How the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Changed My Life
We all have that defining moment, the event that changed us. The moment that changed our lives, changed our paths, changed the way we view the world. Some people have more than one. And for some of us, we find something that continues to change and shape our lives. For me, that discovery was the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.
Added by The First Twenty on November 16, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
Cooking in the firehouse is pretty difficult. One of the biggest fears of every firehouse chef is not preparing enough food for the crew. This fear usually leads to an excess of available food and larger portions around the table. So, today I wanted to give you a quick and easy “trick” you can use to get your crew to take smaller servings.
Answer this question: Which is the larger black circle – the left or the right?…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 12, 2015 at 1:39pm — No Comments
Added by Isaac Frazier on November 10, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments
If your firehouse (or house) is anything like the one I work in its full of leftover candy and sweets. Now I must admit, I like a good treat now and then but often I have a very difficult time stopping with just one. Why? Sugar. Its everywhere in almost everything and too much of it can cause some serious health issues. Some foods, such as fruits and carrots, naturally contain sugar, but watch out for foods with added sugars, such as baked goods, cereals, crackers, even sauces and many…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on October 30, 2015 at 10:50pm — No Comments
The Definition of Insanity
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In the fire service we often use this definition to conveniently fit certain situations or our own agendas, especially when it comes to health and fitness. We see it every day in many of our firehouses. We make comments to one another; and maybe, just maybe, we express our…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on October 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
In relation to EXTRICATION, are you practicing/drilling for a "A" Plan door pop on an undamaged vehicle...or are we truly preparing our crew for the "real" extrication scene? Most of the time a extrication drill consists of a vehicle and 25 responders, each holding a tool…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on October 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
3 Quick & Easy Tips when there’s no Time to Cook
Let’s face it; as firefighters, you don’t have loads of time to spend on meal prep. Yet, there aren’t many jobs that have higher energy demands than firefighting,…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on October 21, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
10 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance
It seems the only way to get ahead in our profession these days is to get behind at home. I find that I am guilty of living my life in the hamster wheel of “business as usual.” Many articles and books have and are being written about finding a healthy work/life balance. It is a widespread problem that continues to elude people, especially those of us…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on October 14, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
If you have ran many entrapments, there is a high probability that you have experienced a trapped foot or two. Even with a dash displacement completed, many times the feet are still stuck in or under the pedals. So what are our options? …Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on October 14, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
They are questions that are often asked by both those wishing to be a firefighter and by those trying to understand why someone would be a firefighter: what does it take and why do you do it?
I will often reach back into my past and resurrect some of the mental tools that I used during my time as a firefighter. It is a characteristic that is so ingrained into your being that it is yours’ to be used for the rest of your…Continue
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 13, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments
Fitness testing – a necessary Good?
Back in 2009, I was 45, had served 22 years as an Operational Firefighter, and was (JUST) passing the one mandatory fitness test a year to stay employed.Continue
Added by The First Twenty on October 7, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs in Firefighters and EMTs
Behavioral health is a key component of an overall firefighter health and wellness program. Unfortunately, it is a difficult subject to discuss – many factors affect a firefighter’s ability to understand when a fellow brother or sister is suffering, but that does not make it any less critical an issue.
By far, the number one comment…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on September 30, 2015 at 8:59am — No Comments
Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 24, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments
When it comes to extrication tools, cutter torque is one of the most “common” and avoidable causes of catastrophic tool failures. In this week’s “Quick Tip”, we are covering an option to help in recognizing/preventing cutter torque in areas that the cutter blades are hard…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on September 23, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work.
Firefighters are athletes.
Specifically, we are tactical athletes. With that…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on September 22, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
Retirement, it’s a word that is used to formally say you’re transitioning from the active duty as a firefighter to “civilian” life. For some it’s a dream, for others it may be a curse. Sadly, some will never see it.
When I started out, I know it would happen someday. That someday was far off in my dreams. I wanted to do this job for as long as I can and they would have to force me to go. That was…Continue
Added by Stephen Raclaw on September 21, 2015 at 9:46pm — No Comments
DO YOU KNOW THE MONSTER WITHIN?
You’re a hard charging, fire eating, “truck-ape”. You’re not scared of anything. As a matter of fact, you fight what we fear. You tell your friends your job is snatching lives from the jaws of death. You’re a firefighter’s firefighter, and you’re damn proud of it.
Added by The First Twenty on September 16, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments
When it comes to extrication, there are as many techniques as you can possibly think of, each with a fancier name than the next. This week’s quick tip is covering tunneling vs. cracking the egg. In both situations, the vehicle is roof resting and you will have extremely limited access to the vehicle sides. The better technique is all in personal opinion. Through extensive training on both I have chosen what works best for me and here is why.…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on September 16, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments
Every year around September 11th I like to take a moment and reflect on the significance of the day and honor those that sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice to this day). I encourage you to do this workout, share your results and challenge others to do the same, at least once a year (on September…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 10, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments