Friday, January 31, 2014

Interdisciplinary Post #2

While working in the Ag. Shop there are many precautions that are taken to keep everyone safe. For instance don't grab hot metal or throw a wielding torch around. Make sure you wear all the proper safety equipment and safety glasses. turn the tanks off after use to prevent any unwanted explosions or oxygen escaping and wasting money. although not following the safety rules would result in very different consiquinces for their actions it is still very important to follow and respect these rules for they could save your life.

Interdisciplinary Post #1

While working in Auto shop there are many dangerous and flammable fuels. I have learned that at anytime you could spill a type of fuel such as gas or oil under a car while it is running and the car will radiate heat and start a very large, dangerous and toxic fire. Also you need to be careful when messing with electrical because it can also ignite a fire and be dangerous as well. I feel that keeping your fuels stored away properly and use them safely you will not have to worry about a dangerous fire starting.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fire Technology in Skyscrapers

My topic is fire technology in skyscrapers. First of all skyscrapers are very big and tend to carry thousands of people in them. A skyscraper is generally made for very large business that hires lots of people and is there for a long time during the day.  Knowing the fact that thousands of people work in there every day of the week is a huge risk for firefighters in the city for many reasons. First reason is that if there is any sort of fire at all in the building everyone needs to be evacuated as fast and as safe as possible. Secondly if there are fires on the top floors than it takes firefighters a little bit to get up there which is usually 50 to 60 floors high. This makes it very hard for firefighters to get there very quickly.
When big fires like 911 happen there is lots of smoke and flammable gas which just makes it easier for fire to spread and for people to die. When skyscrapers catch on fire is supper hard to find every single body that works in that building and pull them out alive, because there are way more victims than there are firefighters until more firefighters arrive on the scene. Also if it is in the middle of the day and the middle of the week there are going to be tons of people going in and out of skyscrapers and if they see smoke or flames there going to want to stay there and it just makes them get in your way a lot easier.
 The main fire technology tool that is used is any type of camera such as the TIC. Also fighting a skyscraper fire is the most dangerous type of all fires because the floor could collapse at any point in time and it will not give you any warning. Another issue is that there is always so much radio traffic that it is out of control and you can’t accomplish anything you have to make judgments on your own and hope that not only is it a smart move but that it is a safe move for you and your partner. For more information about my topic please visit this website for more information, thanks!

Fire Safety in National Parks

National parks use a bunch of different types of safety procedures to help prevent wildfires from happening or to prevent them from getting out of hand. They ask visitors to be careful where they throw their cigarette away at and to barbecue close to water sources like a river or a lake. Report any abandoned vehicle or fly-tipping because they may be at risk to start a fire. Never drop glass because it could magnify the sun’s rays and starts a fire nobody would notice and it would get out of hand and become uncontrollable. These rules help prevent them but fires still get out of hand and there are some very helpful ways to help put them out to prevent further damage.
If a fire gets out of hand and is burning a lot of land in a very short amount of time they will call in a plane that farmers often use to put fires out. CAL Fire noticed how effective they are and took a WW2 aircraft and modified it to hold more water. The S-2A Air tanker holds up to 1,200 gallons of water and is flown by one person. There are 23 of them that CAL Fire uses and one is permanently stationed in Sacramento for maintenance relief. Nationals Parks often rely on these planes for fire relief if it is getting too dangerous for firefighters to combat. There, obviously, are other ways to put fires out, like a cross fire, helicopters with buckets full of water and a when needed DC-10 Air tanker that holds up to 12,000 gallons of water to fight the worst fires. Parks all around the world have many safety procedures to keep the forests healthy, animals and people safe and keep the beautiful forests for generations to come.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

A Fireman's Life

A fireman's life is one big surprise,
Usually he laughs, sometimes he cries.
There's always stress, toil and strife,
Hoping he's good enough to save just one life.

His wife understands, when he misses dinner,
If he runs out of church, don't think he's a sinner.
Answering a call, is tops on his list,
Regretting each one he's ever missed.

He tries and tries, but can't make us see,
The happiest men, still work for free.
Jumping from bed, fighting the cold,
Knowing what to do, without being told.

He rushes to the station, jumps on a truck.
Depending on skill, never on luck.
Putting his life on the line, for an unknown friend,
Hoping and praying, it won't be the end.
"The Bravest Men in the World", the title is fitting,
They all do their best, never come close to quitting.
Next time you see them, all their lights blinking,
Take just a minute, to think what they're thinking.

It's a hard job, so show them you care,
And help them out, with a little prayer.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

When Brave Men Cry

Into the bowels of Hell, these brave ones go 
To save the lives of those they do not know 
Guided by training & Camaraderie while overcoming fear 
They dare to go with only Guardian Angels near

Through the smoke and heat and gasses too 
They fight their fears when looking for you 
A life to save is their primary task 
Think of them with kindness is all they ask

The Cross of Malta is their chosen crest 
Love of another is the required test 
First to respond when all spells gloom 
They won't quit though it could be their own doom

These Fire Fighters have seen so much 
Burned and broken bodies, death, destruction and such 
They go back for more each and every day 
Because it's the lives they save that makes them stay

All for one and one for all 
You go - I go that is their call 
And in their quest, when some do fall 
The rest stand strong - still giving their all

The loss of a family member does take it's toll 
Cuts to the quick, down deep in your soul 
Heroes forever, when they die 
And that is when brave men cry.