Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Click the Photo for more pictures of the Live Burn
Captain Ralph Beck and Daughter Tabitha at Live Burn in Rimer Fire District
Mt. Mitchell Fire Department
just donated 7 Sets of Fire Turnout Gear (PPE) to the CHS Fire Academy.
Much of this gear is in extremely good condition and will be used with great pride in the coming months and years by the Concord High School Fire Academy.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Click on the Picture to view the Video from Fox News
In Alaska this week a dog named "Buddy" was able to get help for his master who was burned severely in an explosion and fire in his workshop. In a remote area, with Fire - Rescue a long way off, "Buddy" went for help. When he found the Alaska State Trooper that was responding, he led the Trooper directly to the victim. The Troopers GPS was not working and the dog led the Trooper through a maize of small back roads with many twists and turns. Some of the footage is on dashcam. The Video is from Fox News.com
Everyone needs a Hero!

Job Well Done "Buddy"

Everything is all about
Comunication, Comunication, Communication!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Donation of MSA CAIRNS Helmets

Friday 4-23-2010

The first half of the Helmets shipped from MSA CAIRNS has arrived.

In this shipment we have:

3 - Red 1044 Helmets with Faceshields

2 - N6A Sam Houston Leather Helmets with Faceshields

1 - N5A New Yorker Leather Helmet with Faceshield

Many Thanks to Mr. Ben Mauti and the fine folks at MSA CAIRNS for their wonderful donation.
We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the remaining 6 helmets in the donation.
Click the MSA Logo to go to the MSA Website

Thursday, April 22, 2010


This Blog entry might seem a bit out of the normal realm of our postings unless one understands that Battalion 2 is wrapping up the Alarms and Communications segment of the Firefighter I,II curriculum. While speaking about Communications and Telecommunications we discussed that communications is somewhat different for each person and even between the male and the female of the human species. Females tend to be better multitaskers and males tend to be more logic driven. There are many types of communication: Video, audio, written, and even humorous types of communications.
Click the Picture above for the Video
The Female Brain
This is why the fairer members of the Human Species act the way they do.

Alarms and Communications
Lesson Plans
A Fire Rescue Blog from Iredell Conty NC

Friday, April 16, 2010


Firefighter Chris Fields carries little angel Baylee Almon.
Baylee passed away shortly after the picture above was taken.
Bailey had celebrated her First Birthday the day before.
This is one of the most unforgettable images of this
act of Domestic Terrorism.
The photo was selected as a 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner for Photographer Charles Porter IV
Fifteen years ago on April 19, 1995, around 9:03 a.m., just after parents dropped their children off at day care at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, the worst act of domestic terrorism that this country has ever witnessed to date occurred. A massive bomb inside a rental truck exploded, blowing half of the nine-story building into oblivion.
Stunned Americans watched as the bodies of men, women, and children were pulled from the rubble for nearly two weeks. When the smoke cleared and the exhausted and emotionally devastated rescue workers packed up their gear and left, 168 people were dead in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil to date.
FEMA deployed eleven Urban Search and Rescue Teams consisting of more than 600 Task Force and Incident Support Team personnel. The rescue and recovery operations continued for 14 days. The eleven teams came from across the country; Phoenix, AZ, Virginia Beach, VA, New York, NY, Montgomery County, MD, Fairfax County, VA, Miami-Dade County, FL, Puget Sound, WA, and Sacramento, Orange County, Menlo Park and Los Angeles County, CA.
NASA D.A.R.T. sent 10 of its members to Oklahoma City with CaTF-3.
At that point in history, the response to the bombing was the longest continuous Urban Search and Rescue operation in the history of FEMA.
There were 26 operational periods of 12 hours each
(In contrast the Northridge earthquake required only 3 operational periods of 12 hours each.)
The Urban Search and Rescue teams recovered 165 victims
(There were 168 victims total, 3 were recovered following demolition).

Chief Robert J. Dolci of the NASA Disaster Assistance & Rescue Team wrote the following poem on the sixth day of CaTF-3's ten-day mission to Oklahoma City. It provides an emotional picture of what the team was faced with.

Hope & Horror in the Heartland
At first it was hope that gave us the energy to dig through the rubble.
Rubble three stories high.
Hope fueled by anger pushed us beyond exhaustion.
We found one, then another, and another, life long since gone.
Our anger masked the horror in our mind and the ache in our hearts.
Who would find the children?
Would it be us?
We hoped so, we hoped not.
The children would bring the tears.
The tears that we tell each other it's okay to shed; a tear or two that we may shed at night.
The real tears that we must control for fear that we will not be able to do our job.
Some say we are brave; others call us heroes.
We feel neither.
When we work the rubble or work the upper floors on ropes to remove the widow makers we feel no fear.
At least not personal fear for ourselves, just fear of failure.
There's a strange darkness in our mind that controls the fear.
We're trained to save lives. We will willingly risk our life to do so.
As the days pass we lose hope.
Reality tells us that there are no lives left to save.
All we can do now is provide comfort for the family and friends of the victims.
It is good that we do this.But, it does not provide hope.
Some of us welcome the exhaustion.
Exhaustion controls the emotions; it surrounds it like the blackness that fills our dreamless nights.
The dreams will come.
Maybe when we are back home.
We hope not until then.

The Healing Begins
Click image to go to the Memorial Website

Monday, April 12, 2010

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Donation of CHIEF'S Shield from Brents Customs

Recently the CHS Fire Academy received a Gold Hand Carved, Hand Painted Chief's Shield for Chief Barlow's helmet. Check out Brents Customs Website and look at some of his work.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday Portable Fire Extinguisher Class and "To Hell and Back"

Mr. McClamrock gets a free carwash
Click HERE to see all of the Photos.
Photographer Lt. Riley

The last day of school before Spring Break was celebrated by the CHS Fire Academy Battalion 2 students with a Practical Hands On Portable Fire Extinguisher Class. Click the logo for the Website and Extra Materials

Battalion 1 students watched the first DVD in the
"To Hell and Back" Series.
This series is from The Peoples Burn Foundation of Indianapolis, Indiana.
This series shows just what Burn Victims go through not only short term, but long term through the Debridement process, Grafts, Surgery, Physical Therapy, and more...

The Peoples Burn Foundation also has a Great Program for prospective College Students called

Fire Extinguishers for this class were provided by
Shipp's Fire Equipment Sales and Service.

Check out their website and if you need their services, they will be glad to assist you.
Shipp's Fire Equipment
P. O. Box 1641
54 Wilshire Ave.
Concord, NC 28026-1641
Phone: 704.788.2007

Fax: 704.788.2396

Donations of New Equipment Received

Greetings! The CHS Fire Academy has recently received donations of New Equipment from two Vendors in the business of providing Fire Equipment to Fire Departments and Firefighters.
has donated 5 dozen pairs of New Firefighting Gloves to the Academy. Many Thanks to Mr. Tom Ragan and the folks at SHELBY Specialty Gloves.
Click the image above to go to their website.
has donated 10 new PAC 1
Firefighter Nomex Flash Hoods to the CHS Fire Academy
Thanks to Kelly Wentz and the fine folks at Majestic for their nice donation.
Click the Logo to go to Majestic Fire Apparel Web Site