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February 2014 Blog Posts (57)

Out With The Old/In With The New

I have a photo of a young boy around the age of six or seven years old dressed in a fire fighter outfit he got for Christmas, axe ready to slay the dragon.  As a young boy, he would walk past the fire station in his neighborhood and dream of being a firefighter; not a fire fighter in…

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Added by Captain Jason Bonds on February 20, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Getting the New Fire Service Officer - "Up to Speed"

                     The fire service can move at lightning fast speed one minute and other times the clock can move at a turtle’s pace... …

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on February 19, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments

The Price of a Fire Engine

The local fire engine that sparkles in parades and is a standout among the community.  People depend on it when they dial 911 to come and fix their emergency.

The community doesn't care what age the apparatus is as long it performs in their emergency. A good fire apparatus preventive maintenance program improves longevity of the apparatus and ensures operational readiness of the equipment before you hit the streets enroute to the incident scene.

Though if you…

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Added by Brad Nair on February 19, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Why Have I Not Been Promoted Yet?

A few times a week, I get phone calls or emails from people trying to find out why they have yet to be promoted or hired (if from the outside applying for a position). Either they failed the recent promotional exam or they did not score high enough to get promoted and they seem to want to blame everyone but themselves for their misfortune. Most of the time, when people ask my advice, they usually start off with something to the effect of "what more do I need to obtain in the way of…

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Added by Steve Prziborowski on February 16, 2014 at 11:26pm — No Comments

PROTECT THE STEPS

Protect the steps.

One of the most important lessons I learned from my first Captain was to protect the steps.

Whether we went upstairs to get a burning mattress in a brick apartment, or to perform search and fire attack in a two story house, Captain Mac would never allow a staff meeting…

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Added by Warren Cersley on February 15, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

Wing Type Nursing Home Fire

This is a wing-type nursing home.  The center or hub of the home contains the nurses stations, kitchen and dining hall, recreation area, offices and the like.  The wings contain the rooms for the residents.  Apparently,  there was a malfunction with the built-in automatic fire protection system.

This fire occurs in one of the wings.  This wing contains 12 rooms with two residents in each room. This particular wing contains all non-ambulatory residents.

The fire occurs at 0630…

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Added by Skip Coleman on February 14, 2014 at 4:28pm — 7 Comments

Fingerspitzengefühl: Know your Enemy!

I know many who are reading this had to do a double take.  Yes that word is spelled correctly: Fingerspitzengefühl.

The German word Fingerspitzengefühl translates directly into English as "finger tip feel."  However, its meaning is much greater than this literal translation.  In German, it describes great situational awareness and being able to most appropriately and tactfully respond. It can be well applied to diplomats, bearers of bad news, or a superior ability to…

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Added by Jim Silvernail on February 14, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

What I Brought Back in 2008 and Re-Gift to You Now

To all,

There may be some of you that won't care to see another blog, e-mail or tweet from me or may not take the time to read this and that's okay. If you haven't guessed by now, I'm quite passionate about firefighting and attending training. I'm also quite passionate about instructing, firefighter safety, situational awareness, giving it forward and the whole nine yards. I came into the fire and emergency medical services to "help someone", like many of you have done.…
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Added by Andy Marsh on February 14, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments

February Magazine Commentary - Still The Champ!

Another year, same ol' champ!

Here's a great post by John Hofman regarding firefighters and heart disease.…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 14, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

Chameleons in the Fire Service

Chameleons are a distinctive and highly specialized group of lizards. Some chameleon species are able to change their skin coloration.

Different chameleon species are able to vary their coloration and pattern through combinations of pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, light blue, yellow, turquoise, and purple. Color change in chameleons has functions in social signaling. The relative importance of these functions varies with the circumstances, as well as the species. Color change… Continue

Added by P.J. Norwood on February 14, 2014 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

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 16th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wild land Pilot Jake 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 Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Jake Harrell…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 13, 2014 at 5:58pm — 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 15th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Dennis Channell 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 Poyen Fire Department.

Dennis…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 13, 2014 at 5:51pm — No Comments

New Officer? Don't Try to Save the World All at Once

As progressive, engaged and enthusiastic firefighters, we all took classes, trained hard and created an image of the way we would be when we got promoted. We would do this and we would do that, damn the consequences and those we might piss off. But, when we got there, it may not have all gone as planned. Hmmm.....did you ever wonder why?

I have seen this happen over the years and it has happened to me during my first years as a young company officer and later on as a chief officer,…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 13, 2014 at 9:41am — No Comments

Snow Days

For kids, a snowy forecast is cheerfully received as a sign that tomorrow will be an easy day.  No school, watch some movies, have mom bake some cookies.  In the fire service, some make similar assumptions - no drill today, chief won't be by on rounds, just show up to nap and run some…

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Added by Nick Martin on February 12, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Technology Dependence

Technology is great and it allows us to operate with speeds only imagined just a decade ago. It also make us somewhat vulnerable as we rely on it and become a little complacent in the fundamental basics. For many, GPS and Google maps = not…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 12, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 14th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Rescue Officer William Scott Tanksley 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 Dallas Fire Rescue Department.

William…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 11, 2014 at 11:27pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 13th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department James Joseph Knesek, Sr. 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 Munster Fire Department.



James…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 11, 2014 at 4:33am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 12th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Chief James C. Wilber 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 Franklin Fire Department.

James C.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 11, 2014 at 4:21am — No Comments

Character

Leadership is about your character. Character is one of the ingredients that make up your personality.  Your actions, your attitude, and your behavior define your character. These are simple but powerful words (actions, attitude, behavior).  If you need to simplify this even more, focus on your attitude.  You may not be able to help it if you’re having a bad day or if you don’t like doing a particular thing, but changing your attitude changes everything.

 

Personality vs.…

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Added by Paul Strong on February 11, 2014 at 1:01am — No Comments

We are Firefighters

What is your definition and characteristics of a good firefighter?

 

Most of you know I am pretty windy and can talk on about any subject but this one has been on my mind lately. So I have pondered on it for several days , we all know firefighters are caring, compassionate, selflessness, and normally an all-around good person , but there is more to it than just those words .…

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Added by Shane Wriston on February 10, 2014 at 7:47pm — 2 Comments

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