I am a volunteer. I have a Monday through Friday, 9-5 job that sometimes has me working nights and weekends outside of my duties at the station and on calls. I am an unpaid professional, or at…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by P.J. Norwood May 2, 2012.
What is the lost art of the fire service? Is it a specific technique? A size up routine? A way to use certain tools? Or is it something much more basic than this?In my opinion, the lost art of the…Continue
Started Feb 26, 2012
I like to think of myself as thoughtful and logical. I try to take time to think topics of discussion over and to calculate my response. So, after taking time to read the articles and ensuing…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave LeBlanc Jan 18, 2012.
Actually, I feel just the opposite.Let me set the stage for my argument here.December 17, 2005. Barre City, Vermont. The Barre City Fire Department was dispatched to a working structure fire with…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by mmaan Dec 23, 2011.
One of the headlines on FireEngineering this morning reads"NY fire dept says it's recruiting more minorities". This statement doesn't sit well with me....
I come from Vermont...potentially the least diverse state in the Union. So maybe it's just my lack of experience dealing with racial issues, or maybe it's my lack of understanding on WHY IT MATTERS? Wasn't the whole civil rights movement about getting past the color of someones skin? I get it...there were terrible,…Continue
Posted on August 11, 2011 at 10:51am — 2 Comments
One of the first things I learned when I started in the fire service at the impressionable age of 15 was the importance of the first-due on-scene report. I remember sitting in the living room with my older brother when a call came over the scanner. (I would be lying if I said that I remember what department got called out, or what the call was.) We listened for a little bit, and them my brother, being the older, wiser, (albeit uglier) fire fighter that he was, did as he often did and…Continue
Posted on July 27, 2011 at 1:30pm