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July 2014 Blog Posts (45)

Efficiency Breeds Speed

While speed during extrication is often critical, it comes at a high price without efficiency.  We must first learn the tools, develop skills, learn the how’s and why’s, practice teamwork, train, become efficient, with the result being speed of the operation.  Speed is the rate of one’s activity, in this case extrication skills.  Whether at a fire, during an extrication, or on special operations, it takes efficiency and training to foster speed. In referencing the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Privilege

priv·i·lege

: a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others

: a special opportunity to do something that makes you proud…

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Added by Shea Chwialkowski on July 14, 2014 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Talking To Myself

If I could sit down with myself as a new officer and talk about what's important to remember, here is what I'd say.  



This is an excerpt from a speech I wrote…

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Added by Mark vonAppen on July 14, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Continuous Investment

Each and every one of us comes from a different background, specializing in a different area of the greatest profession there is.  We can sit back and visualize what are strengths and weaknesses are, as well as where we would like to eventually end up in our careers.  No matter what part of the country your are from, our firefighters and leaders are subject to some of the…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on July 13, 2014 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

How Can We Reach The Future Of Our Service

How Can We Reach The Future Of Our Service?

I have the chance to interact with young kids, pre teens, and teenagers a lot. Sometimes it is through coaching, other times it is through my part-time job as a Fire and Safety Technician at a local theme park. When I do I often get the question…

How do you become a firefighter?

Once I begin to explain the process of becoming a firefighter or even an EMT Basic I am…

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Added by Robert Owens on July 12, 2014 at 4:29pm — No Comments

THE CANNONBALL - June Fire Engineering Magazine Commentary



Here's my Fire Engineering June issue cartoon, and to prove that blind luck does exist, here's a just published article from CBS about firefighter obesity.  …



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Added by Paul Combs on July 11, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 50th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & EMT Daniel Groover 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 Houston Fire Department.







Name: Daniel D. Groover  



Rank: Firefighter/EMT

Age: 46

Gender: Male

Status:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on July 11, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 49th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Robert Glenn "Bud" Webster Sr. 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 Glencoe Fire - Rescue Department.



Name: Robert Glenn “Bud” Webster Sr.  



Rank: Fire Chief 

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Added by Brad Hoff on July 11, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

What does it take?

 

            Sitting on my couch last night watching TV and just relaxing, I saw an update from Fire Engineering about a LODD in the Houston Fire Department. I read the details about the incident up to that point and immediately my thoughts went out to the firefighters in Houston and the affected families. There are usually a few things that go through my head when I hear about a line of duty death. The first thing is usually think about is that firefighters family and…

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Added by Jarrod Sergi on July 10, 2014 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

Hump Day SOS - Urban Fire Dictionary: SOP

This SOP is not for me to follow it must be for you…….Oh yes, well I know I wrote it, but I never intended to actually follow it……….I meant for you to follow it……well if you want too. The main thing here is that if something happens I can say that I had an SOP in place and you didn’t follow it so I won’t be…

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Added by David Rhodes on July 9, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #11 (Directional Pull)

I am a firm believer in the phrase "Never say never, never say always". Just remember each technique you are currently using was more than likely created from firemen trying something new. Extrication Quick Tip #11 is showing a directional pull of a steering wheel using hydraulic speaders, chain, and an A post. This technique is quick and easy to set up with limited…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 9, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

BEING THE CAUSE OF "BAD FIREFIGHTERS"

The fire service is a unique place to say the least. Right or wrong, from the moment you walk in the doors of the firehouse or training academy you are being judged. Not just because it’s the fire service, but because it’s human nature. Now, don’t get me wrong, as a new person in the fire service it is fully your responsibility to be an upstanding, motivated, dedicated and…

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Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on July 8, 2014 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

The Curse of Caring

At times numerous firefighters feel alone while they are at work, despite having numerous people around them.  Each day, firefighters everywhere feel as though they are the only ones that care. Caring in the fire service is a great thing because it usually results in pride and dedication; but what no one tells you is that it truly can become a curse to many of us.  Caring can bring an unexpected loneliness some days, caring can bring heavy self criticism, but in the end it is a…

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Added by Jonah Smith on July 8, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 48th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Gordon Michael Ambelas 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 Fire Department City of New York.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on July 7, 2014 at 2:45pm — No Comments

AT THE NAIL

AT THE NAIL

We begin and end our every shift day at the nail.…

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Added by Warren Cersley on July 7, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Going Interior? Keep the door closed until you make the push!

While there has been much discussion about interior stream vs. exterior or transitional vs. interior fire attack. This short post isn’t about rather you should or shouldn’t. To me there is a time and place for both. However if you decide to make the push interior, door control is essential until you have a charged line with adequate flow.

First arriving officer should assess the position of the front entry door. The officer should be looking for the following:

Front Door: open…

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Added by John Shafer on July 6, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Independence Day and the Fire Service

Independence Day known as the Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 freeing our county from the “kingdom of Great Britain.” We celebrate this day with fireworks (dearly loved by our firefighters), picnics, family time and other celebratory activities in our communities.

We have to remember that Independence Day was hard fought and won by our forefathers as there was much blood spilled on the…

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Added by John K. Murphy on July 3, 2014 at 5:57pm — No Comments

A Tale of Two RIT’s

This is a story about two types of Rapid Intervention Teams. The Stagnant RIT, and the Progressive RIT. A RIT or Rapid Intervention Team is a group of firefighters who are organized together to rapidly intervene if a firefighter, or crew of firefighters need help on the fire ground. Think of it like this, RIT is the insurance policy for every person on the fire scene. This team keeps special tools and equipment together, so if there is a MAYDAY where a firefighter gets trapped, then this…

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Added by Cory Crosbie on July 3, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

TURK THE TERRIBLE

Turk is big. Turk is tough. Turk is nasty, and Turk is rough. But little did Turk know, that on one faithful call, in a tree big and tall, that he would become smitten with a kitten named Toots. Now, embarrassed and shocked, and with the fear of being mocked, Turk…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 3, 2014 at 2:39pm — No Comments

The Ultimate Firefighter Tribute Workout



Today I want to give you a taste of the type of workouts that you will find in the Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout and it comes with great timing and a lot of significance... The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides resources and funding (via grants and donations) towards remembering our fallen and protecting our current firefighters.  This "tribute" workout is…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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