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October 2011 Blog Posts (14)

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…


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


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 side of the moon is as old as... well, politicians. Yes, some are… Continue

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


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 indiscriminate!

Are you wearing your SCBA during overhaul and…


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:…


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


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…


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…


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: …


Added by Steve Hutcherson on October 16, 2011 at 11:13am — 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…


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…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 10, 2011 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments


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 construction, fire behavior, the laws of gravity upon a structure being…


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


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 4, 2011 at 8:51pm — 2 Comments

Video- Detroit's 9th Fire in One Hour!

Found this 2-part video of a serious fire in Detroit.  This fire originated in the obvious dwelling, then spread to the neighboring duplex.

Some background of this incident and some of the things people will notice:

  • According to the description, this was the 9th arson fire in THIS NEIGHBORHOOD in ONE HOUR.
  • The minimal use of SCBA.  According to the comments, these crews had run FOUR fires continuously and their was no more air available when this fire was…

Added by Matt McDowell on October 3, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

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