Saturday, March 31
What are you worried about? Marc Siegal talks about his book "False Alarm"--the idea of misdirected fear. A culture of terror makes people afraid of the wrong thing.
Blaze Baby Aged 14 Months Fights For Life (from The Bolton News)
Mother alerted by a smoke detector finds toddler in flames.
Loose clothing on children have become a serious hazard, click here for a demonstration and links to more information.
Hillside fire threatens landmark, fouls the air - Los Angeles Times
Hills don't burn like this in Illinois....Two teens confess to setting the fire. The agressive 200' of brush clearance pulls through again and the Oakwood Apts. are saved! Hurray!
Friday, March 30
Firefighter alarm never sounded | LOCAL NEWS | KHOU.com | News for Houston, Texas
It appears a PASS device has failed again. For more information on the ongoing investigation click here.
Working to keep the codes fair!
Click here to check out Dave Attell going though a fireworks store in South Carolina.
From the old TV series. A girl saves her sister when her nightgown catches fire using stop drop and roll. The child was seriously burned. This follows her burn injury treatment. Aprox. 8 mins.
Wow!!! Just over 2 minutes. Wait for it!
Go to www.smokeybear.com to learn all about wildfires and how we can protect our forests.
So what about call fowarding?
Mine owner fined $1.5 million after probe of fatal fire
Everything that could be wrong...was. Passive protection was missing, systems didn't work, parts were incompatible, training inadequate, incorrect escape plan and no water.
A report by the Mine Safety and Health Administration chronicled safety shortcuts and flagrant violations of basic mining laws at the company's Aracoma Alma No. 1 mine just outside this southern West Virginia town. Two miners died at Aracoma Alma on Jan. 19, 2006, when they became lost amid dense smoke that poured into what was supposed to be a sealed escape route, after a conveyor belt caught fire.
"At Aracoma, it appears that deficiencies were not fully recognized by mine personnel or by state or federal inspectors," the company statement said.
The MSHA investigation found widespread and serious failures in the Aracoma Alma operation, including a nearly half-hour delay in ordering miners in the area to evacuate when the air monitoring system sounded.
It also described a chaotic scene in which workers had no water to fight the fire, incompatible firehose couplings and inaccurate mine maps with which to attempt a rescue.
The two miners, both roofbolt operators, were part of a 12-man crew working three miles into the mine when the fire started. As the crew tried to make its way out, it found the escape path filled with smoke due to a missing stopping, a panel that directs airflow underground.
"That stopping never existed. It existed only on paper, on some maps," said Bill Francart, a Pittsburgh-based mining engineer who was part of the investigative team.
MySA.com: Metro | State
As the pile of brush and debris grew to the size of an eight-story building on Henry Zumwalt's property, the state's environmental agency did nothing. When the 80-foot mound ignited in December, Helotes residents erupted in anger as smoke and ash settled into their homes and lungs.
For years, they had warned the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about the fire hazard growing outside Helotes. Why hadn't TCEQ listened? Why hadn't the agency ordered Zumwalt to dismantle the pile?
Because, TCEQ said, it goes by the book. And there's nothing in the book that regulates the size of debris piles.
Now that the fire has been extinguished, TCEQ says it goofed. It shouldn't have ignored a fire hazard obvious to nearly everyone but state investigators.
It took three months and $5.5 million dollars to extinguish! Once again, a little knowledge (aka the heat of decomposition)might have been useful here.
Thursday, March 29
The Scientific Method can be used to solve any problem, even to find a date for Friday Night in 5 simple steps. (Cause we are learning for...living...not just a test!)
Electrical fire in a lizard breeding facility.
PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California
More information about this fire.
A second exit would be too.... expensive! They have occupant loads of over 400 people w/one exit at the top of a stairwell served by a door w/34" clear width!!! Unfreakingbelieveable. I hope the fire marshal sticks to his guns!
Once again....no smoke detectors! This time two of the children are dead, an 18 month old child and Dad are currently in critical condition.
What is an "acceptable loss" in RI? From the article:
The new codes require more sprinklers and alarms and largely eliminate grandfathering clauses that allowed public buildings to avoid upgrades required under new building rules. Other changes include a requirement that nightclub owners hire crowd managers and turn up the lights before a show and point out exits.
Rep. Joseph Trillo, R-Warwick, head of the commission, has introduced a bill repealing the new code except for the provisions governing nightclubs. He argues that the costs are too hefty for small businesses. The hearing yesterday was the commission's first and no action was taken on the bill.
