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Featured Blog Posts – September 2014 Archive (8)

Journal Entry 34 - After the Fire

Most of you who know me know that I write about either a training concept or things that inspire me. This month I’m inspired. It comes right in time for Fire Prevention month. Sorry to scare off some of you with the FP words but keep reading anyway. 

On January 19, 2000, an arson fire took the lives of three college freshman and injured 58 others at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. I was a Chief in New Jersey at the time and colleagues of mine had been to the fire. It was…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on September 29, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - The Checklist

Don’t Lose Site of the Purpose of Checklist

I had a few conversations with some folks that really push the use of the “checklist”. This is not a bad thing but I see it getting misapplied in many departments. I once saw a safety officer circling the building with a clipboard busy filling…


Added by David Rhodes on September 24, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments

Rescue: Remove the Victim or Remove the Fire?

            It’s an age old question that is still debated by firefighters to this day, and often quite vigorously. When responding to an occupied residential structure fire, do you immediately go for the rescue to remove the victims or do you attack the fire? Many firefighters would say that you should do both at the same time, and if you have the available resources showing up quick enough to do so, that is probably the most correct answer. However, many times our reality is that we are…


Added by Chris Langlois on September 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

343 And Counting...

"Never Forget" also means never forgetting all those we've lost since 9/11/01. It's 343 and counting...

Added by Paul Combs on September 11, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Ordinary, yet Extraordinary

Never Forget....

Who could have ever imagined what that beautiful September morning would turn into... the thousands upon thousands of lives impacted. Many, never ever to be the same.

The inscription found below the photos of the members of the firehouse where I was assigned as a fireman that died September 11th, 2001 reads: "There was a time when the…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

June 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail


Two tragic apparatus crashes; one provides a sorrowful reminder to us all


The following information is a breakdown of the details of those members in the fire service who died while operating "on-duty" as defined by the United States Fire Administration. For more information on this definition and that of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s definition of “line of duty death” read…


Added by Bill Carey on September 10, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments


I could say many things about these cartoons and my personal experiences, but I am going to give this space up for a friend who is following the noble calling of helping firefighters save ourselves, so we may continue…


Added by Paul Combs on September 9, 2014 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

Brooklyn Rescues Highlight Knowing Your Apparatus Placement and Overcoming Window Gates


Will you fit? Better find out before the box


Companies in the 39th Battalion responded to Box 1873 for the reported fire on the fourth floor of 1308 Loring Avenue on 29 July 2014. Reports of children trapped led to the initial assignment being made…


Added by Bill Carey on September 5, 2014 at 8:14am — No Comments

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