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Featured Blog Posts – May 2012 Archive (7)


To all our active, wounded, and retired warriors – and to all who made the supreme sacrifice… THANK YOU!!  Take a moment today to remember what freedom really is, and the blessing that we have as citizens in the USA. Freedom isn't free, and we ALL owe a tremendous debt to those who give, and gave us this…


Added by Paul Combs on May 28, 2012 at 7:23am — No Comments

The Best Advice

I am sure all of us could say we have worked for great officers and for bad officers. I also believe one could advocate that the bad officers teach you more about being a quality officer than the good ones. In my previous department, I had the fortune to work for an officer who was one of the best in the Department. He treated me just like a rookie should be, he gave me a hard time, pushed me to be better, mentored me, and most of all taught me about many parts of the service, especially…


Added by Jonah Smith on May 24, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire

                I started my fire service volunteer career in 2005. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, I remember walking in to the fire station across the street from my high school looking for a way to help people and make a difference. I look back upon that experience and I can still smell the food that was cooking on the stove. When I opened the door to the station, I had no idea what would be behind it. I can recall the stares I got as I stood in the doorway lost and waiting to be invited…


Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on May 23, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Archetype of Self Improvement

Modesty is a personal trait among many in the Fire Service. Taking the time to view the profiles just in this community you can find this. "Area of expertise: Always a student, expert of none, always learning" are a few examples. There may be those who still "high-five" each other on the front lawn after a good job, but for the most part we are humbled to serve our fellow man.



Added by Christopher Huston on May 15, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Street Signs for a Company Officer

Today's current Fire Officer's know all too well the hardest part of the job that very few are prepared for is the daily non fire ground decisions.

When you drive down any road in America you will see street signs that can represent the many days of your career as an officer.

Some days you will be running on an 8 lane highway at 80 mph. There will be no rest stops in sight and your fuel gauge will be pushing toward empty. This is when you must be on top of your game and…


Added by P.J. Norwood on May 10, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Fireground Search Drills

Green Maltese main focus is on building construction however I  also teach alot of search classes as well. So I am going share some of the search drills I have put together. Hope you enjoy and they are useful to you and your crews. They are only meant to be short drills to start kitchen table discussion. In order to get the best out of them please get out and do the hands-on searching application in full PPE and SCBA.…


Added by John Shafer on May 5, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments

2012 FDIC Sketchbook

Well, as promised, I will be posting sketches created during this year's FDIC. I will update this post as I complete the drawings in turn - enjoy! And if you recognize yourself, don't send hate mail - remember, it's all in good fun:)

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

This gentleman had just checked in at the registration desk and was obviously VERY excited…


Added by Paul Combs on May 4, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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