Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Semester 2010-2011 Battalion Photos

Introduction to Public Safety - Batt. 2
Fire Science Level 1 - Batt. 3
Battalion 3 - Parade Rest
Introduction to Public Safety - Batt. 4

All the Photos Are Here
Click to see which one you like best


Packing and Deploying Hose Lines

Ready to Advance the Line
Rack it and Stack it and load it
Loading the Triple Layer Load
Hose Rolling
It takes the whole crew
Nearly done with the preconnect
Perfect Practice...
... Makes for Perfect Performance

3rd Battalion Fire Hose, Streams, and Appliances - Flowing Water

Band of Brothers - and one Sister Beth on the Big Line

Letting it Eat

Ike likes the Big Line

Setting up to work smarter - not harder

It really does take 2 to hold this line

A little more distance gives better leverage Using the Hose Clamp to add a section of hose
Everyone takes a turn
Nice fog stream
Left for Life - Right for Reach
Link and Duck advancing the line

Advancing the Line

From Brotherhood Instructors
A Great Video on how to properly Advance the Line - Click Here

Transfering control of the Big Line
YouTube Video of this Click Here

This is a great Helmet Camera Video to show the Hose Work to get the fire extinguished.

Some other Links for You

Hose Streams and Appliances Lesson Plans I
Hose Streams and Appliances Practicals I
Fire Hose, Streams, and Appliances II Lesson Plans
Fire Hose, Streams, and Appliances II Practicals
Hose Rolls - Straight RollHose Rolls - Single Donut Roll
Hose Loads: Flat, Minute Man, Triple Layer

Fire Engineering has a couple of Great Fire Control articles
on how to choose the correct size Hand Line for the fire.
The Articles are:
Click the title to read the article of your choice.

Fire Control - Hose Line AdvancementVideos Brotherhood Instructors
Fire Hose - How its Made
Advancing the Initial 1 ¾” Attack Line
Advancing Hose in a Narrow Hallway – Good Prepositioning
Correct Way of Holding a NozzleUsing webbing as a Hose Strap for hand lines
Roll in to the Hose Strap after attaching to Fire Hose

Click the Photo to hear Chief Tabbi

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Asbestos and the Fire Service - A Guest Blog Entry from Orlando, Florida

Crysotile Asbestos in the raw mineral state
National Asbestos Mortality Map - Click to Enlarge
Click Here to Visit the Web Site

I received an Email several days ago from a reader of our Blog from Orlando, Florida.

Matthew Phillips is a student at the University of Central Florida and he was interested in sharing some information that he is very passionate about. That being the proper care that should be taken when it comes to a firefighter’s health, especially with Asbestos exposure while extinguishing fires.
Matthew Phillips Guest Blog Article appears below along with some links for you to check out.

Being vigilant is hard work, and it's a huge part of being a firefighter. But it's not enough to keep your eyes open for everyday occupational hazards. Sometimes it takes a little information to protect yourself. Cancer may not seem like an occupational hazard that a firefighter needs to watch out for, but it certainly is. In older buildings and homes, builders used a natural mineral called asbestos. It can still be found in dry wall and in insulation in those homes. Asbestos is fire-resistant, and was supposed to make a lot of homes safer for a lot of people. Today, when those homes are disturbed, for example, as you break down the walls of a burning building, asbestos fibers are released into the air. When inhaled, they may cause a deadly cancer that can attack the lungs: mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest heaviness. Sound familiar? They should. These symptoms are often confused with other more common, more treatable diseases. Even worse, mesothelioma symptoms are latent, often for up to 50 years. By then, the cancer has spread and treatment is either difficult or impossible.The government has taken measures to protect professionals like firefighters, military veterans, and construction and demolition workers from asbestos exposure. Though they passed laws, like 1971's OSHA, that were supposed to protect those exposed to asbestos, there are still thousands that don't get the protection they need and deserve. Organizations like the AFL-CIO are rallying behind those who have already been exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma. Though an act was passed to provide for victims, groups like AFL-CIO are fighting for more support.So what can you do? Find out more about asbestos exposure and the dangers of mesothelioma. Search the web; ask a doctor; visit a library. There are resources designed to provide us with what we need to know. With more information, you have a better chance of avoiding asbestos exposure. You've always protected us. It's time for you to protect yourselves.

Thanks Matthew for sharing this with our readers.
Remember, ALWAYS wear your SCBA!!
Especially during Overhaul at a Fire Scene!!!
Chief Barlow

Dear Chief Barlow,
I wanted to send you a quick message, and see if I would be able to write a guest blog on your site (Concord High School Fire Academy). I’m very passionate about the proper care that should be taken when it comes to a firefighter’s health, especially with Asbestos exposure while extinguishing fires. I noticed that you had some health related information in some of your blog posts and I feel that an article on this topic would be of great interest to the readers of
Matthew Phillips, living in Orlando, Florida is a student at the University of Central Florida.

Toys For Tots Donations made by the CHS Fire Academy during the 2010 Christmas Season

On Thursday, December 23, 2010 Chief Barlow delivered the CHS Fire Academy Toys For Tots collection to the Salvation Army in Concord, NC. The collection was open to the entire High School as well as the CHS Fire Academy Battalions. The donations this year totaled 25 gifts.

I am sure that the recipients of these gifts will enjoy these.
Thanks to all who contributed.
We are looking forward to participating in this program again next year as well.