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Featured Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (7)

CA Firefighter Rescued by Colleagues After Refrigerator Falls on Him During House Fire



A firefighter was hurt after a refrigerator fell on top of him in a burning house in Oildale (CA) Saturday morning, but he was quickly saved by his crew...


It all started just before 8 a.m. the crew at Station 63 was called out to a vacant house going up in flames on Washington Avenue. [Firefighter Devin] Lawrence ran into the burning building with…


Added by Fire Engineering on January 30, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments


Nothing like a little freelancing to muck-up the best intended plans and strategies. It's bad enough when these individuals circumvent the chain of command to "help" where they please, but their blatant disregard for accountability and the safety of others is simply inexcusable!




Added by Paul Combs on January 28, 2011 at 5:58pm — 5 Comments

Out of Air®

My good friend, Shawn Longerich, Executive Director for the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition (CPTC) at sent me the video “Out of Air”; currently in Beta testing.

The video is just under an hour long and it is, as Captain Mike Gagliano of the Seattle Fire Department and a board member at CPTC pronounces; an homage to those firefighters who have succumbed to the effects of smoke inhalation.

“Out of Air” opens with a…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 22, 2011 at 7:52pm — 5 Comments

Meet in the middle!

Many things are being discussed in our service today. My take on things is a mix I suppose you could say between sides of the fence that the Fire Service has created. We have the "Safety Sallies" in the blue corner and the "Aggressives" in the red corner. I did the groups in specific corners for a reason, if you figure it out wonderful, if not, sorry. Many issues are in the front of our minds right now. Searching of insert name of building type here, proper size hose lines,…


Added by Jeff Schwering on January 19, 2011 at 2:54pm — 24 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…


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


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


I will be attending many fire service events in the coming year and I thought it would be a good idea to keep these special events separate from my monthly commentary blog. On this site you'll see my photos, comments, video, and yes, sketches from my experiences (like FDIC). I will include a post and link on my commentary blog (as well as Facebook) to let folks know when I've posted new content. As always, I sincerely thank you for your continued support and look forward to sharing my…


Added by Paul Combs on January 4, 2011 at 9:04am — 9 Comments

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