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January 2009 Blog Posts (30)

The Brotherhood...what gives

What does the brotherhood mean to you? Well for me it means this.

The brotherhood is a family who at time will fight but will forgive and forget.

The brotherhood does not try to change rules or ask for them to be changed to meet their needs.

The brotherhood understands and accepts that it is part of a family that has sisters who are just a much as the family as they are.

The brotherhood understands its more then a title and a t-shirt.

The… Continue

Added by Wayne Benner Jr on January 29, 2009 at 8:49pm — 4 Comments

My Big Move!

I make my big move to the east coast this Friday. I am really excited, but at the same time nervous to venture out of what I call "Home". I am moving to Prince Georges County, MD. Specifically as a "live-in" Firefighter/EMT with the Laurel Vol. Rescue Squad Company 49. It was a decision I decided to make a few months ago. I wanted to gain to experience and saw my chance. They run a Rescue-Engine, Squad, Ambulance and a Dive unit mostly volunteer. They run about 6,000 calls out of one station. I… Continue

Added by Rob Cannon on January 29, 2009 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

New Organization in Minnesota

Hello I would like everyone to check out This is the Fire Instructor&Training Officers of Minnesota website. We are trying to get members and it is free to join at this time. We are a group of people that wants to make a difference and help out fellow fifefighters. please check it out and le me know your thoughts. Thanks and Say Safe.

Added by Tim Zehnder on January 28, 2009 at 10:41pm — No Comments

From My Mother.

My mother e-mailed this to me. I figured I would share it with you guys.

A Mother's Prayer

The alarm goes off, ready to go, all with no hesitation. Time to save a soul or a home, straight to that destination. This prayer's for my daughter, as that fire calls. Protecting the innocent and fighting flaming walls. Guide her with your strength, the courage to pull her through, give her that breath of air if she gets down to her last few. By chance she may get weak do give her… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on January 28, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

My Dad Was A Firefighter.

My dad was a firefighter. He'd go to work everyday and say wish me luck. Then he wouldn't come home til sometime the next day, but the thing that bothered me the most is when people would say a firefighters job is easy. He eats, sleeps, and plays, and sometimes won't fight a fire for days. When I first heard these words I was too young to understand but I knew when people were in trouble my dad was there to lend a hand. Then my father went to work one day and kissed us all goodbye. Later that… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on January 28, 2009 at 1:38pm — 2 Comments

Will Someone Please Help Me Understand

Will someone please help me understand! In the next two days, two highly respected Texas firefighters will be laid to rest. One a seasoned veteran and one an up and coming leader. These two men did not start the day with a reckless sense of duty. They were being pro active and training, doing something that they probably did before, only this time something went wrong. Was it the equipment? Was it human error? Was it lack of supervision? Was it experience? Only time will tell. My intention is… Continue

Added by Scott Thompson on January 28, 2009 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

My Brother Has Fallen.

My brother has fallen. His name is Johnathan. We don't have the same family, but we are still family. He lives in one town, I live in another. It doesn't really matter because this man is my brother. My brother I call him because he has worked by my side on almost every call. I have brothers and sisters all over the place. You see we are firefighters and our families are one. Around the world, a brotherhood of unity. A closeness, a bond that most people could never understand. I watched your… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on January 26, 2009 at 11:46pm — No Comments

I Wish You Could Know.

I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns. I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at six in the morning as I check her husband of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway, hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively it is too late. But wanting his wife and family to know everything… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on January 26, 2009 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Lost Generation...

Great short film! Just take a look at it.

When watching, think about some of the current "Bring Me Down" Leadership & Management.

Then, once it's over take the time to think about our current issues and perception?

Stay Safe - Be… Continue

Added by Rob Cannon on January 26, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Everyone Goes Home Summit

I am goint to attend this in March. I am really looking forward to this, especially the presentation on the Charleston fire. It will be my first time to attend anything at the NFA, and I am going alone. Is anyone on this site going to attend also. I would love to meet some of the great fire service people from this community. Stay safe and take care.

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 22, 2009 at 7:36pm — 4 Comments

Glenn Dale

Who posted the pictures from Glenn Dale? Those apparatus are sweet. Does the department have a web site?

Added by Bruce Green on January 19, 2009 at 8:23pm — 3 Comments

New Job

After almost 17 years with the state of Ohio I decided it was time to move on. On December 15th I began working for a government contractor called L-3 Communications. They are the 8th largest contractor to the Feds and part of an even larger conglomerate. I am assigned to the Ohio Emergency Managment Agency and tasked with working on a team that develops and delivers exercises to the state agencies and the counties of Ohio.

Added by Robert Rhoades on January 19, 2009 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Winter Safety Tips

Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, we have been experiencing colder than average temperatures lately. Potentially, we will be responding to more furnace malfunctioning calls, CO calls, water break calls, wires down calls, in addition to our fire calls and vehicle crashes. Please take care and buckle up when responding to the fire station. We need you to arrive safely in order for us to do the job efficiently.

Some tips:

Dress in layers when responding and just in general… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on January 18, 2009 at 7:08am — No Comments

Seat Assignments, Tool Assignments, etc.

What is everyone's thought on these? We currently don't have anything in place formally for tool assignments, I am in support of the concept and just looking for more pro's and con's that I may have overlooked.

Thanks in advance,


Added by Hayden Foster on January 17, 2009 at 6:43pm — 4 Comments


If you played organized sports, you were assigned a position, and, a task with that position. If you didn't do it, you sat and the coach found someone that would. Why are more departments not creating riding assignments? It can be done from the largest to the smallest department. It creates accountibility, reduces duplication of effort, and gets the job done.

Added by Dave Gallagher on January 16, 2009 at 2:19pm — 10 Comments

The Game Plan

Does your department have a good foundation for its SOG/SOP's do they make sense? Do they build from simple to complex? Does the first alarm have pre-determinded assignments? What is your staffing like? Does the SOG properly address the fireground basics ? lets talk about these questions what can we do to fix or change broken SOG's or create ones where none have existed.

Added by Dave Gallagher on January 16, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

A thought....

A Firefighter with no tools in his hand is a well dressed spectator.....

Added by Dave Gallagher on January 16, 2009 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

We are now a Fire District

January 1, 2009 the Cloquet Fire Department merged with another local jurisdiction to form the Cloquet Area Fire District. Please feel free to visit our new websit. It contains contact info, a training/incident blog, and department history. It is currently still under construction, but content is being added daily.

Added by Kevin Schroeder on January 15, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Midwest Freeze

To all the fellow brothers in the mid section,

Be careful tonight, we're in for 20 below zero temps with wind chills near 40 below tonight! Water freezes faster and our muscles tighten up exceptionally fast in this type of weather! Take it easy and do some stretches today to keep in shape. Call for manpower if needed!

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Added by Rob Cannon on January 15, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Complex Car Construction (CCC) Using Exotic Metals

Complex Car Construction (CCC) is not a recent thorn in the responder's side. We have been confronted with exotic metal challenges for quite some time. However, as more and more cars are being built with this type construction it's now a major topic.

Volvo was the first to use exotic metals such as boron steel for side impact protection in doors. The anti-intrusion bar made out of boron was defeating older cutters. Unlike mild steel these new alloys do cut like shears through sheet… Continue

Added by Ron Shaw on January 15, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

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