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  Sunday, August 18, 2013

MORE NEW BUILDING CONSTRUCTION HAZARDS
"THE I-STAIR"

Attached is info on a new type of stair construction for residential buildings. The stairs are constructed using 2x4s for the main support. The triangles shown hold the stair riser and tread in place. The metal on the bottom of the tread and riser is essentially a gusset plate, similar to truss gusset plates. The inventor of the products has passing on the info below. According to him, if the stairs are on the main floor to second floor configuration, the bottom needs to have drywall. If it is coming from the basement in an unfinished area, no drywall or other protection in required. The entire stair assembly is manufactured in a factory and shipped to the jobsite.







GO or NO GO METHOD

see video below
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=c7m8TViEUOk






Monday, August 12, 2013




THE DANGERS OF SMOKE WE ALL IGNORE!!

There are only excuses why we do not protect ourselves.

Do it for your future health!
Do it for your wife!
Do it for your children!
Do it to be an example for your brother firefighters!


Perhaps it is time to not only stop the negative stigma, but EMBRACE IT! The Fire Smoke Coalition www.firesmoke.org has been doing some tremendous research on the dangers of fire smoke. They have been putting on a program called “Know Your Smoke” They just recently put out a new video take a look below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz483ZbkwY8&feature=player_embedded


Must See Example Video of Church Fire in Blossom, TX below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsvTCRpYBS4&feature=player_embedded



  


 Sunday, July 28, 2013


Check out Cool Stuff page updates!



Monday, 6/10/2013

MUST WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Setting a standard - Sent in by F/F Buchanan
Great lesson to learn
http://bcove.me/ldw43ko7

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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham
Driving with sirens
http://www.lexipol.com/sirens-t-68.html

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This posting is a quick look of the year ahead in training. Please understand this is a general overview. There is a lot of training and events between each posting.

April - Niles make up classes (April 8 to 12)(Lock-out-Tag-out, Hazmat, Confined Space)
May - PHTLS (3 Weeks)
June -New equipment training ? 
July - New equipment training ?
August -New equipment training ?
September - Open at this time
October - Fire Safety Month
November - Fire Officer 1 (Mon,4th to Fri,8th)
December - Open

Sunday, 5/03/2013

"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham
"APATHY"
http://www.lexipol.com/apathy-t-67.html


Tuesday, 4/23/2013
Good News!!!!!
This is a copy from Chief Jacobs page;
Friday, April 19,2013
 
The equipment orders have been placed and we should start receiving them in the next few weeks.We were able to secure enough money to purchase all of the items on the list. Thank you to all for the feedback during this process.

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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham 
http://www.lexipol.com/take-care-little-things-t-66.html 

Wednesday, 4/17/2013
FDIC
Preliminary 2013 Event Schedule 
April 21-27, 2013 
as of: August 2012 
Sunday, April 21, 2013 


Instructor Registration Indiana Convention Center 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
H.O.T/ Attendee Registration Indiana Convention Center 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, April 22, 2013
H.O.T./Attendee Registration Indiana Convention Center 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibitor Registration Indiana Convention Center 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
H.O.T. Evolutions Staging / Wabash West Lobby/ 6:30 am & 12:00 pm
Bus Loading Indiana Convention Center
H.O.T. Evolutions Indiana Convention Center 8:00 am – 5: 00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops Indiana Convention Center 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
H.O.T./Attendee Registration Indiana Convention Center 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibitor Registration Indiana Convention Center 8:00 am – 5.00 pm
H.O.T. Evolutions Staging / Wabash West Lobby/ 6:30 am & 12:00 pm
Bus Loading Indiana Convention Center
H.O.T. Evolutions Indiana Convention Center 8:00 am – 5: 00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops Indiana Convention Center 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Attendee Registration Indiana Convention Center & 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
Exhibitor Registration Indiana Convention Center & 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
General Session Sagamore Ballroom / 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Indiana Convention Center
Classroom Sessions Indiana Convention Center & 10:30 am – 7:15 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
Firefighter Combat Challenge South Street 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exhibitor Relay Competition
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Attendee Registration Indiana Convention Center & 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
Exhibitor Registration Indiana Convention Center & 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
General Session Sagamore Ballroom / 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Indiana Convention Center
Classroom Sessions Indiana Convention Center & 10:30 am – 5:15 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
LOS & South Street Exhibits Lucas Oil Stadium & South St. 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Firefighter Combat Challenge South Street 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Indiana Convention Center Exhibits Indiana Convention Center 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Courage & Valor Fun Run White River State Park 6:00 pm
Friday, April 26, 2013
Attendee Registration Indiana Convention Center & 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
Exhibitor Registration Indiana Convention Center & 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
Classroom Sessions Indiana Convention Center & 8:30 am – 12:15 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
LOS & South Street Exhibits Lucas Oil Stadium & South St. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Firefighter Combat Challenge South Street 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Indiana Convention Center Indiana Convention Center 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibits
NFFF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Lucas Oil Stadium 1:30 pm
IFD Local 416 Open House TBD 5:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Attendee Registration Indiana Convention Center & 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indiana Convention Center Indiana Convention Center 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Exhibits
LOS & South Street Exhibits Lucas Oil Stadium & South St. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Firefighter Combat Challenge South Street 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, April 25th Friday, April 26th Saturday, April 27
Indiana
Convention Center
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lucas Oil Stadium 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
South Street 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday, 4/14/2013

FYI
Added information on a new tool on our "Tools of the Trade" page. Check it out.
A memo will follow soon regarding the placement and use.

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More FYI
The administration has been digging into the possibility of placing an order on some equipment. Keep you posted on the progress. Note: nothing ordered at this time!!!



Saturday, 4/13/2013

The make up classes delivered by Niles Safety Training is completed. Certificates will be going out soon. 

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PHTLS begins in the month of May.


Friday, 4/05/2013
Recently Chief Lamb put out a memo regarding Benchmarks and PAR's. If you have any confusion or questions on the significance of this issue please call me.
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Again the word came down we will not be able to use Porter Hospital for training but I will be calling next week to secure the parking garage. We can train on high rise op's and standpipe operations.
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Reminder that the Niles makeup classes begin Monday 8th of April.
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Working on several leads in regards to training houses. Captain Johnson has developed a knack for finding homes for us to tear up. Thank you.
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F/F Millard, Chief Taylor and I met with some Sewer plant personnel and im excited to say we have been granted permission to use a couple of areas of the plant for training. This is a great opportunity.I will keep you informed on the progress.
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This posting is a quick look of the year ahead in training. Please understand this is a general overview. There is a lot of training and events between each posting.

April - Niles make up classes (April 8 to 12)(Lock-out-Tag-out, Hazmat, Confined Space)
May - PHTLS (3 Weeks)
June - IAFF
July - IAFF
August -
IAFF Survival Program/Mayday Training - check out the IAFF website
We are looking at an extensive program starting at the same time
the
IAFC International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week begins
(June 16 to 22 ) Go to-http://safetyandhealthweek.org/
September - Open at this time
October - Fire Safety Month
November - Fire Officer 1 (Mon,4th to Fri,8th)
December - Open
 

Tuesday, 3/26/2013

OLD PORTER HOSPITAL USE

For the past few weeks we have been inquiring about the use of the old Porter Hospital. We received our answer today. 
 Due to the insurance "its not going to happen
They did throw us a bone we can use the parking garage and I will be calling Chris Hass

on Mon or Tue in regards to a house that might be available. I will keep you posted. 

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Make-up classes for Niles Safety is approaching fast (April 8-12). Remember if there are any concerns about any of the classes talk to your Battalion Chief. 


Friday, 3/22/2013
NIPSCO training has come to an end. The remarks have been positive and the material delivered is practical to our job. Understanding what NIPSCO expects and knowing their policies will help us do our job.


Some points we need to remember is reading the gas meters. We work in LEL and they work in UEL. Our 100% reading is NIPSCO's 4%. (4 to 14% is the explosive range)



I like the idea of performing 360's (when possible) with the Sensit prior to entering.

Placing a fire extinguisher near the hole when NIPSCO workers are attempting to close a line will give us a quick response if needed. 

A thank you again goes out to Tracy Millard for recommending the need for NIPSCO training and with the assistance with our intranet.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham

suicide issues
http://www.lexipol.com/enforcement-suicide-t-61.html

 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Training dates has been set with NIPSCO and REMC

The dates are:

March 20, 21, 22 
NIPSCO class will begin at 9am and run to 12 noon and REMC will set up their demo trailer for one day only (day not set at this time) at the Union Hall.

Gas and Electrical emergency "BLOCK" Training has been developed for the Officers and will begin March 1st with Grand Rounds due at the end of the month. 
The training will focus primarly on Gas emergencies but there is alot of reference to the electrical side as well.

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This posting is a quick look of the year ahead in training. Please understand this is a general overview. There is a lot of training and events between each posting.


Feb - Physicals
March
 - NIPSCO/REMC (March 20,21,22 NIPSCO at Union Hall)("Block Training")
April - Niles make up classes (April 8 to 12)(Lock-out-Tag-out, Hazmat, Confined Space)
May - PHTLS (3 Weeks)
June - IAFF 
July - IAFF
August - 
IAFF Survival Program/Mayday Training - check out the IAFF website
             We are looking at an extensive program starting at the same time  
             the 
IAFC International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week begins
(June 16 to 22 ) Go to-http://safetyandhealthweek.org/
September - Open at this time
October - Fire Safety Month
November - Fire Officer 1 (Mon,4th to Fri,8th)
December - Open

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Reminder Nipsco will be here March 20, 21 & 22 at the Union Hall 9am


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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham

YELLING ON SCENE!
http://www.lexipol.com/investigative-tunnel-vision-t-59.html 

Sunday, February 10, 2013


 
BE AWARE !
Below is a few videos I found on You Tube while searching for future training material.
As I reviewed each I realized that video cameras are everywhere. From a training perspective we need to remember this where ever we go. How ironic as I'm typing this and watching the news a story of 4 people died in a house fire in Chicago (3-10-13).
The news clip showed a group of firefighters gathered around a Chief. The Chief must have told one hell of a joke because all were laughing. It didn't look good. 
 
