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Should all 1st out apparatus have a RIT pack?

I was at my fire house the other day and a few of us were talking about the RIT pack. Do you think that all 1st out companies should have a RIT pack on board the apparatus? Why or why not? Any kind of feed back would be great.


Added by Jordan Smith on September 12, 2008 at 9:49am — 4 Comments

9-11 "Greater Love Hath No Man"

So I'm sittin' here cogitatin' on things, particular the fact that tomorrow is once again 9-11. In our town, like many towns I imagine, we'll be having a memorial in the morning, I moment of silence, reading the names, the bells, a piper. The crowd gets smaller every year. People drive by the firehouse where it is being held and don't even notice, let alone slow down to pay respects. For many people, 9-11 has been reduced to a memory of cable T.V.…


Added by Ben Fleagle on September 10, 2008 at 9:34pm — 9 Comments

Marketing the Mission 10 Years Later

In April of 1999, Atlanta Firefighter Matt Mosley captivated the nation’s attention when he hung from a rope attached to the belly ring of a Jet Ranger helicopter. His mission was to…


Added by David Rhodes on September 9, 2008 at 1:38pm — 2 Comments

Looking Back to Remember, Honor and Never to Forget!

As for many of us this time of year always makes us stop and say a prayer for the Firefighters, Police Officers, Port Authority Officers and Public Safety Officials who perished on 9-11-01. Today, I was going through my computer looking at all of the images from that day of darkness and I stopped again to say another prayer. For me, I did not know any of the…


Added by Dan Walker on September 5, 2008 at 6:38pm — No Comments

NIST Fire Dynamics Seminar

I spent a very interesting day on Wednesday at the NIST fire research lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center in Gaithersburg Maryland. The mission of NIST is to conduct basic and applied research for the purpose of understanding from the fire behavior and hopefully… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on September 5, 2008 at 5:37pm — 1 Comment

Little Things

As I was writing the "You Know What Really Grinds My Gears" Post, I was reminded of the things that really keep me coming back for more. Some are obvious, of course, but others more ethereal. Now that's a big word for a fireman...but don't worry, I looked it up. So, here are a few of the "Little Things" that keep me into the job...again, you can agree, disagree, laugh, or add to it....

1) A working fire.

2) A cigar back at the station after a working fire (don't…


Added by Tim Linke on September 1, 2008 at 5:25pm — 12 Comments

Do you know what really GRINDS my gears?

I'm sure that a few of you are fans of the TV Show "Family Guy." In one episode, Peter gets a job on the local newscast as a commentator. His spot was called "Ya' know what grinds my gears?" Of course, Peter's perspective on life is a little slanted, and wackiness ensued. I've decided to add this to my blog post as a "ya know what grinds me gears related to the fire service?" You can agree, disagree, laugh, or agree to disagree. I'll add more as I think of them.

Things that really…


Added by Tim Linke on August 27, 2008 at 9:59pm — 11 Comments

Flames in Fernwood

Another working fire in the Fernwood section of Snohomish County for "C" shift today.

At 11:05 pst, Snohomish County F.D. #7 was dispatched to a residential fire in the Fernwood area of Fire District #7 just blocks from Station 72's quarters. Ladder co. 72 arrived to find a large 2 story single family, charged with heavy smoke and flames out the C side kitchen window on the first floor. Ladder co. 72, led by Lt. Fisher, forced the front door…


Added by Chad Berg on August 27, 2008 at 9:08pm — 2 Comments

G******** from Emmitsburg

G******** from Emmitsburg and the Emergency Management Institute/National Fire Academy. I'm here as part of the instructor cadre for Series 10 of the Master Exercise Practioner Class. These folks will graduate on Thursday including the first Chinese National ever to take the class. The Master Exercise Practioner Class has trained over 500 people from across the United States to develop and carry out every phase of an exercise program. There are 62 people in this class from a very good cross… Continue

Added by Robert Rhoades on August 27, 2008 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Alternative Hose Stretches

How many of you drill on alternative hose stretches on a regular basis? Is your training stuck on just laying a LDH feeder and pulling the 1 3/4" pre-connect? Or do you think "out of the box"? How is this perceived by your crews?

