February 2009

Is Your Department Built For Life

by mobrian on February 26, 2009

Residential Sprinklers Save Lives

There is a lot of talk about residential sprinklers and the need to save firefighters and our citizens.  There are plenty of resources that are available for fire departments, but the “Built for Life” campaign is in full swing and needs your help!  The program can give you easy to use tools that can help you turn the talking into action!

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), has introduced the Built for Life Fire Department program to encourage and recognize all the U.S.fire departments that make home fire sprinkler education a focus of their community outreach.

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Old Town Fire Injures Three

by mobrian on February 26, 2009

Three Firefighters with Minor Injuries at Morning Fire

Lansing Fire Department responded to a working fire in Old Town around just before 10:30 this morning.

Two firefighters had minor injuries and were treated on scene, while a third fire fighter was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

When the fire department arrived they found heavy smoke from the residence which was divided into four units.  The fire progressed quickly and was under control just before noon.

It appears that the third fire fighter has been released from the hospital and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


Are you ready for a Mayday

February 25, 2009

Limited Openings for Kevin Sehlmeyr’s Program On May 31 or June 1, 2009, Macomb Community College,Health and Safety Training is hosting “Are you ready for a mayday.”   The eight hour program examines why every fire fighter who enters burning buildings must have a plan to call MAYDAY.  The class includes a practical portion where fire […]

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American Public Safety 2009, Gordon Graham

February 23, 2009

Don’t Miss one of the Best in the Business If you have never had the chance to see Gordon Graham live and in person, now is your chance.  The Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training (RAFT) is hosting Gordon on March 23, 2009 in Farmington Hills (Costic Center). Gordon’s program is a great resources for any […]

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Hypothermia and Other Cold Weather Injuries, Part II

February 22, 2009

Cold weather injuries can occur even if temperatures are above freezing. Some of the more common are Chilblains, frostbite and trench foot


Chilblains is a common cold related injury. It may develop several hours after exposure to the cold. They are painful, itchy, red to purple areas of swelling usually affecting the fingers, toes, nose and ears; but can be seen on other areas of the body. Occasionally blisters and small sores will be seen in some individuals but not always. These lesions can take several weeks to heal and the area can remain sensitive to cold. If found, cover the area with a dry sterile dressing and address re-warming the patient.

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RAFT Company Officer Awareness

February 21, 2009

March 16-20, 2009, Hosted by West Bloomfield Fire Department The Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training (RAFT) is hosting a 5 day company officer program. This program exceeds the requirements and training for fire office I and the principle of better bosses through education can be seen in all aspects of the program.  This is the […]

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ISO Ratings

February 17, 2009

Do I need to Worry About ISO? Many fire departments benchmark on their ISO classification and work to decrease the magic number. What is ISO and what resources are available for the local fire department? Known as the Insurance Services Office (ISO), they provide information to insurance organizations to utilize, modify or  ignore. Insurance companies […]

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NIOSH Report Released on Sofa Super Store

February 12, 2009

NIOSH Gives Recommendations for Future Fires Today NIOSH released the fatality investigation report which outlines the facts of the incident and provides recommendations for the Charleston Fire Department as well as other fire departments across the United States. The report highlights the need for incident command training, systems, accountability, firefighter tactics, protection of fire department […]

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Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

February 8, 2009

Updated Health and Wellness Guides Available The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), working with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), has issued a revised Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services. The Health and Wellness Guide now provides updated information on health and wellness issues, trends, and programs focused on the needs […]

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