Lincolnway Fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8V-GYS3wog  

 Hostage:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2eki_GTcMI 

 Rescue 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oblosq2Z-Fs

Engine 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQwA-giKi4c

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Fire trucks block traffic along Lincolnway near Michigan Ave. as firefighters continue fight fire downtown Valparaiso Monday Mar. 4 2013.
Traffic is diverted away from downtown as firefighters continue pour water building destroyed by an early morning fire Valparaiso Monday
Take a peek at our photo page we will add as many pictures as allowed.

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Do you remember this!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs20E-EFHqo
The training we can draw from this is never do this again.
I have to admit its a good job by those involved 

Sunday, March 3, 2013
 


The end of February marked the end of our first online training experience.
Mixed results have been received but the end result is that our department is better.
The Training Division received 59 completed certificates out of 63. Of the 4 
uncompleted 2 are from injured members. Everyone should feel proud.     

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Training dates has been set with NIPSCO and REMC
The dates are:

March 20, 21, 22 
NIPSCO class will begin at 9am and run to 12 noon and REMC will set up their demo trailer for one day only (day not set at this time) at the Union Hall.

Gas and Electrical emergency "BLOCK" Training has been developed for the Officers and will begin March 1st with Grand Rounds due at the end of the month. 
The training will focus primarly on Gas emergencies but there is alot of reference to the electrical side as well.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Forcible Entry Training with Pad Locks & Chains
see video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKkohuAp33c&feature=player_embedded

padlock sim 4
 

Sunday, February 24, 2013 

Training dates has been set with NIPSCO and REMC
The dates are:

March 20, 21, 22
NIPSCO class will begin at 9am and run to 12 noon and REMC will set up their demo trailer for one day only (day not set at this time) at the Union Hall.

Gas and Electrical emergency "BLOCK" Training has been developed for the Officers and will begin March 1st with Grand Rounds due at the end of the month.
The training will focus primarly on Gas emergencies but there is alot of reference to the electrical side as well.

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This posting is a quick look of the year ahead in training. Please understand this is a general overview. There is a lot of training and events between each posting.
 
Feb - Physicals
March - NIPSCO/REMC ("Block Training")
April - Niles make up classes (April 8 to 12) (Lock-out-Tag-out, Hazmat, Confined Space)
May - PHTLS (3 Weeks)
June - IAFF 
July - IAFF
August -
IAFF Survival Program/Mayday Training
             We are looking at an extensive program starting at the same time 
             the 
IAFC International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week begins (June 16 to 22 )
             Go to-http://safetyandhealthweek.org/
September - Open at this time
October - Fire Safety Month
November - Fire Officer 1 (7 to 11)
December - Open
 Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What is a Fire Plug?

In the 1600’s, water was only available after firefighters dug down through the ground to drill a hole into the nearest water main. As the water poured out into the hole, a well of water formed. Water was scooped out and moved by bucket brigades. When they were done, a wooden (usually redwood) plug was driven into the hole.

Since it was easier to knock out one of these ”plugs” to get water the next time it was needed, firefighters tried to remember where the “plugs” were located and often marked them. Then a firefighter would get his water supply with the swing of an ax, filling the old depression in the ground once again.

Water mains of old were actually made of wood. In this picture, Capt. Bob Adrian, right, and firefighter/paramedic Chris Morrison of the Alpena City Fire Department in Michigan examine a section of wooden pipe that once served as the city’s water system. The log is bored through the center, sheeted in metal and coated with a creosote or tar sealant.
Thursday, February 14, 2013

THE SAME INFO BELOW IS POSTED ON OUR TRAINING CLASSES PAGE
WHEN IT HAPPENS:
"A STUDY IN MASS TRAUMA AND RECOVERY"


(FREE) FRIDAY, MARCH 15 (FREE)

Presented by Porter County Coalition for Diaster Prepardness
Limited seating available
Respond by March 1, 2013
Respond to PCEMA - email pcema@porterco.org or call Tom at 219-462-8654
Class runs from 9am to 3:30pm with hour and a half lunch

Learn from the events if the EF-5 tornado experienced by Joplin, MO on May 22, 2011 and the remarkable recovery that is still ongoing.
For further information contact Chief Arnold or Chief Weber

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**** MUST LISTEN ****
"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham


http://www.lexipol.com/remember-complacency-kills-t-55.html


Sunday, February 10, 2013

This posting is a quick look of the year ahead in training. Please understand this is a general overview. There is a lot of training and events between each posting.
 
Feb - Physicals
March - NIPSCO/REMC ("Block Training")
April - Niles make up classes (April 8 to 12) (Lock-out-Tag-out, Hazmat, Confined Space)
May - PHTLS (3 Weeks)
June - July - August - IAFF Survival Program/Mayday Training
We are looking at an extensive program starting at the same time the IAFC International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week begins (June 16 to 22 )Go to-http://safetyandhealthweek.org/
September - Open at this time
October - Fire Safety Month
November - Fire Officer 1 (7 to 11)
December - Open

Thursday, February 07, 2013
ANOTHER TIP TO USE A FLAT HEAD AXE
A sludge hammer can work too!

http://flashovertv.firerescue1.com/media/4477-FireGround-Flash-Tip-A-different-way-to-use-a-flat-head-ax/




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UL FIRE TEST OF OLD VS. NEW

Pretty impressive video of how much faster the
newer materials burn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDNPhq5ggoE&feature=player_embedded



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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham
http://www.lexipol.com/remember-complacency-kills-t-55.html

 Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Training dates has been set with NIPSCO and REMC
The dates are:

March 20, 21, 22
NIPSCO class will begin at 9am and run to 12 noon and REMC will set up their demo trailer for one day only (day not set at this time) at the Union Hall.

Gas and Electrical emergency "BLOCK" Training has been developed for the Officers and will begin March 1st with Grand Rounds due at the end of the month.
The training will focus primarly on Gas emergencies but there is alot of reference to the electrical side as well.

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****ATTENTION FIRE INVESTIGATORS****

Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.)
WHERE:
Michigan City Fire Department
Station #4
5000 Cleveland Avenue
Michigan City, Indiana 46360
Class is free of charge and will be taught by Mr. Steve Shand of Shand Forensic
Investigations, Inc. This is a must-have class if you are going to be involved in
conducting fire origin and cause investigations. Class will focus on residential
electrical systems and modes of failure, and include live demonstrations.
Submit registration to:
Shand Forensic Investigations
18322 State Road 101
Spencerville, IN 46788
or e-mail to: stephanie@shandforensic.com
**Please contact 260-238-5800 with any questions or call Weber at 508-5670


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My name is Gossip.
I have no respect for justice.
I maim without killing.
I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.

The more I am quoted the more I am believed.
I flourish at every level of society.
My victims are helpless.
They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

To track me down is impossible.
The harder you try, the more elusive I become.
I am nobody's friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and ruin marriages.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief.

I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses.

I AM CALLED GOSSIP.

author unknown
Saturday, February 02, 2013

****ATTENTION FIRE INVESTIGATORS****

Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.)
WHERE:
Michigan City Fire Department
Station #4
5000 Cleveland Avenue
Michigan City, Indiana 46360
Class is free of charge and will be taught by Mr. Steve Shand of Shand Forensic
Investigations, Inc. This is a must-have class if you are going to be involved in
conducting fire origin and cause investigations. Class will focus on residential
electrical systems and modes of failure, and include live demonstrations.
Submit registration to:
Shand Forensic Investigations
18322 State Road 101
Spencerville, IN 46788
or e-mail to: stephanie@shandforensic.com
**Please contact 260-238-5800 with any questions or call Weber at 508-5670

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St. Anthony presentation
Hopefully everyone enjoyed St Anthony's presentation of their facility the last three days. The goal was to inform us that they can be used as a viable option to bring patients to.
If you have any questions contact me and I will give you Travis's number. Remember they are looking to hire soon in Chesterton.
  Saturday, February 02, 2013
Friday, February 01, 2013

SEMI SLAMS BACK OF ENGINE IN MARYLAND
Four FF injured one with severed arm

http://statter911.com/2013/01/30/four-prince-georges-county-md-firefighters-with-traumatic-injuries-after-beltway-crash-tractor-trailer-slams-into-west-lanham-pumper-returning-from-call/



BE SAFE OUT IN TRAFFIC!!!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Our Intranet has a new addition!
 F/F Tracy Millard has agreed to run the Local 1124 page and Hot Topic page. Please check out the info. Tracy offers a new and different perspective to our Intranet.
I personally want to thank Tracy for assisting.


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****ATTENTION FIRE INVESTIGATORS**** 

Saturday, February 23, 2013 
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.) 
WHERE: 
Michigan City Fire Department 
Station #4 
5000 Cleveland Avenue 
Michigan City, Indiana 46360 
Class is free of charge and will be taught by Mr. Steve Shand of Shand Forensic 
Investigations, Inc. This is a must-have class if you are going to be involved in 
conducting fire origin and cause investigations. Class will focus on residential 
electrical systems and modes of failure, and include live demonstrations. 
Submit registration to: 
Shand Forensic Investigations 
18322 State Road 101 
Spencerville, IN 46788 
or e-mail to: stephanie@shandforensic.com 
**Please contact 260-238-5800 with any questions or call Weber at 508-5670**

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A Snapshot of Firefighter Fatalities: (2007 - 2011)

Nature of Fatal Injury
Heart Attack 46.5%
Trauma 27.7%
Asphyxiation 8.3%
Other 6%
Cerebrovascular Accident 3.9%

Firefighter Classifications
Volunteer 52.6%
Career 37.5%
Wildland Contract 3.5%
Paid-on-Call 2.1%
Wildland Full-Time 1.9%

Type of Duty
On-Scene Fire 29.7%
After 17.2%
Other On-Duty 16.8%
Responding 15.4%
Training 10.8%

Type of Incident
Structure Fire 31.8%
Not Incident-Related 27.3%
Motor Vehicle Accident 10.1%
Wildland 9.1%
Other 6.8%

Type of Activity
Other 32.8%
Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 15.1%
Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 9.1%
Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle 7.6%
In-Station Duties 7.4%

States with Most Fatalities
New York 40
California 38
Pennsylvania 37
North Carolina 34
Ohio 25

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This Wed, Thur, Fri training at the Union Hall. See memo page for info


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Here is some food for thought. NIST is great for the fire industry they produce facts that Fire Dept's and Officers can base strategy or tactics on.
Read this and study other NIST reports.

  http://www.firehouse.com/news/10859817/sc-study-may-change-the-way-firefighters-do-business

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Remember FDIC April 16-22

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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham
http://www.lexipol.com/below-whats-important-t-54.html


 Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Training dates has been set with NIPSCO.
The dates are:
 March 20, 21, 22
Class will begin at 9am and run to 12 noon at the Union Hall.

