The forgotten tragedy.. And why it matters to you

A funeral service for those killed in the West, Texas disaster was held at Baylor university and was attended by President Barack Obama. (Photo via WhiteHouse.gov).

A funeral service for those killed in the West, Texas disaster was held at Baylor University and was attended by President Barack Obama. (Photo via WhiteHouse.gov).

Last April, the nation’s emergency services were thrust into the media spotlight through a series of events. From the heroic scenes of emergency personnel running towards the exploding bombs in Boston to the heartbreaking scenes of destruction in West Texas, these events reminded us that tragedy can strike at Continue reading

Boston tragedy reminds of mayday training importance

Two members of Boston's Engine 33 were killed in a fast-moving fire March 26. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

Two members of Boston’s Engine 33 were killed in a fast-moving fire March 26. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

*This article appeared in the April 2 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*

Last week, two Boston firefighters were killed after becoming trapped in the basement of a multi-story building on the city’s back bay.

The crew, not long after entering the structure, declared a mayday, and crews were unfortunately unable to rescue the firefighters before they died in the fire. Continue reading

Warmer Weather Requires More Attention for Motorcycles

A common sight on roadways throughout the area, motorcycles should be something you see as someone else to share the road with, not someone to compete against. Photo via Flickr user Kamoteus.

A common sight on roadways throughout the area, motorcycles should be something you see as someone else to share the road with, not someone to compete against. Photo via Flickr user Kamoteus.

*This article appeared in the March 26 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*

Eventually, the snow will have to stop in South Jersey, and the weather will make for much more appealing rides for motorists throughout the county.

Drivers will hits the highways and backroads of the area to explore all the sights and sounds that the area has to offer- motorcyclists included. Continue reading

Converting Conflict into Progress

Internal conflicts can take a toll on department members, but using effective techniques can turn conflict into confidence. Photo via U.S. Navy/WikiCommons.

Internal conflicts can take a toll on department members, but using effective techniques can turn conflict into confidence. Photo via U.S. Navy/WikiCommons.

*This article appeared in the March 19 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*

Conflict is a basic human interaction—it has been since our cavemen ancestors fought over who got to sleep in what cave.

So naturally, conflict is a common occurrence in the fire service. And it can be a good thing, if certain steps are taken to ensure the conflict is constructive.

But more often than not, conflict is nothing more than lots of shouting that puts both sides no closer to a resolution or agreement. Continue reading

New Technology Requires Rethinking Radio Communications

The availability of online emergency radio feeds has increased greatly due to websites such as Broadcastify.com. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The availability of online emergency radio feeds has increased greatly due to websites such as Broadcastify.com. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

*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

Firefighter Near Miss Program Relaunched

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).

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