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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 31, 2018 at 11:56am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Lightly on July 30, 2018 at 9:04pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Michael Lannning on July 30, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments
(Photo Credits: Top - Noah Berger, Lower Left: Matthew Henderson, Lower Right: Parra Photography).
Serving beyond their physical, mental and even emotional limits. Sleeping in the dirt or wherever they can find a spot untouched by the…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 29, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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
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…Continue
Added by Andrew Olson on July 22, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments
"The best tool for fire attack is your brain. The only limits to maximizing its effectiveness are the barriers you put in place. Be as aggressive in obtaining knowledge as…
Added by Christopher Baker on July 21, 2018 at 5:00pm — 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
Millennials, those born anywhere from the mid to late-80’s to the early to mid-90’s, get a bad rap some times. Whether it’s a story on the nightly news about soon to be or recent college graduates whining about not finding their dream jobs, or a young co-worker who just doesn’t seem to have that work ethic that you may have had when you stared. This new generation cannot seem to get out of their (our) own way sometimes. This is evidently true in today’s…Continue
Added by Thomas Redden on July 19, 2018 at 3:22pm — No Comments
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…Continue
“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…Continue
Added by Benjamin Martin on July 17, 2018 at 11:47am — No Comments
Part II of the Through-The-Lock/ Respectful Entry series.
This is what we carry in our TTL/ RE bag.
Added by John Buttrick on July 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
STAY FIRED UP, and train!
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Added by Paul Combs on July 11, 2018 at 8:01am — No Comments
So, what exactly does a firefighter look like? How should they act? What skills should they be able to master? How big and strong should they be? Are firefighters supposed to be more mechanically inclined or fluid with their words? Should they be creative or analytical? Is it essential that they be self-aware or is it more important that they are interpersonal? Are they nimble minded and quick to reply, or do they process information more slowly before providing a response?
Added by Scott Ferguson on July 3, 2018 at 10:22pm — No Comments
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, then what defines success?
The word pursuit is…
Added by Dave McGlynn on July 3, 2018 at 2:02pm — No Comments
Originally hosted at: http://www.leatherheadmafia.com/through-the-lock-respectful-entry/
Firefighter through-the-lock forcible entry. A less destructive and more technical entry that results in gaining patient and occupant access on…Continue
Added by John Buttrick on July 1, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments
“All that I am I owe, I live eternally in the red." – Dr. Carl…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 1, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments