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  • L.A. Marathon Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunited with Rescuers and Hospital Staff

    LAFD News & Information
    LAFD
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) personnel and members of the UCLA and USC medical staffs joined 2014 ASICS LA Marathon runner Jode Lebeda on Monday as he was reunited with firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses who cared for him after he collapsed during the race. LAFD Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone addresses the media at an April 21, 2014 press conference, where a man who collapsed in cardiac arrest during the 2014 ASICS Los Angeles Marathon was reunited with rescuers.Jode was running the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon on March 9, when at Mile 20, he collapsed in…
  • Lax Oversight Cited as Factor in Deadly Blast at Texas Plant

    NYT > Fires and Firefighters
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A preliminary report on a deadly fire and blast in West, Tex., by the Chemical Safety Board notes that there are no regulations for the storage of ammonium nitrate.
  • Mayor: FDNY Commish Sal Cassano to be replaced

    Firerescue1 Daily News
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Mayor de Blasio did not name Cassano's replacement or say when that appointment will come
  • Mayor: FDNY Commish Sal Cassano to be replaced

    Firerescue1 Topic Articles
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Mayor de Blasio did not name Cassano's replacement or say when that appointment will come
  • 580 Fire CA-ALCO/SCU- 580 Wildland Fire, Some Units Being Released... #CaFire

    California Fire News - Structure, Wildland, EMS
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:28 pm
    580 Fire CA-SCU- 580 WUI Wildland Fire Livermore, Alameda County580 Fire Wildland Fire LivermoreCredit: @loribuckmajorUpdate: - Some local units being released(ALCO) including WT 44Location: - Old Altamont Road at Moto X, Westbound 580 at Greenville Rd.IA Description: - Grass Fire affecting freeway traffic.IA Resources: - CAL FIRE and Alameda FireROC: -ROS: -Structure Threats: - YesSituation Concerns/Alerts: - Powerlines, RR tracksSituation Comments: - Multiple Fires reported in Livermore areaOnline Scanners:…
 
 
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    California Fire News - Structure, Wildland, EMS

  • 580 Fire CA-ALCO/SCU- 580 Wildland Fire, Some Units Being Released... #CaFire

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:28 pm
    580 Fire CA-SCU- 580 WUI Wildland Fire Livermore, Alameda County580 Fire Wildland Fire LivermoreCredit: @loribuckmajorUpdate: - Some local units being released(ALCO) including WT 44Location: - Old Altamont Road at Moto X, Westbound 580 at Greenville Rd.IA Description: - Grass Fire affecting freeway traffic.IA Resources: - CAL FIRE and Alameda FireROC: -ROS: -Structure Threats: - YesSituation Concerns/Alerts: - Powerlines, RR tracksSituation Comments: - Multiple Fires reported in Livermore areaOnline Scanners:…
  • LODD: CAL FIRE Asst. Chief Renny E. LeRoy

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    LODD: CDF Firefighters Asst. Chief Renny E. LeRoyIt is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Assistant Chief Renny E. LeRoy of IAFF Local 2881 - CDF Fire Fighters, Sacramento, California. Brother LeRoy, 60, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from pancreatic cancer.Chief LeRoy began his career with CDF in 1971 as a Firefighter in the Fresno-Kings Unit. In 1972 he became a Fireman and in 1974 he promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer. In 1981 he promoted again, this time to Miramonte Camp as a Fire Crew Supervisor (Fire Captain). In 1987, Chief Leroy promoted to…
  • LAFD MEMBERS TO ATTEND BOSTON LODD FIREFIGHTER FUNERALS

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:23 pm
    LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS TO ATTEND BOSTON FIREFIGHTER FUNERALS   LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2014) – The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the nation and the Boston Fire Department in mourning the loss of two of their bravest in a nine-alarm fire on March 26, 2014. The LAFD will be represented at the upcoming funerals and memorial services by two of our own members, who will travel to Boston on Monday.  Through a collaborative effort between the LAFD, the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, and Virgin…
  • CAL FIRE plans to hire more crews ahead of very active wildfire season

