Why register? ...To Enhance Your Experience
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22
  1. #1
    MembersZone Subscriber Emberxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    326

    Default Blaze collapses Michigan Firehouse

    Did you guys read this? That's pretty bad news for all involved, but mostly for the injured firefighter - he's going to have a long road to recovery ahead of him with the amount of burns he received. My prayers are definately with him.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=46&id=43811
    Last edited by Emberxx; 08-05-2005 at 02:33 PM.
    "When you throw dirt, you lose ground."

    IACOJ


  2. #2
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    206

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Emberxx
    Did you guys read this? That's pretty bad news for all involved, but mostly for the injured firefighter - he's going to have a long road to recovery ahead of him with the amount of burns he received. My prayers are definately with him.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=46&id=43811
    Yeah posted about it this morning:

    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthread.php?t=72520

    Not to far away from me, and hits home with our department.
    EMT-B
    Garfield Twp. Fire Department
    http://www.garfieldfire.com

  3. #3
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    Sitting in my chair, listening to the scanner while the young kids respond
    Posts
    375

    Default

    I drove by their station on M-72 just about two weeks ago.

    Hope the brother recovers.

    Pete
    Pete Sinclair
    Hartford, MI
    IACOJ (Retired Division)

  4. #4
    Forum Member JackTee09's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    SC & NJ
    Posts
    630

    Default

    If you find out if there is a fund set up for his care or for his family let us know.

  5. #5
    MembersZone Subscriber F52Westside's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Posts
    268

    Default It's been a bad week !

    Prayers to the brother in Kalkaska and for the family of the Ypsi F/F(read below)

    MI Firefighter killed in crash

  6. #6
    Forum Member JackTee09's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    SC & NJ
    Posts
    630

    Default

    F52

    Indeed it has ... My best wishes to our brother and his family.

  7. #7
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    710

    Default

    Hope for a speedy recovery for the brother injured.

    This brings up the old argument though and a very valid point - we preach smoke detectors to the public, yet a large majority of Fire Houses still dont have this early warning device????? Im bamboozled as to why, especially after an accident like this!
    -I have learned people will forget what you said,
    -People will forget what you did,
    -But people will never forget how you made them feel!

  8. #8
    MembersZone Subscriber Emberxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    326

    Default

    This brings up the old argument though and a very valid point - we preach smoke detectors to the public, yet a large majority of Fire Houses still dont have this early warning device????? Im bamboozled as to why, especially after an accident like this!

    Dave,

    I understand that this was a volunteer department and the station house it self was possibly unstaffed at the time of the fire. Does anyone have any information to verify this? The point being that a smoke detector would have done nothing to help an empty building, although a fire alarm might have.
    "When you throw dirt, you lose ground."

    IACOJ

  9. #9
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Jul 1999
    Location
    Flanders, NJ
    Posts
    13,537

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Emberxx
    [I]
    Dave,

    I understand that this was a volunteer department and the station house it self was possibly unstaffed at the time of the fire. Does anyone have any information to verify this? The point being that a smoke detector would have done nothing to help an empty building, although a fire alarm might have.
    This is an incerdibly ignorant statement. IF the building is going to unmanned most of the time, there are several alternatives:

    1. Central Station monitoring
    2. Dialer to several FD members
    3. Audible alarm on the exterior of the building.

    "WAH, WAH, WAH, these things cost money."

    The fire house and the equipment in it are the most expensive and possibly most essential pieces of critical infrastructure that a town, township, county, whatever, owns. It is completely irresponsible to suggest that appropriate fire detection and protection is a minor issue.

    Let me say that I, too, have held off in posting about smoke detectors. This post is not adderssed to this incident, but to the issue of fire protection in fire department facilities in general.

  10. #10
    MembersZone Subscriber Emberxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    326

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    This is an incerdibly ignorant statement.
    Why, George! Thanks, at least if I'm going to be ignorant I'm glad I can incredible at it! And just for the record - I don't know the inner workings of volunteer departments as we do not have them in our county. I would love to learn more, however, which is why I asked for verification.

