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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-08-2007, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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What I've been up to lately

Haven't had much time lately. Only 2.5 weeks left. I'll be happy when it's over but it has been fun.

My crew, me being in the middle. If you notice how red my face is that isn't sun burn. The burn tower was hot enough to melt helmets. I'd estimate about 600 degrees at chest level.



Raising the 45' bangor ladder. It weights a couple hundred pounds.



me climbing it



basement fire scenerio at the burn tower



the chicago ridge aerial to assist us with truck operations



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Wow, that's pretty cool man! Firefighting has got to be one of the coolest jobs out there.

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Righteous! I feel safer living in Oak Lawn knowing that my fire department is actively participating in Firefighter training!

That said, may I recommend some SPF 45 for your skin?

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I work part-time in Summit right now and full time at Tri-State (burr ridge, willowbrook, darien). With some luck I'll be transfering to a new department next month with a much higher call volume and a lot better benefits I probably wouldn't work for CFD just because of there residency requirement. I can't wait to get out of the city
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Glad to see you finally settled on one thing. Much respect to firemen.

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Welcome to the brotherhood!

Although I no longer work for a department I have gone through some of the toughest training for this down at Texas A&M fire school, certified in HAZMAT and Industrial Firefighting.

Just remember to watch your ass out there, and remember that fire is a living breathing creature.

Burn tower is hot for sure, but when you face some fuel or chemical fires, you will surely know what hot is:






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Hell ya I've seem some stuff from A&M looks like a great school. I'd love to get the chance to go down to IFSI. The burn tower was nothing compared to the flashover simulator we were put into. It's out in frankfort at there training center.

Basically they took 2 cargo crates, chopped one in half so it was only about 8' long and elevated it about 3', they then connected the two. The elevated one is lined with drywall (excellent insulator) to hold in the heat. There is a vent controlled by a pull cord in the middle of the lower full size container, this is where you kneel. They then pack a bunch of crap in the elevated one and start it on fire. As it heats up and gets hotter and hotter the inside becomes starved of oxygen. That's when they crack the vent to feed it and the fire will roll over you. A lot of people don't realize that smoke itself is a combustible. Smoke is mainly carbon monoxide. When it gets hot enough the higher container will flash and everything that's in there (including carbon monoxide) will ignite, that's fully incapsulated in firefighting gear, in regular clothing you're done way before a flashover. Carbon monoxide has an ignition temperature of 1129 degrees to give some of you an idea of how hot it is at the ceiling. Contrary to many movies you can survive a flashover for about 3 seconds before you ignite. We were warned about staring at the fire because it will literally melt the mask off your face. I believe they are rated to about 900 degrees. Even though we were warned two people I went in with came out with masks so wavy you couldn't see out of them anymore. Another guy melted off all the reflective stuff on his jacket.

I'm loving it so far though. We are doing an LP burn next week that should be cool also. I have my final burn friday I'll try and get some good pictures

Any tips for hazmat? I hear it's extremely boring. I have hazmat awareness next week and hazmat ops the following.

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HAZMAT is cool if you get to use it regularly, if not you will take the course and be bored. It is very important to know, because too many have fallen because they didn't have the training or were trained but never used it.

At A&M we had something similar to what you described, and yes the flash over about makes you crap your pants. The propane is easy, just make sure you keep the flames pushed back when they or you reach for that valve to shut it off. If not someone will be receiving some assistance from the bus drivers.

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