Last week I deciced to take a road trip into Northern Michigan for a couple days. I have been dealing with some personal strife and I needed to get awat a bit to refocus my life a bit. Anyway, whenever I head North I always have to make a stop in Roscommon Mi. This is were the Michigan Firefighters Memorial is located. Dedicated in 1980 it is the location where the names of deceased firefighters are put. There is a wall that have the names of members that have retired from the fire service. On statue itself are the names of members that have fallen in the line of duty. ...Read more
Watching the Columbus Fire episodes, I wonder if anyone in a supervisory role notices a few things that I think reflect poorly on the fire department. An obvious lack of seatbelt use, sloppy mismatched uniforms and a lack of proper PPE on auto accidents. You would think that with a TV camera filming that they would at least follow policy then. We claim to be professionals, but sometime don't act like it. Hopefully some supervisors can step up and do their jobs and mandate safe operations instead of doing what is popular.
I am going to take a few moments here to talk about my fire dept.
Comstock Twp. is located in Kalamazoo County in Southwest Lower Michigan. We have 3 stations that cover approx. 36sq. miles of commercial, industrial, residential and even agricultural. Our stations are manned 24/7/365 using the paid on call l. We have a full time chief, fire marshal, admin and a force of 46 paid on call l. ...Read more
It saddens me in this day an age that we still do not wear our PPE when operating at emergency scenes. Watching the Olatheman Fire Department operate the Jaws of Life with no PPE is very poor example to showing to the fire service. Also not wearing their seatbelts while riding down the road on a run is another poor example they are setting. We talk about "Tradition" in the fire service and then we talk about fire fighters "Death", but our Traditional Ways is what is killing US the Most. When will we get it? We are all born with "Common Sense" it is the "Good Sense" that we don't use is what gets us hurt or killed.
Over the weekend there was a fire at big empty factory here in Kalamazoo Twp. It was the former Checker Motors factory where the old checker cabs were once built. The fire started Saturday evening in one the old assembly buildings. First arriving units had smoke and heavy fire showing. Given the nature of the fire building, deffensive operations were set up using 2 tower trucks and 1 ladder truck plus several handlines. It took about 7hrs or so before unuts had cleared the scene. Excavating equipment was brought in to tear down the building so hot spots could be put out. Fortunately no injuries were reported.
Now these days there are several cities that have old empty industrial buildings. How does your dept. handle fires in these type of bldgs? Do you send a crew interior to look for squatters? I think we learned a huge lesson from the Worchester Fire that killed 6 of our brothers. Hopefully that lesson will continue on. ...Read more
My dept has just recently purchased some new extrication equipment. One of the pieces is Kodiak struts built by Genesis Systems. These are very easy to use as we found out the other day while training with them. They are quick to set up and uses very limited manpower. Basically one firefighter can have them put together and in place in 5min. For those that don't know the struts are used for vehicle stabilization in MVA's. For depts. that have limited manpower these will work well for you.
Just wanted to update everyone on my blog. I will be releasing my blog on Saturday after the newest websiode of thebattalion on Friday.I will be talking about various topics both fire service related and non-fire service related topics.
This week I will be reviewing a new piece of equipment that my dept. recently purchased. So stay tuned and check in on Saturdays for the latest.
We had a unique rescue last night. We were sent to the southeast corner of East Main and Sprinkle Rd for a report of a man who fell into a hole. We arrived and began to search the area. With the help of county dispatch we were able to find him after about 10min search. The hole he fell into was actually a abondanded swimming pool. So we preceeded to treat him for injuries. We backboarded him, put him in a SKED and using a ladder hoisted him out of the pool. He was transported to the local trauma center.
This is the firs time in awhile that we had a rope rescue like this. We are lucky that we have several folks, myself included, that are trained in rope rescue. Plus we have a chief who supports us and buys alot of the equipment we need to perform these type of rescues.
My name is Shane Peterson I am Lieutenant with Comstock Twp. Dept. of Fire and Rescue located in Kalamazoo County Michigan. I have been a member here for 13yrs with a total of 16yrs in the fire service. I am a 3rd generation firefighter in my family. I am certified by the State of Michigan as a FF1&2, fire officer 1,2,and 3. I am a licensed EMT and a Hazmat Tech. I am also a member of Kalamazoo Twp FD at Station 2 and a Team Leader for the Kalamazoo County Hazmat Team.