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  1. Rode third  engine to what became a four alarm engine last night

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    2. Lebby

      Lebby

      Yes, *fire looks like I was still a bit frazzled when I woke up. Apartment building (4 units burned out, 7 units in total uninhabitable)  

    3. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      It's cool man, been there a couple times. Yeah, those apartment buildings, if you're not quick the whole thing is a total loss. Sometimes you're lucky with one loss and minor smoke/water damage and others, thirteen units lost with the building uninhabitable.

    4. Lebby

      Lebby

      Idk how many apartment fires I have been too certainly in the double digits, and I have seen it both ways. But when you roll up with fire blowing out of every units windows and the roof no where to be seen, you know you're gonna be in for a fight 

  2. PGFD has suffered a tragic loss, with our first LODD since I have been a member, with another of my brothers still critical from gunshot wounds. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      I will. Stay strong and hope the other one in the hospital pulls through.

  3. Off to Florida, Palm Beach,Jupiter, and Fort Lauderdale  

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Did you win that $900,000,000 jackpot? Everybody with money goes down there! :P

    2. Harrison McNeill

      Harrison McNeill

      You'll be in my neck of the woods! Have fun in FL :)

  4. What should my next blog entry focus on? 

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Why being second due will never do!

  5. Best of 2015

    Member Awards Builder of the Year:Paulo R. Best Newcomer: HenryH BCFD Most Helpful: Dakota Creation Specific Best Engine: Nick Warner, http://emergencybricks.com/gallery/image/10422-clhfd-paramedic-engine-16/ Best Ladder: HenryH BCFD, http://emergencybricks.com/gallery/image/11218-bcfd-truck-101/?browse=1 Best Rescue / Squad:Ben, http://emergencybricks.com/gallery/image/10602-rescue-1-drivers-side/ Best Ambulance: Mad physician, http://emergencybricks.com/topic/2445-fdny-ford-f350-ambulance/ Best Police Vehicle: Sven, http://emergencybricks.com/gallery/image/11091-fdny-esu-1/ Best CAD/ LDD Creation: Paulo, http://emergencybricks.com/gallery/image/8985-station-v2/ Best Pickup / SUV: Sven, http://emergencybricks.com/gallery/image/11180-ford-explorer1png/ Best Unique Vehicle: Nick Warner, http://emergencybricks.com/gallery/image/11160-ford-f-series-24-passenger-shuttle-bus/ Other / Misc Most Advanced/ Innovative Design Technique or Feature: Davidzq, http://emergencybricks.com/topic/2466-rotor-ray-technique/#comment-23188 Best Striping / Decaling: MattJ138, http://jakelandfd.weebly.com/eagle-ave.html Best Station: ritztoys, http://emergencybricks.com/topic/2367-palm-city-fire-department-wip/
  6. The Crew

    Yes, as J stated in the introduction manpower is a huge issue. Hence the way I numbered the positions, as you said the two man engine perform the functions of Driver, Officer, Nozzleman and Layout which are the first four listed roles here. The idea behind numbering them was just that, the most important duties have a higher number so in cases such as you the crew performs those actions numbered the highest.
  7. The Crew