Added by Russ Chapman on August 26, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Fernwood continues to Burn!

: Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:10 am Post subject: Another Fire in Fernwood for C shift… Reply with quote

Added by Chad Berg on August 25, 2008 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

Live Auction of Fire Memorabilia to Benefit Fire Chief

As part of a large fundraising effort for Evans Center Firefighter Dennis Allen, a benefit scheduled for September 6, 2008 will feature a live auction of firefighter art and memorabilia. The benefit will run from 2-8pm and the live auction will kick off at 5pm.

Former Chief Allen received a double lung transplant on July 2, 2008 after suffering from the deadly disease: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis for more than two years. He…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on August 24, 2008 at 10:42pm — No Comments


Thursday Night ABC WORLD NEWS with Charlie Gibson will air a Bob Woodruff segment on Sgt Eddie Ryan and the FDNY SE-RATS (SgtEddie-RyanAssistanceTeam) tonight August 21st. at…


Added by Bobby Halton on August 23, 2008 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

Recruitment & Retention Toolkit: Brotherhood

This article is one in a series of toolkits focusing on recruitment, retention, fire service marketing and leadership. It first appeared in the August-2008 edition of FASNY's "The Volunteer Firefighter" Magazine…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on August 22, 2008 at 10:25pm — 3 Comments

Crash At The Crossroads

Having a extrication weekend on November 15 and 16 which will

entail Heavey Truck extrication, Farm extrication, Bus

extrication and Vehicle extrication. There is a 20 registration cost of

$20 for all classes except for farm extrication which will be a

$65 charge. This will include to lunches and all fluids for the two

days and a t shirt. For more information call Sgt. Kersey or

Captain Patterson 478-988-2856 or Sgt. Kersey's cell phone

478-244-1141 The… Continue

Added by chris kersey on August 12, 2008 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

We received our new truck yesterday!

Maybe some of you would not understand the happines, but for us, firefighters from a country that doesn't spend much on Fire equipment, we are very very happy. Yesterday, on a cold, rainy morning, Miraflores 28th Fire Station received the new pumper truck, a new truck in 28 years! We didn't care about the cold weather, we were so exited to jump inside the truck and sound the horn to demostrate everyone in the city our entusiasm. We… Continue

Added by Sharon Garcia Valle on August 12, 2008 at 8:49am — 2 Comments

Serving Inside out instead of Serving outside looking in....

Having been a Fire Chaplain for over 25 years has made me love fire service so much more than I did when I got started. Starting out at a volunteer/partially paid department and learning on the job really did a number on my initial confidence. that I kept asking myself " why do these guys spend double or triple what they make to be on call for extreme times and have to work a job with this commitment to even be here?"

It all started when I was a new mission pastor in town and was… Continue

Added by David Ebel on August 9, 2008 at 2:48am — No Comments

"Where's The Brotherhood"

”Where’s The Brotherhood”

Most of us have seen the…


Added by Todd McKee on August 8, 2008 at 10:54am — 9 Comments

Mentoring: Just ask. We've got your back.

I wrote this in the "Who Are Your Mentors?" Post earlier today. A brother in a small town and difficult situation needed some help and this is what I came up with then and there. The beauty of this site is that we can reach out to each other and make a difference. Back when I was in his shoes, I didn't have this resource. What a difference it would have made! So here's what I wrote to him. I posted it here because just maybe there is someone else out there in the same boat, looking for a…


Added by Ben Fleagle on August 3, 2008 at 12:49am — 5 Comments

Ladder co. 72 first due with Heavy Fire

At 10:45, Snohomish County F.D. # 7 was dispatched to the report of a residential fire in Ladder 72's first due. I was the Acting Lt. that day, and reported a thermal column 2 miles out. Ladder 72 arrived and reported a 2 story split level residential fully involved on the "A" side and heavy fire blowing out of every window on the 2nd floor of the "C" side.

Battalion 71 arrived and established Command. Engine co. 71 arrived (in an antique pumper!) and stretched a…


Added by Chad Berg on August 1, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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