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The Working Company Officer

     Many fire departments throughout the nation operate with fire companies that are considerably  understaffed.  Officers assigned in these companies have the added responsibility of performing firefighting at the task level during nearly every incident.  Whether pulling ceiling, stretching a line, or chasing kinks,  the company officer needs to remember his/her primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the members and location in which they are operating. 

     Being a…

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Added by David DeStefano on September 23, 2016 at 9:58am — No Comments

Agricultural Emergencies

Yep it’s that time of the year again, harvest season here in the South. We started picking cotton today and have been harvesting corn and soybeans since July. I’ve been on the tractor and have had a lot of thinking time today needless to say. I was watching the cotton picker go through the field and just had a thought, what if we experienced a fire or some type of emergency while in the field. We carry fire extinguishers and I do have a small medical kit in my truck, but could I stop the…

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Added by Clay Morgan on September 22, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Leadership…Why has it gone wrong in so many places?





There are all kinds of schools for management and leadership, some good, some bad and some just silly.  I made myself a promise many years ago that if I ever found myself in a leadership position in a fire department that I would be the officer that I always hoped for and was fortunate enough to get in my career.  The following is a list of attributes that I have always deemed important.



1)  A passion for the job that goes from day one until retirement.  You can’t…

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Added by Don Catenacci on September 22, 2016 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Bradley Golden – Still Tragic Fifteen Years Later

I wrote this story in 2003 and first released it on September 25th of that year; two years after the tragic death of then 19 year-old Firefighter Bradley Golden, who died in a live burn training exercise in Lairdsville, New York. I have posted it every year since then to keep a promise; to honor and to remember Brad. I do not do it to keep the emotional wounds fresh. I do it because there are so many important lessons to be gained by…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on September 22, 2016 at 10:50am — No Comments

How Leadership Can Effect an Organization.

This is a paper I wrote for a college class. I hope you enjoy.

Ronald Reagan says it pretty clearly; "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." All people crave leadership. What makes up leadership, and how can it be defined. How does leadership effect your organization and life? When I speak of the organization, it could mean family, community, workplace or anywhere that…

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Added by Michael Lloyd on September 21, 2016 at 7:04pm — No Comments

VESTIFICATION



Sometimes the best way is to just keep it simple and direct!



STAY FIRED UP!

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Added by Paul Combs on September 21, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Stop Believing Start Knowing

Stop Believing Start Knowing- What does this mean?

 By, Sean Gray

 

After sitting in several days of meetings with some of the greatest minds in the fire service. I started thinking about the current cultural divide in the fire service. I came to a…

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Added by Sean Gray on September 21, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Ballistic Vests– false sense of security?

The increase of violence against American law enforcement and firefighters has presented a new and not so innovative way to prevent damage from violent events from turning into a fatal event. The current panacea is the plethora of bullet or knife resistant vests now being issued by the various fire departments across the country. No vest is bulletproof so I will refer to them as ballistic vests for the remainder of this article.…

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Added by John K. Murphy on September 20, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Baptism by Fire

Way back in 2009, during a church service, my Pastor got me to thinking. He was preaching about baptism. He was explaining to us his belief that some faiths baptize at too early of an age. Now before you spout off how wrong he is, or whatever opinion you may have about baptism, or other faiths, hear me out first. I will try to relate and tie in what he had to say in terms of being a firefighter. I mean this not to be a lesson in religion as the pastor did, simply an analogy, nothing…

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Added by Andy Marsh on September 20, 2016 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Pay it Forward - Mentoring

Many people consider mentoring as a formal program that occurs in someone else’s department. Or, maybe there is one or two people in your life that gave you advice from time to time. However, I would argue that mentoring can be formal but the most powerful transformations are developed from informal mentoring. I have been fortunate to have surrounded myself, on purpose and by luck, with tremendous mentors in my life. It should not be good enough for any of us to just go home after every…

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Added by Brian Ward "FireServiceSLT" on September 19, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

You Can't Save Them All

           Today I was having some conversation with a good friend of mine and a fellow company officer. We were exchanging ideas and issues about dealing with people and how to motivate ones that don’t seem to have any motivation. We discussed different techniques, approaches and even the behavior we have to demonstrate as officers to have a positive impact on the individuals that just lack motivation. We further discussed how to make hardheaded individuals see…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on September 16, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

BEAT IT - September Fire Engineering magazine illustration.

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."  - Thomas Jefferson



I love this quote by our third U.S. President. A man of vision,…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 15, 2016 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Our own worst enemies

What are we doing to each other? We are driven to serve, use the terms brother and sister religiously, put our lives on the line for people we've never met. Yet we are terrible to one another.

The adage "That's the way it's always been." is a common reply. "We bust chops. It's a firehouse thing."…

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Added by Larry Browne on September 14, 2016 at 11:10am — No Comments

REALITY BASED EXTRICATION: A REAL WORLD FOCUS

As we pulled out of the firehouse at 0300 hours, the dispatcher informed responding units that they were receiving numerous calls for a serious motor vehicle crash with multiple patients trapped. I relayed the information to the backseat to notify them that we would be…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on September 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

MFA #35: Small Times - An ideal strategy for the minimally staffed

It can be demoralizing to learn that something to which you had dedicated a lot of time and effort studying, practicing, and promoting has been rendered irrelevant, or at least less relevant, and I speak from personal experience.  The tactical modifications inspired by fire dynamics research that have incited the most rancor are those regarding initial water application targets and ventilation timing, with the proponents of still bypassing showing fire in favor of immediate entry, and of…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on September 13, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

Social Media Survey Request

Does your department use social media to educate and inform the community?  Do you wish they would?  If you are on a fire, EMS, public safety (police/fire) or emergency management agency, I would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete a short survey on social media use in…

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Added by Becki White on September 12, 2016 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Be good to each other...

"One cannot look back without also looking forward. Look back at the sacrifices we have made with gratitude, remembrance and honor... Look forward with new strength, new growth and a never wavering commitment to the future."

Sometimes I wish I could recall more of the details of that fateful day 15 years ago, and the week and months that followed... other times I am glad that I cannot. But since those days, I have looked to make myself a better man.

One thing I cannot…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on September 12, 2016 at 9:28am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TX

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 59th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Colby Slaughter has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Wink Volunteer Fire Department.



Colby…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 9, 2016 at 6:32pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: LA

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 58th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & District Fire Chief Spencer J. Chauvin has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Fire Services.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on September 9, 2016 at 6:23pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MI

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 56th & 57th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters James Shelifoe, Jr. & Alan Swartz have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on September 9, 2016 at 6:13pm — No Comments

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