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March 2014 Blog Posts (56)

Close Call much?

Close calls happen more often than we admit

In my short career of just over 10 years, I have unfortunately been involved with two close call incidents. For a long period of time, I was simply unable to speak about those incidents. If I needed to talk about them, I joked about them or brushed them off like it was nothing. Many of my closest friends don’t even realize how these two incidents truly affected me. I actually didn’t communicate my thoughts about my situations until I was…

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Added by Justin Graney on March 11, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 27th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Jaime Peite 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 Ironwood Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Jamie…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 10, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 26th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Senior Captain Jeff Bayless 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 Anchorage Fire Department.

Jeffery…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 10, 2014 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 25th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Bobby Mollere 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 Hellsgate Fire Department.

 

Bobby…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

FIRE TRUCKS AND TRAINS

FIRE TRUCKS AND TRAINS

The “Triple Cross” is in Richmond, Virginia. It is said to be the only place in the United States of America and possibly the world where three Class 1 railroads cross at different levels over the same spot.

Near the “Triple Cross” stands Main Street Station, the…

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Added by Warren Cersley on March 8, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Company Officer 101

As a company officer, one of the earliest things to accomplish with each individual firefighter on your crew is to have a one-on-one meeting and ensure they fully understand what your expectations are.  After this is accomplished, you sit down with the entire crew and discuss the goals and vision and invite them to weigh in on what the team can do to meet those objectives.  Getting their buy in, listening to their thoughts and ideas, and allowing them to be a part of the team direction is a…

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Added by Paul Strong on March 7, 2014 at 12:02am — No Comments

Clear Expectations or Pet Peeves

I have been an officer on an Engine for almost 9 years. In that time I have worked with different crews and many different personalities.  As my crew changed, I also had to change my style to fit the crew.   What I has taken my nearly all 9 years to figure out is that when people don't do what I want or what I expect, it is most often because they didn't understand what I wanted.  That was tough for me to recognize because I think I am being very clear.  So I am the problem? Yes, at least a…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on March 6, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

4 Story Older Apartment Building

Lets go back for a while and practice on some more residential occupancies we all may have. 

The exterior load bearing walls are wood with brick veneer.  It was built about 1900. there are four apartments on each floor. Three stairs serve the building. One of the "A" side, one the "B" and one on the "D" sides as well.  There is no egress in the "C" side. 

All units are believed to be occupied with an unspecified number of occupants.  However, while returning from runs and other…

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Added by Skip Coleman on March 6, 2014 at 8:39am — 8 Comments

Can Your Administration Team Hit The Target?

By Billy Schmidt



Are you building your fire department administration strategically? How do you find and position the cornerstone members who will ignite interest, introduce new ideas and development, and achieve a dynamically talented team? Can they hit the target?…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on March 6, 2014 at 5:04am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 24th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & EMT Kevin J. Bristol 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 Peekskill Fire Department.

Kevin J.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 5, 2014 at 9:51pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 23rd Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter First Class Steven Joseph Knaus 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 City of Willowick Fire Department & Cleveland Fire Department.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 5, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 22nd Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wild Land Firefighter Jerry Campbell 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 Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry.

Jerry…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 5, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Pro-Safety is all the buzz. If fact soon we will be so safe that we won’t even respond to incidents because it is just too risky. A friend recently told me that he replaced the word “safe” with “smar…

Pro-Safety is all the buzz. If fact soon we will be so safe that we won’t even respond to incidents because it is just too risky. A friend recently told me that he replaced the word “safe” with “smart” in all his SOP’s. I think that is OUTSTANDING. The word “safe” is defined as:

adj. Safe

1.…

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Added by David Rhodes on March 5, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

No More Mr. Nice Guy!

How many times have you heard someone follow up a sentence with: but he is a nice guy, or she is nice person? How many times have you heard people make excuses for other Firefighters? I completely understand that we have all sorts of nice people in the Fire Service, but the Fire Service needs Firefighters more than it needs nice people.

He is a horrible EMS provider, but he is a nice guy.

She can’t perform her job, but she is really nice.

He shouldn’t be in this…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on March 4, 2014 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Yes, you do make mistakes!

We all make mistakes personally, professionally and tactically. Imagine if someone was to follow anyone of us (yes including you reading this) around on the fireground with a camera. The footage would reveal a ton of items and mistakes made. Mistakes that the individual making the errors would even be surprised they occurred.



Do mistakes mean we are a bad firefighter of officer? No, it simply means we are human and not perfect.



Look at the Near Miss reporting system…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on March 2, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Are You an Unconditional Firefighter?

I am one who has had my share of frustrations with the fire service at times.  There were times that it would have been really easy to sit back and just glide into a recliner and drift away into the land of complacency and doing as little as possible.  

It would have been real easy to become one of those guys that learned all I needed to know at the academy and on the job.  I could have been the one who wears the t-shirts and puts the stickers in the back window of my truck to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 1, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

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