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July 2016 Blog Posts (41)

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 33rd Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter John R. Fritz 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 Austintown Fire Department.



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Added by Brad Hoff on July 22, 2016 at 7:58pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 32nd Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Deputy Fire Chief Michael Morgan 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 Garrettford - Drexel Hill Volunteer Fire Company.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on July 22, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My first Speech

Below is the first speech I ever gave. I was asked by Chief Rodney Twyman to be the guest speaker at the Ridgley Volunteer Fire Dept. in WVA:

Good evening. My name is David Polikoff and I am extremely honored to be here. I am Battalion Chief in Montgomery County Maryland, life member at Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in PG County Maryland, and volunteer at Sykesville Fire Department in Carroll County Maryland. I am also an instructor with Capitol Fire Training. I…

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Added by David Polikoff on July 22, 2016 at 6:54am — No Comments

Always Return a Favor

     Call it good manners or the Golden Rule, it is simply polite to return a favor or help someone in turn who has helped you.  This rule applies to the fire service as a community as much as any one individual.  Throughout our careers we all  experience the many benefits that make the fire service the unique brother/sisterhood that creates lifelong bonds, trains and develops us from recruit to retirement, and preserves the ideals that guide us through good fortune and adversity.   As the…

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Added by David DeStefano on July 20, 2016 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Recognize the Signs of Possible Wall Collapse

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind

      Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?”

FIve Man Electrical Band c.1971

The above is a part of the chorus from a song from the early seventies, if you want to Google or fact check feel free and even better, play it while you are reading this blog which is a quick reminder of a hazard many…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on July 18, 2016 at 4:11pm — No Comments

CREDIT OR CREDIBILITY?

Credit or Credibility?

Each of us will have the opportunity to look back on our career and determine whether we earned credibility or if we fell short of that by wasting time seeking personal credit.

I overheard the following conversation a few years ago, as I walked toward a house fire.…

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Added by Warren Cersley on July 18, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

MFA #33: Ventilation Justification - More new excuses for old habits

Continuing my theme of rebutting the new reasons traditionalists are coming up with to avoid changing their approach to firefighting, given that many of its original justifications have been effectively disproven, this post will focus on the air flow component of the "How to Control Combustion" equation, commonly referred to as tactical ventilation.  I addressed the resistance to the use of exterior hose streams in MFA #32: Changing the Rules - New excuses for old habits (at…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 18, 2016 at 6:50am — No Comments

With or Without the Hose Line?

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In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose line. This seemed to raise some eyebrows and concern about what…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 15, 2016 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS In Command and Out of Control

In Command and Out of Control

By David Rhodes 

Published Friday, July 1, 2016 | From…

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Added by David Rhodes on July 13, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Embrace the dialogue

PokemonGo is a cultural phenomenon. In a matter of a week, it has made headlines, both good and bad globally. It has also gotten people of all ages walking around their communities, looking for game goals.

Last weekend, I was out with my 15 year-old daughter and asked her if our firehouse had any part in the game. She was unaware at the time, so we drove by. It is a Pokemon Gym, where players can come and work on skills. Foot traffic in our borough has visibly increased recently with…

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Added by Larry Browne on July 13, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

Civilian Victim Removal

When training on search, victim removal often gets very little attention.  Victims are most often found in one of two places:  a path of egress or in a bedroom. Logically, if the victim were 5-10 feet inside the front door, we would simply drag him/her out quickly.  But if the victim is found in a bedroom behind a closed door we must be careful not to do additional harm to this victim.  We say it often on our classes, “If you crawl through a smoky, hot hallway and open up a bedroom door and…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on July 13, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Conflict Resolution in the Fire House

 

Cant We All Just Get Along? Conflict Resolution in the Fire House

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

           

            Some call it drama. Many…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on July 12, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

INFORMATION SUPERPOWER - July Magazine Editorial Cartoon

There's no real power to having knowledge that you refuse to share with others. Regardless of your reasons, you are not smarter or empowered by what you know when it's kept in your self-centered locked mind of superior denial. Knowledge only works when you use what you know to lift others, so they can in turn lift others, and so on...

If you know it,…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

What to do when the public takes the time to thank us

In the wake of the Dallas tragedy, public safety is once again in the spotlight, as it was after 9/11. After 9/11, if you identified as a member of the public safety community, strangers on the street would give thanks, baked goods were donated to stations, and there was a renewed interest in our safety and well being. Once that atmosphere faded, I heard many in public safety ask "Where's the love? Everyone's forgotten us again."

The thanks and baked goods are back. What can we do in…

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Added by Larry Browne on July 11, 2016 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Get Out There

The Sunday Preach:

Chapter 8: 'Get out there'

While everyone loves what is 'inside' the firehouse: the kitchen, rigs, tools, gym etc... we must get out into our first due and ensure that we continue to provide the level of protection that our citizens require and deserve. 

The only constant in life is that of change. 

Change in our personal lives, families & careers our communities, the world continues to change around us. It is…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on July 11, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Journal Entry 42-“It’s All About Love”

Happy summer everyone. I had breakfast with two close fire service friends yesterday morning (Jim Murtagh-NY, Jack Murphy-NJ) and on the way home I was giving thought to my next blog. Lucky for me, I opened my email this morning and my good buddy Rob Beattie from New Jersey who had visited with us in the past wrote something that I thought was spot on. He loves the job as I do and lots of you. Rob makes a point of telling us how and why and even offers a few tips on how to get others to…

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Added by RON KANTERMAN on July 11, 2016 at 9:15am — No Comments

Loved or Feared?

There’s a movie that I love called “A Bronx Tale” and in the movie there’s a question.. “is it better to be loved or feared?”

There’s an old study that there are only three types of Leadership; Democratic, Dictative and Autocratic. In my experience there are many more than just those three. I have been blessed to work with some of the best and worst leaders one…

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Added by Dave McGlynn on July 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

MORNING COFFEE

Morning Coffee

“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike. Paul “Bear” Bryant. (I would add leadin’ too.)

Every morning as I step outside and enjoy my first cup of fire house coffee at 5 AM, I give thanks for another day and for the good grace that has allowed us all to go home safely to our families. I have done my one and only job…

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Added by Warren Cersley on July 6, 2016 at 9:31am — No Comments

THE HYDRATION PROCLAMATION

Heat related illnesses can lead to countless issues including fatigue, nausea, disorientation, injury, and in extreme situations sudden cardiac events. It's hot out there, brothers and sisters - so remember to hydrate and get that gear off as soon as possible.



STAY FIRED UP!

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Added by Paul Combs on July 6, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

MFA #32: Changing the Rules - New excuses for old habits

There has been a steady increase in the fire service’s acknowledgment of the validity of the information provided by recent fire dynamics research, with references to the new understanding now appearing in articles, training materials, and after-case reports (not to mention the occasional blog).  Flow paths, smoke as fuel, wind effects, the inability to push fire with straight streams, and the rapid increase in combustion that results from ventilation are all concepts that have been…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 5, 2016 at 11:22am — 2 Comments

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