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June 2013 Blog Posts (37)

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.…

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

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 39th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Tony Barker has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our brothers & sisters of the Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department.

Tony Barker…



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Added by Brad Hoff on June 14, 2013 at 1:03pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 39th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Tony Barker has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our brothers & sisters of the Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department.

Tony Barker…



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Added by Brad Hoff on June 14, 2013 at 1:03pm — 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…

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

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 38th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Smokejumper Luke Sheey has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families, friends and our brothers & sisters of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region.

Luke…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 12, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

PGCFD Wind Driven Fire Report

A valuable report, with valuable lessons for all of us...http://headsupfirefighting.blogspot.com/2013/06/pgcfd-wind-driven-fire-report.html

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

Firefighter Physiological Monitoring

Do you really know how hard your body is working on the fireground? http://headsupfirefighting.blogspot.com/2013/06/firefighter-physiological-monitoring.html

Added by Dave Werner on June 10, 2013 at 9:05pm — No Comments

This is NOT Your Side Job!

So, you want to sell real estate?  You want to pour concrete?  You want to be the next top seller in a multilevel marketing scheme?  You want to build houses? You want to sell insurance? Well, then go do it and get out of my fire serivce!…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 10, 2013 at 2:50pm — 2 Comments

High Intensity Cardio Challenges for the Firehouse

Time is always been and will always be the number one reason we miss workouts.  As Fire Rescue Athletes, we work unusual hours and our workouts are often interrupted by calls.  Lately I've been creating and testing some highly efficient cardio interval workouts on my bootcamp classes and crew.  Today's blog will give you  two of the more effective ones and teach you some ways to integrate them into your busy schedules and workouts. …

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2013 at 11:01am — No Comments

SOME LIKE IT HOT!



Oh, there's always that one firefighter who must put the "fire" in firehouse chili!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to order prints:…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 7, 2013 at 10:23am — 2 Comments

The Road Map: Provide Some Direction

As the company officer we have an obligation to ensure that our crew stays safe. Wearing seatbelts, traffic vests, headsets on the apparatus and making sure that our PPE is worn appropriately are all important, no doubt.  But, imagine being given a map with no starting point and no idea where you are and being told to get to a destination. It would be almost impossible because we have no starting point, we…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 6, 2013 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Social Media and PR

As more and more folks in the emergency services are using various social media, we need to think about what we are doing with it.

 

I am a user of several different forms of social media but I have a rule. Just one rule, but an important one.

 

Never post anything that you will have difficulty justifying or explaining.

 

Thats it. No more rules have been necessary for me.

 

Unfortunately not everyone has such a good filter on…

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Added by Wayne Zeman on June 4, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Who is Delivering Your Departments Message?

By P.J. Norwood & Frank Ricci

 Politics & Tactics 

 

With the budget axe coming down across the country we must ensure not to cut the one position that can keep the City Hall at bay. The lessons of the past have taught us we cannot train incrementally and focus on one issue at a time.  We…

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Added by Frank Ricci on June 3, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 34th, 35th, 36th & 37th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Captain Matthew Renaud, Engineer Operator Robert Bebee, Firefighter Robert Garner and Sister Firefighter Anne Sullivan have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families, friends and our brothers & sisters of the Houston Fire…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 3, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Fire Officer's Dozen

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2013/05/a-fire-officer-s-dozen.html

Last year a firefighter emailed me, saying he was recently elected as a fire officer for the first time in his volunteer fire company, and asked if I had any advice for him. While I do not profess to know or have seen everything, he's good guy, so I wanted to give him honest advice that I thought may help. I've…

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Added by Michael on June 2, 2013 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

Thinking tactically...............

As I sit here at work, I am reading an article in Fire Engineering about additional alarm considerations.



The author makes some very important points about when to call for additional alarms and why. When I was a shift Captain at a steel mill, I would call for additional alarms anytime I had anything bigger than a dumpster fire. With the extremely limited manpower there, I had to immediately consider what would I do for troops when they inevitably would need rehab. My number one… Continue

Added by Wayne Zeman on June 2, 2013 at 3:48am — No Comments

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