Sunday, April 20, 2014

Firefighter Training Podcast - Alarm Investigations

This episode has some similarities to the episode on common alarms but I went into a little more specifics and we confined the discussion to commercial buildings, heating systems, and residential smoke investigations.

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE HERE.

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014

60 Second Safety - Apparatus Weight

This we we ask the question, is you apparatus overloaded?

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE HERE.


Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tactical Fire Problem - MAYDAY a firefighter down in a commercial building

This week we have a firefighter down in a large commercial building.







1.) This is not only about a RIT simulation, but it is also about air management for members and the RIT themselves. If you are 150 feet deep into this structure, how much air have you used to get to this point?

2.) This is a large structure with 20 foot ceilings. How fast is the fire growing and how big is the fire to generate smoke this low?

3.) What are the advantages of a concrete floor in this scenario?

4.) How many personnel would this take in your department to move this firefighter 150 feet to the exit, and 50 feet beyond to safety?

5.) Have you trained on using pulley systems to assist with dragging downed firefighters? Even using large carabiners to gain mechanical advantage from an anchor point. Have you trained in large area search techniques?

You can email you answers to the questions and I will discuss them with you if you like. Pete@petelamb.com

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014

Yeah,...So what are you going to do about it ?"

As many of them are, this week's commentary comes from a conversation of the past week.
I was discussing and pretending to solve the problems of the fire service when a fellow worker told me this story.

He was at work during a slower period, when he began to write just short one line sentences, each describing a particular thing wrong with his department. He just sat for a few more minutes and then realized that he had filled one page, and had now spilled over onto the start of a second page.
As he was telling me the story, I was thinking about myself and how I had done this some number of times. I also began to think about other commentary columns I had read, and just recently, that I had written myself.

Gee, I am a real genius, I can find a problem at a hundred yards ! Finding is pretty easy, solving is something else altogether!

As we began to discuss this "list' constructed as a pastime, we both agreed that many of the items could be found in any fire service organization in America.

I then thought to myself, well suppose, just suppose we all make a list, just like the one made above.

Part II is, that we have to then make a second list of all the things that are right about our department, and things that go well.

Part III is really the toughest of all, and leads back to my title.

Pick one of the items on the "what's wrong list" and do everything in your power, whatever rank you are, and try to fix it this year. Yes I know you might be limited in what you can do, but if there is a morale problem in your department, don't YOU be the one at the kitchen table contributing to it. If training is a problem, then you do everything in your power to read, study and train.

This is really a tough personal assignment, and maybe it could even catch on. Let us not become like the two school kids that are fighting in the schoolyard, let us not bring up multiple problems, because somebody might just call you on that and say "...Yeah,...and what are you going to do about it?"

Tell me what you think, e-mail with your comments and / opinions.


Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014

No weekly Roundtable this week

The will be no Firefighting Today weekly Roundtable this week in observance of Easter.

But after dinner and family time if you are looking for something to do you can check out the past episodes at http://www.firefightingtoday.com !


Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Firefighter Training Podcast - training for advancing the hose line

This week we talk about how to train for advancing the attack hoseline, and some tips and techniques for operating and advancing that line.

We also reference the Water Supply episode and the NFPA 1410 episode.

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE HERE.

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014

60 Second Safety - Can the budget be a safety issue?

This week we are asking if the budget can be a safety issue.

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE HERE.

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014