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Where and why do we get hurt?



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Added by Michael Urban on March 19, 2008 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

Instruction

There are still some fire service myths floating around out there I see. Firefighters operating under unsafe SOP's or none at all. Hard to believe. Staffing is always an issue. Having one firefighter per truck is not staffing it's a driver. Chiefs need to worry more about the fire floor than the apparataus floor.There are all levels of instruction and instructors out there. Get the reasons why we do something from the instructor not just the teaching points.

Added by Ray McCormack on March 19, 2008 at 11:12am — No Comments

Looking to Gain Knowledge!

I believe that the day I stop learning is the day to quit this job. I'm looking for anyway to increase my knowledge in all subjects pertaining to the fire service. If you have any ideas please let me know.

Added by Jim Mayfield on March 17, 2008 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

"LEADING IN A TACTICAL PARADISE" by John Van Doren

I have been fortunate to be associated with so many great firefighters in my fire service career and it seems only natural that this site would further enhance that experience. In a recent blog post, I asked for information on response safety for a report I am working on for the Indiana SAFE Fire Service Initiative [This initiative is modeled after the 16 Life Safety…

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Added by Stacy White on March 14, 2008 at 10:40pm — 3 Comments

The IFIA is a Full Service book store.



I am the IFIA [Indiana Fire Instructors Association] District 6 Representative and am at the service of the 13 counties within my District. Many of the fire schools in Indiana…

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Added by Stacy White on March 12, 2008 at 11:44pm — No Comments

The Next "Great" Thing In The Fire Service

A year from now, what will this fire training community be like? Will we use to promote our profession, our lifestyles as firefighters? Or, will it slowly turn into a second thought as the novelty wears off of it? When I joined I was number 76 or so, as of this post there are 389 members, what will it be like at 1,000 members, 10,000 members, or even 100,000 members. So far it has turned out quite good. With just a few keystrokes I can interact with leaders in the fire service. I can network… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 12, 2008 at 7:29am — No Comments

Working Up: Filling In As An Officer

A common practice in the fire service is to allow firefighters to work in a position that is above the position they currently hold. Every department has a different phrase for this, such as: riding out, working out of class, working up, or even wearing the big pants. As fire officers we have to be sure that those that fill-in for us are capable of doing the job. The best way to set these firefighters up to succeed is to provide them with the training, support, and encouragement they… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 11, 2008 at 11:58am — No Comments

Forest Reeder Wins ISFSI Instructor of the Year Award



Chief Forest Reeder was selected as the ISFSI 2007 George D. Post Instructor of the Year recipient for his 25 years of tireless dedication and hard work in the

field of fire service training. Forest serves as the drillmaster for

www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com a website devoted to information sharing

and news relating to firefighter safety and survival. In addition to

this weekly drill feature, Forest is the author and a… Continue

Added by International Society of Fire Service Instructors on March 7, 2008 at 3:08pm — 4 Comments

Fire Departments on Google Earth

After much work and rework (well and more rework), we've finally begun to map all the fire departments on Google Earth. Now you can download the file, open it in Google Earth (or Google Maps for that matter) and view the departments on theFireWiki.org. The link to find out more or to download the most recent map, paste the link here into your browser:





http://en.thefirewiki.org/index.php?title=Explore_Fire_Departments_of_the_World



We are adding departments daily, so… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on March 6, 2008 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Control your radio

The first 5 min of an incident is the most critical yet that is when you hear the most unnecessary radio traffic. Thinks before you speak on the radio. Is what your going to say going to have an impact on the incident or is it something that can wait.

When things go bad on the fire ground they go bad fast. Let the crews fighting the fire have the radio courtesy they deserve.
Something to think about!!

Added by David Polikoff on March 6, 2008 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

About the Open Fire Academy...

One of my greatest passions, is training. The key, to me, is ensuring that the person on the ground, on the nozzle, or on the engine, has the resources and information they need to be safe. This is why I started the Open Fire Academy (www.openfireacademy.org) and theFireWiki (www.thefirewiki.org). The concept is that greatest good and the most accurate information is built in a community setting. As well, both provide the ability to update information in real time. To ensure that our knowledge… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on March 5, 2008 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Exploding SUV Transfer Case

During the last week of February we responded to a car fire on the highway. Nothing too difficult, done a bunch of them. What makes this one memorable is that the 4X4 transfer case (located on the rear of the transmission) exploded sending fragments over 50 feet away. All of these types of transfer cases are vented in order to release pressure during normal operations. Apparently the pressure increased too fast for the vent or seals causing the case to explode. The manufacturer recommends…

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Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 5, 2008 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Anybody going to FDIC '08?

If so, join the FDIC group. And visit the groups section and create your own groups.

Added by Fire Engineering on February 28, 2008 at 8:53am — No Comments

Stockton Fire Video Revisited: The Pressure Inside

Fire department releases another view of January vacant building fire

StocktonGrab1

You may recall the fireground video from Stockton California where the local news station reported that the chief had some questions about the actions of his firefighters on that video. The story gained…

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Added by Bill Carey on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Stockton Fire Video Revisited: The Pressure Inside

Fire department releases another view of January vacant building fire

StocktonGrab1

You may recall the fireground video from Stockton California where the local news station reported that the chief had some questions about the actions of his firefighters on that video. The story gained…

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Added by Bill Carey on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 64th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Don Felton has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Southern Park County Fire Protection District.

Don Felton

Rank: Fire Chief
Age:

Added by Brad Hoff on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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