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dwcfireman

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  • Birthday 06/22/1985

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  1. First, it's nice to see someone return to their roots and help the people of his/her hometown. It's definitely a heartwarming story. More importantly, this is not just someone who lucked out and got the job. This is someone who cares not only for the city that employs him, but the firefighters that he commands. Commissioner Thiel seems like someone that we should pay attention to for guidance and ideas.
  2. The value saved falls back on the effectiveness of larger crew sizes. NIST published their findings in 2010 that 3 FF crews completed tasks 25% faster than 2 FF crews, and 4 FF crews were 30% faster. Adding moire firefighters to the assignment means tasks are being done faster, safer, and more efficiently; So it makes sense that there is going to be more savings from damage/loss.
  3. I recall a few article from the past where departments did this. I think it's an awesome, outside of the box idea! Not only does it save the taxpayers money, but it makes the fire house fit into the neighborhood. I think it looks a bit gawdy when a large, brick building is just plopped into the middle of a residential neighborhood.
  4. I pondered this for a while, and I'm coming to the same conclusion as antiquefirlt. Unless Boston ordered new engines with some sort of roof turret, they're still going to have to get up close and personal with the fire. This doesn't change much other than the speed that the fire is smothered (not extinguished, as foam application doesn't necessarily mean the fire is out, rather it's suppressed efficiently enough to conduct rescue operations). Dumpster fires and car fires are easily resolved with water. I can understand with cars that the application of a class B foam will help in the event of an engine fire or fuel system fire, but the cost versus efficiency is not worth it. Today's norm is to use AFFF or AFFF-AR, both of which are expensive and are designed for large class B fires, such as a burning pool of jet fuel or a tanker of ethanol that is on fire. As for the picture associated with the article, it seems to be a stock photo of sorts that was used because the firefighters are using foam. The applicator they are using on the nozzle is used for a higher expansion ration (more air agitation). Quite honestly, the standard combination nozzle works great for foam application, as you can get extra froth with a fog pattern and the reach with the straight stream.
  5. I really don't like the way that the AC unit is just knocked around and falls to the ground. Granted, there was no one underneath it, but it's just sketchy to me that using the stick in this manner can cause something heavy to fall. I'm sure someone was watching to see where it would go so no one would get hurt. This video is a first for me as I've only seen the aerial be used to break out windows, not venting the actual roof.
  6. Remember that a lot of newer aerials tend to have other fixtures at the tip, like scene lighting and beacons, that could be broken off during this tactic. This would just be more falling debris that could injure someone on the ground (like the cupola in the video above!).
  7. Then there's also the fact that you have a lot of manpower on scene so we can tag out and send fresh troops in as firefighters get tired.
  8. Reminds me of this: https://www.firerescue1.com/Firefighter-Training/articles/1634559-Wash-firefighters-pump-jet-fuel-on-fire-instead-of-water/ Interesting fact...If you buy an ARFF rig using federal funding (through the Airport Improvement Plan), the ARFF apparatus has to be yellowish-green, or, under certain circumstances, chrome yellow or international orange. (AC 150/5210-5D Painting, Marking, and Lighting of Vehicles Used on an Airport)
  9. A bunch of us from the airport went up to Boston for our annual FAA certifications. Here's a few pics for you guys!
  10. The plan is to keep the two volunteer fire companies separate, and the two along with the career staff would function as a single department. Since they already work together on several fronts, like you said these consolidation talks seem to be more of a formality. It seems to me that they want to create an environment where both Fishers and Victor volunteer organizations would be able to maintain their identities. But it sounds like the plan is to have the career staff deal with more of the day to day alarms that volunteers tend to have smaller responses for. I think the wording in the article was off on this, so it may be that the career staff may just be stepping up their non-emergency duties like inspections and fire prevention. On a separate note, and I forgot about this before, is a consolidation that happened in the northeast section of Monroe County in 2004. The North East Joint Fire District was approved, combining the East Webster Fire District, Penfield North East Fire District, and the Village of Webster Fire Department. The NEJFD is known as the Webster Fire Department. [http://www.nejfd.org/content/nejfdhistory/]
  11. Train in the morning. Train in the evening. Train on a job. Train until your eyes bleed. Train until you can do it in your sleep! As someone who also works shift work, overtime, and occasionally a second job, I can without a doubt add myself to the number of firefighters that find it hard to train harder and take extra classes. It annoys me to no end that there are people in the fire industry that don't want to change training schedules. I would love to see another drill session each month for my department, but we can't because someone thinks that it will affect members' LOSAP. He's right, but it's something that can be changed! But, why change when you can cry a river?