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    CAL FIRE plans to hire more crews due to dry conditions FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- CAL FIRE has now announced plans to hire more crews ahead of what they believe could be a very active wildfire season. The firefighters will be hired in the Bay Area, the Sacramento foothills and right here in Central California.Firefighters from all around the state traveled to the Valley last year to battle the massive Rim Fire, which tore through 400 square miles. But crews believe this year could be worse because the severe drought dripping California right now is drying up vegetation, everywhere."With…
  • Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge Destroyed, 60 Guests Safe

    29 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
     A Saturday morning fire destroyed a historic lodge near the border of Colusa and Lake counties. 60 guests were at the resort at the time of the fireThe main lodge at Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge, Mineral Baths and Nature Sanctuary near Williams, Calif., was destroyed by a fire that began on the morning of Saturday, March 29, 2014. Meg Solagui/Wilbur Hot Springs resort photo.NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – The main lodge building of the Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge, Mineral Baths and Nature Sanctuary burned in structure fire, according to Northshore Fire Deputy Chief Pat…
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    LAFD News & Information

  • L.A. Marathon Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunited with Rescuers and Hospital Staff

    LAFD
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) personnel and members of the UCLA and USC medical staffs joined 2014 ASICS LA Marathon runner Jode Lebeda on Monday as he was reunited with firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses who cared for him after he collapsed during the race. LAFD Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone addresses the media at an April 21, 2014 press conference, where a man who collapsed in cardiac arrest during the 2014 ASICS Los Angeles Marathon was reunited with rescuers.Jode was running the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon on March 9, when at Mile 20, he collapsed in…
  • LAFD Citywide 'Open Firehouse' Celebration

    LAFD
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    On Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM all Neighborhood Fire Stations in the City of Los Angeles will be expecting your visit.To increase community awareness of Fire Department services, the Los Angeles Fire Department designates the second Saturday of each May as Fire Service Recognition Day. This year, we highlight the fact that:"Fire Burns. Smoke Kills."During our 2014 open house, we are honored to provide personal tours of YOUR Neighborhood Fire Station and highlight the commitment of Los Angeles Firefighters in assuring the safety of those they are sworn to serve. Along…
  • Street Closure, Transit Status and Freeway Information for Los Angeles

    LAFD
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    When traveling in Southern California, we encourage you to drive safely and listen to local radio stations - especially AM news stations with frequent traffic reports. Public agencies work with broadcasters to help you make the best travel choices.If your phone is handy, our region's 5-1-1 telephone system is a free and convenient way to obtain timely personalized information about traffic, transit and transportation.For those near a computer or smartphone, here are some Los Angeles area links you may wish to bookmark now or e-mail to a friend:Statewide Highway Status and Highway Closures -…
  • San Pedro Elks Lodge Heavily Damaged by Fire

    LAFD
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Updated April 16, 2014 4:30PM. - Updates in bold. SAN PEDRO - It took more than a hundred firefighters to extinguish a non-injury fire that heavily damaged an Elks Lodge early Tuesday morning. The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 2:50 AM on April 15, 2014 to 1748 Cumbre Drive in San Pedro, where firefighters arrived quickly to discover the large two-story San Pedro Elks Lodge #966 well involved with fire. Less than twenty minutes into a fierce battle against towering flames, firefighters were forced to move to a defensive posture, as the roof of the 33,744 square-foot building…
  • Firefighters Salute America's 9-1-1 Dispatchers

    LAFD
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    On most days, they're the last people you want to talk to. However, when things go wrong - even terribly wrong, their mere presence on the phone can drop your pulse rate by 50 beats while assuring help is on the way.We are of course, speaking of 'Public Safety Telecommunicators', or in normal citizen speak: the folks who answer your 9-1-1 call and coordinate the timely response of law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency medical service personnel.April 13-19, 2014 isNational Public Safety Telecommunicators WeekWhile their effort assisting 9-1-1 callers is largely known, you may not be…
 
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    Firerescue1 Tips

  • Check your power saws

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    With power saws, we want to make sure they are ready to go at any moment.
  • Use your body

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Using your body to help hold the saw will extend the endurance of your muscles.
  • Limited visibility

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Teams working together need to rely upon other means of accountability, such as voice communication when visibility is limited.
  • Use the peak of the roof

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Even though we start the saw on the ground, we cannot carry it up the ladder with it running.
  • Use gravity when working with a saw

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Too many firefighters rely on using their own power to work the saw.
 
