Training News for the Week of 11-22-15
Monthly Training Log - ATTENTION OFFICERS!
Apparatus Architect Purchasing Seminar - FDNY Lt Mike Wilbur @ Penn Fire 12-10-15
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE: http://pennfire.org/?p=3154
$20 PER PERSON CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR TO COVER COST OF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH!
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10th, 0800-1500 – PENN STATION 14 – 13960 Jackson Rd. Mishawaka IN 46544
Apparatus Architect Purchasing Seminar
Mike Wilbur, Lieutenant, FDNY, Ret
Purchasing Fire Apparatus represents the single largest capital expenditure, other than building a new fire station that a fire department will make. In some cases the fire apparatus may actually cost more than a new fire station. Fire Apparatus have become very complex to specify and to build due to rapid technological advances. These technological advances have left most fire departments ill equipped to make knowledgeable, informed decisions, when specifying new apparatus. More over if your apparatus sales person has little or no experience selling fire apparatus the outcome of your apparatus project is predicable and doomed. Believing that knowledge is power this program will provide the attendee with logical, knowledge based information to help your department avoid the pitfalls that many fire departments have encountered when purchasing fire apparatus. One would only have to look at three fire departments in any direction from your fire department to find fellow firefighters who are very unhappy with a recently purchased apparatus.
Perhaps buying a new apparatus is out of the question this program will also discuss the positives and negatives associated with buying used apparatus. Also the question to rehab or not to rehab used or existing apparatus will be answered.
This program is designed for anyone in the fire service that plays any part in fire apparatus purchasing, fire apparatus sales, fire apparatus manufacturing or fleet management and maintenance.
This presentation serves to educate present and future generations of firefighters and officers that are saddled with the awesome responsibility of purchasing new or used fire apparatus that must serve their jurisdictions for many years to come. A purchasing methodology will be presented that will reduce the cost of the apparatus and will reduce the time required to develop the right apparatus specification for your fire apparatus.
We have received a Hydro-Vent Nozzle and Penetrating Nozzle that was demo’ed this week during our training burns.
It was actually donated to www.ModernFireBehavior.com but I will be placing it on one of the Penn Rigs once I talk more with the Fire Chief.
Make sure you learn about the Hydro-Vent here at: http://hydrovent.us/ or http://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com/articles/print/volume-20/issue-4/features/the-hydrovent-nozzle.html
NEW 4 GAS DETECTORS IN-SERVICE
NOT EVERYONE HAS COMPLETED REVIEW OF THE NEW GAS DETECTORS YET!
We have placed two new 4 gas detectors in-service on Squad 13 and BC 5. I have posted the Quick Start guide on the bulletin board at Station 14 and there are 3 training videos attached.
PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS – I have also made them part of the November Video Playlist – PLEASE COMPLETE A TRAINING FORM!
https://youtu.be/uD2scFswvPc?t=5m14s – Start at 5:14 – Basics of Air Monitoing
These are the same detectors SBFD Haz-Mat uses and are WIRELESS to talk directly to their Haz-Mat Command Vehicle.
They do need to be calibrated monthly – since FF/Medic Mack is our Haz-Mat Officer I will be getting him the supplies for calibrating.
As always please let me know if you have any questions.
NOVEMBER TRAINING BRIEF
Just a reminder that all Penn Fire Members are required per the Training SOG to watch the YouTube Training Videos each month posted at: https://www.youtube.com/PennFireTraining and complete a Training Form! This can be done as a group and SHOULD BE DONE PRIOR TO HANDS ON TRAINING!
Lawsuit Filed Over Hartford Line of Duty Death
The family of a Hartford firefighter killed in the line of duty on October 7, 2014, has filed suit against the City of Hartford, Fire Chief Carlos Huertas, Deputy Chief James McLoughlin, and Lieutenant John Moree.
Kevin Bell died of asphyxiation at a house fire on Blue Hills Avenue. Lt. Moree was in command of Engine 16, the unit to which Bell was assigned, and Chief McLoughlin was the incident commander.
The suit alleges a range of factors as contributing to Bell’s death, including:
- non-compliant SCBA
- lack of accountability
- known problems with the departments radio system
- lack of annual live fire and tactics training
- lack of training for Chief McLoughlin
- serious command errors
- FF Bell was abandoned in the building
- a mayday that was reported was neither heard nor acted upon for 8 minutes
The suit was filed Thursday in Hartford Superior Court by Bell’s brother, Shawn, who was appointed administrator for the estate. It contains 14 counts, including several that allege various forms of wrongful death, one alleging defamation, one alleging false light invasion of privacy, and negligent infliction of severe emotional distress.
Here is a copy of the complaint: Bell v Hartford
NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN
HAVE YOU SUBMITTED YOUR NFA APPLICATION YET?
The application period for the second semester of National Fire Academy resident classes opened October 15. The application period closes December 15. The second semester includes those classes scheduled from April 1 – September 30, 2016.
December 15th is also the closing date for the Managing Officer (MO) program. This is the one time per year that you can apply. Information about the MO program can be found at:
All students are required to register for a Student Identification Number (SID). This number is used in place of the Social Security Number on the General Admissions Application form. Register for a SID here: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid
All information about courses, applications and suggestions for successful completion of the application can be found at the following sites:
Course Catalog and schedules: http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/nfacourses/
Please review the ‘How to Apply for NFA Courses’ information at: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/admissions/apply.html
This page also includes the required FEMA Form 119-25-1 General Admissions Application form.
Completed applications for resident courses must be sent to the following address:
NETC Admissions Office
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998
Applications may also be faxed to (301) 447-1441 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please call the Admissions Office at (800) 238-3358, ext. 1035 or (301) 447-1035.
PRE-PLAN LOG FORMS - ONLINE
Lt. Gowens and Lt. Haggerty have been doing a great job keeping these entered! Great job guys!
PENN FIRE TO HOST NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY CLASS IN 2016
Executive Skills – Exercising Leadership to Facilitate Adaptive Change – May 23-24, 2016