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February 2014 Blog Posts (57)

Do the Right Things-What Does That Mean?

The fire service has so many different sayings and mottos that they become cliche and difficult for newer firefighters to truly understand what they mean.  But, more than just saying these slogans and even understanding, in some cases we need to make sure we act on those mantras.

One of the sayings that I hear a great deal of and say myself is "do the right thing."  For some of us we probably take for granted that the persons we are telling this to know what it means to do that.  …

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 28, 2014 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Next Man Up

By:  Mark vonAppen 



Working a shift trade on a company that you are not totally familiar with poses some interesting and potentially hand-tying problems.  It also presents an opportunity for growth.



As things were winding down at our last structure fire, a…

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Added by Mark vonAppen on February 28, 2014 at 9:22pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 21st Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain George D. Barnas has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Wallington Fire Department and Jersey City Fire.

Gregory D.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 28, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 20th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother & Assistant Chief Roger Dale Tome has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Kennedy Space Center Fire and Rescue.

Roger Dale…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 28, 2014 at 1:43pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 19th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother & Lieutenant Homer “J.R.” Harrell has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Orange City Fire Department.

Homer “J.R.”…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 28, 2014 at 1:35pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 18th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother & Lieutenant Bruce Britt has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Columbia Fire Department.

Bruce Britt…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 28, 2014 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Wind Driven PPV

I was watching the wind driven fire research and recognized a bit of irony. During the wind driven fire study a large PPV fan was…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 27, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT?

Hello, my name is Paul Combs. I am a firefighter NREMT-B and I have a problem relating to my patient’s emotional and physical needs.



There, I’ve said it publicly, you’ve read it on social media, and I can now begin my personal growth. It’s that easy, right? I wish!

EMS care has been a…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 27, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments

Ahi Tuna & FDIC

Old guys like me are occasionally asked what we consider to be the highlight of our career.  I always thought standing on the “big stage,” at FDIC represented the pinacle of achievement in our business.  It’s where I’ve seen all of my fire service heroes stand and talk on the latest in firefighting and what is coming next.  I had the honor some years ago to stand there.  I couldn’t believe that they let me anywhere near that podium, but I was honored to have the chance to do it.  But as it…

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Added by Eddie Buchanan on February 26, 2014 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

“In the area of, “ Photos and Video from Prince George’s County Townhouse Fire

Engine 846 with smoke showing PLUS articles from Fire Engineering

Prince George’s County firefighters responded to the townhouse fire in the 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive. The box alarm consisted of Engine companies 46, 33, 5 and 23; Truck companies 37 and 38; and Truck 9 as the Rapid Intervention Company. Engine 846 arrived to find smoke showing from the end unit of a two-story row.…

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Added by Bill Carey on February 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

APPOINTED OR ANOINTED

Appointed or Anointed?

I have had the honor of serving as a Chief Officer for nearly twenty-eight years. I have seen a few things and I have been around the block a couple of times. I may be different from some because I believe that I was appointed but never anointed.

I recall a Captain opening my office door and advising me that a Battalion Chief from FDNY was in the…

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Added by Warren Cersley on February 25, 2014 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

A better mouse trap

One constant in the fire service is there is never a shortage of people who have a better way to build a mousetrap.  Without this naturally occurring firefighter forward-thinking mentality, we would certainly see a fire service that is less capable, less safe, and just plain less than it is.  Because emergencies can be approached and executed from many different angles, our training and preparation can also be approached in many ways.  We see this all the time. You can talk tactics with the…

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Added by Paul Strong on February 25, 2014 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

January 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail

 

Eight members of the fire service died while on duty

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The following information is a breakdown of the details of those members in the fire service who died while operating “on-duty” as defined by the United States Fire Administration. For more information on this definition and that of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's definition of "line of duty death" read “…

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Added by Bill Carey on February 25, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Who's Right?

As I push forward to be the best firefighter I can be, I spend a lot of time reading articles and blogs about tactics and fire science.  I watch videos and listen to podcasts.  I talk to men and women who have been in the fire service for decades, trying to tap into their knowledge.  I find myself overwhelmed by…

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Added by Becki White on February 23, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

To Go or Not-To-Go, Thats the Wrong Question

Today’s blog is inspired by my nephew who I am incredibly proud of after following in my footsteps joining the DCFD. I was fortunate, that as the Chief of Operations, I got to go to a few fires with him and I watch him grow in to a solid firefighter. Unfortunately for him, this often exposed him to the daily serenades of “Uncle Larry’”

 

Its been interesting managing the difference in fire department philosophy between my views (as the Boss) and his view’s as the one who has to…

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Added by Lawrence Schultz on February 22, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments

Stretch Some Lines!

This past week I found myself being very stressed out with my work. Not so much the duties I perform everyday but the recent frustrations I have with the way things are being done, or not done. We all have our pet peeves. We all have the things we are passionate about. Most of mine are very simple and just to name a few; pride in uniform appearance, training, accountability and passion for the profession we spend months or years trying to get into. At the end of this frustrating week for me…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on February 22, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 17th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother & Chief of Department Randy R. Pogue has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Oak Grove Fire District #25.

Name:

Randy R.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 21, 2014 at 9:24am — No Comments

NEVER, EVER, STOP LEARNING AND TRAINING!



What do you do in your free time? Pick up a fire service magazine, grab an instructional book, or pick up a seldom used tool and learn, and teach those who may not know.



Our time is always in demand - use it wisely.

Take care and ALWAYS make a…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 21, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

Who to Listen To?

I remember being a young, volunteer firefighter and learning as much as I could from whoever would share.  Being in a small, mostly rural department, and with no social media--only the monthly trade journals---I depended on the more senior guys around me to pass on what they had learned and I always assumed that they knew what they were talking about.

It didn't matter what the topic was, I seemed to always come away with something I didn't know before hand.  The one thing that I can…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 20, 2014 at 7:58pm — 1 Comment

Response to ISFSI Firefighter Safety Call to Action, Scott Corrigan

This is the letter that I submitted to several people regarding some recent topics and recommendations.  This is not an issue about cowboys and cowards.  It needs to be about educated, honest fire service leaders who understand that we do not have a duty to die, but we absolutely have a duty to act.  This is not a flash in the pan reaction, but a written response that was formulated over several months of painstaking self analysis to ensure that I was not reacting to something that simply…

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Added by scott corrigan on February 20, 2014 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

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