Gas and Electrical emergency "BLOCK" Training has been developed for the Officers  and will begin March 1st with Grand Rounds due at the end of the month.
The training will focus primarly on Gas emergencies but there is alot of reference to the electrical side as well.

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Take a look at the Memo section for upcoming traininig in regards to EMS.


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FDIC is fast approaching

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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham - Addresses speed.
http://www.lexipol.com/below-watch-your-speed-t-53.html


Thursday, January 17, 2013

****ATTENTION FIRE INVESTIGATORS****

Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.)
WHERE:
Michigan City Fire Department
Station #4
5000 Cleveland Avenue
Michigan City, Indiana 46360
Class is free of charge and will be taught by Mr. Steve Shand of Shand Forensic
Investigations, Inc. This is a must-have class if you are going to be involved in
conducting fire origin and cause investigations. Class will focus on residential
electrical systems and modes of failure, and include live demonstrations.
Submit registration to:
Shand Forensic Investigations
18322 State Road 101
Spencerville, IN 46788
or e-mail to: stephanie@shandforensic.com
**Please contact 260-238-5800 with any questions or call Weber at 508-5670**
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Remember FDIC is fast approaching

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"Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it.
The reason?
Because he alone has learned to put it out."

- Henry Jackson Vandyke Jr. (1852-1933) American clergyman, educator, author. 

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Niles Safety delivered our certificates for Lock-out Tag-out, Confined Space and Hazmat.
We are in the process of verifying the attendance rosters. Several people will need to make up some of the classes. Dates we are looking at are the first week of April.

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Kevin Kanney from NIPSCO has been contacted and "Block" training has been developed.
We are setting up Gas and Electrical emergency training for March 20,21 and 22. We looked at the following week but Fri the 29th (good Friday) is a day of reflection.

Gas and Electric Grand Round Questions will be developed and will be due on or prior to March 31. 

The Training Division would like to extend a "Thank you" to F/F Tracy Millard for requesting NIPSCO training.
Requests for training are always welcome. 
 Tue, January 1/15/2013

Instructor In-Service
District: District 01
County: Lake
Location: Instructors: District Staff(district staff)  Michael J. Parks(mjparks)  
Course #: 2012-001084
Start Time: 01-19-2013 8:00 am
End Time: 01-19-2013 4:00 pm
Capacity: 100
January 19th Instructor Development Workshop
Fire Instructor Development Workshop with Forest Reeder.
Saturday, January 19th, 2013
0800am to 1600pm
Class will be held at: St Mary Medical Center
Main Auditorium
1500 South Lake Park Avenue  
Hobart, IN 46342
If interested go to District 1 web site and register:
 http://www.indianafiretraining.com/index.php?option=com_eventbooking&view=category&Itemid=113

Friday, January 11, 2013
Met with Derick from Niles Safety today he is working on getting us our certs from class. The delay has been due to Jeff developing a training tracking program for our training division. He is pretty good with writing computer programs im told.


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Remember FDIC is around the corner. 
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced today a provisional total of 83 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2012, the same number of firefighter losses as in 2011. The report is linked below.
The 83 fatalities were spread across 34 states. Pennsylvania and North Carolina experienced the highest number of fatalities with 9 firefighter deaths each. New York had 6 firefighter deaths, including the most recent tragic shooting deaths of two firefighters in Webster. California and Texas, each with 5 firefighter deaths, were the only other states with 5 or more firefighter fatalities in 2012.

HOW WE DIED:Heart attacks or stroke were responsible for the deaths of 41 firefighters (49%) in 2012. This single year total is a near average proportion of firefighter deaths from heart attack or stroke over recent years. This nature of fatal injury has remained relatively constant, while others, on average, have been reduced during the past decade.
Eleven on-duty firefighters died in association with wildland fires, the same as 2011 and 2010. AND NOW, READ THIS: The single cause of injury seeing more than a four-fold increase in firefighter deaths during 2012 was vehicle collisions (including aircraft), with 18 deaths. These 2012 firefighter fatality statistics are provisional and will likely change somewhat as the USFA contacts state fire marshals to verify the names of firefighters reported to have died on duty during 2012. The final number of firefighter fatalities will be reported in USFA's annual firefighter fatality report, expected to be available by July.
 

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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham - seatbelt use
http://www.lexipol.com/below-introduction-t-48.html


Thursday, December 20, 2012

We are looking for the Station 1 USB wireless mouse Nano (the little thing that is plugged into the side that maks the wireless mouse work) It has been missing for a while I was hoping it would show up on its own. No such luck.

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Just received the word that due to the fire trerritory not going through the full time position for the Division Chief will not happen in Feb. The new time frame is May/June.

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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham - Alcohol Use
http://www.lexipol.com/alcohol-t-47.html

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Winter weather will soon be here, if not already. ARE YOU PREPARED, how about your
 apparatus tools, and equipment? The following are some thoughts on the subject – what can you add and share?
• Water extinguishers & foam put in heated cab on long incidents
• Batteries tend to be depleted quicker in cold weather, keep them warm
o (Put portable radios & flashlights inside your bunker coat - body heat)
• Have extra clothes, gloves, etc. on the rig and at the station
• Extra blankets on apparatus for patients (and us)
• Keep the heat on in the apparatus – REHAB
• Keep Defrosters on in the apparatus – wet gear cold weather = fogged up windows
• Maintain proper tire pressure – check regularly
• Pump WET or DRY – Pro’s & Con’s on both methods – KNOW THEM to prevent problems
• Keep pump valves greased
• Keep pump discharge and suction threads lightly greased (to help keep out moisture = ice)
• Keep pump discharge and suction caps loose on their threads
• Check Hydrants prior to disconnecting hose from hose bed or leading out soft suction
o may be frozen, need to go to next hydrant
o Advise Officer and IC if this happens, delay in getting water.
• Pump shields installed on rigs that have them
• Don’t wash the rigs if it is extremely cold – locks could freeze
• Circulate water in pumps (IF WET) when standing at incidents
• Put apparatus into PUMP occasionally when standing to keep pump from freezing (WET OR DRY)
• Keep ladders dry and ladder locks lubricated
• Keep waterways on aerial/tower ladders dry and lubricated – thoroughly drain after use
• Clean and lubricate sliding underbelly steps on apparatus regularly (salt/etc. will cause them to seize)
• Keep all tools dry & lubricated – condensation will form when they get cold and then warmed up
when in the station.
• Medical supplies, especially fluids and machines, must be kept warm and dry
• Think about patients out in the weather – extrications, outside falls, etc. – keep them warm
• Call for salt if we get the streets wet
• Watch clearances on parked cars - snow banks may cause the cars to park further into the street
• Watch your step when getting out of the apparatus – could be icy
• If you get wet and you feel OK – don’t go inside & warm up unless you plan to return to quarters
• Call for extra resources (manpower & equipment) on working incidents – relief of personnel and
something may break or freeze up
• BE PREPARED!!!

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4th Quarter Grand Rounds have been issued. Here is a copy of the linke to access the power point presentation. The same can be found on Chief Arnolds Intranet site.
/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1472 


Wednesday, December 05, 2012
FYI


We currently have 16 Boat Safety Certificates turned in. Its a good start. Again if help is needed call me. Please remember to turn in your certs to your Batallion Chiefs.
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Tom Daberton will be conducting interviews with the Officers today. Time is to be determined.
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"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham
http://www.lexipol.com/vehicle-readiness-t-45.html

 Sunday, December 02, 2012

By now most of you know that the Boating Safety Course section of the November "Block Training" has been extended into December. I believe the bugs have been worked out.
Anyone still having difficulty please call me.
 
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Im working on contacting NIPSCO and an elevator company for future training. Both ideas came from input from fellow firefighters. I will keep you posted.

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Please watch this its all about resisting change and how will you deal with it.
"Todays Tip" from Gord Graham is a must watch!
 

http://www.lexipol.com/managing-change-t-44.html


Tuesday, November 20, 2012 
Update on 2904 Evans

I received a call the other day from Rosie asking me to call Paul Wurth Engineering because there was a change in the use of the training house. I called and was told the man I had met with was out of line offering us the house to train in. Yikes.
He went on to say that they need to verify the zoning that the house sits in. A few other reasons were mentioned but in the end he did say maybe in spring they will have things straightened out. So at this point and time we do not have a house to use for training.

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Gord Graham "Tip of the Day" Saying Thanks to civilians who help.
http://www.lexipol.com/saying-thanks-t-43.html

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BOAT SAFETY COURSE INFORMATION

I understand that some are having difficulty with the Boating Safety Course
.
 Please call me this is what I'm paid to do. Give me the chance to answer any questions you may have. If my answers are not satisfactory then by all means go to Chief Jacobs.

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With that said the issue with the Boating Safety Course as of last week
 (Nov 12th posting) has to do with a known "bug"  with Explorer 9 and the Boating Course.

