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The Delaware County Fireman's Association Annual Banquet March 14th, 2015 Tinicum Fire station Lazaretto Ballroom 99 Wanamaker Ave Essington Pa, 19029 . Deadline for reservations Feb 28th 2015 No money will be accepted at the door. Contact erobinson01@hotmail

A Must Read: Firefighter Cancer Study NIOSH (The Secret List)

Sunday, February 22, 2015  A Must Read: Firefighter Cancer Study NIOSH (The Secret List) Thursday, February 19, 2015   All,Please take time to review this. It's the much awaited NIOSH paper on the Chicago-Philadelphia-San Francisco FD's 1950-2009 Firefighter Cancer Study that was released yesterday:




==DIRECT LINK:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/pdfs/Daniels-et-al-(2015).pdf


 

==Other NIOSH Firefighter Cancer Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/cancer.html




==Firefighter Cancer Support Network: 

www.firefightercancersupport.org




Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 2-19-2015-0900

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com



   


 

Wade Dump Fire Feb 2nd 1978

Monday, February 2, 2015 

To the DelcoTimes: Letter to the editor: Regarding the Wade Dump Fire

Feb. 2, 1978 was a good day.

A new fire station was opening at Third and Tilghman streets in Chester. The fire department and city had changing needs the volunteer staff could no longer provide.

This fire station offered hope to local residents who had witnessed too much loss of life and property destruction over some difficult years. This fire station represented security, protection and gave evidence of a struggling city’s concern for its citizens.

It was a good day because some great men then had a place where they could plant the seed of a highly efficient fire department. “Moose” McLaughlin, Marv Cherry, Jimmy McDonald remain names to be revered in the fire service 37 years later for their mentoring and leadership. It is as if they, along with many, many others, continue to stand guard at the old Wade site today.

Feb. 2, 1978 was a tragic day.

From the new fire station at Third and Tilghman, Bob Friend and others could see the smoke rising from Front and Flower. This day that smoke would not be from a pile of tires on fire at the Eastern Rubber site (a common occurrence); it would be from the chemicals surreptitiously stored by men and industries whose concern for the community was surrendered to personal gain. Over 3 million gallons of toxic chemicals burned, contaminated, and permeated the grounds of Front and Flower.

Over 250 fire, police, and EMS personnel responded, never giving a second thought to the peril they would soon face. Those thoughts had already been considered for each of them. No one enters this business without those considerations. Unequivocally, each responder, then and now, wants to protect the community and prevent property loss and harm to the citizens. They simply do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. They are even willing to take risks while doing their job.

Feb. 2, 1978 was a tragic day for many families.

This would be the start of a complex set of circumstances that would rob joy, shared memories, finances, health, and life. Within the next two years, responders would begin to fall ill to various cancers and blood disorders at an alarming rate. Survivors and families would not just have to battle for their physical health. They would soon find the battle against government agencies, the courts, and the companies who dumped at the site to be more formidable then they ever could imagine. Firefighters and police would feel abandoned by the city they protected. Medics would sense abandonment by the medical center they represented and the city they served. Citizens would lose heroes who they had counted on to partner with them in an effort to help build a safe community.

Feb. 2, 1978 is a good day to remember.

The heroes we lost continue to patrol and protect. You can see them at the memorial site at Front and Flower. Oh, there is not a physical memorial. Sadly, that never happened. But maybe the greatest memorial is the green grass growing on the site is a result of the new laws that enforce a clean environment. It is in the soccer stadium that thrives in a land given up for waste. It is in the passing fire truck with equipment suitable for hazardous chemicals and staffed by personnel trained to handle toxic fires. These heroes are in the training for our medics and hospital emergency nurses who have learned to not only efficiently decontaminate and treat a patient, but to protect their own lives in the process.

So, as you head to PPL Park, or drive over the Commodore Barry Bridge, pass by on I-95, or even spend a little time drowning a worm in the Delaware River, give a shout out to Marv, Moose, and Jimmy. They are there along with many, many others. They gave it up for you. They gave it up for us.

WILLIAM RICHARD

Smyrna, DE




   


 

FIREFIGHTER CANCER

Sunday, February 1, 2015  Hey,

If you needed a reason to understand the impact of FIREFIGHTER CANCER, try this story out of Syracuse NY ---where this District Fire Chief got his dying wish...

He passed away last night. 

