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February 2011 Blog Posts (34)

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

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 Joshua Wilkes has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Unity Fire Department.



Joshua Wilkes



Rank: Firefighter

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on February 14, 2011 at 2:40pm — No Comments

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

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 (Fire Dawg) and Airman First Class Derek Kozorosky has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family in Pennsylvania, members and Veterans of the United States Air Fore Fire Protection. Memorial…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 14, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Challenging the Winds of Change

I have been in the workforce full time since I was 19 years old and now, I am 58.

I have been fortunate for almost 40 years to change jobs at my own volition. That is to say that circumstance dictated that a change was wanted/needed and I made that decision.

The same held true with my fire department. It was always my decision to change it up, move up and finally, to move on. I didn’t feel any pressure to do so; in my mind, it was time to change my focus, so I went from fire…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 13, 2011 at 11:31am — No Comments

"WHAT WERE YOU THINKING" CEMETERY

 

Isn't this job dangerous enough without stupid, childish, and/or irresponsible decisions? Let's not end up here!

 

 

To see more of my work visit: www.artstudioseven.com

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Added by Paul Combs on February 12, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Academy To The Rescue!

Academy To The Rescue!

Like many things in life, my personal drive for all things fire service has it's highs and lows.  It seems I hit those dreadful lows at the end of each year.  I am sure the marathon of the holidays does not help, but I feel this is due to a long…
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Added by Eddie Crombie on February 9, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Charlotte FD Video & Modern Residential Construction

I was recently emailed a link to this YouTube video from the Charlotte Fire Department from a large fire in a model home.  This is a great video to learn from.  They've included great video, radio traffic and a very informative news interview from BC Mike Wilson.

 

Click here to see the video and join the discussion!

 

Thanks & be SAFE!

Added by Matt McDowell on February 8, 2011 at 5:23am — No Comments

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

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 Chief Richard Leo "Ricky" Barbour has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Wilson Mills Fire & Rescue.



Richard Leo “Ricky” Barbour…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 7, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Getting to the Same Place

Blogger Alert: Joe; thanks for resurrecting this: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A251410. You have inspired more thoughts.

Where it comes to the strategies that are employed at an incident scene that gets everyone back to quarters safely, are we coming from different corners?

Does this place somewhere in the…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 7, 2011 at 11:13am — No Comments

"Pickle Irons"

"Pickle Irons"

I am a proud owner of a 1955 F100 Ford Truck.  One summer afternoon, while driving my steering became very loose.  After giving the suspension a through once over the culprit was very evident.  I needed to replace the old, worn ball joint.  This being the first time undertaking such a project, I elicited the help of my father who is a…
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Added by Eddie Crombie on February 6, 2011 at 6:55pm — No Comments

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

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 Daniel C. Dare has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Avon Fire Protection District.



Daniel C. Dare…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 4, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

5 Hour Energy Drink and Forcible Entry

Recently, after a long afternoon of dull fire department paperwork, a trip to 7-11 was needed to boost the energy for the rest of the workday.  As I walked into the store I stopped and took a look at the lock on the front entry door. This quick, passing glance made me realize how I had gotten out of the habit of conducting an on-going size-up of my surroundings before they were on fire. My size-ups had grown to a different level and the tasks that I do not perform everyday had fallen off my…

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Added by Richard Riley on February 4, 2011 at 1:53pm — 1 Comment

When 250 equals 250

Recently, Traditions Training was invited to teach a program for a fire department in a “not so urban” area of the country.  Being that most of our instructors come from busy urban or suburban fire companies, 250 calls a month or more for a particular station or individual unit is not uncommon.  With that amount of activity comes more chances to refine and polish our craft.  It also allows for more chances to utilize the “tricks of the trade” that were passed on by our senior men and our…

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Added by Richard Riley on February 3, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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

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 Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Indianapolis Fire Department.  Chief Auch was one of the original IFD members who worked on FDIC since its first year in Indianapolis in 1995. He worked tirelessly and without complaint…

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

We Mourn the Loss   The staff of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) is sad to report the passing of Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch, age 56, of the Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department (IF…

We Mourn the Loss

 

The staff of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) is sad to report the passing of Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch, age 56, of the Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department (IFD).

 

Steve was appointed to the IFD in 1978, and his assignments included Station 21, Engine 12, and Engine 11. In 1986, he was…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 2, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

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