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First time Registry test taker

While I have been in EMS for 21+ years I have never taken the National Registry of EMT's Paramedic exam, until this past Thursday. I have to say that I have always been leery to try, what if I can't even pass the exam I have been teaching new medic students to pass just to enter the profession? Since our medic students must take and pass this exam, I was convinced by one of our other…

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Added by Michael D. Smith on April 19, 2008 at 10:06pm — 4 Comments

Firefighter Appreciation Day

As many of you know, we here in the Cincinnati area experienced the loss of two of our own. Channel 9 here has initiated a Appreciation Day for firefighters on April 17th. Let's not let this be an isolated event. I believe this could be a time to, not only express appreciation to those who serve, to to expand awareness of firefighter safety. Get your community involved! If you do something for April 17th, please post it here to let everyone know of ways to become active in their community. Here… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on April 15, 2008 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Bomb Threat Planning and Management

NOTE: Anyone can attend



Cost:$100.00



Dates: April 25, 2008 (1pm-5pm EST) and May 2 (1pm-5pm EST) This seminar is divided into two sessions.



Bombings, attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear,

and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to

handle such situations. Inappropriate and costly management decisions

are often made due to a lack of organizational planning and a

methodology for…
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Added by Michael Finney on April 14, 2008 at 9:16am — No Comments

Firehouse Nicknames

We all got'em. Some well deserved, some we would rather forget. Firehouse nicknames. On my crew I have a "Booge," "Lukie," "Greenie," "Wrong Way," and a "Fragile Bob." I have been called "Da Wop" "Henchman" and my favorite is the "Spaghetti Yeti." What are some of the ones around your fire house?

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on April 12, 2008 at 6:41pm — 4 Comments

Professional Development for Fire Officers

Note: Open to anyone wishing to attend

Cost: $0.00

Link: Click here to attend

Bill will be delivering his real-world focus on what a new or acting officer must know to successfully communicate with their crews, supervisors, and our business community. Bill will…

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Added by Michael Finney on April 6, 2008 at 3:23pm — No Comments

FireFighter Fatalities in Colerain Twp. Ohio

This morning two firefighters were killed in a working house fire in Colerain Twp. Ohio. That is north of Cincinnati. The two entered with one other firefighter and the floor collapsed. One firefighter exited. Two fell into the basement. The occupant was out upon arrival.

I am sure more news will be coming on this fire.

I can not, nor will I comment on…
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Added by Skip Coleman on April 4, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Open Fire Academy Upcoming Online Seminar

We are now beginning to take enrollment for Daniel Sharon's Seminar on Bomb Threat Planning and Management (8 hour class). I wanted to give you advanced notice to notify your departments and people you believe would benefit from the class. The course description is as follows:



About the Class...

Bombings, attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear, and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to handle such situations.… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on April 1, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Thanks to the Start Water Group

I wish to thank the members of The Start Water Group for their fanatstic responses and questions. We curently have over a dozen topics to respond to. We have been able to strike a balance between real world concerns and academy training, appealing to both line firefighters and instructors. That balance I believe is exactly what this site should be about. All of the topics in the Start Water Group are relevant and timely. Please keep the responses comming. Remember we all do the same…

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Added by Ray McCormack on April 1, 2008 at 9:04am — No Comments

just getting a feel for the site

Hey everyone,
just checking things out and getting used to the site . still got alot of exploring to do

Added by mike diener on March 31, 2008 at 3:40pm — No Comments

INDIANA DISTRICT 6 TC MARCH MINUTES

I will not be at the April meeting due to attending FDIC...I would guess that Mark will 'designate' someone to take notes in my place--thanks in advance to the person who does this. Also, I was accepted to the Book Committee for the State, our first meeting is April 15th, I will keep the district posted. As always, if you have any questions,…
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Added by Stacy White on March 29, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

In my tenure as a firefighter I have responded to numerous hazmat calls. Most (90%) we handled at the operations level. Only a few needed "tech" level interventions. With that said, continued education and training to maintain the skills learned have been important for me. Yesterday I attended an 8 hour class with several other departments, including DHS hazmat teams. The class was hosted by the Dupont Chemical company. The company has an old Anhydrous Amonia car converted to a training prop… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 28, 2008 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

Fire Service Funeral Practices

I originally wrote this piece for another blog spot in October-2007 but felt it has relevance here. I'd love to hear what you think on the subject:…

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Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on March 27, 2008 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

Looking for FDIC gear?

Then check out fdicgear.com, the official FDIC apparel store.

Added by Fire Engineering on March 27, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments

S.O.P.'s

What SOP do I need to make law, but not write a huge book?

I have been working in SOP for over the last 6 months.

What do's and donts should I use.

Im open to all information.

KP

Added by Kirk Pickens on March 25, 2008 at 10:28am — 5 Comments

New this week on Fire Engineering's site: EMS video and more

Mike McEvoy's third Training Minutes video is up. It's EMS training, on treatment of chest wounds. Watch it at www.fireengineering.com/videos.





Steven De Lisi's new Haz-Mat Survival Tips column talks about getting documented training on atmospheric monitors for your department. Click the… Continue

Added by Fire Engineering on March 25, 2008 at 9:34am — 1 Comment

"ZIP - Clunk!, ZIP - Clunk!, ZIP - Clunk!"

What is it that we love about the job? What are the little things? For me it has to be the sound of firehose flaking off the rear of the rig as your laying a line into a good job. Even inside the cab of the truck you can still hear the "zip-clunk" as section after section of hose feeds off into the street. Or maybe it is the time at shift change when we all are gathered around the kitchen table. There is plenty of coffee and lots of laughter. Or maybe it is the smell of the apparatus bay. The… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 24, 2008 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Recruitment--Hook Em Young--This Ain't Your Daddy's Fire Service

In response to the troubling prevailing trend of declining volunteerism in the Fire Service...oh the hell with that...let's call it what it is, we're in trouble folks....the numbers are bad, the kids aren't signing up and the current membership is aging at a rate that almost guarantees the death knell for Volunteer Fire Departments.

What to do? I've created and have almost completed writing a program that my organization (The Firemen's Association of the State of New York...aka FASNY)…

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Added by Mary Ellen Shea on March 24, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Where and why do we get hurt?



This chart…

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Added by Michael Urban on March 19, 2008 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

Instruction

There are still some fire service myths floating around out there I see. Firefighters operating under unsafe SOP's or none at all. Hard to believe. Staffing is always an issue. Having one firefighter per truck is not staffing it's a driver. Chiefs need to worry more about the fire floor than the apparataus floor.There are all levels of instruction and instructors out there. Get the reasons why we do something from the instructor not just the teaching points.

Added by Ray McCormack on March 19, 2008 at 11:12am — No Comments

Looking to Gain Knowledge!

I believe that the day I stop learning is the day to quit this job. I'm looking for anyway to increase my knowledge in all subjects pertaining to the fire service. If you have any ideas please let me know.

Added by Jim Mayfield on March 17, 2008 at 10:21am — No Comments

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