Calling all buffs ... Here's a suggestion -- let's start a forum for fire buffs from around the world. What is your interest? Do you belong to a club? Are you or have you ever been active in the fire/EMS service, paid or volunteer? I'm interested in the history and operations of the FDNY radio and telegraph systems. I served as a Vol FF/EMT from 1985-1992 at the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Dept. in Arlington, VA., just outside Washington, D.C. Now, I edit a newsletter for the Arlington County Fire & Rescue Association. Calling all buffs ...
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06-21-1999, 12:13 PM #1Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Fire Buff Forum -- Calling All Fire Buffs
06-21-1999, 02:04 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jun 2006
Excellent Suggestion Vinny...we may consider adding such a forum if the interest is there...so speak up if you're interested
06-21-1999, 03:19 PM #3DianeFirehouse.com Guest
Guess I fall under this category:
Port Jefferson (LI, NY)Volunteer FF for 9 years (includes one year as a junior explorer).
2 BS's in Fire Science from UNH, CT.
CT and NY EMT for 2 years (let it expire -- didn't use it -- don't have an ambulance at the fire house).
Certificates: NY and CT Haz-Mat Operations, Incident Command Systems, National FF 1, CT FF 1, NY Basic, NY Advanced, Suffolk County Fire Safety Education,LI Water Rescue, Rapid Intervention and Heavy Rescue pending......That sounds like them all.
Memberships: Suffolk County Fire Safety Educator's Association, IAAI, Women in the Fire Service, SCCC and UNH Alumni Associations.
Co-Editor and one of the founders of The Pager, the PJVFD quarterly newsletter.
Misc.: intern for CFSI(DC) in 96 and 97 and lived at the College Park (MD) fire station.
Interests: the Net, politics, Firehouse Mag. (of course), Fire Engineering, Firehouse.com (fave. web-site ), bowling, Rangers and Yankees!
Vinny, hope this is something that you are looking for.......Back to work!! LOL.
B.S. Fire Science Administration
B.S. Arson Investigation
UNH Class of '97
06-21-1999, 03:38 PM #4Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
06-21-1999, 03:38 PM #5Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Thank you WebTeam ... I'm interested
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06-22-1999, 12:56 PM #6Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Well, let me keep this ball rolling ... One of the best buff books out there these days, in my opinion, is Jim Griffiths' FDNY Operational Reference, 3rd Edition. It covers all aspects of FDNY ops, from firefighting tactics and HAZMAT response, to EMS and fire alarm. Its 185 pages are packed with information. Does anyone have any other favorites that focus on a department's operations? Buff handbooks? Thanks!
06-23-1999, 12:02 PM #7Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
On the fire buff newsletter beat, I received a copy of the latest Wagon Pipe newsletter from Washington, D.C.'s Friendship Fire Association. It's 8 pages chocked full of photos, incident reports and FIRE/EMS news from the nation's capital and surrounding Maryland and Virginia communities. There's also a column on Baltimore. FFA volunteers operate the canteen unit and rehab unit for DCFD. I plan to post more info on buff books and newsletters in the days ahead. What other buff newsletters and books are out there? Cheers for now. Vinny.
06-24-1999, 01:12 PM #8Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
06-25-1999, 12:58 AM #9HiTecVFDFirehouse.com Guest
A good book to get is: Report From Engine Co. 82 by Dennis Smith.. It is a good book for all fire personnel and all non-fire folks to read. I believe everyone entering in the service needs a copy..
06-25-1999, 09:50 AM #10Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
RIGHT ON! And the 25th anniversary edition is back with a new section by Dennis Smith. Thank you.
06-27-1999, 11:12 PM #11RobFirehouse.com Guest
Sounds like a great idea. I'm a Captain - Emergency Medical Responder with a Paid On-call department in Alberta, Canada. And I work in the communications division of the city of Calgary Fire Department. I would welcome talking to other "buffs" who also have an interest in photography of fire operations. (I'm trained as a photojournalist)
06-29-1999, 02:38 AM #12Capt 2004Firehouse.com Guest
Great way for the camaraderie in the fire service to continue!! I'm one of three captains of the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, Rockdale, IL. where I have been a member for 16 years. I have moved up through the ranks, from firefighter to engineer to chief engineer to captain. I'm hold the following State of Illinois certifications: Firefighter III, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Haz-mat First Responder & Instructor I. Besides supression, my position includes research & purchasing of equipment for the department. I'm looking forward to making more improvements to the department in equipment for the members to use in the years to come. I'm also a member of the Fire Buff's of Illinois. I'm also a dispatcher on the Firenet Chicago alpha paging group which covers most of Illinois & parts of Wisconsin & Indiana. Along with that, I dispatch on Tri-County Fire alpha paging group which covers Will, Grundy & Kendall Counties in Illinois. As with most things in general, I wish I had more time to buff, with working a swing shift job and a family, it just doesnt leave much time. I hope your page is successful with all of its great intentions!!
07-06-1999, 03:54 PM #13Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Thank you Rob and Capt. 2004!
07-06-1999, 04:02 PM #14Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Greetings! I've been visiting family in Colorado. I had some free time to do some "radio buffing." Three good channels to monitor if you're on the road in Colorado -- Denver Fire Dept. 154.070 Mhz (Simulcast of trunked system); Boulder Fire-Rescue 154.325 Mhz; Denver suburbs 154.130 Mhz. You'll hear a variety of apparatus, from traditional engines to squirts and quints.
07-11-1999, 10:17 AM #15Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Here's a good fire buff book -- "We Have a Box Working" ... The Pittsburgh Fire Dept. By retired firefighter John R. Schmidt, who lives in Mt. Lebanon, PA. Great photos, color and BW. Good writing. Thorough research. Complete list of box alarm locations. Pittsburgh is home of IAFF Local 1. Fire service history and folklore
at its best. Published in 1997.
07-12-1999, 03:15 PM #16Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Keeping the ball rolling ... In the scanner department: When in the nation's capital, tune in DC Fire/EMS Channel 1 ... 154.190 Mhz ... Very busy, very interesting. Cheers!
07-14-1999, 03:27 PM #17WWFD86Firehouse.com Guest
Hi i am a career firefighter from West Warwick Rhode Island. I have been on the job for 9 years an I am assigned to a station which crossmans an engine and a ambulance. We get out fair share of fires a year. We do approx. 2900 fire calls a year an 4500 EMS calls a year. I am also an avid firebuff. Ienjoy freelance videography I am a board member of the Providence Citywide Fire Network fire buff club. We operate 4 notification repeated frequencies covering all of Rhode Island south eastern Massachusetts an eastern Conneticut. We are a very active club. We have one of the biggest fire buff web sites with live dispatch of Providence an Boston, past audio of area fires and past video of area incidents. If any of you are in the area please e-mail me an i can hook you up with those frequencies an any new ones being used by area departments. I will be at this years expo, arriving on Friday. Hope to see some of you.
07-15-1999, 11:18 AM #18Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Thank you John WWFD86! Great report. Cheers.
07-19-1999, 10:22 AM #19Vinny Del GiudiceFirehouse.com Guest
Attention FDNY Buffs: Have received word that FDNY has officially added the radio signal 10-77 for a full first alarm assignment for high-rise residential buildings. This is along the lines of the radio signals 10-75 (full first alarm assignment) and 10-76 (commercial high-rise buildings.) Regards.
07-19-1999, 10:32 AM #20e33Firehouse.com Guest
What units fill out the box on a 10-77?
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