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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Good Morning Central PA, I have seen the
proper command structure, the exact tactical approach and the answer for
every verbalized “mistake” command made on the numerous incidents
Dauphin County had this week posted on Facebook! Just remember,
your turn on the radio as command or the first arriving unit is coming
and rest assure there is always someone listening to see "how good you
are not". Also, don’t be so quick to judge because when you point a
finger there are always three pointing back and ready to humiliate YOU
via Facebook. With that being said, we wish you well next time
you pull up to a well involved house fire and freeze up giving those
first radio transmissions that you thought sounded well in your head but
came out of your mouth wrong. We are human and we all make mistakes,
especially those teams who only go to the main event once a year. ~Matt~ “Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.” ~Mike Tyson~
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Birth of a Legend: The Snorkel
The once common Snorkel
long ago became the fire service “Xerox” of articulating platforms. If it bent in the middle, that’s what it was
called. One normally thinks of design, particularly
of something as complex as aerial fire apparatus, as a long process involving
engineering calculations and the development of sophisticated plans. Didn’t happen that way…
Back in 1958, Chicago
Fire Commissioner Robert Quinn borrowed a tree trimming truck with a 50 ft.
articulating boom and platform and attached a monitor nozzle to the
basket. A three inch hose line was
strapped to the booms to feed it, and a new piece of firefighting apparatus was
born. Load and stability testing was
done on the tree trimmer, and when found to work, the rig was painted red and
placed in service. Known in the “Windy
City” as “Quinn’s Snorkel,” reputedly because the firefighter’s got so wet in
the bucket and thought it resembled the diving device—I don’t see the
resemblance myself—the name stuck.
The original tree
trimming truck was built by the Missouri based Pitman Manufacturing
Company. In 1959, a stockholder by the
name of Art Moore acquired the Snorkel product line and established the Snorkel
Fire Equipment Company.
The first Snorkel was
retired in 1968, and subsequently acquired by the Snorkel Company and restored
at their St. Joseph, Missouri manufacturing facility. While less common elsewhere, snorkel type
apparatus remains in service in Chicago to this day.
of “Fire Men: Stories From Three Generations of a Firefighting Family
Commissioner Robert Quinn
Friday, January 24, 2014
Tonight around 2000 hours units from
Grantville (39) and multiple mutual aid units from Dauphin and Lebanon
Counties were dispatched to their first due for a reported “house fire”
(DCC code for when they believe it’s working) at 8710 Jonestown
Road. Additional information from several callers was a dryer fire with
extension to the walls. Chief 36 (Shatto) arrived and confirmed a working fire
with fire through the roof. Engine 36-2 was the first arriving Engine
Company and stretched a deuce and a half to the rear and began to make an interior attack on the fire. Command pulled everyone out after
progress was not being made on the fire due to ammunition rounds going off and sending shell fragments and bullets flying. Crews then flowed multiple
lines from the exterior while crews on the roof dropped water from
above. Personnel were allowed to re-enter after the rounds ceased and the rest was mopped up from inside. Control was marked in about one hour and units will remain for
several hours with overhaul and freezing conditions. ~Matt~
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Progress Fire Company will be having a Memorial Service for former
Progress Lieutenant, Jerome "Tweet" Brady, on February 1, 2014 at
Station 32, 3440 Maple Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Doors open at 0900
with service starting at 1000 hours. We have limited parking, so we
are asking for NO fire apparatus. We will have staff posted to direct
you to available parking. Dress will be your best Fire Department uniform. If you have any pictures of Tweet, please email them to email@example.com. After the event, The Firehouse Restaurant, 606 N 2nd St, Harrisburg PA 17101 (717) 234-6064, will be open for socializing and fellowship.
Hotels in the area with available rooms are: Hampton Inn, 30 Capital
Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17110, (717) 540-0900 and Spring Hill Inn, 15 Capital
Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17110 (866) 460-7456. For both, mention TWEET
MEMORIAL when making your reservation. Any other questions can be directed to the Progress Fire (717) 545-3031.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
the permission of the Brady family we will be selling stickers with the
design below with proceeds to go to the Patrick Brady Educational Fund
established at NBSC in Florence. Helmet Stickers will be $10 each ($9 to be donated to the Fund) Window Vehicle Stickers will be $15 ($13 to be donated to the Fund) Please message me on here or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org with quantity needed and contact #. Checks or money orders need to be made out to: Patrick L. Brady Education Fund, c/o NBSC Stickers will be ready hopefully by next week for pickup or delivery. A huge thank you to Robert Loyd & Coastal Signs for donating the time & equipment to help remember our brother. Share this post with others who may be interested.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
On January 23, 2005, a fire was reported on the 3rd floor of an apartment building at E178st in the Bronx. Arriving first at 0803hrs, Engine 42 took side A and began advancing a line to the third floor where Ladder 33 forced and held the door in preparation of the engine company. With a dry line to the fire apartment, moderate gray smoke was coming from behind the door. At this time E42 chauffer informed the crews he had a frozen hydrant, and he would have to receive water from a relay. Ladder 27 was on the 4th floor searching above the fire while Ladder 33 was searching the fire room in intense heat and smoke.
