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November 2010 Blog Posts (27)

Why Oh Why

Recently I posted about this change that I see occurring in the fire service that I referred to as a "Disheartening Trend". I have gotten many responses from a vast array of people and unfortunately my observations are not unique to me. Furthermore, when speaking with some of our veteran members, it appears this is a unprecedented event that may not be just a cycle.

I know this sounds depressing and bleak, but at least we know a problem exists. The next questions we need to ask… Continue

Added by Eddie Crombie on November 10, 2010 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Making the Grab!

That is in the metaphorical sense. A hand was extended and I "grabbed" it. Thank you so much, Bobby Halton.

I have not been active on the fire ground for 8 years, but I remain active in our fire department as president of its board of trustees.

Before some of you get the wrong idea, I want you to know that NOTHING comes before the safety and well-being of our firefighters.

I am true blue collar firefighter who has enjoyed the highs and suffered the lows of this great… Continue

Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 10, 2010 at 10:47am — 5 Comments

A Disheartening Trend

I recently attended a class about building construction presented by Mike Lopina of Lockport Illinois and Tom Tulipaino of Lombard Illinois. An excellent class that I would highly recommend.

This class was full of very strong firefighters, both in skills and values. While on our breaks we all talked about the job and our departments like most firefighters do. After the class I realized something very disheartening. Everyone (including me) was talking about the negative issues within… Continue

Added by Eddie Crombie on November 4, 2010 at 10:32am — 2 Comments

Hold CPR: Get an Ambulance and Helicopter

Time is ticking away. You might want to put down those few hundred pages of Emergency Cardiac Care Guidelines 2010 and pick up a copy of the draft NFPA 1917 Standard for Automotive Ambulances. "Doesn't affect me," you say? I'd bet otherwise; if you ride a bus, aid car, rescue, box, ambulance, or whatever else you call that patient care and transport vehicle on wheels, this standard affects you.… Continue

Added by Mike McEvoy on November 4, 2010 at 8:01am — No Comments


I LOVE Fall!! I love everything about it, except for the allergies, of course - but even they're tolerable with the incredible beauty of a Great Lakes Autumn!!

However, seeing multi-colored leaves carpeting the ground also brings to mind the ever increasing mounds of paperwork and documentation that… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on November 3, 2010 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Consider your words carefully when demeaning those who speak of "safer firefighters"!

Perception is reality...and a large part of one's perception is based upon their environment... past, present and their expected future.

For example, if you are around positive people the majority of your life then you more than likely will have a bright outlook on things and most who cross your path will consider you to be a smiling optimist. Conversely, if you spend most of your time around people and situations that steep in negativity then you will probably share a life view full… Continue

Added by John Barrett on November 2, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Responding to Non Emergency Calls re: Fire Service Court -Fire Engineering Radio

Certainly enjoyed this informative Podcast! It raises issues that just 10 or even fewer years back wouldn't have aroused curiosity to many of us. Remember when we used to fill residential swimming pools ?

A few years ago, I recall being dispatched to a residence where EMS was already on scene. The EMT and Paramedic were trying to maneuver a gurney with patient out an entry that was obstructed by large shrubbery and low tree limbs. I chopped a clearing just enough to allow passage of the… Continue

Added by Jon D Marsh on November 1, 2010 at 12:38am — No Comments

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