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On this Firefighter's Day A Wisdom from a Brooklyn Poet Walt Witman 1855

Excerpted from From Walt Whitman "Leaves of Grass"

HEROES

I UNDERSTAND the large hearts of heroes, 55

The courage of present times and all times,

How the skipper saw the crowded and rudderless wreck of the steamship, and Death chasing it up and down the storm,

How he knuckled tight and gave not back an inch, and was faithful of days and faithful of nights,

And chalked in large letters on a board, Be of good cheer, we will not desert you;

How he…

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Added by Bobby Halton on May 4, 2018 at 11:46am — No Comments

Must Attend FAA Drone Webinars

The FAA is conducting a series of webinars oriented to public safety entities to supplement what you are already doing and to get the word out to the community about FAA related info. Those of your colleagues in public safety entities who are considering getting operational with UAS should attend this webinar, as well as those who have law enforcement UAS related questions.  Interested attendees need to register ahead of time and virtual space is ample, but…

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Added by Bobby Halton on September 12, 2017 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Must Attend FAA Drone Webinars

The FAA is conducting a series of webinars oriented to public safety entities to supplement what you are already doing and to get the word out to the community about FAA related info. Those of your colleagues in public safety entities who are considering getting operational with UAS should attend this webinar, as well as those who have law enforcement UAS related questions.  Interested attendees need to register ahead of time and virtual space is ample, but…

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Added by Bobby Halton on September 12, 2017 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Step up and Be Heard by Our Friends at the NFPA

So often we hear folks say that they don’t get a chance to have input especially when it comes to our NFPA standards well the reason for that is we often don’t take advantage of our opportunities. The wisdom and the good judgment that’s out there in the fire service is hard to describe, those who have actually been in that inner chamber and have seen the power of fire are the ones who are best able to illuminate our standards through that self-kindled fire of knowledge inside of them. These…

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Added by Bobby Halton on July 1, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

From the President of the United States

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

EFO candidate and fellow training officer needs five minutes of your time

Executive Fire Officer doing an applied research paper on Learning Management Systems for the Fire Service has a simple request . Here is a very short (8 questions) survey on how your department tracks training data.  The questions are very basic, so you don’t have to be answering as the training chief/training officer.

 

If you could take a few minutes now to answer the questions or pass the survey along to your training officer I would greatly appreciate it! This is a request…

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Added by Bobby Halton on August 6, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments

Tom Jenkins for 2nd Vice President

My good friend Tom Jenkins of Rogers Arkansas is running for second VP of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Tom is a really solid Fire Chief, he's devoted to good training, he's committed to ethical leadership and he's just a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a quick look at Tom's history visit his website and maybe send a good word to him about his candidacy. Thanks Bobby

Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief Tom Jenkins has…

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Added by Bobby Halton on July 21, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

There is Nothing More Authentic Than Secondhand Praise

As firefighters we have all been to many awards ceremonies, retirement parties, hail and farewell ceremonies and promotional events these are always really important events. It is always refreshing and enjoyable to hear people speak about our mission and one another. But it is so refreshing one every now and then you get a note from someone about someone who really changed their life, when someone speaks candidly about someone who really made a difference. I received one of those notes this…

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Added by Bobby Halton on July 21, 2014 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

Our Problem

Recently, a group of well-seasoned firefighters gathered at the National Fire Academy and were asked to participate in a forum to generate strategies and materials to support suicide intervention and prevention in the fire service. The response from several was one of surprise at the scope of the issue and disappointment in how few of us were aware of or had a good handle on the issue. Presentations were made by several well-educated, kind, and sensitive people who shared their knowledge and…

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Added by Bobby Halton on January 30, 2014 at 4:16pm — 3 Comments

Science on the Fireground for a Better Firefight

Many years ago, a young firefighter was chastised by his officer-me-for attacking an interior fire from an exterior position, based on the belief that the hose stream would push the fire throughout the structure and create an environment that was untenable for any potential victims. Personal experience and observation had led to this conclusion that a handline directed on a fire could, in fact, help to advance that fire to yet uninvolved portions of the building.

