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March 2012 Blog Posts (45)

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 19th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Senior Captain Thomas Dillion has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Houston Fire Department.

Thomas "Bill" Dillion

Rank: Senior Captain

Age: 49

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 18, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Beware the Ides of March

It seems whenever I turn on the television these days to catch a news program I hear someone talking about civility in politics. Civility in politics that has to be an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or humane death penalty! Politics has never been civil far as I can tell it's probably the most civil right now. Sure the methods of how people communicate over the years have changed from the great orators of the Greeks to the political singers on soapboxes in England and now to the airwaves of our…

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Added by Bobby Halton on March 15, 2012 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

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…

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

Performance

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…

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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…

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

Controlling Cholesterol in Firefighters

High Cholesterol...…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 10, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

" It Happened Here "

I write this in gratitude of the response our local emergency services provided during a mass casualty shooting yesterday and also to the school my sons attend. I also write this to my colleagues in Public Safety as a gentle reminder that training does pay off.

" It Happened Here "

Yesterday, March 8, 2012, a mass casualty incident occurred at the Western Psychiatric Institute Clinic. There were several people shot, a police officer injured and…

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Added by Andy Marsh on March 9, 2012 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Tools for a Purpose

We have taught a lot of classes and trained extensively on numerous firefighter operations. One thing that always interests me is the choice of hand tools by firefighters. Each has their own preference and favorite, but in many cases when challenged as to why that specific tool is their tool of choice, the answer is not clear to them.

Some are bound by the fact that they work on a truck, engine or squad. Some are bound by their riding assignment based on what order they arrive on the…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 9, 2012 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Situational Awareness

 

I am new this whole writing thing, so any feedback would be very welcome.  This first bit is something I wrote in reply to a question asked of me about my view of Situational Awareness as it relates to Crew Resource Management.  Please let me know what you think, especially about the wording, flow etc.... Thanks in advance.

 

Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness (SA) is a term that I have been operating in and around for the better part of my working…

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Added by Shawn Ravish on March 8, 2012 at 9:20pm — No Comments

EQUALITY IN OZ

Gender equality has been a long and winding yellow brick road for many women in the fire service. They work hard, train hard, and study hard, but no matter how many times they click their heels and wish for a fighting chance, progress has been painfully slow.



Is progress being made? If the ladies I meet at FDIC and other events are any indication, I’d say…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 8, 2012 at 5:42pm — 13 Comments

Hazards of Modern Roofs @ FDIC 2012

I would like to personally invite you to  attend my class at FDIC 2012.

 

Hazards of Modern Roofs

 

The class will examine trends and methods in modern building construction with an emphasis on roofs, their direct relationship to vertical ventilation, structural firefighting operations, and firefighter survivability. Inherent roof construction features and hazards that directly influence truck company work will be the main focus, along with green roofs,…

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Added by John Shafer on March 6, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Tanker Fill Procedure - Company Drill

To start the evolution, the apparatus moves 200 feet to location B.  The tanker is filled from a fill site engine.  When the water tank is full to overflow, the fill line(s) are disconnected (ensure all firefighters are seat belted in prior to moving apparatus), and the tanker moves 200 feet and stops (document your total time for later use with ISO).  Read…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on March 6, 2012 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

Quick post

This week's post is a weblink to my YOUTUBE Channel. Over the weekend I presented the first full pilot of SPEED SMOKE STRESS: Is Killing American Firefighters. Please stop by and take a look. It is just a glimpse, I can't give to much away. My goal is to have a version of this course on the docket for FDIC 2013. WIth the support of this training community, I believe this will happen.…

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Added by Christopher Huston on March 6, 2012 at 2:11pm — 2 Comments

Learn the Building

Here are some more pictures from my A Shift buddies, Jim, Bob and Dave at Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. These photos show the challenges of just getting into some of our buildings. It’s a lot easier to get a good look at the working mechanisms and traits of these obstacles during daylight and in non-emergent situations.







Take time to know what is behind these doors and grates. What are they protecting and how secure are they? Is just a…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 6, 2012 at 1:00pm — 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 18th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Chief Nolan Pittman has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department.

Nolan “Goat” Pittman

Rank: Fire Chief

Age: 45

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 6, 2012 at 11:19am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 17th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Lieutenant Jamison Kampmeyer has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Colby Fire Department.

Jamison Kampmeyer

Rank: Lieutenant/EMT

Age: 34

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 6, 2012 at 1:02am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 16th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Lieutenant Mark Morrison has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the St. Lucie County Fire District.

Mark W. Morrison

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 53

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 6, 2012 at 12:55am — No Comments

Rescuing the Lady

Oh, where to begin.

 

As if things weren’t already bad enough in Illinois, I read today where my state is the third most corrupt state in the nation. Chicago has the distinction of being named as the number one most corrupt city in the nation.

 

For many of us who have lived in Illinois our entire lives, this doesn’t exactly come as a revelation, but it is very frustrating after spending so much time in politics with the idea that we were going to change…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 5, 2012 at 6:29pm — 2 Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 15th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Captain Mark Ratledge has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Cottonwood Fire Protection District.

Mark G. Ratledge

Rank: Fire Captain

Age: 35

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 5, 2012 at 2:08am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 14th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter/EMT Gerald Wetherell has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Denton TWP Fire Department.

Gerald "Jerry" R. Wetherell

Rank: Firefighter/EMT

Age: 74

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 5, 2012 at 2:05am — No Comments

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