Central PA Bravest

14 YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOST THE WORCESTER 6

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 

On December 3, 1999 at 1815 hours, box 1438 was struck for 236 Franklin Street (The actual address is 266 Franklin Street) for smoke coming from the roof of a 6 story warehouse. Initial alarm consisted of Engines 1, 6, 12, 13 Ladders 1, 5 Rescue 1 and a Chief. Upon the District Chiefs arrival, his Aide circled the building to conduct a scene survey, and saw the crews from Engine 13 and Ladder 1 enter the building. The Aide reported that he was on the C/D corner of the building an... [ more ]  

 

 

47 YEARS AGO TODAY THE FDNY LOST 12 FIREMAN MAKING THIS THE 2ND LARGEST LOSS TO THE ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH

Thursday, October 17, 2013  23RD STREET FIRE

“WONDER DRUG”

 

DETAILS

 

          On October 17th 1966, Manhattan Box 598 was struck at 2136hrs for the report of a building fire... [ more ]  

 

 

12 YEARS AGO TODAY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 343 FIREMAN WERE MURDERED

Wednesday, September 11, 2013  SEPTEMBER 11th 2001
 
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          0814hrs on September 11th 2001, the world changed forever. At this time, it is believed hijackers made their move aboard American Airlines Flight 11, shortly after leaving Logan International Airport. Stabbing three occupants and spraying the first class cabin full of mace, they quickly took control of the plane.
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WHAT'S BEHIND THAT DOOR, "EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED"! ?

A COMMON OFFICE HALLWAY WITH COMMON ROOMS?

A COMMON OFFICE HALLWAY WITH COMMON
      ROOMS?

Monday, September 2, 2013 

On a recent tour of a food distribution company in "the first due" we discovered a common looking door in an office area hallway. What was on the other side of the door was anything but common. A quick primary search of this office area could easily lead to a serious or fatal firefighter injury.


Things to keep in mind, know your first due, sweep with a tool ahead of you and stay low. A firefighter standing up could easily end up 20’ below thinking this was just... [ more ]  

THINK AGAIN AND KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!!

THINK AGAIN AND KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!!

 

 

TYPE V LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION 101

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013  On a recent tour of a type V lightweight constructed town home with Capt DeVries (26 years experience) of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services I decided to take advantage of his 30 years hands on experience of building houses from start to finish. This is a simple photo and explanation breakdown of the different components of current lightweight construction. We have seen tons of articles on how they are dangerous and to be aware but rarely do you see a basic breakdown to show the ... [ more ]  

 
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EVENING QUESTION

Thursday, August 8, 2013  What is this hose load deployment style called and why and where is it most useful?





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MANPOWER COUNT OR QUALIFIED MANPOWER COUNTS?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013  Good Morning Central PA, Yesterday was a busy day in Central PA with several well involved fires and numerous box alarms.......

With that being said the next topic of discussion stems from the declining numbers of volunteers in the fire service today.  Do you go enroute with your communications center with your manpower level and who are you counting (Juniors/Probies/Air Pack Qualified/Interior Qualified) or does your county have a policy of who you are to report as manpower? Does... [ more ]  

 
 

6 YEARS AGO TODAY 9 FIREMAN MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

Tuesday, June 18, 2013  SOFA SUPER STORE
“CHARLESTON NINE”
 
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          At 1908hrs on June 18th 2007, the first call was received for a fire in the Sofa Super Store located at 1807 Savannah Highway. The 42,000 square foot building would start in the loading dock behind the store and eventually would take over the rest of the structure. At 1941hrs a flashover occured with at least 16 members still operatin... [ more ]  

 

 

LIGHTWEIGHT HOUSE EQUALS LIGHTWEIGHT STAIRS

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 

I-STAIRS = ALWAYS SOUND THE STAIRS BEFORE GOING UP OR DOWN! 



Attached is info on a new type of stair construction for residential buildings, and a safety bulletin that was put out for the City of Wyoming Fire Department. The stairs are constru... [ more ]  

 

 

EVEN SANTA SET'S ASIDE TIME TO TRAIN!

Thursday, December 6, 2012 


Today while doing a few charity events in the "Central PA" area Santa and a few of his Elves performed a quick forcible entry refresher. Santa has been having trouble with the new building construction, he said its tough to make the traditional entry.


Good Luck Santa!!


 

 

 

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 360

Saturday, December 1, 2012 
Here is an example of why we do a full 360 degree check on house fires, especially at night; and why we must explore what is in our area (not just first, second, or third due). What looks like a single story home with ordinary construction and an attached lower level garage actually has an addition added onto side C that looks to be a  garage/shop/barn. There is also an elevated walkway that attaches the two structures. Both of these factors can drastically change fire attack, contai... [ more ]  

 

 

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I HATE BEING COLD AND WET FOR HOURS AFTER A JOB - IS YOUR COLD PACK READY?

Photo Courtesy of Bill Noonan

Photo Courtesy of Bill Noonan

Monday, November 26, 2012  With the days and nights getting colder in Central PA a few simple items can make the difference between happy and miserable on a  prolonged fireground. This can be done with a change of dry clothes. I pack a t-shirt and sweat shirt, knit hat, suppression and work gloves, two hoods, two chemical hand warmers and a hospital towel.





 

Cold Pack

Cold Pack

Ready to go......

Ready to go......

 

 

FIREFIGHTERS AND THE RISKS OF ASBESTOS

Thursday, October 4, 2012 

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that approximately 20,650 firefighters faced occupational exposure to hazardous substances – including asbestos – in 2008.



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LOOK IN THE MIRROR - YOU ARE A MENTOR!

Dick Cray, A solid MENTOR that made countless Firefighters into the Fireman they are today!

Dick Cray, A solid MENTOR that made
      countless Firefighters into the Fireman
      they are today!

Thursday, September 13, 2012  Webster’s II New College Dictionary 1995 defines a mentor as “a wise and trusted teacher or counselor”. When we were young and growing up, most if not all of us had a mentor. Someone we admired or a person who took the time to show us the way. It may have been a teacher, a coach or maybe even the Chief at the local firehouse.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to have several mentors that groomed me. Even today with me being almost 50 years old, I still h... [ more ]  

James “Bummy” Bumgardner another Mentor who changed the lives and made countless great Fireman!

James “Bummy” Bumgardner another
      Mentor who changed the lives and made
      countless great Fireman!

 

 

CENTRAL PA BRAVEST IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A PARTNERSHIP WITH FIREHOUSE PRIDE

Friday, August 31, 2012  Firehouse Pride is dedicated to providing you with quality products from the minds of experienced firefighters around the Country. Some are service spawned, others are pride based, but none are “gimmicks”. Members and contributors of Firehouse pride are from all different backgrounds and departments with a common bond of a love for the job of firefighting. This website is our attempt to bring you one place to find some of the most innovative and inter... [ more ]  

 
Colonial Park Fire Demo's "The Pig"

Colonial Park Fire Demo's "The Pig"

 
 
 

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