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    Fire Geezer

  • Morning Lineup – April 23

    firegeezer
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Wednesday – Choo Choo Update In yesterday’s Lineup we talked about the Wabash RR locomotive that showed up on a Norfolk Southern consist.  I have since learned that it wasn’t really a relic-of-the-rails after all, but I like the explanation even better than my supposition. Our chief mechanic, “Engineer Sam” Yardumian sent along this interesting update addressing the unusual loco: That Wabash locomotive that you saw is actually quite new.  A couple of years ago, Norfolk Southern received a large order of locomotives. About 16 or so of them (I forget the exact…
  • Perv Fire Chief Pleads Guilty to Sex Assaults

    firegeezer
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    New Disclosures Show Crime Was Worse Than First Reported FORMER COVENTRY (Connecticut) VOLUNTEER Fire Association Fire Chief Joseph Carilli pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of sexual assault of a teenager and tampering with a witness. In February of last year Firegeezer reported on his arraignment along with another Coventry firefighter, Joe Fragoso for sexual assaults on minors who were enrolled in the fire department’s Junior Firefighter program.  Read that REPORT HERE. Joseph Carilli Two months after we posted that article, a 15-yr.-old girl revealed to the police the…
  • Roof Burns Off Vacant Brewery Building

    firegeezer
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Roofers Do Another One FIRE BROKE OUT MONDAY AFTERNOON at the former Abbey of Hautmont in northern France.  The 300-yr.-old abbey complex is one of the main tourist attractions in the area, although it is currently privately owned. The fire started around 4 pm in the roof of the building that had most recently been used as a brewery but is currently undergoing renovations.  Reportedly, roofers were working in the area where the fire started at the time. About 40 firefighters responded and were able to extinguish the fire in less than two hours while confining the damage to about…
  • Morning Lineup – April 22

    firegeezer
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Tuesday – Odds and Ends This morning I feel like sharing a few stray happenings that have nothing whatsoever to do with fire, rescue or EMS stuff. *  Starting off with a tidbit that would probably only be of interest to railfans, i.e. railroading enthusiasts.  Last year I relocated to the next county over that happens to be dissected with mainline trackage of the Norfolk Southern Railway.  For the previous 60+ years I had always been not far from what eventually became the CSX railroad, beginning with the R.F.& P. Anyway, back to the point, I was driving alongside the tracks one…
  • Ambulance Collision, Rollover Leaves 4 Injured

    firegeezer
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    At Controlled Intersection A LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, C.A.R.E. Ambulance was involved in a collision early Monday morning that caused four people to be transported to the Long Beach Hospital. The accident occurred shortly after 4:30 am in Signal Hill at a controlled intersection where the ambulance struck a Lincoln sedan broadside.  The ambulance carrying two medics and a patient rolled onto its side.  The sedan was heavily damaged. The patient who being transferred non-emergency from one hospital to another and was already listed in critical condition prior to the crash.  The…
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  • Front of Home Engulfed. Amazing Anyone Lived.

    Wake Forest News - Steve Rhode
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    At about a quarter past eleven in the evening on Saturday night, April 12th, Wake Forest Fire Department and Rolesville Fire Department were called to 417 Cottesbrook Drive in Wake Forest. Units dispatched included Rolesville Pumper 153, Roseville Engine 151, Rolesville Rescue 15, Wake Forest Engine 1, Wake Forest Engine 3, Wake Forest Engine 5, Wake Forest Ladder 1, Wake Forest Battalion 1. When units arrived the front of the house was engulfed in fire. The fire began in the garage. Witnesses said the family made it out of the house but sadly a family dog did not survive the fire. The fire…
  • Can we help a fellow firefighter/paramedic

    Jean Relyea
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Hello everyone, A good friend and fellow Firefighter/ Paramedic was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer at the young age of 32. One of his simple pleasures in life is collecting Fire/ EMS patches. He only has a few and they are all local ones. I was really hoping to show him support from all over the country by collecting patches from all over for him. If anyone is willing to help it would be greatly appreciated!! "Your Fight Is Our Fight Pags" Below is a link to a facebook page for him!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Fight-is-Our-Fight-Pags/2336476...
  • Keeping it simple.

    Kyle Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Over the last few years I've decided to hone my skills and repeat the firefighter classes. I'm apparently getting older and haven't realized it. FF1 Was a throwback to my younger years, I couldn't believe how sore I was after crawling around on the concrete for hours. FF2 Shocked me I was grouped with a few members that were also retaking the class. Class room went great and so did the skills for the most part. When talking about fire attack A question came up from a younger newer member. This is where I get my title from, He said "Well I'm not sure if I can find the fire without a TIC".
  • Fire Station Cardio Workout Option(s)

    Aaron Zamzow
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    I've had a lot of requests for workout options that can be performed at the station with minimal equipment.  Here is an option I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the 28-day Quickstart Program) and/or as a good workout to get the blood flowing.   Give it a shot! This is a great interval to perform at the firehouse, it doesn't require a lot of equipment and is very short in duration yet effective.  The work intervals can be adjusted to your level of…
  • Your Fire Department is Your People

    Billy Schmidt
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    … Not your fire trucks, fire houses, not your service. It’s your people. Often we forget this. Photo by Artie Werkle. Sure, you may know tactics and be a master of moving a hose line or venting a roof. And maybe you can recite your entire medical protocols or never miss an IV, but ultimately it’s about the people and the people that work with you who carry the impact of your leadership . It is your people and your leadership that matters; not your trucks or your houses. The challenge presents itself equally to both large and small fire departments, to the career organization to the…
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    FireFightingNews.com - US LODD News

  • Firefighter Jerry Chapman Killed In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief …
  • Captain Cyrus Reed Dies In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief …
  • Chief George Underwood Dies In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fire Chief Underwood responded to a call of localized flooding that was affecting residential properties in the community. While attempting to clear a blocked culvert with a hose line, Underwood fell ill and …
  • Captain Perry Calvin Killed In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief …
  • Lieutenant Edward Walsh Dies In The Line Of Duty

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While operating in the basement of a burning multiple unit residential structure, Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy died from injuries sustained when they became trapped by fire conditions. Investigation …
 
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  • War Zone in the Day Room

    Ian Schulte
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    For any firefighter out there who has ever made the jump to the right front seat, there's always a bit of a learning curve. You know what I mean, going from buddy to boss, going from being responsible for your own job to being responsible for a number of others who may or may not fall within the acceptable span-of-control. Recently, I was off work for about two weeks to attend FDIC and to have a preconstruction conference with the aerial manufacturer of our new ladder truck, the time away allowed me to disengage my mind from the day-in day-out muddle of middle management and focus on how I…
  • Building the Battle Ready Firefighter

    Lt. Billy Greenwood
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Battle Ready? Fire Departments can have the best apparatus, tools / equipment and still struggle to provide professional services to their community.  Why?  Behavioral modification or “learning” is a major component in preparing brothers for battle.  While we travel across the country providing some of the best training available to firefighters, we have noted that many fire departments have lots of technology these days.  This technology, especially in the thermal imaging arena  has provided firefighters with the opportunity to “see” again.  See in some of the most hostile…
  • APRIL MAGAZINE CARTOON

    Paul Combs
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints: http://www.artstudioseven.com/page-LE_Prints.htm
  • Out Front

    Becki White
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I hold myself to a very high standard, I strive for perfection day in and day out.  It gets a little exhausting and can be defeating chasing an unattainable bar, but I would never consider lowering it. The problem with aiming so high is that I expect those around me to hold themselves equally accountable. Time after time I'm told not to expect so much out of others, that I will only be disappointed. You know what's disappointing? Being "good enough." Lowering the expectations for yourself or others because it's too much work to reach farther. Meeting the expectation is acceptable, but is it…
  • The "Direct Hit Reporting System"

    Eddie Buchanan
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    I recently sat in on a brief on the new Near Miss Reporting System.  I’ve always been a strong advocate of the Near Miss System since its inception and have used it many times when preparing to teach various topics.  It has a strong history of collecting and providing valuable information to the fire service.  And I’m glad to report that the new reporting system is better, stronger and faster than ever before.  But something struck me during the presentation on the new near-miss system.  If we are tracking the near misses, how are we tracking the “hits?”   We have a system that…
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    Live News Of From Firefighter Close Calls

