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BE DYNAMIC Flow Path

 By: Jordan Ponder

How does fire travel? Path of least resistance! Why? Because it does have the ability to think! How do firefighters move when we are focused on tasks at hand? Path of least resistance or in whatever way is easiest.…

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Added by The First Twenty on November 1, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Sleep Tips and Strategies For Firefighters

Sleep Tips and Strategies For Firefighters

By: Jordan Ponder

BE SUCCESSFUL: Improving…

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Added by The First Twenty on September 14, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Death Of The Volunteer And Stress Of The Remaining

Young children read many stories about the important work of firefighters. Most people probably have a fond memory of taking a field trip to the fire station during their elementary school years. If they were lucky, they got to climb up into the fire truck or put on a fire hat. Which of us didn’t anxiously await the appearance of sparkling red fire trucks with sirens blazing at the start of every parade? Kids in every city and town dream about one day becoming a heroic firefighter. While…

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Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on August 7, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Trust and Respect is All We Need

By: John Spera

Being trusted that you can do your job when it counts is more important than being liked.

As firefighters, the responsibility before us is great, as we are given automatic trust the day we take the oath. It’s a trust…

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Added by The First Twenty on June 26, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hows Your Approach? | Brian Benedict

by Brian Benedict

Karla has a way about her that instantly connects with people.  Her knowledge of the fire service, a previous career with State Farm Insurance and add her son a Lincoln Firefighter, She has many commonalities to connecting with…

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Added by Brian Benedict on June 14, 2017 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Firefighters: Its time to bring down the weight

Faced with one of the most demanding jobs around, firefighters are trained to act in dangerous and volatile situations. Entering unfamiliar structures that are actively on fire with a ton of heavy gear giving limited mobility, is the number one dangerous situation that comes to mind when thinking about firefighters. But on a daily basis we are presented with a multitude of dangerous encounters. Car wrecks on busy highways, power lines struck down in the crash, taking care of medical patients…

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Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on May 24, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Firefighter Recovering

The number one step is to forgive yourself. You are not a defective piece of equipment. You are never a failure for your feelings. There is no dishonor in what you have experienced. In fact, many of the strongest, kindest, noblest firefighters I ever met had come through some terrible darkness and lived to see the other side. Suicide attempts, opiate addiction, alcoholism, poverty, and crime. To come to terms with the dark parts of your history requires great integrity and courage.…

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Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on April 17, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Stay Hydrated, Stay Alive...

Heart attack and strokes are more likely to kill firefighters than an actual fire.  A recent research article just confirmed one of the major reasons why.   The research confirms that the physical demands of firefighting may trigger the formation of blood clots and impair blood vessel function -- two factors associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  (You can read more about that research…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2017 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Why Bother?

 

“You can do everything right on this job and still get killed.”

~Captain Paddy Brown, FDNY

 

He’s right.

But would you ever stop learning, studying, training…being a student of our craft, because you can still get killed no matter what you do?  I certainly hope not.

So if asked you: Is it ok to avoid maintaining your health and wellness because you may suffer a tragic health event anyway?…

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 24, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Positive VS Negative

I want to talk about positive versus negative, and the first part is going to be the feedback.  Positive feedback goes a lot further than your negative feedback a lot of the time. I've gotten some really nice private messages from people, comments, posts, etc. It feels really good and I appreciate that because what you don't see are some of the negative feedback that I get for some of the stuff I do. I'm not going to share that because when it comes down to it, negative feedback,…
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Added by John Lovato Jr on February 13, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

Bring your Best in 2017 by Building the Mind

By: John Spera



"The mind is the battleground. It is here that the future is told." 

 

Goals are destined to be lost if the mindset to reach them is not built first. Our lives are a reflection of our mindset and have been built through our beliefs and perspectives of the world, to include ourselves in it. We have complete control over the mindset we choose to have on any given day—it’s up to us to create the…

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Added by The First Twenty on January 25, 2017 at 11:44am — No Comments

Going 0-100 Daily Will Take its Toll On Any Firefighter.

It’s 0400, and the alarm goes off. The synapses crackle to life. Adrenaline, rushing through your brain. The amygdala fires off and muscle memory takes over. It’s a blur as you rise to wakefulness and body your way through the hall to the ready room and from there, the crew carrier, the engine, or the ambulance. This is the life of the first responder. One moment, dead asleep, exhausted. The next, firing on all cylinders, your mind racing, reviewing your SOP’s internally. The teeth clench,…

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Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on January 16, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Get Paid to Get Fire Rescue Fit in 2017!

Over $2,500 in cash and prizes will be given away to Firefighters, EMTs and Medics! 

YOU can Win and more importantly Motivate Others!  

Don't wait, get your program and get started today!

The purpose of the contest is to motivate Firefighters, EMTs and Medics to change the…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 10, 2017 at 8:21am — No Comments

What is Brotherhood?

I want to talk about…. what is brotherhood?  Plain and simple. Brotherhood is treating others like family. In a family, sometimes you're there to prepare people and make them better. Sometimes you've got to be hard on them. Sometimes you just need to be there for them. I think a lot of that gets lost. Sometimes people think it's not their job. We're just co-workers and I think that's the wrong attitude because not everyone grows up the same.

Some of you…

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Added by John Lovato Jr on January 3, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Developing a Firefighter Workout

Developing a Firefighter Workout

By: Jordan Ponder

Firefighter fitness is vital to our performance and longevity.  It is the cornerstone to increasing our safety and a critical element to protecting firefighters.  It’s a fact that can’t be overstated. The tragic trend of firefighter obesity, diabetes, hypertension and stroke can be positively impacted by implementing…

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Added by The First Twenty on December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths: Are we Missing the Big Picture?

Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths: Are we Missing the Big Picture?

 

By: Dan Kerrigan & John Spera

 

“The Shortest Route to Fewer Firefighter Deaths is through the Heart.”

-National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

 

When an operational fire service line-of-duty (LODD) death occurs, we give it…

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Added by The First Twenty on November 30, 2016 at 2:26pm — No Comments

STOP WAITING FOR HELP…..

Learn to overcome the learned helplessness mindset
We have built a society where problems are solved by others
We continue to think that we need others to solve our own problems
So we wait….and wait…..and wait for this unknown person to come make all our problems go away.
Meanwhile we do nothing but complain.
Problems are solved by work being done by those involved.
You are the one you have been waiting for.
You…
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Added by John Lovato Jr on November 5, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Core Principles—The Company Officer’s Role in Promoting Firefighter Fitness

It was an honor to have recently participated in the latest round of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Heart to Heart: Strategizing an Evidence-Based Approach to Reduce Cardiac Disease and Death in the Fire Service initiative.  The meeting brought together fire service research scientists, fire service professionals, and marketing experts from…

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on October 12, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Bradley Golden – Still Tragic Fifteen Years Later

I wrote this story in 2003 and first released it on September 25th of that year; two years after the tragic death of then 19 year-old Firefighter Bradley Golden, who died in a live burn training exercise in Lairdsville, New York. I have posted it every year since then to keep a promise; to honor and to remember Brad. I do not do it to keep the emotional wounds fresh. I do it because there are so many important lessons to be gained by…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on September 22, 2016 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

REALITY BASED EXTRICATION: A REAL WORLD FOCUS

As we pulled out of the firehouse at 0300 hours, the dispatcher informed responding units that they were receiving numerous calls for a serious motor vehicle crash with multiple patients trapped. I relayed the information to the backseat to notify them that we would be…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on September 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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