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October 2012 Blog Posts (11)

An Election of a Lifetime

When I was a young man, my dad made certain that I did two things; register for the military draft and register to vote. Dad was a World War II veteran and believed that it was a sacred right to vote in elections. He felt that voting was a very personal right and would never tell me how he voted. However; he spoke very fondly of Harry Truman, so I knew even without asking that he was a Democrat.


What I found odd about that is that Dad worked very hard, would not accept…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 31, 2012 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Thru the Floor Prop--Realistic Training Props

Here is a short video of our thru the floor prop. This is soley for the use of calling a Mayday and recognizing that parameter.   We place mattresses and foam below the firefighter and is monitored closely by our instructors.

This gives the firefighter a sensation of falling but is a short enough and controlled fall as to keep the drill safe.  Email us if you would like to know how we built it.



Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 24, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Command and Size Up Reminders

Here is a great "memory jogger" for Command Functions and Size Up from one of our instructors, Scott Hulsey.  I know it's short, but these little cheat sheets can be used during training evolutions or at the kitchen table to stay sharp as an incident commander.

Size-up Matrix…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 24, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments


Shipping out for another USO tour and an opportunity to thank and serve our Nation's Warriors! I will be drawing along side five other incredible cartoonists and look forward to their camaraderie over the next few weeks. I will not be posting during this trip, but will have plenty of stories, photos, and of course, sketches to share when I…


Added by Paul Combs on October 19, 2012 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

The Best Fire Rescue Workout Program-- The Great Debate

I figured with the presidential elections and debates going on I thought it was a good time to debate about something worthwhile (not that the election/ debate is not but after a while they all sound like "blah, blah, blah.") This topic is one near and dear to your heart and career--Workouts for Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I've been writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world. You can read about them …

Added by Aaron Zamzow on October 18, 2012 at 10:33pm — No Comments


From time to time I get asked how I create my Fire Engineering illustrations. Well, I thought I'd take this month's theme and show you the drawing process.

Every drawing that I do typically starts in my small sketchbook that I carry everywhere. If you seen me at FDIC, you've seen me with this little black book. This is my idea book - where all the things that are bouncing around in my crazy brain get scribbled out before they drive me insane!! Below is the original thumbnail for…


Added by Paul Combs on October 17, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments


Getting into the spooky spirit of my favorite time of year!! Watch for full moons and empty coffee pots, everybody:)

Happy Halloween, and be safe out there!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to order prints:…


Added by Paul Combs on October 17, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Automatic Fire Alarm Complacency

Automatic Fire Alarm Complacency

By: Tony Kelleher and Ricky Riley



Recently, we have had several discussions; both within my own areas fire department and in other departments across the country with regard to their policy and attitudes towards automatic fire…


Added by Richard Riley on October 16, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

SIZE MATTERS - October Magazine Commentary

Size DOES matter!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to order prints:


Added by Paul Combs on October 14, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Fireground is Like Loading a Dishwasher

I suppose I am fortunate that one of the only ongoing debates between my wife and I are the nuances of loading the dishwasher.  You see, I load the dishwasher the way it was designed to be loaded.  My wife, she believes randomly loading the dishwasher.  We both think that our respective methods work best for fitting the most dishes and getting the job done the best.  Much like the fireground, and numerous other “hot topics” right now, there are many different opinions and theories on the…


Added by Matt McDowell on October 12, 2012 at 8:10pm — No Comments


Let's have a show of hands, figuratively speaking... Who likes to be micromanaged and placed under the ever-present scrutiny of a magnifying glass? If you raised your hand, please quietly leave my blog now - I'm sure there's a mega-corporate blog out there in Internetland just for you!

Great leaders lead by placing trust in their subordinates and empowering…


Added by Paul Combs on October 10, 2012 at 1:24pm — No Comments

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