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October 2010 Blog Posts (10)

THE OL' BALL AND CHAIN - October FE Magazine Illustration

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Added by Paul Combs on October 25, 2010 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

Things that drive me crazy! (or crazier)

I suppose we all have pet peeves. As anal as I am, I have more than my share. One of them is what is shown in the photo above. Now, to be fair, no water is flowing (yet) and I am sure that the men and women of the Pawtucket fire department are among the best in the country. But - what's the firefighter doing at the tip of the aerial?

In my opinion, he or she is in one of the most dangerous positions a firefighter can put themselves in - and… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on October 21, 2010 at 9:52am — 7 Comments

Engaged and Ownership in today Fire Service

What do these two little words mean to you in your life? They have different meanings for all of us I’m sure, but, how much thought do we give to these words in our Professional lives as Firemen and as Brothers?

In our everyday lives we are engaged in sports, playing, coaching, watching, etc. We are engaged in our families, by being loving husband or wives, fathers or mothers, watching our children grow into well rounded adults. We own cars, houses, computers, cell phones, you name… Continue

Added by Jeff Schwering on October 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — 17 Comments


I am a BIG believer in SOGs (or, SOPs depending on your Department). Standard Operating Guidelines are the foundation for how we approach most incidents and a baseline for what is expected of us as firefighters. Although it is up to ALL of us to follow and uphold our Department's SOGs, I'm putting this commentary on the… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 18, 2010 at 2:45pm — 7 Comments

Roll Call for October 3 - October 9

SAFE Firefighter is going to give an overview of how WE did as a fire service from Sunday to Saturday of every week. Please feel free to leave comments or add comments with links to additional information.

Thanks and Be SAFE!

To Read the Post, CLICK HERE

Added by Matt McDowell on October 16, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Arizona has a chance to set the example for the US once agian

On Nov. 2, the people of Arizona will decide whether to amend the state constitution to bar the government from discriminating against or granting preferences to individuals or groups in public employment, contracting, and education. I wholeheartedly support Proposition 107, the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative. A person’s race, ethnicity, or skin color should not be a part of their promotion or the application process. Individuals should be promoted, hired, or admitted based on their… Continue

Added by Frank Ricci on October 15, 2010 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Dry Hydrants

Having a difficult time determining the best practice for flushing/back flushing these installations. Believe that pressurizing them with an inch-and-a-half or larger is causing uncemented plastic fittings to come apart or to leak. Saw the comments about letting the "dust settle" and gravity feeding some portion of the tank water down the h*** before priming. We have milfoil trouble, is anyone doing anything about invasive specie? Thanks for any suggestions

Added by Gary M Courtney on October 9, 2010 at 1:37pm — No Comments


I'd like to introduce you to a good friend of mine, and to the fire service. Dayna Hilton and her family of dalmatians are making a difference through their energetic fire education programs. I first met Dayna and Sparkles through email a few months ago and quickly became a huge fan of their passion and dedication for… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 7, 2010 at 7:04pm — 7 Comments

Roll Call for September 26 through October 2

SAFE Firefighter is going to give an overview of how WE did as a fire service from Sunday to Saturday of every week. This will include LODD, Civilian Deaths, Close Calls and any other interesting stuff. Please feel free to leave comments or add comments with links to additional information. Thanks and Be SAFE!

Roll Call for the week of September 26- October 2…


2 (Robert Hall and Edward Mosely)

62 for 2010

Civilian Fire… Continue

Added by Matt McDowell on October 6, 2010 at 9:11am — No Comments

Coverage of the NFFF Memorial Weekend

Hello to all,

Live STREAMING coverage of this weekend’s NFFF Memorial Weekend will be available at

Coverage will begin on Saturday October 2 for the Candlelight Service at 6:45 pm EDT, and will continue on

Sunday October 3 during the Memorial Service at 9:30 am EDT.

Find it in the right sidebar.


Thanks, Be… Continue

Added by Matt McDowell on October 1, 2010 at 4:05pm — No Comments

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