The bill hasn't received much support from Democratic lawmakers, and fire officials argue that scrapping the new code is unnecessary, since the Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review can grant leniency to businesses.
Read about the role of the Grandfather Clause in the Long Beach fire below.
Three dead in mid-rise fire unidentified | LOCAL NEWS | KHOU.com | News for Houston, Texas
A detailed report of the fire with extensive video of the rescue and suppression operations.
There are also reports that the fire sprinklers and fire alarms DID NOT WORK. The last inspection was in 2005.
"There was a person on the balcony screaming for help, Bellflower resident Saida Caal told the Long Beach Press Telegram. "The fire came at him and he was catching on fire, and he just jumped off the balcony.
"He was screaming, 'Help me, I don't want to die. Somebody please help me.' He was screaming that over and over again before he jumped off the balcony," she said.
Or perhaps he was pushed off by "Grandfather" and his "Clause". Just a thought.
Wednesday, March 28
Who Needs a PHD? This article, from Fire Chief Magazine, explores the idea of creating a doctorate level of education for fire service personnel with recommended areas of study. If I were going to persue a doctorate I would problably use their recommendations to design it.
I think the conclusion taken from the 1966 Wingspread Conference Report identifying the “mastery of the scientific method” as the first educational need of the fire service is pretty profound. I find it odd however, that teaching the scientific method is not part of the FESHE (Fire Emergency Services Higher Education Committee) curricullum for lower division course work- such as in the curriculum for the "Fire Behavior" where one of the course goals is to have students recall the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas.) I find this particullarly amusing/frustrating because this is also a goal of the CA Educational Standards- for the 3rd grade.
Here is an interesting story from the article- note the date- almost 140 yrs ago!
In 1868, Sir Eyre Massey Shaw, fire chief of the London Fire Brigade, visited major fire departments in the United States and made several observations, including the following:
“When I was last in America, it struck me very forcibly that, although most of the chiefs were intelligent and zealous in their work, not one that I met made even a pretension to the kind of professional knowledge which I consider so essential. Indeed, one went as far as to say that the only way to learn the business of a fireman was to go to fires — a statement about as monstrous and contrary to reason as if he had said that the only way to become a surgeon would be to commence cutting off limbs without any knowledge of anatomy or of the implements required.”
The article goes on to discuss the need to apply research to the decision making involved in the adoption of policies and procedures or aquiring new equipment.
An example of the lack of research in Fire Service policy that comes to mind is the entire issue of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. This practice was adopted and implemented in departments throughout the US (where they still exisist today)almost with a fear of liability if it WASN'T adopted. But research has shown that not only does it not work..it may even do more harm to than the inital incident caused! Read more about the findings by Gist & Woodall by clicking here.
The same problem exists with the adoption of the Temporal-Three patterm for fire alarms. Prolex found:
In North America, it is now required that buildings equipped with a fire alarm system sound the Temporal-Three (T-3) pattern as the evacuation signal. It is intended that the T-3 pattern will become the standardized alarm signal heard around the world that will unequivocally mean "evacuate the building immediately". Since new and refurbished buildings are now equipped with this new signal, we need to ascertain if the public recognizes this sound as an evacuation signal. The objectives of the study were to assess the public's recollection, identification and perceived urgency of the T-3. Data was collected through a field study in public buildings in the Ottawa area with 307 participants. Results showed that participants often reported that they had heard the T-3 before, although they could rarely correctly identify it as a fire alarm or evacuation signal. In fact, the T-3 was usually associated with domestic signals such as a busy phone signal or the sound of an alarm clock. Further, the T-3 was not judged as a signal conveying urgency. The findings suggest that considerable public education is necessary to improve the public's identification of the T-3 signal. It is also suggested that it is unrealistic to expect that occupants will immediately start evacuation upon hearing such a signal and that further information provided to the occupants will always be necessary to prompt evacuation movement.
Unfortunently this research wasn't conducted until after the T-3 became part of the code. Perhaps if a scientific methodology was employed in the design, they would have a signal that people would both recognize and respond appropriately to with minimal training or education.
Click here for the full report
Click here to access the list of schools offering degrees and programs of study in Fire Technolgy both on campus and at a distance.
Click here for the Santa Ana College Fire Technology website.
Cause for alarm - MSNBC.com
In depth investigation into the failure of PASS devices, thought to have played a role in the deaths of 15 firefighters.
Hank and the guys are working as firefighters. aprox. 3 minutes.
