Thursday, October 30, 2008
The weekend of the 24th through the 26th I was fortunate enough to attend the 2nd annual Southern New England FOOLS H.O.T weekend. As always the brotherhood was out in force and a great weekend was had by all. Many drills were conducted over the two days that challenged even the most seasoned firefighter. For me the most signifigant scenario was the mayday drill which ended with a great prop simulating a floor collapse dropping the firefighter about 18-20 inches before landing on a gymnastic cushion. Believe me, when you don't know its coming the short distance is enough.
Friday nights lecture of a fatal fire that occured in Clinton, MA drove the nail home that this type of scenario could happen to anyone on anyday. An unexpected situation occured on what appeared to be a nickel and dime fire and it went to hell and a handbasket in a matter of seconds. I took out of it some thoughts on situational awareness and my preparedness to deal with the un-expected.
I will recommend that if you have the time next year to attend this event you should. The members of this organization and the brothers that came from literally across the country to be there shows that there is a real commitment to training, and the job. Thanks goes out to all the instructers and behind the scenes workers-they never get enought credit-for making a smooth and eventful weekend where I am sure that everyone walked away with something. I know I did and cannot wait till next year.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
June 25, 2008: The members of the Submarine Base FD assisted in a base wide safety fair by conducting an extrication drill for onlookers and base personnel. All shift members were utilized as the simualtion was a two car T-bone with severe structual damage as well as two patients (mannequins) C-11 and 25 utilized both sets of extrication equipment and C-100 took care of EMS.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
If anyone was in attendance and has pictures they want posted send me an email as I will gladly put them up for all to see.
Monday, July 02, 2007
25 Truck set-up for roof access
July 2, 2007: New London Fire Department responded to 170 Broad Street for a reported structure fire. Enroute Station A reported a fire in the roof area at that location and that the employees made an attempt to extinguish. Upon arrival a working fire was transmitted moving A-31 up as the FAST team. Members opened up and exposed hidden fire in between the ceiling and roof and made quick work once access was gained. One firefighter was transported with minor injuries. Their extent were unkown but appeared to be minor at the scene. All companies operated at this job including the Lawerence and Memorial Paramedics.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Quaker Hill (W-25) On arrival
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Last fire lit extends into hallway