Archive for May2009


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Leadership; It certainly isn’t about the number of bars or collar brass horns you have on your collar, the color of your helmet, or the “title” you have. Although there are many who would argue that point and feel that they are THE Leader specificially because they DO have the title, rank and brass. Some […]

Intentional Fires Report 2003-2006

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An NFPA analysis on intentional fires reported to municipal fire departments during 2003-2006. Includes information on structure, vehicle, and outside intentional fires, when and where these fires occur, and arrest and clearance information. In 2003-2006, an estimated 316,610 intentional fires were reported to U.S. fire departments, annually. The 316,610 intentional fires were associated with losses […]

Engineered Lumber ID Program: Enhancing Firefighter Safety, One Step at a Time

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The City of Greencastle, Indiana and the Greencastle Fire Department recently enacted and approved an Engineered Lumber ID Program consisting of a sticker that is used for quick recognization of potential Collapse Dangers associated with Engineered Lumber constructed buildings. The sticker is placed on every electrical meter of all residential & commercial buildings with Engineered […]

NFPA Vacant Buildings Fire Report

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NFPA Vacant Buildings Fire Report issued by the Fire Analysis and Research Division. Executive SummaryFires in vacant buildings have become a matter of increasing concern as the economy has weakened. In 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 31,000 structure fires in vacant buildings per year. These fires resulted in an average […]


Entry Img Superman, Ironman, Batman, Fireman, HumanÂ…We have a tendency- at times to momentarily lapse in recognizing we “Fireman” (and this is related to all gender of firefighters) are Human. Everyday, firefighters throughout America and the world perform extraordinary feats of bravery and heroism, much of it unheralded, unnoticed and underappreciated. It’s part of our job, […]

There are NO Routine Calls–Eka9cj6vL_U3qHanrwscOGzfZuh08OF6qkR6kW9Jc_R_JBEG13KvX92PowsfusPMeTzVF4rVddN4O1uKs1QVKrFdkPgkoA0QnBemSmWWV8LrUvJLYbZzbhQ9cxjlZ9YqtN9YbYoi8FTOYpnb77jcm-FBoAojURgBy1hIluwsqpdNZIMyePaXKPYIKSHrdl0Gl3Ehc4RubOXbBRp%26sigh%3DDmU6f34sLsc9sWYhKeA0EqlRZ2c%26begin%3D0%26len%3D86400000%26docid%3D0&nogvlm=1& adage that the fire service has more recently adopted states; “There are no “routine”calls”; referring to the safety consciousness that all responding companies should endeavor to consider when responding to an incident, that all too often appears; upon our arrival to be routine in every sense of the word. Whether it’s an alarm system […]

The Next Step; Size-up Must Evolve into Dynamic Management of Risk during Fire Attack

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The Next Step; Size-up must evolve into dynamic management of risk during fire attackThe continuing emphasis on improving our safety culture and the reemergence of “safety” as a strategic pillar is evident in current fire service operations and initiatives. The 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (LSIs), first developed in 2004, provide a basis to further […]

The Opposing Spectrum of Fire Service Safety Culture

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The Evolving Fire Service Safety Culture lies somewhere between two conflicting and opposing spectrums, marked by traditionalist emotions and conservative perspectives.It’s all about firefighter safety, survivability and doing the “job”; however we need to identify the common defining ground.. Let me offer this for consideration around the table today; Aggressive: Assertive, bold, and energetic, forceful, […]

Fire Service Safety, Extinguishment, Tradition, Culture

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Must read postings related to Fire Service Safety Culture versus the Culture of Extinguishment…Read on Follow the Yellow Brick Road By Chief Art Goodrich Borrowing and paraphrasing a comment made by FDNY Lt. Ray McCormack, I would wonder in his safety culture if I were the Cowardly Lion for a lack of courage, the Tin […]

2009 Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week

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Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility June 14-20, 2009 Plan, get involved, engaged and take responsibility…. Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility encourages chiefs and fire/EMS personnel to focus on what they personally can do to manage risk and enhance their health and safety. This yearÂ’s theme […]

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