From all of us at Firefighter Basics, we wish you all a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! To our Brothers and Sisters that have the watch, while we eat our turkey, Stay safe, remember the basics! We hope you will have a quiet tour with your second families. Take care everyone, enjoy the day, because Firefighter Basics will be coming back at you with many new challenges in the upcoming days.
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COLUMBIA – A visitation for Firefighter Chance Zobel on Tuesday, November 16th, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Dunbar Funeral Home located at 7600 Woodrow Street in Irmo SC. It is open to everyone. Please wear your Class A uniform if at all possible. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 17th, at Shandon Baptist Church located at 5250 Forest Drive in Columbia SC.
The Funeral will start at 1:00pm, all Columbia Fire Department personnel are asked to assemble at the church at 12:00 noon to assist with the seating of personnel. Further information will following concerning the parking of apparatus and those attending on-duty. Class A uniform is the preferred dress.
The internment will follow immediately after the funeral service at Shady Grove United Methodist Church located at 1918 Shady Grover Road in Irmo, SC.
**ALL FIRE DEPARTMENTS BRINGING APPARATUS: Please call 1-803-545-3749 for more information. This is the Columbia Fire Department Operations Room for this incident and they will be able to assist you with anything you need concerning bring your personnel and/or apparatus.
Thank you and lets continue to pray for the family and for the department.
Courtesy of SConFire.com
Posted in LODD
I heard these were coming to my city. The department said they would be put on some vacant properties in the “less desireable” areas of the city. Imagine my surprise to see it 2 blocks from my house.
Moving on. Cruising the neighborhood DOES count as training. I let a few truckies in the area know about this and now my street looks like a parade route. Either they are interested in the VPS security system or someone is giving away free lunch.
These are not easily defeated. They do not help with ventilation. They do not help with access or egress for us. The properties involved are arson targets and as you can see in one of these pictures the rear porch doesn’t have decking on it. What does that imply about the rest of the building?
My thought is exterior ops, then send minimal crews in for overhaul. Your life safety should not be risked for an obviously vacant building. Get in touch with the company that is managing the property and take a tour, figure out how to defeat these things. I’ve heard they have steel cross bars inside just like the wooden models that board up companies put up. If that is the case you’d need a diamond blade on the demo saw. I would recommend the standard abrasive blade but I think that would dissolve quickly and you might only get 1-2 cuts at the needed depth.
Let me know if you have a trick to getting these off safely.
Stay Safe, and good luck with these.
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The Public is always watching and always critical
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When a brand new firefighter starts on the job it is through their first interactions that sets the tone for the type of firefighter they can become. If a firefighter is brought in to an environment, or dare even I say a “Culture”, that provides for education and learning that increases safety for all.
Increasing firefighter safety means getting back to the basics. Basics are things such as training on how to wear your PPE and the limitations that each piece possesses. Knowing the gear you are wearing was designed to release heat and have a greater tear resistance. It is our job as professionals to read the manuals that come along with the turnout gear and understand the material that your turnouts consist of. This is going to require sitting down taking your gear apart, discussing what each part is, and how it protects you. Firefighters need to have a basic understanding of what the outer shell, the moisture barrier, and thermal barrier really do and how to do maintenance. When breaking down your gear into parts and discussing it, it does not have to be formal but it is training and does have to be educational.
The same has to be done with your SCBA. Check to see if there is a manual available for you to read and if not contact your sales representative or the manufacturer and ask them to get you one. When training with your SCBA ensure that you can put on, take off your SCBA, and handle out of air emergencies. Do you have a pass device on your SCBA? What kind is it? Is the pass device integrated into your SCBA or is it a stand-alone? What kind of batteries does it take and when must they be replaced?
When advancing attack lines know how they are deployed and where to deploy them too. Should there be a second line and where should it go? Should it be right behind the initial line? Should that line be of equal or greater size? Do you pull multiple lines with no water supply? Where is your apparatus placed? Did you leave enough room for the truck? Can you as a firefighter give a size up and recognize fire ground hazards?
In doing a size-up and recognizing fire ground hazards, how well do we know fire behavior? How comfortable do we feel with building construction? These are all factors affecting us on the fire ground. Do you have advanced fire upon arrival? What affect is the fire having on the fire building? What is the smoke telling you?
Every question that I have posed thus far comes down to training.
The only way to know your job is to train, and when you train do it safely.
Posted in Thoughts
How do you feel about your training division?
What do you think a training division should do?
Who should be in training?
Tips for a successful training program?
When you first began to study the fire service and its history, one of the first statements you learn is the mission statement. In this mission statement, it states that our top priority is to save lives and then property. When you are attending, your BASIC fire class one of the skills continually repeated is search and rescue. You are taught to get in and search for life whether you are apart of a hose team or just a crew for search and rescue. When operating in a dwelling or building fire you should be conducting search for life if the conditions allow. The reason we are here is to save lives. The Building is secondary. When you are on scene if you are the IC make, sure this basic but critical task is done. If you are a company officer, ask the IC for the assignment if it is not pre-determined. It is never acceptable to find out after the fire has been extinguished that there was a victim inside. When conducting primary searches firefighters must still stick to the basics of right and left hand search patterns; using the tools such as the Halligan, Axe, Hook, and Thermal Imagers to aid finding a trapped occupant. Practice searching as often as you can! I promise you will learn something new all the time. Get the searches done! It is your job!
To Firestudent 1 and Mrs. Firestudent 1, from all of us little helpers, We have the Watch, enjoy the vacation! You deserve it, the SSDD will be around for us all. From all of us at Firefighter Basics, enjoy the ocean. We hope the boats name didn’t start with a T or end in an ANIC! LOL!
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As firefighters enter the service they should be given as much education as possible to survive. Flashovers are not just something that should be taught out of a book or viewed on a video. Until you have truly been able to witness a flashover and the signs leading up to a flashover, you are truly not prepared. Firefighters are in desperate need of this training as a part of the basic firefighting classes due to the amount of btu’s given off by the materials that are produced now. With the increase in using plastics and foams in building materials and furniture, the list could go on, these events can happen a lot sooner than anticipated. A few signs of Impending flashover are:
- Thick black turbulent smoke
- Banking down of the smoke
- High heat build up
- Little fingers of fire are showing ( Rollover or Flameover )
Simulators like in the above training can be brought in by professionals to let you experience a flashover and teach you techniques to recognize and prevent a flashover from occuring. Learning about flashover is apart of basic fire behavior so why not the hands on training.
Posted in Education/Training
Here is a video by Lou that really brings the title to light, but you have to commit to getting the searches done.