What is happening is after you go through the course you continue on to the test.
At the end of the test the "bug" kicked in and it either locked up or it threw you back to the beginning. I believe this happened to F/F Art Elwood 4 times. We corrected the issue by using the compatibility icon (upper rt hand corner). Understandably Art was frustrated but he continued on and for that I thank him. (I did buy him a pop and he seemed happier)    

The issue has to do with Explorer 9 and the Course

I spoke with Ron Z our City IT guy and confirmed this has nothing to do with our computers. Its a "bug" between the Boat Safety Course and Explored 9

The problem occurs when you use a FD computer with Windows 7 (newer program) you will have Explorer 9 capabilities therefore you will run into the known "bug". To solve the problem hit the compatibility icon in the upper right corner prior to each section.

If your on a FD computer with XP (and older program) you will not have Explorer 9 capabilities therefore you will not run into the "bug". 

As to which computers are what I'm not to sure you will need to ask Chief Lamb.
What I do know is the computer in the front office at Sta 1 is an XP and the officers computer is Windows 7.
At Sta 2 the computer where most reports are made is a Windows 7 and the computers in the Officers room and in front of Chief Lambs office are XP.

Sta 3 training computer worked fine for Lt Cervik who has completed the course but he mentioned they had problems with the kitchen computer.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I'm off until the 26th call me on my phone if anyone needs help with the Boating Safety.  

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Letters are being typed as we speak to secure the use of 2904 Evans for training. Aiming for a December start.
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Also I have sent a couple of messages to Niles Safety in regards to our paperwork they promised. I received a note saying they will get on it.
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If you run into problems with the Online Boat Safety Course refer to the Nov 12th posting for directions.
Monday, November 12, 2012   
Information!!!! 


In regards to the Online Boat Safety Course
It has come to my attention that there is a problem when people finish the course and test the computer locks up. After investigating the problem it was found computers were not saving the quiz data due to a know "bug" as they call it.
To solve the problem we used the icon in the upper right side
(looks like a torn piece of paper, green in color)
Hit the icon to make the computer compatiable. After jumping through a couple of pages it worked. Please call if there are further problems.
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Rumor is confirmed the training house at 505 Indiana is gone.
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I have met with Robert from Paul Wurth Engineering we will be able to use their house just east of the old TFT building.

I have asked for input from the Officers in regards to what type of training they would like to see.
Also I have asked Robert from Paul Wurth as to a time frame prior to tearing down  
the house. As we all know the closer to the destruction date the more damage to the home we can do.
 Please remember do not destroy windows, walls, etc in the beginning .
This is a great training house. It is very clean we can do some great drills.
We are aiming for a December 1 start date. Letters and paper work need to be processed.
 
Friday, November 02, 2012

Just in, rumor has it that our training house at 505 Indiana is gone. I will personally do a drive by to confirm. Still working on the other house on Evans Ave.

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If anyone has questions or needs help with the "Block Training" this month let me know.
 In the Grand Rounds section the registration for the Boat Safety Course is easy to navigate through. Remember to make a copy of your certification and forward it to your B.C.. We will be placing each certificate on file for future reference.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Following up on a suggestion from Sister Hart I spoke with Chief Arnold about oxygen masks for animals. He is going to look at Sta 2 EMS storage room because we used to carry them on the old Squads. I will keep you posted.

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On Fri I will be following up with Wurth Engineering about acquiring the house east of the old TFT building. The contact person should be back from his trip.

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"Block Training" for the month of November will cover Ice Rescues and Boat familiarization (terms and handling). A call has been made with to the Coast Guard Station in Michigan City and Indiana DNR for possibly providing some hands on at the end of the month. I will keep you posted.
 Follow up on prior Coast Guard Training posting.
U.S. Coast Guard can not help us in any training at this time. One remark that was said:  "We never thought of training with a fire department" I asked "why not start now with Valpo fire". And as with any Government affiliated service I was given the typical answer that they will need to clear some tape and receive approval prior to any form of training. So please nobody hold their breath because training with the Coast Guard will not happen anytime soon.
 I'm still working on the Indiana DNR. 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Chief Nondorf informed me that Paul Wurth Engineering ( the company who purchased the  old TFT) is going to allow us to train on the house located to the east of their building.
I stopped by this morning and was told the house may be available in a couple of weeks. They have to get the blessing from the mother company prior to our training. I will keep you posted.
When we do get the house I would like input from each crew as to what type of training they feel their crew needs. Example, communications, laddering, search, physical fitness (hose drag/stairs). Find your crews weakness and train on it. 
From a Training Division stand point I would like throw in C.A.N. reports and ending radio traffic with "we have P.A.R.". Those of you familiar with Blue Card know what I'm talking about. For those curious pull up Blue Card on the internet. I will explain more later or call me.   
Thursday, October 18, 2012

FREE TRAINING !

Gerber Collision and Glass in Gary is offering First Responders Extrication Training.
The department just received the notice today and they (Gerber) are asking that if anyone interested RSVP by Fri, Oct 19 to the following:
 rob.robbins @gerbercollision.com  
Of course this is offered to off duty personnel. Time of the event is 4pm to 9pm and your Bunker Gear is required. Any other Q's call me. Weber 

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"Today's Tip" from Gord Graham talks about Character
http://www.lexipol.com/character-first-public-safety-t-38.html

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The Training Division inquired about using the old Porter Hospital for training.
We asked Captain garpow for some assistance and this was the reply.

Question:Jim I have been asked by Division Chief of Training, to see if I could get a point of contact with Porter on the possibility of getting into the origin hospital for training in the building. Some of the possible training could be breaching walls doorways ceilings and roofs. Thanks for your assistance. Bill  (Captain Garpow)

Mr. Sinotte,
Responce: I am forwarding this e-mail for your review.  Bill Garpow is a Captain on the Valparaiso Fire Department and works for Porter in the Security Department.  If there any way the Valparaiso Fire Department can use Origin in any training event, which could include breaking through walls, doors, etc.  I would assume if any permission is granted, it's after everything has been decommissioned.  Please let me know your thoughts,
Jim McClanahan

Answer: Hi- Here's how we'll proceed.  Once the abatement is completed, and once Debbie Bachman completes her study related to risk, we will look into having both the police and fire depts utilize the space. Thanks, Brian

We will continue to follow up on this I would hate to drive by and see a wrecking ball chipping away at the building and never have the opportunity to use the building.
Also remember 505 Indiana is still available. Weber

Monday, October 15, 2012

Five weeks of training has come to an end. I have not received any complaints so that must mean the training was a success.I will be receiving paper work from Niles Safety in the near future and I will keep you posted. At this time the vast majority of the department is OSHA Operation level in Haz-Mat.
There were no takers on the offer of challenging the State Haz-Mat test. The challenge was offered because a few people were interested. They must of changed their minds.

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 "Block Training" for the month of November will cover Ice Rescues and Boat familiarization (terms and handling). A call has been made with to the Coast Gaurd Station in Michigan City and Indiana DNR for possibly providing some hands on at the end of the month. I will keep you posted. 

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Hopefully the Haz-Mat class is going well for all. If not please let me know. Your input

is important because it will help determine if we rehire any outside instructors in the future. Thanks.

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After researching the public Indiana State PSID numbers our department currently have, 
4 personnel with Confined Space Awareness,
 7 personnel with Haz-Mat Awareness,
12 personnel with Haz-Mat Operations,
and 2 out of 67 with Haz-Mat Tech Level.
Several other personnel have OSHA certs in Haz-Mat which do not show up on the State PSID numbers.
After the end of next weeks class we will all be at Haz-Mat Operations Level (24 hr) OSHA compliant. 

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Haz-Mat Training started today. Prior to the start of Haz-Mat training I was asked if the class would be going on our State PSID number.
The answer is NO, we will be trained by the OSHA standard. If interested in challenging the State test please contact me because the research has been done and arrangements have been made. Be advised when we contracted Niles it was never intended to challenge the State test. The Training Division is responding to several request made by some members of the FD. With that said if one chooses to proceed it is going to take some work on your part. 

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"Todays tip from Lexipol" presented by Gord Graham
http://www.lexipol.com/public-scrutiny-t-36.html
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Todays tip from Lexipol" presented by Gord Graham
http://www.lexipol.com/excited-delirium-t-35.html

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
 



You Are Invited!!
Attend the 2012 FDIC Online Event for FREE!!


Unparalleled Online Training...
• Industry Leading Exhibitors - Interact With Leading Manufacturers
• Virtual Online Courses - Just Like FDIC in Indianapolis 

FEATURED KEYNOTE EVENT:
Firehouse Exellence
Captain Michael M. Dugan, Fire Department of New York

Michael M. Dugan
A 36-year veteran of the fire service, is also a 26-year member of the Fire Department of New York, where he serves as captain of Ladder Company 123 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. As a lieutenant, he served in Ladder Company 42 in the South Bronx. While assigned as a firefighter in Ladder Company 43, in Spanish Harlem, he received the James Gordon Bennett medal in 1992 and the Harry M. Archer Medal in 1993, FDNY’s highest award for bravery. He was a volunteer firefighter in Halesite, New York. He lectures on truck company operations, building construction, size-up, and today’s fire service.

