HCFCA’s 9th Annual Fire School

HFeatured imageello all, whether volunteer or paid.  It’s that time again, the 9th Annual Hopkins County Fire Chief’s Association fire school is just around the corner.  Literally, October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, only two weeks away.  If you haven’t already registered you need to do so now by going to www.hcfca.com, there you’ll find the school brochure with a listing of available classes and times as well as a link to the registration page.  Make sue you order your shirt with your registration as no additional shirts will be available at the school to avoid leftovers…

Tell your friends, all responders are welcome.  Hopkins county responders, the school is free, no charge.  If you are outside Hopkins county there is a $30.00 registration fee (if paid by Sept. 28th) that must be paid by mail, if registering after Sept. 27th or at the school the fee is $40.00.

Register today to make sure you get the classes you want.  We hope to see you there.

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HCFCA’s 7th Annual Fire School

To all responders, take note, the 7th annual Hopkins county fire school is coming October 4th, 5th and 6th.  If you  haven’t  alreadyHCFCA 7th Annual Fire School Brochure registered please take a moment to do so, this helps insure that you get the classes you want as well as the teachers and workers are prepared well in advance.  Also if you would like a shirt, getting your registration in early allows enough shirts to be ordered and ready the days of school.  Due to excess shirts being left after past schools, we will only be ordering what is needed, very few extra shirts will be ordered, so order when registering please.

Tell your friends, all responders are welcome.  If you are outside Hopkins county there is a $30.00 registration fee (if paid by Sept. 28th) that must be paid by mail, if registering after Sept. 28th or at the school the fee is $40.00.

Register today at http://www.hcfca.com/fireschool.htmlWe look forward to seeing you there….

Hay Bales and Fire

Not a good combination, but one that occurs quite frequently throughout our area.  No matter how you approach this combination, you’re looking at a lot of work and time involvement.   A very usefull tool is a tractor or loader to help break the bales apart, allowing water to actually get to the seat of the fire, but if not available you can work around it with a few smaller tools and a good combination of water, class “A” foam and a piercing nozzle.

If the latter is the set of tools you’ll be utilizing get ready to work.  You’ll want to get as much manpower as possible to assist with rotation and rehab time.  Take it one bale at a time, focus on bales near an exposure or tree line first and work your way through the remainder.  You’ll need a good water supply as piercing nozzles can move some water.

Class “A” foam will go a long way in allowing water to penetrate the bales, water has a high surface tensions and would rather run on the ground versus soaking into the hay bale.  Even a very low foam concentration, 0.1%, can go a long way in assisting with extinguishment.  Foam isn’t cheap, but when you consider using less water, less travel time to get water and less time on scene burning diesel fuel, it works out.

The main thing to work on is figuring out how to utilize the tools you have.  If you don’t have access to a piercing nozzle, you’ll spend more time breaking the bales apart.  Keep in mind personnel safety is the highest priority followed closely by exposures.  Call for mutual aid manpower and depending on how many bales your dealing with establish a good water supply.

Be safe and good luck…

HCFCA’s 6th Annual Fire School

To all responders, please keep in mind that the 6th annual Hopkins county fire school is coming October 6 and 7th.  If you  haven’t already registered ple6th Annual Hopkins County Fire Schoolase take a moment to do so, this helps insure that you get the classes you want as well as the teachers and workers are prepared well in advance.  Also if you would like a shirt, getting your registration in early allows enough shirts to be ordered and ready the days of school.

Tell your friends, all responders are welcome.  If you are outside Hopkins county there is a $30.00 registration fee that can be paid by mail or at school during sign in.

Register today at www.hcfca.com/registration.html

We look forward to seeing you there….

Welcome to Our Blog…

We’ld like to make you welcome at White Plains Fire’s new Blog.  We’ll be creating topics to discuss methods, tactics and training scenarios.  We hope to build an extensive knowledge base over time.  If you have any immediate requests for categories or topics please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Thanks and here goes….