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The Charleston 9: Remembered

Let us never forget the tremendous sacrifice our firefighters, their families and coworkers make.  Their efforts and legacy must be one of honor, remembrance and learning.  Hear, in their own words, their story.  Special thanks goes out to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for this presentation and the their tireless efforts to assist firefighters in getting home.

To my friends in the Charleston, S.C., Fire Department, I am proud of your long, albeit painful, and continuing recovery process.  Your  story is one of lament, progress and hope.  Your strength and resilience is inspiring.

A lesson for us all…

The Ultimate Sacrifice…

Trapped??? Think Bailout!

It is our greatest hope that firefighters will recognize trouble and exit the roof or upper floors before it becomes too late.  The use of thermal image devices and training in flash-over simulators are giving firefighters better ‘intel’ concerning changing conditions on the fire-ground. Unfortunately, “Situational Awareness” is still lacking severely.

Loss of or limited egress options are causing firefighters to use personal escape rope or  personal escape devices/systems.  Firefighters must review indicators indicators and the decision list  for deployment.

Firefighters must also become completely familiar and train with their specific system to become comfortable and confident in its use.

Calling the MayDay


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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The High Rise Fire Study

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

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.


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…

National Incident Management System | FEMA.gov


National Incident Management System | FEMA.gov.

The above link will take you to the Full Guidance Documents & Links

New Book: Dr. Burt Clark – I Can’t Save You, But I’ll Die Trying



Dr. Burton Clark Is a passionate professional and cares about our noble profession.

Moreover he cares about people and those who will risk their own lives to save them.

From solid factual information or training reluctant firefighters to call a May-Day;  Dr. Clark has been a wealth-spring of knowledge.

All the best…

P.S. – Received my copy this weekend, can’t wait to finish it!

Pass It On!!!


Got the tremendous opportunity to share some things with an incredible Fire Chief, Billy Goldfeder.  He put them in a book with the addition of some other fire and emergency personnel.

Click here for more: Pass It On


MayDay and Mask Confidence

Take a look at this simple but effective Mask Confidence and May-Day training evolution.  Many times firefighters find themselves in trouble, when they lack situational awareness.  They panic or even call for help too late.

Notice the importance or air management and communication.  These two issues, along with others (teamwork, situational awareness and practice), aid the entangled or trapped firefighter to participate in his/her own rescue.

Rigorous and routine training in mask confidence will build up the attitude and skill set needed. Calling the MayDay, when MayDay parameters are encountered, will aid greatly in more positive outcomes.

I, recently, had a super session with some firefighters on just talking through the basics of safety and survival.

Questions like: How do you orient yourself, while moving through a building?  How do you communicate with each other?  How do you navigate additional hazards?  How do you maintain accountability and crew integrity; when the fecal matter hits the ventilation system???

Which Way is Out???? 

_DSC0011 _DSC0013Bumps to the Pump!

It was a productive and informative session.  (and I hope they got something out of it too….LOL).  #fireofficertrust

TIME to ACT:  Review your agency’s MayDay procedures today!  Update them, if needed.  Train on them until you know them cold!

The firefighter you save could be you!