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May 2010 Blog Posts (20)

RIDING BACKWORDS...A Rookies Perspective on Issues Affecting the Fire Service

When make do shouldn't do

Firefighters and emergency medical workers must be largely optimistic - if they weren't then how or why would they want to do the job. Is a pessimist going to routinely put themselves in a position to respond to what may be the worst day of someone's life and expect to make it better - or at least make a difference? If they believe that they can’t/won't be able to make a difference then why even respond? An optimistic attitude is essential for success for… Continue

Added by John Barrett on May 25, 2010 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Firefighter Kurt Meusel. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Scales Mound Fire Protection District.





Kurt Meusel



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 10



Date of Incident: 05/22/2010

Time of Incident: 2114hrs

Date of Death:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on May 25, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KS

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Firefighter John Glaser. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Shawnee Kansas Fire Department.



John Glaser



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 6

Date of Incident: 05/22/2010

Time of Incident: 2055hrs

Date of Death: 05/22/2010



Fire… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on May 25, 2010 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

THE PUPPET MASTER



One of my all-time favorite quotes pretty much sums up my feelings on this month's commentary; "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with the results" - George S. Patton.



Nothing is more demoralizing… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on May 24, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Are you a Veteran or a Dinosaur?

In our world, we are all Firefighters, regardless of race creed or color. We have sworn to protect and serve the citizens of our community. We all get on the big truck, regardless of color or gender, when the bell hits to do our job, but are you a veteran or a Dinosaur. This statement applies to every Firefighter, from probationary to retirement.



In my opinion, the major difference in defining a veteran or a dinosaur is quite simple. One word defines this difference and that is… Continue

Added by Jeff Schwering on May 21, 2010 at 8:30am — 14 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: OK

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Chief Paul Johnson. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Crows Roost Fire Department, OK.





Paul Johnson



Rank: Fire Chief

Age: 63

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident: 05/19/2010

Time of Incident: 0142hrs

Date of Death: 05/19/2010



Fire… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on May 20, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: WV

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Lieutenant Donnie Caldwell. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Ghent Area Volunteer Fire Department, WV.





Donnie Caldwell



Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 74

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident: 01/30/2007

Time of Incident: 1043hrs

Date of Death:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on May 19, 2010 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Fundamentals, Basics, Training, Oh My!

Last night I had the pleasure to listen to and get in on a discussion on Art Chief Reason’s new FirefighterNetcast radio show. The show was fantastic and the content was interesting and stimulating. However, the topic that came up that really got my attention was when he and Dave dove into the subject of risk vs. benefit and safety vs. extinguishment. I know, I know, this has been beaten with a sledge hammer over our collective heads for the last year or so. But, I just can’t figure one thing… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 18, 2010 at 9:57pm — 9 Comments

Are You Making a Difference?

Ahhh, the good ole days!

Are you making a difference? It is a simple question that requires a “yes” or “no” answer. So, which is it?



The fire service is full of opportunities for people to take advantage of to better themselves. Are you taking advantage of those opportunities?



It is easy to go to work and sit down at the kitchen table and complain about what needs to be done that day. It is easy to come into work and… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 15, 2010 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

MAY MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION



...and just in time for all those summer wildfires, too. I am truly amazed every year as I watch reports from the network news drama-mill about folks who refuse to leave homes and property threatened by wildfires. Understanding that every home is a man's… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on May 12, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Working a job!

Had a job this morning at about 5am that'ts 9am for you on the East! Had a header showing from the units about two miles away. We had an initial dispatch of 3 engines, a truck, 2 chiefs and a medic along with myself and another inspector. We also called in Fairbanks for a RIT team and did a recall of of the dept. The main volume of fire was contained to the 3rd unit with some extension in the 2nd and we had great knockdown. The fire wall between units 3 and 4 held the fire from extending into… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on May 11, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Time for some show and tell!

Gettysburg Times Photo





Take a look at the picture and read the comments at the linked article. This is what we mean when we talk about complaceny. This is not good common sense and we can all learn what we should not be doing or allowing on the fire scene!





Ps they said the guy is also brother for D.C...hmmm… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on May 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

9/11 Statue at National Fire Academy to be Posted on eBay...WTF!

Here is a story about the investor fraud and how the money is going to payback these investors...this is so not right! Why won't the government step up to the plate with this one?





Under an agreement, it must stay at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park.





By DAVID DISHNEAU



Associated Press Writer





Posted: Mon, 05/10/2010 - 09:59

Updated: Mon, 05/10/2010 - 10:11

HAGERSTOWN, Md. --



A 40-foot sculpture in…
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Added by Brad Hoff on May 10, 2010 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

The Ties That Bind! My next attempt guys have at it.

THE TIES THAT BIND





In the Fire service of today, we are faced with, ties that hold us and keep us, as a whole profession, from moving forward. While some of these ties can be broken, with a little effort, some can and have proven themselves difficult or even completely unbreakable. Many of us in the Fire Service are doing the best we can to move ahead, Cultural Changes in many specific areas of the Fire Service are in the process of taking place or are… Continue

Added by Jeff Schwering on May 8, 2010 at 11:00am — 17 Comments

How Safe Are we Really!? First Blog Brothers, be kind.

Recently, I have been doing a lot of thinking, since returning from the FDIC. We all know that can be a dangerous thing, but seriously everybody, in the Fire Service of today, “How safe are we really?”



We all know we can count on our Brothers and Sisters on the job, to cover our backs, but what about some of the people in this world, who are closest to us, who claim to be in our corner, come hell or high water.



The purpose of this article is to make all of us think about… Continue

Added by Jeff Schwering on May 6, 2010 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

The Firefighters National Day of Prayer

Today is National Prayer Day it was established by our forefathers in 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the First Continental Congress called for "a day of publick humiliation, fasting, and prayer."

When our forefathers said public humiliation they did not mean humiliation as it would be interpreted today what they meant was being respectful and being grateful to a higher power for the blessings that been bestowed upon this nation and its people. A lot of people today claim not to believe in… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on May 6, 2010 at 12:45pm — 3 Comments

On the Failed Times Square Bombing

The entire country, and in particular the New York City public safety system, breathed a collective sigh of relief this week when an improvised explosive device (IED), placed inside an SUV and left to detonate in Times Square, failed to detonate. This morning a naturalized citizen from Pakistan was arrested as he attempted to board an airliner for Dubai. As we congratulate the alert citizens of New York, the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York, the Federal Bureau of… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on May 4, 2010 at 3:39pm — 3 Comments

WHO'S SERVING WHO?



Ahhh, the stench of May elections is in the air and I just couldn't resist pulling out my ol' political cartoon pens to take a stab at our "helpful" elected officials - with an obvious fire service twist, of course. This cartoon expresses two points; the… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on May 3, 2010 at 3:13pm — 5 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality in PA.

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Firefighter John Polimine. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Scalp Level & Paint Volunteer Fire Company.







John Polimine



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 51

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 2

Date of Incident: 05/01/2010

Time of Incident: 1230hrs

Date of Death:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on May 3, 2010 at 12:46pm — 1 Comment

FDIC 2011 Call for Presentations

Attention All Instructors FDIC 2011 Call for Presentations



Fellow instructors the call for presentations is now open for FDIC 2011, please follow the link here and get your submission in as soon as possible remember we are encouraging all instructors HOT, workshop and classroom to submit for 2011. We will have some additional space with the completion of the Indianapolis Convention center but we are expecting a extremely high volume of requests to participate in the 2011 FDIC. This… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on May 1, 2010 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

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