We’ve all been there at one point or another. We’ve had our idea shot down, we’ve been moved to a station or a shift we didn’t like, or we’ve been labeled as something we aren’t. If you haven’t been there yet…just wait you will.
Added by Grant Schwalbe on September 23, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
This is a quick tip showing an alternative push base for a Hydraulic Ram. Spreaders pinched on the rocker panel may or may not be recommended depending on your individual hydraulic manufactures recommendations. This is just a quick option to keep the ram base from "running" down the rocker…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on September 23, 2014 at 7:46am — No Comments
Have you seen the recent articles, classes and information on hoarding? It is a real problem for us as a society and for us as firefighters.
The dangers are obvious based on the conditions of the homes and buildings we have to enter and search. It can make our push very slow and can easily disorient us with so many obstacles.
Just like with these homes, some firefighters are hoarders. Not in the sense…
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on September 22, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments
Have you ever heard someone use the phrase, “they look out for their guys”? I have heard it on several occasions and it has often made me wonder, what the true meaning of these words is. I have had conversations with fellow firefighters and it typically is directed at the company officer. Sometimes the conversation consists of firefighters being in trouble and things being swept under the rug. Sometimes, there is talk of things that are going on around the station that are unprofessional and…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on September 22, 2014 at 2:17pm — No Comments
I would like to continue with the search blogs. As a reminder, I will post a video of the fire scene and provide some basic information. I would hope you would respond to the blog by commenting at the bottom of the page. If you are a little timid, (you’re probably not a “B” shifter) at least think about the situation and figure out what you would do if you were assigned search at that fire.
This fire occurs in a three story garden type apartment. One level is mostly below grade…Continue
It’s an age old question that is still debated by firefighters to this day, and often quite vigorously. When responding to an occupied residential structure fire, do you immediately go for the rescue to remove the victims or do you attack the fire? Many firefighters would say that you should do both at the same time, and if you have the available resources showing up quick enough to do so, that is probably the most correct answer. However, many times our reality is that we are…Continue
ISIS, Hamas, Lone Wolf's, Mexican Drug Lords, Etc all have one thing in common, their dislike of the United States, it's government but more importantly, you and your families. A few years ago, while watching my son play with other kids on the playground, I struck up a conversation with an older gentleman watching his grandson interact with mine. We discussed how cute the kids were and how well they got along. Within a few moments, his facial expression changed and I could see he was…Continue
Added by Mark Munroe on September 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
From my post at https://www.facebook.com/the1stbattalion
With the advent of reduced pressure, breakaway nozzles the fire service was presented with the option of extending charged hose lines when coming up short. While ideally this operation is completed in a protected, non-IDLH position, such as a stairwell, the reality is that this operation is sometimes conducted in an IDLH , leaving the…
Added by Samuel Villani, III on September 17, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments
More on the Mission Statement or Mis-Statement
Earlier on the Hump Day SOS we looked into the mission mis-statements and how far away we have drifted from our original mission “To Save Lives &…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on September 17, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments
I frequently get phone calls or emails with questions about the nozzle study conducted at my department. Recently a firefighter looking for some assistance took me down a line of issues and his attempted solutions which sounded very familiar.
Added by Brian Brush on September 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
This is the beginning of a series on fire service leadership traits. I'll be borrowing heavily from the Marine Corps Leadership Traits and Principles, because they have direct application to our mission and purpose. I have never been in the military, but I was enrolled in Marine Corps Junior ROTC in high school. On my transcripts, the official name of the class was listed as Leadership Education. It was in MCJROTC that I first encountered the 14 Leadership Traits and 11 Leadership…Continue
Added by William Knight on September 16, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments
I try never to make promises I cannot keep. That being understood, I'd like to share with you why you should invest your valuable time and hard-earned money to attend the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).…Continue
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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on September 16, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Times, they are a changin'... whether it be tactics, strategy, equipment, technology, and/or knowledge. However, we must remember to respect and learn from the lessons of those who came before us and implement those lessons in our way forward. The future is built on the wisdom of our…
Added by Paul Combs on September 15, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments
Added by Isaac Frazier on September 15, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments
If you have noticed the need for a chaplain program (and if you are in a fire department that has no chaplain then you have a need . . .), then it’s time to do something about it. We all know that many of the greatest feats, inventions, successes, and accomplishments have come from one person with a simple idea, a single-minded focus and determination, and a willingness to take one step and continue following the path laid out before him or her until the goal was met. A chaplain program is…Continue
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