*This article appeared in the March 12th edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Technology is always changing, and the fire service is affected by these changes each day. Whether it be improved means of communication, safer equipment on the fireground or better training methods, technology is having a positive impact on the industry.
However, there are some products from outside the industry that can have just as big an impact. Continue reading
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has relaunched it’s Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System with improvements to make the program more interactive. (Photo courtesy of IAFC).
*This article appeared in the March 5 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Firefighter injuries continue to be a key issue in the United States, with nearly 70,000 firefighters injured in the line of duty each year. The fire service has long strived to lower the number of injuries that occur through awareness, and some new technology is set to aid the process. Continue reading
Studies have shown that residential sprinkler systems can drastically reduce life and property loss during fires. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
*This article appeared in the February 26 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Construction is a constant sight in Cape May County, and it’s hard to find an area where new residential homes or condos aren’t going up.
Safety is always taken into consideration by builders, and hopefully by homeowners who play a part in their home’s construction. Fire safety is certainly a safety aspect not to be taken lightly, but often homeowners are unaware of their options. Continue reading
Firefighters perform various actions during the overhaul process to ensure a fire is completely extinguished. Photo courtesy of flickr user Lee Cannon.
*This article appeared in the February 19 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
When fires rage through buildings and homes, firefighters race to the scene in an effort to stop it from spreading. They deploy ladders and hooks, hoses and axes, and often make an aggressive attack to put out the flames. But despite often being overlooked, firefighters aren’t always done when the flames are gone. Continue reading
Using a fire engine to block the scene of an accident in order to protect emergency personnel and victims is common practice across the United States. Photo courtesy of Sheepshead Bites.
*This article appeared in the February 12 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
A traffic accident on Interstate 805 in Chula Vista, California made headlines this week not because of the crash, but after a Chula Vista firefighter was handcuffed by a California Highway Patrol officer for refusing to move a fire engine at the scene. Continue reading
Effective mayday training could make the difference between life and death for the members of your department. Photo courtesy of flickr user Marines.
*This article appeared in the February 5 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Last week, the fire service mourned the loss of two Toledo, Ohio firefighters who were killed in the line of duty while operating at a multi-story mixed-use building in the city on Jan. 26.
Private Stephen A. Machcinski, a 16-year veteran of the department, and Private James A. Dickman, a member of the department for only six months but a longtime firefighter with other area departments, perished after becoming disoriented in the blaze, which “rapidly deteriorated in condition,” according to the department’s chief.
And while the national media may have been more focused on the arrest of Justin Bieber Continue reading