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March 2010 Blog Posts (14)

Lifeguard Operations & Management

Lifeguard Operation & Management Course

April 25, 2010

National Drowning Prevention Alliance Symposium

Sheraton at Station Square

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This intensive 3-hour classroom-formatted program is intended for Lifeguards; Lifeguard Instructors and Supervisors; Aquatic Facility Managers and Operators; Aquatic and Recreation Professionals; and Public Safety and Rescue Personnel responsible for drowning and aquatic injury prevention,… Continue

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on March 26, 2010 at 8:43pm — No Comments

2010 International Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy

International Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy

May 20 - 23, 2010

Lifesaving Resources Inc.

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

This intensive 3.5-day training program is designed to train Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue Instructors to conduct NFPA 1670 compliant Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses. Instructor candidates must have approval by their department's chief officer or Training… Continue

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on March 26, 2010 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course

April 17 - 18, 2010

Lifesaving Resources Inc.

Lifesaving Resources' Water & Ice Rescue Training Center

Harrisville, New Hampshire

This fast-paced and intensive two-day training program is designed to provide Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel with the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively respond to incidents in, on, and around the water, including static and moving water… Continue

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on March 26, 2010 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Fire Chief/Fire Fighter Anthony J. Kochutin

G******** Brothers and Sisters, my name is Gabriel T. Rukovishnikoff, JR. Fire Chief of St. Paul Volunteer Fire Dept in St. Paul Island, Alaska. We lost our Brother Anthony J. Kochutin today just after midnight. He was fighting prostate cancer. He was retired an served our Dept and Community for 20 plus years as a Fire Fighter and also Served a year or so as our Fire Chief. He passed in the hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Anthony is survived by his Brother Nekifer Kochutin, Jr. who is also a… Continue

Added by Gabriel Rukovishnikoff, Jr. on March 25, 2010 at 1:15pm — No Comments

More of "Too Hot" Stuff

I Blogged last (February 5th. to be exact) on "How do you know when it's getting too hot when you are inside a fire building"? I extend the question!

God Love Billy Goldfeder! He sends out his "Secret List" and as we all should be aware, most of us are dying responding to and returning from incidents. If you look at the list of other ways we are dying and getting hurt "really bad", collapses of floor assemblies is at the top of the list.

Many are as a result of fires… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on March 22, 2010 at 4:25pm — 1 Comment


It's a simple question, really - what would you miss out on if you unexpectedly died? There's no doubt, whether you're career or volunteer, that this is a dangerous profession - and the importance of seatbelts is not a new philosophy. But year after year we read the latest LODD report about yet another Brother or Sister being lost to this asinine complacency! I don't get it! We train on flashover, we train on orientation, we train on tactics,… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on March 22, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Valuable Asset

I am a sucker for old war stories. Just begin any sentence with “well in my day...”, and I’m hooked like a kid in a toy store. These stories do more than just relive a nostalgic time and event, they educate and provide valuable information about structures, fire, tactics, and of course the character of the men that came before us. Our retirees have much more to offer than the occasional parade march or annual fireman’s ball fodder. Let them know… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on March 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Ohio HazMat Classes Offered for Free

Ohio HazMat Classes are being offered by The University of Findlay for no charge to the members of your Fire Department. These classes are HazMat Awareness, HazMat Operations, and HazMat Technician. The classes are funded through a grant that has been awarded through PUCO. All classes are compliant with Federal Regulations! Contact Todd McKee at 740 507 8802 to hold a class at your location!

Take care be safe,
Todd McKee

Added by Todd McKee on March 17, 2010 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Spot The Future Politician Game

Sometimes I'm just overcome by fits of silliness, and of course, it's always fun to prod the politicians.

Added by Paul Combs on March 15, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

New to the site

New to the forum and looking forward to this new fire community

Added by Tod Kreutz on March 9, 2010 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Rookie's and Veteran's

As a fire service instructor over the years I have met a lot of fellow firefighters and not until recently did I realize the stories from these firefighters were always the same from rookies and veterans. The rookies always say “we don’t fit in” and the veterans always say “ the rookies just don’t get it”. I guess the reason it didn’t hit me sooner was as a fire service instructor and as a company officer it is my responsibility to teach the rookies and the veterans on safety and the job. Each… Continue

Added by Vince Curry on March 8, 2010 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Fight Cancer

Please help me and the Riverview Volunteer Fire Department Relay for Life Team reach its goal. This link will take you to a page that will accept on-line donations. Thank you for helping us fight cancer.…


Added by Ron Becknell on March 4, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments



Looking at the statistics for 2009 Firefighter Fatalities there are three main causes of firefighter deaths – CARDIAC ARREST, APPARATUS SPEED and FAILURE TO WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS.

I know that you do not have a death wish so a bit of advice labeled as:


1) BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELTS before any vehicle you drive or sit in moves from the apparatus bay, parking lot or your garage

2) SLOW DOWN – you cannot help…


Added by John K. Murphy on March 2, 2010 at 10:58am — No Comments

Empty Well

Added by Paul Combs on March 1, 2010 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

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