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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 8:51pm — 9 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 8:30am — 4 Comments

Bobby Halton's December Editorial

There are times when regardless of the possible consequences you have to take a stand if you don’t you can’t look yourself in the mirror. I hope those who find this offensive will remember it is an opinion they are entitled to theirs. There are problems with the 911 memorial all due to an overly politically correct mindset which is dominating our political landscape. Well I know they (the directors of the memorial and museum) have nothing but the best intentions but in my opinion they are…


Added by Bobby Halton on December 18, 2010 at 3:49pm — 4 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 8:58am — 12 Comments

Your Opportunity to Recognize a Hero

Your Opportunity to Recognize a Hero

There can be no better way to memorialize the memory of a great man than to recognize others who remind us of that man's character, integrity and dignity. With that thought in mind I am asking everyone in the fire engineering…


Added by Bobby Halton on December 9, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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 6:08am — 3 Comments

Lift Up the Laid Off

Often times, I will get an idea for a blog from something that I have heard or read. At the very least, it will give me pause to ponder some of the more obscure issues of the day and to my own bewilderment, wonder why it isn’t a more compelling story.

The other morning, as I was driving into work, I heard on the radio that many who were donating to food pantries last year at this time, were CLIENTS of those same food pantries THIS year. Those who were giving were now getting, so to… Continue

Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 24, 2010 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Fire Service Getting TSA-Style Pat Downs?

It has been widely reported through several news outlets that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) wants to make the more aggressive airline passenger pat-downs so unpleasant, that passengers will want to go through the Backscatter Security Scanners, which are full-body scans that leave nothing to the imagination.

That got me to thinking…

In a metaphorical sense; city governments are TSA screeners and public safety is getting the pat-downs!

So, if any city officials… Continue

Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 22, 2010 at 9:59am — 4 Comments

Are Bed Bugs Biting Your Wallet?

Bed Bug media hype has spurned considerable action in the travel industry, hospitals, prisons, homes and (of course) fire stations. These pesky little critters have developed resistance to many pesticides (which may account for the recent increase in infestations), are particularly good a hiding, but remain visible to the naked eye. That's right; you can see them! What you might not see so clearly are the unscrupulous profiteers hoping to drain your wallet with ridiculously expensive equipment… Continue

Added by Mike McEvoy on November 21, 2010 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

A Nation of Unionized Volunteers?

“The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would mandate union monopoly bargaining for state and local public safety employees. (See: and

It would force police,… Continue

Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 15, 2010 at 11:34am — 23 Comments

Oklahoma City and Tulsa Firefighters Need 5 Minutes of Your Time

The Tulsa fire department has request:

In October of 2011, the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Fire Departments will present city officials with a option to integrate the ambulance transportation services into the local fire service organization. We appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time to complete the following survey. Your information will be used in gathering best practices from across the nation and assist in guiding the planning process. Also, please take a moment to forward… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 19, 2010 at 2:36pm — 3 Comments

Budget cuts at the FDNY, your hometown, everywhere

We've got an interesting link here to a scheduled press release where the New York City mayor is going to propose shutting down 20 fire stations at night in order to help alleviate some of the budget shortfalls anticipated in New York City.

With the coming "austerity" which is surely the next buzzword will be getting used… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 18, 2010 at 1:03pm — 4 Comments


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Added by Paul Combs on November 14, 2010 at 10:17am — 3 Comments

The reality of the times

With the changing face of the American fire service it is no wonder we don't have as many old salts to sit around the table in the beanery and spin the great tails of old. The reality is that the adventures are still out there and happening every day, some of us have just forgotten to update our stories. As with all things we as a profession are changing and what our customers expect of us is changing as well. Many would say that Johnnie and Roy ruined it for all of us by planting the seed of… Continue

Added by Skip Simmons on November 11, 2010 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

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 9:47am — 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


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 — 7 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 — 4 Comments

Pure Speculation, Not Judgment

I read two line of duty death reports from the USFA yesterday…we all need to read them. It does not say how or why these good men died, but that is the point. Not knowing gives us an opportunity to look at ourselves and speculate what might have caused their deaths and focus us on what we should be doing to protect ourselves, those we care for, and those that we work with.

I copied… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 26, 2010 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

Engaged and Ownership in today Fire Service

What do these two little words mean to you in your life? They have different meanings for all of us I’m sure, but, how much thought do we give to these words in our Professional lives as Firemen and as Brothers?

In our everyday lives we are engaged in sports, playing, coaching, watching, etc. We are engaged in our families, by being loving husband or wives, fathers or mothers, watching our children grow into well rounded adults. We own cars, houses, computers, cell phones, you name… Continue

Added by Jeff Schwering on October 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

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