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Gaining the Readership Edge

Gaining the Readership Edge is not about spending time with your nose in the latest trade journal. Sure they all offer great information, with many great writers who have invested lots of time and effort putting pen to paper to educate others. No what we are talking about in Gaining the Readership Edge is the ability to take that book knowledge and applying it to the real-world.


We all know that in competitive sports, second place is the first loser.  Athletes (amateur or…


Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on October 2, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Trust: It’s Not Just About WHAT We Do, But WHY We Do It!

     Have you ever been questioned by an elected official, fire board member, or the general public about what you do and how you do it? Does this sound familiar in any way…”Why do you need four firefighters on every fire truck?...Where does all that money in your budget go? Why do you need this expensive equipment, apparatus, facility, station, etc? Or, how about this one, “I called 911 for an ambulance and a fire truck with a bunch of firefighters showed up…


Added by Chris Langlois on October 1, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments


By: Joe Pronesti

While watching a recent replay of a FDIC webcast Lt. Ray McCormack of the FDNY was emphasizing the need to “dig deep” into NISOH reports and I paraphrase here, utilize them in your department’s structure and response. I immediately recalled a fire my department experienced recently that should be considered as a close call and how if my department as a whole would have heeded McCormack’s advice how we may not of gotten as close as we did to a potentially serious…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on October 1, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs in Firefighters and EMTs

Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs in Firefighters and EMTs


Behavioral health is a key component of an overall firefighter health and wellness program. Unfortunately, it is a difficult subject to discuss – many factors affect a firefighter’s ability to understand when a fellow brother or sister is suffering, but that does not make it any less critical an issue.


By far, the number one comment…


Added by The First Twenty on September 30, 2015 at 8:59am — No Comments

Perception versus Reality

Perception has a few different meanings.  For the basis of this blog, I am referring to it as “a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.”

Reality on the other hand is something very different.  It is defined as “The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an…


Added by Stephen Raclaw on September 29, 2015 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Hair Raising Tales

Question. I am a firefighter with a ponytail. Can my employer make me trim it or cut it off?

Answer. The short answer is the employer can create a grooming standard and create an exception based on gender. There has been a lot of controversy related to the “right” to display tattoos, piercings, beards, hair length, coloring your hair a bizarre color and other personal displays of…


Added by John K. Murphy on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

“STOP THE MADNESS, What we are and are not listening to”

So once again a short video clip of a fire has created a great stir in the world of the Internet. The latest video came from California and shows crews operating on a working fire in what appears to be an auto repair shop. Immediately the Internet safety zealots started posting “They should NEVER be on that roof” or “We would NEVER do that at a fire, it’s dangerous!” Many of…


Added by Steve Pegram on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments


Do you have command presence? Do your people know you are the person in charge, the person who they can turn to in a crisis and know will do everything in your power to produce a successful outcome for them? Do you lead by example and “walk the walk”, or rely on bombastic talk, domineering bully tactics,…


Added by Paul Combs on September 29, 2015 at 4:03pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 65th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Ex-Fire Chief Sean M. Benson Sr. 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 Paramus Fire Department.

Sean M.…


Added by Brad Hoff on September 29, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 64th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Richard Leo Crosby, Sr. 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 Casnovia Township Fire Department.

Richard Leo Crosby,…


Added by Brad Hoff on September 29, 2015 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Come on Engine Guys!

Just because you are on an engine company, does not excuse you from bringing hand tools in to do work other that hose line stuff.  A good engine crew will be ready to overhaul the fire area once the fire in knocked. Sometimes the truck crews are doing other stuff like search, laddering or venting. The truck crew might not be there to pull ceilings so it is up to you as the engine crew. Same holds true for forcing doors. You carry those tools on the engine for a reason.

Added by David Polikoff on September 29, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments

MFA #12: Research vs. Real World - How do laboratory results translate to the fireground?

The principles of modern fire attack (MFA) arose from the findings of the equally modern fire dynamics research.  Many have rightly asked why we should abandon tactics developed over many decades, built upon the experiences of thousands of firefighters at hundreds of thousands of structure fires, practiced by many to perfection, and embedded in fire service training, literature, and even culture, just because of contrary information gathered from maybe a hundred fires set in laboratories? …


Added by Mark J. Cotter on September 29, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Front Suction

The Option of a Front Suction


By: Ricky Riley


Being from and working in the Metro - Washington DC area for most of my life, I thought that front suctions were a standard option on all fire apparatus. Who in their right mind…


Added by Richard Riley on September 29, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

We are Old School

Not long ago I posted some videos and pictures on social media that included a tour at my old firehouse. They were pictures of fires, the firehouse, and of the guys in front of the truck after a “good job”. Most of the firefighters on the thread had a good amount of time on the job, or had retired. Some comments were mostly in jest, and meant to just mess with us a little. Although some of the comments were essentially…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on September 28, 2015 at 3:20pm — 2 Comments

It's All About Service

Its All About Service

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

            The life of a firefighter/paramedic can certainly be challenging. Long hours, difficult calls, working nights, weekends, and holidays can take a toll. For company officers, managing day to day operations and…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on September 28, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Beyond the door, The Risk Analysis.

Risk a lot to save a lot, Risk nothing to save nothing.  It is spoken and printed on many hallways in the fire service and classrooms across the nation.  Has this become just another motto put in place to alleviate the liabilities or is it actually occurring on the scene? As history marches along the pendulum swings back and forth creating change and leaving behind chaos.  Too many emotions are being attached to decisions that are made in split seconds while…


Added by scott corrigan on September 27, 2015 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

Mission Critical...

The Sunday Preach:

"ONE MISSION AND ONE MISSION ONLY" "A key foundation to doing our job since the inception of the fire service is the establishment and delivery of water." (Chapter 16 'Where is My Water' - pg. 167)

Water on Fire = No more Fire

...and this my friends, is good for everyone

So, while Engine may have over the generations changed color, shape and size and have more bells and whistles…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on September 27, 2015 at 10:41am — No Comments

Your Uniform as a Symbol of Leadership

I used to be the guy, like a lot of guys I think, who quietly resisted wearing button up shirts on the job - ever. They were hot, stuffy, and not “cool” like the navy blue t-shirts with the big white letters on the back. When it came to my Class-A uniform, I would avoid almost any situation that would require me wearing it. I didn’t do it in a subversive sense, but I did harbor a little bit of fear of dress uniforms in general. I didn’t really feel like I fit-in when wearing the uniform, and…


Added by Dan Miller on September 25, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments


Winning Words

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”

“You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

“Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”

As a lifelong NY Yankees fan, one of my childhood sports heroes, Yogi…


Added by Warren Cersley on September 25, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

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