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Michael C. Reilly "The Hard Charger Award"

Michael C. Reilly

“The Hard Charger Award”


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Added by Adam J. Hansen on March 8, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

Scrap The Pavement, Stretch The Station

            Stretching a hand-line is one of the most fundamental tasks we perform within our fire service. Without being proficient at stretching/advancing a line, it’s safe to say we can expect nothing short of an inadequate outcome when operating on the fire ground. Stretching is one of the first things we learn as new firefighters. In academy’s across the country, evolutions are repeated over and over at nauseam with instructors ordering “I want that line to the front door”, “Stretch…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on February 2, 2018 at 8:51am — No Comments

The Brotherhood's Not Dead

The Brotherhood’s Not Dead


            The Brotherhood. A fraternal order that has existed for centuries within the fire service; it’s a bond amongst firefighters unmatched to any other organization on earth. To gain admittance, one can’t simply get hired or join but must first prove ones worth. Not by talk, but by action. It’s the fellow brothers/sisters who say when and if you become a member. Once admittance is granted, you become a…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on December 29, 2017 at 10:15am — No Comments

Put Your Pride Aside!!!

“Jacks of all trades and masters of all”.  As firefighters, our charge is to ensure we live up to this incredible responsibility.  The vast array of highly specialized disciplines we must not only comprehend but also more importantly, be proficient with is no easy task.  Being an officer does not make them the very best at everything.  What do you think happens?  A firefighter wakes up the day of their promotion, puts on a light blue shirt and all of a sudden has a higher power of…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on October 20, 2017 at 8:36am — No Comments

Firehouse Bullies

Looking back on childhood memories, most can recall our parents telling us “if you work hard enough, you can do anything you want.” Our family’s encouragement is what sets up the fundamental understanding of “if you want something bad enough, all it takes is courage and determination and your possibilities are endless.” This premise continues as we proceed throughout our lives; teachers keeping us on the right path, coaches pushing to reveal our full potential, and friends encouraging us to…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on August 25, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Training - "The Collapse Pile"

Training – “The Collapse Pile”

Within the fire service, it is essential for every member to be “jacks of all trades and masters of all”. Fire suppression, technical rescue, EMS, Hazmat, etc; the list of our roles and responsibilities continues to grow each year. It is mandatory we stay in a constant state of readiness. At the start of our tour, we must ensure we are prepared to perform any task that may present itself. With that said, the various tasks we perform have different…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on June 2, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Training - “Check the Roof”

            When firefighters begin their careers, formal training starts with either a trip to the Academy or a Firefighter One/Two class.  It is these institutions which provide basic knowledge and where the groundwork is set.   After the foundation is poured, it is up to the individual firefighter to go back to their department and decide what standard of career they will…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on February 17, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Rookie Doesn’t Know a Trade!?!?!?

Since the beginning of my fire service career, there’s been a concern I’ve heard time and time again, “we just don’t have the tradesmen coming on the job like we used to”. Stories are told about how “back in the day”, each of the various trades had representation in the fire service. Prior to getting hired on a department many members grew up in more of a “blue collar” environment. Children followed the footsteps of their parents and learned the family trade. If your parent was a stonemason,… Continue

Added by Adam J. Hansen on October 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What Is Happening to Firefighter Passion?

            As a young kid growing up in suburban America, I like most of you, developed an unexplainable desire to become a firefighter.  The sound of the federal blaring down the street would draw me to the front window every time the local engine company went on a run.  Firefighters and firefighting was something that seemed bigger than life!  When you stop and think about it, it’s crazy so many of us knew exactly what we wanted to be when we grew up; even before we knew how to count to…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on March 4, 2016 at 10:35am — 3 Comments

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