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Reducing Firefighter Line Of Duty Deaths Through Wellness

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I am conducting a pilot study through the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to better understand organizational factors that influence wellness.

The research conducted in conjunction with this survey explains the need for multifaceted wellness programs that address aerobic fitness, mental health, recovery, nutrition, and sleep. These areas are interconnected and all attribute to cardiovascular disease risk.

Abundant research has examined the effects of total…

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Added by Dena Ali on May 7, 2018 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Take Command of Your Personnel Problems

The firefighters that make a job the most fun to come to work are often the same people that drive you so bat crazy that the trip home each day seems like a summer vacation. Fortunately, the same familiar tools used for taking command of a fire scene can effectively be used in managing personnel issues before they grow to be unmanageable.…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on May 7, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Mandatory Duty - Ghost Ship Fire

The Alameda County judge recently ruled that Oakland officials had a "mandatory duty" to ensure safety at the doomed Ghost Ship warehouse, leaving the city potentially liable for a fire where 36 people died. Attorneys for the dozens of victims and their families, as well as reports by Mercury News (CA) have detailed numerous visits by police, firefighters and building officials in the years before the deadly Dec. 2, 2016, fire. The maze-like Fruitvale district warehouse with…

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Added by John K. Murphy on May 6, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

On this Firefighter's Day A Wisdom from a Brooklyn Poet Walt Witman 1855

Excerpted from From Walt Whitman "Leaves of Grass"

HEROES

I UNDERSTAND the large hearts of heroes, 55

The courage of present times and all times,

How the skipper saw the crowded and rudderless wreck of the steamship, and Death chasing it up and down the storm,

How he knuckled tight and gave not back an inch, and was faithful of days and faithful of nights,

And chalked in large letters on a board, Be of good cheer, we will not desert you;

How he…

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Added by Bobby Halton on May 4, 2018 at 11:46am — No Comments

Leadership – Problem Solving or Putting Out Fires?

     I have had these ideas on leadership swimming around in my head for quite some time. I have now decided to try to share some of my thoughts on leadership in the hopes that my thoughts on the subject might, in some small way may help other leaders or aspiring leaders. At the very least, maybe it will generate the desire to slow down and consider different solutions to problems. You may find, after some thought, that the problem you thought you had isn’t really a problem for anyone but…

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Added by Robert Medford on May 3, 2018 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Rechargeable Batteries

Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International is considered by many in the Fire Service as “the Greatest Show on Earth.” This is a place where Chiefs, Leaders, Aspiring Leaders, Firefighters and all walks of life in Emergency Services come to learn, network and more importantly get their batteries recharged.

Batteries Recharged? This got me thinking…

As I walked through the show room and the halls and took in every second of everything I could that was offered…

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Added by Dave McGlynn on May 2, 2018 at 11:58am — No Comments

Avoiding The Blinder Mentality

Life moves at a fast pace these days... So fast you can easily miss an opportunity to improve one self. The pace affects everybody from the firefighter down on the floor, right up to the chief’s office. There are two common management models during these busy times, the first would be the progressive management model. Being progressive involves supporting the needs and requirements of the organization and predicting or forecasting the future. The latter is called crisis or chaos management…

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on May 2, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Dr. Harry R. Carter

Live from FDIC 2018: Day Five

The Value of Education in the Fire Service

“I have…

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Added by Christopher Baker on May 1, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Community Collaboration: How Local Fire Departments, First Responders, and Business/Industry Can Form Partnerships

Community Collaboration: How Local Fire Departments, First Responders, and Business/Industry Can Form Partnerships

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on May 1, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Rockstar Firefighter - Implementing the 10,000 hour Rule for Tactical Mastery - Billy Greenwood

There are NO shortcuts to the top or high speed travel lanes to mastery... 

Seriously, what does it take to become the go to guy in your firehouse?  What does it take to step beyond the go to guy and become the "elite" firefighter?  Elite firefighters have invested a tremendous amount of time and effort mastering his or her skill set through thousands of hours of training and life experiences. Looking at experience alone, the elite firefighter has often been provided…

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on April 30, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Richest Men and Women in Town

Sometimes, the best advice can come from a Walmart greeter…

A few years ago, a relatively modest looking package arrived at the front desk of the Fire Department’s administrative office. As promised, a friend left a copy of a book entitled, The Richest Man in Town, written by V. J. Smith. Sandwiched within its glossy hard cover was an inscription that read, “Thanks for the great round of golf—Lloyd Torgerson – St. Monica.”

Every once in a…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on April 30, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Reputation Porn – Don't Be Afraid to Bare It All

His best friend’s wife likes to flirt with Sean. His best friend seems to enjoy her flirting….

My day, like so many others, begins in the dark, quietly donning a pair of frumpy sweats, untied sneakers, and a baseball cap to cover what’s left of my hair. With a gentle kiss on my wife’s lips and rub on the dog’s belly – I’m careful not to confuse the two – I begin the journey to locate my…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on April 23, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

FDIC TIME!

It's that time of year again! Time to train, learn, laugh, hug, and bask in the brotherhood that is FDIC International! This is my Christmas, New Year's Day, and Easter all rolled into one... and I personally can't wait. 

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Looking forward to…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 20, 2018 at 9:10am — No Comments

Truck Ops Part 2 --Engine House Training with Guests

Podcast Download and Listen

This episode discusses the transitioning from an engine or other company to the truck company.  Your panel discusses the…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 19, 2018 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Common Valor: Lessons Learned

Click here to read more about this book. 

Here is an excerpt from my newly released book, "Common Valor: True Stories…

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Added by Frank Viscuso on April 19, 2018 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Words Matter

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” in a response to a schoolyard taunt containing hurtful words many of us have probably used when verbally assaulted by the schoolyard bully. That reasoning is generally untrue as words do hurt and I am sure that you were hurt when the bully made fun of your race, clothing, religion or some other verbal and possibly physical assault against you.

In an era of social media, seemingly insensitive comments…

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Added by John K. Murphy on April 16, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Operational Risk Management: How To Make Good, Defendable Decisions On The Fly

Standard operating procedures (SOPs), rules and regulations, departmental orders, and other policies and training procedures serve as the basis for operational risk management and the decision-making process that occurs within fire departments. These guidelines are established for events which can be identified in advance, for example, having procedures in place that address when an employee is late for work, identify company response assignments, or to identify the steps to take when…

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Added by Nick J. Salameh on April 16, 2018 at 11:20am — No Comments

CRAZY LABELS: What would your shirt say?

I'm Doing My Best Not To Slug You Right Now

A little over a decade ago, I was sitting in a college lecture hall flipping through the pages of a text that had just been introduced to the class. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a tool published by the American Psychiatric Association (AP…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on April 15, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

An Old Pick-up Truck and a Hound Dog

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s quote seems acutely applicable to our extended fire service families.  It takes a little pain to determine who will stand next you; who will shed a tear with you; who will dig in their pockets for you; who will go to bat for you; or, sometimes, who will hold you…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on April 5, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Water Rules - Summaries of the recent UL studies Part 2 - Air Entrainment

Continuing this series of reviews of the UL’s Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival, having previously reviewed the results of Water Mapping (https://ulfirefightersafety.org/docs/DHS2013_Part_I_Water_Mapping.pdf), this installment will cover Air Entrainment (…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on April 4, 2018 at 3:02pm — No Comments

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