F.M. Tanya Hoover

Check out California State Fire Marshal Tanya Hoover.  I had the great opportunity to meet and speak with Fire Marshal Hoover at an IAFF Instructor Development Conference.  She was personable and dynamic.   This clip is from the Fire Alumni Workshop Series.

The Fire Alumni Events continue to motivate and educate future firefighters in the right direction. These events will prepare you, the candidate, to become a firefighter anywhere in the nation. for Fire Departments across the nation.

“The New Fire Fighter”

As a firefighter, there is a new “app” you have to learn; it’s called you “App-aratus“!

 

Food for Thought, This Memorial Day

SAR Costs

“N’uff said…”

 

 

Calling the MayDay

IT IS, HIGHLY, RECOMMENDED YOU COMPLETE THE FULL NFA “CALLING THE MAYDAY” COURSE!

Thank you, Dr. Burton Clark, NFA, for your tireless efforts on behalf of firefighters and the important awareness of “May-Day” Training.

The “culture of the fire service” continues to be a barrier for  firefighters to call for help when they need it.  You’re in a fire.  The situation is getting worse.  You become lost, separated, low on air, you take a fall, the building or floor collapses; and we have firefighters debating, with themselves, on whether they are going to call for help or not.

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UCFA Graduation Keynote: Semper Paratus

Had the opportunity to address the graduating fire fighters at the Union County Fire Academy Graduation.

 

The High Rise Fire Study

The effects of crew size and fire location that determine various outcomes.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers and to those who stepped in or stepped up where needed.

To my sister Firefighters, I salute you, for doing double duty (you know exactly what I mean).  Your intellect, presence, grit, contributions to the Fire Service and technical acumen are positive dynamic factors in an ever-changing work environment.

And to: Cheryl Alston, Annie Alston, Hattie Alston, Suzy Manley, Linsdell Gallup, Dorothy Manley, Helen Howard, Josephine Morrison, Sarah Alston, Lenora Bernard, Helen Crump, Lucy Dunston, Gladys Bobbitt, Vernada Watson,  Sis. Reeba, Dinetta Blocker, Mary Sweeney,… you deposited more in me than you can ever receive in return.  From your nurturing, encouragement, support, guidance, scolding, a kind word, a “whuppin'”,  a smile, your managing chaos or maintaining the peace, your love helped define who I am; my  love of God, respect for humanity and sense of self.

I owe you a debt that can never be repaid…

“All that I am, I owe.  I live eternally in the red.”

FDIC 2016: Call for Presentations

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FDIC2016 Call for Presentations

Still the Greatest (FIRE) Show on Earth.  Deadline for submissions is:

June 19, 2015

Thirteen Fire Fighters Hurt: Hazmat

Thirteen firefighters were taken to area hospitals for treatment Wednesday after fighting a garage fire in Hamilton that contained chlorine, fire officials said.

The 2:45 p.m. fire ripped through two large garages in the 2000 block of South Broad Street, gutting the buildings and at destroying two vehicles parked inside one of the garages, firefighters and witnesses said.

One of the garages contained a container of chlorine, the kind used in backyard pools, and when it burned it caused a gas that caused several firefighters to suffer respiratory injuries, fire officials said.

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At about 3:15 p.m., as an odor of a chemical hung in the air, fire officials and Hamilton police officers moved onlookers out of the immediate block, saying the fumes from the chlorine would be harmful to inhale.

And the numerous firefighters who responded were moved a block away and emergency medical officials started setting up a decontamination process for the firefighters, so they could then be taken to local emergency rooms for evaluation.

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FDNY: Black Sunday Review

This video clip is narrated by Jeff Cool from Rescue 3 of the FDNY. It’s a small segment taken from the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program. The video recaps the events that took place at a tenement fire on January 23, 2005 in the Bronx, New York – Which killed Lt. John G. Bellew and Lt. Curtis Meyran and caused severe and critical injuries to Lt. Joseph DiBernardo, FF Jeffery Cool, FF Eugene Stolowski and FF Brendan Cawley

All videos and information we share here is to give us an opportunity to honor our dead and make sure that they did not die on vain.

Almost every SOP/SOG and change in tactics, we have, were written in blood and etched on tombstones.

Learn the lessons well…they paid with their lives for us…