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June 2011 Blog Posts (11)

One comment on the Floor Collapse article, it says, The fire had been burning for almost an hour; it was getting progressively stronger as the firefighters tried in vain to combat it. Why would you e…

One comment on the Floor Collapse article, it says, The fire had been burning for almost an hour; it was getting progressively stronger as the firefighters tried in vain to combat it. Why would you even be on the floor if its been burning that long? Enough said, glad he is ok. Continue

Added by Chuck Wehrli on June 27, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments


If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then this technology intrenched generation of youth is from the center of Pluto! Old-school thinking and marketing will be the death knell of today's fire service, especially in the volunteer sector with we don't learn to be creative in our recruiting methods.


How is your department coping with these…


Added by Paul Combs on June 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

The Perfect Storm


The term “A perfect storm” refers to a combination of events that contributes to the drastic aggravation of a situation. From severe weather to a seeming unfathomable chain of events, this phrase is widely used.


In the fire service,…


Added by David Mellen on June 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

One Blog Under God!

On Sunday, June 19th, NBC decided to show a patriotic montage during the showing of the U.S. Open golf tournament (Patriotic video). As a result, they committed a monumental error in their omissions.

The Pledge of Allegiance that I have been reciting since grade school has included the words “one nation under God, indivisible”. That any of the words from this very short, but very powerful recitation be omitted is very…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on June 22, 2011 at 11:11am — 1 Comment



The kind and gentle approach doesn't work any more - so perhaps the current day Smokey needs an image adjustment! This is just a suggestion, of course:)




To see more of my work, visit:…


Added by Paul Combs on June 17, 2011 at 2:23pm — 6 Comments

Thoughts of a Garden Variety


These past, few months have been “unusual” for me. For the first time in many years, I had to prepare myself to seek employment. It was my goal to have a new job before the lay-off became effective.


My work as a risk manager for my current employer will end on June 24th. My work for my new employer will start on June 28th.


What is interesting to note is that I thought that I bombed at the interview and who knows; maybe the…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on June 16, 2011 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment


If you carry a cell phone these days, you carry a camera and video recorder, too. Technology has made life recordable, anywhere, anytime, even when it's inconvenient or inappropriate! Take a moment to notice bystanders on your next MVA or structure fire; my guess is you'll see plenty of cell phones out recording our every move. This is the technological world we live…


Added by Paul Combs on June 14, 2011 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Nozzleman's Creed

Aside from residing in the pantheon of the greatest movies made, Full Metal Jacket introduced the world to the Rifleman’s Creed. The mantra recited each night by the soldiers in boot camp as they lie in bed with their last line of defense, their rifle. The intimate reciting of the creed ingrains the mutually important relationship…


Added by Dan Shaw on June 14, 2011 at 7:22am — 5 Comments

Losing the Faith

For most of us in the fire service this job is a calling. It’s not something we do, it’s something we are, [insert additional corny saying here].  The bottom line is that we have dedicated ourselves to this profession for whatever reason and agreed to the responsibilities of our job; to help those who require our services in their time of need.


But some, including myself, have at one point lost…


Added by David Mellen on June 10, 2011 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

You Have the Right to Remain Salient!

Yes; I like titles that are a play on words.

Salient – (say-lee-ent) adj. Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding. Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. Noticeable. Springing; jumping.

As we are seeing, many Americans who have held silent over the years are now speaking out about the condition of the human condition (and especially THEIR condition); how exclusive our “representative” form of government has…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on June 2, 2011 at 5:55pm — 2 Comments

First Due Questions-Thursday's Question

Today's First Due Question is about Vertical Ventilation. What is your departments policy and who is assigned this task?


Head on over to First Due Questions on Facebook and weigh in your thoughts:



Added by Chris Naff on June 2, 2011 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

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