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November 2013 Blog Posts (23)

Contaminate Your Crew

CDC Current Intelligence Bulletin 67: Fire Service Epidemic

        There's an epidemic in the American fire service, and terrifyingly little is known about it. Some estimate that as many as 1% of your brothers and sisters might already be infected, while others claim that number is as high as 10%,…


Added by Nick Ledin on November 30, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments


You laugh, but you know you've thought about it!!!

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving, everybody - and for Heaven's sake, clean your chainsaw after the carving.

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Added by Paul Combs on November 27, 2013 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

Brotherhood isn't dead

“Never Forget” is a slogan that the American fire service enjoys using. People never forget major events, brothers that have gone before us, or historical fire service moments, though it often drifts far from a firefighter’s daily thoughts over time. Sometimes a small show of brotherhood is delivered in a way that makes it difficult for one to have an important memory far from their thoughts. I have questioned over the past few years if true brotherhood is a dying breed. All too often it is…


Added by Justin Graney on November 24, 2013 at 8:59pm — No Comments

ICS: Friend of foe?

I have spent a significant amount of time lately talking about and finding examples of utilizing speed on the fireground. It is my belief (and the belief of many others) that the surest way to increase our survival and the survival of the people we serve is to operate with a high level of tempo. I am not advocating blindly sprinting around and tripping over ourselves. I am talking about the kind of speed which is a product of high quality/fidelity training and a thorough knowledge of fire…


Added by Dave Werner on November 24, 2013 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Are you an Instructor? Why NOT?

I completed my Instructor several years ago and at the time I was only interested in teaching short, hands-on classes if any at all.  I always liked passing on information to my members at the station.  I started teaching (assisting) some basic firefighter classes and quickly found how much I enjoyed it.  Not only was it fun and fulfilling to see a new firefighter go from learning to don gear to making actual fire attacks; but it is also a great way to stay current on basic skills and new…


Added by Ron Becknell on November 23, 2013 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Why the Quint Works for us.

Why the Quint works for us.

By Lou Comenale and Justin Ientilluci

In many firehouses across the country you mention the word “Quint” and you might have well just insulted that firefighters favorite football team.  Even in our own department some guys still wish we would run just a Ladder Truck.  Slowly the culture is changing and the reality is setting in that running a Quint actually works in our department.…


Added by Lou Comenale on November 22, 2013 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday


P.J. Norwood & Frank Ricci


Preparation, training, and understanding our equipment is the key to success. The fire servicer service has come a long way in preparing for…


Added by Frank Ricci on November 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments


Looking for a fun Christmas gift idea? Well, pre-orders for my new book Drawn By Fire, Too are now being accepted on the PennWell bookstore. Over 150 cartoons in a beautifully bound hard-cover book. A link for personalized copies will be available on my webstore by tomorrow. Thanks,…


Added by Paul Combs on November 19, 2013 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Keeping Track

These log books vaguely capture what the company did. Who captures the how you performed at an individual level?



Added by Nick Martin on November 18, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Journal Entry 28-“COFFEE”

Chief Ron Kanterman


I have a re-visiting guest blogger this month. My good friend and associate Captain Rob Beattie of the North Plainfield (NJ) Fire Department has returned, infiltrated my Journal and penned an amusing analogy of team work and the firehouse coffee pot. Show this to your probies/rookies/new guys and where applicable, your old guys. Thanks Rob for your insight. I enjoyed this one! Ronnie K …


Added by RON KANTERMAN on November 18, 2013 at 2:35pm — No Comments


Watch your giblets - it's budget time!

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Added by Paul Combs on November 18, 2013 at 8:49am — No Comments

Overcoming the Wall on Recessed Doors

This post was Co - Authored by Ryan Royal

Commercial outward swinging doors can be some of the most difficult forcible entry situations due to the locking systems and added fortification but what is often overlooked in training is access challenges. The outward swinging door below was on the back of a commercial building. You can see this situation has a half wall on the hinge side and the jamb side…


Added by Brian Brush on November 18, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

We are not all "Big City Fire Departments"

We are not all “Big City Fire Departments”

By Lou Comenale and Justin Ientilluci

We see the hats, t-shirts, posters and even TV shows that advertise the “Big City” fire departments.  The reality is, we all can’t be the big city.  Most of us work or volunteer,  in comparison, small towns, in all types of departments (Paid, Combination, Paid on Call or all Volunteer).  It’s nice to think we can operate like a big city but in…


Added by Lou Comenale on November 14, 2013 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments


Units from my department and other companies in Prince George's County, Maryland responded to this second alarm fire last week. It involved a strip of two-story, attached, ordinary constructed, garden style apartment buildings.

Companies on the initial alarm had a well advanced fire in an entire apartment unit with substantial extension to the attic space.…


Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on November 13, 2013 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Find Those Learning and Practice Moments

Training is not just for the drill ground or the classroom. We need to look for learning moments and practice opportunities whenever we can.

We recently responded to a fast-food joint for a fire in the kitchen. I was on overtime and we were on the engine that was second in. The first in company used a Type-K extinguisher to put out the small grease fire on the grill.

The first due captain indicated that the fire was small enough that the suppression system above the grill did…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 13, 2013 at 11:28am — No Comments


The term two-hatter has traditionally been used in the fire service to recognize firefighters who work for a career fire department, as well as volunteer for another. However, on this Veterans Day, I would like to recognize another two-hatter - the men and women who serve as firefighters in their communities, and serve our country as warriors here at home and abroad.…


Added by Paul Combs on November 11, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Modular Discussion

In September I began writing a web column for titled "Modular Concerns".  My goal is to generate a discussion among fire service members on the hazards inherent in certain construction techniques used by the prefabricated (modular) construction industry.  The first submission was designed to frame the discussion; modular construction is everywhere, these buildings are nearly impossible to distinguish from traditional stick built construction, they often utilize…


Added by Kevin Gallagher on November 7, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments

1%er.......... are you one or are you an employee

One man show

This goes out to all the brothers and sisters out there who are 1% er's (not the bike clubs) but the hard core firefighters who bust there chops everyday training and doing there thing aka firefighters not employees volunteers and paid we are all 1% er's.

I was in a conversation once with my good friend from down in the orange state, Julio about being a jack of all trades master of none mentality within the fire service and we proceeded to discuss our thoughts… Continue

Added by Chris Willis on November 7, 2013 at 12:25pm — 2 Comments

Latch Key Kids

If you're from a generation raised on your own, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.  …


Added by Mark vonAppen on November 5, 2013 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Why We Search: Rescues from Vacants in Buffalo and Sacramento

Multiple rescues from vacant home and commercial structure


Fire crews in Buffalo, New York and Sacramento, California responded to fires in vacant, abandoned buildings and rescued squatters from each.


Video courtesy of Don…


Added by Bill Carey on November 5, 2013 at 7:44am — No Comments

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