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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?…


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,…

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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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


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.

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…


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…


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


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…


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

Would You Want You Rescuing You?

Would You Want You Rescuing You?



Added by The First Twenty on August 31, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Be Selfish with your Personal Fitness

Be Selfish with your Personal Fitness

The Olympics are here, and most of us have been watching our American athletes as they perform to the best of their ability. We sit mesmerized watching these athletes compete against the best from other countries. These athletes are the elite of the elite, and they are amazing to watch. We cheer at successes and cringe at defeat right…


Added by The First Twenty on August 17, 2016 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Extrication "QUICK TIP" #57 (DOES SIZE MATTER?)

When it comes to extrication tools, everyone has their personal preferences. Having the opportunity to travel the country teaching, I have had the opportunity to use most the tools out there at one time or another. This weeks “Quick Tip” will cover my personal opinion on the…


Added by Isaac Frazier on August 17, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Firefighter Health and Fitness: Bridging the Gap between Agreement and Action

“We can’t be operationally effective without our health.”

~Rommie Duckworth


I am paraphrasing Chief Bobby Halton when I say that we will never be able to mitigate all of the risks we face as firefighters (and we should know and accept these risks before we take the oath).  As a firefighter, putting yourself in harm’s way to save another is not only something you…


Added by Dan Kerrigan on August 3, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Journal Entry 42-“It’s All About Love”

Happy summer everyone. I had breakfast with two close fire service friends yesterday morning (Jim Murtagh-NY, Jack Murphy-NJ) and on the way home I was giving thought to my next blog. Lucky for me, I opened my email this morning and my good buddy Rob Beattie from New Jersey who had visited with us in the past wrote something that I thought was spot on. He loves the job as I do and lots of you. Rob makes a point of telling us how and why and even offers a few tips on how to get others to…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on July 11, 2016 at 9:15am — No Comments


We all understand that the extrication of trapped patients from serious vehicle accidents can take time. Commonly, there is confusion…


Added by Isaac Frazier on May 5, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments




Added by Isaac Frazier on April 28, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

5 Healthy Food Hacks for Fire Rescue Athletes

Do you want to know how fit fire rescue athletes make nutritious meal choices?  Here are some shortcuts, go-to recipes, cooking suggestions and go-to snacks for making the life of a fire rescue athlete a little healthier.

Eating healthy with a demanding job can be difficult.  Add in the fact that the firehouse is usually full of non-nutritious choices like cakes and baked goods and its no wonder that obesity, diabetes and heart disease are huge concerns in the fire industry.  Yet, as…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 14, 2016 at 6:46pm — No Comments

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