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February 2010 Blog Posts (16)

Crash Dummy Logic

Added by Paul Combs on February 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has released notice of the following line of duty firefighter fatality.

It is with deep regret that I post the following from the United States Fire Administration concerning the line of duty death of fellow brother in arms:



Jonathan Siemers

Age: 44

Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion

Rank: Fire Chief

Nature of Death: Heart Attack

Classification: Career

Emergency Duty: Yes

Incident Date: 02/20/2010

Duty Type: On-Scene Fire

Incident Time: 16:15

Activity Type:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Support Courage and Valor / Support NFFF / Be a Leader

Third Annual FDIC Courage and Valor Fun Run
Thursday, April 22, 2010, 6:00 pm, White River State Park
The third annual FDIC Courage and Valor Fun Run will take place at the White River State Park located just a short walk from the Indianapolis Convention Center. We all say we are serious about lowering LODD's and making a difference and here is how you prove it! The leaders lead from the front, be out…
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Added by Bobby Halton on February 20, 2010 at 1:53pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has released notice of the following line of duty firefighter fatality.

It is with deep regret that I post the following from the United States Fire Administration concerning the line of duty death of fellow brother in arms:



Donald G. Mellott,

Age: 62

Cause of Death: Struck By

Rank: Fire Police Captain

Nature of Death: Trauma

Classification: Volunteer

Emergency Duty: Yes

Incident Date: 02/12/2010

Duty Type: On-Scene Non-Fire

Incident Time: 13:30

Activity Type: Scene…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 18, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Monday Morning QBs


Just curious, how many of you can relate to my latest editorial illustration? My guess is many of you have experienced this beat-down, or have at least witnessed it first hand. I'd love to hear your stories...

Added by Paul Combs on February 17, 2010 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Domino Effect

Added by Paul Combs on February 15, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Chief Burton Phelps, Firefighter, Instructor, Leader has Died

On February 8, 2010 Chief Burton Phelps lost his fight with a cancer related illness. Chief Phelps was an Assistant Chief in Anne Arundel County Maryland and taught for many years at our Nation Fire Academy. I had the pleasure many times of visiting with and sharing with Burt. He was a man of tremendous passion and energy for the fire service and his country. His passing will leave a void not…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 9, 2010 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Listen to Middletown Explosion Live

Thanks to Jim Duffy for providing us a link to Middletowns response to an Explosion in The Kleen energy plant here is the link http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?ctid=307http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?ctid=307

Here is a link to local nes…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 7, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride and Cook-Off

Added by Bobby Halton on February 6, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"Training Sir!"

Training is supposed to be training right? What do you want out of training? I can certainly tell you what I want out of training: the opportunity to learn something new or refresh skills/knowledge. Sometimes it seems like training officers come up with topics because they like them or want to learn more about that area of knowledge. Walk-arounds and building inspections are one of the most valuable training topics which I learned from a District Chief I used to work with at another…

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Added by Lance Neuses on February 5, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Too Hot #2

Alright! The blog has been there for weeks. Only one comment. I just finished teaching to 100 or so firefighters from the south east. No one there had an answer!


I really can't believe it. 300,000 firefighters in the United States and no one can tell us how to tell if it's getting too hot in the atmosphere they are in.


Come on - if your shy, get over it and help us out. How do you monitor heat conditions inside a burning…
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Added by Skip Coleman on February 5, 2010 at 2:40pm — 23 Comments

FDIC ONLINE 2010

Thanks to Fire Engineering, Pennwell and all the sponsors for putting on another great event!

If you happened to miss any of the seminars you can still view the archived webcasts by registering and going to the auditorium. The webcasts will be archived for 90 days after today and are available anytime for veiwing and training purposes. They were all great and very informative for…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 4, 2010 at 6:16pm — 1 Comment

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has released notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

It appears that this Line Of Duty Death was overlooked on my part and I wanted to be sure it got posted so we can honor our brothers service and sacrifice to his community and Nation.



It is with deep regret that I post the following from the United States Fire Administration concerning the departure of a fellow brother in arms.



Name: Joseph Mack McCafferty

Age: 59

Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion

Rank: Lieutenant

Nature of Death: Cerebrovascular… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 3, 2010 at 6:53pm — No Comments

The Check Is In The Mail.....

The following budget analysis below is from our good freinds Sean and Bill at the Congerssional Fire Services Institute, it is again difficult to understand why the Obama adminstration is not more supportive with all the widespread support they recieved from the fire service in general. The fight is not over and we need to get in their faces about doing the right thing for America's Bravest. Bobby



Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2011 Budget; Proposes Cuts to Assistance to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on February 3, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

The Battalion is hosting a live feed tonight @ 9PM EST featuring Milwaukee Fire!

Ok so the first live feed was pretty good and he filmed from inside the station. No runs but tomorrow he is filming from Engine 30 and Truck 12. So go to the link below and be sure to tune in at 9PM EST and 6PM PST



Here is the link: Live Feed





The Battalion-The Series Newsletter.



Dear Battalion Member:



Tonight is our first Live Feed and it is with the Milwaukee… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

One thing is for sure the American govt. is NEVER VIGILANT when it comes to public safety!

From firefighter CloseCalls



Obama Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2011 Budget; Proposes Cuts to Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program "LET THE GAMES BEGIN"



Monday, February 1, 2010 - Today the Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal, detailing requested funding levels for programs and offices in the federal budget. Nothing new as this has been typical in the past, (with different numbers) and Congress has increased the funding above… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 1, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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