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.
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.”
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.”
Around Here - Mark vonAppen, Fire Service Warrior
“Cuts to training budgets can no longer be an excuse. We have to invest in ourselves. In order to win the fight, we have to be in the fight. Being in the fight means doing it on your own and leading from everywhere.”
An Honest Look at Training – Ryan Royal, Irons and Ladders
One from the archives of Irons and Ladders.
“Focus on practical training with street value. Each time you set up a drill ask yourself what can I do to make this more realistic, how can I add practical teaching points to this, and then when we get this step right, how can I make it more challenging?”
These Firefighters Who Are ‘aging out’ Are Still the Bravest - Denis Hamil, New York Daily News
A mainstream media look at the age-mandated retirement of two FDNY members, including the Rescue 1′s Capt. Morris, a name that you should be familiar with.
“Capt. Robert Morris of Rescue 1 and Firefighter Kenny Ruane of Ladder 16, both in Manhattan, will ‘age out’ at 65 this weekend, but after all they’ve been through they still want to work with FDNY, among the city’s bravest.”
A video from the NY Daily News covering Capt. Morris’ final tour on Rescue 1.
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.
Halligan - streetsmart firefighter
“Three articles about the most versatile tool in the fire service. Take the time to get better every day.”
Choices - Irons and Ladders
“For all of the new guys, these are CHOICES. It is up to you! We can tell which one you choose.”
The Most Important 6 Inches – Jason Jefferies, Fire Service Warrior
From the FSW Archives:
“Take a good hard look at your gear and how wear it into combat. Screwdrivers, door chocks, webbing, and various other “add ons” are useful, but where we position the most important items that could save your life is one of the most important decisions you will make.”
MacGruber Bag - Gary Lane, Fire Service Warrior
Another one from the FSW Archives:
“This is just one way I’ve been able to stay in a “Warriors mindset” without over burdening myself with an extra 20 pounds of stuff in my pockets.”
Registration is open for the 2013 Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Here’s a video from the event last year, which I was able to participate in. SIGN UP HERE!
Registration is also open for the 2013 Charlotte Stair Climb. I climbed in Charlotte last year and will be climbing there again. SIGN UP HERE!
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.”
The Deadload Isn’t Dead – Brian Brush, Fire Service Warrior
“I personally find beauty in the 2 ½” hose. The simplicity and efficiency of the line is second to none. A 2 ½” flat loaded, in a static bed is a work of art to a fire nerd like me. If you are the one other guy out there who agrees then this was easy. If you are the other 99.999% and you need a little more convincing before you flip your 2 ½” hose bed around, put a nozzle on it and toss a double female in your hydrant bag, here we go.”
Facebook Pharisees Throwing Stones - Bill Carey, Backstep Firefighter
“Give it rest, will you? We know, we know, but life isn’t perfect and this isn’t a fireground and it may come as a surprise to you but you and your fires aren’t perfect either.”
A fresh attempt on a variation of the old (and short-lived) “Weekend Update” posts. This regular post will forgo the random photos and viral videos to recap only articles and training videos posted on the Facebook page throughout the week(often captioned as “today’s reading assignment”), as well as some that I may have missed. As my original articles are less frequent, and may be published elsewhere, I want to continue to use this site to share the work of others. With that in mind, you may share your own work here. Article, rant, photo, poem, drawing, or other…send it in.
Here’s your weekend reading assignment:
Don’t Kill Yourself - Christopher Brennan, Fire Service Warrior
An honest and timely article from Chris on a topic that is all too common in our community, yet is often avoided in discussion: suicide. Read it, and if you know someone who is in a dark place, talk to them…starting with those three, most important words.
Close the Door! Were You Born in a Barn? - Ed Hartin, CFBT-US.com
“Coming and going as a little kid, I frequently would forget to close the door to the house and my mother would say; close the door! Were you born in a barn? What does this have to do with firefighting operations? As it turns out, it has significant impact!”
Throwing Ladders - Jason Jefferies, Fire Service Warrior
“A good training program should consist of progressive learning so that as a task is learned and then mastered, the difficulty is increased. We cannot expect a firefighter to see a technique that is new to them and expect perfection in performance right out of the gate.”
Sick Days - Mark vonAppen, Fully Involved
“The old days are gone. If we wish for the past, worry for a future that might not happen, the present goes by and we don’t live the days that are right in front of us.”
Risk does not recognize rank. Collapse does not recognize rank. Fire does not recognize rank. Heart attacks don’t recognize rank.
There is no experience required to access information, no prerequisites to get in the gym. If there is a fire engine in your station you have all the equipment you need to drill. It just takes the will to do and the soul to dare.
Stop waiting for someone else to take care of you, to show you, to prepare you.
Your life is your responsibility and has been since the day you were born. The lives of those you serve are your responsibility and have been since your first day in uniform.
Enough with the dependance, avoidance and laziness. Pride and ownership isn’t a book, it is an internal drive, a different standard and most importantly it is hard work. Dig in and start now.
You answer to yourself and your duty. The critics will not be there for you at the moment of truth so why let them influence the outcome. We have lost enough this year.
Put down your phone right now or log off the computer and go to the bay, the gym or the book shelf. When the voice from the lazy boy asks “What are you doing? Don’t you know it is the weekend?”
Just tell them “unfortunately it is a weekend that too many are missing and I choose not to be one of them.”
Secondly, the following WOD was posted in honor of the fallen in Houston:
The Houston Hero WOD
Captain Matthew Renaud, Station 51
Engineer Robert Bebee, Station 51
Firefighter Robert Garner, Station 68
Firefighter Anne Sullivan, Station 68
1 mile run
68 KB swings
1 mile run
Many Brothers and Sisters have posted times for the workout over the past week. I completed it on Wednesday with a time of 37:04. Denver area firefighters organized a fundraiser workout at Crossfit Ken Caryl in Littleton, CO this morning. Knock it out and show your work here or on the FSW Facebook page.
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
There were many excellent classes presented at FDIC 2013. Some presented new, ground-breaking information, while others taught the good-old (but oft forgotten) basics. The following three classes, which feature both new and old information, were recorded and posted online. They all center around UL and NIST research and they all contain valuable information. I was able to attend the live presentation of ”Why ‘That’s the Way We’ve Always Done it’ is NOT Good Enough.” These videos have been circulating around Facebook for a while, but there are still those without Facebook accounts, so I’m posting all three here. Bookmark this post and watch them at your own pace, but please watch them. The information presented may reveal misconceptions held by you or your department, or it may be simply be a refresher of common knowledge. Either way, it is worth your time.