Funny; You Don’t Look Like a Glow Worm!
Sidney (Sid Vicious) Wilkerson grew up in the flatlands of North Central Ohio. Sid was born into the third generation of firefighters in his family. His granddad was a volunteer firefighter in Sid’s hometown of Coffey, Ohio. His dad retired as an assistant chief from the Lucas County, Ohio Fire Department. Sid’s brother is riding rigs in Cincinnati as an engine company…Continue
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on September 1, 2015 at 8:27pm — No Comments
Its been very well documented that the leading cause of firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease. Therefore any information regarding decreasing the chances of heart disease are very valuable to the firefighting community. I’ve recently been researching the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease and have found some interesting correlations.
The long-established dietary recommendations of yesterday have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 27, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments
During many of my Tactical Extrication Courses, students will occasionally come across compressed airbag cylinders located throughout the vehicle. Anyone who has taken one of my classes knows that I always push peeling back plastic and exposing posts/pillars to…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on August 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments
At this point in the "Quick Tip" series we have covered many different methods and extrication tactics. If you haven't been following, take a look back and review many of the dash displacement methods in this series. While teaching Tactical Extrication Courses, students typically get the…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on August 12, 2015 at 8:56am — No Comments
Do you workout on shift? Should you workout on shift and what is the best workout to perform? How do you schedule your workouts around your shifts or calls?
This is a major concern for the fire rescue athlete. On one hand we know we should be working out to stay and get fit for duty. Yet , if we burn out in the gym we won't be able to perform when it…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 11, 2015 at 12:11am — No Comments
Are you a self-proclaimed leader? This doesn’t work (sorry to all the self proclaimed leaders out there). Sure, you can think your leader material, but if you’re the only one who thinks this way then you’re in for a big surprise.
So you’ve taken a few leadership classes, you attended conferences and heard experienced fire service members speak on the various topics surrounding leadership, and maybe even read some books written by experts. Are you now a leader? You may want to…Continue
Added by Paul Strong on August 7, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments
While riding the Squad yesterday, I worked an extrication involving a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser that was struck from behind on I95. The trooper was investigating a MVC that we responded to and cleared about an hour prior. After thinking about the circumstances, I…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on August 5, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
Added by Dan Kerrigan on July 31, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments
It’s 4AM and your company is dispatched to an MVC with entrapment. You arrive and find one vehicle against a large tree with the passenger heavily trapped by the dash. Due to the damage, the vehicle cannot be moved from the tree and passenger side access…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on July 27, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments
Firefighter Functional Training - Promoting Health and Wellness in Your Department
In North Carolina the Office of the State Fire Marshal is the certifying body for the fire service. As in most locales I am sure, it has been quite some time since our firefighter certification program received a major makeover. Our latest makeover took effect January 1, 2015 and included the addition of three modules to the certification…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on July 22, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Do you want to be Fire Fit?
Sadly most of us are not fire fit! We have all heard by now how cardiac events are killing more of us than anything else. Obesity & lack of fitness is stopping us from helping those who need our help. My goal is to share my story and hopefully encourage you to get fire fit.
That was me nearly 3 years ago. I was eating…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on July 8, 2015 at 1:05pm — No Comments
Added by Isaac Frazier on July 8, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments
See how setting goals, staying motivated, and making small foundational changes can have huge results in Lieutenant Robby Owens, Sr.'s personal wellness story.
My Fitness Story
Some fitness articles and web sites offer suggestions on nutrition to workout programming and everything in between. Often times, the ones offering these…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on July 1, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments
First off, look at this method as just another tool in your extrication tool box. I have found that this method comes in handy in limited access situations. Think of the steering wheel displacements you have been shown in the past…come-a-long to the front bumper,…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on June 23, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments
Once again while searching for a journal topic, this one fell in my lap. Rob Beattie is a long time friend and firefighter (North Plainfield, N.J.) and has taken a fresh perspective on who we are and what we do. I truly enjoyed reading this one. I think you will to. Nice job Cap!
By Guest Blogger Rob Beattie, June 2015
Everyone loves the underdog,…Continue
Added by RON KANTERMAN on June 12, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments
International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the IAFC and NVFC, starts June 14 and runs through June 20, 2015. This year's theme, Creating a Culture of Safety, offers many opportunities for improvement from the community, department, and personal perspectives. Whether you take on a fitness challenge …Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on June 10, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
What are you accomplishing during your extrication walk-around?
Many times a walk-around is incorrectly used as an…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on June 8, 2015 at 8:26am — No Comments
I have had a of of requests for quick workouts that can be done with minimal equipment. Here is a re-post of one of my more popular cardio interval workouts I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the FRF Rapid Fat Loss or FRF…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 5, 2015 at 12:06am — No Comments
If you have attended my Tactical Extrication Course, you know that I…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on May 5, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
A short while back, I posted a blog called …Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on April 21, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments