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24 entries in the Fire glossary beginning with "L"
Ladder company
A group of fire fighters, officers and engineers that staff a ladder truck.
Ladder fuels
Flammable vegetation that helps a ground fire move into the canopy.
Ladder pipe
Nozzle attached to aerial ladder and used to direct heavy stream from advantageous height.
Ladder truck
A truck outfitted for fire which is operated by a ladder company, and in most cases is not outfitted to pump water. Not to be confused with engine.
Large Diameter Hose
(LDH) Fire hose with a diameter of 4 inches or greater. LDH is typically used to supply water from a fire hydrant to fire apparatus such as an engine or tanker.
LCES
Firefighter safety mnemonic for Lookouts, Communications, Escape routes, Safe zones.
Lead plane
Aircraft with pilot used to make trial runs over the target area to check wind, smoke conditions, topography and to lead air tankers to targets and supervise their drops.
Leatherhead (helmet)
A cover or protetive device worn by fire fighters in some countries, also slang denoting a fire fighter.
Left Handed Smoke Shifter
A device used to torture probationary firefighters during an overhaul phase; a crew chief will send his Probie to fetch one, but no such device actually exists. Each truck the probie visits will consequently "Not have one", or "Another crew just took it", but each truck operator will know for certain that, "THAT" truck might have one over there... The process will repeat until the probie has been to each truck looking for the device while the crew chief increasingly chides him to "hurry up" over the radio. Similar to military non-objects such as Relative Bearing Grease or winter air for tyres.
Let-burn policy
Administrative decision to defer fire suppression, perhaps because of wilderness and long-term forest conservation considerations.
Level A, B protective clothing
Different levels of encapsulation of firefighters used during HAZMAT incidents to minimize contamination.
Level I, II, III Incident
A HAZMAT term denoting the severity of the incident and the type of response that may be necessary, where Level III is the largest or most dangerous.
Life line
A trademark for a wireless emergency call unit that triggers a telephone call to an emergency dispatcher when a button is pressed.
Life net
Portable net for attempting to catch victims falling or jumping from upper floors of burning structure.
Life safety code
NFPA publication.
Life safety line
A rope used where its failure could result in serious injury; a rope used for connecting a firefighter/rescuer to a fixed anchor point or to another person.
Light 'em, fight 'em
Derogatory term for wildland crew with a reputation for igniting its prescribed burns carelessly.
Light Water
An additive to use with water in the extinguishing of petroleum and similar fires.
Line loss
See friction loss.
Litter
Surface buildup of leaves and twigs.
Live line
A fire hose under pressure from a pump. Also, an energized electrical line that may cause a hazard to firefighters.
Loaded stream
A hose stream that has had a surfactant added to assist in penetrating burning materials.
Longline
Helicopter arrangement for lowering external loads into areas not available for landing.
Lookouts
(1) Safety person positioned to monitor the location and behavior of a fire, ready to sigal a crew to escape; (2) Fire lookout tower or fire tower, often on mountain-tops, for viewing the surrounding countryside and watching for signs of fire; (3) Fire lookout, the person who works in the fire lookout tower; (4) The L" of "LCES" safety mnemonic.
24 entries in the Fire glossary beginning with "L"
Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Dec 30, 2020 the Indiana County Water Rescue Team was Activated for one kayak capsized, reportedly in the area of Aultman Run boat access along the Conemaugh River. One victim was reported to be in th...
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
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On 1/19/2016 Station 120 was activated by Indiana County 911 to assist station 330 with a barn fire on Clarksburg road. Assistant 330 went on scene with a fully involved structure w/ exposures. E121 a...
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
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At 0600hrs stations 132, 71, and 41 where dispatched to a structure fire on Shady Hollow road. 132 A1 went on scene with a working fire, fire in the attic space. A tanker assignment was then added to...
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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At 12:56 Hrs. 8/2/14 station 120 was dispatched for a vehicle accident with roll over, and entrapment RT 217 near Ferguson Rd. 120 Chf. went on scene confirming entrapment, Recue 125 quickly stabilize...
Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Saturday July 9th, 2022 will be the Golf Outing. See the Flyer for details and registration!
Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
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Company Report for January 2022.BFD responded to 34 calls for service in the month of January.These Incidents consisted of Medical assists, Vehicle accidents, Vehicle fires, Chimney fires, Smoke and F...
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Last night at the December monthly meeting, BFD elected it’s line officers and administrative staff for 2022: Line Officers Fire Chief: George Burkley1st Asst. Chief: Terry Shepherd2nd Asst. Chi...
Thursday, March 25th, 2021
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SAVE THE DATE! Our annual GOLF OUTING will be July 10, 2021. More info, the official flyer and registration will be posted soon.
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