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October 2011 Blog Posts (23)

ChiefReason’s 2011 Halloween Spooktickle



Author’s Note: The kid in me comes out twice a year; Christmas and Halloween. I hope that I have managed to entertain you with this tale. Please enjoy the loose ends and see how many obscure references you can find as you read on.

 

It’s the morning of Halloween in Mockingbird Heights.

 

Mockingbird Heights is a sleepy little hollow that is nestled in between Haddonfield and Savoy. It has been said often that you can…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

CAUGHT SNOOZING!



Are you feeling drowsy? Lulled to a sense of slumber by the pleasant handshaking, smiles, and promises of utopia? Have the photo-ops and media exposure left you with an exaggerated state of importance? Well here's a wake-up call: YOU'RE IN FOR A BIG SHOCK, BUDDY!!  Politicians promising everything this… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 27, 2011 at 10:05am — 3 Comments

ARE YOU WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD?

Unlike our favorite Halloween monsters and ghouls, the Toxic Twins are very real, and very deadly! Sometimes they kill quickly using heart attacks as their form of malice, other times they kill slowly in the form of cancer and respiratory illnesses. They are invisible, silent and odorless - and…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 25, 2011 at 3:21pm — 4 Comments

City Fires; Chief “Retires”



The Moline, Illinois city council, on the advice of the city administrator, plans to cut 12 firefighter/paramedic positions and privatize EMS in the city.

Immediately after the decision was made, Chief Ron Miller announced his resignation/retirement. See associated links:…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 24, 2011 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

A Tale of Two Fires on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER

On Thursday September 29, 2011 a Vallejo, California firefighter was burned in the rescue of a paraplegic.  The firefighter made entry into the man’s mobile home which was heavily involved in fire and dragged the man toward safety.  During his attempt he was forced to bail out after suffering burns and a second crew knocked down the fire and completed the rescue.

On March 30, 2010 the Homewood, Illinois Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in a chair in a house.  They were…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 22, 2011 at 6:13pm — 4 Comments

May I Demonstrate?

I have stood by and watched this “Occupy Something/Anything” movement move from a crawl to almost motionless and all the while, telling myself to keep quiet.

 

But I cannot any longer…

 

Those of us who grew up in the 60s/70s have an appreciation for the protests and demonstrations that rolled through the better part of two decades. It was in those days that I spent my time as a radical. I did not consider myself a liberal, though in the strict definition,…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 20, 2011 at 5:58pm — 5 Comments

Social Media Instruction

The social media world is providing instructors with numerous options to pass on knowledge.  As an instructor, I am often wanting more time in the classroom or on the training ground.  Here’s a way to gain valuable class or training time.

By making a video preview of an upcoming lecture or hands-on drill, instructors can increase the knowledge base of their students prior to them even stepping foot in the classroom or on the training ground.  This will allow for greater conversation…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on October 20, 2011 at 4:44pm — 2 Comments

Ground To Roof Ladder Transition On Ice

Here’s a piece brother firefighter Charlie Hillman (Norwalk (OH) FD) wrote about a chimney fire last winter.  He brings up several fireground basics that we all should remember.  Pass it on!

On Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 0850 hours the Willard Fire and Rescue department was dispatched to a chimney fire.  The chimney fire was reported in a 1 ½ story wood-framed, single family dwelling, ranch style home.  Upon arrival the supervisor initiated incident command and a…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on October 20, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments

size up ?

I am wondering if anybody knows any good websites/articles on how to give a good size up ? I understand the basics for instance wescom 2229 is on scene we have a two story residential structure with smoke on the c/d side of building occupants evacuated, will be starting our attack going to fireground red.  Our there any good memorization aids for giving an intial size up?  

