As we remember those lost this day 16 years ago, I’m also shaken by the horrific number of firefighters and other first responders who have been killed just this year while working on the highways, freeways, and roadways here in America.
Last week, I returned from a training assignment that forever changed my thought processes about “making do” and “adapting and overcoming.”
I've been asked the question, "How does the topic of encapsulator agent correlate with the column title 'To the Rescue'?" Great question, easy answer.
If you are a rural fire department or rural (taxing) fire district, where do your loyalties and, more importantly, your liabilities lie?
Fact: The numbers of catastrophic rescue tool failures are on the rise.
Simple truth: Had it not been for FDIC International, I would likely not have had the privilege of writing the "To the Rescue" and "Rurally Speaking" columns for this magazine. You see, this column was literally born on the floor of FDIC all those years ago.
I like to think of vehicular warning devices as personal protective equipment (PPE) for our emergency vehicles. In the same way, do we always use our vehicles’ emergency warning devices correctly during emergency responses?
I never cease to be shocked and appalled at the number of line-of-duty deaths and career-ending, life-altering injuries that occur as a result of first responders (and towing personnel) being struck by vehicles while working at accident scenes.
Although a tropical Polynesian paradise that is steeped in rich culture and tradition, American Samoa’s fire service faces many of the same challenges that rural fire departments face on the mainland of the United States—with a bit of a twist.
What would you think if I told you that, since 1997, there has been proven chemical technology within the international fire service that provides for exceptional and timely fire extinguishment on virtually all types of fires?