Here’s the extra long list to make up for a couple of weeks without posting:
- The Battle Can – Gary Lane, Fire Service Warrior
“Let’s examine one of the most seemingly disliked and “low fun factor” duties we have… Carrying the 2 1/2 gallon pressurized water extinguisher, or ‘The Can.’”
- My Favorite Street Photographer Is A Fireman From Camden - Chris Nieratko, VICE Magazine
“New Jersey’s own Gabe Angemi is a skateboarder with a cellphone. Gabe is a second-generation fireman in one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America: Camden, New Jersey. The photos he posts on his Instagram are an unflinching look at the human (and often inhumane) conditions that exist in the once great city that Walt Whitman called home and often wrote so romantically about.”
- Interior Fire Attack, Advancing the 1 3/4″ With Door Control - LA County FD
A video published by LACoFD for internal training on their new door control SOP. A good look at how one large department has adapted to developments in fire behavior research. You don’t have to implement these exact procedures in your department, but it is worth watching for consideration.
- Options for Stretching a Triple-layer/Triple-fold Crosslay in Tight Spaces - streetsmart firefighter
“Here is an option for pulling a 200′ triple fold rackline in a confined space. This is used when you have to pull the line parallel to the engine.”
- Shining Examples of “REAL” Brotherhood – Ryan Royal, IronsandLadders.com
“…I am here to say I have been recharged and my outlook on the current level of brotherhood around my department has been lifted into a very positive perspective. Its NOT dead yet…not if we have anything to say about it.”
- Execution of Excellence – Dave LeBlanc, Backstep Firefighter
“The execution of excellence should be a goal for every Fire Department. Every time we hit the street, we should be doing so with the knowledge and training to allow us to operate at the top of our game.”
- Do Not Post Unless You Would Publish in the Paper – Frank Ricci, Fire Engineering
“Social media is a great tool to get your message out and share thoughts and ideas, just ensure you use it responsibly.”
- Blame it on the Stars – Pete Sulzer, Fire Service Warrior
My latest full-length article, hosted on Fire Service Warrior.
- Ground Ladder Tips – Matt Hinkle, MS Fire Net (Youtube)
My latest full-length article, “Blame it on the Stars”, is up on the Fire Service Warrior main-site.
It’s been a long week at ELAFF HQ and the list is a little late going out, but here it is:
- We Are Not Cyborgs – Gea Leigh Haff, Fire Service Warrior
We had an especially tough fire in the “ELAFF Local” last weekend. This post went up on the FSW main site within 48 hours, just in time to read it prior to heading to the CISD myself. A fine article and excellent reminder.
- 35′ of Getting the Job Done – Firefighter Basics
“There is hardly a reason to have more than 2 members raising the 35′ ladder. The job does go quicker with 3 people but usually the 3rd person gets in the way.”
- That Idea Would Never Work Here! - Craig Nelson & Dane Carley, Fire Engineering
“Why are new ideas important to the fire service and, more specifically, to your department? Ideas turn into innovation, and innovation is how departments adapt to a changing environment.”
- Tactical Nozzle Considerations – Dan Doyle, Fire Engineering
Here’s the list:
- A Hero W.O.D. in honor of the Granite Mountain 19 from Fire Service Warrior:
19 mountain climbers
3 mile run
19 mountain climbers
45 lb. vest/pack
- Study of the Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes - Steve Kerber, UL FSRI
Don’t let the long title scare you. Take some time to read it in pieces, or print out the summary report to look over with your crew. Discuss the findings, how they could potentially affect your department’s operations, and how they might affect your personal considerations. Depending on your department, this may be old news common-sense that has been taught at the academy for decades or it could be some revolutionary information. Either way, it shouldn’t be dismissed or overlooked. Take the data for what it is and work it out for yourself.
- The Missing Pieces of Firefighter Survival - Brian Bush, Fire Service Warrior
“Firefighters must be presented with the true context of situations where lives are being threatened. The belief that situational awareness can be maintained during chaotic events; that firefighters will be able to function at full capacity, recall and execute training, and communicate in a highly dynamic environment is false (Gasaway, 2012).”
- Firefighter PASS Device Study Yields Surprising Results - NFPA Fire Service Today
“During one experiment a small trash can fire was lit to see what effect a small fire had on the sound of the PASS alarm signal. The sound became muffled and quieter and the fire seemed to merge the multiple tones into one sound.”
*I try to catch as many articles as possible, but I inevitably miss some. If you see anything worth learning from, send me an email at ELAFFHQ@gmail.com.
Here’s your weekend reading assignment:
- Mentors – Mark VonAppen, Fully Involved
“You never know when a mentor will show up, who they will be, or how they are to influence you or your life as a whole. We might not know how someone has molded us until years later as we hear his or her words echoed in our own.”
- Because We Can - Jonah Smith, Fire Service Warrior
“As you sit down at the firehouse, you can think about whether to retire to the recliner for the day or find something to train on. I am sure that there are plenty of fallen firefighters’ families wishing that their loved one could be training with you shoulder-to-shoulder every day you work.”
- Developing Door Control Doctrine – Ed Hartin, CFBT-US
“Fire scene photos go up by the hundreds daily on the Internet. Critiquing them for best in “Equipment Omission” does not solve safety issues. It makes you look petty.”
- Focus - Dan Manning, Fire Service Warrior
A look back in the FSW archives with this Dan Manning post.
“To be truly great at our business takes a lot of work — a lot of work for the entirety of your career. If you find yourself not working too hard you may have hit a plateau from which you need to keep building and learning.”
- Finally, stay up to date on the latest research from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute by giving their new Facebook page a “like”.
Also, check out their main site at http://ulfirefightersafety.com/