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July 2013 Blog Posts (36)

The Scaled Back Fire Alarm Response... friend or foe?

Many organizations across the country have scaled back their automatic fire alarm response over the past 5 years. Many fire departments are simply having a single engine respond to fire alarm calls, while others have cut back the response to an engine and a truck. For the sake of this article, we will not address Department of Insurance standards or the changing of these standard to allow for the reduction in responding assets.

 

Why cut back the…

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Added by Justin Graney on July 11, 2013 at 3:45pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 66th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Mickey Yates has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters of Greenfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Mickey…

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Added by Brad Hoff on July 11, 2013 at 11:41am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 65th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Heavy Equipment Operator Dennis Long has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters of Idaho Dept. of Lands - Maggie Creek Forest Protective District.

Dennis Long…

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Added by Brad Hoff on July 11, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

Dear "Friends"

Politicians and administrators can take funding, pay, positions and pensions, but we own our pride, purpose and the public's trust.



The tide of political disrespect, blame and distrust of public servants only seems to ebb when flags are lowered, badges draped and processions pass through their towns.



The supreme sacrifices we sometimes make leave our children, our spouses and our homes empty so that you may…

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Added by Brian Brush on July 11, 2013 at 9:01am — No Comments

Leadership Under Fire: Fall conference registration now open!!!

The 2013 "Making Yourself Hard to Kill" fall conference will be held October 25-26 in Philadelphia, PA. Registration is now open, and there are discounts for those who register early so get on it! http://headsupfirefighting.blogspot.com/2013/07/leadership-under-fire-fall-conference.html…

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Added by Dave Werner on July 10, 2013 at 5:01pm — No Comments

DISAPPEARING ACT - July Magazine Cartoon

Added by Paul Combs on July 10, 2013 at 3:53pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 64th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter John Austin has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters of Quincy Fire Department.

John…

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Added by Brad Hoff on July 9, 2013 at 9:08pm — 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 63rd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters of CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on July 9, 2013 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Know your Flows

How many of you have been on fires where your first lines off the rig are not working? Its like your wasting your time with these hoses because your not getting anywhere. THE FIRE IS NOT GOING OUT.

 

I recall one I was on. The crew I was supervising was slinging the water yet it was not working at all. I took the pipe from them and noticed that it was at like 30gpm's. Now the attic was rolling, the roof was nearly gone, the 2nd floor was free burning I mean it was going. The…

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Added by Chris Willis on July 8, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

"Combat Ready Firefighting" class announcement!

Join us for a FREE 8 hour class put on by Nick Martin from Traditions Training LLC on August 10th in Simpsonville, SC. More details to come! Traditions Training FREE Class!!!! 

Combat Ready

Added by Dave Werner on July 8, 2013 at 11:53am — No Comments

FDIC 2014 Presentation Proposal....

 

Well, I have just finalized and submitted my proposal for consideration. I have been nervous as I spent the last months or two thinking about, and fleshing out a rough idea I had, which started here as a blog post.

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Added by Wayne Zeman on July 5, 2013 at 9:37am — 4 Comments

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

It is in great sadness and great tragedy that we as a Brotherhood post the 44th thru 62nd Line Of Duty Deaths for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters and members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to all their families and friends of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew and our brothers & sisters of the Prescott Fire Department and… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on July 4, 2013 at 11:36pm — No Comments

The Forgotten Value of Fireground Competency

As a recap from last months blog, I continued to encourage readers to be more critical in thought, when identifying the real issues associated with low performing fire grounds, firefighter injuries and line-of-duty deaths. I alluded to the fact, that it has become much easier for leaders to take the easy way out and blindly use scientific research to make far-reaching assumptions in how to improve their performance, finally finding a hope of getting their people under control. By failing to…

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Added by Lawrence Schultz on July 3, 2013 at 6:48pm — No Comments

TRIBUTE



No words...

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Added by Paul Combs on July 2, 2013 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments

An Adventure called Jackie

 

Life is an adventure, do not know where you embark on an interesting journey and where you disembark off the same, and more when you're somebody different.

 

I'm Latino and increasingly proud of it, I was in different academies, met many people, great mentors, mediocre officers, great classmates and some other crazy but we were all a brotherhood in order.

 

I was called to be part of a select group of instructors who embarked on a new adventure, yeap,  a…

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Added by Philips Chan on July 2, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Basic Fundamentals... A Mindset

The internet, is a great tool. In-fact, if you're reading this, you're most likely on the internet right now. But, for every good thing the internet is used for in the fire service, their is certainly just as many negative things. One topic that comes to mind is the amount of valuable, basic, hands-on experience our newer firefighters receive. Due to the…

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Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on July 1, 2013 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

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