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Friday, December 6, 2013
"True-Grit" and hard work forged the pride and
traditions of this Country and the American Fire Service! It's our duty
to keep this last stronghold of proud public servants alive for
generations to come! Stay true to the job and do the right thing even when nobody is looking!~Matt~
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Are Watching, Now More Than Ever”
Good Morning Central PA! Today brings a much needed article of “Doing
What’s Right” as a leader, mentor, and coach.
You see…this world we live in has many turning points that cause a
negative impact. Who is the first person
the public, elected officials, and your men/women point the finger at? You guessed it…the Leaders/Officers of that
Since we are public servants, we are elected to
uphold moral and ethical values that ensure we take care of the people who dial
911. I would assume that most of you who
read my articles will agree on the previous statement.
However, why are there so many fire department
leaders in the United States and local areas who just don’t get it? There have been several Chief Officer’s
caught embezzling money…are you serious?
These fire service leaders are taking full advantage of the
taxpayers. Nothing good will ever come
out of embezzlement, not to mention the time it will take to rebuild your
organization; if your doors stay open.
There are fire service leaders who are promoting negligence
and criminal acts. That’s right folks I
said it. What about that fire department
who doesn’t run closest units, simply because they get beat in to their own
first due. That is negligence! Chief Rick Lasky (Ret.) speaks about this in
his leadership seminar and provides very passionate details on this
subject. You have to ask yourself; “how
can I live with box cards” if someone were to die, especially when unit
closeness could have made a difference.
What happens to an organization when bad decisions
are made? You will see the membership
start to rescind slowly creating a domino effect on several key aspects of
operations, management, fundraising, and more.
If you are a career department facing bad leadership, you will see
members look for other jobs. Eventually,
you will see the taxpayers start to create media about poor responses, lack of
people helping, and many things. You
will see your elected officials start to pull the plug on your operations and
request help from neighboring departments behind your back. They will start to pull the plug on funding,
creating a point where you cannot operate.
TODAY, more than ever, we need to form as many
relationships that we can. It does not
matter if we are career, volunteer, city, county, or federal firefighters. The days of doing more with less are NOT
going away folks. We as a whole need to
suck up our egos and do what is right, all the time! Forming relationships works in many ways that
will benefit your organization, memberships, funding, employment, and public
You see…the public and elected officials are
watching! Now more than ever, we need to
be on top of managing our organizations for the betterment of the public.
I do think that there are close to perfect fire
department’s out there. But it only
takes one bad leader to ruin it.
Until next time…DO WHAT IS RIGHT!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Carroll County Company 7 (Lineboro) was dispatched to their first due for a reported Church Fire. First in units found a well involved church in a rural water area, with water supply an issue units were delayed and a defensive attack was initiated. Truck 49 (Penn Township) was one of two trucks
there along with Hampstead, MD Truck 2 (Carroll County Truck 2). Both
trucks took Side 'B' and commenced master stream operations which
darkened down the fire. Interior crews mopped up and extinguished
pockets of fire with handlines. Several rural water supply sites were
established in different directions from the fire by mutual-aid
companies. York County Company 52 had one and Carroll County Company 6
(Pleasant Valley) had a second of three. Related links:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Today around 1530 hours units were dispatched to 581 Wood Street for a reported house fire in the 49-4 box. Communications advised units responding that they believed they had a smoke inhalation from sounded to be a working kitchen fire. Truck 50 (Steelton) arrived to find a 1 story single family brick house with heavy smoke showing and established command 49. Truck 50's crew had to force entry the side alpha door and got water on the fire. Engine 49 arrived, dropped a supply line for 41 to pick up and stretched the back up line, Engine 49 also supplied truck 50. Truck 50 then sent the remainder of their crew to perform vertical ventilation with 49's split crew as well. Chief 91 (Ibberson) then arrived and assumed command 49, units made quick work of the fire and remained on the scene for a few hours with salvage and overhaul. Engines: 49, 44, 41 and 55Trucks: 456 and 50Rescue 49Air 30~Matt~
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 and that he saw heavy fire burning in and up the elevator shafts. This fire was confirmed on the second and third floors by Engine 13. Ladder 1, in a freezer room on the second floor, reported they had a room full of fire. Upon the arrival of another Chief, who assumed command, it was first made aware that two homeless people still may be inside.
