Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

Posted on November 4, 2011

 On November 9th FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System test. This test will kick off at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The test will be nationwide, running concurrently across all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind. It is designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. Nothing like it has been conducted in the history of the country. There have been tests in the past but none to all parts of the Nation at the same time. The test will run concurrently on all radio and TV bands and the message will run for three minutes. Most messages in the past were anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

There is great concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test. The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test. Fear is that the lack of an explanation message might create panic. Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware of the test.

Below are some websites, that will provide more information…

Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge

Posted on November 21, 2011

Training….. Its not always fun; Its not always glamorous but it is a necessary part of what we do. Its a requirement to insure that you are the best at what you do, no matter what it is. I know you are aware of sports team training, military training and other types of training that are required for certain jobs, but you may not be aware of the training that firefighters go through.

The challenge with training is to make it so that everyone wants to participate and give their all, but how do you make training realistic, focused on the tasks you will perform and make it exciting?

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge focuses on 5 skills that firefighters perform at fire scenes on a routine basis. Walking up 5 flights of stairs might be a challenge but doing it with 50 pounds of gear on while wearing an air mask over your face and carrying 30 pounds of hose is only the beginning of this competition.

Click on the link below to see some images and video from the competition in Myrtle Beach.

Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge