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David Topczynski posted a blog post

Understaffed Company Operations

I often get asked how I began teaching on the topic of understaffed company operations, or why I feel addressing short staffed operations is so important. The answer is very simple, because our lives depend on it. Most foundation level training programs are based on students working in teams of five or six, even in my own state. Realistically, that is just not practical for many firefighters across the country. Our focus is to take the skills and material taught in most training programs from…See More
12 hours ago
Dean Helsel posted a blog post

Cancer Sayings in the Fire Service

         There are a few common sayings that are heard on a daily basis in fire departments that absolutely get under my skin. Here are just a few to name; “It has been this way for 40+ years, you’ll never change it now” or “XYZ Fire Company does it that way so we will not”, but we are aware that there are plenty more that are used.  These statements are the “Cancer Sayings” in the fire service.  As volunteer and career guys, we have the best job in the world and if you do not think so become a…See More
12 hours ago
Dave McGlynn posted a blog post

A Fireman's Wife

A strong, good willed, open-minded, patient, listener but most importantly supporter walks into the room. This is a person with integrity, with values, a person who puts themselves second and lives to help and support others. No, I’m not talking about the Fireman, I’m talking about the Fireman’s wife.I was driving the other day…See More
P.J. Norwood posted a discussion

UL-FSRI Measuring Success Survey

Please take a few minutes of your valuable time to help shape the future of the fire service. UL-FSRI has worked hard over the past 10 years to provide the fire service with firefighter safety research to help us learn more about the fire environment and our tactics. Help UL-FSRI measure their success by completing this short survey. Your feedback is important.Thank You from the UL-FSRI Measuring Success Task GroupCharles Bailey- Assistant Chief Montgomery County, MD Mike Gagliano- Captain…See More

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Understaffed Company Operations

Posted by David Topczynski on August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm

Cancer Sayings in the Fire Service

Posted by Dean Helsel on August 29, 2015 at 1:51pm

A Fireman's Wife

Posted by Dave McGlynn on August 28, 2015 at 2:08pm

Thanks for Hiring Me

Posted by John K. Murphy on August 28, 2015 at 11:00am

Saving Firefighters Lives…

Posted by Aaron Zamzow on August 27, 2015 at 9:09pm

A Long History of Short Memories

Posted by Mark vonAppen on August 27, 2015 at 1:30pm

Improving Internal Communication

Posted by Joseph Kitchen on August 27, 2015 at 12:30pm

Are You Courageous Enough?

Posted by P.J. Norwood on August 27, 2015 at 11:06am


Posted by Isaac Frazier on August 27, 2015 at 7:00am


Video: Reading house fire

firefighters in reading spent the night battling a two-alarm house fire. The flames broke out just before midnight in the 500 block of tulpehocken street. The building was vacant but one firefighter was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation

Video: Fire & Two Dead

Two found dead in Green Bay tauto store that burned down. Dead were inside a car.


UL-FSRI Measuring Success Survey

Started by P.J. Norwood in Sample Title yesterday.

FDNY Waldbaum Fire: Insights, Remembrance and Learnings

Started by Christopher Naum, SFPE in Sample Title Aug 2.

Hydrant Pressure Reducer?

Started by Jerry Holenbeck in Sample Title Jul 13.

Water Supply and Tender Operations 2 Replies

Started by Trey Foust in Sample Title. Last reply by Dan Rice Jul 24.

Is salvage still important?

Started by Ryland Kendrick in Sample Title Jun 10.


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