Not That Well Done!

My cousin sent me some photos of a job in downtown Chicago in the South Loop. He knew we would enjoy the irony of the sign.

He is an avid blogger, and actually got me started into blogging. He has two Chicago based blogs: Kiplog and FoodBlog. They are not fire oriented, but are definitely on my list of daily reads. My personal favorite entry on FoodBlog: The Northside Chicago Irish Pub Crawl, read through it and you’ll understand why.

Here is another awesome shot (from the B side):

Thanks again Paul! -Jimm-



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Too Funny for Description

This video is so funny I can’t even write a description! –Jimm-


Meter Fire

How about this… You get called to a structure fire. The outside team is going around back to control utilities, and the meter itself is on fire. The electrical disconnect is at the meter and it to is also involved in the fire. What do you do? – Jimm-


Cutting Candy Bars?


Saw maintenance is very important. You need to take care of your saw in order for it to take care of you! (Corny but true) I’m big believer in starting the saws each day, and really taking a good look at it: (chain or belt tension, blade condition and tightness, condition of pull cord, fuel level etc) are just a few things that should be observed. This picture is how a saw was turned over to me at shift change once. Obviously the chain is way loose, and it looks like they cut through a candy bar or something. Check your saw after each use, store it with the switch in the ON position, top off the fuel, take some pride in your equipment! Clean blades tend to cut better.

I know we have been slacking on updating the articles section; we’ll probably get it going after the first of the year… We will also include an article on saw maintenance, and its importance. –Jimm-


FDC’s Confuse Me

Now you know that I’m a Truck guy, and some of that Engine stuff confuses me, but for the life of me I cannot ever remember ever seeing an adapter for this connection on the rig.

This is an actual picture (not photo-chopped) taken from outside of a business in my first due. The story goes like this: During a routine inspection, a Fire Inspector advised the business they needed to label the FDC outside of the building. The maintenance man called the Inspector back a few days later to clarify… The Inspector advised him to “simply label the hose connection outside.” (The real FDC is actually on the other end of the strip mall.) Confused, but without hesitation, the maintenance man did exactly what he was told. I would have loved to hear the conversation during the re-inspection.

We are the Fire Department, we are the professionals, be careful, people may do EXACTLY what you tell them to. Company Officers need to keep this in mind!-Jimm-


7 Alarms…

Our friends over at have a posted another excellent video. The video is of a seven alarm apartment fire outside of Houston. Apparently, they were faced with significant access issues from blocked cars. You’ll notice the excellent use of tow trucks early on in the event to rectify the situation. Those wreckers were hookin’ and draggin’! Good call by the IC! He knew he was going to have a large number of apparatus on scene, and needed the room.

It’s nice to see the extensive use of ladders to the second floor. The importance of secondary means of egress should never be overlooked.

We need to remember: big building + big fire = big water!

We post these videos as a learning tool, and look forward to reading your thoughts and comments. –Jimm-

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Raker Shore… I think

I saw this attempt of a raker shore a number of years ago… I hope they don’t actually plan on ever using this method of shoring. This photo is a prime example of someone who “thinks” they are trained to perform a certain task. Even after being trained, we advocate utilizing the FOG manual when constructing shoring. Each one of the shores is professionally engineered, and needs to be constructed in a very particular manner. As with any other fire service task, on-going training is extremely important. -Jimm-

You perform the way you train!


Ventilation Video

I love ventilation videos with aggressive music! As with many of the videos, pictures, and discussions we feature here, view this video as a training tool. Please feel free to leave comments on the pros and cons of some of these operations. We need to keep in mind that we were not on these roofs, so we don’t know what happened before or after each segment of the video. When viewing each segment, read the smoke, you can tell when you’re through the ceiling, and you should know what’s coming next. If you don’t, you shouldn’t be on the roof. –Jimm-



Interesting Electrical Hazard

I have noticed a trend in many of our posts. They seem to follow the thought process of: What you see is not always what you get! I think this is an import thing to remember about our job. I believe that everyone who wears a lid should look at every single building and ask themselves or their crew “what if…” It is amazing the things you will find in your own first due area every single day! Captain Tom Redmond of Cocoa Beach sent in photos and a description of an interesting electrical hazard an alert Engine crew found while performing a Company Fire Inspection. Look closely at the picture, anything look out of place? Be sure to click on the supplemental page with more pictures and a complete description of this unexpected hazard. –Jimm-


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