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Too much? Nah! Who doesn't like a little pop culture parody - and Fifty Shades of Grey was just too juicy to pass on. 

So, what crazy or embarrassing calls have you been on? Share - but please, let's keep it PG rated - just the facts, ma'am.

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Added by Paul Combs on February 17, 2015 at 8:05am — No Comments

Making the tragedy personal is the first step in preventing the next Line of Duty Death.

 “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” Joseph Stalin

After recently reading Dan Ariely’s book, Predictably Irrational, and his use of this quote, I pondered if this quote from the feared Communist leader Joseph Stalin could help reduce our line of duty deaths and the answer is YES! While Stalin’s quote was most likely intended for more sinister purposes it does…


Added by Dan Shaw on February 5, 2015 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Penciling Is For Drawing the Nozzle Fully Open

Penciling is for Drawing a Nozzle Fully Open

When recruit firefighters are told one thing and then shown something different they end up applying what they were…


Added by David Rhodes on February 4, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Leading Without Rank

Leading Without Rank

Joseph L. Kitchen, Fire Chief Bath Township (Lima, Ohio)

Shiny collar brass, gleaming white helmet, command vehicle, right front passenger seat, forty hour week. Do any of these make…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on February 3, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS: Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes

Who’s Gonna’ Fill Their Shoes

 In 1985 the late great George Jones release the country music hit, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” The song talks about…


Added by David Rhodes on January 28, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #26 (THE DEEP CUT)

(Yellow symbolizes the backside of the A post, Red is showing the sever from the additional (deep) cut)

One of the most common complaints I hear about completing dash displacements is the lack of actual "lift" or the feeling of resistance during the lift. This can be caused by a…


Added by Isaac Frazier on January 19, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

Leadership and Religious Beliefs



Added by John K. Murphy on January 12, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Boss/Manger Leader vs Expert Leader Does it matter if the fire incident commander was never a competent company officer? Does it matter if the company officer had limited time as a firefighter? Does …

Boss/Manger Leader vs Expert Leader

Does it matter if the fire incident commander was never a competent company officer? Does it matter if the company officer had limited time as a firefighter? Does it matter is the chief was an expert firefighter?…


Added by David Rhodes on January 7, 2015 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Are we Upstream? Community Health, Sprinklers, and Logging?

There has been a great focus placed on "upstreamist" thinking in the medical field. An "upstreamist" is one that focuses on preventing people from falling into the river of medical system over-use. They don't focus on only treating their patient's condition, they look at what caused it and what they can do to help remedy the situation so the patient can live a happier and healthier life. This in return lessens the burden placed on the medical system and allows attention to be focused on truly… Continue

Added by Devon Wells on January 3, 2015 at 3:57pm — 4 Comments

The Engine Company and the Power of One, Pt.2

                In part 1, I discussed the ability of a single four person engine company to aggressively attack an external apartment building fire, by deploying a deck gun blitz attack on the outside seat of the fire that was extending up the exterior of the building and threatening, or already in the attic space, while at the same time, getting a 2 ½ inch line up to the top floor and flowing water into the attic. Part 1 can be found here:…


Added by Chris Langlois on January 2, 2015 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

Whats missing from the conversation?

2014 was an exciting year for me personally and professionally. At home, my wife was saved by a lifesaving double lung transplant, my FD got a new tax levy passed that will allow us to purchase desperately needed equipment, increase staffing and create additional officer positions, and I served my first year as President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).  This position has allowed me to meet and work with some amazing firefighters, fire officers, instructors…

Added by Steve Pegram on January 2, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Fire Service Legal Issues – Year End Summary

This year has certainly been interesting related to the legal issues facing the fire service. We continue to see the fire departments in the news for many high profile fires, rescues, service calls and the other good things we do on a daily basis.

We also continue to see the fire departments mired in legal controversies that reduce the effectiveness of organizational cohesiveness and at times polarize our personnel and departments.

We can only read the legal effects of the…


Added by John K. Murphy on December 30, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments


New year, new beginnings, new opportunities to grow, share, and serve. What will you do in 2015?

May you all have a safe and fun year full of life and learning.

Want your own printable goals sheet? Just click on the image below and print (8.5x11).…


Added by Paul Combs on January 1, 2015 at 10:08am — No Comments

Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control - Part 1

There has been recent talk, debates and training on vertical and horizontal ventilation on the fire ground. The focus has been identifying what we do on the fireground that directly impacts fire behavior, therefore impacting our tactical considerations. 

This focus on ventilation is results of testing, both laboratory and acquired structure throughout the U.S. and unless you have been under a rock you are aware testing has occurred and the scientific data gathered is having a positive…


Added by P.J. Norwood on December 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Fifteen Years Ago: A Deadly December

It’s not hard to remember December in 1999.


That year, in the month of December alone, this nation’s fire service lost EIGHTEEN firefighters in the line of duty.


Two fires accounted for half of that total.


On December 3,…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 20, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments



May your shifts be safe and your rigs true on this Christmas day! Take a moment to hug your family, at home and in the firehouse, and be thankful for all you have in your life.

Personally, I want to thank each of you! Thank you for following my work and supporting its message. Thank you for being a sounding board for my…


Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments


Captain Laura Larson volunteered to help instruct the Omaha Fire Academy Class of 2012.  As the Chief of Training, this is where I had the distinct pleasure of working side by side with Laura.  Lasting 17 weeks, this academy took place during one of the hottest summers on record with temperatures regularly in the upper 90s and low 100s, and would be a challenge for all.

Laura Larson was hired by the Omaha Fire Department as a part of the recruit Class of 2000, and was assigned to…


Added by Dan Miller on December 15, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments



The Fire Service as a whole and we who are fortunate to be a part of it need triage. In our day to day we seem sometimes unwilling to exercise the same honest, thorough, open and sometimes painful assessment that we use in a mass casualty incident.

Whether in prevention, service delivery, leadership, training, team dynamics, morale, community assessment of…


Added by Warren Cersley on December 8, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #23 (Guardrail Entrapments)

Do a quick internet search on vehicles vs. guardrails and your photo results will be…


Added by Isaac Frazier on December 15, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

C O U R A G E to C L O S E the G A P

C O U R A G E to C L O S E the G A P


As a follow up to the “Revenge of the Nerds” blog from November, I wanted to clarify my position because there have been some out there in the Social Media world that have been critical of the blog and many others that took offense to it. It was not written to offend anyone or to drive a wedge between the two sides. In the past there have been many one-sided comments made on current fire service culture. It’s…


Added by Sean Gray on December 9, 2014 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

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