Articles by Month: July 2014
When the phrase “natural disaster” is brought up, many think of the Great Chicago Fire. However, with over 3,000 casualties, the San Francisco Earthquake remains one of the United States’ worst natural disasters.
On the morning of April 18th, 1906, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 ripped through the city, destroying houses, buildings, and infrastructure alike. San Francisco resident Emma Burke is quoted in Popular Mechanics as saying that the earthquake “made such a roar that no one noise could be distinguished.”
The disaster’s enormous force had damaged the city’s gas lines and caused dozens of fires to break out across the city. The largest, dubbed the “ham and eggs fire” was lit after a local family attempted to cook their breakfast.
During the next three days, the city was ravaged. Damages from the disaster are estimated to have cost over $400 million – roughly $6.2 billion in today’s dollars. The city has since been rebuilt and is now bigger than ever, but the people of California still commemorate the disaster each year, gathering at Lotta’s fountain to honor first responders and promote disaster readiness.
Photo credit: The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
These images were take on Tuesday, July 1st at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. It was a very calm morning with blue skies…much like the morning on September 11, 2001.
Right next door, stands the still-being-constructed Freedom Tower.
On September 11, 2001 Ladder Company 3 truck was led by its decorated captain, Patrick “Paddy” John Brown.
The Last Column. A three-story beam of metal that stood in the foundation of the World Trade Center’s South Tower.
Congratulations to our first Fire-Dex FDXL-5o Grey Leather Boot winner, Nathan Hill. We will give another pair of FDXL-50 Grey Leather Boots away on August 15th. Be watching for the entry to that contest.
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Firefighter Training Topics – Issues and Challenges in Today’s Fire Service
Chief (Ret.) Rick Lasky, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department, Battalion Chief (Ret.) John Salka, Fire Department of New York, and Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton,
The fire service is faced with a vast array of issues and challenges. For 86 years, FDIC has been the place where honest discussions have led to workable solutions to these issues and challenges. This Big Room Session features three of North America’s most outspoken and informed practitioners. Join Rick Lasky, John Salka, and Bobby Halton as they tackle the most critical issues facing the fire service today in a no-holds-barred session. From pike poles to pensions, from VES (vent-enter-search) to VSP (victim survivability profiling), and from staffing to science, join the chiefs as they discuss the biggest issues in frank, open, and straightforward language.
Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment – Article Highlight #3
Self-direction and experience are vital attributes when undertaking the arduous task of selecting the PPE for a major fire department. One must also know what products are available, be familiar with OSHA and NFPA standards. The goal is to buy the best equipment while staying within budget. These guidelines, in principle, can be adapted for smaller departments.
This article highlights “The Selection Process” from start to finish.
About the Author:
Andrew E. Pompe, CFPS, is a captain and 18 1/2-year veteran of the Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department, currently assigned as the deputy safety officer. He is a certified fire protection specialist and a member of the CFPS Board of Directors. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science administration and a master’s degree in safety engineering and lectures on PPE and other safety-related topics.
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