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About dwcfireman

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  • Birthday 06/22/1985

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  • Location Westchester
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  1. Yes, the PPE is going to collect far more carcinogens than any of our tools and SCBA ever will. At least removing the SCBA from the passenger compartment is a start. I think this is more of firefighter safety concern than it is a carcinogen concern, though. Obviously, keeping firefighters seated and secured while the rig is in motion is good thing so that we can all make it to the scene safely. Removing the action of trying to don the SCBA pack while the rig is moving reduces injury in the even of an accident (even if it is just the FF losing balance and falling out the seat during a hard turn). Yes, proper gear cleaning will solve a lot of the issues of cleanliness, especially when it comes to firefighter health and safety. Period. You can't argue against that. I just wish more firefighters would take better care of their gear and wash it on a regular basis. Yes, the rig is going to be longer with this configuration. Of course, a side mount pump panel helps reduce the overall length...BUT, the overall length and turning radius should be considered during the spec phase. We're never going to be able to spec a truck to fit in every driveway in our districts, but we can at least consider most of them. Heck, one of the trucks can be spec'ed for the tighter driveways, just so that there is something to make it to the front door!
  2. I did notice that there were a lot of boxes inside the other compartments. I'll throw out the assumption that they may have some special made covering for the SCBA compartments (I'm just guessing this since the slide-outs don't have the brackets yet, so there's still some work left). But that's about as much benefit I can give them as far as the cab/SCBA interface. And, indeed, this is well thought out rig!
  3. The Community VFD is just outside of Houston, TX. Their new Engine 91 looks like it was thoroughly thought out, especially when it comes to the health and safety of its firefighters. I thought I'd share the video walk-around: **This video was originally posted by Churchville Fire Equipment of Churchville, NY through Pierce Manufacturing** Never mind the use of space in the compartments, there are few other things that really stuck out to me as I watched the video. The first is the painted bumper edges, giving firefighters extra grip when stepping up on the bumper and tailboard. The next is the stepped tailboard, allowing easier access to the roof and hosebed. The last, and the major point of the video, is placing the SCBA in an exterior compartment, keeping firefighters seated and belted while the rig is in motion, and keeping the dirty packs outside of the passenger compartment. Oh, did I mention the air conditioning that runs while the rig is plugged into shore power?
  4. I remember something either from the New Apparatus thread or through word-of-mouth that Scarsdale is replacing L28 with a quint of similar size. I've also heard that SFD was going to take an engine out of service (to use as a reserve) and transfer the staffing to the quint to have 4 or 5 FFs on the rig. The latter is definitely hearsay in my opinion as I've never seen anything official about that.
  5. My department also carries a 6' Navy nozzle. Since I've been here, we've used it a total of 0 times. Quite honestly, the only person I know who has used it in an actual fire is my brother-in-law, and he was a fireman in the US Navy. I'm not going to say that the Navy nozzle doesn't have it's place in structural or vehicular firefighting because it can be used with dramatic results. Unfortunately, I think that most firefighters would rather use the combination nozzles that we have become accustom to due to the fact that they are more adjustable and more maneuverable. I prefer the combination nozzle because of the adjustability because fire behavior can change quickly on you. I especially prefer it in a vehicle fire since you can attack the main body of fire with a straight stream and then go to a fog when stuffing the nozzle under a hood or into a trunk.
  6. You're going to have to go inside at some point, namely for overhaul. And, since it's a metal tube full of plastic with a ton of windows, it's safe to say that you can enter a bus fire with minimal risk. It's self-vented and there's just a bit of heat. As long as all of the occupants are out and accounted for, the worst of your fears should be getting some melted plastic on your gear.
  7. I remember as a young lad riding the school bus that EVERY student thought that the fire drills were a waste of time (and, secretly the bus drivers would take bets on who could evacuate their buses the fastest!). But, in all seriousness, those plastic seats will take off once there's enough heat energy in that bus. One of the suggested videos at the end this one was a 12 minute video; it starts right after ignition (in the middle of the bus) and is fully involved by the 4 minute mark. 6 minutes in the situation is no longer tenable to life inside. 6 minutes is the mark that NFPA suggests that we arrive on scene. Though the video above shows a bus fire where the point of origin is probably the engine compartment, depending on the situation we have to come up with a different plan of attack. Pertaining to a bus fire, I would like to say that those fire drills pay off and everyone is off the bus and accounted for, that way we can just put the fire out like it was a shed or a sedan on fire. LayTheLine, I understand what you're saying from a structural point of view. I want to point out that NIST, the ATF, and FDNY have done complex studies with each other to identify the strengths and weakness for different attacks, including the semi-controversial transitional attack, for structure fires. The studies, from what I've seen, don't really touch on vehicles fires, let alone mass transport. The point I'm getting at here is that this is a vehicle fire, where we expect the vehicle to be totaled and cannot be saved, very much unlike a house or apartment building where we can save property. Vehicle fires tend to be a complete loss of property, and we just put out the fire. As for bus fires, we have to treat it as if someone is inside, but there are two important questions that have to be asked before we conduct an interior attack on a bus fire: We have to ask the bus driver if everyone is off the bus, and is everyone accounted for. If the answer to both questions is yes, then we attack the fire in a manner that is safest for us. If either answer is no, then we take the calculated risk of saving a life (but keep it in the back of your mind of how fast that fire has spread and the toxic environment those victims have been exposed to prior to your arrival). Bus fires are always going to be tricky, just as any vehicle fire. Just remember that we, as firefighters, have three priorities: LIFE safety, PROPERTY loss prevention, and scene STABILITY, in that order!
