How many times have we gotten into the car, ready to go out, only to ask, "So where do you want to go?" The passenger often says, "You're driving."When operating emergency apparatus in your…Continue
In his Web Exclusive for February 4, Bill Adams asks if two-piece engine companies are still viable. I've been a firefighter for 20 years, and my fire company has always had two engines, though not…Continue
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Twenty years ago today, I was voted into probationary membership at Weldon Fire Company. Although 20 years is an early career for many, 20 years gets you certain privileges at Weldon. For example, when you achieve 20 years as an active member, you become a "life member." As a life member, your requirements to remain a member in good standing decrease, you no longer pay your membership dues every year, and even if you don't remain active, you are still a member until you choose to…Continue
Think drones aren't the real deal?
Take a look at this video from Detroit, Michigan at a structure fire in which two firefighters were injured. Although it is unclear whether or not the Detroit (MI) Fire Department requested the drone, as you watch the video, it is clear that technology like this can, and will, be invaluable to the fire service.
Consider being able to tell apparatus operators where to direct their aerial master streams from above the fire.
I recently returned from the 2013 FDSOA Apparatus Symposium. I returned to temperatures in the teens (remember to circulate the water in those pumps if you're out for a prolonged period of time in this weather), and although the weather wasn't perfect for being in Florida, it certainly was nice being in a more temperate climate for a little while.
Every year the…Continue