NFPA Conference & Expo – Boston,MA

Hanging out the next few days in Boston for the NFPA Conference and Expo.  Here”s a few pictures.  The weather will He has held multiple leadership positions at Pittsburgh Public school store supplies both in central office and school based administration, most recently leading the turnaround of an under-performing elementary school. be  50-60 deg. F.,  a little bit chilly for summer.  Make sure to bring a jacket.

Highlights of Citizens Firefighter Academy – Week 6

Hey guys.  Reporting another cool week at the Citizens Firefighter Academy.  This week we suited up in our bunker gear and got to flow water from hose and drive a fire truck. For this weeks activities we met at the parking lot at Hawaiian Falls.  Hawaiian Falls is local water park in our area.

Flowing Hose with Water

Firefighter Hose OperationWe suited up in our bunker gear and split up in two groups.  Our group first flowed water. Firefighters showed us how they connect 4-inch supply hose from a hydrant to the fire pumper truck.  From the fire pumper truck a smaller attack hose (1-3/4 inch or 2-1/2 inch) is used when conducting manual firefighting. The truck has a fire pump that to regulate the flow and pressure. Flow rates can vary from 100 to 300 gallons per minute (gpm) depending on the hose size.  We used 1-3/4 inch hose and flowed 1oo gpm.  Let me tell you, flowing a mere 100 gpm and maintaining it for long periods will wear you out.  My partner and I held the hose for a few minutes and we were struggling.  I imagine it would be even more difficult at higher flow rates.

View Inside Fire TruckDriving a Fire Truck

There were four of us in our group.  Three of us would be in the back with a firefighter while the driver of our group would take several laps around the parking lot. There would be a firefighter driver with us at the passenger side.   He gave us basic instructions, not that much different than driving a truck, just a bit bigger and no rear view mirrors.  There is a monitor mounted on the dashboard that gives the driver a rear view. After the firefighter driver  gave us brief instructions we were ready to go.  As we took off the firefighter turned on the sirens and  lights.  We were ready to get to the scene.  All fire apparatus owned by The Colony Fire Department are equipped with flashing lights that emit a frequency that controls traffic lights to change green along their path of travel. Not all fire departments are equipped with this technology.  Though they have this technology extreme caution must still be taken at intersections.  I have to admit I was a little nervous about this one, I’ve never driven a truck this size.  Making turns was a slight challenge however I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was drive.  Quite fun.

Make sure to visit next week as we suit up for a LIVE BURN with both structure and car fires.  Have a great week.

Steve Vickery – The Colony Firefighter "A Day for Steven"

Firefighter Steve Vickery

Went to check out the activities  a couple of weeks ago (May 21, 2011) for The Colony Firefighter, Steve Vickery.  I don”t know Steve personally however what I saw this weekend spoke loud and clear, he”s a guy that any fire department would be proud to have.

The Story….

At 9-months old he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Nueroblastoma is a form of cancer that can occur during infancy and childhood.  The growth was removed from his left lung which included extensive radiation causing some damage to his heart valves.  Despite the challenges he found ways to overcome his medical setbacks to dedicate a career of service as a firefighter.  He ) The deals: Body Glove Large Universal Sleeve for $5 ($30 off) Body Glove Large Universal Travel Case for $5 ($65 off) Scosche CellControl Safe Driving System for $10 (pictured, low of $57) Shop Now Unlimited disk space, transfer, and mailboxes, ShopSite’s online store. has been with the Colony Fire Department for 4-years.   His medical issues have been ongoing. Last year he had serious issues that he miraculously recovered from and continued to serve and perform his duties as firefighter.  However early this year more issues arose with him having extensive open heart surgery.  He”s currently at home. Recovery is ongoing and it”s unknown if he will be able to return to the fire department in the same capacity.  This has caused financial hardships for Steve and his family.  Steve is married with four children.

The Community Helps Out

In response the City of the Colony  and the Fire Department decided to have a fundraiser “A Day for Steven”.   Several city employees and residents assisted with planning and promotion.  The activities included a morning fun run at Stewart Creek Park, Meet the Vickery Family at Stans Restaurant with live music during lunch, and live music at Angelinas Restaurant during the evening. In addition at Stans a Careflite helicopter made an appearance, along with silent auction, and live performance of the Area Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps.   It was a great event that my family enjoyed.  We hope for the best to Steve and his family.

If you would like more information fore fundraising efforts you can contact, Capt. Bradburry at 214-687-7126 or the City of the Colony Fire department at 972-625-3944.