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December 2012 Blog Posts (27)

Rumor and insult is the poor mans argument

Rumor and insult is the poor mans argument

With the close of the election we will get a needed break from the attack adds and half-truths.  Regretfully we will still experience it at a meeting or sitting at the kitchen table listening intently to the latest…

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Added by Frank Ricci on December 29, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Customer Service Doesn't Matter

Customer Service Doesn't Matter
Your fire department is missing the mark. We have failed to understand the game and we have paid a political price for our lack of vision.
Stand back and watch what happens the next time a stranger walks into…
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Added by Frank Ricci on December 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Justification for a fully staffed RIT

Funeral for a friend and questions for you:

Six to eight firefighters will be chosen to carry the casket of our friend. Any less we would be absurd even in ideal conditions. They will have to bear the weight of the member, endure environmental conditions and possibly negotiate…

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Added by Frank Ricci on December 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Progressive Drills

This past Fall we were doing a Survival class and one of the drills we do is the "following the coupling" drill. It is one of the most basic of drills and is well known throughout the fire service. We have posted on this drill before on using a cut piece of hose to hand to your firefighters and have them tell you which way would be back to the truck.

We get comment about how basic this drill this and some like to try and shrug it off. Well, as we all know, we must master the basics.…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 28, 2012 at 8:03pm — No Comments

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 82nd & 83rd Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters Mike Chiapperini & Tomas Kaczowka havemade the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and members of the West Webster Fire District.



Mike J. Chiapperini

Rank:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 26, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 81st Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Chief of Department Phillip Mortensen has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District



Philip A. Mortensen

Rank: Fire…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

LODD West Webster FD, NY

It is with deep sadness I announce two Signal 5-5-5-5's have been struck

In the town of Webster, New York.



Mike Chiapperini, Webster NY Police Lieutenant and PIO, who was off duty, serving as a WW Volunteer Firefighter. Mike had just returned from Long Island after being deployed for Super Storm Sandy.



Tomasz Kaczowka, a 9-1-1 Dispatcher who was off duty serving as a WW Volunteer Firefighter.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 24, 2012 at 2:51pm — No Comments

A Great Holiday Workout for Fire Rescue Athletes

Happy Holidays- Yes that time of the year where we have a tendency to overindulge and workouts seem to take second place to the holiday rush.   To combat the accumulation of holiday pounds I created this Fire Rescue Metabolic Workout..  This workout requires minimal time, maximal effort and will give you an extreme calorie burn (throughout the day).  Intermediate/ Advanced athletes should use weights that they can handle for 15 reps (even though you will only be performing…
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Added by Aaron Zamzow on December 23, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

To all my Brothers and Sisters out there, have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year!!

Paul

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Added by Paul Combs on December 23, 2012 at 7:21am — No Comments

The Hydra-Ram

When tasked with forcing entry into an occupancy with multiple inward- swinging doors, such as a hotel or apartment building, fewer tools will maximize our efficacy at forcing doors than will the hydraulic forcible entry tool.  Firefighters who are blessed with a hydraulic forcible entry tool in their arsenal will quickly proclaim the benefits of utilizing such a valuable implement.  Not only does this particular tool make quick work of most inward- swinging doors, its use is very…

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Added by Jason Jefferies on December 20, 2012 at 5:41am — No Comments

Acting Officer Guideline

 

Acting Officer Information

In general try to simply maintain the current culture of the station.  Do not try to change things for the sake of making an impression; it usually does not go well.  The crew is highly trained and well disciplined.  The goal of the acting officer is to fit into that unit.  Rely on the crews to help answer any questions if you are not sure about the day to day operations.  They will not take advantage of you.

 

Know that the…

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Added by scott corrigan on December 19, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Beyond the Door, "What vs. Why"

Beyond the Door 

 "What Vs. Why"

 

The Fire Service continues to be the last line of defense for those we serve.  As hazards evolve we continue to be the "All Hazards" mitigation agency.  Those who have gone before us have created an expectation in the public that we are the" go to" agency.  This is what draws a great deal of the people we hire.  We must always know our history and our craft.

 

There has been a shift.  We have…

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Added by scott corrigan on December 19, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

ALWAYS WATCHING... AND JUDGING



"You never know when you're being watched. It's my least favorite part of acting, celebrity."

- Denzel Washington

 

Make no mistake, when you're operating at an incident you are a celebrity. People gather to watch the drama that is unfolding within their neighborhood with admiration,…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 17, 2012 at 11:02am — 2 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 80th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Jeffrey Hudson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the St. Louis Fire Department.



Jeffrey Hudson…




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Added by Brad Hoff on December 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Love for the game

By: Brian Brush

Think to yourself about a professional athlete that you believe truly has a love for the game. Those who so clearly stand out, not just for performance and consistency, but also their humbleness and approach. The ones that take to the field, court, or ice because it is what they live for, not what makes them a living.

On March…

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Added by Brian Brush on December 13, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 79th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Chief of Department Steven Fritz has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of Rothschild Fire Department.



Steven W. Fritz…



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Added by Brad Hoff on December 13, 2012 at 7:08am — No Comments

Buddy Breathing Hose Practice

Just a quick tip for practicing with your Buddy Breathing Hose. In our classes one of the skills that we notice to be week is the ability of firefighters to manage their Buddy Breathing Hose with gloves on. Although Buddy Breathing is not in the current SCBA standard, it is in the upcoming 2013 standard.

Obviously, drilling with your SCBA and using the Buddy Breathing Hose will increase your confidence and skill level. Getting out and using the SCBA and practicing during evolutions is…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 11, 2012 at 10:18pm — No Comments

LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE



December Fire Engineering magazine commentary.

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Added by Paul Combs on December 11, 2012 at 4:22pm — 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 78th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Chief of Department Eddy Meador has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of Pattonsburg Fire & Rescue Protection District.



Eddy Meador…



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Added by Brad Hoff on December 11, 2012 at 3:52pm — No 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 77th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Michael Martin has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of PPL Susquehanna Fire Brigade.

 

Michael Martin



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 51

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 11, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments

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