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October 2018 Blog Posts (14)

You Can't Scare Firefighters

Fear is a lousy motivator for persons who have joined an organization that routinely confronts danger, especially when, for some, that danger was itself a motivator to join. Now, I am not suggesting that firefighters care less about themselves than your average citizen; just that they generally put the wellbeing of others ahead of themselves. This helps them face hazards that, without such a focus, would cause your average human to turn - if not run - away. Of course, we are also trained and…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 31, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments


STAY FIRED UP, and stay focused, stay dedicated, stay passionate, and prepare for "when it gets real" - because it will!


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Added by Paul Combs on October 29, 2018 at 8:39am — No Comments

Journal Entry 51: You Can’t Lose With the A-Team Sitting Next to You

For the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege to volunteer at the annual Memorial Weekend sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. From 1998-2000, I worked on a logistical crew moving stuff all over the campus in order to re-set the place for the in-coming families, their grief sessions, ceremonies, etc.…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on October 23, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

​The fire service is an occupation that can literally at times dictate life or death. Structure fires, extrications, medicals as well as a whole host of other emergencies that place us dead center in the middle of stressful situations. Over time it’s human nature that we become numb or to think the calls in which we respond are no longer taxing. This may be how we view our daily…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on October 22, 2018 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Injured on the Job and now Addicted to Pain Medication

Thomas Jefferson once said, “With great risk comes great reward.”  There are numerous rewards and incentives of being a firefighter. We are revered and respected members of our communities, the emotional rewards are boundless, and we are granted a lifetime membership into a brotherhood that is linked to firehouses all around the world.  But, as with most things in life, great rewards are often generated from great risk.  In order for something to be classified…


Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on October 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments


STAY FIRED UP, and don't mess with the coffee!


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Added by Paul Combs on October 18, 2018 at 9:46am — No Comments


October magazine illustration.

STAY FIRED UP, and stay dedicated to the craft!


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Added by Paul Combs on October 16, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments

Lessons from Civilian Fatalities

Recently, I found myself in the unenviable position of Incident Commander at a house fire that resulted in a civilian fatality. We arrived to find heavy fire from multiple rooms and witnesses telling us that people were inside. An aggressive interior attack and search operations were begun with the 2 first arriving units and supplemented with later arriving companies. One victim was pulled unresponsive from the home and transported by the ambulance provider. The individual later died, the…


Added by John Lightly on October 15, 2018 at 4:48pm — No Comments

In other news; Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives.


In case you missed some of the news stories, this week of October 7th is National Fire Prevention Week. There’s a lot of history behind this week. I encourage you to read how and when it all started. Many fire stations nationwide hold open houses, provide station tours, respond to requests of visiting this school or that school and for some, at the end of the week, those events are tucked away until next year. I’ve stated as well as many others have, that Fire Prevention…


Added by Andy Marsh on October 10, 2018 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Vehicle Fire Refresher

This month a vehicle fire video out of Kenner, Louisiana was circulated on a number of social media pages including Fire Engineering and Stop Believing Start Knowing (SBSK)…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on October 9, 2018 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Loving and Supporting a Firefighter With PTSD

The brotherhood of the fire service is unparalleled, understood only by members of this exclusive club.  Firefighters train alongside each other, rise through the ranks, and entrust our lives to each other’s hands. We understand without explanation what other firefighters are experiencing, even when located halfway around the world.  We know the rush of adrenaline when the pager goes off, comprehend feelings of pride and accomplishment, and understand…


Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on October 8, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

9/11 Hero Dies in South Carolina From Lung Disease Connected to His Work at Ground Zero

In the 17 years that have passed since the horrible events of September 11th, 2001, nearly 10,000 heroic firefighters, police officers, EMTs and others who rushed to Ground Zero in the hours, days, and weeks after the attacks have been diagnosed with cancer. More than 2,000 deaths have been connected to a range of 9/11-related illnesses and cancers caused by…


Added by Troy Rosasco on October 5, 2018 at 11:32am — No Comments

Maintaining the Aggressive Firefighter

September 20, 2018

I can't tell you how often I have heard, "This is the way it has always been done." Does this mean they are unable to make any other decisions when faced with an emergency?

Every firefighter wants to be a good firefighter but sometimes we must ask ourselves, is good enough really good enough? Let’s talk vacant structures for a second, is a vacant structure vacant because you know nobody has lived in it for weeks or months and it looks run down? The answer…


Added by Jeremy Perrien on October 1, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

“I” is for Ventilation - Using all available tools for controlling combustion

Contrary to the action-oriented, fix-it, can-do attitude of firefighters that make us so effective in most fire suppression and rescue situations, sometimes the best thing we can do to protect the lives and property of those we are sworn to serve is let some things alone. What makes this “hands-off” approach even more difficult is that the tactic I am here addressing - Ventilation - is one that we had been taught and believed was not only helpful and necessary, but a priority for…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 1, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

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