CLASSES:
Tactical Safety
Lieutenant Ray McCormack, Fire Department of New York
Tactical safety needs to be integrated into operational fire tactics to reduce injury while increasing fireground effectiveness. This class will assist educators and instructors on how to integrate safety into fire tactics. Once this integration has been accomplished, then proper fire tactics that already include a safety component can be taught. Safety is not to be thought of as a hindrance but as a component of fire operations. Only by mindful integration of these two components will we establish workable tactics that limit injury and increase effectiveness for all on the fireground.
Command, Search, Ventilation, and Attack of Residential Fires
Shift Commander Jim Duffy, Wallingford (CT) Fire Department
It is no secret that the fire environment has changed in the past 30 years. Buildings are made to be more energy efficient. Building construction has changed; structural members are made lighter and cheaper. Fuel loads have changed, with just one upholstered chair holding the capacity to emit enough Btus to make a room flash. This class will explore today’s fire environment and how it has impacted our fire service. Topics include the need for planning to avoid issues, size-up to address problems on the fireground, the importance of choosing the correct hoseline and proper water supply, the importance of coordinating ventilation with the other disciplines on the fireground, when to vent for fire vs. for life, timing issues involved with proper ventilation, the importance of a primary search and a secondary search, and staffing.
First Five Minutes: Effective Size-Up
Deputy Chief Charles Ryan, Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue
A common fire service adage is that the first five minutes of any incident often determine how the next several hours will go. With declining numbers of structure fires, there is also the peril of declining performance of effective size-up and initial incident action planning by company and chief officers. This class covers the essential elements of size-up using multimedia examples of each element in a variety of structure/incident types, the process and art of fireground decision making, and the importance of effective and efficient fireground communication.
Fighting House Fires
Operations Training Captain Michael Posner, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
This class will review several important factors to consider when fighting fires in today’s modern residential structures. The importance of an ongoing and early size-up, time of day, resources needed, construction, accountability, command priorities, fire attack, determining fire location, entry point, proper hoseline selection and length, garage fire tactics, search and rescue, and vent-enter-search will be discussed.
Big Fire in Little Towns
Chief William R. Ball, Williamsport (MD) Volunteer Fire-EMS Inc.
The focus is on the challenges commanders face when multiple buildings are burning on all four sides in the square of a small town and there is not adequate staffing to effectively manage the incident. The challenges and lessons learned from two multialarm incidents that occurred in 2008 and 2010 in Washington County, Maryland, are presented and discussed. Students and instructor will evaluate the incidents from the perspective of how similar fires would be approached if they were to occur in their jurisdiction. Developing an operational plan, interoperable procedures with mutual-aid response units, and effectively planning for the big one using a commonsense approach are emphasized.
Drills You Will Not Find in the Books
Captain Raul A. Angulo, Seattle (WA) Fire Department
Learn special skills and techniques that enhance basic skills knowledge and retention. Innovative drills and evolutions for engine and truck companies are the focus. They are designed to make drilling challenging, exciting, and fun. Among the drill areas addressed are knowledge of equipment, portable radio communications, couplings, siamese vs. wye hoselays, techniques for carrying firefighters/victims up and down stairs and ladders, using fire hose for self-extrication, climbing a wall, hanging from a window, advancing and operating 2½-inch hose, lifting obese patients off the floor, public education/public relation drills, fog applicator drills, other uses for ground ladders, long hoselay techniques, and using local facilities for nondestructive training. 

We have registered for FDIC online. 
If interested please contact me for the user ID and password.
The link below allows you to sign on when the events date is closer to Oct 10.
The page is closed at this time.

https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:APIUTILS!10&ShowKey=9872 
(nweber@valpo.us
 Monday, September 24, 2012

Update on Safe Haven !

Training is complete and in the box. The paperwork is turned in and Gavin Marino from the Safe Place Center has been notified. He responded and gave us the go ahead.
What this means is that we are now registered natuionally as a "Safe Place" for troubled children. Located in each stations office is a laminated 8 step procedure to follow if a troubled teen walk in our door. Make sure you know its location.
If you have any questions please call me @ 508-5670. 

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DAY 3 of Confined Space Training starts again Wednesday!!!
Training should cover more complex rigging (9:1) and possibly some live rescue scenarios.
Lunch will be provided

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THIS ABSOLUTELY COULD BE YOU...WE...US:
A Missouri highway safety worker was killed in the Line Of Duty yesterday morning as he set up cones to direct drivers away from another crash on I-70 in Independence.
Highway Safety Tech Clifton Scott, 50, celebrated 15 years of service with the department in a ceremony last week.
Then, as emergency crews arrived, an Independence Cop heard a car coming at high speed and yelled a warning to Scott but the car hit Scott's truck, causing a fire. Scott was outside the truck at the time but was fatally injured when he was struck and thrown. The drunk driver of the car that hit the motorist assist truck is in critical condition and has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. David C. Murdick, 35, was driving while intoxicated when he sped through the cones and ignored other warnings and barriers and struck Scott. Murdick had a .184 blood-alcohol level, more than twice the legal limit, when tested at a hospital following the collision.

Scott is survived by a 14-year-old son, a brother, sister and a fiancé. RIP.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

ATTENTION, ATTENTION!!!
FREE TRAINING in our backyard
.

Make it if you can!

"Lunch and Learn" - Sprinkler Lab

During the spring and summer, Ryan Fireprotection provides "Lunch and Learn" presentations at no charge. These presentations have been well received by Design Professional, Owners, Developers, General Contractors, Fire and Building Officials, and Insurance Authorities. Attendees learn about sprinklers in the classroom while dining and then receive hands on training at our State of the Art Sprinkler Lab. Learn how wet, Dry, and Pre-action Systems Operate and receive fundamental training about Fire Pumps.
Details
Classroom and hands on training for water-based fire protection systems
Special customized programs available (certain programs are eligible for state reimbursement funding)

Upcoming Dates:
2012 Lunch and Learn Presentations (11:30 am until 1:30 pm)
September 25, 2012 - Valparaiso Office
For more information, please contact Rosie

http://ryanfp.com/education1.asp

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Day 2 has of the Confined Space training has started.
The entire day is hands on.
Class begins at 9am at the Union Hall with setting up rigging and packaging patients. Also, we will be shown what our equipment can and can't do.
 Training will then move over to the SIMS Trailer for some person down senarios.
Lunch will be hamburgers not to sure when lunch break is. Assuming noonish.
 
Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Tip of the week" from Gord Graham

http://www.lexipol.com/professionalism-knowing-t-33.html 

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I'm receiving some positive feedback on Day 1.
  
Here is the schedule again. Lets try to use the time between classes prepping for day 2.
 Practice 4:1 and 3:1 set up's.
Not sure what will be for lunch but something will be there.

Day 1
Power point on the 146 standard. Definitions. Responsibilities. Cse types. The afternoon shopuld be to introduce equipment and knots and ropes.

Day 2 (next week)
Intro to the simple 4:1 piggy back and 3:1 Z drag. Afternoon hands on riggingto practice.

Day 3
Intro to 9:1 and practice. Afternoon  should be live rescue scenario.

Days 4 and 5 will be to cover Haz-Mat

Lunches will be provided at the Union Hall. If you food choice is different please bring your food choice to class.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Just received the class outline from Dave Diehl. Here it is:

Day 1
Power point on the 146 standard. Definitions. Responsibilities. Cse types. The afternoon shopuld be to introduce equipment and knots and ropes.

Day 2 (next week)
Intro to the simple 4:1 piggy back and 3:1 Z drag. Afternoon hands on riggingto practice.

Day 3
Intro to 9:1 and practice. Afternoon  should be live rescue scenario.

Days 4 and 5 will be to cover Haz-Mat

Lunches will be provided at the Union Hall. If you food choice is different please bring your food choice to class.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Question?

When dispatch contacts us every 10 minutes is it called a PAR or a BENCHMARK?
I asked several  f/f personnel this same question and I was getting a 50/50 response.

Lt Kroll has noticed that Dispatch has been calling it PAR and or Benchmarks.
He also noticed when we respond we have been asking them to cancel any further PAR's.

I called dispatch and asked them the same question they answered, PAR. I then asked if they had their FD/EMS Dispatching and Toning SOP page 4 section E. They did and it contained the correct procedure of issuing BENCHMARKS via radio.

 County Dispatch issues us Benchmarks (time benchmarks) as a department we can do what we want with it. Industry standard is for Command Centers, Operations, Incident Command whatever it's called is to ask their personnel for PAR's which is then thrown into the over all strategy. It helps establish time frames reduces tunnel vision and provides a SAFER fireground.

The correct radio request is to ask County to cancel any further BENCHMARKS if they are not needed.

If you have any questions in regards to this please call me 508-5670, Weber

bench·mark/'benCH?märk/

Noun:
A standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed.
Verb:
Evaluate or check (something) by comparison with a standard: "we are benchmarking our performance against external criteria".

Thursday, September 06, 2012
Lexipol "Tip of the Day" Steriod Use by Gord Graham
http://www.lexipol.com/public-safety-steroids-t-32.html

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Hopefully all enjoyed the Niles SIMS Trailer we will be seeing more of it in the future.To prepair for the Confined Space/Haz-Mat training practice your rescue tying knots. A great website for animated knot tying is:
http://www.animatedknots.com/
(go to Rescue Knots)
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Reminder!
Please have the "Safe Place/Haven Block Training" finished by the end of the month. we need to send in the rosters and get certified. Thank you.

SCBA Training going well. The Lock Out Tag Out is very informative and presented in a manner of awarness instead of "how to do it".

In regards to the upcoming 5 week Confined Space/Haz-Mat training dates have been set we are ironing out the details a memo will come out soon.
Saturday, August 25, 2012 
Reminder!
Please have the "Safe Place/Haven Block Training" finished by the end of the month. we need to send in the rosters and get certified. Thank you.
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S.C.B.A. CONFIDENCE FOR FIREGROUND SURVIVAL
 

Self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.) in years past was considered a tool used only by those firefighters of less ability, a tool of shame if you will. Today, the modern fireground reflects one of many lessons learned from our predecessors, S.C.B.A. usage as a norm, rather than that of exception.
Today’s firefighters are faced with a greater risk of inhalation hazards due to the many byproducts of combustion, some of which were never before imagined. Unfortunately, many lives continue to be lost despite the advancements in technology as it pertains to self-contained breathing apparatus and the strictly written national standards and departmental operating procedures/guidelines. In the year 2000 alone, five (5) firefighters lost their lives due to inhalation related injuries and several others died from asphyxiation following structural collapses.
In response to the continuously high rate of firefighter injuries and/or fatalities linked to respiratory related incidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the highly debated 29 CFR 1910.134 regulation on respiratory protection in April of 1998. To many, this standard is recognized solely for it’s infamous 2 in / 2 out ruling. Unfortunately, few have properly identified what this regulation brings forth as it pertains to respiratory protection and S.C.B.A. training for the modern firefighter.
This article and the associated drill sessions have been designed to identify and set forth a training program that supports compliance with this regulation and it’s required S.C.B.A. usage and competency training.
*This article/program is in no way offered as a full-fledged respiratory protection program, rather a suggested training program to meet specific competency requirements set forth in OSHA CFR 1910.134 and the other applicable NFPA standards.

