Fire-Dex, in conjunction with AEC Fire-Safety, is sponsoring an informational seminar on Advanced Materials set for November 13th at 5:30pm-9:30pm at Warrensburg Fire Protection District 420 E. Main St. Warrensburg, Illinois. This informational seminar will cover timely topics such as:
- Blood-borne pathogen barriers in turnout gear.
- How to extend the life of turnout gear with proper cleaning and care.
- How to choose the right materials to give you the right amount of protection and breathability.
- Kirk Owen, End Use Marketing Manager from TenCate: Kirk is the former Chairman of the NFPA Technical Committee on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment, Assistant Chief at Plano FD in Texas. He will discuss the performance characteristics of outer shells and thermal barriers, and their effect on TPP, THL and the overall performance of the composite.
- Brian Barton, Division Manager – Protective Clothing from Stedfast. Brian’s presentation will concern moisture barriers: how they work; how they are constructed, and what are best compilations for Stedair 3000, 4000 and Gold.
- Andrew Oliver, President of Gear Wash, a third party Verified ISP company providing turnout gear care and maintenance services.
Register now at www.firedex.com/training.
On July 6, 2013, Fire-Dex’s Customer Care Rep Sarah Finch was able to take part in the Brunswick Ohio mass casualty training. With fire departments from three jurisdictions in attendance, a head-on vehicular collision was simulated in exact, real-world conditions. After the firefighters arrived on the scene they were able to assess the “victims’” injuries and practice extracting passengers from the vehicles. Sarah remarks that it was “A very hot, but exciting day.”
Fire Medic Andrew Pavell says that this type of training will go a long way towards preparing the city to respond to serious car accidents in the future. All in all, Pavell says that everything went flawlessly. The exercise not only allowed firefighters and EMT’s to better prepare for major accidents, but also helped foster teamwork and leadership between all emergency responders.
Fire-Dex and Ten-8 are pleased to invite you to attend a four (4) hour meeting to review the basics of NFPA Standard #1851 and discuss selection, care and maintenance of PPE. Training on a gear tracking software will also be included.
Who should attend?
Anyone charged with the selection, care, maintenance and tracking of bunker gear, helmets and boots and all other PPE.
In addition to reviewing NFPA #1851, other topics will include:
- Routine and Advanced Inspection
- Routine and Advanced Cleaning
- Basic and Advanced Repair
Two classes being offered:
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch included at noon)
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
5500 Memorial Highway
Tampa, FL 33634
(Just west of Tampa International Airport off the Veterans Expressway)
Thursday, August 1, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch included at noon)
Bahia Shriners Center
2300 Pembroke Drive
Orlando, FL 32810
(Just off I-4 at Maitland Blvd., north of Orlando)
Class sizes are limited so RSVP today!
We are proud to be supporting firefighters and their quest to train at FDIC. We will be lending our Fire-Dex Internal Pant Harness system in FX pants with an R.I.T. AL-2 Descender to our friends at Safety and Survival Training. Lt. Daniel DiRenzo of Cherry Hill (NJ) Fire Department will be the Lead Instructor for the class: Firefighter Escape Options. This class is new this year.
Sign up for the class, get training to keep you and your crew safe, and try out some Fire-Dex gear.
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/
Earlier this year, we introduced firefighter and fire blogger, Dave LaBlanc. This excerpt is from his most recent post on whether or not fire service has shifted too far from basics to last chance training. Dave appreciates opinions and discussions, so please click through to his blog and share your thoughts.
ARE WE MISSING THE TARGET?
For those of you that follow the news and happenings of the fire service, you may have noticed an increase in the number of bailouts reported. Now certainly some of this is a result of the media figuring out that a firefighter bailing out isn’t a normal occurrence, so as one outlet begins reporting it, others follow suit. But it begs the question, why? Why are so many of our brothers bailing out? Have that many incidents occurred where things have gone that wrong?
This year’s Safety Stand Down had the following theme: Surviving the Fire Ground: Fire Fighter, Fire Officer & Command Preparedness. Now that is a great topic, and certainly one that should be a part of every firefighter and every officer’s training. Knowing what to do when you get in trouble certainly goes a long way toward saving firefighter lives. But what about preventing our members from getting in trouble in the first place? Is that something that we focus enough on?
How many hours did you spend on fire behavior this year? Two, five, ten? How many more did you spend on building construction? Until we understand our enemy, the fire and the building we operate in, how can we expect not to get in trouble? Until we understand what the environment we work in feels like through our PPE, how we can expect our firefighters not to go in too far. Until we address the need for an awareness of the hazards of the situations we operate in, how can we expect our firefighters and officers to make good decisions?
John Norman writes that a firefighter should never put themselves in a position where they have to rely on someone else to get out. Think about that one simple statement. It covers a lot of territory. As firefighters we must constantly evaluate where we are operating, what the conditions are, and what our way out is. We need to do this while trying to accomplish our goals for that particular fire.
Read this entire blog post and share your thoughts here: http://backstepfirefighter.com/2011/07/18/are-we-missing-the-target/
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We are pleased to introduce Dave LeBlanc to the Fire-Dex community. Dave is a Lieutenant in Harwich, Massachusetts and a fire blogger for A View from the Front Seat. With many years in fire service, Dave provides “commentary about today’s Fire Service, training and techniques.” He focuses on keeping members safe while adhering to the principals of the Profession.
Dave began blogging in October 2009 by accident. He wrote a personal post about cancer striking in his firehouse. It was more of a therapy for him, but his friend, Bill Carey of Backstep Firefighter, convinced him to share it.
Recently, he posted a well-received blog that reviewed a fire in New York City hailing the “FDNY and the brothers from 114 truck as they ‘expected fire’ and saved the lives of 11 civilians.” Dave appreciates comments and discussions around the situations he reviews to continue learning from others in fire service.
Periodically, we will share Dave’s work to help educate our fire community. After all, one of Dave’s favorite quotes says it all: “You can do everything right in this job and still get killed” – Paddy Brown, Captain Ladder 3 – lost 09/11/01.
Each year, we host salespeople from our distributors to educate them on all the Fire-Dex gear and processes. Last week, at our Spring 2011 Fire-Dex University, we hosted 30 sales people from Florida to Ontario and Utah to New Jersey. The group toured our manufacturing center in Medina, Ohio, took training sessions taught by the one and only Fire-Dex sales team, and enjoyed networking with each other and the Fire-Dex family.
As you can see, we had a great time and look forward to our next university in September 2011.
For 84 years, FDIC has maintained a steadfast commitment to one simple mission…to Train the Fire Service. With hundreds of classroom sessions, intense Hands-On-Training (H.O.T.) evolutions and workshops, and the fire service’s largest exhibition showcasing more than 1,000 companies, no other event in the world provides more serious training for the serious firefighter.
The 2011 event is not to be missed! With construction complete on the new Indiana Convention Center, FDIC 2011 will be like never before. With more training, more exhibits, and more events, FDIC 2011 will be the largest ever held.
Also, challenge your firefighting buddies to the Fire-Dex challenge to win. TWICE daily we will be giving away turnout gear, fire boots and thousands in ca$h! Not to mention, you will be able to say “I smoked ya” to your “loser” friends for the next year. That alone is priceless!
So, come out and be a part of the fire service’s #1 event…providing the training you need, for when you need it.