The Final Exam (Repost from previous)

The class was over, and though it was tough,
They continued to teach us as it were never enough.

Some had said the final was not the last,
They spoke as if they knew this from their very own past.

They spoke of a jake, who thought he was done,
When training was over he could begin to have some fun.

It was late at night, some five years from then,
The jake was startled from sleep, by a still for engine 10.

It’s always been false, and I’ll be right back
He put on most gear, but not an airpack.

As 10 rounded the corner, the Lou said fire showin’, fill out the box,
The jake was not ready, he had no tools for the locks.

The people were screaming, screams he won’t forget,
It’s that he was not ready, is what he regrets.

The people were lost, in this tragic fire
He was burned pretty badly, and had to retire.

He doesn’t sleep well, his nightmares are great
He hope new recruits will listen before it’s too late.

Never stop learning, try to do more,
You don’t know what will greet you when you leave the bay door.

The learning doesn’t end, until you retire
Make sure you are ready for your next fire.

Your training was tough, and pushed you , your instructors were fair
After years on your job, you might wish you were back there.

Stay safe, stay healthy, look out for one other
It wasn’t your last exam, I’m sure there will be another,

Be prepared, stay sharp, for you, your family and your sisters & brothers.

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2013

Tactical Fire Problem – Parking Garage

This week we take a look at some of the challenges of fires in parking garages.

1.) Have you pre planned these type of facilities in your area. Use ropes to gather measurements for hose stretch length.

2.) Does the garage have standpipes? Are you familiar with the system? Is there a fire pump?

3.) If you are dispatched to a vehicle fire, what should you realistically expect on arrival? If you answered anything less than 3 vehicles involved you might be underestimating it.

4.) Have you trained on extending hand lines over your aerial, or putting a water thief on the end of the aerial to advance attack lines?

5.) Although there are many openings, what is your plan for exhausting smoke during and post fire attack?

Stay safe, and stay thinking!

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2013

Fire Extinguisher Training

We often think about fire extinguishers as something the civilians use as first aid fire fighting equipment. Extinguishers are very valuable tools and we should train with them more frequently.

Often we don’t train because of monetary reasons as agent and extinguisher maintenance is costly.

Let’s just look at some basics of what fire extinguisher training should be like.

* Briefly discuss fire behavior the fire triangle and tetrahedron.

* Discuss the five classes of fires.

A – Normal combustibles wood paper etc.

B – Flammable liquids and gases

C – Energized electrical equipment

D – Combustible metals

K – Commercial cooking equipment, and oils

(More on class K later on but check it out, not many folks know it and it is not in the Essentials manual but it is in the new Delmar publication on Essentials.)

* Review the different types of agents and their various properties.

CO 2 , water, dry chemical, foam, etc.

* Talk about inspection of extinguishers

* Talk about extinguisher ratings and how they are rated by square footage of area and the use of a trained operator. Explain the limitations of size and duration of agent discharge.

If you decide to conduct small pan fire evolutions using extinguishers please check the following:

* All students will wear full protective gear.

* All students will properly carry and handle the extinguisher.

* All students will test fire the extinguisher before approaching the fire.

* Students will approach fire from upwind.

* Students will approach but maintain a safe operating distance.

* Students will use the P A S S method of extinguisher operations.

Pull

Aim

Squeeze

Sweep

* Students will complete;y sweep vigorously across the surface.

* Back away from the fire while facing forward.

* Insure the fire is extinguished from a distance.

If you have the chance, use dry chemical extinguishers in conjunction with a fog water stream. The fog stream can provide cooling and the dry chemical can be fired into the water pattern from behind the nozzle.

* Live fire training should be conducted by a qualified instructor.

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2013

"Changing the fire service, one mind at a time"