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    1. Central Station monitoring
    2. Dialer to several FD members
    3. Audible alarm on the exterior of the building.
    Ummmm....isn't that what I said? "The point being that a smoke detector would have done nothing to help an empty building, although a fire alarm might have."

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    "WAH, WAH, WAH, these things cost money."

    The fire house and the equipment in it are the most expensive and possibly most essential pieces of critical infrastructure that a town, township, county, whatever, owns. It is completely irresponsible to suggest that appropriate fire detection and protection is a minor issue.

    Let me say that I, too, have held off in posting about smoke detectors. This post is not adderssed to this incident, but to the issue of fire protection in fire department facilities in general."
    I also never said the injury to this firefighter couldn't have been avoided, but I felt that it was possible that some might think these ff's were actually in the house at the time the fire broke out. I'm not even sure myself, again, why I asked for anyone who knew to verify or deny this particular piece of the puzzle.

    This article was written with a lot of holes in it. Was there smoke detection? If I had to guess I'd say not, seeing as how the fire was "detected by passersby". Was anyone in the building when it started? It does not say one way or the other although I am inclined to believe that no one was.

    I have also never disregarded the value and cost of equipment, especially in a district where the main service is totally volunteer. From what I have seen they seem to work very hard to acquire the apparatus and stations that they have.

    But most importantly I never, ever - not even once - stated that appropriate fire protection nor detection was a minor issue. I did, however, say that in this particular instance a fire alarm system would have helped in preventing injuries to firefighters while a smoke detector would have gone off to an empty building.

    It's my opinion, since you've asked, that smoke detectors are great - if they are cared for. Whether building commercial or residential buildings I think that it should be required that they install smoke detectors that are hard wired, that do not require batteries that should be changed and never are and maintenance that is never done. Sprinklers are even more important. For the minimal cost to put them into a home under construction - why are they not required?

    How many times have you heard of fatalities in fires where there were smoke detectors but they were "unoperational" at the time of the fire? That is irreponsible.


    ~sighing...sitting back and waiting for the yelling and screaming....
    Last edited by Emberxx; 08-08-2005 at 11:42 AM.
    "When you throw dirt, you lose ground."

    IACOJ

  11. #11
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Jul 1999
    Location
    Flanders, NJ
    Posts
    13,537

    Default

    No yelling or sceraming.

    Nice spin. It belies the true intention of your first post, though.

  12. #12
    MembersZone Subscriber Emberxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    326

    Default

    No George, it doesn't. Having been on duty last night and having about two hours of sleep when I made that statement, I didn't correctly explain my position. Buy I thank you for pointing that out to me. I apologize. It won't happen again.

    I appreciate the lack of yelling and sceraming. I might hurt myself trying to sceram back while I spin
    Last edited by Emberxx; 08-08-2005 at 01:22 PM.
    "When you throw dirt, you lose ground."

    IACOJ

  13. #13
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    28

    Default

    Not a career/vollie issue.

    Who gives a **** if the station is unmanned --

    MOST fire stations are unmanned when there is a call, fuel run, food run, training, etc. Very, very few departments leave a "watchman" or similiar position back at the station.

    Great, career department. Station just burned down 'cause we left the dinner cooking.

    Now that neighborhood has impaired response times for weeks, months, or forever while the company is responding from another station further away until it's quarters are rebuilt.

    Like George said...Sprinklers. Monitored Fire Alarms. Or, at the very least, hook up a smoke detector to trigger an air raid siren.

  14. #14
    MembersZone Subscriber Emberxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    326

    Default

    Not a career/vollie issue. I agree - I never said that it was. What I did say, however, is that I had no personal knowledge of volunteer departments, how they are staffed, manned nor anything about station protection or lack thereof of any department other than my own.

    Who gives a **** if the station is unmanned - MOST fire stations are unmanned when there is a call, fuel run, food run, training, etc. Very, very few departments leave a "watchman" or similiar position back at the station.

    That's an excellent point which I had not considered. Again, a good point to make for what I said in the beginning, which was "fire alarms".

    Great, career department. Station just burned down 'cause we left the dinner cooking.

    That's absolutely true - it's happened many times. And that's why "fire alarms" are so important.


    Like George said...Sprinklers. Monitored Fire Alarms. Or, at the very least, hook up a smoke detector to trigger an air raid siren.