    The Crew The crew, of above title fame are those who compose the riding compliment to fire apparatus everywhere. Unlike the popularly held belief held by the public and unfortunately some fire departments, firefighters don’t just jump on and off putting the wet stuff on the red stuff. It is in practice, a good deal more complicated than that. Each firefighter is a time tested technician, specialist and expert in a multitude of felids. From Firefighters and EMTs to Hazardous Materials Technicians and Paramedics, their skillsets are wide. As such the crew is a well oiled machine and not merely some guys thrown together, as famously said by District Chief of Special Functions for the Chicago Fire Department John Eversole, “Nobody calls the fire department and says, 'Send me two dumb-*** firemen in a pickup truck.' In three minutes they want five brain-surgeon decathlon champions to come and solve all their problems.” Hence there are set positions for each type of company in the fire service, which may vary by department are often roughly similar. These crews range in their manpower as dictated by the usual i.e. sick time, layoffs, etc. Hence what I dictate below are the average compositions in approximate order of importance. Engine Company Driver, aka Engine Company Chauffeur (ECC), Motor Pump Operator (MPO), Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVD), or Fire Equipment Operator (FEO) to name a few: Obviously the most important position despite often being looked over due to not actually seeing fire duty, but is responsible for the crew’s safety getting to scene. Also of close importance is pumping, so that those inside are getting the correct water, in amount and pressure to put out the fire. Officer: Usually a Lieutenant or Captain, but sometimes a Sergeant or just the senior man. He is in charge of the crew as a whole and is responsible for all their on duty actions both on and off the fireground. In regard to operations he will usually assume the position of back up on the line (the guy behind the nozzleman). Nozzleman: As the name suggests he is the one with the nozzle and is responsible for putting out the fire. He will pull the line off and advance it to the fire, at which point it will, hopefully, be charged and put in service. Layout or Hydrant: He is the other man, along with the nozzleman who sit in the “bucket” or the back of the cab, often in jumpseats. Depending on how the riding assignments are set their positions are dictated by either the officer at the start of shift or by which side the fires on allowing the nozzleman to get off and always be on the same side as the fire. Hence the Hydrant man’s job is to pull the supply line off during the lay into a fire and then attach it to the hydrant. Once attached he will charge it on the order of the Driver unless a hose clamp is in place, in which case he can charge it immediately. Once charged he will return to the apparatus and will often become the third man on the line. Backup: While the normal manpower on an engine is four, and unfortunately only three sometimes, on occasion there are more. In which case the fifth man will become backup to the nozzleman and relive the officer of some of his tasks so he came focus on the bigger picture. Control: Will control the door to keep in the happy medium of two-thirds open, not enough to cause a flowpath but, open enough not to stop the hose line from passing by. Truck Company Driver, or Ladder Company Chauffeur (LCC), or Emergency Vehicle Driver (EVD): Again I consider this the most important position due its responsibility for the crew’s safety while going to the scene and the noticeable fact that someone always has to drive there. Unlike his engine counterpart, he doesn’t have to always be with his apparatus. Hence he may take up assignments such as venting the roof, along with vent, enter, isolate and search. Officer: Usually a Lieutenant or Captain, but sometimes a Sergeant or just the senior man. He is in charge of the crew as a whole and is responsible for all their on duty actions both on and off the fireground. During an operation he leads the interior team of himself, the can / hook man, and irons. Opposed to the exterior team of the roof man, outside vent and driver. Irons, or Barman: Responsible for forcing entry into the structure via the use of the iron set, composed of the halligan and flat head axe. When forcing the door, he opens the building not only to the ladder but the engine also, often also forcing a second door for egress / escape. Once inside he joins in the interior team’s objective of search and rescue through the primary and secondary searches. Canman, or Hook and Can: Utilizing the water can (a pressurized water extinguisher) to suppress any fire which the interior team may encounter during their search. While he may suppress small fires, larger fires are to be put out with a dedicated hoseline. Outside Vent Man (OVM): In charge of horizontally venting in coordination with the hoseline, along with laddering the building. Also the OVM will perform VEIS to search for victims independently of the interior team, due to this and that the majority of his duties are done alone based off initiative he is often considered the most independent of the crew. Also, if assigned to a tractor drawn apparatus, he is the tillerman Roof Man: The second member of the exterior team, his job is to vertically ventilate a structure via the use of saws and axes. Has the secondary function of salvage and overhaul along with the OVM. Rescue Company Driver: When assigned to a rescue or squad company, the driver will often perform much the same jobs as his truck company counterpart. Unlike the LCC, he also has the responsibility of setting up the tools, hydraulic and otherwise for use during rescue operations such as vehicle extrication. Officer: Again during fire operations as for the rest of the rescue company, performs the same tasks as the truck company. Yet, when doing extrication, he is in charge of doing the 360* scene size up and then creating the action plan for the operation at hand. Irons: During a technical rescue operation or TRI, he is responsible for the operation of the primary tool. This tool may be the cutters, spreaders, or the ram. Canman: In conjunction with the Barman, he runs the secondary tool or backs up the the primary tool during extrication operations. OVM: In charge of stabilizing the vehicle so that it is safe to work on and make patient contact. This is done with either box cribs, stair chalks, or struts. After initial stabilization he will continue to check and fix unstable cribbing. In this role, he is similar to a Safety Officer with the ability to stop operations if the vehicle becomes unsafe to work on.
  8. Finished my first blog entry, please take a look and let me known what you think.

