Mutual Aid Fire

New training site!
April 22, 2008, 7:59 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized?

Check out local OCWFCD Lt. Ryan Christen’s interactive training site. It’s up and going & quite impressive. Ryan’s site will surely change how we learn and share information!
Check it out @

Food for thought
April 21, 2008, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Trade tips, Truck ops

Here is some food for thought.
Just imagine that you and your crew were sent to take the attack line in through the front door of a commercial occupancy, you have now penetrated over half of the way into the structure when things go horribly wrong! Your officer opts to exit through the rear and you now encounter one of these(click above pix). Moral to the story; always take the rear when interior operations are taking place. Stay safe brothers!

Matt Scallan
ECFR Engine19 C

Bail out!
April 7, 2008, 7:46 pm
Filed under: RIT

To bail or not to bail…that is the question…Actually the question is do you TRAIN on this procedure?…It’s dangerous but…check out this video on the head first, it’s pretty intense,let’s not forget to ALWAYS ladder the building while our crews are working on the 2nd floor(D/E’s). Moreover how about laddering at a lesser angle for this very reason?

Commercial fire from Ocean City Md
April 2, 2008, 2:49 pm
Filed under: Engine ops

Check out this link to Ocean City Md. FD commercial fire in a T-Shirt shop. This email has been forwarded around locally & Chief Grace of ECFR made some good observations on the rapid changing conditions below. First check out his link here, check out the time stamps on each picture and join in on the discussion!

I’m speculating that there may have been some dynamics involved there that let the situation get away from them like it did.

1. That location is possibly an automatic alarm frequent flyer & the companies had become complacent with regard to apparatus placement. In other words: “Let’s just drive up the boardwalk right to the front door so we don’t have to walk as far. It’s probably another false alarm anyway.”
2. The private fire protection system (if there is one at all) had to have been out of service. One working sprinkler over the point of origin would have nipped that thing in the bud.
3. When a Fire Inspector comes down on shop owners about aisle space, ceiling/sprinkler head clearances, and general over-stocking, they do so to prevent fires like this one from happening.
4. If your department has a tower ladder, always consider using the bucket’s nozzle as a portable master stream device. Had they lowered the bucket to it’s lowest possible setting, they could have, from their set up point in front, knocked out the back wall of that shop with a high flow, high pressure, great reach straight stream.
They underestimated the fire’s existense and or growth potential & they were behind the 8 ball from the start.
I’m glad that you’re sharing someone else’s bad day experiences with the brothers & sisters that are truly interested in learning more about trying to do the best job possible.
Stay safe!

Patrick T. Grace, Battalion Chief
Escambia County Fire Rescue

Situational awareness
April 1, 2008, 5:48 pm
Filed under: MVA ops

It is ALL of our duties (up & down the chain of command) to make sure our environment is safe. This one of the first of many installments of “situational awareness” topics coming in the near future. This one was found on you tube under close calls. It is your responsibility to look out for your “brothers” and keep them safe…if you see something speak up!(even if you have been on the job 1 hour)