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Social Media Blogs are Like Opinions: Everybody’s Got One!

There is plenty of change going on the world these days, and the fire service is no different.  We are looking into the science of our business and debating how to apply it, wrestling with generational issues, technology, etc., but one of the most striking changes to come along in the last ten years or so has been the way we get our information.  And it is important to recognize these changes and how they influence our industry.  Our younger members may not have the experience to recognize…

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Added by Eddie Buchanan on April 1, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Got Street Cred?

Got Street Credibility? Applications Now Being Accepted

So who do you listen to? Maybe more importantly why do you listen to certain people? A friend of mine once told me that firefighters listen to the one…

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Added by David Rhodes on April 1, 2015 at 4:31pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 21st & 22nd Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Contract Pilot Brandon Ricks and Brother Firefighter Forestry Technician Steve Cobb 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 United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on April 1, 2015 at 12:43pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 20th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Barry Van Horn 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 Somerville Fire Department - West End Hose Company #3.





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Added by Brad Hoff on April 1, 2015 at 12:39pm — No Comments

God Bless the Peer Support Volunteer

God Bless the members of the tight-knit rescue company completing their morning checks, making sure that everything is ready to perform at its highest level. The saws, the spreaders, the SCBA.

God Bless the single mother, going off duty after her busy shift on the engine company, driving through the rain to pick up her kids from their father’s house, so he can go to work.

God Bless the paramedic who holds the hand of an elderly lady on her last ride to the hospital, as she…

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Added by Dan Miller on March 31, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

UNSPORTSMANLIKE RIDICULE



Whole lot of Monday Morning Quarterbacking going on around Twitter and Facebook today - typical after an accident or tragedy. Nothing wrong with learning from videos posted online, but keep your social media expert advice to…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 31, 2015 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Passive CO Meters- A Success Story

Below is a story I posted to "The 1st Battalion" Facebook page a few days ago. We write to a mixed audience, including many folks from the community, so please excuse the layperson language. I wanted to share it here because these little passive CO monitors work! My department chose the Protege CM- we have them wire-tied to every aide/BLS/jump bag in the department. Ours alarmed less than a minute after initial patient contact, at which point we very quickly removed the two residents and all…

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Added by Samuel Villani, III on March 31, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

How young is too young?

 

I often hear this question mentioned numerous times, how young is to young to be in this service? Where do we drawl a line and say their not old enough?

Having come from a rural department in Kentucky I understand the need for working hands, but is their an age that stands out as "they are too young"?

in the state of Kentucky 18 is the minimum age to join up as an active duty firefighter but many municipalities set their hiring age at 21, is there a reason; and…

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Added by Chris Willis on March 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

1 ¾” vs 2 ½”: We Don’t Get To Decide

     From just reading the title, I know what you’re thinking, “Why don’t I get to decide which line I pull at a fire, that’s crazy talk!” Let me clarify that, we don’t get to decide which line size is appropriate to pull at a fire, the fire dictates that, not us.

     Over almost the last three decades in the fire service I have heard many of the same comments about using a 2…

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Added by Chris Langlois on March 30, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Extrication "Quick Tip" #29 (Operating with THREE-PART 1-SQD Officer)

This weeks "quick tip" will be a little different from normal. It will be covered in a three part series so please do not scroll down and instantly think that steps are missing.



I think…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on March 30, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

TUBA TROUBLE

DRAWN BY FIRE Flashback - Because who doesn't love the constant blowing of hot air through a big h*** that never closes!

Can I get an amen?!

Order prints and books here:…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 30, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Never Forget Your First Day

 

Never Forget Your First Day

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

     I love the fire service. I truly believe that being a career firefighter is the best job on the planet. Thrilling, exciting, fulfilling, and demanding are all…

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Added by Joe Kitchen on March 30, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Leadership Buy the Book

 It is estimated that, within the last ten years; 1,500,000,000 articles and books have been written on Leadership. That is not a typo.

 

And if someone tells you, "I have read every book there is on Leadership", you might want to do a fact check. I mean; the time commitment alone to accomplish that should raise a red flag.

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 29, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

“Watch a Fire Video Without Watching the Fire? And How to Better S.U.T.E. your Size up Training Using Video”

A guide to help your self-study in size up and command

 

By: Joe Pronesti

 

With today’s social media everyone knows that fire video is a click away sometimes we can get video while crews are on scene still. It’s great that we can…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on March 29, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

THE SUNDAY PREACH

THE SUNDAY PREACH

"FEEL"…

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Added by Dan Shaw on March 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Night Drills: Are We Training Enough at Night?

A large proportion of fire or rescue related incidents that we respond to often happen in the low light or dark hours of the day. This is important to know because we need to be proficient in working in these conditions. We usually do the majority of our training in daylight hours. This is because we can see and it’s easier to teach to students or refresh on skills in these conditions, it’s also easier to schedule the classes. I think we need to perform more of our trainings at night so we…

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Added by Chad Menard on March 29, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

"MINDSET" on Backstep Firefighter

A healthy dose of fear is good. Too much is debilitating

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If you read the magazines, social media or take a class, you can’t help but be bombarded by the…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 29, 2015 at 6:53am — No Comments

Using Your Crystal Ball

Does your size-up typically look beyond the moment you arrive? With a good working fire, this may be an obvious part of a response. But what about for those responses where we arrive and believe there to be no fire? If nothing is burning, is there really anything to size-up?

While a good size-up should give us a clear picture of what we have and what we need to do to mitigate the situation, we must also consider the events that we may or may not actually see happening, as well as…

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Added by Ben Peetz on March 28, 2015 at 4:42pm — No Comments

The Undisputable Truth

When I entered the fire service as a young man at the age of 15, I had no idea what the profession stood for...nor did I know where I would ever end up. As times have progressed, I have found myself needing to change with the times in order to adapt for the needs of training, education, and being a coach/mentor. We look at ourselves as professionals, and speak about being part of the best profession there is...which it most certainly is!

In 1995, being part of the fire service meant…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on March 28, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Uber Faster Than EMS?

A recent Jimmy Kimmel episode poking fun at EMS response times in New York City where Uber response time averages beat out EMS may not be so funny.  In an era where consumers can locate the nearest taxi, private car or rideshare from their mobile phone, it would seem that 9-1-1 is a bit behind.  Nationally, very few of us can see the locations of our apparatus and virtually nowhere can 9-1-1 callers learn the ETA of their assigned…

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Added by Mike McEvoy on March 28, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

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