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March 2011 Blog Posts (42)

2011 FDIC



Well, it's that time of year again and I can't wait - packing up today and heading to Indianapolis for FDIC! This will be my tenth trip and it just keeps getting bigger and better. Though my roll has changed from firefighter attendee to Fire Engineering staff, I still take in as many classes as possible and soak up as much knowledge as I can in one short week. It truly…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 19, 2011 at 7:16am — 2 Comments

FDIC and NEW CARTOONS

I will be at FDIC beginning this Sunday through Friday, drawing, meeting, greeting, signing, and most important, learning!

I will also be test driving a new comic while attending called..... well, you'll just have to check back and see:)

This will be much different from the heavy commentary that you're accustomed to - this new…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 17, 2011 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: FL

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Captain James Von Rhoden has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Lee Community Volunteer Fire Department.



James Von Roden

Rank: Captain

Age: 49

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 16, 2011 at 6:27pm — No Comments

An Ailing Department’s Chief Complaint

UPDATE: Here is the link to the story of the Wednesday, March 2nd trustee meeting:

http://www.galesburg.com/topstories/x2022442479/London-Mills-board-has-until-May-to-resolve-issues

I can’t put my finger on it, but it seems as if I’m seeing more and more departments involved in some degree of discourse.

It’s running the gamut;…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 11, 2011 at 5:08pm — 4 Comments

Forcible Entry: What Are You Doing?!?!

Forcible entry is always an interesting discussion around the service. On one side, you've got the forcible entry purists (myself included). These guys can force a door with a safety pin, a rock and a piece of duct tape. Despite their McGyver-esk skills, they prefer the irons.

 

On the other side of the discussion are the mule kickers. Often mistaken for SWAT Officers, these guys prefer the old size 10 for forcible entry. Kick... grimace... repeat. Sometimes it works, sometimes…

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Added by Matt McDowell on March 11, 2011 at 12:24pm — 4 Comments

CO Turn Cyanide Turn False?

 

On Tuesday, March 8th, 2011, my fire department was toned out for a CO without illness call in our district at 0724 hrs. 

 

Chief gets on scene and establishes command.  I was on the first-due engine with a driver, a firefighter and me as officer.  I advised the firefighter to turn on the multi-gas meter while responding non-emergency. 

 

As I call arriving, my chief advised me to check with the homeowner and investigate.  I took the gas meter…

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Added by Timothy Gaffney on March 11, 2011 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Maple City Sorrow

Blog note: On March 6th, many of us paid tribute to the memory of Assistant Chief Dennis Olson of the Monmouth, Illinois Fire Department, who died in the line of duty on that day in 1993. This blog raises many questions, may raise many dormant feelings, but it is done with the utmost respect for family, friends, community, fire department and most of all, Assistant Chief Dennis Olson.

Monmouth, Illinois is known as the “Maple City” in west central Illinois.

At…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 10, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

Injured NC Firefighter Recalls Fall Through Collapsed Floor

From digtriad.com:

 A firefighter who fell through a floor while fighting a house fire this weekend said he's happy to be alive and thankful for his co-workers.

"I feel very fortunate," said Winston-Salem Fire Captain Darron Southern. "The good Lord was looking out for me. It was bad enough to fall down and fall eight feet. But, to only receive a bruised shoulder, I…
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Added by Fire Engineering on March 10, 2011 at 8:39am — No Comments

It's Not Just About You

At Traditions Training we consistently state at every program we teach... we must be "Combat Ready" as firefighters.  For some "Combat Ready" might just be taken as a "slogan" or a "buzz -word" of the week.  Other's see it as something they have to do personally, a facet of readiness that may just save a life: be it your own, your brother…

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Added by Richard Riley on March 9, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

RIT Teams

This is a simple blog.  I want to know who all runs RIT Teams?  What type of training does your department require?  Is this annualy or monthly? 

Added by Todd Jennings on March 9, 2011 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Calling All Firefighters

Calling All Firefighters!!!





Hello everyone,
I would like to start a recurring post here at Hooks & Irons where I interview prominent figures in the present and future fire service.  However, there is…
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Added by Eddie Crombie on March 8, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments

TX Firefighter in Intensive Care After Mobile Home Fire

From the Killeen Daily Herald:

A mobile home fire at the corner of Beeline Lane and Amy Lane early Monday morning sent one Harker Heights firefighter to the hospital and displaced four adults.

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The firefighter remained in the Scott & White Intensive Care Unit in Temple with fellow firefighters by his side on Monday evening, Fire Chief Jack Collier…
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Added by Fire Engineering on March 8, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Fire Chief Job Opening

FIRE CHIEF (Township of Spring, PA (Reading Area))

 

 

The Township of Spring is seeking a full-time Fire Chief. Under the direction and supervision of the Fire Commissioner, the Fire Chief will have overall managerial responsibilities for the fire services in the Township and will supervise the volunteer fire staff as well as the career Fire Fighter positions. This is a non-contractual position reporting to the Fire Commissioner.



To be considered for this…

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Added by Rich Noecker on March 7, 2011 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Fire Chief Job Opening

FIRE CHIEF (Township of Spring, PA (Reading Area))

 

 

The Township of Spring is seeking a full-time Fire Chief. Under the direction and supervision of the Fire Commissioner, the Fire Chief will have overall managerial responsibilities for the fire services in the Township and will supervise the volunteer fire staff as well as the career Fire Fighter positions. This is a non-contractual position reporting to the Fire Commissioner.



To be considered for this…

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Added by Rich Noecker on March 7, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Spartan to Acquire Classic Fire

Today Spartan Motors, Inc. announced that it will acquire Classic Fire, the Ocala, FL-based fire apparatus…

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Added by Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip on March 7, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

FL Firefighter Injured in Floor Collapse

From the Associated Press by way of MiamiHerald.com:

A Daytona Beach firefighter is recovering from injuries after the first level of a burning home collapsed and dropped him into the basement.

The firefighter was searching for victims in Friday night's house fire when the floor gave way. He was taken to the hospital with a leg injury. He has not been identified.

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Added by Fire Engineering on March 6, 2011 at 7:59am — No Comments

Near-Miss Page on Facebook

Hey Everyone,

 

Be sure to start following the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System page on facebook.  It is a great resource to obtain "Report of the Weeks", training information, and current trends delivered right to your newsfeed!

 

http://www.facebook.com/firefighternearmiss

Added by Dave Stacy on March 4, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

HYPOCRISY! HYPOCRISY!



 

I'm not sure what else I can say about the current political climate and keep this blog PG rated. I think I'll just let my cartoon say it all.

 

 

To see more of my work, visit:…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 2, 2011 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KY

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Chief Chris Stock has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.



Chris Stock



Rank: Fire Chief

Age: 49

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on March 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

When is Enough Training, Enough

Traditions Training presented a lecture program in a Washington D.C. suburb this past weekend.  The class focused on “Incident Command” and “Company Officer Development”.  As I looked across the room, scanning the crowd to see who was in attendance, I was rather stunned.   Sitting in the program were two of the most…
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Added by Richard Riley on March 1, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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