AP Wire | 03/28/2007 | Smoke billows from downtown Chicago office building
The reactions of the people are interesting. Remember, most high rise buildings have selective alarm signals and are not designed for complete evacuation in the event of a fire. Maybe someone should tell the occupants?
Not the flammable district! aprox 3 minutes....
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Fire drill at the nuclear power plant.
Tuesday, March 27
Fireworks are bad....illegal fireworks are very very bad. Kids. Don't try this at home!
From the family guy. A new way to program your voice alarms....
National Geographic fire truck clip courtesy of Peter.
I guess I am on an animal theme tonight. Should the puppies have had protection?
Another state moves to selling fire safe cigarettes.
News team investigates. Aprox 5 minutes
Video taken in a daycare center
A learning opportunity?
Geesh... maybe they should change the name of the dog to First Alert? (or perhaps invest in a few smoke detectors---I cant believe the Fire Chief didn't mention it in his quote!)
Monday, March 26
A 50-year-old man fell through the ice at Donner Lake near Truckee, Calif., in February and drowned. Police said he was ice-skating about 100 yards off shore while wearing 2-foot-tall stilts (thus, the stilts were wearing the skates), and couldn't recover after falling through. [Reno Gazette-Journal-AP, 1-31-07]
California Highway Patrol officers at the scene near Yuba City, Nev., said the 28-year-old driver that crossed into oncoming traffic and fatally crashed into a Hummer in February was, perhaps, working at his laptop computer while driving. Though the screen was shattered in the crash, the computer was open in the seat beside him and plugged into his car's cigarette lighter. [Los Angeles Times-AP, 2-27-07]
He picked a bad day to tag the bridge...
A 15-year-old boy in Hamilton, Ontario, was finally rescued after dangling from a rope, nearly naked, upside down, in the minus-5-degree (F) cold, after a February attempt to spray graffiti on a new bridge went bad. He got his inspiration while tobogganing alone, at about 8 p.m., and left his gloves and cell phone in the sled as he rappelled over the side of the bridge, but when the rope slipped and entangled him, he found himself upside down and then lost some clothes as he tried to wriggle free. At about 10 p.m., when a party was breaking up at a nearby home, someone finally heard his screams for help. [Hamilton Spectator, 2-15-07]
Firefighters risk their lives to save a girl trapped under a flaming gasoline tanker. This is from the old TV Series. Aprox. 10 minutes.
From the old TV series. House fire w/the family trapped in the basement. The power of TV and a door!(Close the door!)(7 1/2 minutes)
News stories reported at least 200 people killed in home fires in first three weeks of February. And smoke detectors are not waking up children under the age of 16! For more information on home safety from the CPSC and USFA click here.
*Smoke Detectors (Digital Security Controls FSA and FSB Series Smoke Detectors)
*Washing Machines (Maytag and Samsung Brand Front Loading Washing Machines)
*Casio Electronic Keyboard
* Estes-Cox Radio Control Airplanes with Lithium Polymer Batteries
Fire kills 2 children in Va., injures 11 | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
Once again, no smoke detectors to be found.
Scottsdale update for those of you that tested here!
Talk about a bad day at the office!
Sunday, March 25
Funny 911 calls. Aproximately 7 minutes.
Celebrating your right-to-know. How the public may use your fire inspection reports!
Hotels and apartment complex owners in Belmont and San Carlos may have thought they were off the hook for fire inspection fees between $300 and $600 last year. No such luck.
After a brief debate, the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department's board voted 3-1 to retroactively charge for mandatory fire inspections conducted in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 fiscal years. The move reverses a decision made by the former fire chief in 2005 to drop the fees amid staffing shortages and uncertainty over the department's future.
Miguel Armenta’s proudest day was almost 10 years ago when he was hired as a firefighter with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.
Now, that moment has been trumped.
Armenta recently was promoted to lieutenant, the first Mexican-American to reach that rank in the department’s history.
But while Armenta is proud of his heritage, it’s only a small part of who he is.
“I consider myself just like everyone else, but my heritage — my grandparents are Mexican — I’m proud of that,” he said.
He hopes his promotion serves as an inspiration to others and promotes greater diversity in the department. “I want to send a message that we’d love to have more diversity in our department,” he said.
Click on the link to read the rest of the story.
Gives a new meaning to multi-tasking!
A funny 911 call.
A tragic story that begins with a flaming drink...
Saturday, March 24
Fire marshal resigns after consulting psychic from department computers - International Herald Tribune
Perhaps they Psychic should have reminded him that he has no right to privacy on the fire department's computers....
