Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Idaho Firefighter Trains at TEEX Municipal Fire School

In July in College Station, all eyes turn to the skies over Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service's (TEEX) Brayton Fire Training Field. Firefighters of all stripes turn up for the Annual Fire Schools, and this year, Donnelly, Idaho firefighter Michael Murphy was one of them.
Murphy had heard about TEEX from others in his Idaho rural fire department, but what drew him was the specialized training. "I'm taking the Pump Maintenance class. That's kind of the reason that I came. I have never seen it available anywhere."

What sold Michael, though, was the facility. "As far as what's different about TEEX? We have a fire academy in Donnelly as well, but it's just a very, very, VERY, very shrunk down version of this. This is incredible. I love it!"

Now Michael's already planning for next year and he's already got his class picked out: Pump Operations. "Even after just taking the Pump Maintenance class, I'm thinking that the training is more accurate. Plus, they've already said some things about pump operations that we aren't doing that I'm planning on taking back."

A former submariner, Michael served in the Navy for twenty years and missed the camaraderie after getting out. When he joined the Donnelly Rural Volunteer Fire Department ten years ago, he found it again.

"When I walk into my fire department, I hear, 'Murph!' Here, I walk out of my room at the La Quinta, I hear 'Idaho'! And everybody's yelling. It's really cool." He must mean the training because it can't be for the balmy temps, right? Here's a photo Michael sent his 90 year old dad.

See you next year, Michael!

Unique course content along with hands-on training from subject matter experts are only two of the reasons our training is so highly reviewed by our students. If you're interested in learning about TEEX's training, visit our Annual Schools website

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Burglar Proof Your Home #8: Insurance Claims

One other thing that you really can do that helps law enforcement and will help you in your insurance claim, should you fall victim to burglary. You've spent a lot of time and effort putting nice televisions, stereos, personal belongings in your home. Most of those have manufactures, model numbers and serial numbers. So my recommendation is create you a chart where you can write down the items.

Write down the manufacturer, the model number, the serial number and how much you paid for it. Get yourself an established value. Inventory everything because you never know what your insurance company may ask you for when you're filing for a loss. Once you've created that spread sheet take that next step and print it out and secure it somewhere else. There's nothing more disheartening than to realize you've taken all the time to make the spreadsheet and it’s in your computer and that was the item that was stolen.

So always having a hard copy is a good thing. It will sure make your job a lot easier, it will make law enforcement's ability to recover stolen items a lot better if they have models and serial numbers and values.

Watch all the home safety videos by TEEX Law Enforcement's Kyle McNew:

6.) Burglar Proof Your Home #6: Garage Doors
7.) Burglar Proof Your Home #7: Alarm Systems
8.) Burglar Proof Your Home #8: Insurance Claims

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Burglar Proof Your Home #7: Alarm Systems

One of the other things we want to talk about when it comes to hardening the target is the use of alarm systems. There's a lot of different alarm dealers out there that are installing systems. My recommendation is that you do your homework.

Find out who is licensed and who is bonded before you just call anybody to come and install an alarm system in your home. A couple of things you want to think about, most alarm companies are going to offer you a basic package, which is going to probably take care of putting contacts at all your external doors and it’s probably going to offer you a motion sensor.

I would say that as a bare minimum, you want all your external doors contacted so that you know when one is opened. And you want to put at least a motion sensor in the house itself. The other thing to think about, most alarm companies are going to offer you some sort of monitoring service so if the alarm goes off, it sends a signal to a central monitoring area and then notify law enforcement to respond.

Most alarm systems are going to have some sort of siren unit in the home itself, so if that alarm goes off it creates an awful lot of noise which will obviously number one, alert the burglar and hopefully make them run out.

One of the things that you may want to think about if you're not going to be home, is putting that alarm in the silent mode so that if it does go off, it doesn't alert the burglar by sounding the alarm in the house but the central monitoring system does get the phone call and they alert law enforcement.