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December 2015 Blog Posts (64)

Stay Humble

As we close 2015 and move into a new chapter in our journey by welcoming in 2016, let's look back at how things went.

For me 2015 was a challenge but through every challenge comes reward. I found out I am going to be a Father again, I started my own company, I was booked to present my Leadership Development class and open for Frank Viscuso, I was able to meet in person three of my mentors, men who…

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Added by Dave McGlynn on December 31, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

REFLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE



Where will you be a year from now? Is there something in your life that needs to be improved? How many of us reflect back on 2015 and wish we would have started a change in January? I know I do! So, will we be asking ourselves this same question in 2016, or will we actually put thought and desire into…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 30, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

You Deserve a Health and Wellness Program

You Deserve a Health and Wellness Program

 

Who is the most valuable asset to the fire service?  You are!  You, the firefighter, are the most valuable, most critical, and most important asset to your fire department!  This is why you follow the Phoenix Model, why scene safety is the first step at any of your EMS scenes, and why you change your strategy and/or tactics when an incident begins to move in an…

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Added by The First Twenty on December 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Commit to your Health in 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, it is a good time to ask yourself where you stand in terms of your personal attitude, accountability and the action you take on your own health and fitness.  As a member of the fire service, it is probably the one thing that you can improve upon on a personal level that has the most influence on every other part of your life and all of the people that are a part of it.

Your impact is more powerful than you may think.  Every day,…

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on December 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

A Different Kind Of Christmas Story

 

A Different Kind of Christmas Story

 

As Ted hustled up the short macadam driveway he could smell the unmistakable odor of a ‘job’. It was a chilly evening and he was riding the ‘barman’ seat on the ladder.  Above the wail of the…

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Added by Michael R. Horst on December 29, 2015 at 10:30pm — No 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 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Patrick R. Walterman 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 Hamilton Fire Department.







Patrick R.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 29, 2015 at 6:10pm — 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 85th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Fire Police Officer Louis “Pop Pop” Patti 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 Warwick Township Fire Company 1.



Louis “Pop Pop”…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 29, 2015 at 6:01pm — 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 84th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Willie B. Ratliff 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 City of Clarksdale Fire Department.



Willie B.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 29, 2015 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Buildings, battleground or enemy?

Previously in my fire service career I took a college course on Dr. Francis Brannigan’s book Building Construction for the Fire Service. As a Company Officer, I feel it never hurts to gain new information, so I recently took a class on Lightweight Construction.  

One of the first slides in the new course quoted Dr. Brannigan’s book “the building is your enemy, know your enemy” the course continued with another quote, “...buildings constructed with lightweight wood…

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Added by Lou Comenale on December 29, 2015 at 11:44am — No Comments

MFA #19: Hostile Fire Events - The reasons for the research

When considering the need to modify traditional tactics that many believe still work quite well, thank you very much, it’s important to think back on the reasons behind the new recommendations.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) became involved in our business at the request of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the process of the latter’s investigation of firefighter Line of Duty Deaths (LODDs).   When some fatal events could not be…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on December 29, 2015 at 8:39am — No Comments

To Refurbish or Buy New

As we all know today money in our local fire departments is getting tight right? During the time of the AFG being open many fire departments have to make the decision of whether or not to apply for a grant for new apparatus or to keep their old apparatus. Coming from a small department in Rural Indiana we face the time of applying for a grant or refurbishing our 1996 E-one Engine or looking at getting a new engine. With the stipulations of the grant saying the apparatus can't be used any…

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Added by Trey Foust on December 28, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

"It's Lonely at the top" is a myth

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Added by Frank Viscuso on December 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Legal Series - Constructive Discharge

Question: My Fire Department is trying to fire me or force me into resignation with unfounded charges, frequent transfers to other Divisions and other similar harassment behavior. I am a Battalion Chief, caucasian male and 54 years old. I want to retire when I am 62 and I am not sure I will be able to do that. What can I do?

Answer: There seems to be a recent trend with fire departments forcing older firefighters…

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Added by John K. Murphy on December 28, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

BEST OF 2015

Best of 2015: Fire service illustrations that made you laugh, chuff, scoff, cringe, and send "fan mail". Thank you all for following my work and allowing me to be a part of your life - I look forward to an exciting 2016!
 
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To see my complete collection, visit the print store…
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Added by Paul Combs on December 28, 2015 at 8:01am — No Comments

The Nob,The Pipe, The Tip, The Nozzle

The Sunday Preach:
 
The Nob, The Pipe, The Tip, The Nozzle.
 
The 'Nob' requires someone to operate it. Most firefighting nozzles require approximately 8 pounds of force applied to the bale to open the nozzle for water delivery. While obviously this is not a feat of enormity, the nozzle…
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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 27, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

CHRISTMAS WISHES



Here's hoping that each of your Christmas wishes come true, and that we all have a safe and glorious 2016. Merry Christmas, Brothers and…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2015 at 11:44am — No Comments

Why Are Some Memories So Vivid When Others Quickly Fade?

The headline from “The Hawk Eye” newspaper on December 23, 1999 read: They Gave The Ultimate.

Asst. Chief Dave McNally, 49 at the time, Firefighter Jason Bitting, 29 at the time and Nathan “Nate” Tuck, 39 at the time all died in the…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 24, 2015 at 9:35pm — No Comments

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 83rd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Sidney "Sid" Winer 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 No. 7 Township Fire Rescue.



Sidney "Sid"…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 23, 2015 at 7:29pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 82nd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Stacy A. Crawford 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 Navarro County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Department.



Stacy…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 23, 2015 at 7:21pm — 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 81st Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Jack H. Rose 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 Mount Marion Fire Department.



Jack H.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on December 23, 2015 at 7:08pm — No Comments

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