The Fire Service, by our virtue, has a culture to improve. The tools we use to complete emergency scene tasks are an example. Even today, companies modify tools based on issues unique to their…Continue
Added by Christopher Huston on April 26, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Its been very well documented that the leading cause of firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease. Therefore any information regarding decreasing the chances of heart disease are very valuable to the firefighting community. I've recently been researching the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease and have found some interesting correlations.
The long-established dietary recommendations…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 25, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments
Check out this short video on fire behavior that Arlington County recently conducted for their recruit class...department's are starting to "get" this stuff!
Video can be seen on firefightingdynamics.com
What's your take on a firefighter having a mohawk haircut? Does it matter? Why or why not?
While at FDIC, many instructors weighed in on the importance of our appearance. Most of it surrounded the topic of the generation gap (Baby Boomers-Millennials). The newest generation (Millennial Generation) was cited by one instructor as being disrespectful and lazy. He went on to say "They can't even change a spare tire."
Another instructor pushed back on this saying we (Baby Boomers…Continue
I became interested in military death and calling cards when my brother was presented with an ace of spades from a retired door gunner. The gunner kept the card on his person during the Vietnam war. 30 years later, my brother Waylon was a door gunner from the same squadron (HCS-84). For him, it was a huge honor to be handed the card understanding who it came from and what it meant. It's now framed and proudly hangs on his wall at home.
Added by Matt Carlson on April 21, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments
It is about 1030 am. In about 2 hours, I will get in my truck and head south. A four-hour drive filled with anticipation and curiosity. My destination; FDIC 2012. It has been roughly 55 weeks since the last time we did this. Each week I put aside just a few dollars to pay for the 7 days of life at the convention, living in the hotel, eating at the restaurants and sharing stories with a few thousand of my brothers and sisters.
I always mentally prepare for an event. Whether it is the…Continue
Added by Christopher Huston on April 15, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
This video is a great training tool for size-up, radio comms & Command presence. This FD sounds very professional despite difficult fire conditions. This week we've got heavy fire & smoke on an upper floor w/ standpipe ops in progress and a Mayday called while transitioning to Defensive Ops. Compare this FD's ops to your FD and give us your RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!…Continue
Added by Matt McDowell on April 13, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments
Hat tip to Billy G. Details from the Philly Fire Commish Ayers:
It is with deep regret that the Department announces the death of Lieutenant Robert Neary, assigned to Ladder 10, Platoon "C". Lieutenant Neary, a veteran with over 37 years of service, died in the line of duty Monday, April 9, 2012.
All off-duty officers and members are invited to attend the services in uniform. Uniform of the day will be Class "A" Dress, with blouse coat and cap.
Added by Fire Engineering on April 11, 2012 at 9:06am — No Comments
I wrote this quite some time ago for our Municipal Districts Recruitment Drive, I just stumbled across it and it brought a smile to my face. I am a Captain now and can only hope that I can lead as I was once led. I thought this would be a fitting start to my foray into blogging on Fire Engineering. Hope you enjoy...........
The First Call
It’s 2:00 in the morning your fast asleep when suddenly the peaceful silence is broken by your radio “Foothills…Continue
FDIC is a very special event! It brings together the best instructors, best hands-on training, best classroom seminars, and the absolute best experience in the fire service! If you're serious about your training and have a passion for knowledge, this is the place to be.
Looking forward to catching up with friends, too! I will be there all week…
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 9, 2012 at 3:42pm — No Comments
Take a look at the pictures and think about getting water on the fire to the upper floor and/or making rescues. This building is one that is old and not sprinklered. It sits off of the road and aerial access is extremely limited, almost ineffective.…
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Here’s a not so routine extrication to think about as you cruise by your local public park. How are you going to get a child out of a full bucket swing who has become stuck.
The scenario is: a child’s legs are to big for the openings, but gravity squeezed…Continue
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 9, 2012 at 8:03am — No Comments
I've worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years and have seen a lot of "fads" come and go. Not to age myself but when I started in the industry step classes, leotards and zubaz where still popular. Back in the day every health club focused on having the most updated machinery possible, today you see more minimalistic gyms pop up all the time. Along with these fads have come the "next" best workout program. I remember the…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 8, 2012 at 10:48pm — No Comments
You heard me!
Don’t expect accommodations or special considerations.
You’re a grunt just like the rest of us. Time to pay your dues.
You can’t be on top of your game if you don’t train.
You can’t extend your reach or maximize your effectiveness, unless you are willing to put your blood and sweat into it.
You don’t have the first idea of what I’m talking about, do you?
You were never a firefighter, were…Continue
As a trainer (and as a firefighter in the workout room), I hear people saying, I want “abs” I want to help people achieve this. However, I frequently see people performing the least productive exercise for their abs. This is the crunch performed while lying down on a mat with the head and neck supported. This will not get you results. If you want to see the abs you feel during this exercise, change your diet!
This is another…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 4, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments
I am very excited to annouce a partnership between Green Maltese and Engine Co. 22!
Christopher Huston from http://engineco22.net/ did a outstanding job taking my last basement fire post to the next level.
This FREE training program is complete with videos and audio. Please enjoy and share with every firefighter you know.
Link to free program:…Continue
What Are You Using Fire-Service Tradition For?
Jim Spell November 22nd, 2011
In little towns from Maine to the Carolinas, fire stations are resplendent in their brick buildings, draped in bunting and emanating the smell of smoke and leather every time the bay doors open. Helmets are handed down in ceremony from parent to child and sanctified by decades of…
Added by Jim Spell on April 4, 2012 at 11:41am — No Comments
There's no one more valuable than a mentor. I personally have many and cherish each as a dear friend! I hope they know what a huge difference they've made in my life and career as an artist and a firefighter. I'm sure each of us can name many who have shaped and molded us into who we are today. And I can think of no better repayment than to give the same gift…Continue
The video below shows parts of Blue Bird Corporations manufacturing process. It will help you get an idea of where the strongest parts of the bus are located. Of course different manufacturers have varying methods.
It is important to know the construction of school buses, so we can attack them in the weakest areas first. Ultimately they are built like tanks to protect the passengers, which places the challenge on us as firefighters to gain access quickly and extricate rapidly. …Continue
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 2, 2012 at 8:38pm — No Comments