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March 2015 Blog Posts (63)

God Bless the Peer Support Volunteer

God Bless the members of the tight-knit rescue company completing their morning checks, making sure that everything is ready to perform at its highest level. The saws, the spreaders, the SCBA.

God Bless the single mother, going off duty after her busy shift on the engine company, driving through the rain to pick up her kids from their father’s house, so he can go to work.

God Bless the paramedic who holds the hand of an elderly lady on her last ride to the hospital, as she…


Added by Dan Miller on March 31, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments


Whole lot of Monday Morning Quarterbacking going on around Twitter and Facebook today - typical after an accident or tragedy. Nothing wrong with learning from videos posted online, but keep your social media expert advice to yourself. Move away from the keyboard and show some…


Added by Paul Combs on March 31, 2015 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Passive CO Meters- A Success Story

Below is a story I posted to "The 1st Battalion" Facebook page a few days ago. We write to a mixed audience, including many folks from the community, so please excuse the layperson language. I wanted to share it here because these little passive CO monitors work! My department chose the Protege CM- we have them wire-tied to every aide/BLS/jump bag in the department. Ours alarmed less than a minute after initial patient contact, at which point we very quickly removed the two residents and all…


Added by Samuel Villani, III on March 31, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

How young is too young?


I often hear this question mentioned numerous times, how young is to young to be in this service? Where do we drawl a line and say their not old enough?

Having come from a rural department in Kentucky I understand the need for working hands, but is their an age that stands out as "they are too young"?

in the state of Kentucky 18 is the minimum age to join up as an active duty firefighter but many municipalities set their hiring age at 21, is there a reason; and…


Added by Chris Willis on March 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

1 ¾” vs 2 ½”: We Don’t Get To Decide

     From just reading the title, I know what you’re thinking, “Why don’t I get to decide which line I pull at a fire, that’s crazy talk!” Let me clarify that, we don’t get to decide which line size is appropriate to pull at a fire, the fire dictates that, not us.

     Over almost the last three decades in the fire service I have heard many of the same comments about using a 2…


Added by Chris Langlois on March 30, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Extrication "Quick Tip" #29 (Operating with THREE-PART 1-SQD Officer)

This weeks "quick tip" will be a little different from normal. It will be covered in a three part series so please do not scroll down and instantly think that steps are missing.

I think…


Added by Isaac Frazier on March 30, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments


DRAWN BY FIRE Flashback - Because who doesn't love the constant blowing of hot air through a big h*** that never closes!

Can I get an amen?!

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Added by Paul Combs on March 30, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Never Forget Your First Day


Never Forget Your First Day

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

     I love the fire service. I truly believe that being a career firefighter is the best job on the planet. Thrilling, exciting, fulfilling, and demanding are all…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on March 30, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Leadership Buy the Book

 It is estimated that, within the last ten years; 1,500,000,000 articles and books have been written on Leadership. That is not a typo.


And if someone tells you, "I have read every book there is on Leadership", you might want to do a fact check. I mean; the time commitment alone to accomplish that should raise a red flag.



Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 29, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

“Watch a Fire Video Without Watching the Fire? And How to Better S.U.T.E. your Size up Training Using Video”

A guide to help your self-study in size up and command


By: Joe Pronesti


With today’s social media everyone knows that fire video is a click away sometimes we can get video while crews are on scene still. It’s great that we can…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on March 29, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments




On this last installation of the look, listen, and feel approach to our search technique, we discuss how,…


Added by Dan Shaw on March 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Using Your Crystal Ball

Does your size-up typically look beyond the moment you arrive? With a good working fire, this may be an obvious part of a response. But what about for those responses where we arrive and believe there to be no fire? If nothing is burning, is there really anything to size-up?

While a good size-up should give us a clear picture of what we have and what we need to do to mitigate the situation, we must also consider the events that we may or may not actually see happening, as well as…


Added by Ben Peetz on March 28, 2015 at 4:42pm — No Comments

The Undisputable Truth

When I entered the fire service as a young man at the age of 15, I had no idea what the profession stood for...nor did I know where I would ever end up. As times have progressed, I have found myself needing to change with the times in order to adapt for the needs of training, education, and being a coach/mentor. We look at ourselves as professionals, and speak about being part of the best profession there is...which it most certainly is!

In 1995, being part of the fire service meant…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on March 28, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Uber Faster Than EMS?

A recent Jimmy Kimmel episode poking fun at EMS response times in New York City where Uber response time averages beat out EMS may not be so funny.  In an era where consumers can locate the nearest taxi, private car or rideshare from their mobile phone, it would seem that 9-1-1 is a bit behind.  Nationally, very few of us can see the locations of our apparatus and virtually nowhere can 9-1-1 callers learn the ETA of their assigned…


Added by Mike McEvoy on March 28, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ricci, & Norwood: Forcing HUD Windows & Door

Added by Frank Ricci on March 27, 2015 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Open Minds and Changing Times

Note: This article is written from a suburban perspective for suburban firefighting.

Suppression culture. The most interesting and dynamic part of the fire service in recent years, that is becoming the most debated topic within the fire service. From the concept of "hit it hard from the…


Added by Ian Schulte on March 27, 2015 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Firefighter Health and Wellness: Success Stories and More

A short while back, I posted a blog called The Undeniable Truth that challenged fire departments to be courageous in…


Added by Dan Kerrigan on March 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Building the Modified Low Prop for Bailout

By popular demand we have made the build plans and photos from the updated bailout prop (originally create by Dale J. Pekel) available for you to download and share. Be sure to visit our and join our email list for more great content like this. Click here for the .pdf file--->…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 26, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Have We Tipped the Scales?


Have We Tipped The Scales? Risk Management vs Risk Avoidance

Edited version of a fb post by my friend Chris Wessels:

Firefighter safety and how to prioritize it continues to be debated…


Added by David Rhodes on March 25, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

The Benefits of the Low Prop in Firefighter Bailout Training

We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer our Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015 this year as one of the HOT classes.  We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the need for a firefighter to have to exit an…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 24, 2015 at 10:33pm — No Comments

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