Central PA Bravest

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

Monday, March 31, 2014  "Motivational-Monday"

Make trainings as real as possible and train like your life depends on it, that is all...

~Matt~



   


 

MAKE IT OFFICIAL TOMORROW

Monday, March 31, 2014  Good Morning Central PA, please DO NOT forget to play some April Fools jokes tomorrow at the firehouse! Here are a few great ideas........enjoy!


http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/the-27-pranks-you-need-to-really-own-april-fools-day


     



 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Sunday, March 30, 2014  Thought of the day…

You aren’t an “EMT” without having your EMT are you?

With that being said, the above saying might someday include; and you can’t be a “Firefighter” without your Firefighter I & II.

I bet if we told them they could not participate in company level live fire training unless they had a FF-I certificate the numbers would change!

~Matt~


   


 

FIREFIGHTING

Friday, March 28, 2014  “FIREFIGHTING”  

Considered to be a career, trade, job, craft, and even compared to a…sport?

To be known as a “good player” you have to have a passion for it. Know “the plays” inside and out and be in great shape with strength and cardiovascular abilities.  

But the difference in our sport is; the “play” isn’t over until the fire is out and everyone is safe.

This could be 24 minutes or 24 hours and there are no time outs in our first quarter!

 


~Matt~




   


 

A POWERFUL SELECTION OF WORDS WE JUST HAD TO SHARE!

Friday, March 28, 2014  I found this powerful selection of words and just had to share it, I also attached an image of Jon working a roof in the 80's.

Well said Jon!

"Yesterday I was involved in pretty big conversation about the fire department. Though I’m not real active anymore, that dedication and passion still burns strong, honestly I can’t really explain it. The brotherhood associated with being a fireman is a strong bond. Though I personally didn’t know the 2 guys from Boston, I still feel the loss like it was a relative, again, some will not understand that.

For the past 37 years, I have met some incredible people through the fire service. I would like to think I’ve crawled down some burning hallways with some of the best fireman central pa has to offer, worked some violent crashes with highly skilled EMS workers. In my mind I believe we made a difference in people’s lives. Look at my list of Facebook friends; it’s loaded with fireman, career and volunteer, from South Carolina to FDNY. Chiefs, Captains, Paramedics, EMT’S and cops make up a huge portion of my friend list; I would guess there is a reason for that, a strong bond.

In honor of the sacrifice the 2 Jakes in Boston Made, Today I would like to celebrate the service and sacrifice my Emergency service friends make on daily basis. Those of you who have the testicular fortitude to do what the majority of people can’t do. You all know who you are; I don’t have to call you out. Every day you go get it, you understand the danger and sacrifice, yet it is rarely spoken. You go work every day with a smile on your face knowing you have the best damn job!

Be safe my friends…………."

~Jon Saussaman~


   


 

DOES YOUR COMPANY DO THE VOLUNTEER-SHUFFLE?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014  DOES YOUR COMPANY DO THE “VOLUNTEER-SHUFFLE”

Scenario #1

Your volunteer fire company is having their monthly meeting, training or fundraiser. Hell, let’s just make it even simpler; Eight Firefighters are hanging out at the station on a Tuesday afternoon for a few hours. They all have their gear hanging in the lockers, two can drive everything one is an officer and the rest are able to ride anywhere.

The tones drop for a first due house fire and behold; “VOLUNTEER-SHUFFLE”…

The rat race is on, five are running to declare their seat on the first piece out. A few get dressed at their locker and are now pissed that they realize the other smarter guys grabbed their gear and ran to the Engine Company. Wait, those stragglers are even more pissed now, both drivers jumped on the Engine and they are now “screaming” down the street!

~Volunteer-Shuffle~

Scenario #2

Your volunteer fire company is having their monthly meeting, training or fundraiser. Hell, let’s just make it even simpler; Eight Firefighters are hanging out at the station on a Tuesday afternoon for a few hours. They all have their gear hanging in the lockers, two can drive everything one is an officer and the rest are able to ride anywhere. The Firefighters hanging out realized they have enough to staff the Engine and Truck Company. The officer or senior Firefighter has gone to the riding assignment board and placed names where he saw fit, he’s in charge and that’s how it goes, period. Next, since all the guys know EXACTLY where they are riding; they put their gear in that position and CHECK OUT their SCBA!

The tones drop for a first due house fire and behold; “ORGANIZED-CHAOS”!

Minutes are saved getting out the door by not crossing paths to and from the gear lockers, deciding who is driving the Engine and who is riding the line. Decisions like these should be made before the fire not when minutes count!

The Engine and Truck Company are now complimenting each others efforts with all eight men in a timely fashion, how Engine and Truck work should be done; SIMULTANEOUSLY. Water and ventilation at the same time complimenting one another versus two guys standing on the bay floor waiting on a driver that MIGHT show up?

