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How To Cure Zombie Management

It’s the week of Halloween, and Zombies are everywhere.There’s even one in my neighbor’s front yard. And yes, they’re in our fire departments too. You’ve seen them, those firefighters walking around unaware of their surroundings. They’re unable to think for themselves; they’re ambulant but require outside direction. How do they get that way? What infects them and transforms them from thinking, engaged firefighters into brain-dead,…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on October 30, 2014 at 5:44am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Farwell Harvey

Farwell Harvey

It was with great sadness that I received news that my friend Harvey Eisner had passed away. I met Harvey years ago and he had asked me to do some writing and…

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Added by David Rhodes on October 29, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments

What is Experience?

 

In and out, day after day, but what are you doing on each run?

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The U.S. Army's Caisson Platoon at Fort Myer, Virginia is responsible for bringing the deceased to their final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. The members of…

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Added by Bill Carey on October 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Who are You?

The road to success can be a long and winding road of trials and tribulations.  The trials of everyday business can be rewarding at times, but can also emphasis our failures.  We often struggle to bind the large pieces of the pie together, without focusing on the small pieces first.

After many years of chasing our dreams to wear “White”, we are called upon to impact departments in a positive manner…(and I don’t mean trying to be everyone’s friend).  We are forever looked at to guide…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on October 29, 2014 at 9:26am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 69th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Sister Firefighter Christi Rodgers has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with Robert Fulton Fire Company. …





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Added by Brad Hoff on October 28, 2014 at 8:40pm — No Comments

SAFETY TREAT

Happy Halloween, everybody - may your bags be full of treats and your smoke detectors plentiful!





Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 28, 2014 at 2:22pm — 4 Comments

Setting Up and Storing Webbing

Here is a quick video on setting up and storing your webbing. If you have other methods please share them!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEtZcHy6Oxc

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 28, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments

Perimeter Search Company Drill

Here is a post with an attached company drill on perimeter search.

Perimeter Search from Engine House Training, LLC

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 27, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments

What is your mission?

      On September 17, 2011, a protest called Occupy Wallstreet was organized in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district. The protest was initiated by a Canadian activist group. It was the first of many Occupy protests that flowed throughout the world.  Their initial purpose was to take a stand against corporate greed, economic inequality, and undue influence of financial services corporations on government. Their…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on October 27, 2014 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Go Take a Walk

Often times we conduct training in our firehouses where we are crawling around in turnout gear for a RIT drill, throwing ladders, and stretching lines. All of which is extremely important. Some of this hands on training is supplemented with talk about strategies and tactics around the galley table as a crew, or watching a fire video online and practicing size-up. Once again, all great stuff. One thing we need to make sure we include into our training calendars is a simple walk through of our…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on October 27, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments

"Are you ready to get set after you re-set?"

Any student of this profession by now as read or been instructed on all the UL and NIST research, some of our largest and busiest departments have changed some of their procedures due to this remarkable research. In my opinion for any size department it makes sense to re-think your present tactics and current policies if you have any and if you don’t now may be the time to start a procedure based on all of this data and train on it.…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on October 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Fireground and Football

When we think of football greats, particularly quarterbacks, what makes them great?  Touchdowns?  Passing yards?  What about the ability to read a defense and know that when they set the play in motion, it will be a success not by chance, but by proper recognition of their opponent and confidence in their choice of counter measure against them.  If this is a factor in determining a great quarterback, then who better to demonstrate this skill than the recent Touchdown King himself, Mr. Peyton…

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Added by Mike Alt on October 26, 2014 at 6:54pm — No Comments

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© is Coming Back!

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© was conceived in 2004.

It started as an idea while I was writing for the IACOJ. We thought that it would boost membership and readership.

I encouraged the members at the time to submit their biographies to me with the promise of creating a fictional character that I would introduce into the story lines of various episodes.

Interest was high. I had several biographies to choose from and the characters that would populate The…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 26, 2014 at 1:55pm — 3 Comments

HARVEY EISNER

Chief Harvey Eisner was a wealth of knowledge and insight - and an important force in my early career as a fire service editorial cartoonist. He and I talked in 2005 during my first Firehouse Expo about creating cartoons for Firehouse magazine (I had already been creating cartoons for Firehouse.com for a…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 25, 2014 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Search Happens

Much has been written and discussed about the tactical implications of ventilation, or anti-ventilation of structural fires.  One big change is a heightened awareness of the timing and the flow path of ventilation – ensuring that the fire department controls both, when possible, in order to limit oxygen infiltration and influence the direction of the flow path to their advantage.

Search is one tactic that was acutely affected by the recent recommended changes based on UL & NIST…

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Added by Dan Miller on October 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

BRITTLE FITNESS



We all know the importance of staying physically fit to perform our duties, improve stamina, and decrease injury, but very few of us take flexibility as seriously. As a firefighter who is looking 50 square in the eyes, I can tell you that the ol' joints just don't respond and react as they used to, and…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 24, 2014 at 7:23am — 3 Comments

Qualitative Fire Behavior Book by Floyd W Nelson

I am looking for a copy of Qualitative Fire Behavior.  It was published by ISFSI in 1991.  I cannot find it any where on line

including ISFSI.  I anyone has a copy and would like to sell it please let me know.  Or because it is out of print if anyone

wants to sell me copies of the book (with out violating Copy right laws) legally let me know.  It is greatly appreciated

Dave

Added by David Locke on October 22, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 68th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother & Fire Chief/Police Officer Eddie Johnson Jr. 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 Alton Fire & Police Departments.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on October 22, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Which Came 1st

Which Came First?

Here I go again beating up my RIT friends. No, I'm not anti-RIT but I continue to be amazed at the lack of balance or should I say prioritization…

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Added by David Rhodes on October 22, 2014 at 12:20pm — No Comments

The Hard Surface Flowpath

 

Nine firefighters have lost their lives while on the road, to date, in 2014

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Eight actually, if you don't include the one who did not feel well and was found off the road in his private vehicle after an alarm.…

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Added by Bill Carey on October 22, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

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