    If you had read my post in full you would have understood that I simply did not fully explain myself in my original post. Although, again, I believe my words were "fire alarm"... Not to mention that in both posts I agreed completely with the above statement.

    Let me state again so that there is no mistaking my intent:

    I believe that fire stations should have fire detection and protection systems. Having said that - I also believe that this particular ff - the ff about which I was speaking and the particular situation that I was referring to - would not IN THIS SITUATION have benefitted from a smoke detector, ((AGAIN - I AM NOT SAYING THAT SMOKE DETECTORS SHOULD NOT BE INSTALLED IN FIRE HOUSES)) which would NOT NOTIFY ANYONE of the fire except the occupants of that particular building. Because they did not have FIRE ALARM this ff was hurt...bottom line.
    Last edited by Emberxx; 08-08-2005 at 02:57 PM.
    "When you throw dirt, you lose ground."

    IACOJ

  15. #15
    Forum Member JackTee09's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    SC & NJ
    Posts
    630

    Default

    Jeez.....someone could lose an eye with all the knives flying. Let me jump right in ---

    Advocating protection for fire stations is something that a few people here have voiced support for over the years. I agree with them. When I was the Fire Marshal on more than one occasion I received calls from an angry citizen who was apoplectic because said person found out that our city stations did not have fire protection devices (smoke detectorsprinklers, etc.) Normally the procedure was to talk them down and try to give the official line - which was BS - but hey-somebody has to tell it. It was hypocritical. All stations, and I think we are agreed, should have smoke detectors at a minimum but to show the seriousness of our chosen vocation we should seek to provide the maximum for the stations.

    With respect to the youngster from Michigan who knows what might have saved his life? I can't say because I know next to nothing about it. Its a tragedy just as any firefighter losing their life is...
    Jacktee

    IACOJ

    "Insert quotation here."

  16. #16
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Bay City, MI
    Posts
    169

    Default

    Ember, I thought your point came across just fine the first time. You could wear out ten keyboards trying to debate micro-semantics here. Wait til you've reached xxxx posts, then your word will be "gospel".

  17. #17
    Forum Member JackTee09's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    SC & NJ
    Posts
    630

    Default

    Wait til you've reached xxxx posts, then your word will be "gospel"
    Oh yeah - thats likely to happen. No ones word is gospel here but neither should anyone refrain from voicing an opinion.
    Jacktee

    IACOJ

    "Insert quotation here."

  18. #18
    MembersZone Subscriber F52Westside's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Posts
    268

    Cool

    WOW !! OK I've got my kevlar suit on now for the knives.

    Emberxx - I understood your point about fire alarms helping and smoke
    detectors not.

    George - Dude relax Emberxx's point was not ignorant. It was that smoke
    detectors would not help but a fire alarm would. This does not
    sound like the George that I have been listening to on these forums.

    George and Emberxx -
    George wrote - "Let me say that I, too, have held off in posting about smoke detectors. This post is not adderssed to this incident, but to the issue of fire protection in fire department facilities in general." If you want to talk about the issue of fire protection but not addressed to this incident then start a new thread.

    JackTee - Do you think the kevlar will help protect me from the knives ?
    Stay Safe & Bring 'em Home!
    Eddie C.
    I.A.F.F. Local 3008

    "Doin' it for lives n' property"

    ** "The comments made here are this person's views and not that of the organizations to which I am affiliated" **

  19. #19
    MembersZone Subscriber Emberxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    326

    Default

    ~lifting up the lid of my foxhole, peeking around...I taking a step out - guess I can take off this gillie suit...(they're kinda hot, ya know!) ~

    Wow...thanks man...I thought I was a goner for sure!
    "When you throw dirt, you lose ground."

    IACOJ

  20. #20
    Forum Member JackTee09's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    SC & NJ
    Posts
    630

    Default

    JackTee - Do you think the kevlar will help protect me from the knives ?
    I don't know!

    George Wendt is a straight shooter. He may rattle a few cages but he makes excellent points. EmberXX also made some good points.

    Hell, so did I. Where's my certificate?
    Jacktee

    IACOJ

    "Insert quotation here."

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts