Abby Lehman is the Marketing Coordinator at Fire-Dex. She recalls her day on September 11, 2001. She was a college student at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. And, yes, she called her mom.
Fire-Dex Remembers is a video series that was recorded at the Fire-Dex headquarters in Medina, Ohio on August 9th. As the 10 year anniversary approaches, remembering the thoughts, feelings and events of that day are different for each person.
As we recorded these videos, many employees at Fire-Dex became interested in the others’ responses. It was a moving, therapeutic day for all involved. In the coming weeks, more videos of employee remembrances will be shared.
We start with Lance Matiste. Lance is the Director of Product Design & Engineering at Fire-Dex. He was in New York City meeting with FDNY very close to the World Trade Center. This is his riveting account of that day.
Fire Marks were prevalent more than 100 years ago in this country. These small emblems were made of metal that could withstand a fire, and they were placed on buildings—usually on the front where they could be seen. They simply meant that you had paid for your fire insurance, and they acted as a mini advertisement for the insurance company. Fire Marks, also known as insurance company marks, were fairly widespread from about 1750 to 1900.
What’s interesting to note is that fire brigades were often owned by insurance companies, although that was certainly not always the case. Consequently, some people believed that the fire brigade would only respond to a fire if the property was being protected by the insurance company that owned the fire brigade. Today we know that was probably not the case. There is no evidence to the fact that structures were allowed to burn. In fact, volunteer fire departments got their support from other means, including community donations. If anything, the Fire Mark may have indicated that there was a potential reward for saving the structure. Or, it was simply a form of advertisement.
For you baseball fans out there, you may recognize this phrase. Usually it is used in discussion about a player that has been struggling and the team has been working with him to slow the game down, so they are better prepared and better able to react. As with many ideas and practices from Major League sports, there are applications in the fire service. This is another case of us being smart enough to learn from others.
At Backstep Firefighter and The Front Seat, we often use “expect fire” when discussing various incidents and how the firefighters responded and reacted to the situation they found. The “expect fire” concept has to do with a mindset, a mental preparation that involves treating each run like it will be a fire, so that when you arrive and it is a fire you are not surprised. Seems simple right? Unfortunately it is an area that we don’t always handle well. There are constantly cases of firefighters arriving at scenes and looking like the carpenter with one foot nailed to the floor, spinning around in circles and accomplishing nothing. Expect fire means that you respond with your gear on, your mind is ready and expecting to go to a fire, you are physically ready to go to a fire.
Imagine arriving at 2:00 a.m. to heavy fire showing, and because you “thought it was a BS run” you weren’t dressed and ready to go. No biggie, right? You can get dressed in seconds. Except when the rig stops, the father of three is standing in the street screaming that his kids are inside. Now you are trying to get dressed while your “customer” is impatiently expecting you to go save his family. How fast can you get dressed under those circumstances? How good of a size up are you performing while you trying and get your arm in your sleeve for the third time while your heart rate hits 130.
Read the entire post here: http://backstepfirefighter.com/2011/07/26/slow-the-game-down/