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I will be returning to normal weekly posting starting with today’s rundown. The Past few months have been full of studying for Fire Tests, Working, and a Host of Other Projects.
The Next Big Project on the docket is the LODD Page. It is still a work in progress, however i plan on getting the first phase of it done shortly.
Also, i plan on Updating and revising the entire website over the summer.
Thanks to Everyone for your continued support!
“Squirrels Nest Lane Fire”
Captain Robin Broxterman
Firefighter Brian Schira
April 4th, 2008
Colerain Township, Ohio
Broxterman and Schira were assigned to Engine 102 along with a fire apparatus operator and another firefighter. Their unit was dispatched along with other firefighters to the report of a fire in a residence. Engine 102 was the first unit on the scene and laid a supply line up the extended driveway to the residence. Broxterman reported moderate smoke showing and established command at 0623hrs. While donning her PPE, Broxterman was advised by her driver that the home’s resident said that the fire was in the basement. Schira advanced a handline to the front door. Broxterman and Schira entered the structure with a dry handline and called for the line to be charged. Engine 102’s other firefighter entered the interior after checking the deployment of the supply line. At 0627hrs, Broxterman radioed that E102 was making entry into the basement and reported heavy smoke. After a request for water, the handline was charged at 0629hrs. At 0634hrs, the second firefighter from Engine 102 told another officer that he could not find his crew. The officer reported this fact to command and mayday operations were initiated. A second alarm was requested and a rapid intervention crew was deployed. Broxterman and Schira were located buried under collapsed structural components and were declared dead at the scene. The cause of death for both firefighters was smoke inhalation.
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A Very Quick Set of Notes this Month, Enjoy!
Pick up the Newest Issue of the Art of Firemanship HERE
How Do You Make it Personal? After All we owe it to THEM, The CIVILIANS!
Someone Recently asked me if there is anything I do to Study Fatal Fires in my State.
Below is the Powerpoint Format I use. I Try to make it as Personal as I can based on the Information Available online. NONE of these Particular Fires I was at, however Based on the Information I put myself there and Play What If’s. I Put in my own Different Factors (Staffing, Time of Day, Location of Fire, ETC…)
To Take it a Step Further I Look up the Actual Radio Traffic Using Broadcastify, Look up Pictures and Videos and Even Make Simulations.
So I ask you: What Do YOU Do to Make it Personal?
When Studying these Fires Look Particularly at: Fire and Smoke Conditions, Where the Victim was Found and In What Conditions they were in, Actions the Fire Department Did, and How it Affected the Rescue Effort.
We are NOT Bashing or Monday Morning Quarter-backing the Departments involved, Instead We are Trying to Learn from their Experiences!
Check out the First Episode of “The Senior Man” Podcast.
This is well worth the Time to Listen to!
HERE is a Podcast from Rick Lasky & John Salka Talking about the Oriented Search. Take a Listen
Check out the Latest Brass Tacks and Hard Facts Videos HERE
I am Honored to be included in the List for the Top 40 Fire Blogs and Websites. Check out the Rest HERE
Below you will find my Fire Notes from the Month of January. Enjoy and Please Share!
Below is a Post from the Facebook Page “SWMI Shut up & Train LLC“
The Fire Service 1%er
When people think about the term 1%er (one percent-er) they usually think it’s something negative. The 1% is often thought of as outlaws and law breakers. In the fire service I would say the 1% is a good thing.
To me, the 1%er is a Firefighter, Engineer or Captain who is all-in and does the right thing even when it’s not the popular thing. The 1%er is the person who has pride, honor and integrity.
When the economy was good, fire departments would send personnel to classes on the department dime in hopes they would return and pass on the knowledge learned. With the economic decline and with decreased budgets that type of training funding has stopped. So with more firefighters having to foot-the-bill for additional training from outside the department there has been a major backslide in people taking classes, except for one group, the 1%er’s. This is the group that will go out and take classes to better themselves, their crew and their department. The 1%er’s are often looked down on, made fun of and even harassed sometimes. Does this happen because the non 1%er’s or the 99% are jealous? Do they just not get it? If it’s because they don’t get it, then it’s our responsibility to make sure they do get it and pass on the passion. If they are jealous, then hopefully someday they will step up and join us.
I have attended and instructed a lot of classes and it never fails that at least once during the class I will hear, “well my department made me come” or “I don’t want to be here but the department said I had to come”. These people are not part of the 1%, they are the exact opposite. These are the ones who will harass you for taking a nozzle/hose class, tech rescue class, a forcible entry class, etc. These are also the ones who will ask, “do I get a cert from the class” and if the answer is no then their response is “I am not going if I don’t get a cert”. These are the individuals that I call the certification firefighter. Now don’t get me wrong, certifications are important and needed in the fire service but if you are not willing to take a non-cert class to help better yourself, your crew, and department then maybe you should reevaluate your profession. Is it always easy to spend your own hard earned money to get out there and learn, no it’s not, but, you never know when you’ll learn a skill that could make all the difference.
The 1%er is all about pride, honor and integrity. I am sure this article will stir some discussion both good and bad, and hopefully everyone who reads this will take a look at themselves and evaluate if they are a 1%er or not. If you are a 1%er then keep doing what you are doing it will make a difference and if you are not then please don’t criticize those who are.
~Capt. J. Fullmer