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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 3rd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Ronnie W. Peek 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 Garden City Fire Department.

Ronnie W. Peek…


Added by Brad Hoff on January 26, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments

When Communication is Crumbling

Many fire departments around the United States have problems. Let’s face it, times got tough and the fire service felt it. Many underlying issues are starting to show on how bad the fire service was affected. Pay, staffing issues, apparatus shut downs, station closures, and inexperience are some of the major issues that we are facing in today’s fire departments. One of the biggest issues that I feel we tend to overlook is communication. Communication makes the fire department…


Added by Cory Crosbie on January 25, 2015 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Door Chocks The Right Way

    I posted a status with some images to my Facebook page, First-In FireFighter, yesterday. It was a simple post that eventually reached over 6700 people within a few hours and all I stated is that I was making some more door chocks, but not the wooden kind. …


Added by Chad Menard on January 25, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

New Residential

The fire occurs on a Sunday morning at 6:45 am.  The house is 3800 sq. ft. and had four bedrooms. One on Division 1 and three on Division 2. Your crew is assigned Search.  There is 1 hose line stretched to the front door at the time you are assigned by the first arriving engine.  

How would you conduct your search?

            Entry point

            Type of search

            Where would you start? Division 1, 2 or basement!

            How would you and…


Added by Skip Coleman on January 23, 2015 at 11:01am — 3 Comments

Glue vs. Gusset Plates...The Danger Surrounding Us!

It has been quite a few years since I have graduated college with a degree in building construction design. As I was growing up, I was always swinging a hammer high up on the roof trusses.  Little did I know, how valuable the knowledge and experience on building construction materials, elements, and structural members would so relevant to my life long dream of firefighting.  So many debates on lightweight construction and the hazards we face on the simplest run, make you wonder what reaction…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on January 22, 2015 at 3:07pm — No Comments


As already eluded to by several others, we have recognized that a small percentage of firefighters killed in the line of duty were engaged in fire attack (interior and wildland) or other suppression operations. From 2005-2012, 384 or 48.5% of firefighters died due to heart attack or stress/overexertion. On the other hand, 95 or 12% died as a result of asphyxiation, burns, collapse or trauma. 2013 and 2014 had similar percentages. The current state of the fire service has a heavy emphasis on…


Added by Andrew Zysk on January 22, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Just Be Nice. Is it Time for a Kinder, Gentler Fire Service?

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

Several years ago Chief Brunacini unveiled the Phoenix Fire Department mission statement: "Prevent Harm, Survive, Be Nice." The idea of firefighters being nice is not…


Added by Joe Kitchen on January 22, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - You Can't Change People

You Can’t Change People

Why is it that some individuals in authority think they are responsible for changing people? Is this a good or bad thing?…


Added by David Rhodes on January 21, 2015 at 1:57pm — No Comments



The teletypes would start to click and in all fire houses across the city and the watch person would announce that the results of the written portion of the promotional process had come out. Interested members would move to the desk to see the results. How did I do, how did my friends do, who is moving on to the assessment center…


Added by Warren Cersley on January 21, 2015 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

A New Acronym to consider-UL (Universally Linking)

What does a two year firefighter and group of firefighters from the Netherlands have in common? No it’s not a joke but a great example of what Steve Kerber from UL along with Dan Madrzykowski from NIST have really done with the research data disseminated to our fire service, they have brought firefighters from across the globe together and talking about tactics and that is in my opinion the greatest lesson for us. Now back to the probie and the Dutch firefighters, I have had the privilege to…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on January 20, 2015 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Fireground Ballistics: Establishing Target Flows to Maximize Your Firestream Effectiveness

A firefighter who doesn’t establish and maintain a Target Flow with an attack line is like a cop not knowing the number or caliber of rounds in his weapon.  It’s reckless, unprofessional, and utterly inexcusable. If you’re going  into a…


Added by Donald McD. Chambers on January 20, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Company Officers and Personnel Development Plans

        Today we’re going to take a look at personnel development plans (PDPs) and what they mean to Company Officers (CO) and your individual crew members alike. If you have taken some Company Officer Development courses recently you may have heard the term personnel development plan; it’s also mentioned in many state level Fire Officer II courses. For those of you that do not know what a personnel development plan is then continue to read along because I am going to explain what it…


Added by Chad Menard on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Quick Tips on Tower Positioning

A fire on January 19, 2015 for the Harrisburg, PA. Bureau of Fire demonstrated some excellent teaching points for Drivers or Chauffeurs of Tower Ladders. The fire in the 300 Blk. of N. Front Street involved the top floor of a four story mixed occupancy structure. The first due truck was Tower 1 from the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, the Driver positioned the rig with a perfect spot.…

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Added by Richard Riley on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

So, you want to be a firefighter?

I was recently asked to speak at the East Brandywine Volunteer Fire Company (Chester County, PA) 2015 Officer Installment ceremony. As Fire Chief John Edwards explained when he first contacted me, what began several years ago as an informal…


Added by Dan Kerrigan on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Promoting Harmony in your department

What happens when firefighters don’t have information? They make it up!  I don’t have to tell you this; you already know. Sometimes it’s no big deal, but other times it can be detrimental to your department in many ways.

As members of the fire service we put our heart and sole into our work and our passion.  It’s only normal to feel that you want your efforts reciprocated in some form of respect. The type respect that gets us motivated to continue doing what we do is when the people…


Added by Paul Strong on January 19, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

My Take Away From 2014

Since the end of 2014, I have been reading and listening to year end thoughts and data related to the fire service. There has been discussion on types of calls, near misses and, of course, line of duty deaths. Numbers are broken down and categorized for each type of injury or death that is fire service related and then scrutinized. In many cases these are supposed to be used as lessons and to determine the effectiveness of different messages from different mediums about the prevention of…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 19, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Extrication "Quick Tip" #26 (THE DEEP CUT)

(Yellow symbolizes the backside of the A post, Red is showing the sever from the additional (deep) cut)

One of the most common complaints I hear about completing dash displacements is the lack of actual "lift" or the feeling…


Added by Isaac Frazier on January 19, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 18, 2015 at 10:41pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 2nd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Franck W. Tremaine 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 Jackson Fire Department.

Franck W.…


Added by Brad Hoff on January 18, 2015 at 3:35pm — No Comments



I came from a family of bricklayers and the only ancestor I can track with any Fire Department background was a distant relative who was the Fire Chief of Swansboro, a working class area of south Richmond. Cersley Street is in Swansboro and I made sure that every Rookie knew where it was.…


Added by Warren Cersley on January 18, 2015 at 12:34pm — No Comments

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