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"Why North Korea Attack Should Matter to Firefighters"

 

By Politics & Tactics Host Frank Ricci

The rallying cry "Millions for Defense, Not One Cent for Tribute"  was first attributed to Robert Goodloe Harper a proud Federalist in response to the French attacks on American ships. It was latter made famous by Thomas Jefferson after America's first brush with Islamic…

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Added by Frank Ricci on December 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Fifteen Years Ago: A Deadly December

It’s not hard to remember December in 1999.

 

That year, in the month of December alone, this nation’s fire service lost EIGHTEEN firefighters in the line of duty.

 

Two fires accounted for half of that total.

 

On December 3,…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 20, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Easy-Button Firefighting on Backstep Firefighter

There is no magic bullet, by Capt. Dave LeBlanc

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As we read today about the incident in Woodmere New York, it drives home the point that no matter how much we train, learn, research and perform, this job is still dangerous and we need to be…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 20, 2014 at 7:13am — No Comments

Finding Joy

I'm of the belief that success is a result of happiness.

Unfortunately, there are many that seek success so they can be happy. That is backwards. Simply due to the fact that success is never enough, so you keep pushing to get that next goal, so you can be happy again.…

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Added by Devon Wells on December 19, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Don't Wait for Your Ship, You Might Miss It!

In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to be involved in both sides of the promotional process: as a participant and as an interviewer.  Both are stressful and will challenge you.  You must be able to pull from your training, education, experience and coaching in both circumstances to arrive at a positive decision and hopefully with a successful outcome.

This post is going to focus on  being the participant in these processes.  In my classes on officer development I try to hammer…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 19, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

Who is walking your halls?

Who is walking your halls?

By: Chad Hoefle

choefle@es-il.org

As many of you do on a daily basis, you walk the halls of the firehouse. You may be doing chores, giving tours, answering the door, or even just stopping in with your kids on your day off. Maybe it’s that you are a volunteer or a paid on call member and you are stopping by to see if there have been any calls in the past day or so. No matter why you are walking the firehouse, unless you take a…

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Added by Chad Hoefle on December 19, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 84th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Gus Losleben 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 Hardin County Fire Department. …



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Added by Brad Hoff on December 16, 2014 at 6:10pm — No Comments

CAPTAIN LARSON

Captain Laura Larson volunteered to help instruct the Omaha Fire Academy Class of 2012.  As the Chief of Training, this is where I had the distinct pleasure of working side by side with Laura.  Lasting 17 weeks, this academy took place during one of the hottest summers on record with temperatures regularly in the upper 90s and low 100s, and would be a challenge for all.

Laura Larson was hired by the Omaha Fire Department as a part of the recruit Class of 2000, and was assigned to…

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Added by Dan Miller on December 15, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Throwing Sand!

Taking a few minutes can save days of lost time from a needless injury. When ever father winter knocks at your door, be it a medical or fire throwing down ice melt or sand can make a hugh difference. Injury prevention starts with attention to detail.  …

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Added by Frank Ricci on December 15, 2014 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Firehouse Nutrition Tip- Eat more fruits and veggies....

Firefighters have physically and mentally demanding jobs which means we (as fire rescue athletes) have demanding nutritional needs to match.  Unfortunately, research confirms that most are deficient in some essential nutrients. The most common deficiencies are in protein, water (hydration), healthy fatty acids, and the essential vitamins.…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on December 15, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #23 (Guardrail Entrapments)

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Added by Isaac Frazier on December 15, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

A December to Remember

The Sunday Preach



A December to Remember.



For several reasons, 'tragedy and loss' during the month of December always stings just a little deeper. In the line of work we are in, we know that all too well... we see 'tragedy' on a daily basis.  



Our beloved fire service is not immune either, with several line-of-duty deaths occurring during December. Most recently, a residential building fire that…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 14, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments

Another Bungalow Scenario

The fire occurs in a small, 540 sq. ft. Frame bungalow.  The alarm is sounded at 0630 hours on a Sunday morning.  As in the photo, there are vehicles parked on the “D” side of the structure. 

“Attack” has been assigned to the first due engine.  Your crew is assigned “Search”. 

Develop a search plan including entry point, where you will start and end up the search.  Also include search type and any other considerations.

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Added by Skip Coleman on December 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Why Santa Rides In on a Fire Rig

When the Sleigh Is Out the Rig Fills In

Have you ever noticed that if Santa is in a parade, being delivered to a public function or is just needing a ride around town, that it’s usually a fire engine filling in for the sleigh? Now I don’t get much snow where I live and sleighs are rarely…

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Added by David Rhodes on December 10, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

C O U R A G E to C L O S E the G A P

C O U R A G E to C L O S E the G A P

 

As a follow up to the “Revenge of the Nerds” blog from November, I wanted to clarify my position because there have been some out there in the Social Media world that have been critical of the blog and many others that took offense to it. It was not written to offend anyone or to drive a wedge between the two sides. In the past there have been many one-sided comments made on current fire service culture. It’s…

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Added by Sean Gray on December 9, 2014 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

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 83rd Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Sister Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Philadelphia Fire Department. …



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Added by Brad Hoff on December 9, 2014 at 6:01pm — No Comments

US Fire Journal

I'm excited to be a part of the new US Fire Journal- a blog with a minimalist, reasoned approach to looking at issues facing firefighters.

Added by Jay Lowry on December 9, 2014 at 8:01am — No Comments

The Night before Christmas at the Fire House, Legally Speaking

Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property in a wintery municipality (hereinafter "the Fire House") a general lack of stirring by all firefighters and creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse.

A variety of foot apparel, e.g. stocking, socks, bunker boots, etc., had been affixed…

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Added by John K. Murphy on December 8, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Creating a Culture of Customer service

Every organization has a culture. It is either created by design or default. Creating a culture of customer service does not happen by accident. Buying into the concept of layered leadership (the need for leaders throughout your entire organization) is especially important when it comes to customer service.

Helping others seems to be part of the DNA of most firefighters. Creating culture; however, goes beyond just being a good person. There has to be a clear and focused objective or…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on December 8, 2014 at 2:44pm — 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 82nd Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant John Burns 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 Myrtle Beach Fire Department. …



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Added by Brad Hoff on December 8, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

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