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February 2012 Blog Posts (39)

Soaring with EMS Eagles in Dallas

Which is better: letting pain and muscle spasm immobilize an injured spine or doing it with the same tools we’ve used for decades?  Should hypothermia begin DURING the arrest?  Do response times make any difference whatsoever in patient outcomes?  The answers to these and other hot EMS topics were intensely debated in Dallas last week at the 14th annual Gathering of Eagles, EMS State of the Science Conference.

The U.S. Metropolitan Municipalities EMS Medical Directors…

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Added by Mike McEvoy on February 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Take a Bow, Bowring™!

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 28, 2012 at 7:49pm — 2 Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 13th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter/Fire Marshall Matt Waller has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Memphis (TX) Fire Department.

Matt Waller

Rank: Firefighter/Fire Marshal

Age: 47

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 28, 2012 at 1:09pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 12th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Tighe has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the McCutchanville Fire Department.

Jeremy Tighe

Rank: Firefighter/EMT

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Status:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 28, 2012 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Secondary Hose Stretch

Does your engine have a reserve or secondary line? This line is not a main per-connect, "the second line" or the back up. This line functions as a reserve set up. 

Certain situations may require positioning your hand line to another area. The problem it creates, once it’s charged the time and effort to re-position increases. The line in operation would be shut down, possibly drained, and redeployed which under some circumstances is a labor intensive ordeal. A dry, fresh line is much…

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Added by Christopher Huston on February 27, 2012 at 10:07am — No Comments

Portable Pond Set-Up - Company Drill

Over the next few weeks several water shuttle related company drill topics will be added.  In Ohio the terminology is tanker, however, it is synonymous with other regions tender terminology.   Many of these skill set times are evaluated when ISO comes to visit you, but more importantly the training will improve your operations.  *Keep track of your times and the evolution description for later use with ISO.…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 26, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Personal Change

Disclaimer: As an Advocate for the Everyone Goes Home program, I have a duty to see the mission of reducing Firefighter Line of Duty Death fulfilled. This post was written due to my frustration with the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives being both misconstrued for personal agenda and as a shield to hide behind. In addition, the statements below are not part of the implementation process for the initiatives. My goal is to break down a key element of LSI #1, accountability and personal…

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Added by Christopher Huston on February 24, 2012 at 4:10pm — 2 Comments

First Due Friday; Attached Garage w/ Heavy Fire & Extension

What would your FD do for this attached garage fire?  What would you do to address the extension issues?   Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!

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Be Safe

Added by Matt McDowell on February 24, 2012 at 7:43am — No Comments

MORE WITH LESS!



I am not sure if this cartoon is whimsical or prophetic, but it's a fact that we are all doing more with much, much less these days. Better limber up your toes, folks - they're going to be needed!

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Added by Paul Combs on February 23, 2012 at 1:26pm — 6 Comments

When do you exit?

Why do we work until our bell goes off?

 Why do you as a officer allow your crew to work until their bell goes off?…

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Added by John Shafer on February 22, 2012 at 11:35am — 3 Comments

Check your Dance Card Part 2: "getting closer"





Getting Closer...




In part one of “Check your Dance Card” we discussed a few items to take a look at before we enter the fire building and start our dance with the “beauty of fire.” In part 2, we…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 22, 2012 at 9:33am — No Comments

Bridgeport LODD Video and previous blog post

December 21, 2011, I posted a blog "Ask and you Will Receive" here on the Fire Engineering Training Community

Today I ask that you not only read but watch the below video and truly consider what I am recommending.

Today I watched a you tube video that details the LODD incident in Bridgeport CT July 2011. Please take the time to watch this video …

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Added by P.J. Norwood on February 21, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Focus

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”- Alexander Graham Bell

The word focus has an interesting origin. This term comes from the Latin word for fireplace or hearth. One can only assume that the definition is a central point, the source of heat in the home long ago. In modern times, this still holds true, as many fireplaces…

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Added by Christopher Huston on February 19, 2012 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Beware of Trombe Walls

Since ancient times, people have used thick walls of adobe or stone to trap the sun’s heat

during the day and release it slowly and evenly at night to heat their buildings. Today’s

low-energy(green) buildings often improve on this ancient technique by incorporating a thermal

storage and delivery system called a Trombe wall.

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Added by John Shafer on February 17, 2012 at 9:43pm — 2 Comments

Challenges Everywhere--Get In the Buildings

Hey, here are some pictures sent to me by a Brother who is going out the DOING the job. The whole job.  He and his crew are getting out and checking on things.  Bob gets IT and thanks for the pics.  These are in his still area and these are buildlings that get inspected and then they go right back to doing this kind of stuff.   We have to be prepared for everything and anything.  Imagine being the RIT and forcing the back door to make access for a Mayday and…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2012 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

One Month Down

Ok, so I have made the big switch from EMS supervisor to Truck/Roving officer and it has been a month. It is a completely different beast. As an EMS supervisor, the work came to me, I had no time to sit back and relax, I was constantly on the go. However as a truck officer, I find there is more down time. I am spending time getting to know my truck and crew. I have already had a few issues but nothing that I couldn't deal with. Unfortunately, my comfort level with my new crew and my general…

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Added by Aaron Edwards on February 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

DOMINEERING THE MORALE

 

I hate bullies! Always have, always will. Unfortunately, this is a leadership trait of far too many company and chief officers. As I see it, there are fundamentally three types of supervisors:

Leaders: Their ability to motivate and empower firefighters to excel is…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 14, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEBRUARY MAGAZINE CARTOON: Back To Basics

When the zero visibility crap hits the hot and smokey fan, it's your training that makes all the difference between life and death, success and failure. Technology is great, but there is NO substitute for knowing the basics in any fire service discipline, strategy, or skill. Train, train,…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 14, 2012 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Got Stickers?

Got Stickers?

 

Firefighters, absolutely love stickers and decals.  I know that you know what I am talking about, and... it's ok.  It is absolutely fine to be proud of who you are as a firefighter, be you a career or volunteer member.  You should be proud of your fire company and your fire department. Affixing decals and…
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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 14, 2012 at 1:28pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 11th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Zachary Whitacre has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Gore Volunteer Fire& Rescue.

Zachary Whitacre

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Status:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 13, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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