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April 2010 Blog Posts (25)

Too Hot - The last!

Ok! On March 22nd. I asked "HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THE FLOOR YOU ARE CRAWLING ON IS BECOMING WEAKENED BY FIRE?" I had one fire officer post a comment. One!

Billy Goldfeder recently put out another e-mail on his "Secret List" about another firefighter falling into a basement in a floor collapse. PLEASE don't tell me that as an officer, don't have a method of determining the fire conditions below you. Please. Pass on to other firefighters how you know if the floor assembly you are crawling on… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on April 29, 2010 at 6:13pm — 9 Comments

I need your input.

Hey Brothers,

I need your input. I’m the head training officer for our Fire academy, and we have been in the market for a good Forcible Entry Door Prop. We have been looking at different ones for sometime now and have chosen to get Firehouse Innovations Crops system. While at FDIC one of my guys heard a couple guys from different Dept, stated they broke this door fairly easy after just a few times of using it. I know there is a 90 day warranty, and I didn’t know what they were doing… Continue

Added by Chad Ray on April 28, 2010 at 11:52pm — No Comments

( BEVERLY HILLS SUPPER CLUB FIRE ) its time to tell the total truth Sat. May 15th 2010

location for the complete story on the truth of how the fire started will be held on May 15th 2010. Northern Kentucky University Nunn Hall Board Room Time 10:00am till 4:00pm.Everyone is welcome. thanks David Brock. email

Added by David Brock on April 27, 2010 at 2:06pm — No Comments


If you attended this year's FDIC, please take what you've learned and share it! It's what FDIC is all about.

Added by Paul Combs on April 27, 2010 at 8:52am — No Comments


Above are the two illustrations used in Lt. Frank Ricci's passionate Thursday keynote address. If you didn't catch it, please go to the FDIC… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 25, 2010 at 6:19pm — 5 Comments

Tour Of Duty

Hey everyone. Just back from FDIC. Wow what a trip!!!! It was great to see all of the Brothers and Sisters from all over ...

First I would like to say THANK YOU!!!! Thank you to everyone for all of the kind words and support. Thanks to the Downey Family, Chief Halton, PenWell/Fire Engineering, NFFF, NFAAA, and everyone else that made the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award possible. It is truly and honor to recieve this award.

Second I would like to "plug" a group that we… Continue

Added by Eric Hankins on April 24, 2010 at 11:52am — 1 Comment


I didn't, but should have... Especially when a Brother from Australia ran the 3.1 mile course in a kangaroo outfit, with a stuffed Joey in his pouch (that took a real man) - but I chickened out and ran in plain running gear. It was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day for the 5k, and the scenery was just as inspiring. I didn't… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 23, 2010 at 7:12am — 1 Comment


Those fortunate enough to have attended at least one FDIC knows how special the opening ceremony is. Personally, it gives me the chance to meticulously put on my Class A, making sure that every button is placed correctly and polished to a perfect shine. Not because it may impress some prominent chief, or wow some of… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 21, 2010 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment


It's Tuesday and the last of FDIC's H.O.T. classes are wrapping up. Many folks come down for the classroom sessions only, but if you ever get the chance attend the full week - you will never regret it.

I began today by "trying" to keep up with my boss, Chief Bobby Halton, as we dropped by a couple of training sessions. The classes were in full gear and I found myself listening in on the instructors within their respective groups. Always a student, I suppose. It was unfortunate my… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 20, 2010 at 3:23pm — No Comments


I have been attending FDIC since 1998 and I must say, it's only getting better. Over the course of this week, I will be posting sketches and sharing some of what I see as the greatest gathering of Fire Service minds in the world. On a technical note: Please do not hold these sketches to the same artistic standard that I… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 19, 2010 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

Update on my sister...

They found a heart donor for my surgery yesterday. She went into surgery and the surgery went well. Now all we have to worry about for the time being is her body rejecting the heart which hopefully doesn't happen. So please continue to pray and pray that her body doesn't reject the new heart. Thank you for all of your support and prays.

Added by Christian Cossey on April 18, 2010 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

The Rules of EMS Very Funny

The First Law of EMS:

All emergency calls will wait until you begin to eat, regardless of the time.

Corollary 1 - Fewer accidents would occur if EMS personnel would never eat.