While crews were at the seat of the fire in the kitchen, the primary and only attack line completely lost water at 0819hrs. Prior to this, water pressure would be lost and regained several times. At this point E42, 46 and L33 backed out under intense heat. Also at this time, E75 was advancing a line to the 4th floor to protect Rescue 3 and L27 in their search efforts and attack potential fire. Before the line was charged, the OIC ordered the lines on the floors to be switched, leaving crews on the 4th floor without water in a heavy smoke and little heat environment.
At 0826hrs, R3 radioed an urgent message of fire blowing into the hallway and shortly after this had to bail from the apartment hallway as flames erupted from the kitchen. He turned back to see a wall of fire at his previous location. This rapidly progressing fire trapped 6 members in the rear bedroom and caused three maydays.
In a rear bedroom, L27 attempted to clear a window but found a metal child guard blocking half the window (Window C in diagram 3). In an attempt to force the bars or self rescue, L27 officer climbed over the bars and fell. In unbearable heat, the two firefighters with him followed the four story fall to the concrete sidewalk below.
In an adjacent bedroom with extreme heat and zero visibility, a member of R3 hung his upper body out the window for attempted rescue. Ironically in the window next to him was another R3 member performing the same task but with a 50’ self rescue rope (Window A, B diagram 3). Handing him the rope, they took turns sliding to the end of the rope and falling the remainder. Once on the ground looking up, fire was now coming out of the window.
A few hours later in Brooklyn, units were sent at 1336hrs to 577 Jerome Street for a basement fire in a two story, dual residential home. On arrival, Ladder 103 entered the basement via interior stairs to conduct a search for fire and victims ahead of Engine 290 with their line. With heavy heat and smoke present from the basement, E290 pulled a second line to be placed at the top of the stairs for protection at 1345hrs. Even after the exterior basement access doors were forced, and windows taken, crews in the basement and interior stairs were forced to back out from the heat.
After agreeing, L103 began the trip up the interior stairs and once outside, L103 officer realized he was short one man. Returning to the top of the stairs, he could hear a PASS activating and declared a Mayday. Due to extreme heat, crews had to wait for a line to be brought to the top of the stairs before a rescue attempt could be made. The firefighter was located in a very narrow landing in the middle of the stairs. Due to entanglement, high heat, and zero visibility, it took twenty minutes to remove the firefighter.
In the Bronx, the firefighters caught in a Wind Driven Fire were without Department issued ropes. A few years prior to the incident, ropes were handed out but then stopped, citing lack of use by personnel. The rope used in the incident was bought by the firefighter and very may have saved their lives. The four firefighters that survived the fall, collectively suffered injuries of broken heels, ankles, legs, hip, pelvis, ribs, and shoulders; one even had his skull separate from his spine and was administered last rights twice while in the hospital.
In the Bronx, built in the 1920’s this four story brick apartment building measured 40x90 and had fire escapes Alpha and Charlie. A central staircase connected the 12 apartments on four floors from the ground to the roof. Starting in a faulty outlet on the third floor, fire spread up to the top floor and was pushed by the 45mph gust winds through out the illegally renovated apartment that members were trapped and eventually bailed from.
In Brooklyn, a dual resident, two story wood frame building measured 25x50 with an interior stairwell to the basement, and exterior access.
Lt. Curtis Meyran, Battalion 26, Bronx
Firefighter John Bellew, Ladder 27, Bronx
Firefighter Richard Sclafani, Ladder 103, Brooklyn
Lieutenant, Joseph DiBernardo, Jr. (November 23, 2011) http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-black-sunday-firefighter-hero-found-dead,0,4153382.story
CurtisMeyran, JohnBellew, RichardSclafani--http://community.fireengineering.com/forum/topic/show?groupUrl=commandsafety&id=1219672%3ATopic%3A117523
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Good Afternoon Central PA, in the wake of our
tragic loss of Jerome "Tweet" Brady we had a few folks reach out to us
at CentralPABravest.com. Please take a few minutes to read this message
from our friend, Captain Jeff Dill Dear Central PA Bravest readers,
As founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA), I
would like to offer my condolences to the readers, workers, friends and
family on the loss of FF Jerome Brady. Unfortunately, this tragic
incident has played out four times within the last ten days. It becomes
more and more difficult to understand why good men and women take their
lives, especially FF/EMT's, but as a career officer, licensed counselor
and founder of FBHA I have dedicated my life to educate my brothers and
sisters and hopefully save lives. Yet, no one person can do this by
themselves. I call upon the wonderful readers of Central PA Bravest to
promote, educate and evaluate yourself and those around you to better
understand mental and behavioral health.