PRESENTATION:
The use of self-contained breathing apparatus is considered a basic tool of the firefighting trade. Unfortunately, with this general assumption comes a complacent mindset and lack luster efforts in annual training and proficiency testing. The unending respiratory hazards faced by the modern firefighter bring forth a need for continuous evaluations in the use and proficiency of self-contained breathing apparatus. As trainers, we must design and develop drills that challenge and motivate those experienced members while maintaining a high degree of realism. 

SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF 29 CFR 1910.134 ADDRESSED IN THIS PROGRAM:
 
(k) Training and information. This paragraph requires the employer to provide effective training to employees who are required to use respirators. The training must be comprehensive, understandable, and recur annually, and more often if necessary.


(k)(1) The employer shall ensure that each employee can demonstrate knowledge of at least the following:

(k)(1)(i) Why the respirator is necessary and how improper fit, usage, or maintenance can compromise the protective effect of the respirator;

(k)(1)(ii) What the limitations and capabilities of the respirator are;

(k)(1)(iii) How to use the respirator effectively in emergency situations, including situations in which the respirator malfunctions;

(k)(1)(iv) How to inspect, put on and remove, use, and check the seals of the respirator;

(k)(2) The training shall be conducted in a manner that is understandable to the employee.

(k)(3) The employer shall provide training prior to requiring the employee to use a respirator in the workplace.

(k)(4) An employer who is able to demonstrate that a new employee has received training within the last 12 months that addresses the elements specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i) through (vii) is not required to repeat such training provided that, as required by paragraph (k)(1), the employee can demonstrate knowledge of those element(s). Previous training not repeated initially by the employer must be provided no later that 12 months from the date of the previous training.

(k)(5) Retraining shall be administered annually, and when the following situations occur:

(k)(5)(i) Changes in the workplace or the type of respirator render previous training obsolete;

(k)(5)(ii) Inadequacies in the employee’s knowledge or use of the respirator indicate that the employee has not retained requisite understanding or skill; or

(k)(5)(iii) Any other situation arises in which retraining appears necessary to ensure safe respirator use.

CRITICAL FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN CONFIDENCE TRAINING:
 
Psychological and Physiological problems – In order to become and/or maintain proficiency in the use of an S.C.B.A., a firefighter must overcome any psychological or physiological barriers associated with the operation and use of an S.C.B.A. Although few firefighters will openly admit it, we all face these barriers to some degree. Psychological barriers might include simple hyperventilation during stressful or complicated operations that may lead to a rapid decrease in operational work time, dizziness and/or lightheadedness. Physiological barriers might include an episode of claustrophobia due to the unusually tight working conditions or inability to determine his/her surroundings. Typically these problems are the direct result of improper or insufficient training early on in ones career. Regardless of their causes, we as trainers must quickly identify these issues amongst our members and attempt to remedy them with safe and effective training methods. S.C.B.A. confidence training takes time and each individual must be allowed to progress at an acceptable pace to ensure these barriers are identified and overcome successfully. 

S.C.B.A. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS:
 
Throughout a firefighters career he/she will face a variety of equipment failures that may jeopardize his/her safety if not quickly corrected. No such failure is equal to that of an S.C.B.A. emergency during a firefighting operation. Today’s firefighters must maintain a high degree of confidence and personal proficiency in handling S.C.B.A. emergencies. The following; although not comprehensive, is a list of the most common S.C.B.A. emergencies encountered by firefighters and some suggested solutions for each:

PLEASE NOTE: The four (4) most critical actions in each of these situations are:
1. Remain CALM
2. Notify Your Partner/Command
3. Activate Your P.A.S.S. Alarm
4. Search For/Fin An Exit

Facepiece RemovalFirefighters should be taught NOT to remove their facepiece if at all possible. Human nature is to immediately attempt to remove the facepiece; proper training and strict discipline must be enforced to prevent such action. Failure to follow this rule may expose firefighters to super-heated air and toxic gases causing immediate death. Remember, your facepiece is your lifeline to your S.C.B.A., without it, your chance of survival is drastically reduced.

Air Supply Stoppage – Get as low as possible, begin an emergency assessment by first attempting a ¼ turn of your purge/by-pass valve, no air, check your cylinder valve.

Early Low-pressure Alarm Activation/Decreased Air Flow – Check the cylinder valve to ensure it is turned on completely, if not corrected, ¼ turn the purge/by-pass valve, activate your P.A.S.S. alarm, and search for an exit.

Depleted Air Supply – Get as low as possible to avoid breathing superheated gases found in the upper levels of the thermal column, activate your P.A.S.S. alarm, attempt to locate an exit, if unable to locate an exit immediately, disconnect your regulator (low-pressure hose if waist mounted regulator) and place a gloved hand over the facepiece opening or low-pressure hose and begin searching for an exit.

Cracked, Broken or Damaged Lens – Get as low as possible, cover the damaged area with a gloved hand to filter out the particulate matter, activate your P.A.S.S. alarm and search for an exit.

Ripped or Severed Hose – Immediately cover or hold together the affected hose with a gloved hand, activate your P.A.S.S. alarm, and search for an exit.

Air From Regulator Discharging Uncontrollably – Immediately attempt to control the leakage with a gloved hand, if unsuccessful, conserve your air supply by turning the cylinder off – hold your breath, turn the cylinder on ¼ turn to allow yourself to inhale, turn it back off and hold your breath, if unable to locate an exit immediately, continue this process, activate your P.A.S.S. alarm, and continue searching for an exit.

Audible Leak From Hose Connection at the Cylinder Connection – Immediately drop to one knee to avoid unnecessary exposure to superheated gases, turn the cylinder valve off, tighten the high-pressure connection, turn the cylinder valve back on. If the leak persists, immediately search for an exit.

Drilling on fundamentals can be boring. The response to the company officer’s announcement of another SCBA drill can be, “We already know how to do that,” or “How many ways can you sling a mask?” Yet, firefighters each year back out of a burning structure early in the attack and blamed it on an SCBA malfunction. OK, right, maybe…

If you create a problem scenario, whether based on a true incident, a case study, or one you make up, you put the firefighters in a position of having to take action to solve the problem. Firefighters like solving problems; it’s in our nature. We also like a challenge, and we like competition. If you can combine all these elements into a training drill, it will be anything but boring. Making the scenario and training realistic helps the crew take it seriously. 

SUMMARY:

The use of an S.C.B.A. is a requirement of nearly every firefighter across the country on a daily basis. S.C.B.A. usage and training is oftentimes considered basic by nature; S.C.B.A. confidence is a proficiency level every firefighter and trainer must continually strive to achieve. All too often in this repetitive based profession, we find ourselves challenged by the restraints of time and personal commitment in areas thought to be of greater concern; as firefighters working in an ever changing society, we must constantly be reminded of the fact that no commitment is greater then that of our personal safety and survival. Our confidence in these basic skills provides us with that highly sought after edge which enhances our safety, the safety of our crewmembers, and ultimately the safety of the men and women we are sworn to protect.

SCBA Drill Idea for the upcoming training.

In this drill, a full SCBA bottle is lowered (1) to a trapped firefighter, who receives it (2) and
unties the rope. The firefighter removes the SCBA’s back assembly (3) while remaining on air
and releases the cylinder band (4) so the bottle is free. The cylinder valve is shut off (5) and
the firefighter has to bleed the system by breathing the remaining air in the line or opening
the bypass valve. The high-pressure hose is disconnected from the bottle, and the empty bottle
is quickly switched out (6) for the full one. Attaching the high-pressure hose nut to the bottle’s
main valve (7) is the hardest part. It is usually where the firefighter runs out of breath and has
to remove his or her facepiece. Once the high-pressure hose is connected, the main valve of
the full SCBA bottle can be opened (8), charging the regulator system and allowing the
firefighter to breathe normally.

This drill builds confidence for firefighters and sets up a challenge for them to set a personal best. Always keep safety in mind if someone is not confortable do not make them do it. 
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Dates have been set and recently confirmed for SCBA/LOCK-OUT-TAG-OUT Training with Niles Training Systems.
On Aug 27,28,29 at the Union Hall (9 a.m. to ?)
Classroom portion will last about an hour.
SCBA drills in the trailer will follow.
Battalion Chief's can develop how they would like to arrange each crew to go through the SCBA portion of the training.  
Training will end when each person is given the opportunity to run through the course and feels comfortable with his/her gear. The trailer is ours to play with we paid good money to provide training please make the most of it.
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Reminder:
The last training opportunity of the year for the Engineers
August 24th there is O'Hare Training

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"A good friend will bail you out of jail,
but your best friend will be the one sitting next to you saying
'That was totally awesome!'"
Saturday, August 04, 2012

Valpo Fire Department to get confined space, hazmat training

nwitimes.com
July 29, 2012 8:15 pm • 
60 members of the city's Fire Department will begin confined space and hazardous material training the week after the annual Popcorn Festival.

Fire Chief David Nondorf told the city's Board of Public Works last week that it has been at least 15 years since the department had the full 40-hour certification training. With the growth of the department and retirements, Nondorf is one of only five or six still on the department who had the full course.

All members of the department receive the annual eight-hour refresher courses, but to fulfill the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, they need the full course. The board approved a $29,700 contract with Niles Safety Service to provide the training.

Nondorf said he had hoped to put off the training until next year because of the budget constraints, but it appears the 2013 budget won't be any better than this year's, so they will bite the bullet. He said the proposal from Niles was about 30 percent less than others received, and the city is saving a substantial amount by combining the confined space and the hazmat training.