RIP Chief Thomas Erwin.

 

So....today and each Sunday is:

 

WASH YOUR HOOD SUNDAY.

 

-Do it before you forget.

-Do it every Sunday.

-Do it to honor Chief Erwin.

-Do it to honor ALL the THOUSANDS of FIREFIGHTERS who are fighting cancer.

-Do it to honor the many thousands who fought their best.

-Do it to minimize YOUR RISK of FIREFIGHTER cancer.

-Do it before the game tonight.

 

READ HIS STORY:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/02/thomas_erwin_firefighter_watched_daughter_graduate_from_bedside_has_died.html

RIP Chief.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

Don't Breathe That Sh!t.

Don't "Wear" That Sh!t.

BillyG

The Secret List 2-1-2015-0900 hrs

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com






   


 

Raymond W. Donnelly Sr. Obituary

Monday, January 26, 2015  Raymond W. Donnelly, Sr. " Chief, " 68 of, Woodlyn, PA, formerly of Collingdale, PA, died Friday January 23, 2015, in Fair Acres, Lima, PA.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the beloved son of the late Edward and the late Emma (Fitzroy) Donnelly. 
Ray was a 50 year member of Collingdale Fire Co. #1. He was also a life member of Milmont Park Fire Co., PA State Fire Police and Delco Fire Police, which he was awarded Delco Fire Policeman of the year in 2011. 
Ray was also a member of Collingdale Seniors.
For 35 years Ray worked in the Sanitation Dept. for the Collingdale Borough.
Predeceased by his siblings, Elizabeth Anthony, Edward and John "Jack" Donnelly. Grandsons, William and Chrles Max Donnelly.
Survived by his beloved wife, Marie(Hogan) Donnelly; two sons, Raymond (Danielle) Donnelly Jr. and Charles Donnelly Sr.; daughter, Lisa (Justin, Sr.) Brown; sister, Carol Ann (Denis) Taylor; eight Grandchildren, Tiffany Donnelly, Timothy Donnelly, Raymond Donnelly III, Hailey Donnelly, Korina Brown, Justin Brown Jr., Alex Brown, Charles Donnelly Jr.
Funeral Mass: Friday at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph's Church, 500 Woodlawn Ave., Collingdale.
Friends may call Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at funeral home and Friday from 8:30- 9:15 a.m. at Kevin M. Lyons Funeral Service, 202 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden, PA.
Burial: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Raymond's memory to 

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 
, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Online condolences and memories may be placed on www.lyonsfs.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delcotimes/obituary.aspx?n=raymond-w-donnelly-chief&pid=173963841&fhid=28310#sthash.RSRFCeuW.dpuf



   


 

First Responder Info from New York

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Information sharing and situational awareness are integral components of securing our country, our state, and our community. With that in mind, you should be aware of a program designed not just for firefighters or pre-hospital care providers, but for all New Yorkers. SAFEGUARD NEW YORK is an important program partnering community members, businesses and emergency service professionals like you to work together to alert members of state and local law enforcement to suspicious activities and potential acts of terrorism. You are our eyes and ears on the ground, on the  streets,  going  to  the  grocery  stores,  in  the  mall, being citizens; you can help us to fulfill our public safety responsibilities. Early recognition and reporting of potential terrorist activity can serve as the first line of defense against those who commit acts of terrorism. If you witness anything suspicious, you are encouraged to contact  your  local  law enforcement or  the  New York State Terrorism Tips line at 1-866-SAFE-NYS (1-866-

723-3697).



There are eight signs of terrorism that all citizens should be aware of, especially first responders. As part of a fire company  or  ambulance  service  responding  to emergency scenes on a daily basis, you may be the first to notice a pattern of activity suggestive of a terrorist plot, and yours may be the only call to alert law enforcement before an incident happens. Like all emergency service providers, you have a sense of call patterns, and when something doesn’t feel right you know it.

 

As emergency service professionals, you should be aware there is a concern that individuals seeking to commit acts of terrorism may utilize emergency service organizations to acquire certain materials, skills, or training in order to succeed with their intentions.  These individuals may also target first responders; or they may pose as emergency services personnel in order to access certain locations and appear to belong.  For the safety of yourselves, your partners, and your fellow citizens, your continued vigilance is essential.

