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June 2016 Blog Posts (28)

A personal discovery about stress and cortisol

By Dan DeGryse

Sometimes it takes an issue hitting close to home to drive change.

That was the case with me a few years ago when I started researching the stress hormone cortisol and its effects on the body. Our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol when they’re stressed and in fight-or-flight mode, which firefighters experience regularly on runs or anytime the bell…

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Added by Daniel DeGryse on June 9, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Injuries, the job and addiction

Think about your first day on the job as a firefighter.

You’re in your 20s, and maybe you play football or baseball on top of working out three to five days a week. The soreness you felt from wearing the gear and lugging around ladders and hoses all day was a good soreness. Now fast-forward 15 or 25 years into your career, and think about how you feel when you get up in the morning. Do aches and pains slow your ability…

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Added by Daniel DeGryse on June 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Quick Communications Drill 1: Practicing fire ground transmissions while breathing air.

Attempting to transmit through your face piece is what some might call an art, but it’s actually a science. And like other sciences, it requires experimentation. Your variables are voice quality, voice strength, mic placement, and noise cancelling and isolation.

How can you ensure your message is getting through? First, you must ensure you're speaking clearly- call it voice quality. You have to fight the nose cone and chin cup that are doing their job in keeping a…

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Added by Samuel Villani, III on June 6, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Main Street MAYDAY...

Thinking your three or four member rapid intervention team will suffice when combating a fire in an ordinary construction group of attached structures can be compared to “fool’s gold".…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on June 5, 2016 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Your SCBA and YOU!

The Sunday Preach CHAPTER 5:

It's Really The Only Time You Have.

"Much of how quickly you deplete your air supply is predicated on your level of comfort in wearing the SCBA ensemble, your physical fitness level, and your mental status." (Pg 39)

In the not so distant past, SCBA cylinders had "work" and "exit" times that were universally accepted for the various cylinder types. Those static numbers are a thing of the past.

While there are certainly unofficial 'rules…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on June 5, 2016 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Unlocking Organizational Potential through Servant Leadership

As a servant leader you should constantly be focused on making the organization better. There is no better way than to tap into the organization's most valued resource, the people within. By investing in these people, they will give the organization a substantial return. The read more visit www.thefireofficer.com.…



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Added by Douglas K. Cline on June 5, 2016 at 10:31am — No Comments

Pride, Ownership and the New Generation "All is Not Lost"

I’ll start off as always with my shout-outs for this blog. This one goes to 1st Lieutenant Sarah Read, of the Chili Fire Department Explorer program. You will see why as you read through the blog.  

In the past couple years, two reoccurring themes have been proposed in the various classes we have taught throughout the states. First is the demise of the fire service because of “The New Kids” and second is their lack of understanding of pride, tradition and honor.…

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Added by Lawrence Schultz on June 3, 2016 at 2:08pm — No Comments

NIMS and Command

There are many things that can impact poorly on an emergency incident: poor communication, disregard of SOP’s, poor tactical decisions and lack of command, just to name a few. I will focus on command. A strong command presence can overcome most issues on an emergency incident. Most think that command starts once a chief officer arrives on the scene; this ideology can prove to be detrimental to a successful outcome on an incident. The fact is, during an emergency, the incident…

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Added by David Polikoff on June 3, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

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