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What is Experience?

 

In and out, day after day, but what are you doing on each run?

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The U.S. Army's Caisson Platoon at Fort Myer, Virginia is responsible for bringing the deceased to their final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. The members of…

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Added by Bill Carey on October 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Hard Surface Flowpath

 

Nine firefighters have lost their lives while on the road, to date, in 2014

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Eight actually, if you don't include the one who did not feel well and was found off the road in his private vehicle after an alarm.…

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Added by Bill Carey on October 22, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers

 

"We all thought that since nothing serious had happened before, nothing was going to happen this time out,"

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"I can just remember Sgt. Eversman telling me, you know, “Moore, find…
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Added by Bill Carey on October 6, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

June 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail

 

Two tragic apparatus crashes; one provides a sorrowful reminder to us all

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The following information is a breakdown of the details of those members in the fire service who died while operating "on-duty" as defined by the United States Fire Administration. For more information on this definition and that of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s definition of “line of duty death” read…

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Added by Bill Carey on September 10, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions

 

No educational value when one of the "sides" of fire service debates screws up

You're doing it all wrong. Let me tell you how to do it.

"You're doing it all wrong. Let me tell you how to do it."

Debate and the fire service are no strangers. As we grow and evolve in our…

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Added by Bill Carey on September 8, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Brooklyn Rescues Highlight Knowing Your Apparatus Placement and Overcoming Window Gates

 

Will you fit? Better find out before the box

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Companies in the 39th Battalion responded to Box 1873 for the reported fire on the fourth floor of 1308 Loring Avenue on 29 July 2014. Reports of children trapped led to the initial assignment being made…

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Added by Bill Carey on September 5, 2014 at 8:14am — No Comments

Make It Count

We're only here for a little while.

Each day someone from each side(s) calls or writes me, pissed off at the world over all the debates in the fire service. Passion, tradition, pride, education, frustration, etc. it all comes to a head. I don't have all the answers and am very, very, very far from being a solution but the past has taught me that time is short. Make your time meaningful in your own way.



Keep it…

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Added by Bill Carey on August 28, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

Rhetorical Lesson No.12: Would Fewer Basics Work in Reducing Our LODDs?

Is over a dozen too many for the upcoming and speed-reading generations?

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Back in 2004 we were given 16 items, "Life Safety…

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Added by Bill Carey on August 26, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Why We Search: Occupied Vacants in Chicago, Tucson and Vegas

Proving once again that vacant and abandoned are just words

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One person is dead and another in critical condition after being rescued from a fire in the 900 block of North Lawndale. Firefighters found a burned man during the primary search and were told…

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Added by Bill Carey on June 13, 2014 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Why Firefighter Suicides Should Not Be Considered as LODDs

Put aside the emotion when considering adding to a number we try to lower each year

The topic of firefighter suicides is one that gets raised once or twice a year and is full of intense but quiet emotion. Quiet because the subject of suicide is one that people do not like to discuss; intense because when it is discussed some people make the mistake of passionately identifying these deaths as part of the sacrificial duty of a firefighter and consider them…

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Added by Bill Carey on May 12, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments

March 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail

Despite the Boston tragedy, the fireground was once again the exception to where the most victims died.…

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Added by Bill Carey on April 2, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments

February 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail

Most died away from the scene than at the scene

Update: On 26 March, the USFA announced the death of an Oklahoma captain/chaplain killed during a fight with another firefighter.

 

The following information is a breakdown of the details of those members in the fire…

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Added by Bill Carey on March 26, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Stockton Fire Video Revisited: The Pressure Inside

Fire department releases another view of January vacant building fire

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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 March 26, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

“In the area of, “ Photos and Video from Prince George’s County Townhouse Fire

Engine 846 with smoke showing PLUS articles from Fire Engineering

Prince George’s County firefighters responded to the townhouse fire in the 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive. The box alarm consisted of Engine companies 46, 33, 5 and 23; Truck companies 37 and 38; and Truck 9 as the Rapid Intervention Company. Engine 846 arrived to find smoke showing from the end unit of a two-story row.…

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Added by Bill Carey on February 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

January 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail

 

Eight members of the fire service died while on duty

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The following information is a breakdown of the details of those members in the fire service who died while operating “on-duty” as defined by the United States Fire Administration. For more information on this definition and that of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's definition of "line of duty death" read “…

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Added by Bill Carey on February 25, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Fire Behavior or Firefighter Behavior? Pennsylvania House Fire Video

 

Our views must be balanced to include what may happen, what is obviously happening and why it is happening

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The video of a house fire in Dunmore, Pennsylvania last week became popular as it was viewed on the various blogs and Facebook pages. The theme of discussion among some of those was the fire’s behavior, notably the flashover. Here is what the…

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Added by Bill Carey on January 20, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

The Discussion EVERY Shift MUST HAVE

It’s going to happen so you might as well get it out on the table now

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I should admit I’ve never seen a complete episode of Rescue Me, ever. I’ve seen bits and pieces at the firehouse, but I have never intentionally sat down to see one episode from start to finish. I’m not much of a television person but I understand the gist of the show and its borderline…

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Added by Bill Carey on January 13, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

Culture Change Challenge: Why Have More Firefighters Died This Way Than in Vacant Buildings?

 

If only there was a way to "sell" it

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Each and every single firefighter death is a loss not only to those directly connected with the victim but also in this vanilla brotherhood fire service across the nation. Each one should, as rightly expected, be properly mourned and remembered and when applicable have lessons from the tragedy distributed to the rest of us so…

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Added by Bill Carey on December 18, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Why We Search: Rescues from Vacants in Buffalo and Sacramento

Multiple rescues from vacant home and commercial structure

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Fire crews in Buffalo, New York and Sacramento, California responded to fires in vacant, abandoned buildings and rescued squatters from each.

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Video courtesy of Don…

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Added by Bill Carey on November 5, 2013 at 6:44am — No Comments

Little Drops of Nuggets

 

Great discussion points online from Andy Fredericks Training Days 2013

Starting in 2009 in Alexandria Virginia, the Andy Fredericks Training Days has become one of the most popular small-scale fire service education events that have large-scale reach.  Organizers keep the weekday event focused on Andy’s legacy of…

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Added by Bill Carey on September 27, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments

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