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January 2011 Blog Posts (47)

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KS

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow brother Firefighter and Captain Jim Duane Niles has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Downs Fire Department.



Name: Jim Duane Niles



Rank: Fire Captain

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 18

Date of Incident: 01/13/2011

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 18, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Power Of A Kitchen Table

Camden Firefighters Storytelling.  Keep them in your thoughts through their ruff patch.




Like many of our fellow brothers and sisters I have a passion, actually obsession, with our beloved fire service.  From the time I first sat it an engine as a cub scout,… Continue

Added by Eddie Crombie on January 18, 2011 at 1:04pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NY

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow brother Firefighter and Lieutenant Jarrett Eleam has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company.



Jarrett Eleam



Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Status:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 18, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Basement Self Rescue

The importance of having a tool with you can’t be stressed enough.  Besides using it for forcible entry and venting windows or other operational functions, it can save your life.

It should be a habit that every time you come off of the truck for an alarm there should be a tool in your hand.  And take a tool that you can do something with.  Some of the most common tools are the Halligan and a flat head ax. You can take a pick headed ax and/or a sledge hammer, depending on what your…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 17, 2011 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Bobby Halton's January editorial

Here is my January editorial it's interesting because I wrote it about three months ago. It is somewhat timely given our recent tragedy in Chicago. Fortunately I know the Chicago Fire Department very well and I know that they were very prepared and will conduct a very thorough and very complete investigation. But I guess the question is for the rest of us, are we ready if something catastrophic should…

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Added by Bobby Halton on January 17, 2011 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Biologic Incidents - Looking Back.....

After 30 years in the fire service, the last six as a hazmat tech for the state of Ohio, I thought I was pretty sharp about dealing with hazardous materials.  Then I transferred to the Health Department as an emergency response coordinator.  Then 9/11 happened.  Suddenly I needed to know a whole lot about some things that I knew very little about.  My colleagues at the health department needed to know about response too.  So the die was cast and we forged ahead.

 

The…

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Added by Robert Rhoades on January 15, 2011 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Tricks vs. The Trade

"What you showed me isn't in the book.  What are the Chiefs gonna say if I do this?  Are you gonna have my back if I do this and someone says something?"  This is a real quote from a firefighter at a recent training



Are we so worried about book knowledge… Continue

Added by Matt McDowell on January 15, 2011 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Chicago (IL) Firefighter Dies After Being Found Unresponsive at Station

From the Chicago Sun Times:

A 51-year-old veteran Chicago firefighter died after being found unresponsive at his firehouse quarters on the South Side Saturday morning.

 

Lt. Patrick Hannon was given Advanced Life Support care and was taken to Mercy Medical Center where he died, according to Fire Media Affairs Dir. Larry Langford. He was on-duty and was found…

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Added by Fire Engineering on January 15, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Doin’ the Monkey Fling!

Have you ever been to the zoo and watched the monkeys fling their own poop at each other?

Yeah; some of you already know where this is headed.…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 12, 2011 at 1:22pm — 5 Comments

A Winter Consideration



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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 12, 2011 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

IN THE DOGHOUSE

 

Practical jokes and “ball-busting” have been a part of the firehouse culture for as long as there have been firefighters. It can be fun, it can bring a sense of inclusion and acceptance, it can be a stress-reliever – it’s a healthy part of the firehouse social climate.

Hazing as I define it is…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 12, 2011 at 10:38am — 13 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NY

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter Roy Chelsen has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Fire Department of New York.



Roy Chelsen



Rank:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 10, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MO

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow brother Firefighter and Fire Apparatus Operator Richard Paul has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department.



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Added by Brad Hoff on January 10, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Ray McCormack commentary on firefighter search, the homeless, and Ted Williams

Ray wrote this piece regarding the ongoing controversy of the risks firefighters run searching vacant and abandoned buildings for the homeless during fire operations. Read it HERE.

Added by Fire Engineering on January 9, 2011 at 7:57am — 3 Comments

USFA Releases Provisional 2010 Firefighter Fatality Statistics

January 7, 2011

Contact:

USFA Press Office: (301) 447-1853



EMMITSBURG, MD - The United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced today there were 85 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2010, a 6 percent decrease from the 90 fatalities reported for 2009. The 85 fatalities were spread across 31 states. Illinois experienced the highest number of fatalities (9). In addition to Illinois, only New York (8), Ohio (8),… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on January 7, 2011 at 5:17pm — No Comments

FDIC 2011 Battle of the Bands - Vote for the SMOKEATERS!!

Only one vote per computer, PLEASE VOTE. It only takes a few seconds...

Scroll down to the SmokEaters band, check box on upper left, then submit

VOTE at bottom.

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Added by Kevin Reilly on January 6, 2011 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Racing to an Early Death is a Drag



Note: The opinions stated in this article are based upon the information contained in the relevant links at the end of this article.

Who is Jeffery Wilkes Bassett?

Author? Actor? Jet-setter? Innocent victim?…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 6, 2011 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

TV Film Shows History of the Indianapolis (IN) FIre Department

There's a trailer out for an upcoming film entitled "First In, Last Out: A History of Fighting Fire in Indianapolis." You can view the trailer HERE. You can also befriend (be-fan?) them on Facebook HERE.

Added by Fire Engineering on January 5, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

New Anthony Avillo piece on preventing RIC radio chaos

Read Chief Avillo's follow-up to his article in the December Fire Engineering HERE. In it he describes the benefits of breaking out three different radio frequencies to better handle Mayday operations.

 

Feel free to leave your thoughts about this concept in the comments here.

Added by Fire Engineering on January 5, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments

A Chance to Be Part of the Solution

Since 1928 America's serious firefighters have gathered under the banner of the fire department instructors conference. We are now 70 days away from the 84th FDIC conference. Starting on March 21 three days after St. Patrick's Day will be our annual pilgrimage to Indianapolis where we show our dedication, our resolve and our unrelenting pursuit of mastery of this the worlds most complicated profession.

Some might question my use of the word complicated but they would be wrong they are…

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Added by Bobby Halton on January 4, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

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