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The eyes of my grandfather

I had occasion the other day to spend a considerable amount of time with one of today's youth. I was interested to speak with him due to all the discussion nowdays about the state of today's younger generation. I know it seems to be a topic the fire service is finding more and more worth while to address. I see this issue raise in the specific areas of training and management of new firefighters. So on to my meeting, I hope you find it as eye opening as I did.

I was taking an… Continue

Added by Marty Mayes on November 24, 2008 at 4:27pm — 2 Comments

My Memory of the Chief

>I wrote this about the Chief late at night, a few hours after I found out he had passed. It has been three days since then and this is the first time I have let this out.

21 November 2008

Today is the first time in my young career as a fireman that I have had to deal with losing one of our own. It was not to fire, an apparatus accident or a heart attack on the job. It was not one of these but it is no less heart breaking. It is no less devastating, personally or… Continue

Added by Keenan Mulvaney on November 23, 2008 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Request for help-RE: Command Simulation Training

November 22, 2008

Dear Fire Service Colleague;

I am presently researching command simulation training and command training centers.

I am a Fire Captain with the San Jose, California Fire Department.

I am also a student at the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The NFA is part of the United States Fire Administration, which is under the Department of Homeland Security.

I am enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program,… Continue

Added by A. J. Cabral on November 22, 2008 at 7:54am — No Comments

The Parting Glass: Goodnight Chief.

I am sitting alone at last. The firehouse is quiet and I can hear the pipes playing in my head. My Chief has fallen. While we ran from tone out to tone out, he slowly let go. As his boys ran the beat, he went to sleep. I miss him, you know. For some silly reason he used to call me "Watash". I think I'll write that on the back of my helmet. He believed in me.

He was our bull dog, our champion. He loved his men. We loved him. You couldn't help it.… Continue

Added by Ben Fleagle on November 21, 2008 at 2:30am — 38 Comments

Overhead rescue patient raise/lower

Ever had to make the choice between ropes, etc. and utilizing a readily available on site crane or lift platform?

Added by Sam Williams on November 20, 2008 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Needing Prayers

Hi everyone I created a group called Our Family in Need . It's a group where anyone can list and share requests for helping our own in need or prayers and condolences for our Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Service and their immediate families. What I listed below is also in my new group.

I have a friend who is a Battalion Chief in a local fd. He has been fighting a good fight with cancer and just got sick and is now in the hospital for the last few days. It appears they have not… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on November 20, 2008 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

The Role of the Fire Instructor

Fire instructors play a critical role in the development of firefighters. When the recruit begins training, their first exposure to the fire service is the instructor. That experience can often determine the firefighter’s view of training and future classes. Looking back through one’s career in the fire service, or life in general, it is easy to pinpoint teachers and instructors who have made a great impact. What were some of the characteristics of these instructors? What was it about them that… Continue

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

Visitation for Senior Firefighter Walter Harris

The staff of Fire Engineering is deeply saddened by the loss of Detroit’s Walter P. Harris Senior Firefighter Engine 23, 6th Battalion. Walter was killed in the line of duty while serving his community. Walter is remembered as a loving gentleman and an outstanding firefighter. Our deepest sympathies to the Harris family, the members of the Detroit Fire Department and all of Walter’s many friends. Fire Engineering thanks Dennis Walus for providing us with Walter's information.…


Added by Bobby Halton on November 17, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Lesson on the Human Heart

In the wake of this sad week for firefighters, I can't help but feel bewildered by the attitudes of some firefighters.

Two of our brothers and sisters died this week while completing routine training exercises.

While there is no evidence or even speculation that the recent deaths of FDNY-Probie Jamel Spears, 33 and Volunteer-Cecilia Turnbough, 42, for Dale City Fire-VA were in poor physical shape or that a lack of fitness in some way contributed to their death (nor am I implying… Continue

Added by Katy Luetke on November 13, 2008 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Fire and Emergency Services Exploying:Safety Issues

We have about 6 young men ,that is in training .(Explorers)) One issue that requires particular attention is what the Fire and Emergency Service Explorer will be allowed to do at the emergency scene.Many departments allow Explorers to respond on the apparatus with trained personnel.A solid policy must be established as to what the Explorer may not do once he or she arrives on the scene.