Upon arrival of Engine, Ladder and Rescue 1, their crews were assigned search and rescue of possible civilians trapped. Two members of Rescue 1, after venting a 15 square foot sky light above the elevator shaft, began a top to bottom search of the warehouse for civilians. A combination of sudden zero visibility in a previously hazy floor and no rope lines used, members of the mentioned companies became separated from the group and ended up on separate floors.
At 1847 hours, one of the victims from Rescue 1 made the following radio transmissions: "Rescue to Command, I need help on the floor below the top floor of the building. We are lost”. And at 1848 “Rescue to Command, we need help on the fourth floor."
A short time later, radio contact was made with the victims to determine their status. One of the victims replied, "We need air, we need air. I’m sharing a tank off me right now. We are lost. You got to send a rescue team up here for us. Second floor down from the roof, two floors down. We were on the roof, and then we checked the next floor down. Now we are on the next one. Hurry."
Part of the second alarm, Ladder 2’s task was to perform search and rescue on the fifth floor. The officer and one firefighter were quick up the stairs while a third trailed. Once at the third floor, this trailing member met with a firefighter from E3 who was separated and together took out the plywood covered windows from the third up to the fifth floor, were it was believed they would meet with the two members from L2 already there. After 10 minutes without seeing them and their low air alarm ringing, they proceeded to the first floor and tried to locate L2 officer via radio. His reply and location was on the fifth floor and at 1910 and 1914, L2 requested assistance in locating the stairwell and that they were running out of air.
Upon arrival of Engine 3 on the third alarm, their assignment was to search and rescue for the now four missing firefighters all believed to be on the fifth floor. Engine 3 split into two teams. The officer and two firefighters were one team, and the senior and junior man making the second team. The officer’s team went to the Command Post and got instructions, leaving the other team at the engine who was still getting dressed. This was the last time these two men were seen alive. No command officer gave them an order in person or over the radio, but it is believed they made their way to the fifth floor. The officer’s team searched for Rescue 1’s missing men and having run out of air without locating them, exited the warehouse.
At 1924 hours, the Incident Commander called for a head count of all the fire fighters, and it was then determined that six fire fighters were missing. At 1928 and 1929 hours, the victims from Engine 3 and Ladder 2 were radioed, but no response was ever received from either crew. At 1929 hours, the Chief of the Department called for a fifth alarm, and Engines 5 and 10 responded. At 1931, 1936 and 1948 hours, the victims from Engine 3 and Ladder 2 were radioed and again no response was received. At 1949 hours, the crew from Engine 8, who had responded on the fourth alarm, radioed that they were on the fourth floor and that the structural integrity of the building had been compromised. At 1958 hours Interior Command ordered everyone out of the building. The operations changed from an offensive attack, including search and rescue, to a defensive attack which lasted over 20 hours. It was at this time, the 3rd-6th floors collapsed onto the second floor. After the fire had been knocked down, search and recovery operations commenced until recall of the box alarm 9 days later, at 2227 hours on December 11 1999 when all six firefighters were recovered.
The fire is believed to have been started by two homeless people and to have been burning 30-90 minutes before detection by an off-duty police officer. At one point, the fire on the second floor (66,000 cubic feet) was so advanced, 5 2½” lines (1250gpm) were in operation and crews had to retreat due to no noticeable effect made. A total of five alarms were struck over a span of 1 hour and 13 minutes, with the fifth called in at 1928 hours. Responding were 11 engines, 4 ladders, and 1 rescue, for a total of 73 fire fighters. So hot the fire and heavy a fuel load, smoke venting through the roof carried tar globs with it and once the cold air cooled it enough to “rain” onto the fire ground, damaging several apparatus and gear.