Corollary 2 - Always order food "to go".

The Paramedical Laws of Time:

1 - There is absolutely no relationship between the time at

which you are supposed to get off shift and the time at which you will get off shift.

2 - Given the following equation: T + 1 Minute =… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on April 16, 2010 at 8:42pm — 2 Comments

Please Very Important Please Pray For My Sister

I am writing this blog in hopes that everyone out there will please pray for my thirteen year old sister who's in the hospital right now. When my sister was born she was born with a h*** in her heart and needed a heart transplant. Before she was even a year old she went into cardiac arrest six times and we almost lost her all of those six times. Then a miracle happened, when she was eleven months old they found a heart donor for her. She had the heart transplant and has been doing well ever… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on April 14, 2010 at 7:13pm — 2 Comments


I'll be at FDIC in Indianapolis all next week sketching, talking, blogging, shaking hands, and signing autographs (and hopefully learning, too). I will also be signing complimentary, limited edition, anniversary prints at the Fire Engineering booth. As soon as I know specific dates and times, I'll post them… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 13, 2010 at 8:41am — 6 Comments

What's in Our Air - Shelby Willis, Divison Chief EMS Largo Fire

What’s in our Air?

Recently our department added an air monitoring policy to our standard operating procedures. The policy instructs personnel to monitor any environment that is determined to be immediately dangerous to life and health. Shortly after this policy was put in place the department mitigated two structure fires that taught our personnel first-hand the importance of air monitoring. The circumstances surrounding these calls were not unusual, nor were the fires anything… Continue

Added by Shawn Longerich on April 12, 2010 at 4:49pm — No Comments

The New Year

It is only 7 days into the New Year and it's been a wild ride! We've had about 30 inches of snow in December and another 4-6 inches in the last seven days. It is currently -19 F out. That's right, -19F! It is supposed to get to -10 F today as a high, and -30 F as a low tonight before everything warms up to 30 or so by Saturday. And I've forgotten my gloves at home. Great. We have changed the way we do things a little at work. For the FD, we split the city up and cover all medical / service… Continue

Added by Dan Fuller on April 12, 2010 at 11:31am — No Comments

Nothing has changed

It has been really quiet lately. Which is good, because it has given me time to get some hunting in, check that - ALOT of hunting in. It is also bad because you know sooner or later you will pay for it.

We had a routine structure fire the other day. It was pretty small, contained to the grill and exhaust system at a local restaurant. Lots of grease built up in the hood, air filters, and exhaust fans. The workers activated the class K system prior to our arrival, but there was so much… Continue

Added by Dan Fuller on April 12, 2010 at 11:29am — No Comments

I'm changed

There are few things experienced in this job that leaves more of an impact on you than losing a pt. I've lost probably just as many as any other medic out there. You can lose a pt to anything, heart disease, cancer, COPD, sub-dural bleeds, respiratory arrest... well, you get the picture. When you lose a pt to trauma, however, it changes you. Every one you experience changes you. You learn that human beings can die in some of the most horrific ways imaginable. After today, I can tell you I have… Continue

Added by Dan Fuller on April 12, 2010 at 11:21am — No Comments

Surface to mass ratio, pyrolysis, and Barbie bikes...

I went into Station 1 today with strict orders from my wife, if there is a vacation spot open, take it. When I got to work, I shaved, ate breakfast, and listened to what the off going crew had done during the shift. A car accident, a fire alarm, and an unknown type of alarm going off at a local fast food establishment within 5 min of one another. Fire trucks were scrambling all over the city at 2 am. When they got to the fast food restaurant, a loud alarm was emitting from the dish washing… Continue

Added by Dan Fuller on April 12, 2010 at 11:19am — No Comments

First Day of my new Blog

I am committed to the fields of Emergency Medicine and Firefighting. I enjoy learning about the field, and in turn educating those in the career field about new technology, or techniques. And I also enjoy teaching the basics. I feel the best way to enrich EMS and Firefighting is to educate those who want to learn, to give the newest among us a solid base for them to expand on for the next 20 or so years. Our experience is leaving. I see it here, and I hear of it all over the country. Someone I… Continue

Added by Dan Fuller on April 12, 2010 at 11:15am — No Comments

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