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January 2014 Blog Posts (60)

STUCK ON SMALL

STUCK ON SMALL

What became of Fire Service leaders who were innovative problem solvers? Their big coat pockets were full of common sense and they pulled the trigger on problems. Isn’t that what we came here to do?

Large leaders are out there, probably closer than we know. Look for them; look at them, look like them. Don’t fall into the morale trap.…

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Added by Warren Cersley on January 31, 2014 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Our Problem

Recently, a group of well-seasoned firefighters gathered at the National Fire Academy and were asked to participate in a forum to generate strategies and materials to support suicide intervention and prevention in the fire service. The response from several was one of surprise at the scope of the issue and disappointment in how few of us were aware of or had a good handle on the issue. Presentations were made by several well-educated, kind, and sensitive people who shared their knowledge and…

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Added by Bobby Halton on January 30, 2014 at 4:16pm — 3 Comments

Training to Fail (Part 1)

        If you've read any of my other pieces you've undoubtedly heard me on my soapbox, I've repeated myself over and over again: "Train more!" I've said this so many times it's become my mantra, and pretty much everything I've ever written on here follows that simple theme, but there's more to training that just checking boxes and going through the motions. I've preached about the benefits of training and the dangers of failing to train, but training to fail can be just as…

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Added by Nick Ledin on January 30, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 7th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Rick Winkles 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 Trumann Fire Department.

Rick…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 30, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Am I a 1710 hypocrite?

I currently serve as a technical member to the NFPA standard 1710. This is the famous standard which suggests response guidelines to structure fires and mandates 4 personnel staffing on all apparatus for paid fire agencies. It also supports the principle of 2 in/2 out which is defined in NFPA 1500. The standard has many other valuable suggestions and guidelines, but for the purpose of this entry I would like to concentrate on these main issues.



As many of you know, I also authored…

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Added by Jim Silvernail on January 30, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - T-Shirt Management

I am always amazed at how many critically important issues there are to manage in the fire department. With any high risk occupation the day is filled with decisions that have long lasting effects. Yet it seems that we never have time to do things right but we always have time to do them over..............…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Life is a Leadership Laboratory

By Paul Strong

 

If a lab was studying a person to determine their leadership abilities and they wanted you to be the researcher on this project, who would you pick as your subject to be studied? I know you can think of many people in history who were successful leaders, i.e. Patton, Martin Luther King Jr., or Gandhi.  But those people shouldn’t be the first choice for you. If you’re studying leadership with a goal to learn as much as you can about this topic, then start…

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Added by Paul Strong on January 28, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 5th & 6th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters Stephen Machcinski & James Dickman have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 27, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

RIP

Dealing with a heavy heart this morning with the loss of two NW Ohio brothers. Prayers and thoughts for the families of the fallen and Toledo FD today.



I know I've used this image before, but it feels very appropriate to rework for this occasion.



RIP,…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 27, 2014 at 7:50am — No Comments

Paying For Advocacy

WHY?

If the fire service is populated with honorable and good people who are dedicated to providing their best efforts in the name of public safety to their communities, then why should we have to pay someone else to advocate on our behalf? Who better than us to advocate for our needs?

An advocate is defined as one who pleads the cause of another; one who defends, vindicates or…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 26, 2014 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

Anytime, Anywhere

The Sunday Preach:



Tragedy Can Strike Anywhere, Anytime...



Today... like many days on our fire service calendar, we once again pause and take note of those who have made the supreme sacrifice. With the anniversary of multiple line of duty deaths this past week in New York... Sadly, we are hearing tragic news about the deaths of 2 members, in the city of Toledo Ohio.



While the names have yet to be made public, pending…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on January 26, 2014 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Change Things Up with Kettlebells

Are you bored with your current exercise routine or looking to try something new? Are you working out at the station or at home and want to focus on the most beneficial piece of equipment money can buy? Then check this out: The kettlebell will change your workout dynamic completely.

The kettlebell can date its history back in one form or another to the 1700’s and began to be heavily relied upon in Soviet Training programs in the early 1900’s. The…

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Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on January 23, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Residential Search: Complacency and Priorities

            When answering an alarm for a residential fire there are many tasks and priorities that must be addressed by the responding companies.  One of the most important yet frequently overlooked tactics is the various and multiple potential rescue scenarios that the first arriving companies may be confronted with. 

            The primary decision faced by the first arriving company is something that the company officer must decide on his own, whether or not to keep the balance…

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Added by Michael Bricault (ret) on January 23, 2014 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

Don't Downplay Your Down Time

We know we don't spend every waking hour at the firehouse running calls or training or working out. There typically is some down time during your shift or rotation.

As a prospective officer candidate and informal leader, what you do with your down time can make a huge difference in how you are perceived and what separates you from others interested in promoting up.

I have seen firefighters spend hours on end looking on the internet for cars, car parts, campers, motorcycles and…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 23, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Daddy's Girl

So, I'm at this BBQ when this guy walks up...

Listing, he points his wine glass at me, “Fireman, right?”

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Added by Mark vonAppen on January 23, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Round Pegs in Square Holes: Implementing Tactics that Work for Your Agency

How many agencies take the time to analyze their tactical proficiencies and truly are honest about their success in relation to their capabilities?

All fire agencies, unfortunately, are not created equal.  We know that many are better staffed, better trained, have more experience, and more resources.  It is an unfortunate fact.  The bottom line; however, is that we all have the same objectives and mandates to our sworn citizens:

  • To save lives
  • To protect…
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Added by Jim Silvernail on January 23, 2014 at 7:00am — 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 4th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Engineer Greg Hennessey has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Orange County Fire Authority.

Greg…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 22, 2014 at 10:39pm — No Comments

It's Not About You

From the first day in the firehouse we learn about the importance of properly checking all of our gear and equipment to make sure it's ready for action. We are told to make sure our SCBA is functioning properly, that our cylinders are full, that all of our PPE is in good shape and laid out properly, and that all of our tools are cleaned and prepped. The preparation we do is endless and of critical importance.

Why do we do all of this? The obvious answer is for our own sake. No…

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Added by Dave Werner on January 22, 2014 at 9:49pm — No Comments

BRRRRRRR!



Man, is it cold out there!!!! Keep warm thoughts, brothers and sisters - only a few more weeks 'til pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. Warmer weather's not too far…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 22, 2014 at 12:39pm — 2 Comments

Hump Day SOS - Brothers By A Different Mother

The opinions about solid streams and fog streams are as old as the nozzles themselves. UL is planning a new round of experiments to answer questions about different hose streams. The advisory group has come up with a good list of potential questions that we…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 22, 2014 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

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