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I'm new here!

This is my first blog post. I'm very excited to network with fellow fire engineers. I work for the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in case anyone's wondering. 

Added by Jeremy Hurd on April 24, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Chaplain's View of FDIC

When I purchased my tickets to FDIC last fall I had no idea what to expect. I knew I was going to Indianapolis and taking some classes. I knew that I would be doing my radio show on Monday afternoon (which you were probably listening to or are going to download). Other than that I really didn’t know what else was going to be headed my way. Tammie and I landed on Thursday night and spent the next three days seeing the sites and enjoying some time away. On Sunday afternoon, I walked into the…

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Added by Jeremy Hurd on April 23, 2015 at 9:24am — No Comments

Catching the Hydrant - Train Hard & Train Often!!!

How many of us practice “catching” a hydrant or dropping supply line at the end of a driveway before we drive up to the actual scene and start getting ready to fight fire? More often than not, the first due engine company pulls up, drops the attack lines and…

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Added by Erik Wood on April 22, 2015 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Firefighter Health and Wellness: Setting the Right Example

                                                                                                      Courtesy: glengoschfitness.com

A short while back, I posted a blog called …

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on April 21, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments

Firefighting and Autism: What's the Connection?

Proudly, I claim Fire Fighters as “my people”. I realized this recently, after my job led me across the U.S. implementing an official autism safety identification program. You see, parents of children with autism (like me!) have A LOT in common with Fire Fighters. Who knew?

Let’s break it down.

We consider safety our top priority. We must…

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Added by Jennifer Sollars Miller on April 20, 2015 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Outworked

        Growing up, probably like most of you, I used to play a lot of sports, although by the time I got to high school I realized that I wasn’t very good at most of them. Nonetheless, throughout high school I was on the wrestling team - all 112 pounds of me. Doing some quick math I figured that I spent about 175 hours on the mat during the high school season. In the summer I dabbled in…

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Added by Nick Ledin on April 19, 2015 at 11:51pm — No Comments

This Will Be IT For Me

Well, another election is over.

Here in Illinois, fire district board of trustees members for those fire districts that elect their boards are elected on the odd numbered years known as Consolidated Elections.

Yesterday, April 7, 2015, I was again re-elected to a 6-year term as our fire district’s board member.

Campaigning for office is a very…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 19, 2015 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Passive & Net Zero Buildings

Passive & Net Zero Buildings do you know what they are?

If not I would like to personally invite you to join me at my 2015 FDIC workshop "Modern Buildings: the Recipe for Firefighter Deaths or Injuries" where we will discuss these types of buildings and much…

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Added by John Shafer on April 19, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Other 10%......Transitional or Defensive?

Dateline: March 25, 2015

Task: Dinner

We’re seated at a local Mexican restaurant down the street from the Station that houses Battalion 1, Engine 1, Heavy Rescue, and a 105 foot LTi. The owner really appreciates the fire department and we’re always greeted with a handshake. He usually hooks us up with a free cheese dip or two and we patronize his business frequently, tonight the whole crew is there.

We were walking down the sidewalk of the strip mall that this business sits…

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Added by Chad Menard on April 19, 2015 at 10:37am — 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 25th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Inmate Raymond Araujo has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with CAL FIRE.



Raymond Araujo…





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Added by Brad Hoff on April 17, 2015 at 1:12pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 24th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Steven Ackerman has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Valley Springs Fire & Rescue.





Steven…

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 17, 2015 at 1:06pm — No Comments

PEARLY GATES DEFENSE

It's that time of year again. Time to greet old friends, meet new ones, learn from the best instructors on the planet, and see what new innovations the fire industry has to offer. Yep, it's FDIC time!



I look forward to this week all year and can't wait to get the show rolling.



However,…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 17, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Journal Entry 36 – Until We Meet Again

As most of you know by now, our friend and major contributor to the American Fire Service has left us. Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines (retired Chief from Fairfax County,VA) passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

 I met Glenn when he was still active in Fairfax. He and Burt Phelps were my instructors when I took my first 6 day class at the National Fire Academy 25 years…

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Added by RON KANTERMAN on April 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Lost Art of Advance - Protect - Attack

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Added by Erik Wood on April 14, 2015 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Challenge Traditions

              I was watching an Agricultural show the other morning and they were talking about the severe drought that California farmers are facing.  A farmer who was interviewed stated that California is saying they have to limit their water usage but still expect the same output of crop and payment of bills that come along with it.  After the interview, the host of the show said something that I found very interesting and fitting into our world.  He said: If the California…

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Added by Mike Alt on April 14, 2015 at 6:19pm — No Comments

The "Main Street Hybrid"

Just as the car industry has reinvented itself with the “Hybrid” vehicle, today’s Main Streets have…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on April 14, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

Let Us Remember to Thank Our Mentors

Let Us Remember to Thank Our Mentors

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

            As we progress through our careers in the fire service, we meet many amazing people. Instructors, company officers,…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on April 14, 2015 at 9:10am — No Comments

5 Reasons to Eat Bacon in the Firehouse…

Before you go Hog wild (sorry, had to say it) on bacon please read the following disclaimer.  Let me state up front that saying bacon is “healthy” does not mean it’s healthy to eat it in huge quantities nor does it mean it’s healthy to eat large amounts seven days a week. Try to stick to small servings, blot extra bacon grease off to lower fat intake, and avoid adding extra salt or other high sodium seasonings.  I suggest to consume only 2 or 3 slices and only once a week.  Also,…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2015 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #31 (Operating with THREE-PART 3-SQD FF)

  Well, we have made it to part 3 of our series. This installment covers the responsibilities and roles of the Squad Firefighter. I hope that over the last few weeks you have picked up some valuable information that is applicable into your department. If you didn't have a chance to go through part 1 & 2 of this series…
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Added by Isaac Frazier on April 13, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Know Your Ladders!!

Know Your Ladder Lengths/Heights!!!

We always use the scenario that in 0300 hours we need to perform like it is 1100 hours.  We try to promote muscle memory but sometimes I think we tend to lack on the mind part of the memory.  Firefighters perform the skill efficiently for each task…

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Added by Lou Comenale on April 12, 2015 at 11:58am — No Comments

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