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If you played organized sports, you were assigned a position, and, a task with that position. If you didn't do it, you sat and the coach found someone that would. Why are more departments not creating riding assignments? It can be done from the largest to the smallest department. It creates accountibility, reduces duplication of effort, and gets the job done.

Added by Dave Gallagher on January 16, 2009 at 1:19pm — 10 Comments

The Game Plan

Does your department have a good foundation for its SOG/SOP's do they make sense? Do they build from simple to complex? Does the first alarm have pre-determinded assignments? What is your staffing like? Does the SOG properly address the fireground basics ? lets talk about these questions what can we do to fix or change broken SOG's or create ones where none have existed.

Added by Dave Gallagher on January 16, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

A thought....

A Firefighter with no tools in his hand is a well dressed spectator.....

Added by Dave Gallagher on January 16, 2009 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

FDNY rescues 154 from air crash in the Hudson

A US Airways airliner reported to be an Airbus 380 today carrying the hundred and 148 passengers and six crew hit a flock of birds and apparently lost both engines according to early reports. The pilots were able to land the plane in the Hudson River. Eyewitness reports from New Yorkers sitting in office buildings along the Hudson described the plane slowly descending into the Hudson River. Nearby ferrys and other watercraft quickly came to the planes assistance with life jackets and help. The… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on January 15, 2009 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

We are now a Fire District

January 1, 2009 the Cloquet Fire Department merged with another local jurisdiction to form the Cloquet Area Fire District. Please feel free to visit our new websit. It contains contact info, a training/incident blog, and department history. It is currently still under construction, but content is being added daily.

Added by Kevin Schroeder on January 15, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Midwest Freeze

To all the fellow brothers in the mid section,

Be careful tonight, we're in for 20 below zero temps with wind chills near 40 below tonight! Water freezes faster and our muscles tighten up exceptionally fast in this type of weather! Take it easy and do some stretches today to keep in shape. Call for manpower if needed!

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Added by Rob Cannon on January 15, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Complex Car Construction (CCC) Using Exotic Metals

Complex Car Construction (CCC) is not a recent thorn in the responder's side. We have been confronted with exotic metal challenges for quite some time. However, as more and more cars are being built with this type construction it's now a major topic.

Volvo was the first to use exotic metals such as boron steel for side impact protection in doors. The anti-intrusion bar made out of boron was defeating older cutters. Unlike mild steel these new alloys do cut like shears through sheet… Continue

Added by Ron Shaw on January 15, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Boston FD on our thoughts and on our Prayers.

Today we lay another Brother to rest and as many of us are unable to be there, we want to keep the family and Jakes in our thoughts and prayers as a dedicated brother and family man. Lt. Kelly answers his final alarm.

Lt. Kevin Kelly

Fire House USA…


Added by Brad Hoff on January 14, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Brings a whole new meaning to "Burning Down The House"!

Firefighters burn down own station...TWICE!!!!

German Firefighters Deemed World's Worst

Added by Brad Hoff on January 14, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments

Fellow Brothers...

I am writing this blog for all everyone to get to know who I am and what my experiences are and where I am going in the fire service. Feel free to message me any advice... I want to learn and never stop!

Well I am from Northern Illinois, born and raised. I grew up like many families, mom,dad and siblings. my mom knew I destined to for the fire service when I was 5 years old when we tookt he first trip to the fire station. I climbed on every piece asked every typical question a 5 yeat… Continue

Added by Rob Cannon on January 12, 2009 at 7:29pm — 3 Comments


If you're checking this out, I hope this finds you well and ready for a great new year! I have the great honor of knowing some of the contributors here and I look forward to interacting with this community.

Train Real, Train Hard, Be Safe,

Added by Dave Gallagher on January 11, 2009 at 5:50pm — 3 Comments

Time for Solutions

Wow! There were 114 Line of Duty Deaths for 2008. Did you see the statistics? So many categories, so many stats. Tucked inside those numbers are the stories, brief as they are, of how those firefighters died in the line of duty. Pennsylvania was tied for second with Oregon in LODDs behind North Carolina. It sickens me to have to state it that way, but however its said, the fact remains the same. Here in PA, we have had 203 fire departments suffer at least 1 lodd. That's about 10% of our State's… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on January 11, 2009 at 5:25am — No Comments

About Me

I'm a computer programmer and one of my current interests is "community" software.

I started creating software 30 yrs ago and have been a paid professional for 19 yrs now. My wife and 2 sons and I reside in Broken Arrow, just outside of Tulsa, OK.

When I joined PennWell in July of 2008 the first website I updated was the Courage & Valor Foundation. Since then I've become involved in an effort to be able to provide all the PennWell websites with "community" features,… Continue

Added by James Stansell on January 10, 2009 at 12:35am — No Comments

Western Washington is taking a beating!

Things have been pretty crazy over and up here for the last 3 weeks with the hard hitting snow, now it has all melted within two days plus 14" of rain within the last 60 hours. The flooding is amazing and devastating. The fire departments across Western Washington have had their hands full with water craft and helicopter rescues consistant for the last 3 days. Amazingly enough, there has yet to be a loss of life that I know of. Knock on wood(if you see…


Added by Chad Berg on January 9, 2009 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Concept Idea - Just Throwing it Out There; Infrared Goggle Pop Down in Hallways for Structure Fires - By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

Most people who are killed in structure fires die from the smoke not the flames or fire. Generally they are overcome by the smoke and lack of oxygen as the fire takes all the oxygen and replaces the airspace with smoke. There needs to be a way to get these people out of the fire situation and structure immediately to prevent loss of life, however without good visibility one cannot see to get to a fire escape, stairway or exit.

I propose a drop… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on January 8, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

That's Why.

From -

I recently responded to a post on from my friend Adam Box, who shared the dilemma he was experiencing with his significant other:

Tomorrow, I will be attending the funeral of Elizabeth Fire Department Acting Captain Gary Stephens. This will be my second (unfortunately I doubt it will be my last) time attending a LODD funeral.

I was in a bit of a bad mood (about something unrelated) and was…

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on January 7, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Cordination of Attack

Does your department have a good foundation for its SOG/SOP's do they make sense? Do they build from simple to complex? Does the first alarm have pre-determinded assignments? What is your staffing like? Does the SOG properly address the fireground basics ? lets talk about these questions what can we do to fix or change broken SOG's.

Added by Chris Costamagna on January 6, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Can we establish a common understanding of risk? or.. Should we write it off?

Can we establish a common understanding of risk? I believe that this is a very difficult question to answer. Risk, is in the eye of the beholder. The ability to adequately assess risk demands a high level of experience and training, a keen eye for detail, a thorough knowledge of building construction and an ability to process and make sense of incomplete information (much of which is of dubious value). The decisions born of this process are always time critical, often life and death and have to… Continue

Added by Art Zern on January 5, 2009 at 12:48am — 13 Comments

Chat room just for fire fighter's

Why don't we have and "Chat Room" for for our site?

Added by Brenda Tenney on January 4, 2009 at 12:23pm — 8 Comments

Capt. Gary Stephens firefighter dies in the line of duty Elizabeth New Jersey January 2, 2009

In the early-morning hours today January 2nd 2009 57-year-old Elizabeth (N.J.) Firefighter Gary Stephens was killed in the line of duty while backing up an apparatus which was laying a supply line at a working structure fire. Capt. Gary Stephens suffered severe trauma when the apparatus he was backing ran over him this morning around 2 AM. We do not have sufficient information at this time to report on what exactly occurred to cause Capt. Stephens to fall beneath the rig. However we felt… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on January 2, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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