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January 2010 Blog Posts (17)

To Christian Cossey

With PTSD,many a vet has taken this medication (Lithan).I know for sure this has helped my husband over the years.Since he finish his tours of vietnam.Lithan is salt of the earth,a chemical embalnce.Before my husband could not talk ,get out in crowds that much.He was in his own little world.He was on this med for over 10 years.

I know fire fighters that have this,they gone on to different jobs.

I was going to get and divorce,until this medication though the VA or family doctor.I have… Continue

Added by Brenda Tenney on January 29, 2010 at 8:17am — No Comments

CPVFD Golf Tournament

Hey guys, the College Park Fire Department in Prince George's County, MD is hosting their first ever annual golf tournament. It will be at the beautiful and just renovated University of Maryland Golf Course on April 16, 2010. Visit for more information or to register! We are also looking for sponsors which can be accessed and registered through our golf site as well. Hope to see some of you there!

Added by Dave Stacy on January 27, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Personalized Leather Helmet Raffle

HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES is raffling a Brand New Personalized Phenix TL2 Leather helmet(s) to continue to provide financial support for our mission of providing the fire service with a free to use and easy to access line-of-duty-death lessons learned database. We are hopefully just weeks away from unveiling our new website and when that happens we will be eagerly searching for information from around the country to add to it. This new effort will require another marketing campaign (and this will… Continue

Added by John Barrett on January 25, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Fire fighter needs kidney operation

Hello,to my brothers and sisters of this site.I may not be on here to much for the month of Feb.I got to get and scan for my left kidney.This makes the forth operation on it. I had 3 kidney failures.I am praying that they can save this kidney.
In pain,some what ,until the operation here in south carolina. When i get this done,,and i get better ,am back on the FD.Well,i have not left it yet..Keep me in your prayers. Because this old girl don't give up that easy...Thanks Brenda

Added by Brenda Tenney on January 23, 2010 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Blockhead Mentality

Added by Paul Combs on January 22, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

I don't know how to feel about this...

So I spoke with a department psychologist and they told me that I have post traumatic stress disorder. I have nothing against PTSD and I think it's something to take serious, but I'm not sure exactly how I feel about being told I have it. Even if I accept it I have no idea what to do for it or anything about it.

Added by Christian Cossey on January 22, 2010 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

40 Hr Auto Extrication Course

April 10,11,16,17,18, 40 Hr Auto Extrication Course
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Added by Pete Forshaw on January 20, 2010 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Three Firefighters have Died Since January 1

Since January 1, 2010, we've lost three firefighters. All suddenly and unpectedly collapsed - under the age of 51 and in good physical "shape". While we at the CPTC believe HCN in fire smoke is a significant contributor to heart-related deaths, we of course cannot state with certainty that these firefighters were victims of fire smoke. What we can state as factual is that HCN chips away at the heart and brain with every exposure to smoke. We're starting to see a small movement among departments… Continue

Added by Shawn Longerich on January 20, 2010 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Too Hot

OK! I have a question. I have brought this up to the past few groups I have worked with. It stems from the video of the kids (recruit firefighters) from the DC area putting on the demonstration to the pre-school kid and they get burned. If you haven’t seen it – here is a short clip. Demo very short.wmv

This also springs from recent firefighter injuries and fatalities. Guys falling through fire… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on January 18, 2010 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Dumb Stuff We Gotta Do

Well, one cat's outta the bag. In the continued debate over the efficacy of prehospital spinal immobilization, it would appear from a study published the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Trauma that prehospital spinal immobilization doubles the risk of death for certain patients. Researchers at Johns Hopkins looked at 45,284 penetrating trauma patients… Continue

Added by Mike McEvoy on January 15, 2010 at 12:14am — 6 Comments

All over but the shouting

I have retired and am now trying to figure out what to do when I don't have to do anything.

Added by Robert Rhoades on January 14, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Heavy Responsibilty

Added by Paul Combs on January 12, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What's In Your Trash?

We've all seen the ever present Capital One commercials with their famous "what's in your wallet?" catch-line. Some are cute, most are just annoying, but while sketching in front of the TV one evening, it sparked a commentary twist.

I wanted to create something for the Holidays and tie in a New Year's resolution for this particular post, so I began thinking about what I may want to change for the upcoming year. I want to spend more… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on January 12, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Cash Cow

Added by Paul Combs on January 10, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Pet Peeve

-Abandon buildings, fires and firefighters. What is injuring us, the fact that the building is abandon/unoccupied or poor tactics?

-Take a look at this blog.… Continue

Added by Michael Bricault (ret) on January 7, 2010 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

On the other side...

So it's only been a month and one day since I had my surgeries and I've already injured myself. Today was the first day I've really got to ride my bike, so I decided to go mountain biking up in the mountains by Pine Flat Lake. Everything was okay until I took a turn too fast on a dirt path and found myself tumbling down a 30 foot cliff down into a ravine. Barely had cell phone reception to call an ambulance and half way through the call my phone died. Luckily they got enough information on my… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on January 6, 2010 at 2:09am — No Comments

Good Job Detroit Battalion 9

I look at the Fire Engineering web page more than once daily. There are several places I go when I visit - one of them being the photo;s on the front page. I skim through and look for good things and bad. I find both (in my opinion).

Kudos' to DFD and the 9th. Battalion. This picture is great (again - in my opinion).

I don't think most departments use aerials enough for "normal" operations. Here is a straight stick, spotted correctly and… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on January 1, 2010 at 5:49pm — No Comments

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