Added by Jason Stimac on October 17, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

4th Annual Lt. Brad Hutcherson Memorial Fire School

16 days left to register for the Lt. Brad Hutcherson Memorial Fire School 4th annual event!!!So don't miss out on one of the best training events ever!Everyone that registers online will automatically be entered to win a new fire helmet. Also we have door prizes from Paul Conway Shields, Chief's Choice, Firehouse Dolls,Nelm's Fire Co.,Talon Rescue, MN8 Products,Black Helmet Apparel,Firedog Energy Drink,TNT Rescue and many more.For more info or to register please visit: …

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Added by Steve Hutcherson on October 16, 2011 at 11:13am — No Comments

NFFF 30th Memeorial Weekend

I am sure many of you like me wish you could be in Emmitsburg this weekend to honor or Fallen Brothers and Sisters and share time with families and all that the Brotherhood is about.

Here are a few links you can watch the NFFF Memorial Weekend live video on http://statter911.com/ http://www.fireengineering.com/index.html or http://ironfiremen.com/…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 15, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Dual role firefighters? Still in the cards for the future of the Fire Service, or obsolete cost saving system?

Good morning,

 

1.) What are the thoughts on dual-roled firefighters? (Firefighter/ Medic)  

2.) Do you see this trend continuing in the future?

3.) Does the community seem to benefit from this type of service?  

4.) What draw backs to this trend have you noticed?

 

I am with an organization that has had FF/Medic's in our system since 1995.  I myself, am a cross trained officer and came in under this new program.  There have been several noted…

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Added by David W. Harper II on October 14, 2011 at 5:35am — No Comments

Kansas City Was a Ghost Town

I arrived in Kansas City on a late Tuesday afternoon and would not leave until Friday morning.

While in Kansas City on company business, I would rise early in the morning and would return to my hotel room in the late evening and would grab a cigar, go outside and call my wife. I would return to my room, turn on the TV for the day’s news, grab a bottled water from the fridge and I would sit down and read the Kansas City Star and the USA Today.

Then, I would check my emails, put…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 10, 2011 at 8:15pm — 3 Comments

A Chance to Recognize an Outstanding Firefighter and Gentlemen

 

Capt William Caviness From Greensboro North Carolina collapsed and passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack while participating in the Chicago Marathon. Capt. Caviness was running to raise money for the IAFF Burncamp and the other efforts which the IAFF extends in order to provide opportunities to burn victims. The last time I checked this link below is still active where you can see a photo of Will running and make a contribution. What a fitting opportunity to be able to…

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Added by Bobby Halton on October 10, 2011 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

AZ certs to IFSAC

I am looking to move to Texas and they accept IFSAC certifications, not Arizona certifications. Does anyone know how I can convert my AZ certs to IFSAC certs?

Thanks!

Added by Mark Day on October 7, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

SIMPLE MATH



I have never been very good at math, but even a cartoonist can solve this equation: ((EGO + PRIDE) x BRAVADO) - MAYDAY TRAINING = TROUBLE!!!



Don't get me wrong, I am all for aggressive tactics and training to keep yourself out of trouble. Understanding building…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 6, 2011 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Our Incivility Ability

Whenever I take a business trip, it also gives me the opportunity to cover a wealth of issues in my mind.

As I drove to Kansas City, Missouri, I was thinking about an article that I had read in the Sunday paper.

In the article, the author attempted to identify where we lost civility and an unwillingness to compromise in our political system.

He cited the usual suspects-social media, websites, blogs, talk radio-and offered nothing new.

I can easily understand the…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 4, 2011 at 8:51pm — 3 Comments

USFA Releases Annual Report on Firefighter Fatalities in the United States

The 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend will be held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg on October 15-16, 2011. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration will honor 72 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2010.  For more info on the Memorial Weekend scroll to the bottom.

 

Emmitsburg, MD – The United States Fire…

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 3, 2011 at 9:33pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: Guam

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 74th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter II Vince Cruz has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Guhan (Guam) Fire Department.



Vince Cruz



Rank: Firefighter II

Age:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 3, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments

The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: NC

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 72nd Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain George Fisher III has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Sandy Bottom Volunteer Fire & Rescue.





George W. Fisher… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on October 3, 2011 at 9:08pm — No Comments

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