Personnel, people working on-shift, could not be unbalanced within the neighborhood (battalion) in which you were assigned.
“I can’t believe how easy it was to get to this roof,” my mind meandered as I “popped” out of the scuttle to the roof adjoining the fire building.
Working for Captain Nolan was like working for an historical figure named Florian1—a great firefighter, an officer, a teacher, a leader, and a saint.
My father and my grandfather were firefighters. Both were a product of old traditional Irish heritage when it came to family.
111 Truck. One-Eleven in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) was another truly unique place in which I was fortunate to have worked and skippered during my too-short career.
It is with great sadness that Fire Engineering announces the loss of its former editor and technical editor Tom Brennan at the age of 66. Brennan, for all his seriousness and intensity when it came to safe "commonsense" and "simple" effective firefighting had a keen sense of humor and the gift of being the "life of the party."Donation information is pending.
We were talking about safe operations for responding and returning, and perhaps we should visit there for a little longer (a term I stole from my recently retiring friend in the West).
Most of you who know me understand that I am usually not impressed with statistics that seem to support an exciting or excitable subject that follows them “first shot out of the bag.” Those numbers and matched data were planned to do just that. “Figures lie and liars figure,” is an old adage from a college statistics course from my early days.
I reserved this space in this mag- azine 20 years ago to hang out with you and “shoot the breeze” about one predominant subject, operations-responding to, operating at, and (most important) returning from fires and other related emergencies threatening our core of service: to protect the lives, property, and environment of those we promised to serve.
We have been talking (at least I was), about those tactics, tasks, and procedures that occur on most well-trained operations that support aggressive structure firefighting.