With an open mind and a willingness to evaluate change—either to something new or reverting to something old—the fire service may benefit from history.
Allowing personnel to operate in water/flood environments without the right PPE can result in severe injury or death to our members.
I thought I would try a slightly different format for this month. Instead of focusing on a specific topic I will offer some random thoughts that will hopefully provoke some thought.
Full sets of wildland firefighting gear, redesigned and reengineered, are being tested by more than a thousand wildland firefighters from CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), the United States Forest Service, and 11 fire departments in California.
What committee would purchase a half-million dollar fire apparatus without first sitting in it, driving it, and attempting to get in and out of it—when wearing full turnout gear? Equally inexplicable is not having the active firefighters do the same.
Outfitting a fire department with the proper apparatus and equipment is expensive. Often in challenging economic times, major purchases are postponed or one-time sources of funding are used. This must be considered just a patch to fix the problem.
By Daniel DiRenzo The personal escape system has become a critical component of a firefighter’s personal protective equipment (PPE) during the past several years. This has been brought to the forefront of firefighter safety concerns because of several firefighter close calls and unfortunate line-of-duty deaths relating to firefighters being trapped on upper floors. Outfitting firefighters...
The rig had been stored for many years in a boxcar. The owner said the rig would run, but needed some work. Most restorers know that “some work” means a frame-off restoration if you are going to do things right.
It is unfortunate firefighters make rash uninformed statements in the firehouse that can adversely affect the good will, morale, and discipline that is essential to the smooth operation of the fire service.