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Ice Bath for Mental Health: Shifting Our Mindset

Ice Bath for Mental Health: Shifting our Mindset

Ice baths are all the rage right now. Most of us in the fire service are familiar with the “fun” times spent in the ice bath back in the day. If you played any sport, there is a good chance you have had the opportunity to experience the cold. It seems like every other social media post or podcast discusses or advertises an ice bath for at-home use. What once was a luxury reserved for professional athletes is now making it into the fire… Continue

Added by Ben Dubin on July 13, 2024 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Expanding the Role of Your Hazardous Materials Team. Haz Mat as a value-added service.

Emergency response is the cornerstone of hazardous materials teams. While response is important, there are other activities that hazardous materials teams can be involved in that further integrate hazardous materials into the organization, provided added benefits, and open routes to potential new funding streams.

Support at Fire Scenes

The hazardous materials team is capable of providing support at fire scenes with actions that will improve the health and safety of responders.…


Added by Dave Donohue on July 13, 2024 at 8:30am — No Comments

Who Wants a Job? The demographic challenge of recruiting qualified people to emergency services.


Whether your organization is career, volunteer, or combination, it is likely having difficulty finding qualified individuals to fill its ranks.  While recruiting new members has been an issue for some time, the changing demographics of the nation are being skipped as an underlying cause.  Consequently, we are missing some opportunities for identifying and guiding folks…


Added by Dave Donohue on July 10, 2024 at 11:00am — No Comments

Haz Mat Hot Line 7/4/2024

Hazardous Materials Hot Line© July 4, 2024

CSB Issues Statement on Hurricane & Weather Preparedness

The U. S. Chemical Safety Board has issued a statement cautioning facility owners to prepare for an active hurricane season.


Discussion:  The CSB has previously released reports on two incidents that resulted from hurricane & tropical weather.  The…


Added by Dave Donohue on July 7, 2024 at 11:21am — No Comments

They Just Don’t Understand. Communicating our need to the community and elected officials

Ask your self, “why do we, the fire and emergency medical services exist?”  If you are like most of us, your answer will be something like, “to respond to calls to make the community safer and to save lives.”  You aren’t wrong, but the question you should be asking is, “why does the community want us to exist?”.  That answer is a little different and it is one that we need to answer if we want to communicate our needs in meeting their expectations. 

The reality is that communities…


Added by Dave Donohue on July 6, 2024 at 11:30am — No Comments

Coffee Table Quick Tips: Vol. 2 - Issue 11

Red to Rung and the 2:1

This week, I am going to introduce the idea and concept of utilizing a pre-rigged mechanical

advantage along with a thrown extension ladder as an overhead anchor point that was shown to

me by the senior man on shift when I first…


Added by AB Turenne on July 3, 2024 at 11:00am — No Comments

Coffee Table Quick Tips: Vol. 2 - Issue 10

"The Rules of Going to War"

With the implementation of Incident Command (IC), the tone for operational success and the overall safety of the Officers and Firefighters working on scene can be determined with what resources are established from the start.


The fire service as…


Added by AB Turenne on June 24, 2024 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Coffee Table Quick Tips: Vol. 2 - Issue 8

Size-Up Consideration for the Summer Structure Fire

With each changing season here in New England comes a change in approach when performing a size-up and conducting a 360 of a structure potentially on fire and possibly occupied at the time of call.


Being the first week of June 2024, we have already begun to experience exposures to high heat and humidity with many already having their…


Added by AB Turenne on June 3, 2024 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Fire Safety for One and All

Many years ago, I was presented with an opportunity to deliver a fire safety talk to a group of visually impaired senior citizens. I struggled a bit wondering how I was going to accomplish that and what I would tell them. I was overthinking it, partly because it would be my first time speaking to such a…


Added by Andy Marsh on May 21, 2024 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Coffee Table Quick Tips: Vol. 2 - Issue 7

Property Storage or Personal Shelter

It is no secret that today’s economy is having an astronomical impact on the ability for the working class…


Added by AB Turenne on May 20, 2024 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Coffee Table Quick Tips: Vol. 2 - Issue 5

And the Captain says,..."let there be light"

When implementing a RIT-PAK during FAST/RIT training, a common response from those participating is that “the greatest obstacle is the limited dexterity of a gloved hand and low visibility environment” when trying to manipulate the compartments and applying the hose for…


Added by AB Turenne on May 6, 2024 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Protest Preparedness – Defeating Demonstration Devices

Protest Preparedness – Defeating Demonstration Devices

With today’s political climate continuously escalating from matters both domestic and foreign, incidents of protest (demonstrations) and civil unrest (riots) are becoming more prevalent in both rural and suburban geographical areas of the United States.…


Added by AB Turenne on April 24, 2024 at 12:00pm — No Comments

White Collar Customer Service in a Blue Collar Job

Photo Credit: Alan Baker

Customer service has been a buzz word in the fire service for decades now.  As the fire service…


Added by Clay Magee on November 9, 2023 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Impact of Neglecting the Rank and File: Lessons in Firefighting Leadership


In the realm of firefighting, leadership is not just about making decisions; it's about ensuring the safety of communities and the lives of firefighters on the front lines. Leadership that forgets about the rank and file can have far-reaching consequences, and it's a critical issue to address. In this blog post, we'll explore what happens when leadership neglects the rank and file in the firefighting profession and the invaluable lessons we can draw from these…


Added by Terrence on October 16, 2023 at 3:25pm — No Comments

False Alarms; No Such Thing

Communication is key in much of our daily life. As much as we try, we sometimes have that “failure to communicate”. That said, to avoid some confusion, there is a need to let go of the term and the concept of “false alarms”.  Smoke alarm or smoke detector activations related to “culinary mishaps”, burnt popcorn, or burnt whatever in the microwave or a pot of food on the stovetop, are not false alarms. Those devices did their job. Even in the case of when steam sets those devices off, those…


Added by Andy Marsh on August 18, 2023 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Rehabilitation for Emergency Operations

Rehabilitation for Emergency Operations


Establishing and implementing a strong rehabilitation process for firefighters during emergency operations is extremely important and creates numerous benefits. Due to overexertion on the fireground, combined with the existing temperature and humidity of the 2023 summer season, firefighters face a variety of risks including dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.


In an…


Added by AB Turenne on July 3, 2023 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The results of Poor Leadership

Firefighters are called to risk their lives in order to protect others. They are respected professionals who are known for their bravery, selflessness, and dedication. However, there are times when firefighters are let down by poor leadership within the Fire Service. Unfortunately, poor leadership can negatively impact the effectiveness of the Fire Service, leading to a decrease in the quality of service provided to the community. In this blog post, we will discuss the cost of poor…


Added by Terrence on June 15, 2023 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Crucial Role of Leadership in the Fire Service: Inspiring Excellence, Ensuring Safety

In the dynamic and demanding field of firefighting, leadership plays a pivotal role in shaping the success, effectiveness, and safety of fire departments. Fire service leaders are not only responsible for managing operations and resources but also for inspiring and guiding their teams towards excellence. This blog aims to highlight the importance of leadership in the fire service and how effective leadership practices can enhance organizational performance and ensure the safety of both…


Added by Terrence on May 31, 2023 at 10:00am — No Comments

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