 

Again, any signs of suspicious activity may be reported

24 hours a day, seven days a week to the New York

State Terrorism Tips Hotline at 1-866-723-3697 (1-866- SAFE-NYS).




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“IF YOU SEE SOMETHING,

SAY SOMETHING!”

 

Report Any Suspicious Activity to the

New York State Terrorism Tips Hotline at

1-866-SAFE-NYS

1-866-723-3697

Across New York State

1-888-NYC-SAFE

1-888-692-7233

In New York City

 

New York State

Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Office of Counter Terrorism www.dhses.ny.gov/oct/ Harriman State Office Campus

1220 Washington Avenue

Building 7A Albany, NY 12242

Office of Fire Prevention and Control

www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/

Harriman State Office Campus

1220 Washington Avenue

Building 7A Albany, NY 12242

New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS www.health.ny.gov/professionals/ems/ Central Office

875 Central Avenue

Albany, NY 12206




New York State

Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safeguard

New York

“IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!”

Report Suspicious Activity

1-866-SAFE-NYS

1-866-723-3697

Fire and EMS



 

 

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR

 

► A person who is hostile, uncooperative or expressing hate or discontent with the United States.

 

► Unusual chemicals or other materials that seem out of place.

 

► Ammunition, firearms, or weapons boxes.

 

► Surveillance equipment, still and video cameras, and night vision goggles.

 

► Maps, photos, blueprints.

 

► Police manuals, training manuals, flight manuals.

 

► Little or no furniture other than a bed or mattress.

 

► Inquiries regarding certain types of over the counter drugs and their potential harmful effects.

 

► Requests to purchase, or knowledge of how to purchase particular medications.

► Inquiries into the purchase of a new, used, or decommissioned emergency vehicle, or how to authenticate emergency vehicle markings.

 

TERRORIST GROUPS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO TARGET FIRST RESPONDERS

 

 

■ First responders should be alert on every call; ranging from motor vehicle accidents to calls to residences, businesses, and public spaces.

■ Upon arriving at a potentially man-made incident, responders  should  be  aware  of  the  possibility  of  a second attack or bomber.

■ Those who target first responders cause a delay in care for those who are injured.

■ Emergency services personnel should conduct a thorough observation of all people at the scene of an attack, including the injured to detect possible threats.

■ Responders should be alert to the behavior of those on scene, including friends and family members of patients/victims.


HOW EMERGENCY SERVICES CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM LOSS

 

► Monitor and control who is entering your stations: current employees/members, former employees/members, and delivery and service personnel.

► Check identification and ask individuals to identify the purpose of their visit to your department.

► Report broken doors, windows and locks to your organization’s security personnel as soon as possible. Repairs should be made in a timely manner.

► Back-up files or copies of sensitive and critical information and databases should be made.

► Store, lock, and inventory your organization’s keys,

access cards, uniforms, badges, and vehicles.

► Monitor and report suspicious activity in or near your facility’s entry/exit points, parking areas, garages, and immediate vicinity.

 

► Suspicious-looking packages should be reported to your local law-enforcement.  DO NOT OPEN or TOUCH.

► Shred or destroy all documents that contain sensitive personal or organizational information that is no longer needed.

► Keep an inventory of your most critical equipment, hardware, and software.

► Store and lock your personal items such as wallets, purses, and identification when not in use.

►  Question  an  unexplained  withdrawal  by a  student after completion of training or a certification program.

► Be alert for suspicious individuals observed loitering in the vicinity of parked ambulances, fire apparatus, or hospital and emergency room entrances.

► Investigate loss of equipment associated with fire or EMS vehicles:   this includes medical equipment and supplies, medications and controlled substances, uniforms, insignias or decals, vehicle license plate(s), special parking placards, lights, sirens, and communication equipment.

Know the Routines

Be aware of what is going on around you

Take what you hear seriously

 

“If you see something, say something!”


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Resolve to reduce line of duty deaths in 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015  The leadership of Maryland's Kentland Volunteer Fire Department believes aggressive firefighting and firefighter safety go hand-in-hand. That's why they've joined the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in this video launching a new campaign to further reduce the number of firefighters who die in the line-of-duty. Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Chief Marc Bashoor calls Kentland a leader in helping make sure that "aggressive" and" safety" don't become mutually exclusive terms. There is little doubt the most important element in firefighter safety is you, the firefighter. The contributing factors in the majority of firefighter deaths are the health of the firefighter, and the actions taken while responding to and returning from the scene of an incident. Make it your New Year's resolution to take personal responsibility in creating a safer environment for all firefighters. Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in a new goal of vastly reducing the number of firefighters injured, and to lower the number of line-of-duty deaths each year to below 50.

