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June 2012 Blog Posts (30)

Handling the Mayday: The Fire Dispatcher's Crucial Role

Please take the time to read my article in the June issue "Handling the Mayday: The Fire Dispatcher's Crucial Role".

We as firefighters, fire officers and fire chief's must stop blaming the dispatch office for the inadequacies. Are they not operating up to the level that they should? Then I must ask, what have…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on June 12, 2012 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 37th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Firefighter Anthony Polk has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Fort Yuma Agency.

Anthony Polk

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 31

Gender: Male

Status:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 12, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM- June Magazine Illustration



Well, as promised, here's my one-two punch commentary regarding fire service obesity (see previous blog post). We are aggressive when it comes to the hot-button dangers of lightweight construction, seat-belts, excessive speed, smoke toxins, etc... and all are important topics. But let's not forget the literal and metaphorical elephant in the room - our own weight and…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 11, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

HR-3367 needs support from the fire service...!

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Added by Michael Nicholson on June 9, 2012 at 10:51pm — No Comments

What's In Your Pockets: Wire Cutters



When we started offering classes and offering hands on training, the one thing we wanted to make sure of was that the training was as realistic as possible.  We had all attended hands on training drills and classes and we know what we liked as a student and what we didn't.  So, when we run our drills we want the student to have as realistic of an experience as possible in a safe…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 6, 2012 at 3:19pm — 4 Comments

Incident Command with a Side of Peanut Butter and Jelly

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and it's sub-component the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is "a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response", according to the United States Federal Highway Administration. ICS is based upon a flexible, scalable response organization that provides a common framework within which people can work together effectively.…

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Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on June 5, 2012 at 7:30pm — 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 34th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter William Danes has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Brazos County Precinct 3 Volunteer Fire Department.



William Richard Danes

Rank: Firefighter

Age:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 5, 2012 at 4:12pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 35th & 36th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Wildland Air Tanker Pilot Todd Tompkins and Copilot Ronnie Chambless have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Neptune Aviation Services, Inc.



Todd Tompkins

Rank:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 5, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Ventilation Crew vs Goats

I would love to hear the roof report from the crew who found this condition on the roof! LOL

Goats feed on oat grass on the roof at Siegel 's Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill, IL on Thursday May 24, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Green Maltese…

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Added by John Shafer on June 5, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

The Rebound

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Newton’s third law of motion defines how two objects interact in regards to force. Apply this to our interaction with the fire and emergency environment. However trivial it may be, every action we take has a reaction. Our actions dictate the outcome on scene, positive or negative. Fireground performance or the actions we take, start well before the alarm. Training that includes decision-making, is a key component. Others…

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Added by Christopher Huston on June 3, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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