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Firehouses: History Versus Safety

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There was an article in the New York Times recently reporting that the US Coast Guard has increased the average body weight calculation for passengers where commercial boating is concerned.  The old weight was 160 and the new one is 185.  Surprise:  people are getting bigger, fast. It seems that fire trucks  and ambulances are […]

Selective Justice: Arson as Terror

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Harry Burkhart in Los Angeles and Ray Lengend, recently of New York, have both been arrested and charged with a string of serial arson fires that all but dominated the headlines during the New Year. Burkhart, a German national, hates Americans (F–K the United States), and Lengend hates Muslims and anyone who has pissed him […]

Cops: L.I. ATF Agent Killed; Brits with Records

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Friendly Fire? ATF Agent John Capano was shot and killed in Seaford, Long island, on New Year’s Eve when he intervened in a robbery at a pharmacy. Agent Capano was in the pharmacy picking up a prescription when the assailant, who has a record of prior robberies, demanded money and medication. He followed the robber, […]

Would Your Family Survive a “Stamford” Fire?

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No doubt many of you read about the tragic incident in Stamford, Connecticut, early on Christmas morning, when three young children and their grandparents were killed attempting to escape from their fiery home. An all too familiar fact: they did not die in bed–they were on the move and killed as they attempted to escape. […]

FF Safety: What’s Your Search Culture?

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Culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. The Primary Search A Primary search taking place early in a fire is an extraordinarily  dangerous and high-risk activity because it will likely occur above or in front of hose lines and in poorly ventilated spaces. What is the search […]

The Perfect Storm: Killed in the Line of Duty

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Does society have a special duty to those on the front line? While humans are inherently fallible,  Peter Figoski by all accounts, was less so than most.  He was an NYPD Patrol Officer with 22 years of experience and a devoted father of four daughters. This past Monday he was shot to death in Cypress […]

FF SAFETY: AF 447 : Conclusion (PART 5)

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In trying to determine the cause, it’s almost instinctive to focus on the pilot at the controls, since it was his inputs which led to the nose high pitch and stall.  Indeed, in all of the other cruise incidents where mis-matched speeds caused some combination of auto-pilot/auto thrust shutdown along with an alternate law operating […]

FF SAFETY: AF 447 : Investigation (PART 4)

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Today is the fourth in a five-part series exploring the loss of Air France Flight 447 and the lessons firefighters can learn about effective teamwork, communication and decision making in a high risk environment. Air Speed and Pitot Tubes The A-330’s computerized flight systems are critically reliant on reliable air speed data.  This information is […]

FF Safety: AF 447 : In the Cockpit (Part 3)

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Once airborne, AF-447, very close to its maximum take-off weight, flew north for some distance, inland of Recife before proceeding out over the Atlantic.  They climbed to their assigned flight level of 350 (35,000 ft.) The flight crew conversed with air traffic controllers at various points.  There were three flight crew on board because of […]

FF Safety: Air France 447 : Search (Part Two)

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Today is the second of a five-part series exploring the loss of Air France Flight 447 and the lessons firefighters can learn about effective teamwork, communication and decision making in a high risk environment. In the days immediately after the disappearance of AF-447, bodies and lighter pieces of the aircraft were located on the ocean […]

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