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A Fireman's Wife

A strong, good willed, open-minded, patient, listener but most importantly supporter walks into the room. This is a person with integrity, with values, a person who puts themselves second and lives to help and support others. No, I’m not talking about the Fireman, I’m talking about the…

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Added by Dave McGlynn on August 28, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Thanks for Hiring Me

Every once in a while, I look back on the individuals I hired as firefighters during my career. As the hiring process is a relatively complicated, I believe I made the right decisions in the hiring and rejection of candidate firefighters. That I made the right decisions was reaffirmed the other day when I stopped by one of my stations to check on crew deployed to Eastern Washington fighting the wildland fires and were met by several firefighters and…

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Added by John K. Murphy on August 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Saving Firefighters Lives…

Its been very well documented that the leading cause of heart firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease. Therefore any information regarding decreasing the chances of heart disease are very valuable to the firefighting community. I’ve recently been researching the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease and have found some interesting correlations.

The long-established dietary recommendations of yesterday have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 27, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments

This will be a working extrication of my head from my A$$

This will be a working extrication of my head from my A$$

“Avoid putting callouses in the hearts of your loved ones”

We have a ritual with our oldest child, Ayla who is three years old. We finish each nightly bed-time routine by…

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Added by Benjamin Martin on August 27, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Long History of Short Memories

By: Mark vonAppen

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Added by Mark vonAppen on August 27, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Improving Internal Communication

Improving Internal Communication 

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

             Every fire chief has a pet peeve. For some its unpolished boots, for others its firefighters staring at their smart phones. Each of us has at least one thing that our personnel do that drives us crazy. For me, it…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on August 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Are You Courageous Enough?

This week’s Fire Engineering Google Hang out brought together a wealth of information that firefighters and officers can do today to reduce their risk to cancer. On behalf of Chief Bobby Halton we hosted Tim Elliott and Keith Tyson from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

We had a very lively and spirited discussion surrounding a taboo topic in many firehouses. Every firefighter needs to clearly understand that firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on August 27, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

EXTRICATION "Quick Tip" #42 (A CYLINDER, OH NO!)

During many of my Tactical Extrication Courses, students will occasionally come across compressed airbag cylinders located throughout the vehicle. Anyone who has taken one of my classes knows that I always push peeling back plastic and exposing posts/pillars to…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Should we link Firefighter fitness to pay, appraisals and continued employment?

Should we link Firefighter fitness to pay, appraisals and continued employment?

We are about to introduce a new fitness standard, and tests, in our Fire and Rescue Service (Fire Department), and after we have established that for 9 months Firefighters pay will be affected by whether they pass the tests or not. Even their continued employment with…

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Added by The First Twenty on August 26, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Stop Asking for "THE" Way

Stop Asking for “The” Way by David Rhodes

As fire research continues to evolve…

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Added by David Rhodes on August 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

MFA #8: Timing is Everything - Delivering the correct one-two punch of water and air

I used the term “Vertical Vandalism” as the title of my most recent post 

(http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?xg_source=activity&id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A620250), leading some to believe that I was suggesting we abandon that tactic.  In fact, my specific wording was that we could stop “routinely” creating damage in the pursuit of increased…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on August 25, 2015 at 6:12am — No Comments

Water Supply When "SHIP" Happens

This information may only reach out and touch a few people that visit the Fire Engineering Community. If you are part of an organization that responds to military installations, specifically US Navy waterborne installations, this applies to you. It is equally important to those of us responsible for shipyards where military vessels will enter port. For the most part this will include departments on or near each of our coastlines, to include the gulf coast. I served in…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on August 24, 2015 at 5:08pm — No Comments

McCarthy and Croom Never forget their sacrifice the lessons

Monday August 24th is the sixth anniversary of a double line of duty death that must be studied and lessons taken by all firefighters responding to Type III legacy buildings If you are new to the service I have attached the report and also video and audio from the scene, crews arriving were met with a serious basement fire with reported people in the building.

The audio in my opinion should be a mandatory part of every command officer's training in this country and I encourage you to…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on August 23, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

THE SUNDAY PREACH



Do you PPV?

"Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) is a topic worthy

of some discussion. Ladder companies that carry PPV fans must be well versed in their use. There is a tendency that if someone sets a PPV fan at the front door, it should be started and run. This is not always the…

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Added by Dan Shaw on August 23, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Size Up- Not just What it is but What it was

While out running errands I came across the building that is pictured below. From the street it looks like any other Starbucks, Moes, Cold Stone, Remax and dentist office. But a closer look reveals the old smoke stack and a 360 reveals that it used to be some type of plant or factory. This changes our size up completely. It takes the building the being a possible Type II to a Type III or Type IV meaning that instead of truss being our main concern now it's hidden…

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Added by David Topczynski on August 22, 2015 at 2:17pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 54th, 55th and 56th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wildland Firefighters Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski 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 Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Searching the "Child Proof" Home

It wasn't until I was at a friends house recently that I realized just how "Child Proof" a home can be. There seems to be a gismo that can block any size opening or keep any type of knob from turning on the market. While this is great for the safety of our children these products can create a nightmare for us. There is in fact so many different safety products available that I will start by only discussing baby gates in this post. 

Baby gates come in just about any shape and…

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Added by David Topczynski on August 21, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 52nd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief James D. “JD” Robinson 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 Brasstown Fire Department.



James D. “JD”…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 12:40pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 53rd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Christopher Joe Daniels 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 Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — 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 51st Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wildland Firefighter Michael "Mike" Hallenbeck 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 U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.…





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Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2015 at 12:27pm — No Comments

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