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February 2014 Blog Posts (56)

Sales Are Up

I could not sell my way out of a wet paper bag, unless I believed in the product. That was one of the reasons why I became a firefighter. I wanted to help people and I knew didn’t want be in sales. My dad was a salesman most of his life and I decided that it wasn’t for me. I could not get past the part that if I didn’t believe in it I couldn’t sell it.

I finally found a product that I could sell because I believe in it to the core: Basic Realistic Fire…

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Added by Sid Newby on February 9, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments

LODD: A Widow’s Perspective

In March of 2011, I posted Maple City Sorrow on the anniversary of the death of…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Firemen in Suburbia

As firefighters in suburbia, we now live in a world of EMS incidents, fire prevention, and busy work.  At times, it can be disheartening to those of us who live vicariously through the lives of the big city guys.  We dream of days spent in bunker gear, getting dirty, and going to fires.  ::  Station alert tones sounding  ::  “Respond for an illness…”  Instead, we run shifts on the medic unit.

I work for a department that protects a city and township of around 60,000 residents, 32…

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Added by Joshua J Augustine on February 9, 2014 at 4:47pm — 2 Comments

Fireground Command Winter Ops - Operating at (or) Underneath Excessively Snow Loaded Roof Systems

With the recent snowstorms that have blanketed the country, the fire service needs to take a look up before we commit to an interior or exterior fire operation. The type of structural materials, design and condition all play a big part on whether that snow loaded roof is going to be a problem.  I…

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Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on February 8, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 11th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Bruce A. Stayner 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 Scioto Township Fire Department.

Bruce A.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 7, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments

FIRE DEPARTMENT AUTO SALES

FIRE DEPARTMENT AUTO SALES

My friend told me the story of his visit to a local auto dealership. He was considering purchasing a new pickup truck and a larger flatbed truck for his growing business.

He chose to visit this dealership based partly on the large amount of television and radio…

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Added by Warren Cersley on February 7, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Experience or Education - Is One Better Than the Other?

It seems to me that the fire service struggles with a debate that is taking on many similarities to the fog vs. solid stream debate. This debate is newer but is discussed with the same vigor. It is a debate about education in the fire service and its importance in comparison to experience.

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Added by Dane Carley on February 7, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Combat Ready - "The Little Things"

We often talk about being a "Combat Ready" firefighter. What does that mean? I first heard the term "Combat Ready" and the idea behind it around 2003 from Lt. Pete Lund, a storied fire officer from FDNY Rescue 2 who was also a volunteer at Kentland with his son (Matt, aka "Vinny") while I was living there.



So what does it mean to be a "Combat Ready firefighter"? Is it your certifications? No... Is it a cool paint scheme on your fire truck? Absolutely not. Is it a "holier than…

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Added by Nick Martin on February 6, 2014 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

Want Respect, Be Respectful

Be respectful...

"If you are about to speak 'about' someone or something... stop and think for a moment of the tone of the conversation. How will your message be received? Leaders must exercise discretion or decorum in conversation, not shirking the duty to make tough decisions, but having the respect and dignity to do so with class. It's not so much what you say, but how you say it"

Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 5, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Holy Toledo

After LODD’s there are systematic and somewhat impersonal bureaucratic events that take place. These policy reviews, OSHA investigations, independent panels last for months while those who were there are mourning the loss of…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 5, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 10th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Dwight Hilton 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 East Central Volunteer Fire Department.

Dwight…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 5, 2014 at 1:19am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 9th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & EMT Michael Dale Garrett 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 Nutter Fort Fire Department.

Michael Dale…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 5, 2014 at 12:57am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 8th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Thomas Gerald Lee 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 Four Oaks Fire Department.



Thomas Gerald…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 5, 2014 at 12:31am — No Comments

Door Control for Civilians Is Nothing New!

Door control has always been a major talking point in any good fire prevention program. Although some how there hasn’t been an emphasis placed on it in the last 10 years or so. Which is why I have become so passionate about it in the last five years or so to bring an emphasis of it in our current fire prevention programs today.  Take a look at some outstanding Close The Door messages throughout the years.

Close the Door  awareness 1960s:…

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Added by John Shafer on February 4, 2014 at 5:04pm — 3 Comments

How do you RIT?

Better yet, how do you train and prepare for RIT?  It's a good idea to take a close look at your RIT training and see how closely related it is to your Search & Rescue training (for civilians).  If your RIT training isn't too much different, then it’s time to get real.  Here's an example; On Monday your crew does a search & rescue drill. One of the firefighters finds a spot in the station to lay down and waits to be found. The crew goes in on a right or left wall search with their…

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Added by Paul Strong on February 4, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Combat Ready - Sheperdstown, WV

Last weekend I was invited to present "Combat Ready Firefighting"to the firefighters of Jefferson County, WV.  After a great class, the more than hospitable members were eager to show me their firehouses and apparatus.  The pride in their departments and history was obvious (good thing!).  …

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Added by Nick Martin on February 1, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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