Who are we? FBHA is the only known entity that collects data on FF/EMT suicides in the U.S. (www.ffbha.org).
As such we travel the U.S., as well as Canada, to promote FF/EMT
suicide awareness/prevention to fire departments and EMS organizations
through our educational workshops. It is important to know the signs
and symptoms, how to communicate with each other, outside resources,
working with our Employee Assistance Programs, Chaplains, counselors who
understand our culture and so many other issues. We have learned a lot
by collecting data. Why do we collect data? We want to ensure we never
forget our brothers and sisters plus we want to understand the reasons
why they took their lives.
We have met so many great people, and became friends with numerous
families of lost loved ones these past two years. FBHA has made great
strides since 2011, but we have so much more to do. We ask that all
fire and EMS organizations become proactive in helping our greatest
assets, which are our people. No matter career, volunteer, or
paid-on-call, all departments must offer some type of educational
program that allows members to feel comfortable to stand up and say "I
FBHA is also looking to become a National Reporting System for
FF/EMT suicides. We do not use names unless families give us
permission. In 2012, FBHA had 57 documented suicides and in 2013, 52
documented suicides. Yet, we believe only 8-10% of the countries FD's
know about FBHA and our confidential reporting system. If we were at
90-95% what would our numbers be? This is why we pledge, as a
non-for-profit, to continue to educate for years to come. Once again,
visit our web page or feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Stay Safe my brothers and sisters....
Captain, Jeff Dill - FOUNDER
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Sisters of the Fire Service, we have a hard job to do and suicide is
unfortunately common among Firefighters, Police and EMS personnel. Don't be
afraid to reach out, call someone or seek help. You will not be judged for
mental health issues, our job is tough and so are we but sometimes the people
who give the help need the help too!
It's no secret
that Central PA and beyond has lost a Brother yesterday to this unfortunate
With this being
said, Tweet, you've touched the lives of countless Firefighters throughout the
country and here in your home town of Central PA. You inspired, mentored and
motivated many as a Fireman and State Instructor. We have rubbed our heads many
mornings after long nights with you solving the world’s problems and laughing
the night away at the local watering hole. You will be missed my friend, may
you run many jobs up there, protect and guide us from above Tweet!
Rest Easy Brother
Jerome "Tweet" Brady; we will remember you as a Brother, great
Fireman full of passion and your dedication to the Fire Service!
Jerome “Tweet” Brady was born in Pottsville, PA the
son of the late Jerome John Brady and Betty Lou Russell Brady. He attended St.
Mary's Roman Catholic Church and loved to fish. Mr. Brady served thirty years
in Fire service and twenty seven years as a Fire instructor for both PA and SC.
Tweet started his career as a Firefighter at the
age of sixteen with the St. Clair Fire Dept. in St. Clair, PA and volunteered
with Progress Truck # 32 in Harrisburg, PA and various other fire departments
in PA. Tweet was then hired and worked for the Lebanon Bureau of Fire before
accepting a position with the Myrtle Beach Fire Dept. and then Horry County
Fire Rescue as a Training Captain. After four years as a Training Captain he
transferred to a Station Captain's position for nine years. He was a Fire
Instructor for the State of PA and the State of SC.If you would like to help out a good cause in a small way click the link below http://www.centralpabravest.com/news/fullstory/newsid/202186
Monday, January 20, 2014
morning around 0600 hours units from the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire were
dispatched to their "Uptown District" box 1-3, 2137 North Fourth Street
for a reported house fire. Captain 2 (Miller) arrived with fire showing
from all floors, middle of the row of 16 units. With the fire extended
into 2 houses already due to it being in the "middle of the row" Captain
2 struck a 2nd alarm + 1 county truck company.
Wagon 3 and Tower 2 lead off with big water into the
main fire building defensively while crews from all other city apparatus
worked offensively in the exposures. Towers 1, 2, 3 and 50 set up on the Alpha
side and opened multiple holes in the roof to slow the spread and Truck 34 took
the Charlie side alley. Truck 34’s crew threw multiple ground ladders on side C
and crews then assisted on the interior. Truck 32, Engines 30, 37-1 and 40 staged out
and all manpower was sent to work. York 69 assumed the rapid intervention duties and Cumberland Air 13 filled cylinders.
1 (Enterline) had the Command of this incident and all personnel on
scene worked extremely hard and blew through multiple cylinders to keep
this middle of the row job from escalating into a "block party"
multi-alarmer.Another city row kept in check by well orchestrated initial decisions and old school aggressive INTERIOR firefighting! Additional images at http://www.capitalcityfirephotos.com/Other-1/12014-Harrisburg-PA-N-4th/36159976_DKk2v4#!i=3032428544&k=FW8Kk57~Matt~
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Check out these cool images of the current Susquehanna River ice in Harrisburg City, PA
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