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June 2011 Blog Posts (21)

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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 47th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Matt Hadaller has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Lewis County Fire District.





Matt Hadaller



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Added by Brad Hoff on June 29, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

One comment on the Floor Collapse article, it says, The fire had been burning for almost an hour; it was getting progressively stronger as the firefighters tried in vain to combat it. Why would you e…

One comment on the Floor Collapse article, it says, The fire had been burning for almost an hour; it was getting progressively stronger as the firefighters tried in vain to combat it. Why would you even be on the floor if its been burning that long? Enough said, glad he is ok. Continue

Added by Chuck Wehrli on June 27, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 46th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter Chris Pham has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Dallas Fire Department.



Chris Pham



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 35

Gender: Male

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

OUT OF TOUCH

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then this technology intrenched generation of youth is from the center of Pluto! Old-school thinking and marketing will be the death knell of today's fire service, especially in the volunteer sector with we don't learn to be creative in our recruiting…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

The Perfect Storm

 

The term “A perfect storm” refers to a combination of events that contributes to the drastic aggravation of a situation. From severe weather to a seeming unfathomable chain of events, this phrase is widely used.

 

In the fire service,…

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Added by David Mellen on June 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 45th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Asst. Fire Chief, Robin Erlic West has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Startex Fire Department.



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Added by Brad Hoff on June 22, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

One Blog Under God!

On Sunday, June 19th, NBC decided to show a patriotic montage during the showing of the U.S. Open golf tournament (Patriotic video). As a result, they committed a monumental error in their omissions.

The Pledge of Allegiance that I have been reciting since grade school has included the words “one nation under God, indivisible”. That any of the words from this very short, but very powerful recitation be omitted is very…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on June 22, 2011 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: FL

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 43rd and 44th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighters and Forest Rangers Brett Fulton and Josh Burch have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and the members of the Suwannee Forestry Center, Florida Division of Forestry. We wish to extend our wishes for a speedy recovery to two other firefighters – Robert… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on June 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter, Father and son of the Fire Chief, Corey Shaw has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and the members of the Du Quoin Fire Department.





Corey Shaw



Rank: Firefighter

Age:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on June 21, 2011 at 5:57pm — No Comments

TOUGH TALK - JUNE MAGAZINE CARTOON

 

The kind and gentle approach doesn't work any more - so perhaps the current day Smokey needs an image adjustment! This is just a suggestion, of course:)

 

 

 

To see more of my work, visit:…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 17, 2011 at 2:23pm — 8 Comments

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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter Scott Davis has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and the members of the Muncie Fire Department.



Scott Davis



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 40

Gender: Male

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 16, 2011 at 5:28pm — No Comments

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

It is in sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Acting Battalion Chief Garet Rasmussen has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our Brothers family and the members of the Chelan County Fire District #1.





Garet Rasmussen



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Added by Brad Hoff on June 16, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Thoughts of a Garden Variety

 

These past, few months have been “unusual” for me. For the first time in many years, I had to prepare myself to seek employment. It was my goal to have a new job before the lay-off became effective.

 

My work as a risk manager for my current employer will end on June 24th. My work for my new employer will start on June 28th.

 

What is interesting to note is that I thought that I bombed at the interview and who knows; maybe the…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on June 16, 2011 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER

If you carry a cell phone these days, you carry a camera and video recorder, too. Technology has made life recordable, anywhere, anytime, even when it's inconvenient or inappropriate! Take a moment to notice bystanders on your next MVA or structure fire; my guess is you'll see plenty of cell…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 14, 2011 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Nozzleman's Creed

Aside from residing in the pantheon of the greatest movies made, Full Metal Jacket introduced the world to the Rifleman’s Creed. The mantra recited each night by the soldiers in boot camp as they lie in bed with their last line of defense, their rifle. The intimate reciting of the creed ingrains the mutually important relationship…

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Added by Dan Shaw on June 14, 2011 at 7:22am — 5 Comments

Losing the Faith

For most of us in the fire service this job is a calling. It’s not something we do, it’s something we are, [insert additional corny saying here].  The bottom line is that we have dedicated ourselves to this profession for whatever reason and agreed to the responsibilities of our job; to help those who require our services in their time of need.

 

But some, including myself, have at one point lost…

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Added by David Mellen on June 10, 2011 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Brother Firefighter dies in crash and his two chioldren hospitialized in Indianapolis!

Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to our Brothers and Sisters at the Pike TWP FD and Indianapolis Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 416 who lost Brother James Shelly in a vehicle accident today. http://www.wthr.com/story/14875946/lifeline-called-to-serious-lawrence-crash…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 9, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The USFA has received notice of the following double firefighter fatalities: CA

It is in sadness and with great honor, that we as a Brotherhood post two Line Of Duty Deaths for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Vincent Perez and Brother Firefighter Anthony Valerio have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and the members of the San Fransico Fire Department.







Vincent A.… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on June 8, 2011 at 7:04pm — No Comments

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

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 & Second Assistant Chief Thomas Shields has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Flanders Fire Department Company #1 and Rescue.



Thomas Shields



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Added by Brad Hoff on June 2, 2011 at 6:49pm — No Comments

You Have the Right to Remain Salient!

Yes; I like titles that are a play on words.

Salient – (say-lee-ent) adj. Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding. Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. Noticeable. Springing; jumping.

As we are seeing, many Americans who have held silent over the years are now speaking out about the condition of the human condition (and especially THEIR condition); how exclusive our “representative” form of government has…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on June 2, 2011 at 5:55pm — 2 Comments

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