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August 2012 Blog Posts (26)

Blog Talk Radio Show Anouncment's

The announcement for the September 12th Fire Engineering Blog talk radio, The P.J. Norwood Show has been released.

I am doing something a little unique to get the message of the show out to you. Would you like to subscribe to this list?

My goal is to send no more then five e-mails similar to the one below per month. The emails will be to announce and remind you of the show. Provide you with the live and archived show links as well as other important information. The…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on August 31, 2012 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Every Fire Officer is an Instructor

Every Fire Officer is an Instructor.  Like it or not.. Believe it or not.…

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Added by John Alston on August 31, 2012 at 7:15am — No Comments

It's a Service and a Commitment

A Service and a Commitment

#fireofficertrust

Added by John Alston on August 28, 2012 at 6:16am — No Comments

Today's Leadership

    I rarely venture into writing about leadership as I still consider myself a student and not necessarily a teacher when it comes to leadership education. However during a recent travels and visits with firefighters I have yet to find a firehouse where someone does not complain about the boss. Routinely, the same common denominator is present. The "officer" was never educated to be an officer. So the decisions he or she are making are not based on best practices. They are based on…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on August 27, 2012 at 10:37am — 7 Comments

HEAVEN SENT

Once a firefighter, always a firefighter - in this life and beyond!

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Added by Paul Combs on August 24, 2012 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

To Workout or Not, That is the Question?

Do you workout on shift?  Should you workout on shift and what is the best workout to perform?

This is a major…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 23, 2012 at 9:56pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 55th Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Asst. Chief Timothy Lamere has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Constable Volunteer Firemen Inc.



Timothy J. Lamere

Rank: Assistant Chief

Age: 47…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 23, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 54th Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wildland Inmate Firefighter Jimmy Randolph has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the California Department of Corrections.

Jimmy Randolph…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2012 at 5:53pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 53rd Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Roulos Davis has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Roulos Davis…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 21, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Why ?

   Why is a very profound word , esp. in our line of work. Today we are seeing this word being used quite a lot , not only by our younger Firefighters , but our older firefighters as well. years ago we did we didn't ask Why, we did as we were told , we did the job that was required by us, did we ask Why? , of course we did , but not out load , because we knew that an order was given and followed it .

  In today's Fire Service , you hear Why , asked quite alot , at least 5 times a day…

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Added by Mike France on August 21, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

We Are But Mere Mortals

I stepped away from blogging back in April. The reason can be summed up in three words: my sister Dixie.

Dixie passed away on June 6th of this year; less than two days after turning 62 years old. She had finally succumbed to a rare, dark and evil disease called Hashimoto’s Syndrome. From what I understand, it is connected to a chemical imbalance between the thyroid and the brain. What I witnessed was an insidious parasite that consumed an otherwise normal, adult female, who…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on August 20, 2012 at 6:57pm — 5 Comments

Cold Formed Steel Overview

Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) is the common term for products made by rolling or pressing thin gauges of sheet steel into goods. Cold-formed steel goods are created by the working of sheet steel using stamping, rolling, or presses to deform the sheet into a usable product. Cold worked steel products are commonly used in all areas of manufacturing of durable goods like appliances or automobiles but the phrase cold form steel is most prevalently used to described construction…

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Added by John Shafer on August 18, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Training For Fun or Training for the Fight

As firefighters, we all know the common apprehensions associated with in house or even academy sponsored training. Many firefighters fear they will fail, feel that they will learn nothing, or that it is only for people who haven't been there and done that. One problem I see is that many departments or companies decide to train only to "check the box". We all know ISO, NFPA or the CFAI require a certain commitment to company level or department sanctioned training in order to remain compliant,… Continue

Added by Jonah Smith on August 18, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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 51st Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Mike Burgan has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Sugarcreek Fire Department.

Mike Burgan…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 13, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 52nd Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Sister Wildland Firefighter Anne Veseth has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and members of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

Anne Veseth…



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 13, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

DAMNED IF YOU DO...



Here's my August Fire Engineering magazine editorial illustration. Yep, I'm sure many of you can relate!!



To buy a print of this illustration, visit:…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 13, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

ROCK STARS

Who needs rock stars when you have pipers? For over 150 years, pipers and drummers have been serving the fire service during parades, special events, conventions, retirements, ceremonies, and of course, funerals for our fallen. I still get chills when I hear bagpipes – anywhere, anytime, it never…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 9, 2012 at 10:49pm — No Comments

A Lesson For the Fire Service from the London Summer Olympics

Cabbies across the pond would make great Chauffeurs in the American Fire Service

Like the rest of the Country, I was watching the Summer Olympics and listened to an interview with a local resident of London explaining the ‘insiders’ way to navigate the city. She offered the normal tips of how to get around and what historic landmarks not to miss. None of that distracted me from typing away on my computer and completing other tasks in my office but one particular…

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Added by Dan Shaw on August 8, 2012 at 10:41pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 50th Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Jon Tibbetts has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Sandoval County Fire Department.

Jon Tibbetts…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 8, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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