The fire service over the last decade has been able to consistently reduce the number of LODDs annually to fewer than 100. We've chosen 50 as the next benchmark on the way to eliminating all preventable firefighter deaths-so that truly, Everyone Goes Home®.

This new goal was inspired by the work of firefighters and fire service leaders at the Tampa 2 Firefighter Life Safety Summit in March, 2014. The just-released Summit Report reaffirms that the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (established at the first Watch the video...Summit in 2004) are still valid and should remain the blueprint for reducing firefighter injuries and deaths.

In this video, Kentland's officers and other fire service leaders talk about many of the key points addressed at the Tampa 2 Summit. These include not only personal responsibility, but accurate risk assessment, and the important role the company officer plays in safety and accountability.



Watch the video...read the report...and resolve to do your part
to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths.



   


 

Is There a Link Between Firefighting and Cancer?

Saturday, January 3, 2015  NIOSH Science Blog
Is There a Link Between Firefighting and Cancer? – Epidemiology in Action

Categories: Cancer, Emergency Response/Public Sector, Epidemiology

December 17th, 2014 10:46 am ET  -  Robert D. Daniels, PhD, CHP

Epidemiology is the art and science of using data to answer questions about the health of groups. In occupational epidemiology, we use that data to understand how work affects health. This blog entry is part of a series that shares the stories behind the data.
Firefighters face numerous hazards in the line of duty. The risks of acute and potentially fatal injuries and stresses from the dangerous environment of a fire scene are well known. In addition to these hazards, fires generate toxic contaminants, including some agents known or suspected to cause cancer. Less is known about the potential long-term health effects firefighters may experience as a result of work-related exposures. In particular, do firefighters face a higher risk of cancer than is found in the general population?

In 2010, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) embarked on a multi-year effort to conduct a large-scale study to better understand the potential link between firefighting and cancer. The research was a joint effort led by NIOSH researchers and conducted in collaboration with researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of California at Davis Department of Public Health Sciences and supported, in part, by the U.S Fire Administration.

Higher Cancer Rates The study found that a combined population of firefighters from three large U.S. cities showed higher-than-expected rates of certain types of cancer than the general U.S. population.

Other notable findings included:

  • The number of firefighter deaths from all causes did not differ from the expected number of deaths based on death rates in the general population.
  • The number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths were greater than that expected based on rates in the U.S. population. The overall excess was comprised mostly of digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers.
  • There were about twice as many malignant mesothelioma cases than expected. Occupational exposure to asbestos in firefighting is the most likely explanation for the greater-than-expected incidence.
  • Some cancers were elevated among firefighters under 65 years of age. For example, firefighters who were under 65 years of age had more bladder and prostate cancers than expected.
  • Excess bladder cancer risk was evident among women firefighters. However, because bladder cancer is far less likely in women than in men and less than 4% of our study group were women, our results are based on only a few bladder cancer cases.
Methods Our study method is sometimes referred to as a retrospective longitudinal study, meaning that we followed the health experience of a group of persons over a defined time period beginning at a point in the past. In this case, we studied nearly 30,000 career firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco who were employed at any time between 1950 and 2009. Participation by multiple fire departments and inclusion of all firefighters better represents the U.S. fire service as a whole; therefore, our results are generalizable to other firefighter populations. The large study group and lengthy follow-up (sometimes referred to as the observation period) improved our ability to observe rare health outcomes, like most cancers. By including the most recent time period, our study is largely informative on current firefighters; while extending observation to the 1950s allows us to look at temporal trends in risk.

Our study is records-based, meaning that only historical information (e.g., personnel records, death certificates and cancer registry data) comprised the study data. A records-based approach is usually best in retrospective studies of persons who may have relocated or are deceased prior to data collection. This approach also avoids a reliance on the recollection of participants for study data, which can differ among persons and over time.

The health outcomes of primary interest are cancers, although other outcomes were investigated. We examined the numbers of cancer deaths and cancer diagnoses among these firefighters and compared them to “expected” numbers based on rates in the U.S. population. Examining cancer incidence (i.e., diagnoses) in addition to deaths from cancer is preferable when assessing risks of cancers that tend to have higher survival rates, such as testicular, bladder, breast, and prostate cancers.

