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P.J. Norwood's Blog – December 2013 Archive (3)

We are the Fire Department and we don’t say no!

Since its inception, the fire service has continually redefined its knowledge base to respond and mitigate any call for service. The fire service is very different from any other public or private agency. We do not have one specialty. We never say, “Sorry you have to call someone else,” when someone dials 911 and asks for help. We respond and solve the problem regardless of what type of event it may be.

Think back to when the haz-mat push hit the fire service. If you told a…


Added by P.J. Norwood on December 31, 2013 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Now is the time to change!


Next week many people across this country will make a new years resolution.

 Many gyms will have new customers, the candy isle at the local grocery store will be avoided and the “diet” sections will be buzzing. Many firehouse meals will not look the same as they do this week. 

 As a firefighter you may or may not…


Added by P.J. Norwood on December 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The new four letter words and phrases in the fire service

There are a few new, four letter words in today's fire service to many. The words and phrases that include "new tactics", "UL", "NIST", "attack from the burned side", "transitional attack" and a few others seem to get under the skin of many. Immediately many will respond "just because it's new doesn't make it right". We have all heard and probably at one point had similar thoughts.

Today, I am not going to preach new tactics or techniques. I am simply going to start the conversation…


Added by P.J. Norwood on December 12, 2013 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

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