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April 2016 Blog Posts (45)

SAFE Fireground

        While the title of this piece is obviously absurd and impossible, this doesn’t stop us from striving to make it a little safer through training. This is obviously evident since life safety, both for them and for us, is our primary goal. Seems simple enough, right? Well, for some, the rub comes when we start discussing whose safety is more important… theirs or ours? Over the past couple of decades some have stated that the focus on firefighter safety is, at…

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Added by Nick Ledin on April 15, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

WHITE FLAG LEADERSHIP

WHITE FLAG LEADERSHIP

Leaders lead.

They make no excuses about their inheritance, the crews or the present climate and they do not lead with an attitude of fear and they surround themselves with great people.

Leaders don’t carry a white flag, they plan to win.

Many years ago, I printed off…

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Added by Warren Cersley on April 14, 2016 at 7:19pm — No Comments

5 Healthy Food Hacks for Fire Rescue Athletes

Do you want to know how fit fire rescue athletes make nutritious meal choices?  Here are some shortcuts, go-to recipes, cooking suggestions and go-to snacks for making the life of a fire rescue athlete a little healthier.

Eating healthy with a demanding job can be difficult.  Add in the fact that the firehouse is usually full of non-nutritious choices like cakes and baked goods and its no wonder that obesity, diabetes and heart disease are huge concerns in the fire industry.  Yet, as…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 14, 2016 at 6:46pm — No Comments

The Value of Endurance

Endurance is a discipline worth mastering. Those who do are often the same ones who succeed in life. Most of us have experienced the battle between the inner voice and the physical body. Take jogging for example. At some point in your life you had made the decision that you needed to get in better shape. Perhaps you drove down to the local sporting…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on April 14, 2016 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Is Your Relationship with the Organization Status Quo?

As I reflect back over the years in my career there is one lesson I remember that resinates from my mentors, "If you put the organization first, then your wants and ambitions will soon follow. But it is always about the orgainization first, your suborindates second and you are last." Well I have to often think just how previlant is this peoples minds? Especially since we constantly hear, "what is in it for me" comments.



It is important to understand that as a fire officer you are a… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on April 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

MFA #25: The Ventilation Revolution - New information brings new understanding

(Author’s Note: As I was writing this series of posts, there appeared here on the Fire Engineering Training Community another blog on this same subject by Nicholas Papa [http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A627047].  Obviously, I decided to publish mine anyway, as there are enough facets to this discussion…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on April 14, 2016 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Developing the next Generation of Fire Service Leaders

Professional development is the planned, progressive, and lifelong process of education, training, self-development and experience that one gains during their development. In the fire service, professional development is a critical element of being a leader and being a professional. When we step up to accep the responsibility of leadership, we also accept an obligation to continuing our training, education, learning, personal experience and growth as we work to improve our… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on April 12, 2016 at 7:39am — No Comments

Culture Creators versus Yes Men

I would rather have one frustrated culture creator in my inner circle than 10 yes men. Yes men tell me what I want to hear. They make me feel smarter than I actually am because they are afraid of my response to…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on April 11, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

THE OLD STUFF

The Old Stuff

Someday, in the blink of an eye, it will be the time to look back and to reflect on what you did with your life.

If you were chosen to serve, did you serve others well or serve yourself? Did you realize, early on or too late, that serving well requires a few simple steps from each of us who are chosen?

Did you keep a run journal of each run, what you were sent for, what you saw, what you did and most importantly what you learned? Were you able to bring…

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Added by Warren Cersley on April 10, 2016 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Student or Master

The Sunday Preach



'Student and Master'



The second section of "25 to Survive" and the program at is entitled "Mastering the Environment." A powerful section, with chapters discussing pertinent fire service topics such as: residential building construction, home and community design, stairway management, basement fires, the 360' and fire behavior.  



Attain 'mastery' in…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on April 10, 2016 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Modified FDNY High Rise Load

Over the past 2 years my department has re-evaluated our high-rise setups.  In doing such we moved away from carrying 50’ of 2.5” hose, a gate-wye and 100’ of 1.75” hose to carrying 4 bundles of 2” hose.  Because we changed the hose configuration we also re-evaluated how we bundled it.

 

4 options

FDNY Load-Fit well in our compartments, deployed great, wanted a way to carry it over shoulder or bottle rather than on shoulder.

Denver Load-didn’t fit well in…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on April 10, 2016 at 7:03am — No Comments

The Gift

You have been given a gift... your life is a gift, your talents are gifts, your knowledge is a gift, your fire service affiliation is a gift, your fire service abilities are gifts and your ability to care for people is a gift. I have to ask just how passionate are you about these gifts?



I relate my passion about these gifts back to when I was a kid and it was Christmas morning. How excited I was to get to the tree to see was gifts were left by the jolly good man himself. I can say… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on April 8, 2016 at 6:05am — No Comments

“The Ten Percenters; An Exclusive Club but its Doors are Open”

 

The Ten Percenters; An Exclusive Club but its Doors are Open

                        The best of the best. The hall of famers. The top performers. The ones you can always count on.…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on April 7, 2016 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Prevent Fitness Plateaus for Continued Growth

Prevent Fitness Plateaus for Continued Growth

Why do people stop their fitness program?  There are many different reasons, but one of the most common is because they stopped seeing progress.  Nothing is more motivating that starting a new program, staying with it, and then seeing your body and performance grow.  Nothing is more disappointing than training and not seeing any changes.  …

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Added by The First Twenty on April 6, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 19th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Charles M. Tucker 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 Lynn Fire & Rescue.



Charles M.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 6, 2016 at 2:02am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 18th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Cadet Steven Whitfield II 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 Houston Fire Department.





Steven Whitfield…

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 6, 2016 at 1:52am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 17th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Technician/Industrial Kenny Ray Jr. 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 Conway Fire Rescue.



Kenny Ray…

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 6, 2016 at 1:40am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 16th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Driver/Engineer Marco Divila 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 Dallas Fire-Rescue Department.



Marco…

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 6, 2016 at 1:32am — No Comments

What's in It for Me?

Over the last few months I have heard some conversations about seeking out additional training/certifications or additional responsibilities in the department. I have heard these conversations lead into statements such as “what’s the department going to give me in return for obtaining these things.” I have heard the “what’s in it for me” statement also thrown around a few times. There are a number of things out there that could potentially infect our fire service in a negative way. To me,…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on April 5, 2016 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Judge Yourself

     As all of the “new” items are appearing in the fire service there are several firefighters that are all or nothing when it comes to adopting the tactics or strategies. Take for instance transitional attack. Transitional attack is a great tool in the tool box, however many are pushing it to be an all-encompassing tactic whenever there is a fire showing scenario.  On the flip side there are many old hats that insist that if you’re going to hit the fire, you’re going to hit it from the…

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Added by Dan Rice on April 4, 2016 at 10:21pm — No Comments

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