What’s Next? These findings add to a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting a cause-and-effect relationship between work-related exposures and cancer in firefighters. Our next steps will further investigate cause and effect by examining the relationship between “exposure” and cancer among these firefighters. Workplace exposures will be estimated from employment records of fire runs and station assignments.

Raised awareness and exposure prevention efforts are cost-effective means to reduce occupational cancer risk. Thus, the fire service should increase efforts to educate members about safe work practices. This includes proper training, proper use of protective clothing, and proper use of approved respiratory protection during all phases of fire fighting.

More information including study results, frequently asked questions and our firefighter cancer study newsletter can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/ffCancerStudy.html.

Robert D. Daniels, PhD, CHP

Dr. Daniels is a Health Scientist in the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.




   


 

Is There a Link Between Firefighting and Cancer?

Saturday, January 3, 2015  Is There a Link Between Firefighting and Cancer? – Epidemiology in Action Categories: Cancer, Emergency Response/Public Sector, Epidemiology

December 17th, 2014 10:46 am ET  -  Robert D. Daniels, PhD, CHP

Epidemiology is the art and science of using data to answer questions about the health of groups. In occupational epidemiology, we use that data to understand how work affects health. This blog entry is part of a series that shares the stories behind the data.
Firefighters face numerous hazards in the line of duty. The risks of acute and potentially fatal injuries and stresses from the dangerous environment of a fire scene are well known. In addition to these hazards, fires generate toxic contaminants, including some agents known or suspected to cause cancer. Less is known about the potential long-term health effects firefighters may experience as a result of work-related exposures. In particular, do firefighters face a higher risk of cancer than is found in the general population?

In 2010, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) embarked on a multi-year effort to conduct a large-scale study to better understand the potential link between firefighting and cancer. The research was a joint effort led by NIOSH researchers and conducted in collaboration with researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of California at Davis Department of Public Health Sciences and supported, in part, by the U.S Fire Administration.

Higher Cancer Rates The study found that a combined population of firefighters from three large U.S. cities showed higher-than-expected rates of certain types of cancer than the general U.S. population.

Other notable findings included:

  • The number of firefighter deaths from all causes did not differ from the expected number of deaths based on death rates in the general population.
  • The number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths were greater than that expected based on rates in the U.S. population. The overall excess was comprised mostly of digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers.
  • There were about twice as many malignant mesothelioma cases than expected. Occupational exposure to asbestos in firefighting is the most likely explanation for the greater-than-expected incidence.
  • Some cancers were elevated among firefighters under 65 years of age. For example, firefighters who were under 65 years of age had more bladder and prostate cancers than expected.
  • Excess bladder cancer risk was evident among women firefighters. However, because bladder cancer is far less likely in women than in men and less than 4% of our study group were women, our results are based on only a few bladder cancer cases.
Methods Our study method is sometimes referred to as a retrospective longitudinal study, meaning that we followed the health experience of a group of persons over a defined time period beginning at a point in the past. In this case, we studied nearly 30,000 career firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco who were employed at any time between 1950 and 2009. Participation by multiple fire departments and inclusion of all firefighters better represents the U.S. fire service as a whole; therefore, our results are generalizable to other firefighter populations. The large study group and lengthy follow-up (sometimes referred to as the observation period) improved our ability to observe rare health outcomes, like most cancers. By including the most recent time period, our study is largely informative on current firefighters; while extending observation to the 1950s allows us to look at temporal trends in risk.

Our study is records-based, meaning that only historical information (e.g., personnel records, death certificates and cancer registry data) comprised the study data. A records-based approach is usually best in retrospective studies of persons who may have relocated or are deceased prior to data collection. This approach also avoids a reliance on the recollection of participants for study data, which can differ among persons and over time.

The health outcomes of primary interest are cancers, although other outcomes were investigated. We examined the numbers of cancer deaths and cancer diagnoses among these firefighters and compared them to “expected” numbers based on rates in the U.S. population. Examining cancer incidence (i.e., diagnoses) in addition to deaths from cancer is preferable when assessing risks of cancers that tend to have higher survival rates, such as testicular, bladder, breast, and prostate cancers.