Police officers and firefighters pay a visit to the Children's Hospital.
This would have been a tragic story except for the intervention of two people at 3 am! Fire started in the laundry room...and there were no smoke detectors!
What does YOUR MySpace page say about you? If you are looking for a job....clean it up to reflect your resume or get rid of it. How about your email address or your voice mail message? Are they professional? If you want a professional job offer...they better be!
House fire kills three children, blamed on propane floor heater and nearby combustibles. Additionally, two smoke detectors were found in the home, one without a battery and one too badly burnt for investigators to determine it would have gone off during the fire. Neither detector was in one of the girls' bedrooms. The children had been left home alone while the mother was at work and dad was out of town.
False alarm fire call has tragic turn | Chicago Tribune
More information on the accident involving the school bus and the fire truck accident that took the life of one firefighter and injured three others. Additional information is available by clicking here.
Friday, March 23
Smokey gets a makevoer!
Firefighers vs Cops when Deputy Jr. runs into a burning building to save a dog.
This is a hysterical 911 call with pictures. You can thank me later.
Everyone wants to be a firefighter!
How to ruin a frat party!
Lawsuit Filed Against The Fire Department Saying A Careless Inspection By Firefighters Led To The Tragedy
New Jersey - The parents of four Teaneck children killed in a house fire two years ago sued the township and its fire department on Monday, saying a careless inspection by firefighters led to the tragedy. Township firefighters had inspected the home of Philyss Seidenfeld the evening of March 21, 2005, after she called to say she smelled smoke. They left 30 minutes later after declaring the house safe - only to receive calls about five hours later that it was engulfed in flames and thick smoke.
The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa - Protecting the pets: Fire department gets pet masks
A new role for EMS? What do you think about these?
CHICAGO -- A Chicago fire truck heading to a call collided with an empty school bus Friday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring three others. The bus driver had just finished dropping off the children for the day.
Thursday, March 22
Corona Auto X, Nations top extrication training.
www.coronafirefighters.org Props to the Corona firefighters for an excellent video. If you have an opportunity to attend this training...DO IT!! NOTE: DOUBLE CLICK ON THE "SCREEN" TO GO TO YOUTUBE TO WATCH THIS
A walk up Storm King Mountain, discussing lessons learned from historical wildland firefighter fatalities.
Adapted from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group training package, PMS-490 "Lessons Learned: Fatality Fire Case Studies"
Taping of a tv-program for children. Funny scene where a guy's pants catches fire. Seems a little harder to put out than planned. Hmmm...stop drop and roll anyone?
A firefighter on fire! While cutting a steel door with a gas powered saw a firefighter catches on fire. Sparks from the metal cutting blade ... all » ignite the gasoline that has spilled from the saw. Watch in super-slow-motion the quick action of his fellow firefighters as they pull him away from the fire and smother the flames with a turnout coat! Check those gas caps and keep a fire extinguisher handy
A clip from the old Seinfeld show. George discovers a fire and....panics?
They are VERY lucky to be alive...space heater + no smoke detectors usually = tragedy!
Lots of gasoline but no breathing apparatus on board..what's wrong w/this picture?
Wednesday, March 21
During a controlled burn scenario to train firefighters, the siuation goes south quickly as participants learn that gasoline has been used as a accelerant to enhance the blaze. Add to the mix two trapped firefighters, their rescuer, and a pumper which won't go into gear and you've got one of hell if a mess.
Aprox 4 1/2 minutes. Training montage....well done!
Sketch from the UK Comedy Series Big Train. Showjumpers just want to help....
Jimmy Kimmel reports on a house fire in San Diego that was being used as a greenhouse.
Aka "A Gallant Fireman", "The Fiery Circle". "Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ... all » ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is upstairs in the house." Written and directed by Charles Chaplin, 1916. Film in public domain available at www.Archive.org Aprox. 18 mins.
This is an excellent article! The latest studies show:
Firefighters are 12 to 136 times more likely to die of heart disease when putting out a fire.
Firefighters are 3 to 14 times more likely to die of heart disease while responding to an alarm.
Firefighters are 2 to 10.5 times more likely to die of heart disease while returning from an alarm.
Firefighters are 3 to 7 times more likely to die of heart disease during physical training.
-require firefighters to undergo prehire and annual medical examinations
-implement wellness and fitness programs to reduce heart disease risk factors
-require annual physical performance tests for all firefighters
-Firefighters tend to be far fitter and healthier than civilians -- especially if they work -full time at the job. But 70% of firefighters are volunteers.
