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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 14th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Edward Roddy 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 Somerset Volunteer Fire Department.



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Added by Brad Hoff on February 27, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 13th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Dwight W. Bazile 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 Houston Fire Department.



Dwight W.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 27, 2015 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Leadership Pitfalls on Fire Engineering Radio

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on February 27, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Old Dog, New Tricks

Many departments across the country have a in-house maze for SCBA Confidence training.  These mazes are great for instilling confidence for the brand new fire fighter and maintaining proficiencies for the 20 year veteran.  The issue that I have heard not just in my own department but departments across the county in which I reside is, “I can do this maze in my sleep” statement.  A lot of mazes are constructed modular so different paths can be taken; the maze will also be slightly different…

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Added by Lou Comenale on February 26, 2015 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Measure

By Mark vonAppen…

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Added by Mark vonAppen on February 26, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Of Falsehoods and Agendas on Backstep Firefighter

Challenge what you read.    Dave LeBlanc

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Editor’s Note: The Facebook page below has corrected their post and attribute the error to incorrect second-hand information. The fire department PIO reported that there was no bailout and no firefighter injuries.

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 26, 2015 at 2:13pm — No Comments

The Undeniable Truth

                                                                                                                 

My friends at Tailboard Training published a new blog post recently. It’s called Ultrahazardous. Everyone in the fire service should read this short piece…everyone from the department chief to the newest rookie, to every person even considering the pursuit…

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Way We Judge

Working in the fire service has taught me many things. I learned how to become a solid firefighter, a decent cook and learned how to grow tough skin. The one thing I see that many firefighters do is judge others. That is what the fire service is about. From the day you start in rookie school you look around and judge the other candidates. After you get some years under you, you start to judge the other firefighters around you. “He is jam up,” “What was she thinking?” or “That crew is lazy,”…

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Added by Cory Crosbie on February 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

It's More Than Just a Seat

Just like any other position on the fire apparatus, responsibility and owning your position play a major part in the outcome of the incident or training scenario. We are seeing more and more younger fireman being promoted to the front seat rider as well as…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on February 25, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

New Guys and High Expectations

 

 

As I am sitting here at my desk after finishing up daily round of paperwork, daily tour log and browsing the interwebs to kill some time, I sit here and ponder…

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Added by Ian Schulte on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Believe...

The Sunday Preach



WE BELIEVE...



"Take a good look inside. Why are you here?" pg. 5



We Believe:



~ Like minded individuals enjoy each others company. As such, they often form formal or informal teams.

~Individuals join the team with a series of their own 'similar' yet 'different' personal skill sets.

~Teams need leaders and mentors and coaches and support to recognize and pair the…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 22, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Saving Our Own.....Are Your RIT Operations Correct and In Place?

       If you’ve been in the fire service for any length of time you should have heard the mnemonics RIT, RIC, or FAST mentioned in formal class trainings, local firehouse trainings, or through self-study. Although those three mnemonics are all different, this doesn’t change the fact that they all carry the same purpose and that’s rescuing one of our own if the need arises. They stand for Rapid Intervention Team (RIT), Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC), and Firefighter Assist and Search Team…

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Added by Chad Menard on February 22, 2015 at 9:53am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 12th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Randy Hiti 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 Rice Lake Fire Department.



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Added by Brad Hoff on February 20, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 11th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Sergeant Kenneth M. Stanton 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 Sandy Springs Fire Department.





Kenneth M.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 20, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Opening of Equipment Flares Feed Plant Fire

A fire at an Iowa feed plant Tuesday demonstrates why firefighters must be cautious and consider the effects of every action when dealing with fires in compartmented areas of manufacturing equipment. Reports stated that a fire occurred within a cooling tower, and upon firefighters opening the tower, the fire flared up.

Fires within pelleting operations are common, especially if a malfunction or power failure causes a disruption in the flow of air or product within the system. Fresh…

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Added by Ben Peetz on February 19, 2015 at 7:38am — No Comments

Are You Stressing Out?

It’s no secret that incorporating stress into a training environment has its benefits. It causes us to think and make logical decisions while we are battling increased breathing, heart rate, and auditory exclusion. The first place we can begin this type of training is with new recruits entering the fire service. Incorporating these stressors little by little throughout their practical training in my experience has been the best way to go with a grand finale if you will near the end of their…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on February 19, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments

The Exponential Engine

I would say there are two questions I field more than any others when it comes to fire streams and apparatus set up. The first is, “How is your engine set up?” and the second, “How would you set up an engine”. I believe most of the time people who ask the first question really want the answer to the second question. So rather than waste the explanation of how an engine is currently set up and what I would change I think it would be best to start with a blank sheet and explain one approach to…

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Added by Brian Brush on February 18, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Why are you a Firefighter?

 

Why Are You A Firefighter?

I was recently invited to speak at the Angola Fire Department Symposium. During the last class of the day…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 18, 2015 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

PREPARING FOR THE "PIN"

As we pulled out of the firehouse at 0300 hours, the dispatcher informed responding…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on February 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Quick Drill for First Due

From Captain David Konys

 

Dealing with manpower issues is a problem that I deal with at the department where I work and where I volunteer.  I am always looking for ways to maximize our manpower and it starts on the training ground.   I usually have a three man engine crew and when we are first in on a working first alarm we are stretched thin, so we have to train to be proficient and everyone knows their roles. We start by talking about what each person’s roles…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 18, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

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