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November 2013 Blog Posts (30)

Contaminate Your Crew

CDC Current Intelligence Bulletin 67: Fire Service Epidemic

        There's an epidemic in the American fire service, and terrifyingly little is known about it. Some estimate that as many as 1% of your brothers and sisters might already be infected, while others claim that number is as high as 10%,…

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Added by Nick Ledin on November 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

OFF DUTY RULE

You laugh, but you know you've thought about it!!!



Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving, everybody - and for Heaven's sake, clean your chainsaw after the carving.

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Added by Paul Combs on November 27, 2013 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 92nd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & First Assistant Chief Russ Gow 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 Factoryville Fire Department.

Russ “Rooster"…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 25, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Brotherhood isn't dead

“Never Forget” is a slogan that the American fire service enjoys using. People never forget major events, brothers that have gone before us, or historical fire service moments, though it often drifts far from a firefighter’s daily thoughts over time. Sometimes a small show of brotherhood is delivered in a way that makes it difficult for one to have an important memory far from their thoughts. I have questioned over the past few years if true brotherhood is a dying breed. All too often it is…

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Added by Justin Graney on November 24, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments

ICS: Friend of foe?

I have spent a significant amount of time lately talking about and finding examples of utilizing speed on the fireground. It is my belief (and the belief of many others) that the surest way to increase our survival and the survival of the people we serve is to operate with a high level of tempo. I am not advocating blindly sprinting around and tripping over ourselves. I am talking about the kind of speed which is a product of high quality/fidelity training and a thorough knowledge of fire…

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Added by Dave Werner on November 24, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Are you an Instructor? Why NOT?

I completed my Instructor several years ago and at the time I was only interested in teaching short, hands-on classes if any at all.  I always liked passing on information to my members at the station.  I started teaching (assisting) some basic firefighter classes and quickly found how much I enjoyed it.  Not only was it fun and fulfilling to see a new firefighter go from learning to don gear to making actual fire attacks; but it is also a great way to stay current on basic skills and new…

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Added by Ron Becknell on November 23, 2013 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Why the Quint Works for us.

Why the Quint works for us.

By Lou Comenale and Justin Ientilluci

In many firehouses across the country you mention the word “Quint” and you might have well just insulted that firefighters favorite football team.  Even in our own department some guys still wish we would run just a Ladder Truck.  Slowly the culture is changing and the reality is setting in that running a Quint actually works in our department.…

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Added by Lou Comenale on November 22, 2013 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday

By

P.J. Norwood & Frank Ricci

 

Preparation, training, and understanding our equipment is the key to success. The fire servicer service has come a long way in preparing for…

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Added by Frank Ricci on November 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

DRAWN BY FIRE, TOO

Looking for a fun Christmas gift idea? Well, pre-orders for my new book Drawn By Fire, Too are now being accepted on the PennWell bookstore. Over 150 cartoons in a beautifully bound hard-cover book. A link…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 19, 2013 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

Keeping Track

These log books vaguely capture what the company did. Who captures the how you performed at an individual level?

We…

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Added by Nick Martin on November 18, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Journal Entry 28-“COFFEE”

Chief Ron Kanterman

 

I have a re-visiting guest blogger this month. My good friend and associate Captain Rob Beattie of the North Plainfield (NJ) Fire Department has returned, infiltrated my Journal and penned an amusing analogy of team work and the firehouse coffee pot. Show this to your probies/rookies/new guys and where applicable, your old guys. Thanks Rob for your insight. I enjoyed this one! Ronnie K …

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Added by RON KANTERMAN on November 18, 2013 at 1:35pm — No Comments

NOVEMBER MAGAZINE CARTOON



Watch your giblets - it's budget time!

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Added by Paul Combs on November 18, 2013 at 7:49am — No Comments

Overcoming the Wall on Recessed Doors

This post was Co - Authored by Ryan Royal

Commercial outward swinging doors can be some of the most difficult forcible entry situations due to the locking systems and added fortification but what is often overlooked in training is access challenges. The outward swinging door below was on the back of a commercial building. You can see this situation has a half wall on the hinge side and the jamb side…

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Added by Brian Brush on November 17, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 91st Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant James Goodman 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 Nedrow Volunteer Fire Department.

James C. Goodman…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 17, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments

We are not all "Big City Fire Departments"

We are not all “Big City Fire Departments”

By Lou Comenale and Justin Ientilluci

We see the hats, t-shirts, posters and even TV shows that advertise the “Big City” fire departments.  The reality is, we all can’t be the big city.  Most of us work or volunteer,  in comparison, small towns, in all types of departments (Paid, Combination, Paid on Call or all Volunteer).  It’s nice to think we can operate like a big city but in…

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Added by Lou Comenale on November 14, 2013 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

GETTING AHEAD OF THE GAME

Units from my department and other companies in Prince George's County, Maryland responded to this second alarm fire last week. It involved a strip of two-story, attached, ordinary constructed, garden style apartment buildings.

Companies on the initial alarm had a well…

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Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on November 13, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments

Find Those Learning and Practice Moments

Training is not just for the drill ground or the classroom. We need to look for learning moments and practice opportunities whenever we can.

We recently responded to a fast-food joint for a fire in the kitchen. I was on overtime and we were on the engine that was second in. The first in company used a Type-K extinguisher to put out the small grease fire on the grill.

The first due captain indicated that the fire was small enough that the suppression system above the grill did…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 13, 2013 at 10:28am — No Comments

The Greatest Risk, Taking No Risk At All on Backstep Firefighter

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There is a debate that rages, on a daily basis; aggressive versus safe – interior versus exterior – searching versus waiting.  Depending on where you work and what your experience is, you no doubt have an opinion about these topics.  Some hold a very strong opinion, that the safety sallies (you know, those that advocate safety above everything) are ruining the fire service and that there is no room for their thinking.  There are others that…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 12, 2013 at 4:01pm — 4 Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 90th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Fire Police Captain David Roland Barr 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 Community Fire Company of Perryville.

 

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 11, 2013 at 2:13pm — No Comments

TWO-HATTERS



The term two-hatter has traditionally been used in the fire service to recognize firefighters who work for a career fire department, as well as volunteer for another. However, on this Veterans Day, I would like to recognize another two-hatter - the men and women who serve as firefighters in their communities,…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 11, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

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