By Robert Picioccio
As if fire scene does not have enough hazards, winter adds additional hazards that we can’t train for in the warmer months. I’m not talking just about cold weather. I talking about snow, ice, and fatigue all or which make a fire scene a lot more dangerous. This time of year several towns have already started to prepare for winter by marking their hydrants with markers before it snows. That’s nice of them. It would be even nicer if they dug them out after they plow them under. No… They leave that part up to us. There are little things we can do in the firehouse we can do to prepare for winter fire other then wait for snow to dig out hydrants. First make sure you have something in the firehouse you can make to eat. If your department Chief calls a fire standby for a snow storm you will most likely be there through a few meals. Get some cots to sleep on. Career departments have nice beds to sleep on. I do not recall ever seeing beds if a volunteer firehouse. Put a toboggan on all your equipment. This will make it easier to move heaveatulations Chief Centanni on your well-deserved retirement.... click here to download current issue and read entire article.
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Exterior exposures are a major concern for many fire departments across the country. Congested urban and suburban areas must deal with buildings that are literally built right alongside one another. With buildings that are attached to each other or those that are only separated by a few feet, extension into adjoining or nearby structures has to be considered as an early possibility. In these settings, hesitation can allow fire to not only occupy one building, but three buildings in a short amount of time. In order for Incident Commanders to direct efficient and effective fire ground operations, officers must identify and prioritize the protection of exposure buildings from a number of factors. Exposure Buildings, which one do we protect first?.... click here to download current issue and read entire article.
The Holiday Merger
By Dawn Turzio
“I have an announcement to make!” Mom said, jumping up from the dinner table. My petite Italian mother hovered over the yams, the ones that were part of the first holiday meal that I was hosting in an effort to introduce my fiancé Jim’s conservative Catholic parents to one-half of my non-practicing kind. Mom glanced at me and then at Jim, excited about something neither of us knew about. As her smile widened, I squeezed the stem of my wine glass. Mom, who’d been divorced for seventeen years, turned to the rest of the people she’d just met: my future in-laws who had recently celebrated forty years of marriage. “I’m married again!” she proclaimed, hugging..... click here to download current issue and read entire article.
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