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August 2011 Blog Posts (27)

While America Slept, Lady Liberty Wept

While many hard-working Americans were busy trying to eek out a living and saving towards their retirement, our elected officials were busy stealing our America’s dream. Hope for a better tomorrow was fading as each new bill was passed in the dead of night and contrary to the majority of public opinion.

You realize that the mess that this country is in is our own damned fault; right?

Of course, I would expect many to disagree because we…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on August 29, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

THE FIRE LINE: Goldfeder



5,4,3,2,1... Ready? Launch!!



Welcome to the inaugural "The Fire Line," folks!  I'm extremely proud to introduce a fun project that will hopefully bring a grin and maybe a snort or two — this one's just for laughs! Almost everyone is familiar with my biting editorial cartoons, but I'm often… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on August 24, 2011 at 8:11pm — 11 Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: SC

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 64th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Dennis Cauthen has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Altavista Fire Department.



Dennis J. Cauthen



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 22, 2011 at 8:08pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TX

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 63rd Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Larry Nelson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Val Verde County Rural Fire Department.



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 22, 2011 at 8:08pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TX

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 62nd Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Todd Krodle has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Dallas Fire Department.



Todd Krodle



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 22, 2011 at 8:08pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IN

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 61st Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Timothy White has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Cedar Lake Fire Department.



Timothy R. White



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 22, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: SD

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 60th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Trampus Haskvitz has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division.



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 22, 2011 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Averagejake Firefighter Blog

Check out www.averagejakeff.wordpress.com for all my thoughts on the fire service.

 

Also hit me up on twitter @averagejakeff

Added by Robert Owens on August 22, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

75th SWNIFRA Fire School in Monroe Wisconsin

I had the pleasure of visiting with some outstanding firefighters at the "75th" Southern Wisconsin Northern Illinois Fire Rescue Association fire school in Monroe Wisconsin this weekend. The conference was very attended with a great program with a real local focus. The school started 75 years ago and for several years it rotated from city to city and eventually found its home in Monroe. The Monroe folks have some outstanding facilities and an incredible FD with exceptional leadership the…

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Added by Bobby Halton on August 21, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

AUGUST MAGAZINE CARTOON

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Humor is a powerful drug! We use it on a daily basis without even knowing it, and it's a medicine with healing and regenerative effects. At times, the things we talk and joke about in the fire service would seem crass and inappropriate to the general public, but it…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 18, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Love You Man !

I just read Chief Reasons ( Art Goodrich) blog titled "Sudden Separation". It was very touching Chief, and I hope that everyone who reads it takes an important life lesson from it. It reminded me somewhat of Chief Rick Lasky's Pride & Ownership class that I enjoyed several years ago in Myrtle Beach, SC. As any of you who have had a Lasky & Salka class know, they are perhaps the most motivating moments you will ever spend in a classroom anywhere in the United States no matter how many… Continue

Added by Jon D Marsh on August 17, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Sudden Separation



Anyone in the fire service understands that their mortality is under assault every time the tones drop.

 

You can be gone in a flash in a flashover, a collapse, a vehicle accident, a fall or in a less violent but every bit as insidious manner such as a heart attack.

 

It can be sudden and without warning and it leaves many to ask the question, “Why”?

 

My brother-in-law George was walking down the hallway of…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on August 16, 2011 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

From Light Straps to Hose Straps

From Light Straps to Hose Straps

by Kevin Story on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:03am

 

Everyone usually has some of the light straps around, the standard Streamlight strap. They tend…

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Added by Kevin Story on August 12, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Congratulations to Chief John Salka on his retirement from FDNY!

If you haven't heard yet, one of the best Brothers and instructors in our Fire Service, recently retired from 32 years with the FDNY. No doubt Chief Salka is far from done with his instructing and providing leadership to us by any means. It just means he will hopefully have more time with his family at home and us around the country.

 

Please join me in congratulating him for his service, dedication and all he has done and does for our profession in keeping our Brothers and…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 10, 2011 at 7:02pm — No Comments

ONLINE/CLASSROOM HAZMAT TRAINING

CSTI First Responder Operations Class in Simi Valley
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Added by Mike Purcell on August 10, 2011 at 12:12am — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: VA

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 59th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Jeffrey Cocke has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Altavista Fire Department.



Jeffery Alan Cocke



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 9, 2011 at 7:20pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: OK

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 58th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Kyle King has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Perry Fire Department.



Kyle King



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 9, 2011 at 7:19pm — No Comments

10 Seconds to Help Out a True Brother

Hey Friends, I recieved this from Tim Leidig, Mundelein FD please take a minute and sign the petition for Forest Reeder for Illinois Instructor of the year.

I am petitioning you to support Forest Reeder as the 2011 Illinois Instructor of the Year.  I have attached a link for you to complete the survey.  I would like to make (2) requests of you: 1. Please! keep this document and request clear of Forest, 2. If you have mailing groups who will support this petition, please forward the…

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Added by Bobby Halton on August 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

REAL AMERICAN HERO





We Americans love our Hollywood heroes and icons, and Marvel's latest addition to this culture, "Captain America", fits the bill perfectly. Set in the 1940's, he battles his evil Nazi foes with all the swagger and chiseled abs tensile-town can muster. And being a superhero movie junkie, I watched my… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on August 8, 2011 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Everything is Cummulative

I am currently an Intern - Strength and Conditioning Coach at Military and Mountain Athlete in Jackson, Wyoming and will be returning to Northern California in September. Upon returning to California, I plan on doing an observational research study on Wildland Firefighters that will be the foundation of future research and what I have been working towards since entering the fire service in 2005.

I want to change the health culture of the fire service in a way that positively affects…

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Added by Katy Luetke on August 7, 2011 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

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