Mutual Aid Fire

Training links
January 12, 2010, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Media

Average Jake Firefighter

Fire Life

Urban Firefighter

Vent Enter Search

Brotherhood Instructors

Firefighter Hourly

Fire Scene Audio


Flashover TV

Camden NJ FD Rescue 1

The Fire Critic

Backstep Firefighter

Dale G. Pekel You Tube training videos

It’s been a while…
October 12, 2009, 3:39 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized?

It’s been a while since some kind of post. I have realized that there are a hundred million really good blogs out there on the fire service and they have gained my attention. Not to mention there is only so much to report on and post to “training” from my pee-brain.

Anyhow, there have been a rash of deadly fires in our area(F-dub proper)…3 to count in the last 6 months. 2 in OCW’s first due and one in ours(FWBFD). What is going on?! some have asked. It is unusual for our small town area to have such a rash in a short time span. Death via fire does happen in our area( as well as rescue from that fire), just not often. Unfortunately in all 3 cases there was no possible way the fire service could have helped those people. Crews acted and arrived on scene fast (on scene within 3 minutes of alarm). It wasn’t lack of ability, training, equipment, manning? maybe but in these cases there was enough people to attempt a rescue if possible. I hear the term “risk vs benefit” all the time and even in these cases there was no risk…because we didn’t have the time… I believe after talking to those involved and being there for one of them that time was not on the fire services’ side in these circumstances. In all of these cases the lack of timely call (a significant delay) to 911 was common. I believe if we would have been called sooner, a minute or two, would have made the difference…The call is that important. Seconds do count when they add up to minutes which are what makes or brakes a “grab”. So let us be vigilant on our training, preparedness to respond to the call, & fortitude to “make the push”. It is our part as professionals (vol or career) to give the public of whom we serve that benefit, it is what they expect and rightfully so! Fire prevention month is upon us…let’s not forget to tell our community how important it is to call us and call us fast!

9-1-1 save lives

Stay safe and live ready!
DJ Stone

Keep firefighters at work!
August 18, 2009, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Opinion

Letters / Chronicle-Tribune / Marion, Indiana
Published: Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:06 AM EDT
Keep firefighters at work

Becoming a professional firefighter was a dream come true, as I relentlessly pursued this vision until it manifested itself in reality. When I first interviewed for the job I was told that it wasn’t a lucrative occupation, was physically and psychologically stressful and hard on marriages. The Chief stated that the reward comes from saving a life and serving the community. I was also told that it was the most secure job that I could ever have, as nobody had ever been laid-off in the history of the Marion Fire Department. Six months later I received a lay-off notice from the Assistant Chief and my world came tumbling down. Two other probationary Firefighters ( Larry Emmons and Fred McMullen ) were laid-off also.

I was in shock and disbelief, as I had a wife and three young children to support, in a tough economic climate. One of the happiest days of my life occurred a year later when the firefighters union president called me and advised me I was being called back to service. It is my hope that none of the young men currently on the M.F.D. will lose their jobs, as I would not want them to have to suffer through what I did in 1981.

If cutbacks in manpower are necessary, then perhaps this can be achieved through attrition. Ideally, additional sources of funding would be identified and used for public safety. This may require some thinking outside of the box, but anything is possible if the desire is strong enough.

Firefighters serve the public not only at structure fires, but respond to water related emergencies, medical calls, hazardous materials spills and leaks, vehicular extrications and numerous other calls. Teaching cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first aid to the public, fire safety to area schools, performing business inspections with pre-fire planning, and conducting fund raising events for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, are just a few of the ways that Firefighters reach out to meet the needs of the community. We can’t turn our backs to these young men as they would gladly give us the shirts off of theirs.

Brian P. Swanner, Gas City

Why we need our staffing (A must see video!)
July 26, 2009, 5:22 pm
Filed under: Opinion

We need to take a stand NOW before the politicians start to cut our staffing and reduce our budgets that PAY us to be ready at a moments notice(it’s already happening state & nation wide). We cannot allow those who make the decisions, to cut our budgets which directly relates to bodies on the trucks who risk it all for that one moment that pays off!

Hats off to the OFD boys they were ready & so should we, but we can’t do it with ANY LESS STAFFING!…OFD Tower 1(and all involved) “good job”

here we go again…
July 13, 2009, 9:21 am
Filed under: Media

Check out Got this video via their site…cmon no gear on the end of the nozzle? Volunteer or paid this is nonsense. If you’re a volly you should try to be as “professional” as possible when fighting fire, you have much more to prove. If you’re paid shame on you, ACT PROFESSIONAL, pick the right lines, choose the right tactics, & train on the little things that matter.

Anyways do you really need a fog nozzle on this? a 35 degree fog pattern? rookie school anyone?

White firefighters win Supreme Court appeal
June 29, 2009, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Opinion

“WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
The ruling could alter employment practices nationwide and make it harder to prove discrimination when there is no evidence it was intentional.”

There is the problem.”no evidence it was intentional” fortunately in our small town area it’s not so much of an issue. Not to say that a few “big city” bros that I know did’t tell me about their own experience with “affirmative action”. It would be ignorent to say it doesn’t happen these days. Just like racism it goes both ways.

You know, I didn’t like the title in this story. This is not about “white firefighters” as much as it is about firefighters and promotion process PERIOD. It is likely to think the highest score wins the slot. What’s fair is fair and we need to keep it that way. Black OR white, young OR old…dare I say experienced OR not so experienced!…( I can hear you about the last one!!!)

If your dept. sets out promotion parameters than that parameter is your judge (BTW if the parameters suck then form a commitee and change it!). Sometimes hurt egos go along with the process such as “that kid is not_____ for this position, Chief liked so & so that’s why he’s promoted, His dad/brother/family had something to do with it!” , albeit sometimes true, the score should speak for itself(that is why all scores should be posted dept. wide for all to come to their own conclusion).

The REAL test comes when you hit the street. Prove yourself. I have been told by mentors before RESPECT is everything in the fire service. “Rank don’t mean SH!T if you do not have the respect of your brothers in the firehouse”.

So if there is a problem with your recent promotions(alot of retirements round these parts recently FWBFD included) let the newly promoted have their moment. Let them prove themselves. Only time can produce experience and experience exposes ability and ability determines respect.

If they have been on the job a while, get promoted, and still suck…_________________ (you fill in the blank)

June 27, 2009, 11:56 am
Filed under: Truck ops



It was noted this morning out front of FWB St-6 a couple of dudes pressures washing a large metal roof without the security of any type of safety devices. We surely thought this was going to be our next trauma alert. So the discussion ensued amongst the crew…do we cut the roof, when it’s wet, without the aerial? if not then at all?

As for me not a chance without an aerial. Maybe I am missing something here, inexperience with this type of construction, ignorant of a certain method of venting this particular set up, or just a puss…What is you’re course of action?