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August 2014 Blog Posts (56)

WHAT MOVES YOU?

What moves you?

Sometimes our most memorable moments are of occurrences from years now past. Our memory holds on to those special moments because the moment moved us in some special way. Many of the lessons that would serve me well in the fire service were learned long before my career began.…

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Added by Warren Cersley on August 18, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #14 (All About Time)

Many years ago I got into a habit of using a stopwatch to time fire and extrication evolutions. At first many thought it was to show how "fast" we were compared to trucks or to test my crew. But after doing it for a while firefighters realized that it wasn't a test at…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 18, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 56th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Safety Officer Douglas James Casson 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 Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Driving On; Under the Influence

I took some time to visit a friend who is recuperating from surgery. This friend is a longtime friend, someone who is twenty + years my senior and someone whom I met as a result of joining a volunteer fire department, a very long time ago. I consider this friend a mentor and someone who helped me grow as a person and as a firefighter. And I told him today that he was an important part of my growing up. We sat and talked for about an hour and a half, along with a family member, who was…

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Added by Andy Marsh on August 13, 2014 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - New Culture Puts Customers # 2

"Our customers are #2" Are you kidding me!!!!!!

I had a long conversation with a friend of mine yesterday who is currently working on his fire science degree. He told…

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Added by David Rhodes on August 13, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

Climb to Remember, Train to Survive

Photo of Colorado Springs Firefighters at the Denver 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

For the past 5 years the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb campaign has brought thousands of firefighters and civilians together to honor the people and events of September…

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Added by Brian Brush on August 12, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

It Doesnt Matter What Your Title Is.

Are you a senior firefighter, company officer, battalion chief or fire director? Before I even know the answer I want you to know that it really doesn’t matter what your title is as long as you understand that your primary job is to lead a team. Your team may be a team of three or several hundred. A strong leader knows his or her job is to take a group of people, align them with a common goal, get them to work as a team, and march them toward that goal. The bottom line is that you have to…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on August 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Watch this FREE Green Building Webnair

This webinar will cover the results of a study commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation to develop a baseline of information on the intersection of “green building” design and fire safety. The study identified gaps and specific research needs associated with understanding and addressing fire risk and hazards with green building design.

Instructor: Brian J. Meacham…

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Added by John Shafer on August 11, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

Navigating Dangerous Waters

On April 14th 1912, a screeching sound awakened many on an “unsinkable” ship. This couldn’t be happening! They’d said it was impossible; that the ship was unsinkable. When I think of training, I consistently relate it in many ways to the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Generation Gaps

In 2009, I wrote an article for the “Everyone Goes Home” Newsletter. In it I wrote about the generational differences that we have to overcome, in order to get good fire prevention education out there. Fire Prevention supports our mission of saving lives and protecting property, but we still need to understand how best to get out those “safety messages” with one general concept in mind ( Life Safety), yet in the language that each generation can embrace and remember. There’s still a…

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Added by Andy Marsh on August 8, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments

The Mayday - Technology for Better Mayday Monitoring!

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on August 8, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

AUGUST Magazine Cartoon


It's obvious where I stand on interior attack regarding known hoarder homes. What are your thoughts?



Added by Paul Combs on August 8, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

POLICY BANK

When you get sued for workplace harassment, discrimination, motor vehicle accident or for any other reason, one of the first things the plaintiff’s lawyer (and your defense counsel) will seek is your departments Personnel Policy Manual, SOG, SOP and Best Practices.

 If you are like most departments, there is a thick layer of dust on the covers or the Word version you used to…

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Added by John K. Murphy on August 8, 2014 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Compromise

We cannot go through our career throwing our hands in the air and giving up when things don't go our way.  Time has a way of rendering jagged edges supple.  It also has a way of softening our perspective, making us less…
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Added by Mark vonAppen on August 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Are We Doing Safety Justice?

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on August 7, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 55th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Jonathan French 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 Glendale Fire Department.



Jonathan French…



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 7, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 54th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook 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 New Carlisle Fire Department.…







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Added by Brad Hoff on August 7, 2014 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Dumb Things Firefighters Say

You’ve heard them all. Maybe you’ve even said some of these things. I’m talking about fire service staples like, “Don’t worry kid, this is just a routine fire,” – “All you have to do it put the wet stuff on the red stuff,” – “Stay in until you can’t stay in anymore,” – “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it,” – “Keep your mouth shut probie,” – “Books don’t put fires out. Why are you wasting your time reading that?”…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on August 7, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

EFO candidate and fellow training officer needs five minutes of your time

Executive Fire Officer doing an applied research paper on Learning Management Systems for the Fire Service has a simple request . Here is a very short (8 questions) survey on how your department tracks training data.  The questions are very basic, so you don’t have to be answering as the training chief/training officer.

 

If you could take a few minutes now to answer the questions or pass the survey along to your training officer I would greatly appreciate it! This is a request…

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Added by Bobby Halton on August 6, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments

Low Pressure Training

More commonly only considered a tool for standpipe operations I want to demonstrate the benefits of adding inline pressure gauges to your department for simple, anytime, any place hose work training.

The 2 ½” inline pressure gauge was brought to all our engine companies in 2007 when the department…

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Added by Brian Brush on August 5, 2014 at 11:01pm — No Comments

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