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Matt McDowell's Blog – April 2011 Archive (2)

30& Club... Wanna Join? Pay your Dues

This article is being posted, with permission from the author Jake Rixner

In everyone's career, things are said or done that make the "light bulb turn on".  This article was one of the things that I read early in my career that had a tremendous impact on me.  Immediately after reading it, I knew I had to be a member of the 30% Club, that a 30 percenter was the type of fireman I wanted to be.  Though I 've…


Added by Matt McDowell on April 27, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

Is Anyone (Else) Out There? First Arriving & Trapped

As reported in our nations news, five DC Fire Department members were injured yesterday in an early morning house fire.  They became trapped by a ceiling collapse shortly after making entry. The speed with which the RIC deployed and made rescues, coupled with the the IC immediately requesting a 2nd Alarm resulted in not only rapid rescue of multiple trapped firefighters, but also quick knock down of a serious fire.  


Unlike urban/metro FD's, the suburban FD may not have quite…


Added by Matt McDowell on April 11, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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