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Personal Accountability in Today's Volunteer Fire Service

The Importance of Individual Accountability in the Volunteer Fire Service.

“A different perspective on the issues plaguing volunteer departments”

     Two years ago I set out with a…


Added by Matt Beakas on November 18, 2018 at 7:20pm — No Comments


NEW November Fire Engineering magazine cartoon: Blah Blah Blah!
As in politics,…

Added by Paul Combs on November 15, 2018 at 10:27am — No Comments

Saving Our Own

When we hear the phrase, “saving our own,” many of us probably think about the actions a Rapid Intervention Team may take to rescue Fire/EMS personnel on the fire ground. What I want to focus on in this writing is saving our own off duty.


On the job, each of us feels a sense of comfort in knowing one of our crew members has our back. We should feel the same sense of comfort when we are hanging out together or off duty. With the holiday season upon us, many of us will…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on November 12, 2018 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Writing is Easier than You Think!

White Notes Beside a Pencil on Brown Wooden Surface

These simple steps will guide any student into becoming a better writer and enable them to improve their chances for handing in an exceptional essay that is a reflection of all their hard work:

  1. 1Research your paper thoroughly. Using every resource that is available to you will help you become an expert on your topic. Use the internet, libraries, and databases whatever resource you can find to support your…

Added by Louise Miller on November 9, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

Sound Tactics in Baltimore

Two Person Wearing Protective Gears

An excellent article by Annie Linskey in today's highlights firefighting tactics. The story revolves around the fire reported.

Some highlights:

  • An air horn blasted. It was another warning to evacuate. The men got out so quickly they left their hoses in the tower. Less than a minute later, the church steeple collapsed.
  • It was unlikely that firefighters could have done anything to save the church,…

Added by Louise Miller on November 9, 2018 at 8:25am — No Comments

Firefighters Not Wearing Protective Equipment

Yellow Hard Hat on Brown and Yellow Fireman's Suit

Never being particularly fond of PPE, my opinion used to be "if it happens, it happens." I've got a booster line, two guys who have been on the job forever and these fires are a dime a dozen. Push comes to shove I spend a little time in the burn unit at MUSC (There's no longer a burn unit).

Then one day, while training at the drill tower with PPE on, an ember went down my back because I wore my collar in much the…


Added by Louise Miller on November 9, 2018 at 8:22am — No Comments

Creating Instructors

“I think I taught you how to be instructors, but I don’t know if I taught you how to pass the state test.”  This is what I told my class of fire instructor students at the end of the course today. It’s a shame, really, when you think about it.  

For the past number of weeks, I have been pouring my time, mind, and heart into the course, trying to make it informative, relevant, and useful.  I have taught them…


Added by John Lightly on November 8, 2018 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Fastest Water Wins

Everybody knows you need water to control fire. (And, by “everybody”, I mean firefighters, scientists, politicians, civilians, immigrants, elementary school children, your spouse and kids. Everybody.) That’s why fire apparatus are primarily designed around the need to quickly transport water to the location of a fire, engineered as they are with the capacity to carry a booster tank, hose, pump, appliances, and the personnel needed to put it all to work. It didn’t take a series of high-tech…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on November 5, 2018 at 9:20am — No Comments


This Tuesday's election, like ALL elections, will have a tremendous impact on local, state, and federal issues that affect your daily life, as well as fire/EMS service operations. Whether you are Right, Left, Tea Party Republican, Blue Dog Democrat, or somewhere in between, exercise your right to make…


Added by Paul Combs on November 5, 2018 at 8:05am — No Comments

Leadership Lesson #1- Circumstances +or- Attitude = Character

As leaders, how we respond to circumstances is determined by our attitude and is a direct reflection of our character. Put another way, attitude is the bridge between our circumstances and our character. That bridge can be well built with a good attitude or awaiting catastrophic failure with a bad one. 

We should make every attempt to avoid letting our circumstances dictate our attitude.This is easier…


Added by Troy J. Bonfield on November 2, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments

You Can't Scare Firefighters

Fear is a lousy motivator for persons who have joined an organization that routinely confronts danger, especially when, for some, that danger was itself a motivator to join. Now, I am not suggesting that firefighters care less about themselves than your average citizen; just that they generally put the wellbeing of others ahead of themselves. This helps them face hazards that, without such a focus, would cause your average human to turn - if not run - away. Of course, we are also trained and…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 31, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments


STAY FIRED UP, and stay focused, stay dedicated, stay passionate, and prepare for "when it gets real" - because it will!


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Added by Paul Combs on October 29, 2018 at 8:39am — No Comments

Journal Entry 51: You Can’t Lose With the A-Team Sitting Next to You

For the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege to volunteer at the annual Memorial Weekend sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. From 1998-2000, I worked on a logistical crew moving stuff all over the campus in order to re-set the place for the in-coming families, their grief sessions, ceremonies, etc.…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on October 23, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

​The fire service is an occupation that can literally at times dictate life or death. Structure fires, extrications, medicals as well as a whole host of other emergencies that place us dead center in the middle of stressful situations. Over time it’s human nature that we become numb or to think the calls in which we respond are no longer taxing. This may be how we view our daily…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on October 22, 2018 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Injured on the Job and now Addicted to Pain Medication

Thomas Jefferson once said, “With great risk comes great reward.”  There are numerous rewards and incentives of being a firefighter. We are revered and respected members of our communities, the emotional rewards are boundless, and we are granted a lifetime membership into a brotherhood that is linked to firehouses all around the world.  But, as with most things in life, great rewards are often generated from great risk.  In order for something to be classified…


Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on October 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Fire Chief Reggie Freeman

(Photo Credits: Patrick Raycraft, Hartford Courant).

Reggie Freeman, CFO, FIFireE

Fire Chief /…


Added by Christopher Baker on October 20, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments


STAY FIRED UP, and don't mess with the coffee!


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Added by Paul Combs on October 18, 2018 at 9:46am — No Comments


October magazine illustration.

STAY FIRED UP, and stay dedicated to the craft!


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Added by Paul Combs on October 16, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments

Lessons from Civilian Fatalities

Recently, I found myself in the unenviable position of Incident Commander at a house fire that resulted in a civilian fatality. We arrived to find heavy fire from multiple rooms and witnesses telling us that people were inside. An aggressive interior attack and search operations were begun with the 2 first arriving units and supplemented with later arriving companies. One victim was pulled unresponsive from the home and transported by the ambulance provider. The individual later died, the…


Added by John Lightly on October 15, 2018 at 4:48pm — No Comments

National Fire Heritage Center

Chris Baker (left) with National Fire Heritage Center Founding President, Chief Ronny J. Coleman (right).

(author photo)…


Added by Christopher Baker on October 11, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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