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July 2014 Blog Posts (45)

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 47th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Robert Thomas 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 Bienville Parish Fire Protection District 7.



Added by Brad Hoff on July 2, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Make Your (Hose) Bed Talk To You

My department recently redesigned our apparatus.  We went from small cramped trucks to nice roomy trucks.  With this change we had to evaluate how our trucks were set up.  What was good, what was bad and are they the most efficient for our calls and staffing.

The configuration of our hose beds was a big change. Sticking with our old way of doing things was going to be a challenge.  This forced us to do something we’ve really never done before.  Research, practice and more…


Added by Grant Schwalbe on July 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Hump Day SOS Wizard of Oz Management

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What in the world are they talking about? Do they work for the same department?” Maybe you are stuck in the world of Wizard of Oz management. It often boils down to perception. Those in the station are closest to the work (responding and assisting the people in the community). Those at headquarters are…


Added by David Rhodes on July 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Journal Entry 33-Third Time’s a Charm

By Ron Kanterman-July 2014

Some of you have heard that for some reason when you get to the third time of anything, it’s a charm. It’s true. As a boss, I’ve been blessed throughout the years with being around good and great firefighters. Being the Chief at Merck in New Jersey and then for the Mohegan Tribal FD in South East Connecticut were wonderful experiences. They were wonderful because of the officer cadre and the folks on the line as well.…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on July 1, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

How Can We Know Our Buildings?

Frank Brannigan said the building is our enemy and we need to know our enemy. Some have amended that with the fire is our enemy but the building is our battlefield and we must know the terrain in which we are to do battle. Either way you put it building construction is important to everything we do. However just the subject of building construction is VAST and unending. Engineers, construction companies, contractors, developers, etc. are always trying to come up with cheaper, and more…


Added by Robert Owens on July 1, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

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