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About dwcfireman

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  • Birthday 06/22/1985

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  • Location Westchester
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  • Primary Sector You Work In Fire
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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Not a lot of special events are happening in Cortlandt, so 15 minutes is probably plenty of time.
  5. 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.
  6. They already do administer the funds. The way it works is that the 2% funding is initially collected by the NYS Insurance Department(Insurance Law, Section 2118) (I would also like to indicate that this same law gives the State Comptroller's Office full authority to audit all fire department, district, and company treasury departments). From there, the NYSID distributes the funds to the department/district, who in turn distribute it to the company(ies). For the sake of this explanation, as both paid and volunteer fire departments receive 2% funding, labor unions representing firefighters and fire officers are considered fire companies. Now, the issue at hand about how to appropriately spend these funds is detailed in Sections 9104 and 9105 of the State Insurance Law. Essentially, these sections state that the money must be spent FOR the firefighters and their families, such as to provide food and refreshments after drills and meetings, parades, and picnics; fire department tee shirts, jackets, and other apparel; furniture, air conditioning, and entertainment for firefighters at the fire house; annual awards banquets and holiday parties for fire company members; and radio receiving devices (pagers). The list for what you CANNOT spend the money on is just as long, which includes paying for training courses, fire prevention, medical leave/benefits (although there is a caveat on that which I'll explain below), assisting disaster survivors, and paying for delegates to attend conferences/conventions. The caveat with medical leave and benefits can be legal if, and only if, the company has been approved legislatively for the funds to go to a benevolent association, in which then the money can be used to reimburse firefighters for medical expenses that they paid for out of pocket. This above information can be found at the below links: FASNY: https://www.fasny.com/pdfs/redhandbook.pdf NYS Department of Financial Services: http://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/faqs/faqs_ft_fft.htm For more information about the legality of the collection and distribution of funds, you can also visit http://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/ogco2007/rg070522.htm (this is another page from the NYS Department of Financial Services that includes the names of court cases to direct you to certain laws and court decisions that have created the current foreign insurance program). AND, if you fear that the State Comptroller is going to investigate your fire company next (don't worry, they'll get to you eventually ), here's the link to the Office of the NYS Comptroller: http://osc.state.ny.us/localgov/firedist/faq.htm. This site provides all of the information that you need to better manage your company's funds, prepare for an audit, and how to fix your financial problems. Don't sit around and wait. Be proactive and prevent your department/company from being the next news headline.
  7. If someone wants to be chief, why would the company allow him to run for the position if he wasn't qualified to begin with? OR, has the company allowed exceptions in the past to waive certain requirements, hence creating a precedent, that the company felt that it had to follow?
  8. Which rigs are you replacing at DFW?
  9. A friend and I were discussing the new Tesla solar roof tiles recently (The website is https://www.tesla.com/solarroof for anyone that wants to take a closer look). But our discussion of cost versus benefit turned to firefighting tactics as we realized some hard facts about the newer solar technology that is out there. There are four things that stuck out to me that are going to hinder us at structure fires in the near future, especially as solar power companies start to mimic the Tesla Roof: 1. The panels are damn near indestructible. They have a Class 4 FM 4473 hail rating, which is the highest rating on the market. This means that the panels can withstand a 2 inch diameter ice ball with an impact speed of 100mph. This is coupled with the Class F ASTM D3161 wind rating, also the highest at 110mph. 2. The panels are Class A UL 790 rated....the highest fire rating. This means that they can withstand 1400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. These things are going to absorb a lot of heat energy during a fire, which may result in runoff electrical production (increased amperage). 3. The panels are INVISIBLE!!! That's right. Just go to the website above and take a look for yourself. You're not going to know that it's a solar roof until you're already at the roof. This is even more dangerous as they are covered in coated glass, which is slippery even before it gets wet. 4. The last issue that is going to hinder us is the addition of home batteries. Tesla markets that you should add the Tesla Power Wall with your solar roof, which means the house is going to remain energized as we work (that's right, not just the solar panels, but the whole house!). So, what are we left with? The need to train. We need to learn our districts and know which homes and structures have solar panels. We need to learn about the solar systems, especially as to how to shut them down. And we need to start re-thinking vertical ventilation, as it may not be possible.
  10. I can see this new law being 100% acceptable if it solely targeted the the issue of the re-purposed ambulance still having emergency markings on it. It should be the responsibility of the new owner to remove all emergency decals and striping prior to the reuse of the ambulance for other ventures. This would make more sense as old ambulances have been re-purposed for many things around the country, including contractor vans, ice cream trucks, and DPW vehicles. With that said, could this ban on "slambulances" eventually include other former emergency or governmental vehicles from becoming party venues on wheels? How long until school buses make the list? Or walk-in rescues? Or garbage trucks? Yes, I'm being a bit satirical, but the long arm of the law seems to be reaching a little too far.
  11. My department requires that you complete your probationary year before you are allowed to display a blue light. Once you have the permit (signed by the chief) the rest is up to you to obey the VTL. This is definitely a great proposal. First, with all of the apparatus on scene with flashing lights, the last thing we need is more flashing lights. Turning off the blue lights on POVs reduces unnecessary distractions. It's also safer for any local motorists that may be traversing the neighborhood by reducing distractions to them. Also, there's no need to leave blue lights on when you're no where near your car. My department requires everyone to respond to the fire house, but POVs can go to the scene if there is no apparatus left AND the incident requires additional personnel (like a working fire). However, I do see where coming across an incident could necessitate some extra visibility. I've used my lights in a few situations where I've come across car accidents, especially at night. It provides a beacon of sorts to other motorists to slow down a bit and to help guide in that first emergency vehicle.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.