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September 2016 Blog Posts (42)

What's in a title?

TITLES

What is in a title? A title defined by the dictionary is; a descriptive or distinctive appellation, especially one belonging to a person by right of rank, office, attainment. It’s something that can give a person power and authority or it can mean you have achieved the most elite status in a sport profession. In all instances the word title holds a lot of power!

In the fire…

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Added by Andrew Sauder on September 30, 2016 at 12:32pm — No Comments

The Fire Tetrahedron

When we enter the fire service we attend a lesson on fire behavior. This lesson may be taught many different ways, but the concepts are generally the same. Traditionally, this lesson is scheduled as a mere four block of the Firefighter I curriculum.

The lesson invariably covers the fire tetrahedron and basic fire behavior terminology (flashover, backdraft, rollover etc.), along with some…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on September 30, 2016 at 7:09am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 68th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Fire Department City of New York.



Michael J.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 29, 2016 at 12:06am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 67th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter/Paramedic Sean McMullin has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the West County EMS & Fire Protection District.





Sean…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 29, 2016 at 12:01am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 65th & 66th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters & Lieutenant Christopher M. Leach & Senior Firefighter Jerry W. Fickes have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Wilmington Fire Department.…





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Added by Brad Hoff on September 28, 2016 at 11:51pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 64th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Safety Officer Charles E. Horan has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department.…





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Added by Brad Hoff on September 28, 2016 at 11:45pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 63rd Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Engineer Ryan Osler has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Ventura County Fire Department.





Ryan…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 28, 2016 at 11:37pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 61st Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Senior Firefighter Eric C. Gustafson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Meridian Fire Department.



Eric C.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 28, 2016 at 11:32pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 62nd Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter / EMT and Chief Engineer Daniel P. McCann, III has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Manasquan Hook & Ladder Company 1.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on September 28, 2016 at 11:18pm — No Comments

The Quick Race to the Grave

THE QUICK RACE TO THE GRAVE

Heroin....What's that mean to you or, what do you think about when hearing that word. Another overdose, more narcan, another code, another meaningless death, or another set of parents without a child again. This drug...Heroin…= Epidemic. There’s no other word to describe it. This drug has become the drug of choice in recent years to wreak the most havoc in the families of the loved ones that abuse it and are addicted…

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Added by Les Allen on September 28, 2016 at 8:46pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 60th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Lowell Satterwhite has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Dakota City Fire Department.





Lowell…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 28, 2016 at 5:43pm — No Comments

How Trusses Affect Firefighter Safety

I submitted this as part of my Fire Science degree program.

Building construction has had an impact on the outcomes of the firefighter’s ability to survive in a hostile fire environment. The types of construction have evolved over the years, with residential construction be built using lighter and lighter materials. Additionally, the contents of residential occupancies have changed, both in quantity, but also in the what those materials are made of. The increase in contents made of…

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Added by Michael Lloyd on September 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

5 Ways To Resolve Your Own Comm Problem

Top FIVE Ways to Resolve Your Own Tactical Communications Problem

(Requires NO equipment outside of what you already have)

1. Move to a window

2. Stand up (if conditions permit)

3. Orient portable radio VERTICALLY

4. Raise your portable up high (again, if conditions permit)

5. Switch to SOP/common practice-driven Simplex/Talkaround/Direct Channel

Added by Samuel Villani, III on September 27, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pride, perception and people

In this next installment of Our Own Worst Enemies, I tackle pride and perception.

But first, I want to make a confession. I am guilty of almost all of the behaviors I have railed against. I openly and freely admit it, and to all that I have subjected my anger to, I'm sorry. Not an excuse, but it's hard to separate the anger directed towards one's self and not have it spill over to others. When the atmosphere you're in is toxic, and there's no known PPE against it, it takes maturity…

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Added by Larry Browne on September 27, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Has the mission changed?

In 1999 Andy Fredericks asked “is the fire service straying away from its core mission”? Do we place more emphasis on peripheral issues/training as opposed to bread and butter skills?  RIT training is important and needs to be a part of our training, but shouldn’t we put more effort into not getting into those situations in the first place. I know there are unforeseen circumstances that happen on the fire ground. Knowing how to fill out triage tags is a skill we should know, but do we need…

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Added by David Polikoff on September 27, 2016 at 8:20am — No Comments

The Working Company Officer

     Many fire departments throughout the nation operate with fire companies that are considerably  understaffed.  Officers assigned in these companies have the added responsibility of performing firefighting at the task level during nearly every incident.  Whether pulling ceiling, stretching a line, or chasing kinks,  the company officer needs to remember his/her primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the members and location in which they are operating. 

     Being a…

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Added by David DeStefano on September 23, 2016 at 9:58am — No Comments

Leadership…Why has it gone wrong in so many places?





There are all kinds of schools for management and leadership, some good, some bad and some just silly.  I made myself a promise many years ago that if I ever found myself in a leadership position in a fire department that I would be the officer that I always hoped for and was fortunate enough to get in my career.  The following is a list of attributes that I have always deemed important.



1)  A passion for the job that goes from day one until retirement.  You can’t…

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Added by Don Catenacci on September 22, 2016 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Bradley Golden – Still Tragic Fifteen Years Later

I wrote this story in 2003 and first released it on September 25th of that year; two years after the tragic death of then 19 year-old Firefighter Bradley Golden, who died in a live burn training exercise in Lairdsville, New York. I have posted it every year since then to keep a promise; to honor and to remember Brad. I do not do it to keep the emotional wounds fresh. I do it because there are so many important lessons to be gained by…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on September 22, 2016 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

How Leadership Can Affect an Organization.

This is a paper I wrote for a college class. I hope you enjoy.

Ronald Reagan says it pretty clearly; "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." All people crave leadership. What makes up leadership, and how can it be defined. How does leadership effect your organization and life? When I speak of the organization, it could mean family, community, workplace or anywhere that…

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Added by Michael Lloyd on September 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

VESTIFICATION



Sometimes the best way is to just keep it simple and direct!



STAY FIRED UP!

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Added by Paul Combs on September 21, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

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