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June 2014 Blog Posts (51)

Hump Day SOS - The CP - Company Punk

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your…

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Added by David Rhodes on June 18, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

7 Reasons Why Teams Fail

There are many reasons why teams fail. For example, teams fail when one person wants to take all the credit. My answer to that is if you want to take all the credit when things go right, you have to be willing to accept all the blame when things go wrong. Teams also fail when they are consumed with drama. Drama is what happens when a team is not focused on a goal. People with purpose don’t have time for drama. Below are seven of the top reasons why teams in the fire service fail. A smart…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on June 17, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 45th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Paramedic Richie K. Holcomb has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the City of Dayton Fire Department.

Rickie K.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 16, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

The Little Things - Part 2

As much as we’d like to think that the fire service is heralded as being public servants, all too often the fire service receives a black eye in the news. Often the media is quick to report the mistakes made by some. If its not the local media outlet, social media will be sure to catch up and highlight some negative thing that occurred or appeared to have occurred! Rarely do we see positive stories such as the one that prompted this blog.

What have you done this week that…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on June 16, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 44th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Chief Donovan Garcia, Jr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Hungry Valley Volunteer Fire Department. …

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Modern Search & an Old Friend?

I’ve been pondering search lately.  We have learned that the best chance for survival for civilians trapped in a burning structure (and firefighters in trouble too) is get a closed door between them and the fire area.  This will greatly reduce the thermal threat, and improve their chances of finding breathable oxygen.  Remember, if the fire is vent-limited, so are you, if you are in the same space without an SCBA.  So, we need to consider adding the “sleep with the door closed” message…

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Added by Eddie Buchanan on June 16, 2014 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

Why Fight Fair?

By now I am sure a lot of you who frequent the trade magazines, fire service blogs, etc. have seen videos and reports on how new and old furnishings impact fire growth and development.

We all know it yet we continue to see minimal change or acceptance to change on the tactical level.

I heard this quote from an instructor the other day while he was teaching about difficult airway. Basically he said when it comes to difficult airways he doesn’t belive in “fighting fair” and he is…

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Added by Robert Owens on June 16, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

Mentorship and Fathers Day

It's not enough to just thank our dads for what they have done for us throughout out lives. We also have to look at how they influenced our lives in the areas of a work ethic, honor, honesty, spirituality, the love of a woman (his wife and my mother) and sportsmanship. One of the most important traits I learned from my father is to pass on your knowledge. He always stated it does no good to hold on to the things you learn. He always shared his knowledge so others may benefit from…

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Added by John K. Murphy on June 15, 2014 at 2:39pm — No Comments

The Flag, Brotherhood and a Trip Up North

I recently had the distinct honor to present at the Alberta Fire Chiefs Conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. My experiences with our Canadian Brothers and Sisters the last two years has been simply awesome! The hospitality is second to none and everyone is always very friendly and they certainly don't skimp on the food!

But, that's not really what impressed me this year. I was asked to present two tracks for their conference; a three hour officer development class and a…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 14, 2014 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Your Passion = Your Drive To Succeed

Don't fall short of your professional goals...

Being subject to illicit leaders or co-workers that drag you down will be detrimental to your career. Those failing to realize they are the root problem are those who fail to own their attitude and ego.

It can be YOU that makes the positive change in your department, simply by reaching for your dreams, allowing your PASSION to take over. …

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on June 14, 2014 at 7:13am — No Comments

Why We Search: Occupied Vacants in Chicago, Tucson and Vegas

Proving once again that vacant and abandoned are just words

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Chicago, 8 June 2014



One person is dead and another in critical condition after being rescued from a fire in the 900 block of North Lawndale. Firefighters found a burned man during the primary search and were told…

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Added by Bill Carey on June 13, 2014 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Freedom is never FREE

As I prepare for another weekend of travel teaching Tactical Extrication, I am already thinking of how much I will miss my wife and two young children. While traveling, this feeling arrives like clockwork. Then I had an epiphany. My thoughts instantly went to our troops and their families. I am leaving for a couple days to teach something that I am very passionate about, as…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Riding Assignments

Riding positions are an important factor in the successful outcome at a structure fire. Before I get into this realize I do understand that some may be performing all four seat positions based off of your staffing. My hat is off to you if you are the firefighter that drives the truck, throws it in pump gear, pulls the line and charges it and waits for others to get there. I have never had to do that. I have only heard stories and could imagine how difficult it could be. Recently I sat…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on June 13, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 43rd Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Robert "Hawk" Meyer has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Union Beach Fire Department.



Robert “Hawk”…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 12, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

THEM

        For the past handful of years, through ongoing fire dynamics research, we've been deconstructing the fireground. This Fireground Genome Project has undoubtedly led us to a much better understanding of fire dynamics and the fireground. An untoward effect of this research is that the fire service is seemingly devolving into a bipartisan system. We can all sense the division. A schism has formed and too many firefighters are spewing their polarizing rhetoric…

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Added by Nick Ledin on June 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - These Darn New Guys!

 

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your…

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Added by David Rhodes on June 11, 2014 at 7:27am — No Comments

Hose Bundle Hook Up

A variety of hose bundles and bundled finishes are used in engine companies across the country to provide versatility in stretches. Straight loads such as the triple layer can be quickly deployed but are often limited in applications for stretches that are beyond a standard "curb to the door". For this piece I will show how to simply build and utilize a 100’ modified minuteman bundle to finish your…

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Added by Brian Brush on June 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

One of the Top 10 "Best Exercises" for Firefighters, EMTs and Medics

Are you doing this exercise?  I am compiling a list of the top 10 exercises for Fire Rescue Athletes.  Here is one that made the list.

Plank (s)—It's no surprise that the one of the exercises on this list is a core exercise.   Back…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2014 at 10:59am — No Comments

Extrication Quick Tip #8 (CAPTURING SUSPENSION)

One of the most beneficial and under-used techniques is suspension capture.  Capturing suspension is the method of taking away suspension rebound when a load is to be lifted off a vehicle. This technique is extremely beneficial in numerous situations such as under-rides, tree on vehicle, etc. If the suspension is not captured, the vehicle will "chase" the load during the lift until normal suspension height is reached. When the suspension is captured an almost instant separation of load and…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 9, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

What Do You Want To Be?

There is a lot of debate about what is and what is not aggressive. A lot of people determine aggressive based on their location on the fire ground. I have often thought that aggressive should be defined as the actions you are taking not where you are standing.

As I have been debating this for several years I have begun to think that perhaps we are defining our fire service “actions” with the wrong words. I have seen very non aggressive moves right next to a fire, some very aggressive…

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Added by Robert Owens on June 8, 2014 at 6:27pm — No Comments

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