Sunday, June 27, 2010
On the 27th anniversary of my career in Fire-EMS, I’d like to thank some of the men and women who have influenced me over the years: Chief Sean Mulhern, Capt. Ed Hojnicki, Sr., Chief Jerry Donahue, John Smith, Jamie Turner, Lou Amabili, Dr. Ben Corbalis, Battalion Chief James O. Paige (deceased), Battalion Chief Allen J. Huelsenbeck, Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (FDNY-ret – my mentor), “the 343,” Dennis Smith (Firehouse Magazine), Chief Frank Schaper (St. Louis), Les Warrick, Bill Walton, Lawrence Mergenthaler, Michelle Fox, Deputy Chief Ray Downey (FDNY Special Ops – deceased), Capt. Terry Hatton (FDNY Rescue-1 - deceased), Uncle Joe Angelini, Sr. (Rescue-1 – deceased), Cousin Joe Angelini, Jr. (Ladder 4 – deceased), Paramedic Bonnie Siegfried (FDNY), EMT Reggie Cervantes (NYC), St Bernard Parish (LA) Fire Department (pictured), Joe Leonetti, Sr., Chuck Snyder, FF/EMT Michelle Smith (deceased), and most recently, Cathleen Rossi-McLaughlin (AI), Dr. Steve Murphy, (AI), the crew of Rescue-Engine 126, Chief Brian Reeder and Capt. Sean Byron. Thank you.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Claymont, DE (June 25, 2010) -- A little over a month ago, John Glaser, a 6 year veteran firefighter, perished while fighting a house fire in Shawnee, KS. Early on in the firefight, a mayday signal went out for a firefighter down. RIT Teams immediately searched the home and found the 33-year-old man unresponsive at the rear of the home. He died a short time later in the hospital.
Normally, firefighters from distant states would have acknowledged John's passing by commenting on various websites and paying their respects via emails. But Claymont, Delaware firefighters learned that John Glaser was a Delawarean, born and raised in their fire district north of Wilmington. And they responded as if he were one of their own.
Today, Station 13 firefighters along with Jakes Hamburgers conducted a fundraiser, in support of John's wife and 2 children. Why? Firefighters worldwide are family -- and even though Glaser served nearly 1500 miles from Claymont, DE, the Shawnee KS firefighter was remembered as if he was still a resident of the community.
The young volunteer firefighters from Claymont who organized the fundraiser are to be commended for their actions and hard work. And special kudos to local restaurants like Jakes Hamburgers and Moe's Grill for understanding the importance of helping out in the community in which they're located.
Posted here are some photos from the event:
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- The use and depletion of two SCBA bottles
- Thirty (30) minutes of operation within a hazardous/dangerous environment
- Checking Pupils
- Checking Vital Signs, such as blood pressure, pulse, breathing rate
- Checking lung sounds
- Administration of a 2-lead EKG, when chest pain or irregular heartbeat is presented
- Skin condition and color Body core temperature
- Oral rehydration and nutrition is recommended in the form of 1-2 quarts of fluids
- Body core temperature should be reduced by cooling the body
- Cool body temperatures gradually using misting systems, fans, etc
- Individuals should be offered Oxygen therapy via nasal canulla or O2 mask.
Members reporting to the Rehab Sector / Group should enter and exit the Area as a team. Their company designation, number of personnel, and the times of entry to and exit from the Rehab Area should be documented. This can be done either by the Rehab Officer or his / her designee on a Company Check-In / Out Sheet. Keep crews together, and don't allow overanxious members to freelance the event.
(9) The Vital Importance Of Firefighter Rehab
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
- Two-In, Two-Out
The phrase, “two-in, two-out” refers to firefighting in teams of two, so that firefighters are never left alone during dangerous tasks. There must be at least two firefighters together when entering and exiting a structure. While inside, they must have direct visual or voice contact with one another, as well as voice or radio contact with the firefighters outside.
- Sides A, B, C, D
Sides A, B, C and D are labels that help firefighters distinguish each side of a building. From the outside of a building and going in a clockwise direction, side A or Alpha is the front of the structure. The left side is B or Bravo, the rear side is C or Charlie and the right side is D or Delta.
A size-up is a term for the initial evaluation of an incident. Firefighters size-up an incident by reporting the extent of the fire and potential hazards they may face, such as occupancy, location and path of fire, type of smoke, resources needed and additional information that will make the search and rescue process more efficient.
- Fully Involved
Fully involved is a size-up term that means fire, heat and smoke are blowing out of every entrance in a structure. When a fire is fully involved, firefighters must apply fire streams before they can enter the burning building.
A flashover is the simultaneous ignition of combustible materials in an enclosed space, and is the most dangerous stage of a fire. A flashover occurs when certain materials become heated and release flammable gases that reach an auto-ignition temperature, causing the materials to combust and the room to burst into flames. The average temperature of a room that flashes over is anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Strike The Box
The phrase, “strike the box,” was used in early firefighting, when firefighters would strike a bell or box on the wall to signal an emergency call. Some of today’s stations still say, “strike the box,” to alert their dispatch center to send more fire engines.
- First Due
The phrase, “first due,” signifies the first fire engine at the scene of the emergency. This engine group will typically size-up the fire, prepare for extinguishing and call for back up if they need the second due fire engine.
Code-1 is a low priority emergency call for fire fighters to respond as soon as possible, without lights and sirens.
Code-2 is a medium priority emergency call that means to respond now, using lights and sirens if necessary.
Code-3 is a top priority emergency call that tells firefighters to respond right away, using their lights and sirens and expediting.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
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When it comes to developing CERT teams, FEMA should take a lesson from its Italian counterpart Protezione Civile. During the past 10 years, thousands of volunteer responders have been trained to serve during major emergencies, like the Earthquake that shook the province of L'Aquila last year.
The First Responder Teams are locally based and can be deployed within hours of a major emergency. If the disaster escalates, teams from surrounding communities and regions are dispatched under Italy's Incident Command System which is run by the National Fire Service, the Vigili del Fuoco.
Each members is trained in a variety of disciplines and nationally certified. Because it is a nationalized system, self deployment is not tolerated, and convergent civilian volunteers are not permitted on the disaster site.
To learn more about Italy's Protezione Civile visit