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Quick Takes: December 10, 2012.

Arrival video in Thiells, NY: A small fire a week ago at the pump house for the Philip J. Rotella Golf Course in Thiells (Rockland County). Video from babiangelk18.

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Jack Peltier: We are sorry to learn this morning of the passing yesterday of one of the early supporters of and me personally. calls Jack Peltier from Massachusetts “one of the great fire instructors of all time”. Jack was brilliant guy who will be greatly missed. You can read more about Jack Peltier here and here.

Please don’t miss my favorite post from the weekend: If you haven’t read it yet, check out the story on the 40th anniversary of the crash of United Flight 553 in Chicago. While the incident is often remembered for connections to the Watergate scandal, The Washington Post’s Tom Jackman took a different angle for this anniversary, tracking down one of the survivors from Virginia who is with us today thanks to a Chicago firefighter. Click here.

Two drunk drivers converge at same scene leaving a firefighter/paramedic & civilian injured: Check out this one from Palm Bay, Florida where one drunk driver is being treated in his car stopped in the roadway when a second one plows through the scene.

Washington, DC women is struck & killed by fire engine in Lexington, KY: Glenn Usdin’s has that story from the weekend.

Also from Lexington: A man trapped in his burning car near a closed firehouse has brought attention to the continuing brown-outs in Lexington. Check it out.

Busy Eastern Shore arsonist: There have been close to 30 fires set in the last month in Accomack County, Virginia. Check out the stories here and here.

Fire chief tries to deal with fallout from pair of firefighters charged with arson: In Missouri, Fuitland Fire Department Chief Dean Riley tries to figure out what went wrong and deal with the image of his department after two of his firefighters were arrested. Here’s the article.

Yank prank causes sexual probe: Yes, I really wrote that. Sorry. But here’s the story from Houston, Texas.

Did you hear the one about the rabbi & the Con Ed worker?: Well I did. And you can too. They were both rescued by firefighters in New Rochelle, NY after an outdoor menorah lighting went bad. Happy Hannukah.

Lots of stuff from Detroit: Video from a house well off, a compilation from Steve Redick’s November visit to Detroit, a great article on a Detroit legend and so much more in this roundup of Detroit fire news.

On Broadway: It wasn’t the neon lights shining bright but the glow of the Broadway Cleaners as part of the business burned in Haverstraw, NY on Saturday. Here’s the early video.

Geezer’s got the mill fire: A big one for Spartanburg, South Carolina that is still keeping them busy. Check out Firegeezer.

A firefighter hunger strike: As I am sure you are already thinking, this can’t be a story from the United States. And it isn’t. But three firefighters in Panama are taking part in a protest. Here’s the story.

The lawyer looks at the pretty girl with the hula hoop: Curt Varone at has the latest video problem for the folks at LAFD’s Station 63.

The NY – LA connection: NBC’s Nightly News last Thursday featured a New Orleans firefighter who has the back of those who had his back.

And finally, a free stuff for firefighters alert: Fire Cricket Rhett Fleitz knows the best way to reach firefighters, or just about anyone, is to give away free stuff. Operating under this theory Rhett is once again bribing you to read his postings. And who am I to stand between you and free things for firefighters? In the spirit of the holidays I encourage you to check out the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway by The Fire Creature and Willie Wines Jr. at Iron that begins on Thursday (Willie Wines Jr., really doesn’t need these gimmicks to reach an audience. He’s usually more old school in his thinking and simply provides great content at his

Two-alarms in Vernon, CA: Video from firelensman of a half block long commercial building burning yesterday at 49th Street and Santa Fe Avenue. Here’s more.


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  • slackjawedyokel

    PW anyone ?

    • My Mom

      Slackjawedyokel,,,,That was EXACTLY what I thought!!!

  • Scott

    well, packs don’t work very well if you don’t use the mask. And you have the safety off. there watching. What’s the point of a safety officer then? The 3rd. lt. had time to put his mask on while waiting for water. Or have someone else masked up go inside. It doesn’t matter how small the building is.

  • David Mitchell

    Dave – I don’t know if you saw it but the firegeezer link had an embedded video of the Dave Brubeck quartet in a live performance of Take Five. Dave Brubeck died last week at the age of 91. Thanks for the memory…

    • dave statter

      Yes. I am familiar with that clip from Germany but watched it again last night thanks to Bill. Bill saw Brubeck and the quartet while in college. I saw Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan in about 71. It was the only time I saw Desmond but got to see Brubeck (and Mulligan) a number of other times. My last year covering the Kennedy Center Honors before leaving Channel 9 was 2009 and I did a brief interview with Brubeck. He was very kind. Thanks.

  • Fire21

    I like that they laid out the 2-1/2 to feed the 1-3/4. Don’t know if that’s SOP for them, or orders given at the scene, but good move.

    Yeah, 3rd Lt, use the freaking mask. The bottle on your back does no good if you don’t wear the mask, it’s just dead load. This was a pump house…possibly some chlorine in there?? Get a new safety officer, he’s not doing his job.

  • Left Coast

    Got enough folks that they also could of pulled a reel line with a 10/40 nozzle and knocked it all out while stretching that 2 1/2″ into 1 3/4″ back-up line…just another option that could of got quick water, but this did just fine

  • mdff

    Why does the Safety Officer (standing right there) allow the 3rd Lieutenant to enter the building without his SCBA fully engaged? I thought safety officers were always serious about safety to the point of being unreasonale, in this case his mask should of been on, no questions about it.

  • Anonymous

    Gloves, mask and waist belt. Maybe pull the engine up anothr 20 feet to get around the fence easier???

  • Anon

    The 3rd LT had a mask on his regulator and one on his gear, yet didn’t feel the need to use either, real nice. A can seems it could have kept that fire a little more in control if not fully put that fire out, at least judging by what we could see.

  • Anonymous

    Why waste energy carrying a pack if you aren’t going to use it?

  • Aardvark

    At least they didn’t drive the pumper over the cart bridge…..

  • E1 LT

    Could of probably put it out with a can or 2.

  • Mike

    Typical joke of a fire department, more people running around without gear on then gear on. And a 3rd Lt? Really, I guess he was watching to many FDNY videos, buckle up the pack straps.

    • JustSayin’

      BINGO, Mike.!!!

      Too much being infatuated with the “big-boys” like
      DCFD and NYFD with too little professional thinking.!!!!

      Gee, all the big-boys just wear their SCBA without masking up.
      They all suck smoke..

      ANYWAY, it’s JUST a pump house on a golf course.
      What could possibly happen.???

  • AbsoluteReality

    No one was using their SCBA that they were humping.

    The “safety officer” was the smartest FF there.!!!

    He was the only one not slepping a pack around .!!

    Maybe he was the “back-safety” officer.

  • John Wayne

    can all of you criticizers Honestly sit there and tell me you Never been on a call and Not worn your gloves or waist straps?? been to a small bs fire and not wear your mask right away or not at all?? C’mon guys get real well ya.

    And the ppl standing around helping stretch the line were half golf course employees and half buffs. I guess you guys never buffed fire calls in your neighboring dept’s response area before either huh??? Clearly all of you have forgotten the meaning of VOLUNTEER. looks to me that all of you have been watching too many FDNY videos.

    sincerely, the fire buff with the video camera in his hand.