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February 2013 Blog Posts (21)

4 Ways to Cope with Stress

“My mind is a bad neighborhood I never try to go into alone.” ~ Anne Lamott

“A human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” ~ William James

 

In today’s world, stress is an undeniable part of life. Many people are running nonstop when it comes to their career, family life and other responsibilities. In this fast paced world it can be challenging to find time to slow down and relax.

 

The thing is, if you do not find time to slow down and take…

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Added by Cheryl Cullison on February 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

PRIORITIES


Hey, a man has got to have his priorities, right?

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Added by Paul Combs on February 28, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MI

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 7th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Nate Fruin has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and members of the Mattawan Fire District.



Nate Fruin…



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Added by Brad Hoff on February 27, 2013 at 11:25pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TN

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 6th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter David Schnepp has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and members of the Carter's Valley Fire Department.

 

David Schnepp…




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Added by Brad Hoff on February 26, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: PA

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 5thLine Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Sister Firefighter & Fire Police Lieutenant made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family, friends and members of the Diligence Fire Company #1.

Claudia Sokol…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 25, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Looking Down the Road

http://headsupfirefighting.blogspot.com/2013/02/looking-down-road.html

What are your motivations for promotion? Are you letting that goal get in the way of keeping yourself sharp in your current position?

Added by Dave Werner on February 21, 2013 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Taking a Lesson from "Realty TV"

While I was watching the show Surviving the Cut the other night that highlighted the rigors of the training that the Nightstalkers (160th Special Aviation Regiment) go through, I had an epiphany, or at least I drew a corollary principle for what we should learn from this training in the fire service.

160th SOAR

The show portrayed the completion of a hellish, multiple-hours long training session that spanned from mental and…

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Added by Dan Shaw on February 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: TX

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 3rd & 4th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters & Lieutenants Eric Wallace & Gregory Pickard have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and members of the Bryan Fire Department.





Eric Wallace

Rank:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 20, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

When You Always Remember You Never Forget

On the morning of December 13th 2011, I stood on the roof of a hotel 23 stories above Ground Zero in New York City. I was with a small group from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Committee. We had just finished climbing 110 flights of stairs to honor those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center which once stood on the ground we over looked. The night before Ron Sarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF presented the FDNY Counseling…

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Added by Brian Brush on February 18, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Essential Exercise to Get Fire Rescue Fit

Balance, coordination, power, strength, cardiovascular recovery....all essential fitness traits of the "fit for duty" Fire Rescue Athlete.   If you are a Fire Rescue Athlete (or not) you need to plan your workouts to address each of these traits.  One of the most overlooked is balance and coordination.  As a trainer I get asked how and when is the best time to train for balance?  As a firefighter I get asked why do I need to train for balance?  The last thing you want to happen…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 17, 2013 at 1:38pm — No Comments

THE EPIPHANY! February Magazine Comentary

A cold, hard February epiphany about firefighter/EMT layoffs and cut-backs.

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Added by Paul Combs on February 15, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

THE EPIPHANY!

A cold hard February epiphany about firefighter/EMT layoffs and cut-backs.


Added by Paul Combs on February 15, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

SERIOUSLY?



A little Fire Line humor to start your week. Hey, if ya gotta clean the john, you might as well do it the firefighter way!





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Added by Paul Combs on February 12, 2013 at 7:44am — 2 Comments

Protecting Lives on Backstep Firefighter

Protecting people’s lives will involve risk for us as firefighters

 

“A female occupant, in her 40’s, was unable to escape due to the intense heat and thick smoke and was quickly located by firefighters. She was removed out of the bedroom window and treated by paramedics on the scene.”…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 8, 2013 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

How do I get a copy

How can a fire company get a copy of a FDNY PSA? Like close the door.

Please email jsnykus@aol.com

Added by John Snykus on February 6, 2013 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

Do You Struggle with Brain Smoke?

I don’t know about you but I have dealt with brain smoke in the past for many years. Now, I do not mean this literally as if products of combustion had found their way inside, but figuratively; that “smoky” feeling in your head that makes it difficult to see correct answers easily or to think clearly. The thing is, until I became healthier I did not realize how much my thinking was under attack. The more I learned what type of food and lifestyle choices were right for me, the more my…

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Added by Cheryl Cullison on February 6, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Close The Door For Life!

From our very beginning in New Amsterdam, the role of the fire service was to be proactive and save lives through . In 1647 Fire wardens would inspect houses and chimneys, fining the owners for potential hazards, to prevent fires from happening.  If the early firefighters were not actively inspecting, then they were patrolling the streets looking for fire. A team of firefighters would walk the streets with wooden rattles and would sound the alarm upon discovery of fire. The intent of this…

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Added by John Shafer on February 5, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments

From the Back Corner

       As I now sit in the Back Corner of the Training Room , and watch , I'm coming to realize that there are 2 things missing from our Beloved Volunteer Fire Service , Training and Communication , As a Past Chief , I now relaize that once you leave Office you become a Nobody.I found it a harsh reality the next day , and becoming one of the "guys " is even tougher , you really do not fit in and when you offer advice it's frowned upon .

        Training is the number 1 key in our…

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Added by Mike France on February 5, 2013 at 6:07am — No Comments

Training Ideas

Can anyone help me out with some new and exciting training ideas for my volunteer FD. 

Added by Brent Blamires on February 4, 2013 at 6:49pm — 6 Comments

Eric Hurst - An Eye at a Mile High

The Mile High City is not one of the first to come to mind among those in the fire service. Denver is not one of the “Great” cities; New York, Chicago, San Francisco. Not among those currently seeing high fire duty like Detroit or New Orleans. It sits humble in the shadows of the Rockies, between the two coasts with few if any appearances on the covers of National professional journals.

Don’t be fooled by the lack of exposure, there is a…

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Added by Brian Brush on February 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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