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July 2018 Blog Posts (13)

Is it Really That Bad?


It's been a while since I posted on here just for the sake of having an opinion, but there has been something bothering me.  I read other blog posts, articles, watch live Facebook videos and hear about how there is no Brotherhood.  I listen to the rants of how this 'new' generation just doesn't get it.  Others posting about how the fire service will…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 31, 2018 at 11:56am — No Comments

Achieving goals through push ups

I hate pushups.

They are boring with their simple repetitive down and up motion. They are frustrating as your curled toes start to slide on the floor. They bring back bad memories of evil gym teachers past; I can still hear the hollow thud of my classmate Bobby’s face smacking off the gym floor as his arms failed.

They cause pain to shoot up the backs of your arms and your tightened tummy to spasm. They certainly are not flattering what with all the sweaty bums up in the air…


Added by John Lightly on July 30, 2018 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Mental Illness- Its Time to Break the Chains

Personally, I find mental health to be one of if not the worst stigmas amongst humans today. But for this article more specifically in emergency services. I believe the best place to begin is with my own vulnerability. After all, how can I expect others to follow my lead without transparency and re-counting my own encounters with the disease.…


Added by Michael Lannning on July 30, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Being the New Guy - A Retired Guy's Perspective

This article is intended to compliment the article “The New Guy, By A New Guy” written by Thomas Redden and “Being the New Guy – A Rebuttal” written by Andrew Olson. Both of these articles offer what I believe is a view of the past and one of the future. Both authors bring up good points and, at a minimum, have created an opportunity to consider the new person, and whether we give them more of the same or something different. I appreciate and respect both their positions, and thought I’d…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on July 25, 2018 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Presumptive Illness – Fighting for your life

It is well recognized that firefighting is a dangerous occupation. In addition to the trauma or cardiovascular events killing or injuring firefighters, a slow and insidious enemy has been stalking firefighters for many years and although the injury is not immediate, the effects appear many years after exposures, are long lasting and may lead to the early demise of the firefighter as documented in numerous firefighter deaths from cancers.

A majority of states now cover…


Added by John K. Murphy on July 23, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Being the New Guy - A Rebuttal

I recently read the blog post on how to be the new guy from a new guy and it fired me up a bit. While I agree with many of the points on station life I believe this mentality is slowing fire service growth. I’d like to offer a different viewpoint and see how others in the fire service feel.

Station life, absolutely your job is to be the first out of the chairs and to do the cleaning that others prefer not to do. It’s your job to make the coffee and wipe the tables down after…


Added by Andrew Olson on July 22, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments


This will most likely not be a very popular commentary, but I feel it needs to be said and discussed - especially in this day of social media experts and podcast posers. Seems all you need these days to proclaim yourself an expert on any given topic or tactic is a platform and flashy helmet stickers. Enough! You seriously are not fooling anybody, and if you are, you…


Added by Paul Combs on July 20, 2018 at 9:43am — No Comments

Modern Fire Science - What's in the Name?

From the start, I’ve been a huge supporter of the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL-FSRI) and the many fire science studies UL and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are producing on behalf of the fire service. Never before has the opportunity for firefighters to learn and understand the topics of modern fire dynamics and modern firefighting tactics been greater than today. Modern Fire Science is the culmination of these studies that is…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on July 18, 2018 at 6:49pm — 2 Comments

Artificial Experience: Shortcutting Today's Fire Service

“What happens when you can’t just Google the answer?”


I remember very vividly the Mayday! Firefighter Down portion of my recruit academy.  It was taught over three days including a thorough review of LODD case studies and drills, which recreated many of the same conditions that has previously either injured or killed a firefighter in the line of duty.  One such scenario was the…


Added by Benjamin Martin on July 17, 2018 at 11:47am — No Comments

What’s in that bag? Through-The-Lock Respectful Entry Tools

Part II of the Through-The-Lock/ Respectful Entry series.


This is what we carry in our TTL/ RE bag.

Ours.  …


Added by John Buttrick on July 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments


How well are you training and preparing your officers to manage your most important resource?

STAY FIRED UP, and train!


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Added by Paul Combs on July 11, 2018 at 8:01am — No Comments

The Pursuit of Happiness

 What comes to mind when you hear “The Pursuit of Happiness?” For me it’s a lot of things, first would be finding what makes you happy. What makes you feel fulfilled? What brings you joy? What defines success to you?

Success. That’s what we feel defines true happiness. Be that as it may, than what defines success?

The word pursuit is…


Added by Dave McGlynn on July 3, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Respectful Entry; Through-The-Lock FE

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Firefighter through-the-lock forcible entry. A less destructive and more technical entry that results in gaining patient and occupant access on…


Added by John Buttrick on July 1, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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