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Really?!?!

I'm going t 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… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on August 22, 2014 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Uniformity of Appearance vs. Uniformity of Performance

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…

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Added by William Knight on August 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Women and Children First on Backstep Firefighter

Unselfish service toward others

womenandchildren



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…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on August 20, 2014 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 57th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chaplain Darrell Parker 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 Fairbury Rural Fire Department.



Darrell…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 20, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - The Orginal Mission

To Save Lives and Property

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…

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Added by David Rhodes on August 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

What's changed or changing in your district?

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.…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on August 20, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments

HOW to WIN a BUDGET ARGUMENT

HOW TO WIN A BUDGET ARGUMENT

 

The Post-Fire Evaluation  --  A Case for Quantifying the Concomitant Save…

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Added by Eric Saylors on August 19, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments

WHAT MOVES YOU?

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.…

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Added by Warren Cersley on August 18, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #14 (All About Time)

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…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 18, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 56th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Safety Officer Douglas James Casson 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 Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Driving On; Under the Influence

I took some time to visit a friend who is recuperating from surgery. This friend is a longtime friend, someone who is twenty + years my senior and someone whom I met as a result of joining a volunteer fire department, a very long time ago. I consider this friend a mentor and someone who helped me grow as a person and as a firefighter. And I told him today that he was an important part of my growing up. We sat and talked for about an hour and a half, along with a family member, who was…

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Added by Andy Marsh on August 13, 2014 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - New Culture Puts Customers # 2

"Our customers are #2" Are you kidding me!!!!!!

I had a long conversation with a friend of mine yesterday who is currently working on his fire science degree. He told me…

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Added by David Rhodes on August 13, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

Climb to Remember, Train to Survive

Photo of Colorado Springs Firefighters at the Denver 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

For the past 5 years the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb campaign has brought thousands of firefighters and civilians together to honor the people and events of September…

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Added by Brian Brush on August 12, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

It Doesnt Matter What Your Title Is.

Are you a senior firefighter, company officer, battalion chief or fire director? Before I even know the answer I want you to know that it really doesn’t matter what your title is as long as you understand that your primary job is to lead a team. Your team may be a team of three or several hundred. A strong leader knows his or her job is to take a group of people, align them with a common goal, get them to work as a team, and march them toward that goal. The bottom line is that you have to…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on August 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Watch this FREE Green Building Webnair

This webinar will cover the results of a study commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation to develop a baseline of information on the intersection of “green building” design and fire safety. The study identified gaps and specific research needs associated with understanding and addressing fire risk and hazards with green building design.

Instructor: Brian J. Meacham…

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Added by John Shafer on August 11, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

Navigating Dangerous Waters

On April 14th 1912, a screeching sound awakened many on an “unsinkable” ship. This couldn’t be happening! They’d said it was impossible; that the ship was unsinkable. When I think of training, I consistently relate it in many ways to the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Generation Gaps

In 2009, I wrote an article for the “Everyone Goes Home” Newsletter. In it I wrote about the generational differences that we have to overcome, in order to get good fire prevention education out there. Fire Prevention supports our mission of saving lives and protecting property, but we still need to understand how best to get out those “safety messages” with one general concept in mind ( Life Safety), yet in the language that each generation can embrace and remember. There’s still a…

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Added by Andy Marsh on August 8, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments

The Mayday - Technology for Better Mayday Monitoring!

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on August 8, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

AUGUST Magazine Cartoon


It's obvious where I stand on interior attack regarding known hoarder homes. What are your thoughts?



Added by Paul Combs on August 8, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

POLICY BANK

When you get sued for workplace harassment, discrimination, motor vehicle accident or for any other reason, one of the first things the plaintiff’s lawyer (and your defense counsel) will seek is your departments Personnel Policy Manual, SOG, SOP and Best Practices.

 If you are like most departments, there is a thick layer of dust on the covers or the Word version you used to…

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Added by John K. Murphy on August 8, 2014 at 2:55pm — No Comments

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