  • CANADIAN FF's HURT-1 CRITICAL IN COLLAPSE/MAYDAY

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Four firefighters have been injured and one of them is in critical condition after fighting a three-alarm fire at an industrial storage warehouse in Mississauga, Ont., early this morning. The firefighters were being treated after a wall collapsed and an explosion at the facility on Thamesgate Drive, in Malton, just north of Toronto Pearson International Airport, according to a CBC News cameraman at the scene. Police say air quality is a major concern following the Mississauga, Ont., fire due the potential nature of the substances stored in the building, but strong winds are…
  • FF's HURT-1 CRITICAL IN COLLAPSE/MAYDAY (The Secret List)

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    All, Four firefighters have been injured and one of them is in critical condition after fighting a three-alarm fire at a pesticide storage warehouse in Mississauga, Ont., early this morning. The firefighters were being treated after a wall collapsed and an explosion occurred at the industrial facility. Companies were called to the fire around 4:30 a.m. ET. All members were ordered to leave the structure and battle the fire only from the exterior after a Mayday call went out following the wall collapse, which reportedly trapped three firefighters briefly. Explosions could be…
  • FIRE COMMUNICATIONS: Ambulances Were Dispatched Late to Fatal Fire in Queens, Official Says

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The New York City fire commissioner said on Monday that ambulances were dispatched later than they should have been to a Queens fire that killed two 4-year-old children and injured three other people late Saturday night.Roughly eight minutes elapsed between the time firefighters confirmed the house was on fire and the time ambulances were called. Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said the cause of the delay — a delay noticed by frantic neighbors and firefighters — had yet to be determined by the Fire Department’s investigators.“We’re listening to tapes, we’re…
  • STRUT FAILURE AT EXTRICATION TRAINING

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
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  • Fire Chief LODD-Texas (The Secret List)

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    TEXAS FIRE CHIEF DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-COLLAPSES AT FIRE SCENEThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com We regret to advise you that a 52 year old Fire Chief has died in the Line of Duty in Texas. At around 2300 hours last night, a dwelling fire was reported in Damon, Texas (Brazoria County, SW of Houston). The Damon Volunteer Fire Department responded and while on the scene, during suppression, the Fire Chief was assisting and establishing water supply and he was discovered down by other members as he had collapsed at the scene. Immediate attempts to save his life were…
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    Fire Critic

  • FDIC Wrap-Up IV – The 2014 Firefighter Turnout

    The Fire Critic
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Yes, I am finally sitting down to polish off the final wrap-up for FDIC. It is hectic getting back to normal life after FDIC, but particularly harder this year because Captain Wines and I were in South Dakota the weekend before FDIC this year. Read part 1, part 2, and part 3. In the end, my only regret was not catching up with the crew of Glove Crafters while at FDIC. I am sure there are plenty of other people I didn’t get to bump into, but we made the most of it! Scroll down for video and photos. On Friday night at FDIC, we threw a party. Last year, Captain Wines and I threw a small…
  • Helmet Cam: Newark, DE House Fire

    The Fire Critic
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Video by: Mid3town Misfits. Video info: On Friday April 19 at approximately 2351, Stations 7,8,9,10 Engine & Rescue 21, Engine 14, Engine and Ladder 12 and Station 30 for the RIT assignment were dispatched to a working house fire, within minutes Delaware state police arrived on scene to report they had fire showing. This is footage from my helmet cam.  
  • Who/What is The Fire Critic? Check out the Answers to These 26 Questions Asked by Friends

    The Fire Critic
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The other day on The Fire Critic Facebook page, I asked “Who has a question for me? I don’t mean questions about the fire service per say, but questions about The Fire Critic, me personally, what this page and the site is all about, etc.” I wanted to make sure people could connect with me and get to know me. There are some great questions. Below are the questions with answers in no particular order… For those of you who do not know me personally, my name is Rhett Fleitz. I operate FireCritic.com and associated social media accounts. Over the years, The Fire Critic…
  • FDIC Wrap-Up III – Friday With Black Diamond Boots

    The Fire Critic
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Trust me, it takes time to get back in the swing of things after traveling to South Dakota and then Indianapolis in the same week. Most importantly, I have to reconnect with my family and catch up with what I have missed. The truth is that when I returned from FDIC about 3 years ago, I felt like I would never catch up with all of the messages and emails…I still feel that way today…3 years later. This year for FDIC, I traveled with Captain Wines (IronFiremen.com), Andrew Catron (ModelCityFirefighter.com) and Preston Wiley (Valley of the FOOLS). We also had Matthew Schimmel with us…
  • Fire Engine Wrecks into Restaurant After Collision with Ladder Truck in California