The city has a lot of confined spaces that could require the department to provide emergency help. They range from the tunnels at the high school to underground utility lines and vaults. Nondorf said the department is put on standby almost every day when the utilities have to do work underground, but it has rarely resulted in a call for help.

"We go on standby so, if there is a problem, we would respond to the location," he said. "It's one of those items that, thankfully, are not used very often. You never want to spend the money with the budget the way it is, but we can't afford the liability not to have our people trained."

Assistant Utilities Director Steve Poulos said all the utilities workers are trained in the confined space safety and two will be taking the course with the firefighters. It is done over a five-week period, three hours a day, and starts with hazmat training and learning to use meters.

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Below are stats for our city. This is a fun Company Op's training tool. Review/Discuss  which stats pertain to firefighting. The stats show what we have throughout our city. Check out the website for more,

Bedrooms in houses/apartments Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

City of Valparaiso Average;
no bedroom: 0
1 bedroom: 978
2 bedrooms: 1,322
3 bedrooms: 4,395
4 bedrooms: 2,052
5 bedrooms: 504
State of Indiana Average;
no bedroom: 3,953
1 bedroom: 4,193
2 bedrooms: 1,901
3 bedrooms: 1,009
4 bedrooms: 358
5 bedrooms: 126

Year of houses built in Valparaiso
2005 or later: 666
2000 to 2004: 1,101
1990 to 1999: 2,510
1980 to 1989: 1,269
1970 to 1979: 2,542
1960 to 1969: 1,288
1950 to 1959: 1,362
1940 to 1949: 588
1939 or earlier: 1,867

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

Utility gas (78%))
Electricity (8%)
Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
No fuel used (3%)
Wood (2%)
Other fuel (2%)
Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)
Other (8%)

People in group quarters:
 
1,710 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
402 people in nursing homes
180 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
161 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
65 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
47 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
36 people in homes for the mentally retarded
31 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
26 people in homes for the mentally ill

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/zips/46383.html
http://www.city-data.com/zips/46383.html#ixzz22asniWLk

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Thanks for getting through the "Block" training this month. A goal of mine is to find interesting topics on our equipment or procedures but every once in a while there are topics we have to do. THIS IS ONE OF THEM!
The training is important for us and the end result it helps our community we cover.

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3 New technologies to save firefighter lives
Wildfires have ravaged the United States this year, so much so that a Congressional hearing was called in June to discuss extreme weather in the U.S.
Fortunately, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology division has three projects underway that should reduce risk and improve the safety of U.S. firefighters

Summary

GLANSER: A Firefighter locator. New tech should reduce risk and improve the safety of U.S. firefighters. GLANSER tracking device lets commanders locate and track first responders.

PHASER monitors vitals statistics: pulse, body temperature and blood pressure.

WISPER relays vital signs back to the truck so that the base can monitor them.

When firefighters enter a building or a wildfire they “vanish off the map” in the words of DHS S&T -- meaning a GPS satellite signal cannot follow them. Most firefighters also still use analog radio signals, which have problems getting through concrete, tunnels, forest and smoke-filled structures.
Yet nearly 90 percent of fire-related firefighter injuries happen within these types of structures, where locating an injured firefighter is a real challenge.

GLANSER is the Geospatial Location Accountability and Navigation System for Emergency Responders, a tool that lets incident commanders locate and track first responders inside enclosed areas. This portable tracking device comprises a microwave radio, battery and navigation technology. The commander can plug a USB powered base station into a laptop that transmits and receives signals; the more firetrucks with base stations the better the accuracy. The GLANSER system can track approximately 500 firefighters simultaneously in a 50 story building and is accurate to as little as three feet.

The Star Trek-style PHASER
Rather than a weapon, PHASER is like a tricorder for firefighters.
PHASER is the Physiological Health Assessment System for Emergency Responders program that DHS S&T has been working on with UCLA. It monitors the pulse, body temperature and blood pressure of a firefighter and then relays his or her vitals back to the base. According to U.S. Fire Administration statistics, an estimated 81,000 firefighter injuries occur annually in the United States.
U.S. first responders have the highest occupational rate of line-of-duty deaths from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular incidents, making the ability to monitor and assist them an imperative.
Enabled by breakthroughs in medical science and technology, PHASER can instantly signal that a firefighter is in trouble and therefore expedite assistance from fellow firefighters.
While PHASER will let the commander know a firefighter is in trouble, fellow firefighters will still need to locate him or her. GLANSER and WISPER are two new technologies that can guide them to his exact location swiftly bring medical assistance.

WISPER 'bread crumbs'
PHASER uses a 900-MHz frequency, and due to its portable size, it needs a boost or it could be stopped by a wall or wall of trees in a wildfire. So it works with WISPER to achieve that boost and get the signal to the commander in spite of obstructions.
The Wireless Intelligent Sensor Platform for Emergency Responder (WISPER) relays a firefighter's vital signs back to the firetruck so that the base can monitored them and track him through a fire.
To use the system, a firefighter would carry a waterproof and heatproof canister (the coffee-mug sized containter is protected up to 500 degree Fahrenheit) on his belt with five of these throwaway signal routers -- little discs wrapped in heat-resistant silicon.
When he enters an environment where his signal becomes disrupted, the base station signals his motor-powered canister to release a router or “crumb” as DHS S&T describes -- just like in the Hansel and Gretel fable.
The routers arrange themselves like a network and pass the signal from node to node back to the laptop. Each WISPER has an antenna, a two-way digital radio and a 3-volt lithium cell.
Back at the base station, the WISPERs signal strength is monitored and if it falters the signal will be re-directed or the canister instructed to drop a WISPER.
If the router gets moved by accident during the action, the network will automatically adapt and reconfigure to get the firefighter’s vital signs and location out to the truck.
nder the DHS S&T Small Business Innovation Research program Oceanit Laboratories of Honolulu and the University of Virginia’s Department of Computer Science worked on WISPER using commercial-off-the-shelf components to keep costs and development time down.
Concrete, steel, stairwells, firehouse mist and smoke may reduce transmission rates to a paltry 10 kbps (you won’t surf the net smoothly at that rate), but that’s enough for the coordinates and vital signs of every firefighter to be transmitted and received.
In March 2011, Oceanit and UVA demonstrated WISPER works their signals stayed strong, even at up to 150 feet. One reason: When the signal strength gets low, the system drops a repeater.
Honeywell, Inc. has begun to commercialize GLANSER, but while PHASER and WISPER have also been success stories, first responders are still waiting on private industry to step up and partner to manufacture these tools to improve their safety.

For those who put their lives on the line, these innovations can’t come soon enough.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012   

FYI


Had a meeting with Dave Diehl this morning. Dave runs Niles Training Trailer he will be porviding the Confined Space/Hazmat/SCBA/ Lock Out Tag Out classes for us.
In the meeting we found some tenitive dates. Once confirmed I will post it then.
In the meantime the contract has been signed and delivered. When completed we will be at the Hazmat Tech level (OSHA compliant not State).

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We are still working on metal cutting saw for the dept and Struts are still in our sights. As you all know money has alot to do with having them or not having them. We wont give up until we receive a "NO" till then please be patient.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Tours of Avalon Springs are going well. A suggestion A-crew forwarded was a different access to the attic area. It is a very poor design and with the HVAC systems in the attic we would destroy a portion of their drop ceiling gaining access to them. Scott the maintenance man will advise his corporate office for a new design.
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I confirmed the following dates w/ Robert Sego from the ED regarding tours of the new facility:

August 7th : 0900 hrs. & 1300 hrs.
August 8th : 0900 hrs. & 1300 hrs.
August 9th : 0900 hrs. & 1300 hrs.
August 14th :? possibly for B-Crew due to the Picnic with a Fireman on Aug 8 

Our goal is to tour the new facility and gain familiarization with the Emergency Department – Electrical Systems – Elevators – Fire Supression Systems – Cath Lab – OB and any other areas that may need to be included for a fire / ems response.

Scott C. Arnold
Assistant Chief - EMS
Valparaiso Fire Department

Thursday, July 19, 2012
I was informed by Chief Arnold that tenitive dates for tours of the new Porter Hospital are set for the end of this month. This is not confirmed as of today. We may be touring with Portage fire as well. I will keep you posted.
Remember that tours of Avalon Springs have been set up for July.

July 25th - C Crew Stations 2 and 3 at 10am And Station 1 at 1pm
July 26th - A Crew Station 2 and 3 at 10am anf Station 1 at 1pm
July 27th - B Crew Station 2 and 3 at 10am and station 1 at 1pm

Dates and times are on the calendar as well.
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Heads Up!
"Block Training"  on the subject of Safe Haven and Safe Place will begin Aug 1, 2012.
A Memo will be issued around the 27th of July explaining the directions.
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A Free EMS Training Course! Please see the attached flyer for details on a free Ambulance Strike Team Leader Course, being offered August 28th & 29th, 2012 in Ft. Wayne, IN. In-Service hours are available for EMS.

Marie Carroll
EMS Training Manager, WMD & Mass Casualty
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
302 W. Washington Street, Room E239
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Toll Free: (800)-669-7362
Office: 317-234-7705
Cell: 317-694-1684
Fax: 317-233-8394
Email: mcarroll@dhs.in.gov
Your Preparedness makes the difference. Go to http://www.in.gov/dhs/ and Get Prepared!
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Company Op's training idea and UPDATE!

I have been told this is complete. Thanks goes out to Chief Bottorff for his assistance.

The program WISER is in the process (completed) of being added to the Command Vehicle, Engines and Training Computers. Take the time to understand all it has to offer.
It is very user friendly and offers more information than the ERG's.

Welcome to WISER
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders

WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.
http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Today's Tip by Gord Graham-Dispatch Info
   
FYI

The program WISER is in the process of being added to the Command Vehicle, Engines and Training Computers. Take the time to understand all it has to offer.
It is very user friendly and offers more information than the ERG's. 


