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Friday, September 10, 2010

It's Not Over


9 years ago... the most tragic and vile thing happened to our great nation in a very long time.  We were attacked at our very soul... our ego shattered... and through our blackened eye.. we grieved for the loss of so many. 
All of us lost something that day... regardless of who you are.  Our country suffered and mourned together, joined by those of many other nations.  We all hurt... and with recent news.. our wounds have not yet healed, our scars are stil fresh.
That infamous day.. your Military mobilized rapidly... to protect our nation... to prevent any further attacks.. to bring to justice those responsible.  Mostly.. to make sure you could sleep at night... knowing they were there to stop those who wish evil upon us in their tracks.
9 years... and the troops are still there... still guarding... protecting... rebuilding...
The news has made a big deal about "The End of Combat Operations In Iraq"......

....all fine and dandy.....

Let me tell you... from eyes on the ground.... the fighting still continues... there is death every day.... Iraq is not magically a quiet, peaceful oasis.... there are still 50 thousand troops on the ground here... and they all carry weapons.  There are still Mortars and Rockets being launched into US bases daily.  There are still suicide bombers and IED's.... there are still car bombs... daily.. Iraqi civilians, Police, Soldiers, religious leaders... children... dying here.

Is it sad ?  Yes.. without a doubt...  My point is...

On this upcoming day... please remember... there are still thousands of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan... still pushing forward with the fight against the same terrorists that aimed to destroy our nation at it's foundations... They are still there... they are still in grave danger.. they are still fighting to rebuild nations... to provide the chance for a brighter future for people who have never had that glimmer of hope.

There are thousands of American civilians.. many who, like me, were prior military, serving yet again to protect and provide for those who protect us.

This is not over... far from it.... but it is getting better.... All I ask on this important day is...

Keep those who are still serving, regardless of capacity, in your thoughts...
Remember they are still there
regardless of what the news says

This fight is not over... and the one in Afghanistan is growing...

They will be here.... until it is
Sunset in Iraq... on the evening before Sept 11.... also the eve of the end of Ramadan

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Question of the Day #9

Time to reach for the stars... or at least get to the upper floors......

Here's your next Fire Trivia Question....



Who had the longest (Example: 50 ft, 100ft) snorkel manufactured in the US?


A. Seagrave's Firebird

B. American LaFrance Aero Chief

C. Pierce Snorkel

D. Pirsch Snorkel
 
 
 
 
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Question of the Day #8

Some people are blabbermouths... others never give enough info... but people like to talk....

Communication is essential in our line of work... be it Fire or EMS... the flow of information is vital to a life being saved....

With all that said... here is you Trivia Question of the day....


In what year was the walkie-talkie introduced in the fire service?

A. 1923

B. 1933

C. 1940

D. 1945
 
  Answer Posted Below.....



 
 

In what year was the walkie-talkie introduced in the fire service?


C. 1940



 
  In 1940 is when FDNY introduce the first fireground radios known as “Walkie-talkies.” They operated in the ultra-high frequency, 2-meter band, weighted approximately 15 pound, measured 9 by 5 by 13 inches and were carried in a backpack. The “Walkie-talkie” received its first actually test under real conditions in July 1940 at the Algonquin fire. The radio did not get much fame until 1945, when they used Motorola’s handie talkie at the site of the B-25 crash into the Empire State Building, when pictures of their firefighter were taken using the radio at the incident.
 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Question of the Day #7

Think you're the schnizzle when it comes to fire-buff trivia ?   Sink your chops into this all-to-important blast from the past !

Take a guess... leave a comment.... but don't cheat yourself buy checking Google......




When the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health investigated this fire, they issued 12 recommendations- many of which involved preplanning- for similar firefighting situations:


A. Worcester Warehouse Fire

B. Hackensack Ford Dealership Fire

C. 23rd Street Fire

D. The Triangle Shirt Waist Fire
 

 
    ANSWER POSTED BELOW.......








Most comments yet..... @leatherheadff and Eric were correct..

When the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health investigated this fire, they issued 12 recommendations- many of which involved preplanning- for similar firefighting situations:




A. Worcester Warehouse Fire
 

On December 3, 1999, The Worchester Fie Department received a call at approximately 1800 hours for a possible fire at the former Worchester Cold Storage and Warehouse. When the Fire Department arrived on scene, there were reports of 2 homeless people trapped inside and 2 firefighters entered the structure to search for the people. While searching, the 2 firefighters became disoriented and started to run out of air. When they realize that they were in trouble they called in a “Mayday!” Four firefighters heard their “Mayday” and rushed into the structure. All 6 firefighters died as the result of the conditions inside the structure during the 6 Alarm blazed that burned for 24 hours. During the investigation, NIOSH issued 12 recommendations.....


