Fire Department of New York City Engine Company Operations Manual
Past guest and good friend of Strike the Box Training, Retired Lt. Ray McCormack helped revise this document prior to his retirement. Please take some time to read this manual. While not every engine or every fire has the staffing that the FDNY does, we can all learn something from everyone. Hopefully, there is something in this document that will help you and your Department.
On December 1 1962, in Chicago, 92 children and four nuns lost their lives in the Our Lady of Angels School Fire. Check out the link below from Firehouse.com.
This fire led to many changes in school fire safety. Take a moment to read about the fire.
Train as if your life depends on it, because it does!
We all remember being the kid in the Fire Chief jacket. We all remember looking up to firefighters. We all remember the idea of putting on the uniform and doing the job. We also remember when we got the call that we were accepted into a Fire Department.
Don't forget those memories. Be the firefighter or EMS provider that kid thinks you are. Work hard, do the right thing, be passionate for greatness...Be Worth Being!
The Epitaph Test
First, what is an epitaph? The epitaph is the inscription on the tombstone. More importantly, it is what is remembered after you have passed.
Now, what is the Epitaph Test? The epitaph test is a question you ask yourself before you do something or start a project. Would you want people to remember you for what you just did or for the project you just completed? Would you be proud it's in your epitaph? If so, do it! If your answer no, then it may not be worth your time and energy. Spend your time wisely, and on things you want to be remembered for!
Live your life to design the epitaph you want! Make choices you would be proud to share for eternity.
Coordinated Fire Attack in Multi-Family Resdential structures
On June 23rd UL's Fire Safety Research Institute released it's most recent research article on coordinated ventilation and suppression in multiple dwelling fires. Head over to their website to see what resources they have. Here is the link. Below the video is the link to the full report.
Coordinated Fire Attack in strip malls
In April of 2020, UL FSRI released their report on coordinated fire attack in strip malls. They examined the effects of ventilation on fire dynamics and different fire suppression tactics. Here is the link to the report. There is some really great information here, please check it out!
Coordinated fire attack in Single family residential structures
In March of 2020, the UL FSRI released their report on coordination of ventilation and fire suppression in single family dwellings. Here is the link to check out their page with all the information. You can also check out the Thirsty Thursday episode with Lt. Ray McCormack (FDNY Ret.) who was a part of the study.
Remember to thank our veterans on Pearl Harbor Day
70 years ago, 2,388 American service personnel lost their lives during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This event thrust our country into war on the world stage. 408,306 American Service men and women lost their lives and another 670,846 were wounded during the course of World War II. The veterans of this war become fewer in number by the day, but their contributions are not forgotten...Much like our generation shall remember our military personnel fighting for us and the 2,740 Americans (including 343 of our brother firefighters) killed during the surprise attacks of September 11, 2001. Please take the time to thank our WW II veterans and all defenders of our great nation on this day of remembrance.
Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Del "Hollywood" Baker
Named Hometown Hero by USAF Thunderbirds
Firefighter/Paramedic Del "Hollywood" Baker was named the Hometown Hero by the USAF Thunderbirds. Hollywood pulled 9 G's in a F18 fighter jet while experiencing high-velocity maneuvers and dog-fighting simulation. Congratulations on receiving this tremendous honor - it was definitely well-deserved. Del, already known for being "high speed - low drag", is now a legend on land, AIR, and sea!
Ocean City FOOLS St. Patrick's Brotherhood Bash
The Ocean City, MD Alpha Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS) will be hosting a St. Patty’s Brotherhood Bash on Friday, March 12, 2010. Ocean City traditionally celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on the Saturday preceding the 17th, hosting a parade sponsored by the Del-Mar-Va Irish-American Club and citywide festivities. Visit the Ocean City FOOLS on Facebook for additional details…Come join in the celebration of Brotherhood and kick of St. Patty’s week with the Ocean City FOOLS!