    The Fire Critic
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Photo from http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9506340 ABC7.com: MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KABC) – Six people were hospitalized in critical condition after a fire truck struck pedestrians in Monterey Park Wednesday afternoon. A Monterey Park Fire Department engine truck crashed into a building at the intersection of Emerson and Garfield avenues shortly after 3 p.m. Monterey Park Police said an Alhambra Fire Dept. truck collided with a Monterey Park Fire engine, sending the fire engine into a restaurant on the corner. Both trucks were responding to a…
 
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    Stop, Drop and Blog

  • The Worst Easter Ever

    Jenna
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    “This is the worst Easter ever,” he choked out between heart-wrenching sobs, his tears dripping down his red cheeks onto his blue dress shirt. I pulled him close, his tears and snot mixing together and dripping onto my neck. I didn’t want to say, “You know what, Buddy, it sure is!” I felt it, deep in my being, but I didn’t want to make him more upset. I held him close and told him that it was okay to feel that way. I hugged him hard as he wept onto my floral Easter dress; I fought hard to hold it together for him, for his bother. – __ — __…
  • What I Want for My 33rd Birthday

    Jenna
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    My husband has been pestering the ever-living daylights out of me. “What do you want for your birthday? What do you want for your birthday? What do you want for your birthday now? And then? And then?” No, really. He actually texted me a series of “and thens” like we were in an updated version of Dude, Where’s My Car? I laughed, but I still didn’t really have an answer. You see, I don’t really want for anything. If I ever want something, I kind of save my money and buy it myself. I also, most certainly, don’t need anything. In fact, I probably…
  • 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with My Brother

    Jenna
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    My baby brother turned 25 this week. We went to his birthday party on Saturday to celebrate with my family. At some point during the festivities, the boys and I took a walk around the back of my brother’s property, walking up the road to the top of the hill. With the snow melted and spring trying to make its way into the land, the fallen branches from a long, hard winter littered the trail. The boys decided to work together and clear the large branches out of the way for their uncle, happily lugging and tugging and tossing sticks and limbs and even small logs off the trail and into the…
  • Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon: Just One Marathon

    Jenna
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Hi. My name is Jenna. It has been twenty-three hours since my last Pittsburgh Marathon training run. Hi, Jenna. I’m exhausted. I mentioned it in my last training post, but I need to flesh it out more fully in a post this week. I need to make sense of what I’m feeling in my head, in my heart, and in my aching, tired hips. Pittsburgh will be on my only full marathon. I know, I know. I’ve said that before, and people always counter with, “You say that now! But they’re addicting! Wait until your after-marathon high!” And then there’s that thing where I…
  • 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One Where We Went Back Outside

    Jenna
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Spring arrived. Now I find myself saying my very favorite sentence of the year, in any number of variations: “GO OUTSIDE!” “GO PLAY OUTSIDE!” “GET THEE OUTSIDE, MY YOUNG LADS!” No, really, I’ve said that to the boys. The best outside time has always been and will always be our after dinner playtime in the fresh air. Right now, the fresh air is tinged with the cool sweetness of early spring. We find ourselves popping back inside for jackets as the sun dips lower on the horizon; we find ourselves seeking out the spots that the sunlight still touches,…
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    Wildfire Today

  • Wildfire briefing, April 22, 2014

    Bill Gabbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Iowa resident dies while burning brush Authorities in Iowa have identified a resident who was found by firefighters who responded to a brush fire on April 20 in Delaware County, about 40 miles... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • FirstNet, an introduction

    Bill Gabbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Below is a briefing paper for firefighters about the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) communications system. It will be interesting to see if the system will be available in the remote... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • Red Flag Warnings, April 22, 2014

    Bill Gabbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Warnings for elevated wildfire danger have been issued by the National Weather Service for areas in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. The Red Flag... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • Showtime’s program about wildland fires and climate change

    Bill Gabbert
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    In case you missed Sunday night’s premier of the second episode in their Years of Living Dangerously docu-series, an episode that features wildland fires and climate change, it will be shown... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • Firefighter fatality map

    Bill Gabbert
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    NIOSH has created an interactive mapping system that enables a web site visitor to configure and view a map showing the locations of firefighter fatalities. The U.S. Fire Administration data, for the... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
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