Transitional Attack-NOT Always!
By Michael Terpak
Our education and experience over the years has repeatedly told us that when we ventilate a fire building through any opening, it must be coordinated with the engine company’s movement. This concept is not new, but the fire service educational community is revisiting and stressing the need for our members to take a more analytical approach to when and where we “open up” a fire building, and for good reason.
Termed “modern” vs. “legacy” homes; the increased use of plastics and synthetics in home furnishings, energy efficient windows, and increased r-values in our homes has been the key contributors to this concern. We say the diagnose is not new simply due to the fact that the change from legacy to modern homes started in the mid seventies and has increased steadily and rapidly over the years. Many who began their fire service careers before or around this time have actually experienced and worked through the change. What is new is not all are fully aware of the increased fire growth concerns and how it has affected the fire ground.
More so now than ever before, fire departments are being reminded to take a more disciplined approach to where, when, and how they vent...... click here to download current issue and read entire article.
Don’t Judge a Man By His Uniform, And Other Things I’ve Learned From Dating Them
By Dawn Turzio
Men who protect and serve. This was my addiction. For me, a nice Italian Catholic girl from New York, there was nothing hotter than seeing a police officer in his navy blue outfit with a glistening badge on his chest and handcuffs dangling from his hip. Or, the sight of a big red truck roaring by filled with firemen suited up in heavy black bunker gear, their adrenaline like water rushing out of the hoses they carry, ready to save people from a blaze. And please, don’t get me started on those commercials where the Marines in their dress blues salute the camera with firm white-gloved hands…
The actualization of this preference occurred at age 21, when I attended my brother’s graduation from boot camp. There was so much testosterone and courage surrounding me that the room seemed to ooze sex. I instantly remembered Top Gun, my childhood favorite, and I wanted my Maverick.
Shortly after returning to the blue-collar neighborhood I lived in, I met Jake, a 24-year-old firefighter who was also a Marine Reservist. Jake, who had dark hair, light eyes, and the slender yet muscular body of a marathon runner, was polite and attentive, but unlike Tom Cruise, had a serious drinking problem.
Then there was Lance, the FDNY calendar pin-up with tan skin and a body that had more than just a few bulging muscles. Lance always opened doors for me like a....... click here to download current issue and read entire article.
Training on a Budget
By Robert Policht
In today’s world it is getting tougher to recruit and train volunteer firefighters. Many people are working several jobs in order to live comfortably or simply to make ends meet. This financial strain is also felt by many volunteer fire departments around the state and around the country. By using resources and equipment already available in a firehouse drill nights don’t have to become boring or unbeneficial. Training our members is something that is often over looked; even the simplest of exercises can greatly benefit a member and in turn the overall department.
When working with personal protective equipment one of the most basic exercises is having members don and doff the entire ensemble of equipment including turnout gear and the self-contained breathing apparatus. This is a great exercise that may be implemented at the start of every drill night in a similar manner that sports teams “run a lap” and stretch out. By working on the most fundamental component of firefighting, it may better produce results in the long run of other complex trainings. The “SCBA Scramble” is an exercise that tests the awareness and ability of members to untangle and equip themselves with an SCBA while being unable to see. (Photo 5) The SCBA is taken apart and tied up with other SCBA harnesses. Then a firefighter crawls to the pile of equipment and is required to untangle a harness and get on air as soon as possible. This may be a timed exercise and depending on the department variations may be implemented.
Using the ground ladders that are on the rigs are also great obstacles for an evening full of training. Another foundational exercise is simply setting up and....... click here to download current issue and read entire article.
July/Aug 2016 Issue
Read the Current Issue!
© 2016, Envisage Productions