Construction has yet to begin, however a memorial site will be named Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Park 5-1438, December 3, 1999. The numbers 5-1438 stand for the number of alarms struck and the Fire Department code for the location of the fire. The Cold Storage Warehouse was torn down and in its place, the Worcester Fire Department Headquarters was built. Dedicated on December 3, 2008, the structure was built with “Worchester 6” for all to remember with a bronze statue and stone wall murel recording the men and efforts of that day nearly 10 years prior.
Built in 1905 and vacant for 8 years prior to the fire, this brick and heavy timber structure measuring 88’ x 158’was built with 18” thick exterior brick walls, and 6”-18” interior walls. The interior walls were constructed, and for years patched, with cork, asphalt, foam glass, and polystyrene. In 1912 an addition of equal construction and size was built on the existing delta side. Two internal stairwells connected the 94,176 square foot structure on all 6 stories. Due to its vacancy at the time of the fire, the majority of the windows were boarded shut with plywood.
NEVER FORGET OUR 6 BROTHERS WE LOST 13 YEARS AGO TODAY
REST EASY BROTHERS
Monday, December 2, 2013
Good morning Central PA, GOOD LUCK and BE SAFE
out there today Brothers and Sisters! Send us your pictures if you get
lucky out there today, we are going to post them up on our main page,
thanks! Now that the wife is home from work I am going to take
the 06 for a walk in Stoney Creek Valley! Send your pics to the Facebook page
or my email, Miles3430@aol.com ~Matt~
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Good morning Central PA, Today is "Sunday-Funday" and we want you to "caption-this" image of one of our Brothers........Go to our Facebook page CentralPABravest.com and share your funny caption!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
"Success Involves Listening" Good Morning Central PA! This morning I bring you another leadership trait that I believe is very important for success as a Chief/Company Officer. We all know this line of business is full of big headed officers who know it all…but if you are a real officer, you know your people are very valuable to you, the community, and the organization. I am a firm believer th...e people on the front line makes your organization. Without good quality personnel, or a strong membership, you have nothing! Rule #2 – “LISTENING” is one of the most valuable traits any officer can have, whether career or volunteer. When I speak about listening, this means you must really listen to what is being said. As respect is often talked about, one of the best ways to earn respect as an officer is to listen. Remember that RESPECT is not given, you must earn it. So, what do you do when a rookie comes to you with an idea? You LISTEN to what he has to say, and I say this with RESPECT to the rookie. See…it’s been 21 years since you participated in Firefighter I, and your rookie is fresh out of training after a few months. He might have learned something that will just blow your mind, and after hearing what he has to say; you find that the new tactic your rookie just taught you will work in your community. What about that 40 year veteran who doesn’t run calls anymore, but is at the firehouse every morning playing cards. He approaches you about an idea on fundraising. You LISTEN to what he has to say, this is out of RESPECT for the years he put into the organization that you now manage. You get a phone call from your township supervisor out of the blue for a meeting. You travel to his office where you will sit and LISTEN to him as he speaks. This is done out of RESPECT for the person who holds the key to funding your organization. Even though you may not want to hear what he has to say, you still listen. I hope you see the pattern here. It is very crucial that you listen to everyone, as it will only make you and your organization BETTER than it was before! Until Next Time…LISTEN! ~REBOK~
Friday, November 29, 2013
Good morning Central Pa, this morning for First -Due- Friday we want to ask are you ready? With the amount of crazies running around the world, we want you to start thinking where your high hazards are? Think about the possibility of active shooters that draw you in with a fire in a high capacity place to spread your resources thin. Is your school board talking to your leaders on their security procedures for the students? Have you pre-planned where your possible triage areas are? Have you made a conscious effort to talk to the local PD and state police on what their procedures are and their needs? Every time you burn a school, a mall, a hospital or an apartment complex in your head, and as I like to call it "The Brain Simulator" you should ask these questions! Stay Alert Stay Alive ~Kelly~
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Good Morning Central PA, We hope everyone out there has a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy........
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