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I couldn't resist a little pre-Halloween fun. Beware of the unexpected - especially during the bewitching month of October.

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Added by Paul Combs on October 2, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Journal Entry 34 - After the Fire

Most of you who know me know that I write about either a training concept or things that inspire me. This month I’m inspired. It comes right in time for Fire Prevention month. Sorry to scare off some of you with the FP words but keep reading anyway. 

On January 19, 2000, an arson fire took the lives of three college freshman and injured 58 others at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. I was a Chief in New Jersey at the time and colleagues of mine had been to the fire. It was…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on September 29, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - The Checklist

Don’t Lose Site of the Purpose of Checklist

I had a few conversations with some folks that really push the use of the “checklist”. This is not a bad thing but I see it getting misapplied in many departments. I once saw a safety officer circling the building with a clipboard busy filling…


Added by David Rhodes on September 24, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments

Rescue: Remove the Victim or Remove the Fire?

            It’s an age old question that is still debated by firefighters to this day, and often quite vigorously. When responding to an occupied residential structure fire, do you immediately go for the rescue to remove the victims or do you attack the fire? Many firefighters would say that you should do both at the same time, and if you have the available resources showing up quick enough to do so, that is probably the most correct answer. However, many times our reality is that we are…


Added by Chris Langlois on September 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

343 And Counting...

"Never Forget" also means never forgetting all those we've lost since 9/11/01. It's 343 and counting...

Added by Paul Combs on September 11, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Ordinary, yet Extraordinary

Never Forget....

Who could have ever imagined what that beautiful September morning would turn into... the thousands upon thousands of lives impacted. Many, never ever to be the same.

The inscription found below the photos of the members of the firehouse where I was assigned as a fireman that died September 11th, 2001 reads: "There was a time when the…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

June 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail


Two tragic apparatus crashes; one provides a sorrowful reminder to us all


The following information is a breakdown of the details of those members in the fire service who died while operating "on-duty" as defined by the United States Fire Administration. For more information on this definition and that of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s definition of “line of duty death” read…


Added by Bill Carey on September 10, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments


I could say many things about these cartoons and my personal experiences, but I am going to give this space up for a friend who is following the noble calling of helping firefighters save ourselves, so we may continue…


Added by Paul Combs on September 9, 2014 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

Brooklyn Rescues Highlight Knowing Your Apparatus Placement and Overcoming Window Gates


Will you fit? Better find out before the box


Companies in the 39th Battalion responded to Box 1873 for the reported fire on the fourth floor of 1308 Loring Avenue on 29 July 2014. Reports of children trapped led to the initial assignment being made…


Added by Bill Carey on September 5, 2014 at 8:14am — No Comments


Here's a little end of Summer silliness. Enjoy our last few days of warmth, brothers and sisters - snow is just around the corner.

Take care, stay safe, and always make a difference!

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Added by Paul Combs on August 30, 2014 at 9:55am — No Comments

The Firehouse Short List


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on August 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

"Fire Porn" and other nonsense...

Its your very first day on the job. You walk into the firehouse with a stupid grin while balancing a box of doughnuts in one hand and your PPE in the other. Some old dude with a giant gray mustache barks "What are you doing here, ya jack wagon?" Take a minute; for realz. What called you to the fire service? Maybe the excitement, the lights, the sirens, the danger, just…


Added by Brandon Strickland on August 5, 2014 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

The Little Things - Part 2

As much as we’d like to think that the fire service is heralded as being public servants, all too often the fire service receives a black eye in the news. Often the media is quick to report the mistakes made by some. If its not the local media outlet, social media will be sure to catch up and highlight some negative thing that occurred or appeared to have occurred! Rarely do we see positive stories such as the one that prompted this blog.

What have you done this week that…


Added by P.J. Norwood on June 16, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments


        For the past handful of years, through ongoing fire dynamics research, we've been deconstructing the fireground. This Fireground Genome Project has undoubtedly led us to a much better understanding of fire dynamics and the fireground. An untoward effect of this research is that the fire service is seemingly devolving into a bipartisan system. We can all sense the division. A schism has formed and too many firefighters are spewing their polarizing rhetoric…


Added by Nick Ledin on June 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Flag, Brotherhood and a Trip Up North

I recently had the distinct honor to present at the Alberta Fire Chiefs Conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. My experiences with our Canadian Brothers and Sisters the last two years has been simply awesome! The hospitality is second to none and everyone is always very friendly and they certainly don't skimp on the food!

But, that's not really what impressed me this year. I was asked to present two tracks for their conference; a three hour officer development class and a…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 14, 2014 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Why We Search: Occupied Vacants in Chicago, Tucson and Vegas

Proving once again that vacant and abandoned are just words


Chicago, 8 June 2014

One person is dead and another in critical condition after being rescued from a fire in the 900 block of North Lawndale. Firefighters found a burned man during the primary search and were told…


Added by Bill Carey on June 13, 2014 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Freedom is never FREE

As I prepare for another weekend of travel teaching Tactical Extrication, I am already thinking of how much I will miss my wife and two young children. While traveling, this feeling arrives like clockwork. Then I had an epiphany. My thoughts instantly went to our troops and their families. I am leaving for a couple days to teach something that I am very passionate about, as…


Added by Isaac Frazier on June 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Hose Bundle Hook Up

A variety of hose bundles and bundled finishes are used in engine companies across the country to provide versatility in stretches. Straight loads such as the triple layer can be quickly deployed but are often limited in applications for stretches that are beyond a standard "curb to the door". For this piece I will show how to simply build and utilize a 100’ modified minuteman bundle to finish your…


Added by Brian Brush on June 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Out Front

I hold myself to a very high standard, I strive for perfection day in and day out.  It gets a little exhausting and can be defeating chasing an unattainable bar, but I would never consider lowering it. The problem with aiming so high is that I expect those around me to hold themselves equally accountable.…


Added by Becki White on April 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

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