We have to distrust each other. It is our defense against betrayal. – Tennessee Williams
Much has been written about the motivations of firefighters.
Though there may be different reasons for why some choose to be full-time, while others are paid-on-call or volunteer; all firefighters CHOOSE to serve the public. The frequency of the…Continue
SEARCHING FOR THE WIZARD
Sometimes in life we spend an inordinate amount of our time searching for the wizard; that something or someone in our life or our work that we hope will provide us with that something or that everything that we feel we need to go on, to be successful, to become a part of the team, to score, to win, to get home.
I think I can, I wish I had, I do…Continue
We’re coming for you.
“The Mayday – Firefighter Down training for tomorrow is cancelled by the Captain, no reason given.”
Such was the similar message of April 14, 1912 when Captain Edward Smith of RMS Titanic cancelled the life boat drill. At 1140 PM that same day, Titanic struck an…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 4, 2014 at 11:59pm — No Comments
I was eating supper at work yesterday, reading a book at the same time, and as it does so often a random thought popped into my mind. In order to provide some context for what follows, this thought was inspired by several sources. First was the book "About Face" by Col. David Hackworth. If you haven't read it, do it soon. It is inspiring and thought provoking. My mindset is still reeling from that book. Number two was a blog from leatherhead109.com titled "Know What Your Doing: It's…Continue
The Fire occurs at 0630 Hours on a Sunday morning. The building is wood platform construction with a truss roof assembly. The exterior load bearing walls are wood frame. The floors are constructed of a joist system with 2x10 joists supporting the floors. The exterior has a brick veneer. All interior wall assemblies are drywall (sheetrock) on wood studs. There is no built-in fire protection system. Individual units have battery operated smoke detectors.
This is a one section…Continue
This will be the year that the rogues come home.
Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth. Our professional…Continue
Added by Mark vonAppen on January 3, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Here is something that a Senior Firefighter sent to a group of up and coming new hires. Enjoy.
Being the new guy has its place and if you are truly green and have never touched a piece of hose before, it's time to keep your head down, eyes up and ears perked for any and every bit of information that comes your way. Be a sponge. There will be plenty of information and it could be quite a rollercoaster ride for a while. That being said you also need to take note of what…Continue
Added by scott corrigan on January 2, 2014 at 6:08pm — No Comments
We all know that everyone deals with grief differently. In the fire service, we all deal with more than our share of tragic events. Many cope by detaching from the ‘reality’ of the event. We treat the event as a daily occurrence on the job, equating it to someone with an ‘office job’ completing a report. We pride ourselves in our ability to do it all,…Continue
Added by Becki White on January 2, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments
Added by David Rhodes on January 1, 2014 at 10:09am — No Comments