1. Conducting pre-fire planning on vacant buildings

2. Marking dangerous, vacant buildings

3. Implementing an Incident Command System at fire scenes

4. Using a separate Incident Safety Officer at Fire scenes

5. Using adequate equipment and adhering to standard operating procedure

6. Incident Command must account for personnel at scene

7. Using ropes, lines, and lights

8. Ensuring a Rapid Intervention Team is in place

9. Implementing a health and safety program

10. Using a marking system during searches

11. Enforcing mask rules

12. Using thermal imaging cameras
 
This fire was a catylst to changing the way we do business on the fireground. It kills me a little more each time a Firefighter falls... 6 Brothers lost, but, in my humble opinion, hundreds and more have been saved because of the implimentation of changes made after this tragedy.
 
Rest in Peace, my Brothers

The Worcester 6
Pictured top-Botom, Left to right:
Lt. Thomas Spencer, James Lyons,Paul Brotherton
Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, Joseph McGuirk
 
 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Question of the Day #6

American History is rittled with violence. . .  and fires.. lots of fires... even from the very beginning... here's a chance to check your american history knowledge coupled with your knowledge of the fire service.....

as always... no oogling Google  :-) and leave some comments....


During what war was the White House set on fire by the invading army?


A. The American Civil War

B. The War of 1812

C. The Spanish-American War

D. The Mexican-American War of 1846-1848



ANSWER POSTED BELOW.......






During what war was the White House set on fire by the invading army?


B. The War of 1812





During the War of 1812, The British burned Washington, DC. On, August 24, 1814, the British reached Washington, and found the city largely deserted, with the only resistance being ineffective sniper fire from one house. The first order of business for the British was to attack the Navy yard... which they burned. British troops next arrived at the US Capitol, which was still unfinished. According to later accounts, the British were impressed by the fine architecture of the building, and some of the officers had qualms about burning it. According to legend, British Admiral Cockburn sat in the chair belonging to the Speaker of the House and asked, "Shall this harbor of Yankee democracy be burned?" The British Marines with him yelled "Aye!" Orders were given to torch the building. The British troops worked diligently to set fires inside the Capitol, destroying years of work by artisans brought from Europe. With the burning Capitol lighting the sky, troops also marched to burn an armory. At about 10:30 pm, approximately 150 Royal Marines formed up in columns and began marching westward on Pennsylvania Avenue, following the route used in modern times for inauguration day parades. The British troops moved quickly, with a particular destination in mind, The White House, which they in turn set ablaze as well. The British troops then turned their attention to the adjacent Treasury Department building, which was also set on fire. The fires burned so brightly that observers many miles away recalled seeing a glow in the night sky.

“Capture and Burning of Washington by the British, in 1814,” an 1876 wood engraving.

Is that a tornado ?

Driving back from lunch today in the Engine, the whole crew talking about how surpisingly not horrible the meal was, I looked out into the Desert (ok.. not a very far look) and something odd caught my eye.  Is that smoke ?  Looks like it... but that's a hell of a column... and a little light... light enough it was almost impossible to see without good sun-glasses on.
Dust Devil at Ramadi
Drove on, a little further, and it became aparent what we were looking at..... Does Iraq have Tornados ?

Yes.. I saw my first "REAL" dust devil today.... was quite amazing to see a small twister of sand stretch about 200' into the sky. It actually crossed the road right in front of us (sand-blasting the Tahoe that chose to drive through) LOL. Yes.. I'm easily amused... but this was pretty cool to be that close to it.... watched it trek and grow for about a mile ... unfortunately.. now there's a ton of sand thrown up in the aire that has to come back down.... and I just swept my floor this morning...
...aaaand, of course... I didn't have my Camera with me... but, I'm sure it won't be the last... just the first (big one). 






Monday, July 26, 2010

Question of the Day #5

Ok Fire Buffs.... put you're thinkin caps on.... Here Comes the QOD #5


Who was considered to be the first fire chief in US history?


A. Jacobus Stoutenburgh

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Jacobus Turck

D. Thomas Atkins
 
 
 

Answer Posted Below.....




Who was considered to be the first fire chief in US history?


A. Jacobus Stoutenburgh





During 1761, Jacobus Stoutenburgh became the head of the volunteer fire department for New York City. His title was “Overseer of Fire Engines The department was reorganized I 1762 and Stoutenburgh's title was changed to "Engineer," then to "Chief Engineer" in later that year and finally in 1763, "Chief." (This was the first time any firefighter in the U.S. was officially known by the rank of chief.) The rank of chief soon became popular with fire departments throughout the country, and the association of the speaking trumpet and a fire officer was starting. The earliest mention of trumpets in New York City was in 1752, when Jacobus Turck, who was in charge of the department at that time, was authorized "to purchase six small speaking-trumpets for the use of the Corporation." The first trumpets were made of tin and were painted. The officers called cadence through the trumpets to keep the men on the hand pumpers in time on the noisy fireground. The trumpets soon were being made from brass and were being presented as gifts to members of the department. Chief Officers used them for overall command at the scene of working fires. They also became part of the elaborate uniforms of the volunteer firemen. The speaking trumpet was in use for many years as a communication device. It has carried on to this day in a small way as an insignia of rank in most departments - one trumpet for lieutenant, two for a captain, and crossed gold trumpets up to five in number to signify chief of department.