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?
In my opinion, there are two simple deficiencies that typically cause unexplained yelling and screaming during operations: lack of training and lack of leadership, which can also be attributed to lack of training.
Because of encapsulator agents’ instant cooling (autoignition temperature reduction) and quick knockdown ability through hydrocarbon and vapor encapsulation, manufacturers boast the ability to reduce firefighting water usage by 50 percent or more.
Many of you will remember a tragic rescue attempt caught on tape some years back.
Doing the right thing for a department chicken means being bold enough to confront the weasel in an appropriate manner as a brother or sister firefighter should.
The “Burnin Down the Bayou” event took place in early July at a large elementary school complex which was slated for demolition and rebuilding immediately following our live fire training week.
How many times in a week, a month, a year, or a career do our lives and the lives of those we serve rely on good cribbing, shoring, and stabilization materials and practices?
As fire equipment manufacturers and dealer/distributors learned of the training program, they were eager to offer new and innovative products for demo purposes.
Risk management doesn’t have to be a topic to be loathed or feared but is often misunderstood as most departments employ risk management tactics each and every day.