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Quick Takes: April 30, 2012.

Pre-arrival video of Lake Station, IN house fire: Ed Malik on the scene early this morning at 3463 California.

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No high speed escort for Dave trying to get to the fire: Can you believe New Jersey State Police forced me to navigate the Garden State Parkway all by myself on the way to a fire in Newark yesterday? Here’s my video of the second-alarm on South 19th Street.

Three cameras rolling as Montgomery County, MD firefighters arrive: Lots of early video from a two-alarm house fire in Clarksburg, Maryland on Saturday. Click here.

I am not sure if the home builders will be planting a freedom flag in front of this house or any of those with the melted siding nearby, but in case you missed my salute to lightweight construction last week and the fight for our rights by the patriotic lobbyists, here it is.

And not far from the Maryland fire: Hero Rush had its successful launch on Saturday morning in Clarksburg. Congratulations to all. Here are photos and video. The next event is on May 19th in Minnesota. Click here to register for the Twin Cities event.

Embracing helmet-cams: A TV station looks at the people behind the various videos we have been posting from the San Bernardino Fire Department. Here’s the story.

Pre-arrival video that is also post-arrival video: This video from Redmond, Washington starts before the first fire truck arrives on the scene but after the arrival of car that sparked the fire by crashing into the house. Check it out.

With this car you don’t need a New Jersey State Police escort: The Lamborghini rapid response unit is now part of the fleet at New York’s Glen Cove FD in celebration of the department’s 175th anniversary. Check out the video at Glenn Usdin’s

Maybe this cat was on a two-bagger date: It really is an odd picture. A cat with a Doritos bag over its head as it sits on the top of a light pole in St. Petersburg, Florida. There is a debate in the comments section over whether the fire department should have gotten involved. As you will see in the video, even with the intervention of firefighters the cat took a 20-foot spill.

Looking back 20-years with FossilMedic: Mike Ward at reminds us of the story of Firefighter Scott Miller who was shot in the neck during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King verdict.

Raw video from Enfield, CT: We hear from a firefighter or two who were on the scene of this house fire. Check the comments section.

Gesture for red light camera brings demotion and appeal: Check out Curt Varone’s look at the case of a CalFire engineer who gave the camera two thumbs up.

2012 Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland: This wonderful event is this Friday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Baltimore County. Click here for the details.

They can still squeeze you in for Andy Fredericks Training Days: The 4th annual seminar is next week, May 7 to 9. Wells Wilson tells me the three day slots are filled but there are a few spots for those looking to attend just one or two days. Here’s the website. You can find them on Facebook here.

The Bonanza Extravaganza is back: This very popular event from the Professional Firefighters of Hagerstown (MD) is May 11th & 12th.  It has $850,000 in cash and prizes, including a $100,000 Grand Prize. The union has been told it’s the longest-running largest cash and prize giveaway by a non-profit in the Country. Click here to check it out.

THE Fire Critic & STATter911 in Ohio: THE Fire Critic will be joining me at the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Conference in a day long session on various aspects of social media and the fire service. IronFiremen’s Willie Wines Jr. is refereeing the car ride. Should be interesting. Join us in Newark, Ohio for May 23 & 24. Click here to sign up.

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A Wishy Washy fire in Providence, RI: Corey Welch video on the scene Saturday at the Wishy Washy Laundromat. Details at


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  • Seasoned Vet

    Nice layout! Nice use of big attack lines! The physical fitness program seems to be working!

  • Rudedawg

    This is a perfect example of the “crosslay mentality”. The amount of fire on arrival is screaming deck gun/ blitzfire, but the crosslays are pulled. It’s because everybody pulls the crosslays even when a bigger flow is obviously needed. I bet there is a 2.5″ preconnect somewhere on that first engine, but why doesn’t it get used? It doesn’t get used because it’s not in the crosslay! Does anybody else in America see the overuse of the undersized crosslay lines? Can somebody do a study on how many people attack a fire with the crosslay size hoseline no matter what amount of fire is showing? If the 2.5″ lines were in a crosslay, and the 1.75″ lines off the rear of the engine; would people still use the 1.75″ lines?

  • Dickey

    I totally agree Rudedawg…..

    You work as you train and if in training you always pull a preconnected line, regardless of 1 1/2″ or 1 3/4″, if it is in that one certain spot on the truck, you become a robot and always pull that line. It is a hard mentality because most of the fires that you have to pull a line on can be handled with that size. Very tough habit to break.

  • rjd2051

    He’s at it again.Deck gun Dawg

    First of all, this is Lake Station,where the officers fight the fire without gear and the fully geared crews watch.One of the worst departments when it comes to leadership.”Do as I say” or “get outta the way, lemme do it”

    The deck gun would have been an option for this fire if used in a “transitional” attack.

    IF water supply is an issue the deck gun can run run you dry pretty quickly.

    Two crosslays will get an attack line AND an exposure line or two attack line and give you more flexibity and time with water, and it get’s you in the door for SAR.

    The immediate use of a deck gun is limited to the place the apparatus stopped. I’m used to the deck gun being used for a quick knock before a team is ready to enter, and then later, after the evacuation tones go off. Other than that, men with hoses, baby!

  • jbc

    the issue is not so much the deck gun. it IS the absolute backwards regression of today’s fire service. Cross lays, preconnects, matydales, whatever they are an option providing the gpm-flow rate is provided. This is yet another video that proves the bigger lines have become foreign to so many departments. Preconnects CAN accomodate 2″ or 2.5″ hand lines on most apparatus. There is NO way anything smaller should have been stretched first, regardless of water supply. Deck guns can be dumped as well for the first half minute or so depending upon the tank size. Just make sure the gun is brought to pressure prior to opening discharge to prevent dumping valuable water before it hits the target. Sounds like nobody knew where the hydrant was. A simple pre-established hydrant location map helps.