Today, some…

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Added by Bobby Halton on January 8, 2014 at 3:25pm — 5 Comments

Please Read, Firefighters, Cops, Family and Friends Need Your Help

Please read the short note I recieved this morning and call Bob if you can help

Good morning Chief Halton,

 

I am retired Battalion Chief Bob Mauck who is a subscriber to your newsletters, etc. I am writing today to submit a special request to Fire Engineering.com. I spent two weeks in NJ and NY as a part of the initial response to hurricane Sandy. My great friend and response team partner is now in the area as a Safety Officer. To say the damage and devastation is…

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Added by Bobby Halton on November 22, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Beware the Ides of March

It seems whenever I turn on the television these days to catch a news program I hear someone talking about civility in politics. Civility in politics that has to be an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or humane death penalty! Politics has never been civil far as I can tell it's probably the most civil right now. Sure the methods of how people communicate over the years have changed from the great orators of the Greeks to the political singers on soapboxes in England and now to the airwaves of our…

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Added by Bobby Halton on March 15, 2012 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

A Chance to Recognize an Outstanding Firefighter and Gentlemen

 

Capt William Caviness From Greensboro North Carolina collapsed and passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack while participating in the Chicago Marathon. Capt. Caviness was running to raise money for the IAFF Burncamp and the other efforts which the IAFF extends in order to provide opportunities to burn victims. The last time I checked this link below is still active where you can see a photo of Will running and make a contribution. What a fitting opportunity to be able to…

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Added by Bobby Halton on October 10, 2011 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

75th SWNIFRA Fire School in Monroe Wisconsin

I had the pleasure of visiting with some outstanding firefighters at the "75th" Southern Wisconsin Northern Illinois Fire Rescue Association fire school in Monroe Wisconsin this weekend. The conference was very attended with a great program with a real local focus. The school started 75 years ago and for several years it rotated from city to city and eventually found its home in Monroe. The Monroe folks have some outstanding facilities and an incredible FD with exceptional leadership the…

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Added by Bobby Halton on August 21, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

10 Seconds to Help Out a True Brother

Hey Friends, I recieved this from Tim Leidig, Mundelein FD please take a minute and sign the petition for Forest Reeder for Illinois Instructor of the year.

I am petitioning you to support Forest Reeder as the 2011 Illinois Instructor of the Year.  I have attached a link for you to complete the survey.  I would like to make (2) requests of you: 1. Please! keep this document and request clear of Forest, 2. If you have mailing groups who will support this petition, please forward the…

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Added by Bobby Halton on August 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hey Ya Got a Minute to Make a Difference?

Please take a minute and help insure a safer future for all firefighters, this message is from our good friends at the NVFC and it is critical we all take a minute and support this legislation. thanks and God Bless, yours Bobby

In May, Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) introduced S. 911, the Strengthening…

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Added by Bobby Halton on July 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

It Makes You Wonder, and It Makes You Mad

I just finished reading this article (linked below)  about the Texas governor requesting federal aid and not having received any response. I can't understand why the president would not respond to these devastating wildfires which burned well over 1,000,000 and 1/2 acres and have taken the lives of two incredibly dedicated and decent men in the line of duty. It took the president only hours to respond to the horrific and devastating tornadoes in Alabama and the South. So why is it taking…

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Added by Bobby Halton on April 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fire Engineering Community Member In Need

Every now and then we have an opportunity to lift someone up who needs our support, to reach out to someone who was always there for us, to pay it forward and pay it back and to just do the right thing. Most the time in these types of situations it doesn't cost us a thing rather all it takes is a few moments of our time and that's what I'm asking from you. My good friend Jason just informed me that another good friend of of of mine Jeff Schwering, active fire engineering community member,…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Happy Birthday President Washington a Firefighters Firefighter

Washington was a Firefighter

I never liked this Presidents' Day idea I always thought it was lame. There are presidents who deserve to have their own day, a day when we reflect on their legacy and their contributions to our nation. Men like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, JFK, and many others but to lump them all together is probably politically correct although highly disingenuous.

 

Today's George Washington's birthday and if you look at the life…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 22, 2011 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

SAFER Safe for Now

 

Because of incompetent and failed leadership in our 111th Congress, our Fire Grant program and our SAFER program funding--for which many organizations had made plans, assuming they were secure--are not secure. It is absolutely unacceptable to allow the type of failed leadership that we have tolerated for so long to continue. Thankfully yesterday, on February 17, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to extend specific waivers to the SAFER program, which was introduced…

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Added by Bobby Halton on February 18, 2011 at 1:33pm — 2 Comments

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