The New Haven Fire Department decision to throw out the firefighter exam due to the test violating Title VII, which is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in employment. Title VII requires employers to think about ethnic bearings of their hiring and promotion process in order to prevent discrimination that’s unintentional or premeditated. Therefore, the Supreme Court decision to rule in favor of the white firefighters was honorable based on the city decision to comply with Title VII in regards to race. The city discriminated when it threw out the exam results based on the race of the person(s) who scored high which had a disparate impact. Either way we view it, the outcome is biased and unfair because a lawsuit possibly
There are many areas in the fire service where potential lawsuits and liability can arise; some of these areas include, but are most definitely not limited to negligence, hazing, and not following the fire department’s SOPs/SOGs. As our society has changed, so has its expectations of those in emergency services—while many in the community may think of firefighters as the pinnacle of what an upstanding citizen must look like, there are countless moral and ethical pitfalls that firefighters can fall prey to and diminish the reputation of the fire service.
Today’s building construction also lends itself into the deaths of firefighters. We see everyday about building collapsing in on our guys while they are fighting fire. The builders and engineers are always coming up with lighter materials and cheaper ways to make things to save them money on construction to boost their bottom lines with out due regard for safety to others especially firefighters. A light weight wood frame truss will fail under fire conditions in a little as five to eight minutes. Given the time that the fire is discovered and called into dispatch, the time they have to turn the call around and dispatch units, one minute to get enroute, and if they can get on scene within five minutes, another couple of minutes to pull hose lines and enter the building, your are on the threshold of a roof collapse. Then we also put guys on the roof to ventilate thus weakening the roof even more. All this for a house that the insurance company is going to tear down anyway and
Most of these fires are due to poor building conditions, and the deaths and injuries are attributed to the lack of escape possibilities and fire safety measures. The American Red Cross in the Greater New York Region has been taking measures to alleviate this problem. The chapter participates in the organization’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, in which volunteers go around neighborhoods and install smoke alarms and and distribute fire-safety information. The campaign is very active in Bronx
For years if not decades, firefighters have responded to a reported structure fire that turned out to be a fully involved single room. This fire scenario requires a core set of fire tactics and skills to control and extinguished the fire, but is it this simple? Perhaps twenty years it may have been, but new dangers are lurking in every scenario and may have detrimental outcomes for unsuspecting and unaware firefighters and victims. The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) agency along with the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) have been conducting research to understand fire behavior and fire dynamics. This research is providing firefighters with new information about how and why
Fire district 13 is located in the forested valleys and steep foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range at the base of Mount St. Helens. Access to our district, primarily reached by one main county road, is limited. With automatic mutual aid to neighboring districts with, major rail, and freeway- interoperability is key. Located above the Cascadia Subduction zone, Clark County is due for a catastrophic earthquake. The area that includes fire district 13 is a transitional zone between unoccupied forest land and human development. Being a part of the wildland urban interface zone puts us at a higher risk for wildfires.
The reasons why I want to be part of the Los Santos Fire Department reside in my childhood. When I was a child I grew up in a bad neighborhood where crime was spreading like wildfire. My friends were lost in crime and I was alone, but at the same time I was lucky: I had two parents who loved me and tried to keep me away from that nasty environment.
Fatal fires usually began before the actual fire ever starts. On February 20, 2003 The Station Night Club had a tragic fire. In this case, it started when the co-manager of the Station Night Club purchased cheap sound proof foam which was not fire retardant. The fire retardant, sound proof foam would have been very expensive to purchase and install. The Night Club main frame was primarily wood which fed most of the fire. The pyrotechnics that the band “Great White” used is what ignited the foam which then moved to the wood paneling. This fire took the lives of 100 people. Building a structure safely is the first step in preventing fires. Suppression and detection systems are the next. The Night Club did not have either one.
On February 20th, 2003 a fire at a night club took the lives of 100 people in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Known as the Station Nighclub fire, this event in history can be seen as a turning point in for building codes and building code enforcement. As a result of the fire, the NIST produced a 250 page report containing ten recommendations to increase the safety of buildings, specifically relating to high density assembly occupancies. Unfortunately, advancements in building codes and their application typically come from disaster rather than from community involvement in a decision making process. History is littered with cause and effect examples of disasters resulting in deaths followed by advancement in code requirements. These
A class B fire is when flammable liquids, such as grease,oils,gasoline,and paints. To put a class B fire you either have to smother it or blanket it. The correct fire extinguisher either has to be carbon dioxide, foam, or dry chemical. The foam fire extinguisher floats on the surface of the fire, cutting off the oxygen and killing the
Humans cause many disasters in the world, but there is one thing that will always be a problem in The United States of America because we wouldn’t think that something so big could be caused by a human. 84% of wildfires are caused by humans. People usually believe that wildfires are usually caused by lightning or something else but they never believe that it is because of humans.
From 2011-2015, there were 217 structure fires in Tennessee caused by children playing with fire. These resulted in four deaths, 12 non-emergency personnel injuries, and over $5 million in property damage. In a recent article, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office discussed the importance of teaching your children about fire safety. While you may not be able to prevent all accidents around your home, there are steps you can take to protect your home and your family from fire-related accidents.
Fullworks Fire Safety gives fire support and testing of fire safety equipment in Australia. The company help you and the businessowner shield your home and business from fire accident. That’s why they offer different fire safety equipment and services. They educate us on how to prevent and how to be ready on this kind of
I truly enjoyed reading the material for this week 's discussion. I found it fascinating to read how these people of passion were so revered as leaders. Something I found difficult while reading the stories of these various leaders was the details of what they did within their respective industries that made them successful. Although I recognize the importance of the details, I found myself continually fanaticizing about how the many different approaches would directly translate to the fire service. Because of the uniqueness of the fire service as an industry, I found it easier to relate to themes and concepts rather than the details. 'Strengths Based Leadership ' by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie For example Simon Cooper stated: "people create memories, not things. If we ask guests what color the carpet was in their guest room, they probably won 't know. The real value comes from the ladies and gentlemen (employees) who bring that hotel to life. Ten percent is the platform, but the rest is people. (Rath & Conchie, 2008, p. 43) As I read this I couldn 't help but think of the fact that our customers in the emergency response world (fire service) likely remember more about how we treat them than what uniform we wear or what kind of apparatus we arrive in, so long as we bring true caring and compassion to their bedside. In addition Cooper 's people over platform approach was obvious in this Rath & Conchie description: "then when he talked of the night-and-day difference that a
Fire prevention is a term being heard more and more today in America. It is starting to become a standard in today’s fire departments. Fire has the ability to keep us warm and also has the ability to make us homeless. As we grow as community and the technology changes, Fire Prevention needs to be made more of a necessity in our homes today. More homes are being built out of lighter material along with being built closer and closer together. Each can lead to extreme destruction, homes being lost, people being displaced, and even death. Why should we not protect homes and defend them against an enemy that can attack at any minute? Fire prevention needs to start in the home and then be carried onward in our lives. There are very