  12. I know the masses here on EMTBravo love to talk about consolidation, and since I stumbled upon this while reading the news, I figured it could be a fun discussion where consolidation IS moving forward. So, I'll start us off with some facts and information about the districts. The Village and Town of Victor are located in Ontario County, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, about a 20 minute drive southeast from downtown Rochester. This article states that on March 20, the joint session of the Village and Town Boards of Victor voted to bring the issue of consolidating the two fire districts, Victor and Fishers, into a single fire district. Since the two districts are already relying on each other for manpower and equipment, to the point where they purchase equipment together (such as their ATV's), the joint boards have put though the idea to consolidate the districts. The other reason, in which the article points to, is that a single district would also level out the taxes that property owners are paying (where taxpayers in the Fishers district would see a slight decrease, and Victor would see a slight increase). Leveling out the tax levy, according to Victor Fire Chief Sean McAdoo, puts more tax burden back onto the taxpayers of the Victor district, as they are currently receiving more services under the current mutual aid and equipment purchasing plans. The Victor Fire Department is based in the heart of the Village of Victor. The village is tight on space, houses the Victor Central School District, and is heavily congested with traffic along Main Street. VFD also covers the Victor Fire Protection District, which surrounds the village in the south and west sides of the town. These areas are generally residential, with multiple subdivisions in the west and some agriculture in the south. VFD operates with a quint, engine, heavy rescue, brush truck, and two utilities. The VFD is 100% volunteer staffing. [http://victorfire.com] The Fishers Fire Department operates out of two stations, covering the north and west sections of the Town of Victor. Station 1 is in the west side, comprised of mostly residential, some industrial, and agriculture towards the southern end of the district. Station 1 is also their headquarters, which houses a quint, engine, and heavy rescue. Station 2 is at the north end, which is a heavy commercial/retail district, including Eastview Mall, the largest shopping center in the Rochester area. Station 2 houses an engine, brush truck, and two utilities. The FFD is a combination department with four career firefighters per platoon (four platoons), but relies heavily on volunteers. I don't know off hand which apparatus they staff, but I believe it is the engine out of Station 1. I have not talked to anyone within that organization in years, so my knowledge of the career staffing is a little lacking. The FFD also covers a large section of the NYS Thruway. [http://www.fishersfd.org] In my honest opinion, the fact that these two districts have already been working together as a single unit through training, response, and equipment purchasing, it makes sense for them to consolidate into a single district. Although only one of the district's taxpayers would benefit financially, it's better for these two districts to completely join forces to increase the benefit of emergency services to the people they protect. This has been foreseen by many in the area, and the fact that it may actually become a reality is enlightening. Maybe a trend will start out of this?
  13. Every fire is a challenge. And every fire is going to be Monday morning quarterbacked. But I'd rather focus on those scene lights on the bucket...Those things lit up that front yard like daylight!
  14. I was a bit skeptical when the Ascendant was first introduced (as a single axle, 107' stick), but after looking into it I saw that there are definitely department out there that can use it, whether you're in a tight urban district or have a hilly suburban district with narrow roads. The 110' ladder tower on a single axle has me skeptical at the moment, but I'm sure it would work for some department out there.
  15. My thought process makes me believe that Assemblyman Abinanti actually thinks that consolidation will destroy the "local flavors" of Westchester. Does he really think that the local flavors will be taken away if there was a single county-run police department? Fire department? School district? Police cars and fire trucks can be outfitted with the local patches on the doors to represent their little nook in the County. School buses can still have the name of their local area on the side. The local flavors would not be lost, especially since consolidation of SERVICES has no impact to regular people in their everyday lives. Pleasantville, for example, will still see people going to Starbucks and getting on the train, and fighting through traffic during rush hour. But Pleasantville would still be Pleasantville regardless of who is paying for the services. Oh, wait, the tax payers pay for those services, and they'd be able to afford the vente coffee versus the grande because they're saving money on their tax bills!