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April 2011 Blog Posts (46)

The Cameras are Always Rolling!

We live and work in an information age. It's easy to create, capture, and control information. This includes video that can be generated on even the simplest cell phone. Such technology has been around for awhile now the Rodney King incident happened more than 20 years ago and it has made life more challenging for public safety workers.

Your actions will end up on You Tube or one of the many video or picture sharing sites. Before acting you must stop and think. If your actions end up…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on April 30, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

THE BEST MEDICINE

 

I just spent the most incredible week drawing and talking with our Nation's finest! Nope, not fire service personnel, but Sailors and Marines in San Diego. I was honored to take part in a Navy sponsored NCS/USO trip where we visited the USS Peleliu (an aircraft carrier), Naval Fleet Weather…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 30, 2011 at 10:53am — 5 Comments

First Due Questions-Saturday's Question

Are you guys ready for your Saturday question? Well here we go......



You arrive on scene to a first due working fire and during your walk around you notice one of these three signs on the A-side of the building. Your walk around concludes and you have fire showing from two story apartment building that had no sprinklers. Manpo…
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Added by Chris Naff on April 30, 2011 at 8:36am — 4 Comments

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Added by Rafael Molina Astua on April 29, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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Added by Rafael Molina Astua on April 29, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

It Makes You Wonder, and It Makes You Mad

I just finished reading this article (linked below)  about the Texas governor requesting federal aid and not having received any response. I can't understand why the president would not respond to these devastating wildfires which burned well over 1,000,000 and 1/2 acres and have taken the lives of two incredibly dedicated and decent men in the line of duty. It took the president only hours to respond to the horrific and devastating tornadoes in Alabama and the South. So why is it taking…

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Added by Bobby Halton on April 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

First Due Questions

Need something to spark some conversation at the station. Check out this website that a few of my buddies and I came up with. It's on Facebook and there is always a new question daily. Please stop by and check it out.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Due-Questions/181829911841961

Added by Chris Naff on April 28, 2011 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

I saw that face again Tuesday

I saw that face again Tuesday, you know the one. The face, of a fellow human being, that had just witnessed an event that would remain etched upon their mind.....forever. I have seen the face countless times over the 30 years I have been doing this job.



The face, of a father, kneeling over his daughter, in the middle of a busy street. He was crossing with his three kids and with only two hands, the older daughter got a bit ahead. The face, blood stained, from a father’s futile…

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Added by Art Zern on April 28, 2011 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

IN THE ZONE... LCES (#2 28 APRIL 2011)

As I sat here contemplating what to write about this week, thinking about our fellow firefighters that have been injured or have paid the ultimate sacrifice on fires in or near wildland-urban interface areas already this year. Two firefighters injured in North Central Nebraska, A firefighter injured in Arizona, Two firefighters killed and I believe the total injured at one point was 8 firefighters injured on separate incidents here in Texas. And I have been wondering what is similar... and I…

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Added by Jason Myer on April 28, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KY

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Michael Webb has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Neon Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.





Michael C. Webb



Rank: Captain

Age: 46

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 28, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments

A Pen Can Kill You

Just ask Lazar Greenfield, MD, a world renowned surgeon from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Greenfield's recent Valentines Day editorial in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) newsletter cost him the Presidency of the 77,000 member group he was poised to assume in October.  In the surgery news editorial, which some found demeaning to women, Greenfield described semen as a female mood enhancer and suggested that, "there's a deeper bond…

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Added by Mike McEvoy on April 28, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Listen, learn ... then lead

 

We must begin mentoring the next leaders of our departments. We must begin teaching our current members everything we know because some day they will sit in our seats.

 

You must ask yourself who is the next Lt's, Capt's, BC, DC, Asst. Chiefs etc in your department? Who is next for your seat? When you have that answer take them under your wing and mentor…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on April 28, 2011 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Chief Ray Hoff's B.A.G. It

 

Copied out the Fire Engineering article Remembering Chief Ray Hoff...

Ray translated his lifetime of experience on the fireground to practical common sense instruction for all firefighters . In his own words, he said:

 “I have used my experiences as a training tool to make impact in our classes of officer and firefighter training. The size-up process is a process which you take a look at the structure, the fire condition,…

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Added by Kevin Story on April 27, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Culture Cultivation

The finest fields in the world will only grow weeds if not cultivated properly.

We should not allow outside pressures to crust over the Brother/Sisterhood and let this just become just another job. When you go to a support area of your department and do not get the help or service you want, it angers you, because you know that person has a job because the Department exists. They are putting themselves above you and it does not set well. But…

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Added by Kevin Story on April 27, 2011 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

New Radio Show Politics and Tactics

Our first guest on Politics and Tactics with Frank Ricci, Anthony Avillo and Chris Pepler will be no other than Congressman Christopher Murphyfrom the Great Sate of Connecticut and Fire Engineering illustrator Paul Combs 



Where education meets experience and expertise. Learn from the decisions makers and talk one on one with elected leaders. Being a great firefighter is not good enough! Politics effects our staffing, budgets and equipment. Get involved. And now…
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Added by Frank Ricci on April 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

30& Club... Wanna Join? Pay your Dues

This article is being posted, with permission from the author Jake Rixner



In everyone's career, things are said or done that make the "light bulb turn on".  This article was one of the things that I read early in my career that had a tremendous impact on me.  Immediately after reading it, I knew I had to be a member of the 30% Club, that a 30 percenter was the type of fireman I wanted to be.  Though I 've…

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Added by Matt McDowell on April 27, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

Airport 2011

Blogger Note: Airport the movie appeared in theaters in 1970 and starred Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin and Jean Seberg. The sequel, Airport 1975 is probably more memorable of the two movies. The sequel starred Charlton Heston, Karen Black and George Kennedy.

Ask anybody.

Stuff happens to me.

Whether it’s to the store or to another state; every trip is always an epic adventure for me.

I never have a travel itinerary; I have places where I have to be and it’s a…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 26, 2011 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

Bloggin About Protecting Your Noggin

New Blog Post..     Bloggin About Protecting Your Noggin   http://blog.firefightercharlton.com

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Added by Stephen Charlton on April 26, 2011 at 9:21pm — 4 Comments

Utility Players - The Medic

There is a chance that I may get punched in the face for the next statement but forethought rarely stops me. I was listening to a Rockies game and rereading the Urban Firefighter Article…

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Added by Brian Brush on April 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

SOMETIMES IT"S NOT SO SIMPLE on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER

“”Firefighter Kevin Anderson yelled that a guy was hanging out a window on the top floor and was going to jump,” said Dunn. “I brought the bucket to the top floor and got him. He said, ‘My wife! My wife!’ so I put my mask on and went in the apartment and found a mother, an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy on the bed unconscious.”

Dunn carried each victim to the bucket and took the family to the ground.”

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on April 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

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