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June 2013 Blog Posts (29)


I could say many things about this cartoon and my personal experiences, but I am going to give this space up for a friend who is following the noble calling of helping firefighters save ourselves, so we may continue to save others. Sarah Gura and I found each other online, and I must say from my perspective, it was like fate stepping in to say "Hey, it's time to…


Added by Paul Combs on June 30, 2013 at 9:45am — 4 Comments

Turnouts are for EVERYONE!

I am fortunate enough to have been enjoying a week at the beach. The weather has been great and the fishing has been wonderful. It has been a needed time to recharge the system. I even had my best friend say she would marry me on this trip. It has been a great week. It is always at the time you least expect it that an event will occur, creating an inspiration for a new post.


Today, I was relaxing in the beach house when my fiancé called to say that something was on fire a…


Added by Justin Graney on June 28, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments


Are you 100% in the game, or do you rabble on the sidelines? Spectators-Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on June 28, 2013 at 6:46am — No Comments

Journal Entry 26-Safety & Risk Management Start With an Ape!

Risk Management as we use it today refers to programs that help us evaluate what we do and how we do it. We put in to place certain control measures in order for us to operate within particular safety parameters. These parameters help to insure that we injure and kill less people while working. We use controls, the first of which is  “administrative” controls, which consists of standard operating guidelines or procedures, training requirements, safe practices, rules regulations, fire code…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on June 27, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

How Easy the Dominos Can Fall......

I just want to take a moment to share an experience with you. I normally post positive experiences or situations that went well. This one is different. Although there was not a bad outcome, the call itself went poorly, mostly due to my lack of focus.

I am the first to preach tactical proficiency and the first to tell people that training is the most important task, outside of calls, that we can do while at work. Let me be the first, now, to share with you how things can go bad from… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 26, 2013 at 3:25pm — 3 Comments

Geometry, Physics and Chemistry

Geometry, Physics and Chemistry

I really asked me when I was in high school, why the heck I would serve these materials in my life of adult. Who knew that today not only use these materials but many more, such as: math, calculus, and others to help firefighters battle the monster that the fire is.

There are some methods today to fight the fire, one of them is indirectly, That means applying in hot…


Added by Philips Chan on June 26, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The 5 Worst Exercises for the Fire Rescue Athlete

Fire Rescue Athletes (firefighters, EMTs and paramedics) must be physically ready to act. The job entails lifting heavy objects (or people), climbing up stairs, dragging hoseline, hoisting ladders, along with other physically taxing movements. It is evident that in order to effectively do our jobs we must have a strong, balanced body. Workouts and especially exercises must then match the demands of the job and prepare the body for such stress.…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 26, 2013 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Home built apparatus

First off, let me admit something. Over the years, I have operated a number of home built apparatus. I am not going to name departments, or describe the rigs other than to say that some of them were scary as hell, and some were just shy of superb!

I want to discuss here a trend that I see nearly everywhere I have traveled. Departments that otherwise would never utilize a home built piece of apparatus seem to think nothing of slapping together a "brush truck" or "grass rig" with… Continue

Added by Wayne Zeman on June 22, 2013 at 11:59pm — No Comments

One team, one fight


"One team, one fight"

Read norms do not make us firefighters, studying the SOP does not make us better firefighters, fulfill our shift does not make us better firefighters, today to be a firefighter goes beyond all that, it is to read every day, it is to study every day, it is to return to basics and share that with our brothers from the firehouse.

I spent just over two months at Latin America and I've noticed that they have forgotten to read, they have forgotten…


Added by Philips Chan on June 19, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Mobile Wall Breach Prop

Mobile Wall Breach Prop-Heads Up Firefighting...An easy to make prop for practicing wall breaching wherever you have an open door

Added by Dave Werner on June 19, 2013 at 8:50am — No Comments

The New Fire Officer - "Getting Up To Speed"

The fire service can move at lightning fast speed one minute and other times the clock can move at a turtle’s pace. …


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on June 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

"Making Yourself Hard to Kill" Conference

Making Yourself Hard to Kill, Second annual conference put on by Leadership Under Fire. October 25-26, 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philly, PA. You don't want to miss this conference!

Added by Dave Werner on June 17, 2013 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Facebook Pharisees Throwing Stones


Give it rest will you? You’re not perfect.


My coworker, so to speak, Ray McCormack and I were having one of our regular discussions on all things fire and most things disturbing in the fire service and we were on the subject of internet and Facebook experts. Ray’s sharp with writing and came up with the Safety ADHPD (Attention Deficit Hyper Photography…


Added by Bill Carey on June 17, 2013 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Why We Search: Columbus Firefighters Rescue Child in Vacant House Fire


It’s not just drunks and drug addicts in these joints


An 8-year old Columbus boy is in critical condition after having been rescued from a vacant house fire. Columbus firefighters responded to the Hamilton Road home and saw one young boy running from the structure. Inside they found the injured boy under a sheet. He was transported to Nationwide Children’s…


Added by Bill Carey on June 17, 2013 at 2:41pm — No Comments

I Will Not Get Out of Your Way

We have all worked with those that just don't care, we discussed it in an earlier post.  

We exhaust ourselves to make the fire service, our fellow firefighters and us better and safer by training and mastering our craft.  

We are asked "why" continually and it is easy to think about giving up.  It would just be so easy to ensure that I know what I'm doing and leave you to your own mediocrity.

I know you just want to push me and those like me…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 17, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Conventional Methods for Defeating Window Bars

By: Brian Brush

In most settings window bars are more deterrent than actual fortification.  There are places where window bars and coverings can be substantially built and designed as an obstacle, for example commercial occupancies or vacant property systems.  For the…


Added by Brian Brush on June 15, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Why repetition is so important when training...

Again...and again...and again..., if you don't repeat it, you won't be ready!

Added by Dave Werner on June 14, 2013 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Just being a Firefighter increases your chances of "Dying Young"

A University of Cincinnati Cancer study showed Firefighters compared to the (GP) general population are 102% more likely to develop Testicular Cancer, 53% more likely with Multiple Myeloma, 39% more likely with Skin Cancer, 32% more likely with Brain Cancer and 22% more likely to develop Stomach Cancer....


Join Tap the Box with FETC as we dedicate this show to Firefighter Cancer Awareness.... and learning how to reduce the odds of getting this dreadful disease.…


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on June 14, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Remembering your mentors... Lieutenant Alva M. "Butch" Wilson III (Washington, DC FD)

Visited a mentor of mine today after running a box alarm in Suitland, Maryland. Alva M. "Butch" Wilson III, passed away over 10 years ago. He ultimately retired as a Lieutenant with the District of Columbia Fire Department. But, will always be remembered as a legendary "Truck Driver" and fireman assigned to Truck Company No. 3 at 1018 13th Street, NW. He was hired by the D.C.F.D. after serving in the Vietnam War and was featured in the Channel 7 "Part Of Your…


Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on June 14, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

PGCFD Wind Driven Fire Report

A valuable report, with valuable lessons for all of us...

Added by Dave Werner on June 10, 2013 at 9:06pm — No Comments

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