After we are dispatched to the call and speed to the scene to save the day, the most important part of the arrival of a fire apparatus besides pulling the first line and forcing the door is the size up by the first in officer and the initial actions that he/she orders. If everyone stays informed as they arrive and communication remains clear on the fireground, then the emergency will be mitigated much more efficiently. The first arriving officer or acting officer must paint…Continue
Posted on June 29, 2015 at 2:38pm
All accross this country, in firehouses everywhere, there sits a firefighter who feels that as long as hose is on the apparatus that it is good enough. At times, company pride isolates itself to a cool Tee-Shirt, or a waxed apparatus. However, in the best firehouses throughout the country, tools are sharpened, hose is laid out with a reason on the apparatus, and firefighters are thinking of how they can better serve their citizens every day.
There is no better way to judge the…Continue
Posted on June 4, 2015 at 3:00pm
Each day across America, firefighters key up radios and transmit numerous emergency and non emergency messages across the airways above us. Without this form of communications, the fire service and many of us would be lost. With the new technologies that have been introduced into the communications realm, firefighters have been challenged and protected better all at the same time.
The one thing I want to bring everyone's attention to is how are your radios aliased? I know, I know,…Continue
Posted on August 5, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment
At times numerous firefighters feel alone while they are at work, despite having numerous people around them. Each day, firefighters everywhere feel as though they are the only ones that care. Caring in the fire service is a great thing because it usually results in pride and dedication; but what no one tells you is that it truly can become a curse to many of us. Caring can bring an unexpected loneliness some days, caring can bring heavy self criticism, but in the end it is a…Continue
Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments