On Saturday, April 12, the City of Belton once again served as host of the 5th Annual South Carolina Chili Cook Off. A nice turnout of cooks served up another successful year of outstanding chili and salsa. Yours truly, Belton Fire, was on hand looking to defend our Sportsmanship Award and improve on our second place finish in the People's Choice Award. A new addition to the competition was the Hot Chili Eating Contest where contestants downed as many bowls of chili as they could in five minutes. Four Season's owner, Nathan Key served as our firefighter chef this year and produced an outstanding bucket of chili along with a "not for the faint of heart" pot of Mayday 9 alarm chili. As if you expected anything else, our very own Firefighter Ben Sutton took home first place honors along with a couple of nice prizes. After a long day of passing out samples, ringing the bell and Pepto Bismol, our crew successfully repeated as the Sportsmanship Award winners and produced another second place People's Choice award. Thanks to all those involved we had a blast!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
On Monday, March 24, Belton firefighters met for regular training and continued learning how to handle lost/missing person incidents. Once again, Ryan Herring from Anderson Tech Rescue came by and discussed what should take place early during these types of calls. Firefighters also reviewed a mapping program to assist in performing different types of searches. SAR packs and ICS was reviewed in great detail. BFD members also reviewed numerous incident photos of structure fires with the question being posed as "go or no go" situations. Follow the link to FDQ/Facebook and you will find all of the photos reviewed and the responses that went along with them.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Click on the link below for a great article discussing the continued need for vertical ventilation.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Take some time to read the article found in the link below. It brings out some good points from both sides of the interior/exterior argument. We have all seen the new research presented by UL/NIST and we should make it a point to educate ourselves. Not taking sides here, but I feel this is a decently neutral take on the situation. One idea repeated is the fact that none of the new tactics are new at all. We just now have the ability to test and gather data. Please take a look and don't get too hung up on the accolades of the author at the end bio!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Please follow the link below to the second part of "To Go or Not To Go" for some great information about making the decisions to go or not go on vacant/abandoned homes.
I have also included the link to part one of this document. (Click below)
On February 24, Belton firefighters met to take part in Map and Compass training. Ryan Herring from Anderson City Fire/Tech Rescue presented a valuable class on using topographical maps and how to use the orienteering compass. This training will prove handy during our March training drills when we take part in a multi-agency missing person drill. Below are some resources to familiarize yourself with.
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