For many of us the "real world" is not having enough firefighters on duty to safely do the job(s) placed upon us. So much emphasis is placed upon EMS that other parts of our job are suffering. Now, don't get me wrong, a well trained and equipped fire department paramedic is as good as any out there, but making a guy go to a paramedic school in order to get on the job leads to some difficult situations. Of course that is another blog. The rumors and talks of a regional fire department is coming… Continue
We all got'em. Some well deserved, some we would rather forget. Firehouse nicknames. On my crew I have a "Booge," "Lukie," "Greenie," "Wrong Way," and a "Fragile Bob." I have been called "Da Wop" "Henchman" and my favorite is the "Spaghetti Yeti." What are some of the ones around your fire house?
In my tenure as a firefighter I have responded to numerous hazmat calls. Most (90%) we handled at the operations level. Only a few needed "tech" level interventions. With that said, continued education and training to maintain the skills learned have been important for me. Yesterday I attended an 8 hour class with several other departments, including DHS hazmat teams. The class was hosted by the Dupont Chemical company. The company has an old Anhydrous Amonia car converted to a training prop… Continue
What is it that we love about the job? What are the little things? For me it has to be the sound of firehose flaking off the rear of the rig as your laying a line into a good job. Even inside the cab of the truck you can still hear the "zip-clunk" as section after section of hose feeds off into the street. Or maybe it is the time at shift change when we all are gathered around the kitchen table. There is plenty of coffee and lots of laughter. Or maybe it is the smell of the apparatus bay. The… Continue
A year from now, what will this fire training community be like? Will we use to promote our profession, our lifestyles as firefighters? Or, will it slowly turn into a second thought as the novelty wears off of it? When I joined I was number 76 or so, as of this post there are 389 members, what will it be like at 1,000 members, 10,000 members, or even 100,000 members. So far it has turned out quite good. With just a few keystrokes I can interact with leaders in the fire service. I can network… Continue
Been wanting to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to attend your training in Owasso and observe the terrific hands on training that was being provided! I can't say enough about how valuable that training was to those who attended. I learned an incredible amount as well. I am looking forward to being a better training provider because of the experience! Thanks for sharing your K & S (knowledge and skills) - hopefully we can partner in the future!!!!!
Kristopher, you are now have been promoted in our group. Feel free to Run with it. I would like to get firefighters to post any staffing studys that support our position. Please send note to your other group to move over and desolve the old group. With your help we can make this one stop shopping for any info on staffing.
Our local used to remain neutral in political elections; our President took a stance to become issue advocates in the elections. It paid off we achieved one of the best staffing agreements in New England. It is clear that the elected officials want to have firefighters on their side. Even if your candidate doesn’t make it, others will take notice and want you on their side. The local took full page adds in the city papers protesting company blackouts of engine companies around the city. I will post the newspaper add later. We handed out flyers around the city and participated in Fire Operations 101 on a state level. For more info check out On the Road with Bobby Halton with Frank Ricci. On the education side check out the film “Smoke Showing” on staffing. 1) What strategies have worked for you? (2) If you have any staffing study abstracts, please post in our group. There are more repleys in the other staffing group as well as 2 films
Even though our official schedule is 08:00 to 18:00, the night shift starts rolling in around 15:30. The day tour guys sit in seats at the back door of the firehouse as the incoming guys have to walk through "the gauntlet". And the fireworks and fun begin.... We are probably the only profession where you can satisfy ALL your social interaction needs AT WORK!!! Anyone else out there feel the same? I LOVE THIS JOB!!!
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