"The fitness requirements at entry and continuing through working life are much higher on the career side than on the voluntary side," Rosenstock says. "Very few paid firefighters continue after age 50. But the volunteer work force is older -- and with age comes added risk."
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The city‘s $385,000, state-of-the-art fire boat sank Wednesday, still tied up at a dock and without ever being put to use.
The fire department had not even taken ownership of the 33-foot boat because it was waiting for the manufacturer, MetalCraft Marine of Canada, to finish installing electronic equipment, department spokeswoman Dana Perry said.
Tuesday, March 20
A year after a fire inspector cited the school district for numerous violations (including 139 violations at the high school and 197 violations at the middle school) the district has almost finished correcting all of the egress issues. But first, the school district appealed. Then the inspector was fired. Here is the story.
Two off campus fires lead to the deaths of three students, the University decides to deal with the problem by providing students with a variety of fire safety training and education.
The use of the web for fire prevention, education and information in England.
Monday, March 19
WARNING: ADULT CONTENT
McMansions in Laconia (NH) will now be required to have fire sprinklers. The ordinance requires fire sprinklers in new homes or additions 3,000 square feet or greater or situated on dead-end streets or driveways 1,000 feet long or more.
Novelist (27 books) David Eddings, 75, accidentally destroyed his Carson City, Nev., garage and part of his next-door office in January while he was flushing out the gas tank of his idle sports car. He said later that his intention was to remove the gasoline from the car to reduce the fire risk, but then he saw that some fluid had leaked onto the garage floor. For some reason, Eddings' curiosity about the leak (water or gasoline?) caused him to light a piece of paper and toss it onto the puddle, just to find out. "One word comes to mind," he later told the Nevada Appeal. "Dumb." [Nevada Appeal, 1-26-07]
Miracle escape from fire yangında mucize kurtuluş Turkey...not your typical escape plan!
Anything can be bought? Fire escape...priceless! Funny escape video.
A group of monkey-masked kids decide to ride their bikes to the park for a picnic. Along the way, one by one, the kids are knocked out of the ride due to careless or unsafe riding. Doh!
Narration by Edward Everett Horton of "Fractured Fairytales" (Old Rocky and Bullwinkle) fame.
The physics of car accidents...and prevention...
First Alert SCO500 (shown)
Date Code: 2005 JUN 15
Another alarm being recalled is SA500.
The smoke alarms drain the batteries rapidly causing a premature low-battery alarm. The alarms will continue to sense smoke and CO until the battery power terminates.
Funny anime to Dane Cooks bit "Drown or Catch Fire". WARNING: Adult Language.
After the fire (that killed 10 people), code violations become apparant.
Sunday, March 18
Home escape planning. 30 second reminder.
How much water is there?
30 second reminder...The Ebos - Jack's Fact
Automatic smoke detection system alerted fire department.
Attacks on emergency service workers in Scottland increased by 43% last year!
Advice on the characteristics that make a good firefighter...or a good man.
The FDNY used to help lead the NY St. Patrick's Day Parade. Not this year. This year they were banished to the middle of the parade --according to the article
parade organizer John Dunleavy moved them to the middle of the pack of 150,000
this year, claiming they had slowed down and showed up drunk to past parades.
Pennsylvania fire departments are underfunded...impacting staffing, training, liability and ultimately, firefighter safety!
When things work the way they should!!
Emergency Services ad out of England...0118 999 88199 9119 725 3
Homes escape planning....burn prevention....good stuff from Buddy!
Only You Can Prevent...well you know!
Woman killed in crash involving an ambulance on the 91 freeway.
Including the deaths of 5 firefighters in the Esperanza fires!
Friday, March 16
Take a minute to review home electrical safety- You might find the information shocking! (This video is only 1 minute long)
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC
· Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
· Possession of a valid California Drivers License, Class B (or Firefighter Restricted) within 6 months of appointment.
· Possession of a current California EMT-Paramedic Certificate.
· Fresno County Certification as a Paramedic within 45 days of appointment.
· Possession of a current CPR & ACLS Certificate.
· Possession of a Firefighter I Certificate within one year of appointment.
MINMUM QUALIFICATIONS PARAMEDIC:
· Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
· Possession of a valid California Drivers License to operate an ambulance.
· Possession of a current California EMT-Paramedic Certificate.
· Fresno County Certification as a Paramedic.
