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Bigger harvesting machines mean bigger fires

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   Earlier in the week, I shared a photo posting on Facebook of a combine fire that occurred in a Minnesota soybean field. The season is in full swing in many parts of the country, and these types of fires are occurring more and more as the season progresses. Silage harvest is wrapping up in […]

Not Just Another (Proverbial) Fire

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A Facebook video of a funeral procession involving fire apparatus is making the rounds this morning, and aside from the obvious (which has been covered in the comments of the original post), this presents yet another good example of some of the battles that fire departments (and other safety agencies) have to fight that involve […]

Happy New Year!

I want to take a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope you had a great Christmas season and enjoyed time with family and friends throughout the holidays. You may have noticed that other responsibilities have pulled me away from this page and my site in the past month or two. […]

Not Just Another Cause?

When we stop to consider what constitutes an incident that’s “not just another fire,” I’m sure the first thing to come to mind for most of us isn’t the cause and origin. However, we sometimes need to be thinking outside the box when we review facilities, both in our investigation and our inspection modes. A […]

Large grain dryer fire in Ohio

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  A large grain dryer in Ohio caught fire last week, resulting in the photo above. Grain drying can be performed by “batch drying” (through the use of a mobile drying unit or by using a stand-alone drying unit like the one in the photo) or it can be accomplished by forcing heated air through […]

Recent grain elevator incidents emphasize need for combustible dust preparedness

Last week on Thursday, I spoke at the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association‘s Indiana Emergency Response Conference. During my session, I discussed a grain elevator combustible dust explosion that occurred in Coshocton, Ohio a few weeks ago. Then on Friday, another Ohio grain elevator suffered an explosion; this time occurring in Evendale, near Cincinnati. Initial reports […]

Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen’s Association regional fire school

This weekend I attended the Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen’s Association regional fire school, held at Bowling Green State University, to take advantage of the special opportunity to hear Chief Scott Schroer and Asst Chief Jerry Merges share their first-hand experience with the 2003 silo explosion at Hoge Lumber. Because I use the NIOSH report and […]

Thank you to each and every one of you! Happy New Year!

As the year comes to a close, I want to take a moment to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who have supported this project thus far. To think that just a year ago, the idea of a site and Not Just Another Fire Facebook page providing news and training information related […]

Blah Blah Blah Safety

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Each day I find at least a few minutes to read through some of the fire service commentary on the prominent social media sites. After all, I’m trying to add to the mix by providing a few things here on Not Just Another Fire, so I like to know what everyone else is talking about, […]

Black boxes

When you hear the term black box, just what comes to mind? Do you think about a magical container of sorts holding some secret power or mystery? Perhaps you think of something that holds the truth, the unknown, or some type of certainty? In aviation, the flight data recorders are often called “black boxes,” perhaps […]

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