Welcome to WISER
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders

WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Today's Tip by Gord Graham (Driving Emergency)
http://www.lexipol.com/emergency-driving-t-24.html

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Reminder:


July 18th there is O'Hare Training

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"Dumpster Fires"
This is something to think about;

A Fayette County (PA) Firefighter suffered temporary hearing loss yesterday when an explosive device went off while he was extinguishing a dumpster fire. It's another reminder that dumpsters are amongst the ultimate "unknown" in firefighting. (See below: FF Killed-Dumpster Fire/Explosion)

FF Todd Fullem, 40, from Uniontown, was putting out the fire on Thursday when a large explosion occurred inside the dumpster-FF Fullem was thrown to the ground. According to police, a crowd of people cheered after Fullem was hurt. Nice.

Firefighters responded to at least two other fires in the public housing complex overnight, including another Dumpster and a couch. Firefighters eventually doused all of the dumpsters in the complex to prevent additional fires. 

Dumpster fire kills Firefighter (NIOSH report)
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200931.html

Thursday, July 05, 2012
Weekly Fire Drills
Pick and choose a drill a lot of good stuff.
http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/weeklydrills.php

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Happy
Forth of July a day late.

Monday, July 02, 2012
The difference between a man and a boy is, a boy wants to grow up to be a fireman, but a man wants to grow up to be a giant monster fireman. Jack Handy
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Tours of Avalon Springs have been set up for July.

July 25th - C Crew Stations 2 and 3 at 10am And Station 1 at 1pm
July 26th - A Crew Station 2 and 3 at 10am anf Station 1 at 1pm
July 27th - B Crew Station 2 and 3 at 10am and station 1 at 1pm

Dates and times are on the calendar as well.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Received a call from the administration yesterday asking me to call Dave Diehl in regards to setting up training with the Niles Training Trailer. Chief Nondorf was relentless up at City Hall finding the money to bring the confined space and SCBA confidence training to the department. A lot of work behind the scene went into this.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tours of Avalon Springs have been set up for July.

 July 25th - C Crew Stations 2 and 3 at 10am And Station 1 at 1pm
July 26th - A Crew Station 2 and 3 at 10am anf Station 1 at 1pm
July 27th - B Crew Station 2 and 3 at 10am and station 1 at 1pm

Dates and times are on the calendar as well.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 
Nice pic.
 
I have become aware of a problem involved with the Extrication Grand Rounds.
The intent of the questions was to create a system that involved all three stations learning each others extrication tools. The end result would be familiarization of equipment throughout the department.
The problem we are running into is each station is training at different speeds which is how it should be but in regards to sharing answers between each station its not working.
To help the current situation go to the Extrication Page and some of the answers have been provided.
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Still working on hooking up the TV's for Stations 1&2. Researching several options will keep you updated.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Extrication Month of May is here. Use the Extrication Training Page to develop you Company Op's. Print off the Extrication Grand Rounds answer several questions each duty day. Papers due the 20th of May. Any questions call me. Weber 

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Success at Sta 3! We now have a designated computer hooked up to the T.V. for training.
Please leave the computer hooked up at all times and when training is complete lets try to keep the wireless mouse stored next to it.
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 Chief Arnold is going to be the first to use the set up for training. He will present the new 2012 Protocol power point set up through St Anthony.
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 We are working Sta 1&2 the T.V.'s are still old so the next step is to approach the pop can fund and ask if they would be interested in purchasing a couple of T.V. I will let you know the results.
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Met with Art Elwood today and lined up 9 vehicles for extrication training with Todd Hoffman @ the Union Hall. 
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Extrication Grand Rounds are posted. The questions need to be completed prior to the 20th of May.
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A priest offered a Nun a lift.
She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.
The priest nearly had an accident.
After regaining control of the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.
The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'
The priest removed his hand, but after changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'
The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.' 
Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily 
and went on her way. 

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129.. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.' 
Moral of the story: 
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The computers are here! Spent the morning trying to connect the computers to the T.V.
No luck. We have dated computers and old T.V.'s. Station 3 will work due to the newer T. V. Hopefully something will work out soon.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Following up on the Intranet training. The extrication page is designed to be used with Company Op's through the month of May with the Extrication Grand Rounds handed in prior to the hands on with Todd Hoffman. Over all getting positive reviews. We will review the progress after May and ask the question "will this work". If not the search will continue to bring a uniformed training program to VFD.
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"Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it.
The reason?
Because he alone has learned to put it out."

- Henry Jackson Vandyke Jr. (1852-1933) American clergyman, educator, author. 

Friday, April 27, 2012
Received information about Knox Boxes installed at the VU Christopher Center. Chief Lamb and Captain Bottorff will have more information on the boxes. Captain Bottorff will be installing info into the computer under the Mobile Eyes.
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Spoke with Chris Larr from the Bus Barn at Valpo School System. We are looking at dates to set up training on their special needs busses and the kids. I will keep you updated.
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Three days of training on the introduction of our Intranet is completed. Anyone who missed out call me and we can arrange a time to show you the site.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Getting close to signing a contract with Niles Safety Services to bring Confined Space/Lock- out Tag-out/Haz-Mat and SCBA confidence training to Valpo Fire. Will advise you of the specifics as soon as the ink dries. Check out their website. Its still under construction but you can view the trailer.
http://www.nilessafetyservices.com/index.html 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Received an e-mail in regards to training with the Valpo School System. They will be training on Special Needs School Bus Evacuation and they invited us to participate. I will keep you posted. 
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May 10th Free Webcast "Combating Fires in Garden Apartments and Townhomes. Register on the link provided. Also check out their archived Webcasts.
http://www.firehouse.com/webcasts

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Working on lining up vehicles for our extrication training coming up. Attempting to find 6 cars and permission to go to Metro for Company Op's. I will let you know.  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Check out the video below. Firefighter Konradi sent it in. Scary!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dSpoUUFBBM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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Remember FDIC is around the corner.
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In regards to Confined Space Training we have been in touch with Davd Diehl to bring the class to all our members. We are looking at some dates in Sept. Also the idea of Haz-mat training to bring all our members registered with the state at the operations level. Prior we have been complying with OSHA but not the state. We would like to see the certs under our PSID number. 


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Memo went out today in regards to introduction to our new Training Website. The dates are 25th, 26th, 27th of April. C-crew the 26th I will visit each station from 10am to 12am. B-crew the 25th I will visit each station from 3pm to 5pm and on A-crew the 27th I will visit each station from 10am to 12am.
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Monies have been approved to bring in a confined space class. We are also looking at our Haz-Mat certification level.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Called Carney Construction this morning they own 505 Indiana. Asked if they had a date for destruction so we can start cutting up the house. They answered "no call back at the end of April". I have a feeling it might go this way for awhile. Good for us. Please take advantage of the house while we have it. When we do not have a house we always wish we did. Now that we have one we need to take full advantage of it.
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"Reminder" check the Calendar page periodically for scheduled training. We are trying to add to it as much as possible.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Free Hazardous Materials Training. Haz-Mat Technician 4/23 to 4/26 and 4/28 & 4/29 2012.
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thur, 6 pm to 10 pm. Sat & Sun 8 am to 5 pm. Location; Greg Phillips Emergency Services Center 1995 South State Rd 2 Valparaiso, IN 46385. 
Further information located at each station or contact Weber.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Working on the new office at Sta 2. Computer and phone line has been installed. Remember FDIC is approaching. Any one interested please contact Weber or the Chief.

 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Running the money numbers for the Engineering University. Preliminary numbers are leaning towards the possibility that using E.U. for an means of providing education on one's own schedule/promotion is feasible.
Will keep you updated.

Friday, March 23, 2012
Putting final touches on our New Training Website. Training in regards to the website will happen in April and we are hoping to go live at the beginning of May. This will coincide with Vehicle Extrication Training and Todd Hoffman from Scene of the Accident.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


House still available at 505 Indiana. Calling to find out if we can start cutting it up. Look at FDIC classes let me know if interested. I have been informed that our training office we be located at Sta2 the office in the weight room. Cable will be ran soon. I will keep you informed on the progress.

Monday, March 12, 2012
If interested look at the Fire Engineering University the offer courses in a wide varity of subjects. We could possibly use the CE's for the promotion process. Classes can be accessible anytime anywhere.
http
://www.fireengineeringuniversity.com/


Saturday, March 10, 2012
Reminder
505 Indiana is still available for company op's training.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Receiving positive reviews on the CN Training. Most say the instructor is what made a relatively mundane subject entertaining. In regards to learning all the hatches and how to seal them we will never perform what was shown but it is good to know what the train people are doing when we grant them permission (it is our scene therefore we are responsible for who we send in) to work on our scene.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Followed up on a training trailer that Morgan Hein had found. Called about bringing it to Valpo Fire thought it was great until I found out it would cost 3,000.00 bucks to crawl around inside. Thanked Morgan for the recommendation. To much money.

Thursday, March 07, 2012

CN Rail training went well. A change of plans the locomotive planned for training broke down so a replacement trailer is located at station 2. The classroom is still being held at Valpo PD but the hands on is at Sta 2. The instructor holds your attention throughout.

Thursday, March 01, 2012
Reminder the end of May Todd Hoffman from SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT will be training us on vehicle extrication. Latest and greatest.
Reminder Saturday the 3rd of March @ Sta#2 is the promotion test. 8am sharp.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tours of North Coast new bldg off of 49 will be on the 28,29,of Feb and 1 of March. Again Thanks goes out to Lt Johnson for setting it up.

Monday, February 27, 2012
CN Railroad Training has been set up at the Valparaiso PD for the 7,8,9 of March.The hours a 1pm to 5pm in a refresher style class.

"QUOTABLE QUOTES AREA"

"Who knows the difference between education and training?
For those of you with daughters,
would you rather have them take sex education or sex training?
Need I say more?"
 
Chief Dennis Rubin
National Fire Service Staff and Command
  







TANTUM POSSUMUS,
QUANTUM SCIMUS
(WE DO WHAT WE KNOW)