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April 2012 Blog Posts (33)

Full Bucket Swing Extrication

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…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 9, 2012 at 8:03am — No Comments

Firefighter Fitness-- Is CrossFit it?

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…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 8, 2012 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Trustees; Train Hard or Go Home!

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…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 8, 2012 at 7:16pm — 2 Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 23rd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain David Bailey has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the LACo Fire Department.

David Bailey

Rank: Captain

Age: 50

Gender: Male



Added by Brad Hoff on April 4, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments

The Best Core Exercise for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics...

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…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 4, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Free Basement Fire Training @Engine Co. 22

I am very excited to annouce a partnership between Green Maltese and Engine Co. 22!

Christopher Huston from 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:…


Added by John Shafer on April 4, 2012 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

What are you using tradition for?


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

Albuquerque Firefighters Win Mega Millions Lottery And Donate It To Colleague, Vincent Cordova, For Brain Surgery

Here's an article of "Helping Our Own" the money our Brothers' won will help one of our own!

Strong work Brothers!!!…


Added by Brad Hoff on April 3, 2012 at 2:17pm — 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…


Added by Paul Combs on April 3, 2012 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

How School Buses Are Made

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.  …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 2, 2012 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Basement Fire Training

Full program with audio & videos:



Stay Safe


Lt. John Shafer

Added by John Shafer on April 2, 2012 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Apartment Fire Considerations

Engine House Training, LLC

Take a look at the video and let’s have a discussion. It is not a critique of what the video shows, but more of what are our considerations if we pull up to this fire. We all have buildings like this one and depending upon our resources and response area, how would we deploy on this fire? Watch the video and ask and discuss these questions with your crew:

–What type building construction…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 1, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

UPDATE: Just a quick post

For this week's post, I am going to take the oppurtunity to discuss my site

This past week the site celebrated 6 years on the web. It has had it's up's and down's, but the battle forges on.

Some of the highlights:

  • Added video content
  • Added online training modules
    • BRAND NEW CONTENT by GREEN MALTESE, Lt. John Shafer and Produced by…

Added by Christopher Huston on April 1, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

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