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  1. Nice article. Mark's a real good guy.
  2. FLSA only requires OT for over 53 hours per week. Some states in the north east NY included have a 40 hour work week for firefighters.
  3. I still maintain that no fire department in NYS works a 3 platoon system. All work a 4. The hours of their shifts get them to 40 or somewhere near. So no I don't know any departments doing 24 on/48 off in NYS.
  4. No one to my knowledge in New York does that schedule. Firefighters in NYS work a 40 hour week. With OT for anything more.
  5. The Major Injury call type is a BLS call in NYC as is Ped Struck and MVAs without more info. I think this is based on the fact that the vast majority turn out to be BLS and there are limited ALS resources. There are probably too many call types so and amputation and a long fall would get ALS. They're moving to a new triaging system and they're attempting to work on the miss-classification. As to the IV interventions in trauma patients study after study shows this does not help and may actually harm the patient. It really bugs me when I see transport delayed for it. Anecdotally I find the experienced medics that I see and who I would like treating me if I was hurt bad never delay transport. It's the same as the young guy on the roof who's going to cut the hole no matter what compared with the experienced firefighter who knows when it's time to leave or a lost cause.
  6. While these statements were true a few years ago. Engine Companies are increasingly being dispatched BLS calls. The Major Injury calls are a good example. They have added to the CFRD matrix a few years ago. While the non-FDNY people on here will think yeah they should go on major injury calls, major injury calls are anything but major injuries and that's why they only send BLS. Engine Companies have been increasingly sent on runs when the BLS unit reports responding with a delay. In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing new the LAFD has used a matrix based on response times for a while. The issue is the workload on some FDNY engines is pretty high. My company has done well over 5K runs for quite a few years. While it sounds great to work in a busy place and we do enjoy it, a company that is that busy as mine is is out of service over 20% of the time. When people have real emergencies they have a 1 in 5 chance of the first due engine being unavailable.
  7. Mike was a nice, humble, very intelligent, professional fire officer. Services Announced for Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy Wake Thursday, September 29, 2016 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Flower Funeral Home 714 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, New York 10704 914-963-4137 Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 1, 2016 11 a.m. Annunciation Church 470 Westchester Avenue Yonkers, New York 10707 914-779-7345
  8. "All hands" or signal 7-5 (not to be confused with 10-75 are most frequently used when referring to structural fires. But not necessarily. You can transmit a 10-75 for a fire or emergency. Gas leaks, manhole fires, brush fires, and other incident can and do result in the transmission of a 10-75. As for the all hands when 3 and 2 are being used you are using all hands. A reported structural fire gets an assignment of 3 engines, 2 trucks, and a battalion chief. If the chief uses 2 and 2 and holds the 3rd engine fast it's not an all hands. The scenarios with using 2 and 2 on the highway box don't constitute an all hands. As for the SOC unit response The transmission of a 10-75 results in the dispatch of the normally assigned rescue and squad if available. If the fire/incident escalates to an all hands doubtful a rescue and squad will be assigned regardless. If a chief advises he used all hands and is under control they will not receive the SOC units and other specialized units. I'm sure this is still confusing and I'm not sure I'm doing it justice but I'll use and example of a working fire to show the units assigned and timing. Phone call reporting a fire in a building. 3 Engines, 2 Ladders, and 1 Battalion Chief are dispatched. First engine arrives and finds a working fire and transmits a 10-75. 4th Engine is assigned, 3 truck(FAST), additional Battalion Chief, and the Deputy Chief is notified Usually at the first progress report the chief notes what he is using. This is usually when the all hands is transmitted with the status of the fire Doubtful, probably will hold, under control. In the outer boroughs the vast majority of "All Hands" are transmitted for fires.
  9. https://www.amr.net/ruralmetro
  10. Why do we need to change it legally. Any lay person who hears the title firefighter expects the person to fight fires. The NFPA does not define exterior firefighters. With the exception of a few states (NY in that few) these members/personnel are defined as what they are drivers, support ect.
  11. I think it's a beautiful piece of apparatus and I'm sure it will serve the citizens of Stony Point well. I really don't want to detract from the nice apparatus but there's one thing that bothers me and I see this all the time. It's the combi tool in the bumper. Let me be clear it's not a swipe at the idea of a tool in the front bumper. I personally have little use for the combi tool. It's a spreader and a cutter that doesn't do either nearly as good as the spreaders and cutters. I'd either put a spreader and cutters in the front bumper or a cutter.
  12. Apparently the officer knew the Mayor had a suspended licence. He was working in the adjoining Village and thought he saw him driving the ambulance. He subsequently wrote out the tickets and served them. The mayor said he wasn't driving it that day and the ambulance crew backed him up. Maybe they listened to the dispatch tapes?
  13. How do we know the Commissioners didn't make the right decision for the public they're sworn to serve?
  14. It's my experience that even Volunteer Chiefs take an oath of office as they assume the job. While some may see this as a formality many of of don't. You're swearing to do the job to the best of your ability and protect the citizens and your firefighters. You're not swearing to settle a score with the paid guys or use you power to carry out a vendetta routed in jealousy. It's a well established fact that volunteer fire departments everywhere are suffering from a shortage of qualified volunteers and the average age of volunteers is steadily increasing. I for the life of me can't see how any fire chief paid or volunteer could be doing their job to protect the safety of their members or the public if they support decreasing staff. Having some fully qualified staff guaranteeing apparatus response and fully capable firefighters on scene for every response is something many communities and chiefs can only dream of and recently we're seeing two cases of these communities where the sworn leaders have gone on the record that cutting staff will not effect their department's ability. I'd love to hear the argument of how having less members on scene or waiting for a volunteer arrive and drive a fire apparatus will be a benefit to anyone.
  15. I followed the links and checked out the forum in question. The discussion on her was well before her death. By reading the posts it's pretty apparent that they're fire department members. The discussions were sickening.