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Added by Paul Combs on August 30, 2014 at 9:55am — No Comments
Added by Brad Hoff on August 29, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments
We're only here for a little while.
Each day someone from each side(s) calls or writes me, pissed off at the world over all the debates in the fire service. Passion, tradition, pride, education, frustration, etc. it all comes to a head. I don't have all the answers and am very, very, very far from being a solution but the past has taught me that time is short. Make your time meaningful in your own way.
Added by Bill Carey on August 28, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments
Seriously, are you truly dedicated to the fire service?
Before we debate your dedication to the fire service lets first look at the definition of dedication.
Dedication - the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.
You will quickly notice it does not mention or measure someone’s dedication. There is no calculation to quantify your level of dedication. There are many levels that different individuals dedicate to the fire service. Some put themselves…Continue
Added by P.J. Norwood on August 27, 2014 at 8:04pm — No Comments
Losing Our Experts
A few years back you had your engine guys and your truck guys. You had the guy in the department that was the expert in friction loss and nozzle flow. You had your expert in elevators. You had your guy that…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on August 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Is over a dozen too many for the upcoming and speed-reading generations?
Back in 2004 we were given 16 items, "Life Safety…Continue
Added by Bill Carey on August 26, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments
I have recently been awarded my Graduate Membership from the Institute of Fire Engineers, and what a learning process it has been in regards to studying the fire service. Much emphasis is placed on advanced studies and the compliance with firefighter safety and fire prevention. Re-living previous studies and classroom presentations are a must in this business in order for you to progress as a firefighter, company officer, and as an incident commander.
Just yesterday, Captain Jason…Continue
Added by Jeremy Rebok on August 26, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments
It is impossible to strive for excellence and forget about the well being of your people. You cannot neglect morale. Morale is a choice in the sense that everyone must work tirelessly to protect it because we all have stake in the well being of the…Continue
Added by Mark vonAppen on August 24, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
The Sunday Preach:
'Head on a Swivel'
"Company Officers must not be completely focused on the locking devices on the door itself. Those are forcible entry firefighters' tasks. They must keep their heads on a swivel. While they must offer calm, focused advice to the FE team, they must also be watching smoke and fire conditions and watching the status of the hoseline." Pg.200, "25 to Survive: Reducing…
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 24, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments
Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on August 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Many of us have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, and have challenged others to donate and help bring awareness to ALS. Unfortunately, firefighters being the competitive creatures that we are, have been taking this a little too far and injuring themselves and others (much like the Cold Water…
Added by Paul Combs on August 23, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments
I'm going to be real careful about how I word this post as not to offend anyone. But I have to admit, I have been shaking my head about some posts for a while now and regarding some comments to posts.
I know that the new 'stuff' coming from UL, NIST, ISFSI and others is not popular with some, and I'm fine with that. I have no problem with that at all.
I know and understand that some in the fire service may have taken their tactics to one extreme or another for varying…
Every fire department I’ve ever seen has a uniform. With that uniform come rules and standards regarding its appearance and the manner in which it is worn. Nobody hands out a uniform and says, “Here, wear this however you want.” There is something to be said for uniformity of appearance and presenting a professional image to the public. I care what I look like to the public. YOU should care what you look like. But more important than how we look, we should all care how we…Continue
Added by William Knight on August 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Unselfish service toward others
What does this mean? Quite simply it means that the less able are supposed to be assisted of the sinking ship before the able body males and the ship’s crew. Maritime law (or operational norm) grew from a sense of…
Added by Brad Hoff on August 20, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments
Usually nothing is better than the original and that holds true with mission statements. Departments all over have severely missed the mark by a compelling desire to outdo each…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on August 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Rooftops are considered prime real estate for many companies and many building owners know the value of these locations. Many building owners look to secure long-term contracts with private companies that provide a significant positive financial impact.…Continue
Added by P.J. Norwood on August 20, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments
HOW TO WIN A BUDGET ARGUMENT
The Post-Fire Evaluation -- A Case for Quantifying the Concomitant Save…Continue
Added by Eric Saylors on August 19, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments
What moves you?
Sometimes our most memorable moments are of occurrences from years now past. Our memory holds on to those special moments because the moment moved us in some special way. Many of the lessons that would serve me well in the fire service were learned long before my career began.…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on August 18, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments
Many years ago I got into a habit of using a stopwatch to time fire and extrication evolutions. At first many thought it was to show how "fast" we were compared to trucks or to test my crew. But after doing it for a while firefighters realized that it wasn't a test at…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on August 18, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments