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December 2010 Blog Posts (14)



Yes, these are all real life head-lines inspired from this past year! As if public relations wasn't hard enough, we invite this mayhem into our lives and firehouses with our own actions. Trust me, after years in the news industry I can tell you that a head-line speaks volumes towards public perception (after all, who reads or listens to the story, right?).…


Added by Paul Combs on December 31, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Buffalo (NY) Firefighters Injured in Fall Through Floor in Vacant Structure

According to the Buffalo News:


Three Buffalo firefighters fell through the floor of a burning vacant house in the city's East Delavan-Fillmore section Wednesday night, and

two of them were injured and taken to the hospital, fire officials


The injuries in the blaze at 145 Mohican Ave. were described by fire officials at the scene as "non-life-threatening." The

nature of the fire is being described as…


Added by Fire Engineering on December 30, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Plan B

I have noticed that many of my stories, and those of others have a happy ending because of a "Plan B."  What if Plan…

Added by Peter Lupkowski on December 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

In Search of Bigfoot

Apparently, it has become our mission as grandparents to provide our grandson with the Christmas season’s hottest toy.

Many of you will remember the great Zhu-Zhu shortage of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 29, 2010 at 3:06pm — 6 Comments

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dedicated with utmost respect to Chicago FD, Firefighters Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum, their families and friends.

It’s Christmas Day and there is an empty chair.

It might be a favorite chair in the family room. It might be the chair at one end of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 25, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

You Are What You Read

In between discipline, training, planning, and WOW actual calls it occurs to me that we have some down time that we could responsibly fill with knowledge enhancement activities.  Do you like that?  A new acronym KEA.  Yeah, what the heck does that mean?  Let's call it reading.

It doesn't make a difference if it's printed matter, blogs (thank you dear reader),…

Added by Peter Lupkowski on December 21, 2010 at 10:22pm — 2 Comments

The Day the Passion Died

Did you feel that this morning?

Don’t by coy.

The tones dropped and you didn’t make the call. Before the first truck could announce “in service”, you were already fabricating your excuse.

But, we know what’s going on, don’t we?

That adrenaline rush that once propelled us to “firefighter of the year” is only a gooey mess of poor descriptions of what is now poor performance.

There was a time not so long ago that you felt like your little village needed…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 19, 2010 at 9:51pm — 8 Comments

Lyfe Pulley System

Hello to all, we just got a Pierce Lyfe Pulley sytem and been looking some ideas on how others are using it. The Pierce book does use it at 500# anchor back to the turn table and 250# anchor away from the truck. My question is why does that have an affect on anything? In the past on other areials we would use the top fly section (without the escape tip) to rig mostly a change of direction. Does the same principle apply to them as well? I do know using the top fly instead of the escape…


Added by Stephen Holloman on December 19, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments


Leaders: Why should we expect to retain the quality people we have if we don't give them a reason to stay? Your people are your most valued asset - train them, motivate them, and give them the gift of fulfillment that only the fire service can give! If not, then don't be surprised when…


Added by Paul Combs on December 14, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Try Fueling Your Trucks With Broken Promises

Is a broken promise nothing more than a lie?

I believe that it is, even when you factor in “intent”.

When you make a promise, it is not your intent to break it, but it has the same end result as a lie when you fail to deliver on a promise.

To the person to whom the promise was made, it feels like a lie. It’s the same feeling of betrayal, isn’t it?

What about the motivation for the promise?

Was there ever the intent of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 13, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Pass It Forward

Some training partners and I recently had the opportunity and honor to travel to rural Missouri to help with some safety and survival training. It was a one day event on a Saturday and the department and area that we were in is staffed solely with volunteers. We realized very quickly that these men and women were eager and a little anxious at the same time about this series of drills.

My background in the fire service started in a volunteer department and I am still very involved with…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 9, 2010 at 9:49pm — 1 Comment

1999: A December To Remember

Note: Chief Mark Wessel of Keokuk, IA Fire Department is to the left. I am to the right.

December, 1999 delivered a major blow to our brotherhood of firefighters.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 9, 2010 at 7:08am — 2 Comments


As I was reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol last week, it came to me that the lessons learned in this classic tale apply to many facets of life - especially in the fire service. And just as the three ghost that haunted Ebeneezer Scrooge that Christmas Eve opened his eyes to what was, is, and will be, so could they warn… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on December 8, 2010 at 9:58am — 8 Comments

The What, Where and Why of the First Line

Nothing does more to improve safety on the fireground than correctly stretching, positioning and using the first attack line (sorry Truckies). The question is, do we take our most effective life and property saving skill for granted? Do you know the WHAT, WHERE & WHY before and/or during the initial attack line stretch? This post asks these questions and offers some discussion to the most fundamental fireground tactic.

1. Does the first line always have to go through… Continue

Added by Matt McDowell on December 6, 2010 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

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