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May 2015 Blog Posts (37)

Motivational Misfortune

Motivation…where is it, where did it go, was it ever even here? A lot of us as fireman like the idea of saying we’re motivated. In some cases that may be true. We’re motivated to go to a working fire, motivated to go on vacation, motivated to get up in…


Added by Dave McGlynn on May 31, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments


"Give your Ladders a little love"

"A clean tool is a happy tool, and portable ladders are no exception. Keep your ladders free and clear of fire debris and clean as needed with careful focus on the extension ladder's moving parts. Pulleys, ladder locks, and fly section channels are prone to collecting debris." Pg. 270, Chapter 22.

Often hidden in a compartment and out of sight, the portable ladder is thrusted into action at a working fire with an occupant…


Added by Dan Shaw on May 31, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Fireground Simulation...... The Multi-Family

Good Morning,

I will attempt to post a simulation every week, this first one is a working fire in a multi-family residential, the fire is called in as a porch fire but while en route you are updated to a more serious condition of possible people trapped.

Building Facts:

Built Early 1900s

Balloon or Platform 

Multiple Apartments

Residence is a common response address for your department re: EMS go ahead and make up what ever…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on May 28, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS How Many Have Sacrificed?

How Many Sacrificed Lives for Freedom?

David Rhodes


As we celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday I started wondering how many Americans have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom in wars and…


Added by David Rhodes on May 27, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Night Club Fires: A Dance With Tragedy

Night Club Fires: A Dance with Tragedy

Wm. Lance Smith, FF/EMT


            The events that often lead to tragedy could have been prevented through education and more comprehensive prevention. Preparation for such events can also reduce the negative outcomes of these events. Preparation and planning of a disaster should not be limited to plane crashes or hazmat spills, but should…


Added by Wm. Lance Smith, BSFS on May 27, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Heroes cont

They possess a sense of grace, of beauty they unfurl
Each time they spread their wings--a mission to fulfill.
God bless the heroes of our day, for them I have great pride
And memories of the fallen ones who lived close by our side.

Added by Pamela Laughlin on May 26, 2015 at 10:05pm — No Comments


This is a tribute to my beloved father, James John Patrick Laughlin, who was a firefighter, who died at the age of 48 and who is his daughter's hero at heart.

The Heroes

Did no one ever tell you you are angels in disguise

Adorned with wings invisible to all of human eyes?

The embodiment of strength.....goodwill, protecting care

We see that in our heroes, our heroes, unaware.

Their job is done unflinchingly, their heart is on the task

Of overcoming… Continue

Added by Pamela Laughlin on May 26, 2015 at 10:01pm — No Comments

PASSION: The six stages of the double edged sword.

Lets talk about a subject that I think some of us are either afraid of or aren…


Added by Dave McGlynn on May 26, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

An Overlooked,but possibly easy access below your "Main Streets".....The Showroom Bumpout

Back before super stores, mega malls and big box stores, consumers in many towns purchased their clothing and household goods from stores located on respective “Main Streets”. These stores had large display windows that advertised what shoppers could find once inside (Think Ralphie from the movie A Christmas Story staring at his Red Rider BB Gun). Because many of these Ordinary Constructed Type III structures were built specifically as retail these display cases had what best…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on May 25, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments


"Never forget and always be grateful"

Today we take a moment to thank each and every veteran and their families for the sacrifice they have made to provide for our freedoms. We remember all of those brave soldiers who did not make it home and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their life, for those of us resting under that blanket of liberty. …


Added by Dan Shaw on May 24, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments

Tradition. Pride. Dedication. Self-sacrifice.

Tradition. Pride. Dedication. Self-sacrifice.  These are some of the reasons we embark on a career, volunteer or paid, in the fire service.  If your department holds these values essential, then I applaud you.  I have unfortunately experienced first hand, by seasoned members, an absence of ownership, lack of mentoring, and general disregard toward the enthusiasm of the upcoming generation.  

Sadly this occurs at any level in the fire service.  For example a senior member or…


Added by Lou Comenale on May 23, 2015 at 5:44pm — No Comments



“Get like you was before you got like you is.” Earl D.

Sometimes in life and in our work we wake up one day and we look back and we find that somehow we have slipped away from the real and important things that bring worth and value to our lives and to our work.

I like to describe the changes that seem to…


Added by Warren Cersley on May 22, 2015 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

It's just a T-Shirt

So you have put the time in to study for the promotional exam. You have made it through the assessment centers and the interview process and have been handed a new t-shirt. The letters on your back have turned gold and you are ready to start your journey as a Company Officer, or are you? Anyone can wear a shirt with gold letters on their backs. If we choose to not take the responsibility and live up to the title that is on our chest, then it’s just a t-shirt and nothing else. The shirt and…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on May 20, 2015 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Flow Paths Aren't Real?

Flow Paths Aren't Real?

Some really good friends who happen to be excellent firefighters told me that there wasn’t any such thing as flow path. Their position was that it was really convection and flow path was something someone made up to make a name for themselves. I initially said no,…


Added by David Rhodes on May 20, 2015 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Selecting Diverse Fire Instructors

Scenario: I am seeking to create a diverse cadre of instructors in fire academies and there is little on the topic. How does a fire chief or training officer select the best individuals for this important position?


The question you should start asking is what constitutes a “diverse” instructor cadre and what are the important elements to seek out when creating this group of instructors. The term Diverse in…


Added by John K. Murphy on May 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Why Our Fire Departments Need to Hire Military Veterans

Why Our Fire Departments Need to Hire Military Veterans

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

     As many of our fire departments…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on May 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

A modern issue in a legacy residence......Venting The Stairway Landing Window

When I became a firefighter twenty-seven years ago my father who spent thirty years on the job in the same town offered me a bit of advice when fighting fires in our town's residential structures, when fighting an upper floor or attic fire a good engine company making the advance with the initial attack line will take the stairway landing window(s) to vent and in turn make the the…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on May 19, 2015 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Smooth Bore Nozzle Advancement

For years nearly every nozzle manufacture has been attempting to bring some type of new and attractive technology to the tried and true smooth bore. In my short career I have seen countless variations of integrated, variable choice, or adjustable diameter tips/nozzles, none of which have gained much traction beyond the exhibition floor.

Some would stop the…


Added by Brian Brush on May 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #35 (ALTERNATIVE DASH OPTION)

Displacing vehicle dash assemblies can be a challenging task at times. Many options are available when a vehicle is sitting upright. However, displacement options can quickly diminish when vehicle orientation changes or the involved vehicle is pinned against various objects. Todays "Quick Tip" will show an alternative technique that is quick, and many times can provide enough displacement to free trapped patients. I have used this method many times when a…


Added by Isaac Frazier on May 19, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Crew Expectations



Added by Mark vonAppen on May 18, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments

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