Leatherhead Thursday: It’s about time for some pink!

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors There is no secret: October is the month that is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and, of course, wearing pink!  There is no doubt that all cancer deserves awareness, but breast cancer alone takes so much from us all and can be drastically changed if the word and awareness is continually spread.  We all have special women in our lives that lose that battle each year, and that hits us right in our hearts.  Our lives revolve around strong co-workers, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and friends and we want to do all that…

Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Cleaning for Structural Fire Helmets

It’s Fire Academy Friday! LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics. NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE. Learn how to perform an Advanced Cleaning on your structural firefighting helmet. Covers thorough cleaning of helmets, how often an Advanced Cleaning is needed and…

Leatherhead Thursday: Lines Down

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors The fire department is one of the first agencies that the public turns to when situations arise that pose any type of threat or emergency.  Fire departments across the country respond to countless calls involving downed utility lines and poles each year; the risk of injury or death is always there.  We are going to take a few different looks at how these calls can be handled and what our function should be once on scene. Our job description varies, but at no point are we capable of determining if a downed line…

NYTimes.com: Coaxing Fire and Police Staffs in Arizona to Cut Own Pensions

By Ken Belson For The New York Times PHOENIX — Bryan Jeffries, the chief of Arizona’s firefighters’ association, has been arguing to anyone who will listen that his members — and the state’s police officers, too — should volunteer to cut their own pension benefits. Mr. Jeffries, a fourth-generation Arizonan who has been a firefighter and a city councilor, says that emergency workers have a special obligation to protect the public not only from physical peril, but also from financial ruin. Cutting pensions for firefighters and police officers would help save their woefully underfunded retirement plan and bail out towns…

Fire Academy Friday: Structural PPE Construction, Features, and Functions

It’s Fire Academy Friday! LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics. NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE. What are the components of your PPE elements? What is the purpose and limitations of each element in your structural PPE? This week’s video covers…

Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Inspection – Turnouts Part 2

It’s Fire Academy Friday! LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics. NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE. Part two is a continuation of instruction on how to perform an Advanced Inspection of Structural Turnout Gear. This section includes thermal barrier inspection, moisture…

FireRescue1.com: Firefighting among best work-life balance jobs

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is no easy task. Glassdoor, which compiles data about workplaces, released a list of the top highly rated jobs for work-life balance. The results are based on employee feedback over the past year, according to the report. Ratings were based on a five-point scale, with 1 representing dissatisfied, 3 representing OK and 5 meaning very satisfied. Firefighting took the ninth spot with a work-life balance rating of 4.1. Curious to see what other jobs made the list? Check them out on FireRescue1.com.

Fire Academy Friday: How firefighting affects the body

It’s Fire Academy Friday! LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics. NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE. This week’s video covers how your body is affected during firefighting operations, including: Heat Stress Ways to combat heat stress On-scene rehabilitation Rehydration Active cooling…

Leatherhead Thursday: Sirens on or off?

By Shane Wells of the Leatherhead Instructors We respond to numerous calls each and every day using lights and sirens, but should we? In the past when the call came in, we got in the truck and went blasting down the road lights on and sirens blaring regardless of the nature of the call.  It didn’t matter if it was to a structure fire or a simple patient assist; our lights and sirens were on.  In recent years there have been many studies involving the use of emergency responses.  The information found has shown us that this causes more wear…

New NFPA 1670 chapter gives guidance on conducting animal technical rescues

By Ryan McGinnis For NFPA Journal July/August Two years ago, John Haven was sitting down to eat dinner with his wife in his Gainesville, Florida, home when his phone rang. It was a local fire chief calling with the news that a dog had fallen down a 50-foot sinkhole in a city park while playing fetch with its owner. First responders were on scene and preparing a rescue, but the chief was concerned about the plan, which involved an improvised rope-and-pulley system that would lower a responder into the hole, then lift him out as he held the dog in…