Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Review #1

This book contains lots of valuable information of brave firefighters fighting a blaze inside of a burning building. This book is also very educational and is a great way to learn about firefighting. Also this book has some tragic events in it about firefighters dyeing in the line of duty and not returning home. This book also provides information about the topic and it will give you a great understanding what firefighting is all about.

This book is probably most valuable to people who want to join or be a part of a fire agency. Also this book will give you a great overview of firefighting and what is required for either a volunteer firefighter or a paid firefighter. This book is good for young people coming straight out of high school and wanting a career in firefighting.

Finally this is one of my favorite books about firefighting. This book helped me learn all about my career and all the knowledge that I will need to get started so I know what I’m looking forward to. Also I would recommend this book to anybody interested in the fire service who wants to learn a lot more about firefighting.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Passion Blog #2

I am very passionate towards firefighters and how they risk their life's to help others. I admire how brave they are and how they work together flawlessly every time. They are a family, they watch each others back and help each other out in times of need. They save people everyday, save priceless pictures and are there for you after the fire, to help you through it all. Firefighters are heroes no matter what. You can always count on them to save the day when you're in trouble.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Firefighting Poetry

I think Firefighters are cool
They have a bunch of tools
Tools to cut stuff off
Or tools to knock stuff down
How do they not get a cough
From all that smoke I'm surprised the don't drown
If you're ever in danger
If you think you might fall
Just remember their not strangers
You know who to call

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fire Truck Operation

This ladder truck is a normal ladder truck that all big city use. Also this type of ladder truck is used for everything from medical calls to structure fires. This apparatus cost about 1.5 million dollars to build and to equip for all firefighters safety. The Ariel ladder truck is also used for search and rescue. People who work on ladder trucks are the first people to enter the burning building and to save lives.

Passion Blog #1

I am personally very passionate about local city firefighters. They have such a had job and dangerous. forest firefighters have a dangerous job as well but not as dangerous as city firefighters. The reason city firefighters have it so dangerous is because you can run from a forest fire but you can not run from a collapsing floor and falling and breaking your legs or instantly dying depending on your height that you fall. Also city firefighters have lots more to clean up and have better chances to save peoples house/property more than forest firefighters do.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Women in Firefighting

Firefighting has been a male profession for quite some time now but recently, in the last century or so, females have joined men in the fight against fire. There are pros and cons for women who want to make a difference like lack of muscle and weight needed, to just wanting to help people and saving lives. Since people tend to be sexiest towards women in a predominately male field, people believe that they are a nuisance on a job site and will just get in the way. I personally don't see the big deal about this. If they want to help save lives and be there for another fellow human being. Women in this particular profession would have some slight disadvantages like, Fire Departments have started to  require you weigh a certain amount along with a given amount of muscle. My opinion is that if they want to help out, there is a different job they could do. People might call it sexist to think that women shouldn't be able to work as a firefighters but they are wrong, facts don't lie and if they don't have the amount of muscle to keep up with firemen tha they are just slowing every one down, they're are just endangering themselves along with others working along side them.
Please feel free to comment your thoughts. I.S.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Interior Fire Attack

Almost all of us have this one fire problem in common: the 1½ to 2½-story dwelling and the challenges it presents. These structures are usually single-family dwellings, but some of the larger 2½-story structures may be renovated into two- or three-family dwellings. One specific challenge these structures present is the knee wall, a confined space in the half-story above the tallest full story. The half story can be finished with either drywall or lath and plaster, depending on the age of the structure, and used for living space or storage. The knee wall is a vertical wall that stretches about 3–4 feet internally from the floor toward the peak of the roof. 
A concealed space is created behind the knee wall and usually extends to the eaves; it may be used for storage space or as a means to conceal plumbing or electrical wiring, which will increase the risk of extension

A thorough and accurate size-up will greatly increase your chances for success when fighting a fire in a structure with knee walls and concealed spaces, because it will help you determine many important aspects of the structure, such as the type of building construction, the height of the building and the location and extent of the fire. These elements should give you clues as to the possible presence of knee walls and the aggressive measures that you’ll need to take to confine and extinguish the fire. Often, these buildings are wood-frame construction, but depending on the building’s age, they may also be balloon-frame construction. If you identify balloon construction, stretch hand lines to all floors of the building. The truck company will also need to prepare for aggressive roof ventilation.

The interior will vary within these structures, but for the typical 1½-story, single-family dwelling or Cape Cod-style home, the interior stairs will be close to the front door. The bedrooms are likely to be located on both floors of the home, with one or two on each floor. With this layout, hose lines should initially be positioned to protect the stairs and any occupants, with at least one hose line between the fire and the occupants. The second line must serve as a back-up line to the initial-attack line. If you determine that the initial-attack line has the fire controlled, the back-up line can then be repositioned above the fire. As soon as the initial-attack lines knock down the fire, the ceiling and outer wall spaces must be opened up and the line operated in the void space. If the back-up line must stay in place, a third line must be stretched above the fire as soon as possible.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Firefighting Poem

I do not like fire in my house
I do not like fire on a mouse
I do not like the smoke and flames
I do not like feeling all the pain
I do not like the scars and burns
I do not like there being no door
I do not like all the nightmares
I do not like this its not fair
I do not like the dead and deceased
I do not like all the grease
I do not like all this negative emotion
I think I might change it to a different notion
I do enjoy all the perks
I do enjoy doing the works
I do enjoy all the cash
I do hope I'm not being to rash
I do enjoy all the women
I do enjoy the good living
I love to come and save the day
I love to hear them say hooray

A Fireman's Tears

The alarm rang, as it had so many times before. He was the first of the fireman up and out, awakened from his bed at the station by the clanging of the bell. As Engine 3 pulled out of the bay, Dispatch paged another station and with all the firemen aboard the truck they were tensed with anticipation. "It's going to be a nice 'un, boys," He said as he donned his gear and the young bucks smiled at him as they drew ever near. They turned onto his own street and he could see the fire's work, he hoped their mother woke his kids to see their dad at work. His heart sank as he saw the home that he so dearly loved going up in smoke and flames as he donned his gloves. Aggressively he hit the fire and searched the rooms above, and with a flare of personal vengeance he saved what remained of his home. As he left the world of flaming hell he saw his little girl. He ran quickly to her side and said "Honey, Daddy's here." He would never forget what next she said as he held her close, "I love you, Daddy," she whimpered, and he began to weep. She died in his arms that night, the others later on. His comrades gave him their respects but his family was gone. He sits alone at the station, now, there’s no more spring in his step. He stays detached from his fellows to avoid once again being hurt. He risks it all in fires, now. No more concerns for his safety. He has taken a solemn vow. He won't let it happen to another, as long as he's around.