Folks this is not rocket science, we can do this, please don’t make it harder than it is!

Be ready for the fire before the fire happens, people are counting on us. Don’t forget we are 911, let’s be proactive in station not reactive resulting in the “Volunteer-Shuffle”

~Matt~


   


 

MOTIVATIONAL-MONDAY

Monday, March 24, 2014  “Motivational-Monday”

Are you from a small, rural PA town that does not run many calls?

Do you want to stay in PA, go to college at HACC for Fire Science and get some good fire experience at the same time?

Do you have a life goal of becoming a career firefighter and want to be mentored by other career firefighters in this process?

Would you like to live or volunteer in a staffed firehouse that has a structured career style atmosphere?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions these are the stations that in my opinion and experience you will find your potential at!

Below are a few stations that are busy and are centered in Dauphin Counties “Fire Belt”.

I will give a short evaluation of what I know of these stations in the past 10 years. My personal experience in the county has been very active in the area.

~Matt~

Progress Fire Company, Station 32

Fires are rated at “High” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County and Tower 32 being Harrisburg City’s 2nd alarm Truck Company and mutual aid to numerous urban areas. The response area is urban, suburban and rural areas. Living condition is traditional with an open style bunkroom with no privacy. Training is very strong with an earned process in place for riding every piece along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are very strong and versatile.

Fire Chief, John Brindle JR
House Phone – (717) 545-3031

Colonial Park, Station 33

Fires are rated at “Medium” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County but the mutual aid response area locked to the suburban building construction area of LP Township. Although fire activity has dropped in the last ten years the call volume is very steady and the first due is very dense with garden apartments and major highways. The response area is suburban and rural areas. Living condition is brand new with an open style bunkroom with no privacy. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are very strong and versatile.

Fire Chief, Tom Swank
House Phone – (717) 652-8378

Paxtonia, Station 34

Fires are rated at “Medium” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County. Truck 34 is Harrisburg City’s 3rd alarm Truck Company and it also runs mutual aid to their eastern mutual aid area as well. The response area is urban, suburban and rural areas. Living condition is traditional with an open style bunkroom with no privacy. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are limited but still present.

Fire Chief, Mike Fife
House Phone – (717) 657-3930

Swatara Township, Station 49

Fires are rated at “Medium/High” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County but the mutual being locked to the zone 4 and 5 response areas. Although fire activity has been rated at a “Medium” the “quality” of the fires due to zone 4 and 5’s building construction outweighs the mutual aid that gives others their “High” rating. Company 49 also runs several major highways in their first due and Rescue Engine 49 is Harrisburg City’s 3rd alarm transfer engine. The area is mostly urban building construction and covers major industry 2nd due in Steelton as well. Living condition is brand new with a huge bonus of a private dorm style bunkroom. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. I am not aware of any volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere but mutual aid neighboring companies have plenty that are willing to mentor at a moment’s notice!

Fire Chief, Shane Steel
House Phone, (717) 986-1644

Middletown, Station 88

Fires are rated at “Medium/High” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County Zone 5 with a strong mutual aid response area to the eastern area in and out of county. The response area is very urban in the first and second due and also has rural mutual aid response areas. The first and second due has rail, airport and industry with a heavy fire load. Living condition is brand new with a private dorm style bunkroom. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are very strong and versatile.

Fire Chief, Ken Whitebread Sr
House Phone, (717) 948-3032


   


 

DAUPHIN COUNTY FIRE ACTIVITY CONTINUES

Monday, March 24, 2014  A 3rd alarm row home fire in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg City last night keeps the fire activity for Dauphin County Towers 50 (Steelton) and 32 (Progress) going strong!

Click the link for additional information and images - http://www.capitalcityfirephotos.com/Other-1/32314-Harrisburg-PA-Hummel-St/38013172_9DL3H4#!i=3139087634&k=KDCtMMJ


   


 

LIVING THE DREAM

Sunday, March 23, 2014  “Living-The-Dream”

The life of a Fireman is re-living that childhood dream every time we scream down the street pulling our bunker pants up from our feet.

~Matt~


   


 

THE FIRE FACTORY CONTINUES WITH IT'S WORKING INCIDENTS!

Sunday, March 23, 2014  Swatara Township, Dauphin County fire activity continues in 49's response area with back to back jobs twenty-four hours apart, AGAIN!

The first picture was last night around 2030 hours for a large stack of pallets against the building on the UPS grounds off of 19th and Gibson.

The second picture was a few hours ago today at 3300 Paxton Street. Crew's found another outside fire this time electrical with extension into the building.

Additional pictures of the fire today can be viewed here - http://www.capitalcityfirephotos.com/Other-1/32314-Swatara-Township-Paxton/38004987_LjJ3Xb#!i=3138328989&k=kkPNXsv


     



 
 
 

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