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just getting a feel for the site

Hey everyone,
just checking things out and getting used to the site . still got alot of exploring to do

Added by mike diener on March 31, 2008 at 3:40pm — No Comments


I will not be at the April meeting due to attending FDIC...I would guess that Mark will 'designate' someone to take notes in my place--thanks in advance to the person who does this. Also, I was accepted to the Book Committee for the State, our first meeting is April 15th, I will keep the district posted. As always, if you have any questions,…

Added by Stacy White on March 29, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

In my tenure as a firefighter I have responded to numerous hazmat calls. Most (90%) we handled at the operations level. Only a few needed "tech" level interventions. With that said, continued education and training to maintain the skills learned have been important for me. Yesterday I attended an 8 hour class with several other departments, including DHS hazmat teams. The class was hosted by the Dupont Chemical company. The company has an old Anhydrous Amonia car converted to a training prop… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 28, 2008 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

Fire Service Funeral Practices

I originally wrote this piece for another blog spot in October-2007 but felt it has relevance here. I'd love to hear what you think on the subject:…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on March 27, 2008 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

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Added by Fire Engineering on March 27, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments


What SOP do I need to make law, but not write a huge book?

I have been working in SOP for over the last 6 months.

What do's and donts should I use.

Im open to all information.


Added by Kirk Pickens on March 25, 2008 at 10:28am — 5 Comments

New this week on Fire Engineering's site: EMS video and more

Mike McEvoy's third Training Minutes video is up. It's EMS training, on treatment of chest wounds. Watch it at

Steven De Lisi's new Haz-Mat Survival Tips column talks about getting documented training on atmospheric monitors for your department. Click the… Continue

Added by Fire Engineering on March 25, 2008 at 9:34am — 1 Comment

"ZIP - Clunk!, ZIP - Clunk!, ZIP - Clunk!"

What is it that we love about the job? What are the little things? For me it has to be the sound of firehose flaking off the rear of the rig as your laying a line into a good job. Even inside the cab of the truck you can still hear the "zip-clunk" as section after section of hose feeds off into the street. Or maybe it is the time at shift change when we all are gathered around the kitchen table. There is plenty of coffee and lots of laughter. Or maybe it is the smell of the apparatus bay. The… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 24, 2008 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Recruitment--Hook Em Young--This Ain't Your Daddy's Fire Service

In response to the troubling prevailing trend of declining volunteerism in the Fire Service...oh the hell with that...let's call it what it is, we're in trouble folks....the numbers are bad, the kids aren't signing up and the current membership is aging at a rate that almost guarantees the death knell for Volunteer Fire Departments.

What to do? I've created and have almost completed writing a program that my organization (The Firemen's Association of the State of New York...aka FASNY)…


Added by Mary Ellen Shea on March 24, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Where and why do we get hurt?

This chart…


Added by Michael Urban on March 19, 2008 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments


There are still some fire service myths floating around out there I see. Firefighters operating under unsafe SOP's or none at all. Hard to believe. Staffing is always an issue. Having one firefighter per truck is not staffing it's a driver. Chiefs need to worry more about the fire floor than the apparataus floor.There are all levels of instruction and instructors out there. Get the reasons why we do something from the instructor not just the teaching points.

Added by Ray McCormack on March 19, 2008 at 11:12am — No Comments

Looking to Gain Knowledge!

I believe that the day I stop learning is the day to quit this job. I'm looking for anyway to increase my knowledge in all subjects pertaining to the fire service. If you have any ideas please let me know.

Added by Jim Mayfield on March 17, 2008 at 10:21am — No Comments


I have been fortunate to be associated with so many great firefighters in my fire service career and it seems only natural that this site would further enhance that experience. In a recent blog post, I asked for information on response safety for a report I am working on for the Indiana SAFE Fire Service Initiative [This initiative is modeled after the 16 Life Safety…


Added by Stacy White on March 14, 2008 at 10:40pm — 3 Comments

The IFIA is a Full Service book store.

I am the IFIA [Indiana Fire Instructors Association] District 6 Representative and am at the service of the 13 counties within my District. Many of the fire schools in Indiana…


Added by Stacy White on March 12, 2008 at 11:44pm — No Comments

The Next "Great" Thing In The Fire Service

A year from now, what will this fire training community be like? Will we use to promote our profession, our lifestyles as firefighters? Or, will it slowly turn into a second thought as the novelty wears off of it? When I joined I was number 76 or so, as of this post there are 389 members, what will it be like at 1,000 members, 10,000 members, or even 100,000 members. So far it has turned out quite good. With just a few keystrokes I can interact with leaders in the fire service. I can network… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 12, 2008 at 7:29am — No Comments

Working Up: Filling In As An Officer

A common practice in the fire service is to allow firefighters to work in a position that is above the position they currently hold. Every department has a different phrase for this, such as: riding out, working out of class, working up, or even wearing the big pants. As fire officers we have to be sure that those that fill-in for us are capable of doing the job. The best way to set these firefighters up to succeed is to provide them with the training, support, and encouragement they… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on March 11, 2008 at 11:58am — No Comments

Forest Reeder Wins ISFSI Instructor of the Year Award

Chief Forest Reeder was selected as the ISFSI 2007 George D. Post Instructor of the Year recipient for his 25 years of tireless dedication and hard work in the

field of fire service training. Forest serves as the drillmaster for a website devoted to information sharing

and news relating to firefighter safety and survival. In addition to

this weekly drill feature, Forest is the author and a… Continue

Added by International Society of Fire Service Instructors on March 7, 2008 at 3:08pm — 4 Comments

Fire Departments on Google Earth

After much work and rework (well and more rework), we've finally begun to map all the fire departments on Google Earth. Now you can download the file, open it in Google Earth (or Google Maps for that matter) and view the departments on The link to find out more or to download the most recent map, paste the link here into your browser:

We are adding departments daily, so… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on March 6, 2008 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Control your radio

The first 5 min of an incident is the most critical yet that is when you hear the most unnecessary radio traffic. Thinks before you speak on the radio. Is what your going to say going to have an impact on the incident or is it something that can wait.

When things go bad on the fire ground they go bad fast. Let the crews fighting the fire have the radio courtesy they deserve.
Something to think about!!

Added by David Polikoff on March 6, 2008 at 8:10am — No Comments

About the Open Fire Academy...

One of my greatest passions, is training. The key, to me, is ensuring that the person on the ground, on the nozzle, or on the engine, has the resources and information they need to be safe. This is why I started the Open Fire Academy ( and theFireWiki ( The concept is that greatest good and the most accurate information is built in a community setting. As well, both provide the ability to update information in real time. To ensure that our knowledge… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on March 5, 2008 at 10:11pm — No Comments

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