Firefighters’ Duties…

Firefighters’ goals are to save life, property and the environment. A fire can rapidly spread and endanger many lives; however, with modern firefighting techniques, catastrophe is usually, but not always, avoided. To prevent fires from starting, a firefighter’s duties include public education and conducting fire inspections. Because firefighters are often the first responders to people in critical conditions, firefighters provide basic life support as emergency medical technicians or advanced life support as licensed paramedics.

Metroplex Pumper (jetfire) back in service!

After more than a month in repairs, Metroplex Pumper (JetFire) is now back in service and ready to respond to fire calls.

The release of Metroplex from the repair hub was in time for the celebration of the Chief’s birthday last Monday, 27 October.  The 27th of October is also the scheduled regular annual meeting of MCFRVI.

Expect Metroplex to be back in full firefighting operations as it’s performance after the repair is being  evaluated by the Executive Officers.

The science of firefighting…

Historically, physicists created a graphical representation detailing the three elements of fire (fire triangle). In recent years, one more point has been added, creating the fire tetrahedron. The four elements needed to sustain combustion are:

* fuel, oxygen, heat, and a chemical chain reaction.

To extinguish a fire, it is necessary to remove one or more of the four components of combustion. Removing any of these will not allow combustion to continue. Firefighters work by

* Eliminating exposure of fuel that may be ignited by nearby flames or radiant heat
* Cooling the fuel below
flashpoint (The temperature when a fuel is combustible)
* Containing and extinguishing the fire
* Removing debris and extinguishing all hidden fires to prevent rekindling

Firefighting – defined

Firefighting is the act of extinguishing destructive fires. A firefighter fights these fires to prevent destruction of life, property and the environment. Firefighting is a highly technical profession which requires years of training and education in order to become proficient.

The Firefighter’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;

 Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child before it is too late

Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,

And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,

To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.

And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life;

Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.