  9. Just got promoted to Lieutenant   

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    2. Lebby

      Lebby

      Ours (my NJ dept) is by appointment from the chief, who along with the DC and DC of EMS are the only voted members. 

    3. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Ah, okay. Well nice work man! Big accomplishment moving up the command ladder!

    4. Lebby

      Lebby

      Haha something like that, thank you

  10. 65 hours at the firehouse in 8 days...

  11. How do you reply to a topic?

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Nice! Did FDNY just do the ladder and ambulance or did they do an engine as well?

    2. HenryH BCFD

      HenryH BCFD

      Just the ladder and ambulance I think.

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    2. Lebby

      Lebby

      The Recue Engine was technically Rescue Squad 833 when it happened was the pump was OOS. This leads to the question of why it was so close, which is against our General Orders. As far as donations go, while 33 lost all of their tools their truck should be under insurance, another Seagrave most likely. But, 28s while they saved the tools will not be covered all the way due to its age.

    3. T.J. Brammer

      T.J. Brammer

      I saw the video a few more times, and it looks worse than the rigs they pulled out of ground zero. But I hope Kentland and West Lanham Hills gets new rigs quick. But I think that the whole fire could have been prevented in some way.

    4. Lebby

      Lebby

      I know 33 already got the county's spare squad

  12. Us going to our second fire in two days:

  13. First 4 wide completed!

  14. My my first 4 wide in LDD today, posted in the gallery.

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Wow, that's insane! I thought the DFD and GFD were in rough shape.

  15. Crew sang C'Mon, C'Mon while responding to a working fire the other day. It is safe to say we are crazy in PG.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0b2TMcSsbY

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Huh, i though Smeal already owned LTI. Didn't ALF own LTI before they shutdown?

    2. ID-1

      ID-1

      Excellent. This is a great acquisition for Smeal.

  16. Smeal buys LTI:

  17. Putting on my helmet going to an alarm activation, when our FEO hit the brakes to avoid hitting a short parked Chief's Car around a turn. Now have a laceration right on the center of my forehead.

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    2. BPVFD24

      BPVFD24

      Always ride backwards lol

    3. Dakota

      Dakota

      I'd argue that in order to "get on air" you need to remove your helmet to get your mask on. If you're getting out of your truck with your mask on you're just asking for your mask to fog up and impair your visibility and make yourself look bad. (Seen it happen firsthand) A good firefighter should be able to take a hoseline to the door and mask up on the porch in seconds. If not donning drills are a good way to practice.

    4. Lebby

      Lebby

      Agreed, since this event; I have severely rethought my routine. Via reading, watching (

      ), and practice. I now feel I'm on the road, to correcting my flaws.
  18. I am in the process of becoming a PGFD firefighter!

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    2. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      That's every boys dream right there! Living at the firehouse! lol. If you don't mind me asking what company is it?

    3. Lebby

      Lebby

      10 Laurel

      "The DIME"

    4. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Oh nice!

    1. TheCanMan

      TheCanMan

      Rest easy Cap. Barnas.

      I've heard that he was a Cap in the JCFD? Is this true

    2. Lebby

      Lebby

      29 years with JCFD, died on scene in Wallington with both his sons. One of whom is also JC.

  19. Lost my LDD files due to Windows 8.1 update

    1. Dustin

      Dustin

      You shouldnt have. Did you upgrade from windows 7 to Windows 8.1? If so you should have backed up your files. I just upgraded from 8 to 8.1 and didnt lose my files.

    2. ID-1

      ID-1

      Why would you ever update to Windows 8 at all? Such a shitty OS. 7 FTW. Could be a partition issue. I still recommend DropBox for LDD creations and other important files!