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September 2012 Blog Posts (27)

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 60th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Junior Firefighter James Towsend has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department.



Justin Townsend



Rank: Junior Firefighter

Age: 17

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 28, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Box vs. Out-of-the-Box Thinking

Which type of thinker are you?

 

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Added by John Alston on September 26, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

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This illustration is in response to the many letters and emails I've received from followers of my commentary. They state that texting and responding in department vehicles or POVs is becoming very commonplace - and has resulted in a few accidents, as well. To be honest, I'm guilty of doing it myself on…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 26, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments

Don't Forget the Obvious: Basement Self-Rescue

In our classes we spend a lot of time showing firefighters how to stay out of and how to get out of bad situations.  Our fire service is seeing an increase in firefighters who are falling through floors into basements or sub-levels.  This is large part due to the engineered flooring systems that do not perform well in fire conditions.

Fires are growing more intense much…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on September 25, 2012 at 10:43am — 3 Comments

Turn Out the Turnout Gear

Here we sit in 2012 and there is still a need to address. discuss or simply admonish the lack of turnout gear on incidents. We are still seeing chiefs or incident commanders of some sort running into buildings and homes or walking about a mvc with the sole protection of their hand held radios. Then we see firefighters jumping off the rigs wearing a leather helmet and tennis shoes or a ball cap and turnout pants. It makes for a fine commercial for that particular brand of shoes or hat, but…

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Added by Andy Marsh on September 23, 2012 at 10:53pm — 2 Comments

Motivations of Member's in the Volunteer Fire service

The Chatham Fire Department is in the process of expanding its membership. In order to do so focus needs to be made on what drives member to join and to continue to perform the tasks that are given to them. The purpose of this project is to determine how to keep current members motivated and to provide direction for new members.

To accomplish this, descriptive research was conducted to answer the following questions.



1. How did members become involved in the fire…

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Added by Travis Wood on September 23, 2012 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Pursuasive Strategy

If you've ever had someone vent windows without coordinating their efforts with your hose team, then you'll empathize with these two firefighters. Whimsical look at a very dangerous…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

"Good Job" on Backstep Firefighter

Getting good at getting by can get you killed

The rookie sits in the jumpseat straightening out his SCBA straps, lost in thought. He thinks to himself, that the fire was nothing like what they taught at academy. He wonders if they are all like this. Nothing seemed to happen the way it was supposed to. He forgot to put on his hood,…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on September 22, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 59th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother & Wildland Firefighter Chris Seelye has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service .

Chris Seelye

Rank: Firefighter

Age: Pending

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 22, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 58th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Neal smith has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department.





Neal W. Smith…




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Added by Brad Hoff on September 22, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

La confianza, nuestro enemigo.

Cuando somos novatos estamos pendientes de lo que nuestros superiores o gente más antigua en el departamento nos diga. En la academia sólo nos indican lo que hay que hacer por teoría y básicamente una que otra práctica controlada. Pero al pasar el tiempo llegamos a tal punto que hacemos nuestro trabajo casi mecánicamente y con tal confianza que ya ni lo pensamos. Ese es un peligro latente en nuestro trabajo como bombero, ya que descuidamos cosas básicas como al levantar una escalera…

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Added by Philips Chan on September 21, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

Let's help R.I.C./Ayudemos al R.IC. (Spanish & English)

Spanish:

R.I.C. Rapid Intervention Crew en sus siglas en Ingles, es un grupo de intervención rápida, grupo de bomberos que nos ayudarán bajo ciertas situaciones mas alla de lo normal y las que nos pude pasar y estar envueltos, a estas situaciones las llamamos "Mayday" usando el radio.

Como ayudamos a R.I.C., tan simple como poniendo en funcionamiento L.U.N.A.R. cinco letras que nos salvarán la vida y que harán mas fácil la labor al R.I.C.

Al entrar en…

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Added by Philips Chan on September 21, 2012 at 10:18am — No Comments

FE Featured Blogger

As you may or may not know, the great people here at Fire Engineering Online have allowed me to be a Featured Blogger. All my FE post will now be in that section. Thank you to all those who have supported, read and followed me on this amazing journey. So many new friends have been made because of this online forum and I look foward to making many more. So from now on please stay up to date with this link:…

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Added by Christopher Huston on September 20, 2012 at 10:24am — No Comments

Pirate Tales

Everyone reads in different manners and within specific media. Some like certain magazines, others certain sites. The technology and speed make it more important to use varied means to get lessons in front of readers. Such is the case of using "Speak Like a Pirate Day" to highlight the never-forget basics. - Bill

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Added by Bill Carey on September 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Thermostat or Thermometer...Which one are you?

Click on:  Thermostat or Thermometer

"Thermostat or Thermometer" which one are you?

How do you know??? How do you change???

Added by John Alston on September 19, 2012 at 9:20am — 2 Comments

Triathlon Wrap-Up / FF Endurance

Last weekend several of us competed in the Revolution 3 Cedar Point triathlon that tested varying degrees of endurance.  Does this type of endurance translate into endurance on the fireground?  You bet it does.  Leading up to the triathlon, we trained together and pushed each other to new limits.  Read previous posts leading up to the latest triathlon …

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on September 15, 2012 at 9:11pm — No Comments

The Six C's of Fire Officer Trust

#fireofficertrust - The Six C's of Fire Officer Trust, - Commitment, Competence, Confidence, Communication, Courtesy, Courage……

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Added by John Alston on September 15, 2012 at 6:44pm — 2 Comments

Achieving the Immortality (In Spanish and English)

Alcanzar la inmortalidad

Ser Bombero es extremadamente increíble no hay nada comparado con salvar una vida, salvar una propiedad, rescatar a un ser viviente, hasta que descubres que ser instructor de bomberos te hace alcanzar la inmortalidad.

De joven quería ser inmortal y conseguí la formula y de la mejor manera, siendo parte de la profesión mas bella e interesante del mundo, ser Instructor de bomberos, se preguntaran por qué? Porque cuando le enseñas a alguien técnicas de…

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Added by Philips Chan on September 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 57th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Police Captain Steven Henry has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Columbia consolidated Fire Department.

Steven Henry, Sr.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on September 12, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

Remembering With Our Actions

Today is a solemn day. Eleven years ago this country was attacked by terrorists and changed us forever. That day is remembered not only for the horrific events of the attacks, but also for the heroes of that day. We lost 343 of the bravest our profession has known and some of the most influential fire service leaders and instructors we have seen.

Today will be filled with ceremonies, Facebook posts, blog post like this one, speeches and news coverage of events remembering this day all…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on September 11, 2012 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

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