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March 2014 Blog Posts (56)

Never forget where you came from...

The Sunday Preach:

"Never forget where you came from"

This is a multi-faceted profound statement that is often heard around the firehouse. Here are 3 quick extrapolations we came up with....

1. Never forget where you came from:

~There are generations of fire department members and their families who sacrificed; time, energy, blood, sweat and tears to make your department at the point where it is today. Relish in the fact that now,…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 23, 2014 at 7:25pm — 2 Comments

Absent Lately

Haven't been writing lately I have been busy learning the ins and outs of being a Lieutenant with my new promotion.  I have been keeping busy reading books and training material.  I'm sure the trials and tribulations of being a new officer will be great stuff for future blogs to come.  Stay tuned and stay safe

Added by Lou Comenale on March 23, 2014 at 7:16pm — 1 Comment

UNSPORTSMANLIKE RIDICULE



How many times have you seen it (or participated in it)? A tragedy happens where a firefighter gets injured or killed and the comments begin to fly about what went wrong - and how they would have done it differently, of course. Let’s take an incident that hit close to home for me. The Toledo Fire Department lost two brothers during an apartment fire this past January.…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 21, 2014 at 11:13pm — 5 Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 30th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Chief Tom D. Stevens Sr. 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 Bright Volunteer Fire Company.

Tom D. Stevens,…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2014 at 4:07pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 29th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain/EMT Wayne O'Neal Jeffers 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 South Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2014 at 4:07pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 28th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & ex-Fire Chief Joseph Bove, III 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 Spotswood Fire Department.

Joseph Edward Bove,…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2014 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Implementing Fire Dynam…SQUIRREL!

By now it’s no secret that the fire service has accumulated a considerable “body of knowledge” as a result of the fire dynamic research from NIST and UL.  And now we’re into the “what are we going to do about it,” phase of evolution.  We are starting to see examples of departments implementing tactical changes based on the research, including my own department, developing its SLICERS concept.  And while we’re making good progress in bringing the research lessons to the fire ground,…

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Added by Eddie Buchanan on March 20, 2014 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

ME NO HABLE

Me No Hable

Ours is a beautiful country with a beautiful language that is made even more beautiful and rich by our different accents and dialects. Even within each state, our speech and language is flavored with our varied regional influences. I like it when people try to guess where I am from, based upon my speech.…

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Added by Warren Cersley on March 20, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

"Pinning the line"

1996 was the year I entered the fire service as a volunteer, this was also the first year I read an article by Andy Fredericks. In his 19962 ½” Handline article for Fire Engineering Andy laid a foundation of support for an incredibly…

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Added by Brian Brush on March 20, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

No Fear in Firefighting

Fear. That feeling of uncertainty, doubt and despair that people get when situations are out of control; there is danger in their lives either physically, emotionally or economically. Part of our job (as we all know) involves putting our lives in inherently dangerous situations for the well-being of those who are at most in need. I have come up in this service within the…

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Added by Ian Schulte on March 19, 2014 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Lets back up a minute Search Scenario

I must apologize.  Over the weekend, it dawned on me that I again, have put the apple cart before the horse.  All too often, I get an idea and get all pumped up only to realize that there is a key component or part I allowed to be missed. 

I did start out with simpler scenarios – yes that’s a fact.  I gave progressively more difficult scenarios - again, yes that’s a fact.  But this weekend I realized I should have started out from a more basic point. 

So, lets back…

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Added by Skip Coleman on March 19, 2014 at 4:04pm — 8 Comments

Its all about credibility.

As another promotional process creeps up on the horizon I am reminded of something. On the last day of a recruit class I recently taught I had a recruit ask me: How can I prepare to become an officer in this dept.? My first thought was, how about finish probation first!! I didn’t say that to him, but it really made me think about something.

 

Every couple years we have a promotional process in our department. You are all aware of them. That time of year when productivity seems…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on March 19, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS OMAHA! OMAHA!

I can’t remember what I am supposed to do at a fire anymore. The acronyms keep coming and I don’t want to screw anything up so I’m going to suggest we use OMAHA just like Peyton Manning. If you get to a point where all the acronyms run together and you are about to panic just take a deep breath and call,…

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Added by David Rhodes on March 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Training to Fail (Part 2)

        First of all, a quick correction to Training to Fail, Part 1; it appears I was wrong about Peyton Manning studying his enemy in preparation for the Super Bowl. I apologize, from now on I will do my due diligence...just kidding Bronco fans.

        This short little blog is not meant to cure the fire service of the problems of training to…

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Added by Nick Ledin on March 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Record, record, record

The Sunday Preach:

"Record, Record, Record..."

Ever wonder how long it takes and what you look like getting your PPE on correctly? How about the team making a search? Stretching a line from the apparatus? What you sound like on the radio?

Can we "see" where we can streamline our personal and company operations? I guarantee at least 75% of your members has a device in their pocket that can help the team.

From page 249 of "25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 16, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments

REALLY You Have Got To Be Kidding Me?

I was on the Internet this morning and saw this picture posted on Facebook. It was bad enough that someone posted it, but the number of likes was even more disturbing. I will preface the rest of this blog with that I AM A REFORMED FIREFIGHTER. I was not always Combat Ready and I used many excuses to justify to myself my BAD habits and complacency.

 

None of…

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Added by Richard Riley on March 15, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

can one have too many rules?

 

In a recent discussion with a friend regarding SOG's and SOP’s, an ugly mannerism reared its face, “we are just a Volunteer Department. Keep that in mind.”

 

WHAT THE HELL KIND OF STATEMENT IS THAT?!

 

This brings to mind another statement I have heard in passing more than once.

Too many rules are a bad thing to have.

 

Can we have too many rules?

 

Can rules hinder an operation?

 

Can a guideline be truly…

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Added by Chris Willis on March 14, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments

A Missing Plane, Mitigation Speech and The Fire Service (Part 1) On The Fire Ground

As I see all the news reports about the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 I wonder how they got off track. Did anyone in the cockpit notice they were off course?  Maybe and maybe not.  If they did recognize the problem, did they speak up to the Captain?  When they spoke up were the comments clear and direct or were they passive hints and suggestions that the pilot never picked up on?

 

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “Outliers”, introduces us to what is known as “Mitigation…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on March 14, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

We Cannot Afford The Wrong People

The only constant in this industry is the element of change. We work in a dynamic environment that demands our very best at all times. In a post 9/11 fire service, we are the front line of defense for our nation’s citizens. It is absolutely imperative that we have the best people staffing our departments; whether in a rural area surrounding a national park or a major metropolitan department, we simply cannot afford to have the wrong people working for our fire departments.



Think…

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Added by Steven Stein on March 12, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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