Having been a Fire Chaplain for over 25 years has made me love fire service so much more than I did when I got started. Starting out at a volunteer/partially paid department and learning on the job really did a number on my initial confidence. that I kept asking myself " why do these guys spend double or triple what they make to be on call for extreme times and have to work a job with this commitment to even be here?"
It all started when I was a new mission pastor in town and was… Continue
Added by David Ebel on August 9, 2008 at 2:48am —
”Where’s The Brotherhood”
Most of us have seen the… Continue
Added by Todd McKee on August 8, 2008 at 10:54am —
I wrote this in the "Who Are Your Mentors?" Post earlier today. A brother in a small town and difficult situation needed some help and this is what I came up with then and there. The beauty of this site is that we can reach out to each other and make a difference. Back when I was in his shoes, I didn't have this resource. What a difference it would have made! So here's what I wrote to him. I posted it here because just maybe there is someone else out there in the same boat, looking for a… Continue
Added by Ben Fleagle on August 3, 2008 at 12:49am —
At 10:45, Snohomish County F.D. # 7 was dispatched to the report of a residential fire in Ladder 72's first due. I was the Acting Lt. that day, and reported a thermal column 2 miles out. Ladder 72 arrived and reported a 2 story split level residential fully involved on the "A" side and heavy fire blowing out of every window on the 2nd floor of the "C" side.
Battalion 71 arrived and established Command. Engine co. 71 arrived (in an antique pumper!) and stretched a… Continue
Added by Chad Berg on August 1, 2008 at 5:00pm —
The first official meeting of the E board of the NEAR chapter of FOOLS International was held last night. This was truly a night of Brotherhood. We discussed what direction we wanted to lead our chapter in and how to spread the word. We are up to 10 members now with more to come. Let me assure you that duty, pride, and tradition are alive and well in Jonesboro, AR. I haven't felt that recharged, that fired up for the fire service since FDIC 08. Good things are about to happen. We began a "new"… Continue
Added by Marty Hamrick on August 1, 2008 at 7:54am —
Has anyone out there heard of the on deck concept. I think phoenix may be using it but im looking for any other departments that may be using it or is contemplating adding it to there department. The concept is instead of initiating a RIT or other type of fire ground function you have a crew ready on standby to do whatever assignment you need them to do. Then once that crew is assigned another one takes there place. Any info on this would be helpful. Thanks
Added by Tim Shafer on July 25, 2008 at 10:02pm —
A few thoughts about the Convention and mentoring. While I was in Seattle, I was really blessed to have time with a former member of my company. This is an upstanding young fireman and just seeing him again was good, but to see him succeeding at being a probie in a large department made me feel really good. In Alaska, so many of the young brothers move on to bigger and better things and we rarely get time to see them as they move into their own.
So we're walking along talkin' about his new… Continue
Added by Ben Fleagle on July 25, 2008 at 3:27pm —
Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Hummert was on the job in Maplewood for one year, he was by all accounts a great fireman and a wonderful person. He was murdered by a mental ill man with a high powered rifle while responding to a car fire which was set to ambush the responders. Also shot was a 28 year old police officer who thankfully will survive. Any meaningful or comforting words escape me as to how very sad and tragic this horrible crime…
Added by Bobby Halton on July 24, 2008 at 6:07pm —
f you want to read the good stuff skip towards the bottom. At least I warned ya
again home from my travels. This time It was a 12 hour flight home.
Which in most cases would have taken me almost to New Zealand or
somewhere warmer or more interesting. On the return flight I was able
to enjoy most of the remaining villages scattered throughout what is
considered YK that I had not been too.
Delta. Few words can describe this… Continue
Added by Ben Simonds on July 17, 2008 at 2:04am —
I just got back from the FOOLS Convention in Seattle and I'm still riding high from it, a little wound up, a little melancholy, a bit homesick. Funny, I had never met most of the firemen and women I met down there, yet so many of them have left a mark on me, a h*** in my soul that I cannot fill, now that I am gone from them again. We shared many great moments. Like John and Walt on the Pipes, the helmets stack halfway up the wall, and Gilbert becoming one with the barrier, the Pub crawl and… Continue
Added by Ben Fleagle on July 17, 2008 at 12:25am —
Kudo's to Chief Shawn Kristie, Mt. Vernon Fire Dept for his department's involvement in the Knox County Health Department 2008 Pandemic Flu Exercise. It was good to see fire, EMS and law enforcement all sitting at the same table working through many problems that would concern their departments during this type of incident. All of public safety needs to develop this attititude to public health emergencies. Mt. Vernon PD, Knox County Sheriff, County EMS, Citizens Crop, Medical Reserve Corp… Continue
Added by Robert Rhoades on July 15, 2008 at 9:12am —
Added by Marty Hamrick on July 15, 2008 at 9:08am —
I had the distinct honor, for which I have to admit I am poorly qualified for as compared to most of you, to be the first keynoter at the International FOOLS convention in Seattle this week. It may very well be the most humbling event of my career because of the caliber of men and women which I was asked to address. I am so proud to be a member in good standing of this outstanding organization. Although many, who are… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on July 12, 2008 at 4:11pm —
"I am a FIREFIGHTER"
From FDIC VIDEO CLIPS www.fdic.com or www.fireengineering.com
From the Legends in the Fire…
Added by Todd McKee on July 6, 2008 at 7:07am —
Added by Robert Rhoades on July 3, 2008 at 7:56am —
The Ohio Hazmat - WMD Awareness Course Manual can be found at http://homelandsecurity.ohio.gov/images/hazmat%20manual.pdf
Added by Robert Rhoades on July 3, 2008 at 7:54am —
The Hackensack Ford fire which occurred twenty years ago today July 1 1988 still holds many lessons and is a modern landmark fire. For my generation the Hackensack Ford fire was a major learning fire. The practices and procedures of our day were greatly affected by the tragic loss of 5 wonderful men. Captain Williams, Lieutenant Reinhagen, and… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on July 1, 2008 at 5:06pm —
Hey Just wanted to say that I had a great time at Bloomington Fire School. I learned alot and would highly recommend to anyone to go and allow yourself to learn new and ever changing ideas.
Added by Tom Fentress on June 25, 2008 at 3:09pm —
The issue of Firefighter Safety and Survival… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on June 25, 2008 at 9:23am —
It is fitting to reflect that 36 years ago the City Boston lost nine men in the line of duty on Commonwealth Ave and Dartmouth Street after a three hour firefight when without warning a sudden collapse took the lives of nine of Bostons bravest. The Vendome Hotel Fire memorial is dedicated to the memories and legacy of those nine Boston members firefighters killed that afternoon Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Lieutenant John E. Hanbury,… Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on June 17, 2008 at 9:26pm —