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February 2013 Blog Posts (14)


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


Added by Paul Combs on February 28, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Looking Down the Road

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 4:11pm — 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…


Added by Dan Shaw on February 21, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 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…


Added by Brian Brush on February 19, 2013 at 12:00am — 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…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 17, 2013 at 2:38pm — No Comments

THE EPIPHANY! February Magazine Comentary

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


Added by Paul Combs on February 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


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

Added by Paul Combs on February 15, 2013 at 3:59pm — No Comments


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 8:44am — 2 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

Added by John Snykus on February 6, 2013 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

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…


Added by Mike France on February 5, 2013 at 7:07am — 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 7:49pm — 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…


Added by Brian Brush on February 4, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Why do Firefighters Fight Fire

-The following is the script of a two minute radio broadcast that happened twenty five years ago by the great Paul Harvey, on his hugely successful radio program, "News and Comments by Paul Harvey". My Harvey was a great broadcaster who had a tremendously kind spirit. He was know for taking the obscure and introducing it to the rest of us in a beautifully eloquent way. The challenge was made more difficult because, for you youngsters, Mr. Harvey was a radio broadcaster; no…


Added by Michael Bricault (ret) on February 3, 2013 at 10:49pm — 5 Comments

10 Fitness Tips for Fire Rescue Athletes

Every year around this time I am asked for the "best" fitness tips to make the new year a healthy one.  Over the years this list has changed and evolved but for the most part if you are a Fire Rescue Athlete you need to be doing these 10 things. 

10 Fit Tips for the Fire Rescue Athlete…

Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 1, 2013 at 12:11am — No Comments

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