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October 2012 Blog Posts (22)

An Election of a Lifetime

When I was a young man, my dad made certain that I did two things; register for the military draft and register to vote. Dad was a World War II veteran and believed that it was a sacred right to vote in elections. He felt that voting was a very personal right and would never tell me how he voted. However; he spoke very fondly of Harry Truman, so I knew even without asking that he was a Democrat.

 

What I found odd about that is that Dad worked very hard, would not accept…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 31, 2012 at 5:31pm — 1 Comment

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 in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Battalion Chief Rob Von Wormer has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Cal Fire Santa Clara.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 30, 2012 at 12:59am — No Comments

EMS Does Not Have To Be A Four Letter Word!

Even  though Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is not a four letter word it has definitely caused many four letter words to be spoken from myself and I predict from many of you. Every call offers us great opportunities but it’s up to you to capitalize on those opportunities.



If you haven't embraced EMS at this point you are no longer behind the eight ball you are behind the whole rack of balls. EMS being a trend or the next new thing to do for our citizens has long passed. EMS is the…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on October 25, 2012 at 9:07am — No Comments

Thru the Floor Prop--Realistic Training Props

Here is a short video of our thru the floor prop. This is soley for the use of calling a Mayday and recognizing that parameter.   We place mattresses and foam below the firefighter and is monitored closely by our instructors.

This gives the firefighter a sensation of falling but is a short enough and controlled fall as to keep the drill safe.  Email us if you would like to know how we built it.

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 24, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Command and Size Up Reminders

Here is a great "memory jogger" for Command Functions and Size Up from one of our instructors, Scott Hulsey.  I know it's short, but these little cheat sheets can be used during training evolutions or at the kitchen table to stay sharp as an incident commander.

Size-up Matrix…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 24, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Riding with Gary FD Squad 2........

 

I remember going to an accident with the Squad in Engine 13's area, because they were on scene when we got there and helping to extricate someone by minding the hoses for the guy on the jaws of life.

There were a few other calls that I went to riding in the passenger seat of HIT 2 but nothing memorable. Then,…
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Added by Wayne Zeman on October 24, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

Memories of riding with the Gary FD in the early 90's........

I am not really sure what brought this up in my head, but there it was. I thought you guys might like to hear the stories.........

It was 1993 or so. I was a VERY wet behind the ears young firefighter on a small volunteer fire department. Back then, the City of Gary Indiana Fire Department allowed ride alongs, as long as you signed a waiver and provided your own gear and SCBA. I signed the waiver, got permission from my Chief, and started to ride.

The first few…

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Added by Wayne Zeman on October 22, 2012 at 1:51am — No Comments

SERVING OUR WARRIORS





Shipping out for another USO tour and an opportunity to thank and serve our Nation's Warriors! I will be drawing along side five other incredible cartoonists and look forward to their camaraderie over the next few weeks. I will not be posting during this trip, but will have…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 19, 2012 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

The Best Fire Rescue Workout Program-- The Great Debate

I figured with the presidential elections and debates going on I thought it was a good time to debate about something worthwhile (not that the election/ debate is not but after a while they all sound like "blah, blah, blah.") This topic is one near and dear to your heart and career--Workouts for Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I've been writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world. You can read about them …
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Added by Aaron Zamzow on October 18, 2012 at 10:33pm — No Comments

COFFEE MONSTER DRAWING PROCESS

From time to time I get asked how I create my Fire Engineering illustrations. Well, I thought I'd take this month's theme and show you the drawing process.



Every drawing that I do typically starts in my small sketchbook that I carry everywhere. If you seen me at FDIC, you've seen me with this little black book. This is my idea book - where all the things that are bouncing around in my crazy brain get scribbled out before they drive me insane!! Below is the original thumbnail for…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 17, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

COFFEE MONSTER



Getting into the spooky spirit of my favorite time of year!! Watch for full moons and empty coffee pots, everybody:)



Happy Halloween, and be safe out there!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to order prints:…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 17, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

The Chameleon Fire Officer: Mentor, Menace or Medocre - Which One Are You?

The Chameleon Officer: Mentor, Menace or Mediocre: Make up your mind!

A chameleon is…
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Added by John Alston on October 16, 2012 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Automatic Fire Alarm Complacency

Automatic Fire Alarm Complacency

By: Tony Kelleher and Ricky Riley

 

 

Recently, we have had several discussions; both within my own areas fire department and in other departments…

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Added by Richard Riley on October 16, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

SIZE MATTERS - October Magazine Commentary



Size DOES matter!



Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to order prints:…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 14, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Fireground is Like Loading a Dishwasher

I suppose I am fortunate that one of the only ongoing debates between my wife and I are the nuances of loading the dishwasher.  You see, I load the dishwasher the way it was designed to be loaded.  My wife, she believes randomly loading the dishwasher.  We both think that our respective methods work best for fitting the most dishes and getting the job done the best.  Much like the fireground, and numerous other “hot topics” right now, there are many different opinions and theories on the…

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Added by Matt McDowell on October 12, 2012 at 8:10pm — No Comments

The Basis Behind "EXPECT FIRE" on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER.COM

It is imperative that you bring your mind to the fight.

For those that follow this blog and Backstep Firefighter, you are aware of our catch phrase. “Expect Fire”. This phrase, inspired by the words of Andy…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 12, 2012 at 7:06pm — 4 Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 62nd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Larry Nielson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Gilmore City Fire Department.



Larry D. Nielsen…


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Added by Brad Hoff on October 11, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

A LESSON FROM 38 SPECIAL



Let's have a show of hands, figuratively speaking... Who likes to be micromanaged and placed under the ever-present scrutiny of a magnifying glass? If you raised your hand, please quietly leave my blog now - I'm sure there's a mega-corporate blog out there in Internetland just for you!



Great leaders…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 10, 2012 at 1:24pm — No Comments

The 5 Failures of Command

Click Here:  These are not all of them.  These are the five that came out of a great skull session.

http://fireofficertrust.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-5-failures-of-command.html

Added by John Alston on October 9, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Is your Fire Prevention message up to date?

As most firefighters should know this week is National Fire Prevention Week . I am sure many of you are out spreading the message of Fire Prevention this week. I would like to say thank you for serving your communities and  you will probably never know how many life’s were truly saved by your wonderful dedication to your communities.

So since it is  Fire Prevention Week this post will be about this years Fire Prevention theme in the context of our modern fire environment.

The…

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Added by John Shafer on October 9, 2012 at 1:34am — No Comments

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