RIT?

Go Bag (The Go Bag is taken in along with the secondary air supply / RIT Pack for initial assessment and operations.  You can see it holds only minimal small hand tools and a battery powered recipricating saw.  If you carry the saw you should be able to changes blades in reduced visibity)

Go Bag (The Go Bag is taken in along
      with the secondary air supply / RIT Pack
      for initial assessment and operations.
      You can see it holds only minimal small
      hand tools and a battery powered
      recipricating saw. If you carry the saw
      you should be able to changes blades in
      reduced visibity)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012  Continuing with yesterdays story I'd like to have a quick discussion on how well prepared your RIT is to go to work. Hopefully by now most of us know the importance of having RIT on scene EARLY. To take a proactive approach a RIT company should be on the initial dispatch of all reported structural fires. If you're going to be a RIT company you need to walk the walk in every way. People are calling you with the expectation that you will do everything in your teams power to affect res... [ more ]  

RIT Pack  (have your bag set up so you can easily identify various section of the bag such as the high and low pressure sides of the bag)

RIT Pack (have your bag set up so you
      can easily identify various section of
      the bag such as the high and low
      pressure sides of the bag)

67 RIT (Pre rigged bags for rapid deployment)

67 RIT (Pre rigged bags for rapid
      deployment)

 

 

DONT PRACTICE TILL YOU GET IT RIGHT - PRACTICE TILL YOU CANT GET IT WRONG!

Sunday, April 29, 2012  We are 20 minutes in to our circuit training, and our cylinders are exhausted.  We now are going to switchover to new cylinders to complete our workout.  Without breathing air from the atmosphere, we will be able to exchange our spent cylinders with full cylinders while utlilzing our EBSS (Buddy Breathing) equipment.  This exercise is instrumental in keeping you familiar with your equipment in the event of YOUR true emergency.

"FireFighter-Fit, saving ... [ more ]  

 

Buddy Breathing Switchover!

 

UPDATE ON THE CLOSE CALL FIREFIGHTER INJURY IN COLUMBIA BOROUGH, LANCASTER COUNTY

Friday, April 27, 2012  Injured Firefighter Update:

While operating on the Rescue Co. Fireman Peters sustained 2nd degree burns to
his wrist, calf and foot area. With initial reports of people trapped and while
lines were being stretched, Peters initiated a search ahead of the hose line in
high heat zero visibility conditions. As searches were proving negative with all
occupants accounted for, Peters began assisting in suppression efforts by
knocking the fire. Once the bulk of the fire was... [ more ]  

 

 

QUICK OUTSIDE THE BOX THINKING SAVES LIFE IN HUMMELSTOWN!

Side Charlie stairs

Side Charlie stairs

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 

 We are taught to think outside the box once we have learned the text book basics of firefighting. Well today’s rescue is a great example of going above and beyond in the outside the box department!

 

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The hole cut in the wall is enhanced by the bubble.

The hole cut in the wall is enhanced by
      the bubble.

Courtesy of www.Pennlive.com (Heavy Fire Side Charlie stairwell)

Courtesy of www.Pennlive.com (Heavy Fire
      Side Charlie stairwell)

 

FULL PPE DURING ROOF WORK?

FULL PPE FOR ROOF WORK?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012  Great video highlighting the importance of wearing your proper PPE and SCBA with your facepiece on when doing vertical ventilation. Things get interesting at 51 seconds into the video. This is a great reminder for all of us to remember to look at the bigger picture as you can clearly see the conditions changing. Seeing the change in the color, volume, velocity, and density of the smoke should be a huge indicator that something is about to happen... [ more ]  

 

 

TWO PHILADELPHIA FIREMAN DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY TODAY

Monday, April 9, 2012  FIVE-ALARM WAREHOUSE FIRE - Philadelphia County, 3:18 a.m., 4/9/12 - Emergency units are on scene of a four-story, vacant warehouse fire at the intersection of East York and Jasper Streets in the city of Philadelphia (Kensington Section). Embers from the incident started fires at four nearby residences and a building housing a furniture store at Kensington and East Boston Streets. Approximately 31 homes were evacuated as a precaution. The vacant warehouse and the furniture store buildin... [ more ]  

 
Ron Trout/PFN STAFF/ Jay Giel, Mike Nester

Ron Trout/PFN STAFF/ Jay Giel, Mike
      Nester

 

A PLATOON IN READING CITY TAKES TIME TO TRAIN ON LADDERS - GET OUT THERE AND TRAIN!

Saturday, April 7, 2012  A platoon firefighters under the direction of Lt. James Stoudt took advantage of the nice weather to drill with some ground ladders at the fire academy. Members from Engines 1 and 7, Ladder 1, Medic 1, & Rescue 1 participated.

Pictures and Story Courtesy of Correspondent Jason Batz

 

 

 

A FEW THOUGHTS FOR THE CHIEF OFFICER OF THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE

Sunday, April 1, 2012  There are rules, and then there are rules. Here are some I've tried, not always successfully, to follow.

Ryman’s Rules: A Volunteer Chief’s Philosophy


1. You are responsible. You are responsible 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. If you are there or 3,000 miles away. You are responsible. You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.

2. The chief is always right. Invite input, debate, etc. from the officers. However, once the decision is ... [ more ]  

 

 

HYDRAULICS 101

EPO Switch (Shut Off)

EPO Switch (Shut Off)

Saturday, March 17, 2012 

Hydraulics 101:  The Other Kind



            One of the most common systems in industrial occupancies are those which use hydraulic fluids.  Whether for sheet metal presses, CNC machines, plastic extrusion, ore a variety of other uses, these systems are wide spread.  With hydraulic reservoirs rangi... [ more ]  

Hydraulic Power Unit

Hydraulic Power Unit

 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ON SCENE SIZE UP

Single story, masonry construction, educational building, smoke showing side A

Single story, masonry construction,
      educational building, smoke showing side
      A

Sunday, March 11, 2012  We all hate that, responding to a full assignment and Chief XX marks on the scene.  "County, Chief XX on the scene.". What?  That's it?  that just told me and any other responding units absolutely nothing except that Chief XX is on the scene.  Even if you arrive on the scene and you have nothing evident you still need to advise units what they are coming in to.  Most of the first due companies should know the building type based upon the area they were dispatche... [ more ]  

 
Size up not just important for structures.  3 tractors fully involved.

Size up not just important for
      structures. 3 tractors fully involved.

Single family 2 story, ordinary construction, smoke showing from side A 2nd division windows

Single family 2 story, ordinary
      construction, smoke showing from side A
      2nd division windows

 
 
 

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