· Possession of a current CPR & ACLS Certificate
Direct marketing? A new idea for Public Fire Education...
A 300-foot stretch of an elevated railroad trestle caught fire and partially collapsed Thursday evening, sending a dramatic wall of thick, black smoke thousands of feet into the air and disrupting rail traffic through the state capital. There are photos and videos of the fire on this site.
CPR may be changing for heart attack victims! New research shows cardiac patients need more compressions and less oxygen...but ONLY for those w/heart attacks...breaths are still needed for other conditions.
Thursday, March 15
One of the earlier forest fire prevention PSAs. (more)
Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been the symbol of the protection of America's forests. More than 60 years later, he is still wearing his blue jeans, but his trademark line has received an update. It's now: "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires." And for good reason- the destruction of land by fire has expanded beyond just the forest.
"Wildfire" refers to any uncontrolled, outdoor fire. The year 2000 marked one of the greatest acreage losses to wildfire since 1957. Eight million acres burned that year (about the size of New Hampshire), and of that more than 3 million acres were lost due to fires caused by humans.
To renew the important message of wildfire prevention to Americans, Smokey has recently enlisted the help of Bambi. Smokey has an experienced partner in Bambi, who was actually the first face of the forest fire prevention message in 1942. FCB-Southern California, who has worked on the campaign since the beginning, featured Bambi on posters to remind us to be careful with our forests. The latest spots featuring Bambi ask us all to "Don't Let Our Forests Become Once Upon a Time."
All the PSAs direct people to www.smokeybear.com to learn all about wildfires and how we can protect our forests.
CPSC Warns About Flammable Loose-Fitting Garments Used As Children's Sleepwear WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns people not to put children to sleep in loose-fitting T-shirts or other over-size clothes made from cotton or cotton blends. These garments can catch fire easily and are associated with 200 to 300 emergency room-treated burn injuries to children annually. Loose-fitting clothing stands away from the body, making contact with an ignition source more likely. Loose-fitting, non-flame-resistant clothing allows an air space next to the body that helps keep the fire burning, possibly injuring children.
A great ending to what could have been a disastarous situation!
When fire demonstrations go wrong! Don'tcha hate it when this happens?
Last month in Baltimore a 29 yr. old fire recruit died during a training exercise and two other recruits were hurt....there is a lot of ongoing fall out from this disaster---and training safety is the issue.
The family feud at the Phoenix Fire Department. Last year Chief Brunacini retired.....since then big changes have occured---and not everyone is happy about them. This article reveals some of the politics that go on in the fire service family....You will also find a link here to www.bshifter.com a website maintained by the Brunacinis. The forum on the site is very interesting!
Wednesday, March 14
Father Evans is among 42 bushfire victims suing the state of New South Wales for failing to alert them to the blaze that destroyed their homes and businesses.
The residents claim they received no warnings at all that a bushfire was bearing down on the townships of Warragamba, Silverdale and Mulgoa.
As a result, more than $10 million damage was caused, with houses and businesses lost to the flames, as well as "historic homes of national significance".
Among the items lost were "pieces of Australian history", including a set of diaries penned by explorer Gregory Blaxland.
The class action is being brought against such organisations as the Rural Fire Service, NSW Fire Brigades and National Parks and Wildlife Service.
During a preliminary hearing in the Supreme Court yesterday, barrister David Nock SC said authorities "knew or ought to have known" that a bushfire was sweeping toward the towns.
"There was a failure to notify (the townships) in sufficient time so residents could minimise damage to property," Mr Nock said.
He told the court that, at 11am on the day of the blaze, members of a local Rural Fire Service were dressed "in Father Christmas suits ringing a bell" rather than preparing to fight a bushfire.
For the rest of the story click here. Source: News.com.au
Although this is story is out of Australia, how long before a smiliar action is taken against a fire department in the United States?
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Omaha Fire Department announced Wednesday that it will conduct a special evening-hours fire code inspection effort on Saturday.
According to a news release, the goal will be to work with business owners in order to ensure buildings are as fire safe as they can be.
"This is especially important during highly attended events held at public assemblies, such as the scheduled St. Patrick's Day celebrations combined with the NCAA Basketball tourney," according to the release.
The release states that inspections are not expected to disrupt normal business operations, but if a critical code violation or overcrowding situation is noted, a headcount may be conducted. Source: KETV.com
Ross the intern learns to be a firefighter. From the Jay Leno Show. Gotta love it!!!
