Community spread, social distancing, “wear face masks,” “don’t wear face masks,” reopening stages, second wave, and all of the other phrases that we have been constantly bombarded with since the late winter/early spring—how do they affect our rural fire department operations as we move into the 2020 wildland fire season?
Simply stated, there are ever-evolving changes and new things that we should know about before we get busy “making space.” The absence of knowledge about the advances in technology and vehicle construction can cause and have caused catastrophic events at real-life extrication scenes.
There are professional and financial obstacles for firefighters on this island that most of us could never begin to imagine. The dedication shown to expand their knowledge base and hone their craft in spite of these obstacles and challenges reminds me of why I continue to love this “sharing of knowledge.”
Last year while teaching in southern Louisiana, I learned of an innovative way that one volunteer fire department has turned the tide on volunteer recruitment and retention.
When everyone went home to their respective cities and states at the end of the event, firefighters and industry members alike had learned things that will help them hone their respective craft as well as feeling that they invested in a worthwhile endeavor.
The meat and potatoes of this piece involve the vehicles that haul livestock. However, animals manage to get themselves entrapped in numerous ways that require extrication intervention.
Although not “rural” in nature, the inspiration for this article is my reflection on the horrific traffic collision in New Jersey late last month. For those who may not be aware of the incident, while operating at the scene of a highway incident on State Highway 280, an ambulance, a fire engine, New Jersey State Trooper cars, and several motorists vehicles were wiped out by a speeding dump truck that piled into the emergency vehicles
With an appreciation for what NFPA 1936 is and the clear understanding of the new metals and construction techniques of TODAY’S (not circa 1970s-1990s junkyard) vehicles, you will be armed and equipped to “own your rescue tool demos” and make the best purchase for your department.
We’ve added lithium-ion battery fires and the accessibility problem of where these batteries are located in electric cars, more than 300 pounds of added combustible metals to new vehicles, and this wonderful new challenge of lithium-ion battery smoke. It is imperative that you do your homework and learn as much about these issues as you can.
By Carl J. Haddon With the weekend of the Indianapolis 500 race hjaving recently passed, and my background of having spent some 30 years as a Motorsports Fire Safety Chief/Director, I thought it fitting to comingle subjects. Safety is focus number one when dealing with 200+ mph race cars. The dangers associated with being a...