  8. I know the holidays will be upon us before we know it, and I'm looking to offload some things. I've had these Bradford Edition Ornaments in my possession for some time now, and I would like to offer them to the good people here, if anyone wants them. From what I've been able to research, each set is worth about $50, so that's what I'm looking for for each set. If you want all three I'm looking for $125. PM me if you're interested.
  9. Dinosaur, thank you. I know this isn't the best place to ask for advice. I was looking to see if there was anyone that could help out and maybe pass along any available information that could help. As to this particular situation that I'm trying to assist with, I actually don't need any further assistance. My friend was able to reach out and find the correct route to go.
  10. I'd like to preface this that I am 100% asking this question for a friend. It does not concern me nor my employer. So, recently a friend of mine approached me about the termination of a union employee. My friend looked to me because I have union experience as a local president and representative. Without getting into the details of the termination, I would like to find out some information from other emergency professionals whether you have information or experience regarding the termination of a unionized emergency services employee. If anyone could provide an example of a situation, how the termination was handled, if a grievance was filed, and the outcome of said grievance, I would appreciate every bit of information that you could provide. I've never dealt with a situation like this, and I would love some assistance from my fellow brothers and sisters to help our brothers and sisters who are currently dealing with this situation. I will reiterate that I cannot share information of the situation out of the sheer respect for those involved. I understand that it may be difficult to share information or experiences without knowing the full story, but if any one can provide basic examples or situations it would be highly appreciated.
  11. I understand selling the newer rig to get a better selling price (more $$), but it still had another 13 years of life in it! IMO, E58 could have been placed in the rotation (renumber it as E60). Then you sell the old E60 and E59, using the money from the sales for a new rig in a few years. Besides, with the layoff of the 8 firefighters, the village now saves enough money to buy a new rig EVERY YEAR!
  12. I agree with what you say about not having enough manpower, or let alone qualified manpower, to conduct a certain job. But, sometimes you have to try something new to fix the problem. Putnam County has determined that they need a technical rescue team to fill some of the holes in local responses. This brings together county and local resources to perform a job. Yes, it's new. Does it fix the problem? We need to wait and see how this team actually performs. You can't judge an up-and-coming quarterback based on how he practices or what jersey he wears. You have to see him play! This team is in fact in it's crawling stage. It still has to find members, train them to a specified level, and retain those members and their level of training. Once they're at a point where the County can say, "Go!" then we can see how they perform under pressure and how well or poorly their responses are. We cannot Monday morning quarterback something that hasn't happened (nor should we once the team is in place). And, I don't think Putnam County is taking on more they can handle. Nor do I think that the responders that are going to sign up for the team are going to be taking on more than they can handle. Yes, you're going to lose some of the initial members due to time commitments or other issues, but you're still going to see a very gung-ho group follow through with the training. In all honesty, if it's really not working out five years from now, the County can redevelop the team or the idea to make it work for them. There's always room for learning, and there's always room for development.
  13. Here's what I'm getting out of this statement: If Putnam County is willing to share resources to obtain a grant, AND Westchester County is willing to share resources (to get a grant), AND Orange County is willing to share resources (to get a grant), are these counties setting themselves up to become a regional technical rescue response team? In my mind, the sharing of resources cuts the cost to the taxpayers by setting up a system where this task force has this and that task force has that, and they share the resources based on what is needed where. This is obviously in contrast to each county being set up exactly the same as the others. Anyway, kudos to Putnam County on their progress in organizing such a specialized team! It takes a lot of time, hard work, and resources to bring together such a project!
  14. Not a lot of special events are happening in Cortlandt, so 15 minutes is probably plenty of time.
  15. The majority of departments spend the 2% funding wisely and within the guidelines of the NYS Insurance Law (refer to my previous post). Unfortunately, it's not common knowledge as to what is appropriate to spend the money on as prescribed by the law. I will admit, partly due to this article, I really didn't understand the measures of the 2% funding until I did some research on it. Still, some of the language is a bit vague and left up to interpretation, so I can see where the law is misinterpreted when it states that the money is to be spent on "the firefighters and their families." This issue, if I recall correctly, recently came up with the Hartsdale FD. I believe it's a similar situation where the law was interpreted or unknown to the company's financial directors, and there were questions about how the money was being spent.