What’s Next? These findings add to a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting a cause-and-effect relationship between work-related exposures and cancer in firefighters. Our next steps will further investigate cause and effect by examining the relationship between “exposure” and cancer among these firefighters. Workplace exposures will be estimated from employment records of fire runs and station assignments.

Raised awareness and exposure prevention efforts are cost-effective means to reduce occupational cancer risk. Thus, the fire service should increase efforts to educate members about safe work practices. This includes proper training, proper use of protective clothing, and proper use of approved respiratory protection during all phases of fire fighting.

More information including study results, frequently asked questions and our firefighter cancer study newsletter can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/ffCancerStudy.html.

Robert D. Daniels, PhD, CHP

Dr. Daniels is a Health Scientist in the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.




   


 

Attack Fire Hose & The NFPA (The Secret List)

Monday, December 8, 2014  All,

The following was sent to be shared with you from the NFPA...so check it out:

There is a lot of interest in the design criteria of attack fire hose and research is underway to look at the current design and testing criteria. When the results are available, NFPA® will provide them to the  Technical Committee on Fire Hose, which develops  NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose.  NFPA will also facilitate  any revisions to the Standard  that the Technical Committee feels necessary . Our process allows for this to happen at any time, regardless if the Standard is in its revision period or not.

 

Fire service members play a vital role in the development of our Standards. There are two ways you can be part of the discussion on attack fire hose. NFPA 1961 is open for Public Inputs until July of 2015 and this is an opportunity for you and the members of your Department to share your needs and thoughts about fire hose with the Technical Committee. Visit next edition accepting Public Inputs at www.nfpa.org/1961 .

 

The Committee on Fire Hose is seeking members in the interest classifications of Installer/Maintainer, Applied Research/Testing Laboratory, Insurance, Consumer, Enforcer, Labor, Special Expert and User. Your voice and that of your Department is needed and welcomed. To learn more visit submit Fire Hose TC Application on line.  Enforcer members are eligible for 80% reimbursement of their travel expenses. More information available at Enforcer Funding Program.

 

You can also view this short videoFeel free to share this with your contacts and network.

Thank you for your continued support of NFPA and please feel free to contact me with any questions.  kwillette@nfpa.org  Kenneth R.  Willette, Division Manager,Public Fire Protection,

Once again, the doors are open at NFPA for FIREFIGHTER input.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12/8/2014-1621 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com 

 

SECONDARY LINK TO THE ABOVE VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiqbhJhs9U... [ more ]

   


 

How Do You KNOW? (The Secret List)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  Hey,

You don't have to go very far to find discussions related to fireground operations, tactics, command and control.

 

You also don't have to go far to find opinions on the above-which is a good thing. What is hard to find, at times, is actual fact. Fact about what might or could happen.

 

How do we really KNOW how, what, why or when our fire department may or may not act based upon the given circumstances.

 

How do you KNOW your first alarm assignments are adequate?

How do you KNOW your first alarm staffing matches the fire?

How do you KNOW how a line will be stretched?

How do you KNOW you will have adequate water supply?

How do you KNOW your officers are able to size up, in order to make the correct decisions?

How do you KNOW the members know what venting will-or will not do?

 

A departments leadership may "feel" that things will go a certain way-or even "know" based upon the last run. The issue is, quite simply, do we KNOW how VULNERABLE our fire departments (and those we protect) are in day to day operations, tactics, training and the other stuff that makes up a FD?

 

Determining your fire department and community vulnerability has been a guessing game in the past, with only a few, very limited tools that can be used to measure what the FD does right-or doesn't do right-or may not be able to do right.

 

City hall dwellers (elected and appointed local gov't folks) challenge the chief and challenge labor to "PROVE" the needs. Emotional presentations do not have a history of being successful. It's all about fact these days.

 

There is, however now, a NO COST tool developed by firefighters for firefighters that allows a fire commissioner, a chief or organization leadership to determine where their department really is. Take time NOW to understand how this FREE online tool can help cut out the BS and prove the needs of your department.

 

CLICK HERE for an overview of VAP:

https://www.firevap.org/system/overview 

 

CLICK HERE to sign in and start the process:

https://www.firevap.org/ 

 

VAP helps leaders, members and elected officials cut through the emotion and get to the facts on WHY a fire department must be properly funded, staffed, trained and lead.

Take Care. be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 11/25/2014-1400 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com 

 

 

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