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October 2014 Blog Posts (56)

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CA

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 67th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Cal Fire Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with CAL FIRE.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on October 9, 2014 at 5:31pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CT

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 66th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Kevin Bell has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Hartford Fire Department. …



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Added by Brad Hoff on October 9, 2014 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Second Due with First Due Eyes

As a late arriving officer there are some things that need to be done before just heading inside for the sake of heading inside. As I always mention, follow your departments guidelines and assignments.

In particular, as second due there are some things that I like to specifically do in concert with my assignment. If my assignment is water supply, I ensure that that task is successfully completed. In addition to my assignment, here is a list of additional tasks that I like to complete…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 9, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

The Disappearing Chief

" Hey Chief, I just punched Firefighter Smith in the face because I didnt like the way he looked at me" Chief - "Ok, well try not to do it again". "Chief, I got caught driving DUI again and lost my License this time for 60 years" Chief - " Ok, well try and do better"  "Chief, although you received a medal for saving the whole town and everyone under the sun thinks you did an outstanding job, I think you are the worst because you didn't take my advice and let me do what I wanted to do at that…

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Added by Mark Munroe on October 9, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

HUMPDAY SOS - Brown Card IC Training

Brown Card IC Training

How much training have your command officers actually received in commanding incidents? Oh yeah, don’t tell me they have completed the NIMS 100, 200 and 700 online. This is not to diminish the importance of NIMS training…

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Added by David Rhodes on October 8, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

WHISTLING THROUGH THE GRAVEYARD



Are you whistling through the graveyard?



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Added by Paul Combs on October 8, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

I Shouldn't Have to Write This

As I write this, I am deeply saddened and disappointed at the fact that what follows even needs to be written. 

 

We are firemen.  We are human.  Humans make mistakes, and firemen probably make more than the average human.  With that understanding, I want to address a problem that afflicts society as a whole, but has really affected my department and several other local departments significantly over the years. 

 

Drunk driving.

 

I loathe drunk…

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Added by William Knight on October 7, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Master Stream Application

Master Stream Application

Added by Frank Ricci on October 7, 2014 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: AR

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 65th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Chief J.B. Hutton, Jr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Dermott Volunteer Fire Department. …

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Added by Brad Hoff on October 7, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #19 (Directional Steering Pull)

One of the most challenging skills in extrication is the displacement of the various objects that may be "trapping" our patients. If we practice moving these objects (steering wheel in this example) in various directions, it greatly improves our "options" when the entrapment is not typical. Here we are moving a steering wheel/column towards the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on October 6, 2014 at 9:12am — No Comments

Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers

 

"We all thought that since nothing serious had happened before, nothing was going to happen this time out,"

AH-6 "Little Bird" heading out on October 3, 1993 mission. (Department of Defense photo) AH-6 "Little Bird" heading out on October 3, 1993 mission. (Department of Defense photo)



"I can just remember Sgt. Eversman telling me, you know, “Moore, find…
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Added by Bill Carey on October 6, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

LEADERSHIP ANOSMIA

Leadership Anosmia

When I read, almost daily, about failed leadership in the Fire Service I have to wonder how the troubled leaders came to be and how they expected to be successful with no apparent understanding of principled leadership. How do the failed leaders who make the headlines exist with such an obvious lack of leadership instinct, leadership senses, positive leadership abilities, planning skills, some…

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Added by Warren Cersley on October 5, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments

One more step...

It's hard to breath. Sweat stings my eyes until they blur and a bald head does nothing to stem the steady flow. I chose to be here. I live for this moment. My body begs to slow, to rest, to just quit. My heart says no. The family that surrounds me shares in my suffering. Their lungs burn too. Their muscles struggle to obey the message traveling down from the brain. Pain endured begets more pain but there is nowhere else we'd rather be.

"ONE MINUTE!" Moments later my mind computes the…

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Added by Brandon Strickland on October 5, 2014 at 12:23am — No Comments

Working RIT for small departments

 

 

I come from a rural area as you all know and often times we don’t quite have the staffing for an attack and a RIT team until the next due arrives which can be anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, it just varies.

However I can recall fires where a RIT team deployed and helped the interior teams with their problems.

 

Many years ago there was a fire at a Limestone mine and the fire is in an underground basement of sorts it…

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Added by Chris Willis on October 2, 2014 at 1:18pm — 3 Comments

ZOMBIE SHOCK



I couldn't resist a little pre-Halloween fun. Beware of the unexpected - especially during the bewitching month of October.





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Added by Paul Combs on October 2, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Service Leadership

Service Leadership

In the world of constant bad news and the incredulous suffering at the hands of bureaucracy I witnessed a moment of hope yesterday. My friend Mike “Waldo” Reynolds (3rd…

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Added by David Rhodes on October 1, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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