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March 2012 Blog Posts (33)

Auger Extrication Prop

All the pieces came together for this auger extrication prop.  I originally saw the idea on Brotherhood Instructors page, check it out here.

Firefighter Josh Goetz (Carroll Township FD) was instrumental in locating an old auger from a combine.  Firefighter Kevin Killgor, also from Carroll Township FD lined up a shop for us to fabricate the prop. JD Vasbinder suggested adding an electric box to simulate…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on March 29, 2012 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Fit for the Fight

Looking at annual Line of Duty Death statistics, anyone can easily see that cardiac arrest is a Firefighters foe. In fact, heart attack is at least 50% of the reason why we lose so many brothers and sisters each year. We can all agree that improving our health, getting annual medical physicals and exercising are the right things to do. However, I have two questions. First how many of us are working out regularly and to the intensity of the fire ground, getting physicals and eating the way we…


Added by Christopher Huston on March 29, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

Firefighter Fitness-- Recruit Academy Fitness Programming

As firefighters we protect life and property by any means necessary. And by “any” we mean the “safest and the best.” This means we do not marry ourselves to any one response modality or school of thought. We don’t always go interior on a fire attack...or always use a Halligan to force open a door (sometimes it’s already unlocked) right? We take into account certain factors along with the environment, resources, etc. and make the best tactical decisions we can.…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 28, 2012 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Principle over Politics

Principle over Politics

By Frank Ricci (episode 208 Politics & Tactics Fire Engineering Radio) -…


Added by Frank Ricci on March 27, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Jason Hoevelmann presenting "A Firefighter's Own Worst Enemy" at FDIC 2012

A Firefighter’s Own Worst Enemy: A Synopsis

When I created this class it was in response to my own attitudes and behaviors that I had developed over a period of time. During those 18 months of “darkness” I allowed outside influences to dictate my perception of the fire service, what my job is and should be and the direction of my future. Luckily, I had other influences around me that recognized I was drifting and helped to set me back on course.

After I was re-calibrated I…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 27, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments


So, what does the constant thump of complaining do to team unity?


Added by Paul Combs on March 26, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Are you struggling to deal with "Negativity in the Fire Service"

Are you struggling with being negative or are you dealing with negativity within your organization? Take an hour or so and get a interpersonal dynamics tune up via Fire Engineering's Blog Talk Radio.  FETC Services did a great radio show on how to look at personalities to fix the underlying root cause.  Click here:



Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on March 26, 2012 at 7:21am — No Comments



After reading the headlines about the US soldier who shot up Afghanistan civilians, I couldn't help noticing an irony. There is all this clamor to try this guy quickly and execute him, never mind his having suffered a traumatic brain injury...Yet this Major Hasan, who shot up Fort Hood while screaming Allah akbar,…

Added by Nick Miller on March 22, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Window Cut-Down - Company Drill

The picture to the left is from a fire the other night in a two story 1,500 square feet residential joint.  It had a gable roof and the second floor was made into one room with knee walls on both B and D walls.  The window seen here was to the first floor bathroom.…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on March 22, 2012 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Bailout Window Anchors

Check out this blog post by Frank Lipski, Co-Owner of Engine House Training, LLC and good friend on Bailout Hooks. Join the discussion and check out our site atEngine House Training, LLC.…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 22, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Firefighters in Dresses Hailed as Heroes?

By now, you have undoubtedly seen the video.


According to, the two Sedan, MN volunteer firefighters occasionally wear dresses to raise funds for their volunteer fire department.


”The group of volunteers were waiting in line in preparation for Padua’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday when a fire erupted in a truck and the firefighters went to…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 21, 2012 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment


Added by Paul Combs on March 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service

The National Volunteer Fire Council released the Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service to highlight sustainable practices and inspire departments to reduce their impact on the environment.

The Guide looks at a range of Earth-friendly steps departments can take, from simple practices such as recycling and energy conservation to complex solutions such as green construction.

NVFC Guide for Going Green in the Fire Service:…


Added by John Shafer on March 19, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

FDIC 2012 Ventilation Prinicples and Practices

At FDIC this year I will be presenting a classroom session titled Ventilation Principles and Practices on Thursday 4/19 from 1330 to 1515 in Rooms 134/135. Below is a preview of some of the information I will be covering. Choosing a class to attend from the schedule is very difficult due to the quality of programming and sheer number of sessions. If you are unable to attend FDIC this year or you choose another session I would still like to make my information available to you as…


Added by Brian Brush on March 19, 2012 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

FDIC Practical Engine Company Drills Thursday


Added by Sid Newby on March 18, 2012 at 11:13pm — No Comments

FDIC Program "Waving Red Flags on the Fireground"

Thanks goes to Fire Engineering Magazine, PennWell and Chief Halton as Traditions Training Instructors Larry Schultz (DCFD) and Ricky Riley (Clearwater Fire and Kentland VFD) have been chosen to present our "Waving Red Flags on the Fireground" class. This class will be given Monday morning on April 16th at 0800 hours. At many incidents, all the signs and sounds are there for…


Added by Richard Riley on March 18, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

2012… 5th Annual "Keeping Tradition Alive" - Pipes, Drums and Honor Guard Symposium

2012… 5th Annual "Keeping Tradition Alive" - Pipes, Drums and Honor Guard Symposium


May 10 & 11, 2012, Lewisville, Texas


It’s that time of year again!  What an incredible event!!  Our City has embraced this with open arms and continues to support this annual event like nowhere else.  Each year it continues to grow and I don’t know how they do it but it keeps getting better and better!


If you get a chance check it out on YouTube by searching…


Added by Rick Lasky on March 18, 2012 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Cardiovascular Training for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics (FireRescue Athletes)

I heard someone once say running long and slow teaches your body one thing, how to run slow. If that's all you're after, you can stop reading; I don't want you to be late for your water aerobics class.  But in our profession you need to move quickly and with purpose, I’m not saying that long and slow cardio is totally worthless, I’m saying it has its place.  In fact, I recommend…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 14, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments


A simple equation that has great value is Performance = (Knowledge + Desire + Experience). In a previous post, I mentioned this formula briefly, as it applies to training. Today we want to examine our performance, when altered by outside factors or influence.

Performance on and off the fire ground is crucial. From the final test to receive certification to how we function on our next working fire, performance should improve anytime we increase a constant. Measurements of…


Added by Christopher Huston on March 13, 2012 at 8:50pm — No Comments

The snow falls........

The snow falls, pristine and white.

As a Mother goes to wake her now grown son, he is 18 and a high school senior.

He won't answer her calls to get up before he is late to school.

The snow falls. It covers the roads, a perfect blanket.

A blanket. Mom pulls back the blanket covering her son. He doesn't stir. She touches his shoulder, about to shake him to wake him.

The snow falls. Big fluffy flakes glisten in the morning…


Added by Wayne Zeman on March 11, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments

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