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    BigJohn
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    Question FireFighting Acronyms...

    Hey, Guy/Gals...

    If you haven't read my other post, please do so, so I don't need to explain my situation. As you'll learn, I am a beginner firefighter, and actually haven't had any extensive training yet. I am confused by reading posts by other people and reading articles that contain acronyms like LODD and ALS, etc. I know I would be much more understanding of these stories if someone would take the time to just explain some of these to me. It would be greatly appreciated

    Til next time, Protect Yourselves and God Bless!



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    iwood51
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    I know you probably got those two already, LODD - Line Of Duty Death
    ALS- Advanced Life Support

    Try the following web-site for any acronyms that you have in question
    http://www.mtnds.com/af/

    P.S. I tested the two above, they didn't have LODD, but they did have ALS. I submitted LODD for addition to their database.



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    Diane
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    You want the real ones, I'm assuming
    I recently read somewhere (Firehouse or Fire Engineering) some other meanings...

    LODD - Line of Duty Death
    EMT-D - Emergenceny Meditcal Technician qualified to use defibulator
    ALS - Advanced Life Supprt
    BLS - Basic Life Support
    MVA - Motor-vehicle-accident
    Truckies - members of the ladder truck company
    Knob - nozzle
    Jaws of Life - big tool that tears apart cars
    ICS - Incident Command System
    MO - mode of operation
    DOA - dead on arrival
    SCBA - Self-contained breathing apparatus
    PPE - personal protective equipment (ie gear, helmet, gloves, goggles, etc)
    Haz-Mat - Hazardous materials
    Job - good fire

    It's too hot to think......That's all I can remember at the moment.......

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    BigJohn...I'll try to list as many as I can think of.
    LODD- Line of Duty Death
    BLS- Basic Life Support
    ALS- Advanced Life Support
    RIT- Rapid Intervention Team
    IC- Incident Commander
    MVA- Motor Vehicle Accident
    POV- Personally Owned Vehicle
    CISD- Critical Incident Stress Debrief.
    ARFF- Airport Rescue/Firefighting
    LDH- Large Diameter Hose
    SO- Safety Officer
    CSR- Confined Space Rescue
    MCI- Mass Casualty Incident


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    BigJohn
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    Thanks a lot for responding. Actually, about 2 seconds after I posted the first message, I realized what LODD was... duh! And iwood51- thanks for that link. I had been there before, a while back, but it didn't register in my mind to go there to find these acronyms.

    Anyway, if anyone thinks of others, let me know!

    Later

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    FFtazUFC3
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    A few more off the top of my head...

    MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet

    RIC = Rapid Intervention Company

    SOP = Standard Operating Procedure

    SOG = Standard Operating Guidline

    OIC = Officer In Charge

    PPV = Positive Pressure Ventilation


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    Truckie from Missouri
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    I once took a class taught by Fire Safety Group(?) from Iowa. They had a page in the text dedicated to acronyms, only they were a bit looser than the standards. I can't find the book, so this is from memory.

    Air Drop- Lowering equipment from an upper elevation to a lower elevation. Use of strap, rope, or similar device optional.
    RV- Recreational Ventilation
    RO- Recreational Overhaul
    RTHSANWLRC- Recreational Tracking of Hog ***** Across a New White Living Room Carpet

    There were actually more, but it's all I can remember.

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    BigJohn
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    Thumbs up

    Well, Truckie... not sure if I'll be putting RTHSANWLRC on many fire reports... but thanks anyway


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    Big John,

    Good list so far.

    MVA listed as Motor Vehicle accident. Depending on where you are from this also may be called an MVC or collision instead of accident.

    EMT-FR = first responder
    EMT-B = Emergency Medical Technician Basic
    EMT-I = intermediate
    EMT-P = paramedic.
    Pt. = patient
    DOA = dead on arrival not to be confused with
    CC = cancel Christmas or ART = assuming room temp. not to be confused with
    CTD = close to death or circling the drain.
    FDGB= fall down go boom.
    CHAOS = Chief has arrived on scene.
    FEMA = Fix everything my a**
    BGL = Blood glucose level
    BP = Blood pressure
    P = pulse
    R = respirations
    A&O = alert and oriented.
    PERL or PEARL = pupils equal and reactive to light
    PWD = pink warm and dry
    RIT or RIC = rapid intervention team or crew or company (used interchangeably depending on locality)
    EP = engine pressure
    HP = head pressure
    FL = friction loss
    PPE = personal protective equipment
    plug = hydrant

    that's all I can think of right now too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RspctFrmCalgary View Post
    This must be pretty close to being the all-time winner of the "Bumping the Oldest Thread" Award.
    Yeah, an 8-year lapse between posts is quite a while.

    The only one I didn't see in any of the lists was NFPA

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    Hey John,
    Looks like you have had alot of help with this. I have one more location that you could use if you like. You have to enter in the Acronym but if you run across one that does not make sense, use this it may help.
    http://www.all-acronyms.com/tag/firefighting
    Good luck and welcome aboard.





    Quote Originally Posted by BigJohn View Post
    Hey, Guy/Gals...

    If you haven't read my other post, please do so, so I don't need to explain my situation. As you'll learn, I am a beginner firefighter, and actually haven't had any extensive training yet. I am confused by reading posts by other people and reading articles that contain acronyms like LODD and ALS, etc. I know I would be much more understanding of these stories if someone would take the time to just explain some of these to me. It would be greatly appreciated

    Til next time, Protect Yourselves and God Bless!



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    John Higgins
    john@cloh.net
    Perry Twp. VFD
    Lawrence Co., OH
    http://members.xoom.com/ptvfd/

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