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More Convention Thoughts

A few thoughts about the Convention and mentoring. While I was in Seattle, I was really blessed to have time with a former member of my company. This is an upstanding young fireman and just seeing him again was good, but to see him succeeding at being a probie in a large department made me feel really good. In Alaska, so many of the young brothers move on to bigger and better things and we rarely get time to see them as they move into their own.

So we're walking along talkin' about his new… Continue

Added by Ben Fleagle on July 25, 2008 at 3:27pm — 1 Comment

Murdered Fireman Ryan Hummert to be Laid to Rest Friday July 25 2008

Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Hummert was on the job in Maplewood for one year, he was by all accounts a great fireman and a wonderful person. He was murdered by a mental ill man with a high powered rifle while responding to a car fire which was set to ambush the responders. Also shot was a 28 year old police officer who thankfully will survive. Any meaningful or comforting words escape me as to how very sad and tragic this horrible crime…

Added by Bobby Halton on July 24, 2008 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

After doing some code Red teaching written May 11th,2008

f you want to read the good stuff skip towards the bottom. At least I warned ya

Once again home from my travels. This time It was a 12 hour flight home.

Which in most cases would have taken me almost to New Zealand or

somewhere warmer or more interesting. On the return flight I was able

to enjoy most of the remaining villages scattered throughout what is

considered YK that I had not been too.

Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Few words can describe this… Continue

Added by Ben Simonds on July 17, 2008 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

Warrior Poets

I just got back from the FOOLS Convention in Seattle and I'm still riding high from it, a little wound up, a little melancholy, a bit homesick. Funny, I had never met most of the firemen and women I met down there, yet so many of them have left a mark on me, a h*** in my soul that I cannot fill, now that I am gone from them again. We shared many great moments. Like John and Walt on the Pipes, the helmets stack halfway up the wall, and Gilbert becoming one with the barrier, the Pub crawl and… Continue

Added by Ben Fleagle on July 17, 2008 at 12:25am — 4 Comments

Knox County Pandemic Flu Exercis

Kudo's to Chief Shawn Kristie, Mt. Vernon Fire Dept for his department's involvement in the Knox County Health Department 2008 Pandemic Flu Exercise. It was good to see fire, EMS and law enforcement all sitting at the same table working through many problems that would concern their departments during this type of incident. All of public safety needs to develop this attititude to public health emergencies. Mt. Vernon PD, Knox County Sheriff, County EMS, Citizens Crop, Medical Reserve Corp…


Added by Robert Rhoades on July 15, 2008 at 9:12am — No Comments





Added by Marty Hamrick on July 15, 2008 at 9:08am — No Comments

Notes from the Annual International FOOLS Convention

I had the distinct honor, for which I have to admit I am poorly qualified for as compared to most of you, to be the first keynoter at the International FOOLS convention in Seattle this week. It may very well be the most humbling event of my career because of the caliber of men and women which I was asked to address. I am so proud to be a member in good standing of this outstanding organization. Although many, who are…


Added by Bobby Halton on July 12, 2008 at 4:11pm — 4 Comments

" I am a Firefighter"



From the Legends in the Fire…


Added by Todd McKee on July 6, 2008 at 7:07am — No Comments

Pandemic Flu Planning

This is a good site for Pandemic Flu planning.

Added by Robert Rhoades on July 3, 2008 at 7:56am — No Comments

Ohio Hazmat - WMD Awareness Class Manual

The Ohio Hazmat - WMD Awareness Course Manual can be found at

Added by Robert Rhoades on July 3, 2008 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

Hackensack Twenty Years Later July 1

The Hackensack Ford fire which occurred twenty years ago today July 1 1988 still holds many lessons and is a modern landmark fire. For my generation the Hackensack Ford fire was a major learning fire. The practices and procedures of our day were greatly affected by the tragic loss of 5 wonderful men. Captain Williams, Lieutenant Reinhagen, and…

Added by Bobby Halton on July 1, 2008 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Bloomington Fire School

Hey Just wanted to say that I had a great time at Bloomington Fire School. I learned alot and would highly recommend to anyone to go and allow yourself to learn new and ever changing ideas.

Added by Tom Fentress on June 25, 2008 at 3:09pm — No Comments

The Most Important Things You Will Read This Week

The issue of Firefighter Safety and Survival…

Added by Bobby Halton on June 25, 2008 at 9:23am — No Comments

Thirty six years ago today Box 1571 Sounded for a fire in the Hotel Vendome

It is fitting to reflect that 36 years ago the City Boston lost nine men in the line of duty on Commonwealth Ave and Dartmouth Street after a three hour firefight when without warning a sudden collapse took the lives of nine of Bostons bravest. The Vendome Hotel Fire memorial is dedicated to the memories and legacy of those nine Boston members firefighters killed that afternoon Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Lieutenant John E. Hanbury,…


Added by Bobby Halton on June 17, 2008 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

Remember the Fathers, Remember Them All.

Father's Day 2001 Queens New York


I could not let such an important day pass with mentioning two things; first the many fathers who selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice in the finest traditions of our service, who memories we honor as we celebrate all Fathers today. And secondly to the lessons all of us have benefited from having by such incredible men in our lives as all of our Fathers were. I thought that a great way to share with you today would be to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on June 15, 2008 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

FDIC Online presentations archived

Folks, you can still watch the presentations from the first FDIC Online. Just head to and you'll be able to watch the archived classrooms on demand. These presentations will be available until September.

Added by Fire Engineering on June 13, 2008 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Of Chiefs, Training Officers and Consultants

Fire companies using outdated equiptment and being taught outdated training methods is common in the American fire service and it cuts across all departments types and sizes. I have listened to firefighters talk about being unable to affect change within their company or department. These are not style issues. These firefighters are presenting factual data and willing to test their tools against what is currently in use. They are rebuffed at…


Added by Ray McCormack on June 10, 2008 at 10:10pm — 3 Comments

Proper Line Placement

This is an excellent photo of proper line placement. The first line at almost every fire should be positioned so as to cut the spread of fire. I realize that the great temptation is to put water on the fire. However, in this case, more good things will happen if the initial line is stretched between savable victims and the fire - or between savable property and the fire - do one you do both!

Congratulations Northbrook Il. FD…


Added by Skip Coleman on May 29, 2008 at 10:25am — 3 Comments

The Voice Podcast

Hey gang!

We're in full swing on producing "The Voice" on a weekly basis. Steve Pegram is taking over hosting duties and you can find The Voice on the Fire Engineering homepage. Please feel free to give us feedback on topics that instructors want to know more about. If there is something you'd like us to cover, drop us an email or post here. Also, if you are an instructor who is doing something cool, let us know! You might be featured on the program!

Added by International Society of Fire Service Instructors on May 20, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

Fire Officer Development-- Strengthfinders 2.0

Whether you are currently an officer, or aspiring to be one, understanding your strengths and how they apply to your leadership is important. We will spend several weeks delving into the strengths you bring to an organization. Based on the book Strengthfinders 2.0, this informal course is an opportunity to interact and engage your findings from the book. The key is the application. How do you begin to apply what is learned? We will investigate ways to apply the findings to your department. To… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on May 19, 2008 at 1:26pm — No Comments

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