Do the job of firefighting long enough and eventually you will be posed with the question, “Why did you have to cut a hole in my roof?”
This question will probably be delivered to you by an agitated citizen that does not understand the fundamentals of what we in this career field do to mitigate a fire in their home. Most of them don’t have the concepts of fire behavior, fire attack strategies, tactics or many other fundamentals entrenched into their brain the way fire service professionals do. Therefor, it is up to each individual department to be proactive in the area of educating the public.
In California, San Bernardino County Firefighters have been working on developing a series of videos to educate citizens proactively. The following video is an example of taking such a stance to educate the tax-payer and also provides a training tool for enhancement at the firefighter level.
A firefighter who was injured in a carport blaze is expected to return to work next week, Fire Department officials said Friday.
The firefighter suffered second-degree burns on his hands Thursday when he grabbed a metal post on a chain link fence to get into Costa Mesa’s Corp. Yard, 2310 Placentia Ave., said Battalion Chief Bill Kershaw.
One firefighter was injured as crews gained ground Wednesday afternoon battling an 85-acre brush fire burning thick vegetation in Riverside County.
The fire, which broke out about 1:15 p.m. near La Cresta, was 40% contained as ground crews worked to douse hots spots in an area near Clinton Keith Road, the Riverside County Fire Department said.
The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital for minor heat-related injuries, the department said. Firefighters appeared to have stopped the advance of the blaze, which caused intermittent power outages in the area.
About 280 firefighters, along with six air tankers and two helicopters, were attacking the blaze. Officials said they were hoping to fully contain the fire by midnight.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Firefighter near a firetruck as it pumps water during the Riverside County brush fire. Credit: Riverside County Fire Department
A 17-year-old boy from Pennsylvania fell to his death Monday while hiking near Muir Beach with his family, the National Park Service said.
The teen, who was on vacation with his parents and several siblings, fell at about 1 p.m. from the Coastal Trail about three quarters of a mile south of Muir Beach, said Alexandra Picavet, a spokeswoman for the park service.
Firefighter Frank Reed lost his lengthy battle with cancer on May 26, 2010. He was 46 years old. Frank had a 26 year career in the Fire Service which was shared with Odessa, TX and the Visalia Fire Department. Continue reading →