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01-07-2008, 11:58 PM #1
I know, sounds like a lame Firefighter Survival topic, but take a second to read & think.
We go to brush and/or outside rubbish fires daily. Typically we dont think too much about 'em. Usually a BS little fire, hit it with the booster or trash line and take up. With the exception of the wildfires in the Hamptons, dont think I've ever seen anyone wear a pak at a brush fire.
As we always say in the fire service, ya turn ya back for one second and shit goes downhill. The same is VERY true for brush fires.
A lotta times at building or house fires, ya kinda have a good idea where the fire is going. At a brush fire, you dont. It is bascially controlled by God, which way the wind blows and how much fuel is has to consume. Many a simple little brush fire has turned into an invitational. In buildings, you have exposures. With brush fires, EVRYTHING is an exposure.
And one more thing I betcha no one thinks of- when a 50' oak tree is clipped by a 6x6, or the base is hollowed out & subjected to fire- either way- comes down; its gonna mess a brother up good.
Additionally, if you're operating in "high grasses" (i.e. Gateway National Rec Area, etc), the MPO and most likely the IC as well will not be able to see 6' tall members 50' deep into 7' blades of brush.
Never underestimate ANY fire. No matter how BS it may seem.My posts are mine and do not represent my dept
01-08-2008, 10:01 AM #2
And to add, what is burning? A few years back, several members from Merrick became ill from burning poison ivy. Vegitation may give off toxic fumes. Another reason to wear a pak."The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it". -T. Roosevelt
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01-09-2008, 08:26 PM #7
Do you honestly think I don't know the difference between the pic I posted and poison ivy?
01-11-2008, 12:54 AM #8
Speaking of invitationals.....zeroone and others can remember about a year back right here in Roslyn......the exact location was from Bryant Ave to Museum Dr in Roslyn Harbor.......a huuuuuuuuuge brush fire and i think we pretty much called everyone in the 5th battalion......it mustve been like 0 degrees that night........"Drop da dime and three quarters K"
01-11-2008, 07:37 PM #9
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that was a good one...cold as hell...but i wouldnt exactly remember how cold...(standing by at Roslyn Highlands HQ, in the warmth)You gotta be 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.
I Don't Call You Son, 'Cause You Shine...
...I Call You Son, 'Cause You Mine.
01-12-2008, 09:20 AM #10
littering and... littering and... smoking the reefer.
leaves of three let it be
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