Gives a new meaning to the term "Fire Crotch". Ouch.
For the rest of this article click here.
The decision allows Isaac Feliciano, 33, to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a firefighter.
The Paterson native lost his left leg below the knee when he was a young child.
Feliciano, who uses a prosthesis, last year entered training for the Paterson department and performed well, finishing 103rd among more than 615 candidates in the physical exam. But department officials denied him a job, saying the National Fire Protection Association bars amputees from serving as firefighters.
Feliciano appealed to the state Merit System Board, part of the Department of Personnel, and was examined by doctors in January. In its decision this morning, the Merit System Board said Feliciano is "functioning at a high level of physical activity consistent with the needs of the job."
The panel also noted that no state law or rule prohibits amputees from serving as firefighters.
Paterson officials have previously said they would welcome Feliciano if cleared by the state board. Source: NJ Star Ledger
Partial protection is never effective...on a date or in a care facility....
The fatal fire Monday night in a Mocksville adult-care home occurred just six days before the 11th anniversary of another devastating fire in a North Carolina rest home.
On March 18, 1996, eight people died when an electrical outlet caught fire at Scotch Meadow Rest Home in Scotland County. It was said at the time to be the worst resident-home disaster in the state's history, and it caused state legislators to re-examine the state's rules on sprinkler systems in adult-care homes.
But although a special committee was appointed by then-Gov. Jim Hunt, the legislature never adopted most of its recommendations.
That year, the state began requiring sprinkler systems in new institutional facilities, including adult-care homes. But homes that had already opened were not required to retrofit their buildings with sprinklers.
The fire at Davie Place Residential Care in Mocksville occurred in a part of the building with no sprinklers. (Grandfather clause!!!)
Three men and a young mother died in the fourth fire, which began Saturday morning on a landing between the second and third floors of the building.
Smith told investigators that she used the dollar to start a fire because she had lost her shoes and wanted to warm her feet, Lacy said.
Smith will be held at the Cook County Jail‘s hospital facility, after Cook County Criminal Judge Colleen Hyland granted that request by Assistant Public Defender Dayna Woodbury.
Smith was identified after witnesses reported seeing an unkempt woman wearing clear plastic bags on her feet near the scene of the fires. Authorities were not certain of her age.
The victims‘ relatives filed wrongful death lawsuits Tuesday against the owners and managers of the building. They claim the building owners violated a city ordinance by failing to maintain a deadbolt locking system on its front door, which allowed Smith to enter and set the fire.
By NATHANIEL HERNANDEZ, Associated Press Writer © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Source: Westfall Weekly News
Rhode Island - Performers can't light a single candle on the Odeum Theater's stage. The floors are concrete, the curtains flame retardant; an alarm system connects to the East Greenwich Fire Department. All in all, those who operate the historic community theater, which has drawn performers ranging from the Count Basie Orchestra to the National Shakespeare Company, think it's pretty safe.
"The most volatile appliance we have in the theater is the coffee maker," joked Frank Prosnitz, president of the nonprofit Odeum Corp.
But the theater's safeguards aren't enough to satisfy Rhode Island's stringent fire code, a set of safety rules adopted after a nightclub fire killed 100 people in 2003.
Fire officials decided last month that the Odeum must install a sprinkler system at an estimated cost of $200,000 or cut its capacity almost in half.
The resulting drop in ticket sales could close the theater, Prosnitz said.
After the 2003 tragedy at The Station nightclub, Rhode Island lawmakers adopted phonebook-size bills during a frenzy to tighten fire codes. Now a state lawmaker and several business owners wonder whether they went too far.
Rep. Joseph Trillo, R-Warwick, has introduced a bill repealing that new code, except for the provisions governing nightclubs. He argues that the costs the bills impose are too hefty for small businesses and says the state didn't need new laws to prevent the nightclub from burning - it just needed to enforce the old ones.
"The only solution to the problem is to stop the hemorrhaging, to pull the whole code," said Trillo, who owns a security business that sells burglar and fire alarms. "It's overkill."
The political will to enact the code came easily after the deadly blaze at The Station on Feb. 20, 2003, a tragedy that touched many in so small a state.
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Tuesday, March 13
From the Author:
All Civilian, first non-Iraqi Fire dept ever in Iraq. Covered entire Green Zone-all the Coalition forces, political personnel and iraqi civilians. We covered about 5 square miles. This is dedicated to all the US military personnel and everyone who is in Iraq away from our families.
This video was made by a Philidelphia firefighter. Here is some of the story:
In the summer of 2005, the city of Philadelphia experienced an alarming increase in the number of people killed by fire. The majority of these deaths occurred in the home. The Philadelphia Fire Department, feeling they had a real need to better educate the public, asked A.P.E. (Artistic Perspective Entertainment) to do a fire prevention music video for the song "Take It Outside" written & performed by city firefighter & former Larsiny group member Rodney Jean-Jacques -- a.k.a. Cal Akbar.
LA County Firefighter Arrested- Suspect Allegedly Flew To Detroit To Have Sex With 5-Year-Old Ok this is ALLEGED. ugh.
Volunteer Firefighter Charged with Arson After reading this ....check out the archives on this blog and listen to the arsonist narrating his fire. Too weird.
Fire Chief Caught on the Lamb Ok this is sick. Not good sick either. Just sick sick. But different sick than the Detroit story. WARNING: ADULT CONTENT!
Entire Fire Dept Quits over Fire Station Alchohol Ban! Ok good firefighters didnt go bad here but it is a wild story!!!!
More of Fire Marshal Bill...this time in space! Enjoy!
Monday, March 12
Chief Lawrence Connors told The Smoking Gun that he issued the memo to FDNY personnel after receiving intelligence information from the U.S. Army's Regional Support Command. Connors added that he was told the Army alert was triggered by information from a "credible source." Perhaps that military source needs to be reevaluated, since the uniform story is a hoax, according to spokesmen for both UPS and eBay. Sigh. Click here for the memo.
Fire Safety Tool Invented By A Local Firefighter
A Portsmouth firefighter has a simple invention that may just save your child's life during a house fire.
Last year, Ryan Petty invented "Kids N Here". The product consists of two stickers that are placed on your child's bedroom window and bedroom door. The stickers alert firefighters that a child may be inside that room. That's important for firemen to know. Click here for rest of story.
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Please allow me to introduce myself and compliment your program. My name is Rick Jones. I am a Captain with the San Jose Fire Department, CPAT proctor, and proud graduate of the 52nd Academy.
Yesterday, February 10, I was proctoring the CPAT test in Dublin, California. Several of your students made the drive from Southern California to take the test. These gentlemen made an outstanding impression. They were extremely polite and courteous to all the staff. It is refreshing to see the attitude all of these young men displayed. I have seen hundreds of candidates come through the CPAT Testing Center; very few show the courtesy and respect that your students displayed. These young men made a great impression on all of the staff. I was proud to be able to tell the other proctors that I was from the same program. I have seen students from other programs come through the Testing Center, very few of them present themselves or represent a program as well as your students did yesterday. There were students from other programs there yesterday, your people performed and presented themselves head and shoulders above all of rest.
As an aging line officer, sometimes I sometimes question the quality of our recruits and their attitudes. After my encounter yesterday with your students, I have a better hope for the future of the Fire Service. In addition, I know that my expectations for our recruits and probationary fire fighters are not too high.
In Northern California we see very few Santa Ana Academy graduates. If, as I suspect, these young men are typical of what your program continues to produce, please encourage your students to apply to the various departments up here. If any of your students have questions about Departments in Northern California, feel free to have them contact me.
Please feel free to share this email with the class. I am extremely proud to call these fine young men brothers of a fine program, and look forward to the day when I can work with some of them! They will make a fine addition to any Fire Department. You and your staff should be proud of these young men that you are producing for the Fire Service.
Captain Rick Jones
San Jose Fire Department
City of Glendale will be running their Fire Cadet exam again this Spring. Click here for more information about this program!
Federal Firefighting/Fire Prevention jobs can be found here.
San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District is hiring a Public Information Officer. Pay is
$75,000 - $84,000 annually. Final filing date is March 16. Click here for more info! -Or click here for the flyer.
City of Henderson NV is looking for Fire Inspector II. Salary is $32.99 - $37.77 per hr. More info is here.
Fire inspection/Public Education and some firefighter job openings in Florida. More info here...read them closely...often certification isnt required until 6 months after you have been hired!
Hillsboro Or is hiring a Fire Inspector. Closing date is 3/16. Information is here.
Firefighter/EMT needed in Nampa, Idaho Closing date is 4/30 or after 300 applications have been distributed. Requirements 18 and breathing w/EMT cert. More information by clicking here!
Beverly Hills FD is hiring an inpsector. Position is open until further notice. Information is here!
Simplex/Grinnell has internship for students in Fire Technology. Check out the program here!