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March 2015 Blog Posts (69)

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 15th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Jeffery Scott Buck 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 Clearfield County Station #5.

Jeffery Scott…


Added by Brad Hoff on March 13, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Journal Entry 36 – Intellectual Interior Attack

A little bit of buzz lately on “aggressive” interior attack. Dave Dodson, retired Battalion Chief from Colorado said “we need to be intellectually aggressive, not arbitrarily aggressive.” He recorded it on Volume 4 of the Everyone Goes Home video series. My Connecticut Compadres PJ Norwood and Frank Ricci were live last week on the “Hump Day Hangout” with Bobby Halton.…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on March 13, 2015 at 8:56am — No Comments


Ah, yes, the MacGyver syndrome. Keep it light. Keep it relevant. Keep it practical. Keep It Simple... and just get the job done quickly and efficiently!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:…


Added by Paul Combs on March 12, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS

Instructor Driven Fires

So the status tell us that the number of fires are down 53% since the 1970’s. I don’t have any numbers on the decrease in “acquired structure” fire control classes but I can speculate that it is probably down even lower than 53%. As a…


Added by David Rhodes on March 11, 2015 at 5:13pm — 2 Comments


By: Mark vonAppen

A well-intentioned co-worker took me aside as I…


Added by Mark vonAppen on March 11, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

General McAuliffe And The Siege Of Bastogne

On December 18, 1944, US Army General and acting Division Commander of the 101st Airborne, Anthony Clement McAuliffe was faced with a decision placed upon him by opposing forces.

He and his troops were defending the town of Bastogne, Belgium surrounded by German forces during what would later be known as the Battle of the Bulge.

The Germans who surrounded this pivotal town wanted the General and his men to surrender and allow…


Added by Brian Bastinelli on March 10, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Avoiding Firefighter Health and Wellness? What’s your Rationale?

For someone like me, it’s hard to fathom that anyone in the fire service could produce an argument against improving the health and fitness of firefighters. The statistics alone tell anyone that will listen it is the most significant barrier to reducing LODDs. Nevertheless, I understand that the issue, sadly, is more complicated than that. As I've said before – it’s…


Added by Dan Kerrigan on March 10, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Today's Company Officer


In today’s short-staffed and under funded fire service the demands and responsibilities of our members are many. As responsibilities go the Company Officer is the backbone of most incident operations.


The end result of any operation relies heavily on the performance of the crews operating on that incident.  Assuring proficient execution of the plays from the company playbook, or policies and procedures, is one of the Company Officers most…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on March 10, 2015 at 5:34am — No Comments

Lieutenant Andre Kelley

 In almost every class that Traditions Training presents, we play the audio from Lancaster City, PA. of the MAYDAY by Lt. Andre Kelley of Engine 3. We use this as a training tool and to make firefighters aware of this near tragedy as it played out that fateful night. We expect all of our students to learn from the incident, study the incident and to better themselves and…


Added by Richard Riley on March 9, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Smoke Alarms—Do They Wake Children?


I was presented with a challenge about smoke alarms, I was asked to investigate why there are all these news stories out there about how children don’t wake up when the traditional smoke alarm goes off, but at the same time, we don’t see personalized smoke alarms being marketed widely.


There was also a comprehensive study done by Pediatrics—the Official…


Added by Becki White on March 9, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Best Firefighter Workout

This topic is near and dear to mine and your hearts and careers–Workouts for Firefighters and Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I’ve been researching, talking, tweaking and writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world. 

You can read about them …

Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 8, 2015 at 9:04pm — No Comments


"Building Your 2,000 Year Mind"

"The United States Marine Corps have a belief in a

“5,000-year mind.” This belief is that in a trade with

over 5,000 years of documented warfare, there is no

reason why a solider should not study every day. Study

to learn about their enemy, their battleground, and…


Added by Dan Shaw on March 8, 2015 at 1:53pm — No Comments



I do not bring a degree in tight end, modern dance, micro management or other non fire related subjects to the leadership table.

I do most certainly encourage young people entering the Fire Service to seek out every opportunity for higher education that is job related. I also admire those, a bit senior, who sought out their fire service related college…


Added by Warren Cersley on March 8, 2015 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Driver/Engineers....Can They Be Tactical?

       When you get promoted from Firefighter to Driver/Engineer there can be a host of emotions that come over you. When you first hear the news there is a great deal of excitement. There is a rush of happiness because the results of your hard work, training, education, and hours on end of studying friction loss equations, sprinkler systems, map books, fire department…


Added by Chad Menard on March 8, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

volunteer training soapbox

I keep seeing articles about the downfall of volunteers, and the one recurring theme is that it's too much training and how it costs too much to train guys. Usually, they fall back on the normal excuses: “we are volunteers, so why do we need the training that metro cities need,” or “we make 100 calls a year, I don't need this training.”

If this was football I'd throw the red flag to challenge them on this.

These statements really get under my craw. You can't say in one breath…


Added by Chris Willis on March 6, 2015 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Lip Service

We all have them. You know, that one person that continually complains about how bad things are. How management is screwing labor, how the Chief doesn't have a clue, how the organization isn't taking care of it's members. Lip Service. Yada yada yada.....You go to the galley to get a cup of coffee and there they are at the table talking about this bad decision, or that percieved slight. You are training and all they do is run their mouth about how this training doesn't apply to te real world,…


Added by Michael D. Staats on March 6, 2015 at 2:35pm — No Comments


It's only a little more than a month away and I'm starting to get excited! I'm presenting for the first time and I'm hoping to see each of you there. Mark you calenders for Thursday, April 23rd, 3:30 p.m. - Rooms 109-110, for Drawn By Fire: A Decade Of Fired Up' Toons.


Drawn by Fire: A Decade of Fired Up 'Toons…


Added by Paul Combs on March 6, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

Culture - Where Would You Like to Work?

I recently had the privilege of interviewing for a Fire Department I greatly admire and deeply respect.  One of the main reasons that I feel so strongly about this organization, is my perception of the outstanding culture they've developed.  Perception being reality, as I have been told, got me thinking about culture, and it's importance in the Fire Service.

Culture is a subject that is…


Added by Paul M. Rank on March 5, 2015 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Attorneys running your fire department

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. Imagine a fire service world where attorneys or judges are running your fire department.  It is an area which we call the…


Added by John K. Murphy on March 5, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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