Mutual Aid Fire

IAFF endorses Obama
August 28, 2008, 6:17 pm
Filed under: Opinion

There has been much discussion on the issue of the IAFF supporting Obama for the presidency and even rumors of IAFF members leaving the ranks because of this support. I have heard members talk about their union dues going to support a candidate and being involved in this political process and it hasn’t been pretty.

I don’t know exactly who I am going to support this year (as with many of you I am sure) BUT I know one thing, leaving the ranks of our great UNION is not the answer!. When you get married you sometimes have disagreements that generally doesn’t mean you get a divorce every time. Likewise you can’t agree with every political move that comes down the pipe from the IAFF, however I believe the folks involved with running our great Union truly have Firefighters best interest at hand.

When it comes to issues that affect firefighters I believe voting records tell the story Check for yourself here In the meantime look here in order to remember WHY we are UNION firefighters in the first place.

Whether you are union or not the IAFF agenda has improved your job and safety at a minimum.

So what are YOUR opinions about this endorsment and which way are you going to vote? As for me and my house… I dunno we shall see.
DJ Stone MAF-

Working fire video NFD
August 4, 2008, 5:19 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized?

Thanks to Niceville FD “B-Shift” for the great helmet cam footage of a recent dwelling fire

Station 21, E-13 and P-8 were dispatched to a structure fire on Coral Dr in Niceville on July 30, 2008. Original information that was put out by dispatch was light smoke showing from the roof and some of the windows. Lt. Ken Revell was the first arriving officer on scene confirming smoke showing, established command and gave hydrant location. Chief 21 arrived on scene shortly after giving additional information about the structure to dispatch, assumed command and requested Eglin FD for R.I.T.. P-21 stopped at the corner coming into the subdivision wrapped the hydrant and advised dispatch that they were laying dry, E-13 to pick up the line on the way in. P-21 crew stretched an 1″ 3/4 handline to the front door, backed up by the crew from E-13. Command advised that the fire was believed to be toward the back of the house. Command also advised that horizontal ventilation was going to be done on the Delta side upon entry. P-21 officer checked the front door to see if it was locked, door was locked and forcible entry was accomplished. Entry crews were met with heavy smoke and moderate heat conditions. Crews advanced the line toward the C/D side pulling ceilings, breaking glass and looking for visible fire. While proceeding toward the A/D side of the structure the interior crew encountered a brief rollover coming from the bedroom into the hallway. Crews proceeded to extinguish the fire and check for extension into the attic.Additional information was passed on to the interior crews to be careful due to possible arson. Fire is still under investigation.

Stay Safe!
Firefighter S. Jimenez
City of Niceville Fire Department

We still need your input
August 2, 2008, 10:42 am
Filed under: Uncategorized?

We are still looking

for those of you who have interesting articles and training stuff. We are wanting to expand the content and ideas shared, so put on your thinking cap and get to writing!
Videos, stories, calls, lessons learned, etc etc… send em’ to us!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to forward this site to all your friends!
DJ Stone : MAF Staff

August 2, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: Trade tips

The following was sent to us from Capt. Austin ENFD…good stuff


The sheetrock described below is a new type and has a paper thin layer of Lexan laminated into the sheet, under the paper, on at least one side. In this configuration, the Lexan adds strength to the gypsum material and prevents anything from easily penetrating the sheet, including firefighters. The material has been showing up in areas of high crime or where extra security is needed and in buildings where there were party walls that allowed a perpetrator to kick through the wall and travel from unit to unit.

The sheetrock described below is probably being used and we do not know it. REMEMBER, it wasn’t that long ago when roll down gates, doors or scissor gates across the entrances to buildings was an oddity. Ordinarily, we should be able to kick thru sheetrock even if it is on both sides of the studs. This new stuff will NOT allow that action as you can read below.

Our need to kick thru walls is basically for one of two reasons: because we are trapped, and time is working against us, or we are trying to access a victim and the wall breach is the most rapid manner.

Breaching this new material is VERY time consuming with hand tools. We would most likely be performing this action under considerable stress, with potentially low air; high heats conditions, and possibly zero visibility with very little time. The fact that the outcome we expect, easily kicking thru, is not happening will increase the stress level, more rapidly deplete our air supply, and cause a significant amount of panic. Remember to take tools, tools, and more tools, when you enter a building during fire operations because of the unknown and the potential to be trapped.

1. Be aware of fire conditions.

2. Always have forcible entry/egress tools with you – Axe, Hook, Haligan or all of the above.
A hose line is not a forcible entry/egress tool!

3. Have a back-up plan for you and your crew – be able to rapidly locate and open doors and
windows for rapid egress.

4. Know where you and your crew are in the building at all times and your approximate
relationship to your exit points. (P.P.P.N – Personnel, Position, Progress, Needs)

5. Note primary and secondary means of access and egress (size, number, arrangement) as
you approach the building to carry out your assignment.

6. Cut ALL window bars off ALL windows of the occupancy ALL the time when
personnel are operating inside.

7. Remove any other security measures that could impede access to trapped members or
their self-rescue attempts.

8. The time to disable these security measures is not when someone sounds a mayday.9. Becoming trapped can and will happen, to you or someone you know, anytime in the fire operation – BE AWARE!

10 When Fire Prevention sees or knows of this new material being used, pass it on so the companies can go look at the application during its installation.

Test Process:

Numerous basic hand tools were used to attempt to breach the Hi-Impact 8000 Wallboard. The concept of the test was to determine if an opening large enough, to accommodate an escaping firefighter, could be created and to determine which tools worked best to breach the wallboard. The firefighter was positioned on his knees to simulate being in a fire condition.

Test Results and Findings:

Below is a list of the basic firefighting hand tools used in the test, how many times the wallboard was struck by the firefighter, and if the wallboard was breached.

Tool Times struck Results

8lb. Maul (striking end) 14 Did not breach wallboard

12lb. Sledgehammer 14 Did not breach wallboard
Broken wall stud

8lb. Pick-head axe (Blade) 38 Penetrated wall on 6th swing
Created hole large enough for firefighter

Halligan bar 30 Penetrated wall on 4th swing
Created hole large enough for firefighter

8lb. Flat-head axe (striking end) 18 Did not breach wallboard

8lb. Maul (cutting end) 19 Penetrated wall and broke wall stud

As shown in the table above, all of the striking tools were proven ineffective in breaching the Hi-Impact 8000 Wallboard. The cutting tools proved to be most effective, usually penetrating the Lexan in less than 10 swings. The Lexan did not break easily after being struck but it did crack enough to become pliable enough to bend while the firefighter crawled through the hole.

Things to consider:􀂾 While you are crawling through the wall the Lexan has tendency to get caught up on personal protective equipment and will possibly cut or rip the PPE with the sharp edges.
The amount of time it took to create a hole large enough to accommodate a firefighter’s size. If fire conditions are deteriorating, the firefighter is already at increased risk.

This test was performed with the Hi-Impact 8000 Wallboard on only 1 side of the stud. Chances are if this product is encountered, it will be mounted to both sides of the studs, therefore at least doubling the amount of time and effort to breach the wall in an emergency situation.

It was demonstrated that breaching the Hi-Impact 8000 Wallboard has a high resistance to impact forces brought on by striking tools. The tool of choice when this product is encountered is a cutting tool. This test further stresses the fact that departments need to get out in their response areas (even auto or mutual aid areas) and know what kind of building materials are being used.

Test Performed by:
Firefighter/Paramedic Sean Murphy – Roberts Park Fire Protection District
Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Duzak – Roberts Park Fire Protection District