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February 2015 Blog Posts (58)

Internal Department Drama

Most departments have internal drama most of it is caused by people who do nothing or people increase the drama to take the pressure off them and make other people look bad. If your department doesn't have internal drama then that is great.

 

In our career field we endure a lot of stress from incidents where people are at their worst. We see things that normal people don’t see thing.…

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Added by Brad Nair on February 17, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments

50 SHADES OF BLUSH



Too much? Nah! Who doesn't like a little pop culture parody - and Fifty Shades of Grey was just too juicy to pass on. 



So, what crazy or embarrassing calls have you been on? Share - but please, let's keep it PG rated - just the facts, ma'am.



Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 17, 2015 at 8:05am — No Comments

A Little Sunday Gospel

“But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”

                              -2 Thessalonians 3:13

 

Don’t get tired of doing the right thing.  That’s what the verse above means, taken at its face.  But to gain a more complete understanding of how it applies to today’s fire service, let’s dig deeper into it, and other verses penned long ago.

First, a little background knowledge.  First and Second Thessalonians were epistles, or letters, written in…

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Added by William Knight on February 15, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Leading From Inside The Fish Bowl

Reputations of fire departments are viewed by people based from many aspects in which each and every member has a part in. The most commonly viewed position of every fire department is of course the Fire Chief and how he/she reacts under certain circumstances. As with any business or corporation, recruitment and retention of quality personnel is one of the…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on February 15, 2015 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Fifty Shades of Fire Service Leadership

Ok, there are probably not fifty shades of leadership but there are many shades worthy of some commentary.

One of the most important things a leader can accomplish is to lead from the front and not from your office directing your subordinates “what to do” and “how to do it”. If you have that leadership style, then do it yourself, because you will be continually disappointed in the outcome. A great leader is the “tip of…

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Added by John K. Murphy on February 14, 2015 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Employee Assistance Programs, More than a Buzzword for a Promotional Exam

 

 

Humpday Hangout

 Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden talk to Frank Ricci, P.J. Norwood, and Jim Rascati about employee assistance programs (EAP) and mental health issues.…

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Added by Frank Ricci on February 14, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Instructions for Use and Care

We’re sitting here in 2015 amidst all of the technology, articles, blogs and videos of “modern” firefighting, most of which is built off of “traditional” firefighting, and yet we struggle with some of the simplest tasks. Two very important tasks that I am particularly writing about here are the ones called listening and providing feedback and acknowledgement of what’s been said. These are two very important components of what is known as the “communications circle” and more importantly,…

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Added by Andy Marsh on February 13, 2015 at 4:04pm — 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 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Garry Rose 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 McMechen Volunteer Fire Department.



Garry…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 13, 2015 at 2:01pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 10th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Randy Parker 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 Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 8th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Kenneth Lehr 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 Medora Community Fire Protection District.

Kenneth…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 13, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Choosing the Right Bailout Kit

From Engine House Training, LLCCo-Owner and Lead Instructor Frank Lipski



Choosing the Right Bailout System for Your Department

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 11, 2015 at 8:50pm — No Comments

The Hump Day SOS - Fire Service Irony- Creating Wind Driven Fires

Fire Service Irony – Creating Wind Driven Fires

After spending a few days last week at UL for the final PPV / PPA experiments I couldn’t resist pulling out a retro Hump Day from last year. Now let me put a disclaimer here, the results of all the experiments are…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 11, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I REMEMBER

I REMEMBER

I remember a time when I worked as a Firefighter in what was considered to be a rough neighborhood. Several blocks from our fire house was an automatic dumpster. The dumpster caught fire automatically every few days.

One evening we were…

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Added by Warren Cersley on February 11, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Getting the Most out of Your Fitness Training

The quality and purpose of your fitness regimen are much more important than quantity.

As firefighters, we can all agree that attaining and maintaining physical and mental fitness is a requirement of our job. If you know me, you know that I push this philosophy, and so should you. But any fitness professional will tell you, training just to train instead of training for purpose will not produce the results you might expect. A couple conversations I've had recently with some…

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 11, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip"#27 (Cable Barriers)

It isn't uncommon for entrapments in my response area to involve guardrails. This common occurrence was covered in Extrication "Quick Tip'' #23. Cable barriers are not common to my part of the country. However, there are many misconceptions to the emergency response to entrapments involving them. Here is some great information from Minnesota DOT covering the emergency…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on February 11, 2015 at 7:11am — No Comments

Facial Hair, Religion and Respiratory Protection

Scenario – A firefighter in recruit academy has a beard based on his religious beliefs and was expelled from the academy based on the fact he could not pass the SCBA fit test due to his facial hair. He was not provided the opportunity to attempt the fit testing process. Is this discrimination?

 The academy rule on facial hair is:

1.4 Facial Hair

All ------- personnel who wear…

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Added by John K. Murphy on February 10, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

SOG's and SOP's

        SOP’s and SOG’s are a fantastic way to make sure everyone is on the same page about what needs to be done and how. They provide the standards for actions that should be taken by fire fighters in certain situations to ultimately ensure the safety of everyone at the scene.

        Standardized procedures and guides hold the fire fighters accountable for their actions. It gives them a reason for what they did if someone got hurt as a direct result of their actions, that way if…

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Added by Victor Zarate on February 10, 2015 at 11:04am — No Comments

THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN!

DRAWN BY FIRE Flashback - The Circus Is In Town!

We are at times our own worst enemy.…





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Added by Paul Combs on February 10, 2015 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Chauffeur Drill for Minimum Staffing

We are not all Big City Fire Departments

Chauffeur/Driver Drill.

It has been almost a year into my first year as a company officer of a three man Quint.  I have taken time off from writing to learn the “job”, more reading, and developing drills for the company and the department.  

One of the last blogs I wrote was the Chauffeur/Driver position of our Quint. …

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Added by Lou Comenale on February 9, 2015 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Leadership Mentoring

 

Check out our last show on Leadership and Mentoring

By Frank Ricci, Jason Hoevelmann & Jim Moss…

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Added by Frank Ricci on February 8, 2015 at 10:19pm — No Comments

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