Explorers may not be substituted for trained personnel

''''''''must be equipped with personal… Continue

Added by Brenda Tenney on November 11, 2008 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Bill Corbin Receives 2008 Henry S. Parmelee Award

I would like to recognize Bill Corbin's outstanding achievement in receiving the 2008 Henry S. Parmelee Award from the American Fire Sprinkler Association. Firefighters everywhere were excited during the recent ICC code hearings and our success in getting residential sprinklers past. But we know that the fight is far from over and men like Bill Corbin will help us to maintain this outstanding advancement in fire protection. We would also like to recognize our good friends at the American Fire… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 11, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Deer and the highway,accidents

I just went to and scene where two car accidents was involved .Two deer run out in the road,the car entered the other lane.,and hit on coming car..I want to know what would you do,if deer run in front of your car or truck.
Would you go into on coming traffic,or what?
Their was 3 PI's ,this time,the people was lucky they was not going to fast,on and major hwy.
In our area,deer cross the roads any time of day or night...

Added by Brenda Tenney on November 10, 2008 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Congratulations to Deputy Chief "Butchie" Cobb

Jersey City Deputy Fire Chief Robert W. Cobb Joins ISO as RDS Director of Community Hazard Mitigation…


Added by Bobby Halton on November 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A National Tragedy

Every now and then it's absolutely appropriate to use this space as a bully pulpit. And today I fully intend to do that. This Thursday the American Fire Service suffered an incredible tragedy. It is such a significant tragedy because it is a values-based tragedy. St. Louis firefighter Leonard Riggins 52 years old, was shot and killed while trying to do what he had spent his entire adult life doing, helping others. Firefighter Riggins stopped to lend aid to a motorist…


Added by Bobby Halton on November 8, 2008 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

For Bobby Halton: "Brother Berg Wants A Story"

Chad Berg, my good friend, wants a story. I have recently read Chief Halton's latest editorial, much on my mind. I take pen in hand,..or keyboard and this is what comes out. Please read it all, the major point is in the end.

So, Brothers, there we were....Hey, I'm not gonna lie to ya, it wasn't the coldest night in Alaska, we've seen much worse. But lend your ear (or eyes) and I'll tell you a tale of frozen fingers, ears and eyelids,… Continue

Added by Ben Fleagle on November 7, 2008 at 2:12pm — 11 Comments

What If,Infectious diseases,like anthrax was to spread,what could we do?

The Russians made and vaccine-proof anthrax.The Americans asked to see it,and the Russians refused.If that's not frightening enough,Alibek told Diane Sawyer that Russian scientific publlications have reported a genetic marriage between smallpox and a brain virus called VEE.He believes they have engineered yet another deadly genetic merger -

Infectious diseases may be introduced into an unsuspecting U.S.population not only from natural human,animal,or plant sources but also deliberately…

Added by Brenda Tenney on October 31, 2008 at 9:29pm — 3 Comments

Governor Issues Re-examination of Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

Today, the governor the state of Kentucky issued a letter to Dave Brock, a survivor of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. For those of you who may not remember, the Beverly Hills Supper Club was a nightclub located in Southgate, Kentucky. On May 28, 1977, it would become the scene of one of the largest losses of life in the history of the American fire service. In the letter issued today, Governor Steven Beshear explains that he has directed three nationally recognized attorneys to re-examine… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 29, 2008 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments



Time to be mentally prepared for the shift, Time to be physically ready, Time to check your…


Added by Tom Gherman on October 23, 2008 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Helmet Safety & Straps

On the front of there is a video regarding a firefighter that fell through the floor and his helmet saved his life. I recommend that everyone watch the video and the next time you see a student or fellow firefighter w/o his chin strap buckled, do him a favor and give him a small reminder. It could save his life! As a fire instructor, I am strict about if you wear your helmet it gets buckled. I received the number one sign…


Added by Todd McKee on October 21, 2008 at 2:35pm — 10 Comments

Please Read Worcester Cold Storage Fire Dedication Needs Our Support

Memorial Service to be held at Worcester Cold Storage Fire site

The Worcester Firefighters Memorial Safety and Survival Seminar invites all of us to be part of the "Remembrance Wall" at the site of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire of December 3, 1999, to be…


Added by Bobby Halton on October 16, 2008 at 1:08pm — No Comments

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