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October 2013 Blog Posts (35)

Talk Is Cheap

There are exciting things going on in the fire service these days. A lot of what we thought we knew is turning out to be false. I think it's safe to say we have also learned that we still have a lot to learn. The research being done has proven a lot of important facts. Pushing fire isn't possible. Cooling the environment from the exterior is a viable option. Synchronized ventilation and fire attack is critical. Fires are burning hotter and faster. Fortunately now have emperical data to back…

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Added by Dave Werner on October 31, 2013 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Quadraplex with a twist

OK,  Before I move on,  as a curiosity, if you pulled up and were assigned search - nothing else was said over the radio or face to face because Command was busy, would you first move towards the victim in the window in apartment C or, because of conditions showing, would you do something else?  Is this the time to split the Crew?  (Can you split your crew because of the staffing on your rig?) 

Lastly,when you deciden…

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Added by Skip Coleman on October 31, 2013 at 2:59pm — 11 Comments

Fire Dynamic Research in Tactical Operations

 

I congratulate the ISFSI membership and their leadership for supplying us all with their Position Statement.

 

This statement is what the fire service of  needs! We can no longer train and educate firefighters based on personal experiences only. The fire service is changing each and every day as it has since its inception. There is not room for those who won't change to meet today’s fireground needs. We must embrace this new knowledge and begin applying it on the…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on October 30, 2013 at 5:08pm — 4 Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 87th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill, III has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Whitley City Fire Department

Arlie "Pooh" Hill…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 30, 2013 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

As I sat in the recliner last night watching the NBC Nightly News special coverage about Hurricane Sandy last night, I have to admit…tears came to my eyes. Seeing the fires at Breezy Point, the mass destruction on the coast line, and hearing the tales of heroism by the first hand accounts of all those who were there. Little did I know that when this happened one year ago, this destruction would also change my life forever even being 10 hours away.

 

In mid-October of last year,…

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Added by Andrew Catron on October 30, 2013 at 11:36am — No Comments

BAD TRICK or TREATERS

My guess is we all know kids who would do this LOL!  Happy Halloween, everybody!



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Added by Paul Combs on October 28, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

It's not about the offense or defense - It's about winning!

For some strange reason I thought we the American fire service was progressing away from the "100 years of un-changed tradition" statements.

Today, we are each faced with a magnitude of "new" information that has been educating us in a way that no firefighters have ever had the chance to receive before. We are being armed with data and information that is giving us an ability to better know our enemy.   However, we continue to set ourselves up for failure. We train in live fire in…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on October 26, 2013 at 7:47am — No Comments

The Difficult Conversation on Backstep Firefighter

Officers: YOU are what you make your company to be, good AND bad

DMVFirePhotoBillyAdkins

One thing about the fire service, the implications of us not being prepared are much more significant than the average worker.  Nothing against landscapers, or painters, but if they are not 100 percent on a given day; well usually only their work suffers.

Firefighters are different however.  Almost everything we do has implications for the…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Modern Buildings: Recipe for Firefighter Deaths and Injuries

I would like to personally invite you to join me at my upcoming workshop Modern Buildings: Recipe for Firefighter Deaths and Injuries at FDIC 2014

Hope to see you there! Monday, April 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Stay Safe Captain John Shafer

Added by John Shafer on October 24, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Half an Hour

Half an Hour

How often do we hear people complaining about how busy our shifts are these days? I'm not talking about call volume busy, but all of the other activities that fill our days. Granted, we have a lot on our plates. Between station duties, apparatus duties, inspections, hyrdrants,…
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Added by Dave Werner on October 24, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Firefighter Renaissance

     We are living in an incredible time in the fire service; the fact that our knowledge of the fireground is evolving at an unparalleled rate, combined with the fact that at no other point in history has information been shared as fast and freely as it is today, this truly is the Firefighter Renaissance. Twenty years ago (pre-digital big bang and infinite internet), I remember searching for hours, even days for the answer to a given question. I would first look in a dictionary, then ask my…

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Added by Nick Ledin on October 23, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 86th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Leroy Murphy Jr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Gettysburg Rural Fire Department.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 22, 2013 at 1:42pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 85th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Jantzen Murrell Frazier has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Oden Ridge Fire and Rescue.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 22, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 84th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Richard Floersch has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Milan Fire Department.

Richard…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 22, 2013 at 1:35pm — No Comments

The Greatest Leadership Wins

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on October 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 84th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain David Heath has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the New Hanover County Fire Rescue.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 22, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 82nd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief John Allison has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Mason County Rural Fire Authority Custer Fire Department.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on October 22, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

Journal Entry 27-“Our Finest Hour”

Chief Ron Kanterman-October 2013

 

That’s what Chief John McGrath (Raleigh, NC) the Memorial Weekend Incident Commander said as we convened in Emmitsburg, MD on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The planning for the National Memorial Weekend ceremonies started in March. We had completed 7 months of planning with the last meeting being the week before the event. When we showed up that day, we knew we were already locked out of the NETC/National Fire…

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Added by RON KANTERMAN on October 17, 2013 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

"JUST A" ????

“JUST A” ????

ATTENTION all firefighters! This is a call to action! What am I ranting about? The realization of your value. That’s what.

Have you ever heard or even worse made the statement “I’m JUST a fireman”, in response to a question regarding one’s

rank or stature within the company or organization? Shame on you! This statement is made with an almost subconscious

denigration. Wake up! You are the marrow in the skeleton of the company! Look up skeleton in the…

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Added by Colin Kelley on October 16, 2013 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Fire Prevention is much more than Fire Prevention

To some people Fire Prevention means Fire Prevention and only that. Fire Prevention is a chance for your department to market themselves. Even though marketing should be done all the time versus just one week out of a year.

Fire Prevention week it is time to show off their talents and what your department provides to the…

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Added by Brad Nair on October 16, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments

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