Friday, May 29, 2009

Rockin Article on Wind -Driven Fires

Here is a great, short article on a fire condition that we do not see often and is very unpredictable in every way. When guys talk about taking a beating inside I guarantee you they are talking about this. I recall a fire that was in a 40mph wind awhile back and it was unforgiving, so watch out for these fires they like to bite.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Gifted Chief

You got to love Nozzlehead in Fire Chief Magazine, he is a real straight shooter. This month he is writing about Chiefs who do not understand the need for resources. I call these guys the ones who were gifted their jobs by daddy or some politician who knew they would keep quiet. They did not ever ride an engine for very long or move up through the ranks the hard way so they do not understand much. They know "ALOT" and their people are idiots in every way (sarcasm insert).

This points to a great need for some competent regulation of the NIMS standard so that these types of Chiefs will no longer roam the land seeking to hurt any firefighter they can through "i know better recklessness". A Chief that I have heard speak several times said a most simple thing regarding manpower at a scene. "Take the seven basic steps of firefighting plus RIT and assign 2 people for each job" That gives you a bare minimum of 18 fully trained firefighters on scene. Sure we have all gotten by with less but that does not make it right, or safe.

Governing bodies should be held accountable by the Federal boys to having a certified, competent, goes by standards Chief in every department in America.

Watch this video to see a real Chief and what we are up against, super informed commissioner here!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Smoke Tells a Story

Your success is my objective and here is one very effective but short video that if paid attention to can save your life and your brothers. There is great importance to keeping important details in YOUR noggin and seeing the big picture is one of them.

Smoke will always be the great deceiver and should be observed with the future in mind!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Great Complacency

Ask yourself this question today, am I going to better prepare myself for firefighting this week or will I continue down the road that leads to the greatest risk for firefighters, complacency?

Tell yourself I am going to move forward, run that mile, train safely, take-on that new project, and in general let inertia take effect on my success as a firefighter because i WANT TO LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER DAY!

How many times a shift do you blame someone else for your lack of knowledge or training,count the times honestly and start doing something positive to change that never ending excuse! After all your a firefighter,someone people call upon to take the bad and make it good, you must be READY!

Size This Up

Pulling the big guns out,look at the set-up and the fire-power they put on this one,love the guy who is bigger than the five inch supply line(ARNOLD).

Good Example of putting the water where it needs to go, so many times the nozzleman greatly influences the effectiveness of the firefight.

Drills we need to repeat

These guys got it right, the big picture is we all need to do this to really be ready....MORE often than we do!!