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We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.

Here we go again. By now, we know way too much about the coward with anger management issues who killed a dozen innocent people yesterday at the DC Navy Yard. I won't repeat his name. Someone said he…Continue

Tags: Pile, Never, The, Zero, Ground

Started Sep 17, 2013

Here's What We Forget When We "Never Forget"
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Another year has come and gone, and we firefighters have paused to remember the brave 343 who gave their lives on that spectacularly horrific morning in Manhattan. We re-live the nightmare by peering…Continue

Tags: J., Philip, Landrigan, Mount, School

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich Nov 4, 2014.

Personal Situational Awareness - "The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee"
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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to chat with a nationally-known fire service legend.  How fortunate for me to be one of the two guys with over seventy combined years in the fire service--…Continue

Tags: diamondplate, mitchell, john, daily, productions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bobby Halton Sep 28, 2012.

Moline drops the axe on a dozen brothers. One lump or two?
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Refusing to consider what Ronald Reagan called “revenue enhancements”, the people of Moline have spoken. Bub-bye to 4-5 firefighter/paramedics PER SHIFT.In six months the City of Moline, one of the…Continue

Tags: privatization, ems, party, tea, staffing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich Jan 2, 2012.

 

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Lives in:
Chicagoland
Department:
Suburban Chicago
Title/rank:
Lt
Years of public service:
34
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Web site:
http://firedaily.com

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We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.

Here we go again.

 

By now, we know way too much about the coward with anger management issues who killed a dozen innocent people yesterday at the DC Navy Yard.  I won't repeat his name.

 

Someone said he never got over "his demons" working at Ground Zero immediately following the 9/11 attacks.  Boy, that sure sucks, eh?

 

In my opinion, we give these criminals way too much coverage.  They don't deserve our attention.  I'll keep it clean…

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 11:42am

Here's What We Forget When We "Never Forget"

Another year has come and gone, and we firefighters have paused to remember the brave 343 who gave their lives on that spectacularly horrific morning in Manhattan.  We re-live the nightmare by peering at images from that crisp morning, reading gut-wrenching stories from survivor families, and admiring the ceremonies, plaques, and walls of remembrance.

It is right that we do this.

And, even without the t-shirts, helmet stickers and seemingly parroted rote…

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Posted on September 12, 2013 at 11:20am

Van Halen: No Brown M&M's

Ever have trouble pulling out for a run forgetting you left a coffee cup on the bumper?

Yeah, me too. 

In fact, I had this happen several times due to the fact that I couldn’t impress upon a rookie on my crew to make a walk around the engine before it moves. 

After losing a particularly valuable piece of equipment left on the tailboard after a call, I knew I had to…

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Posted on November 17, 2011 at 12:25am

If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!

I read an article by an old acquaintance the other day.  I don't want to identify the author because this is not about the "who", but the "what." 

What a concept.  Here's an excerpt:

“There was a code that said that the coach was always right and you NEVER questioned a coach’s decision in regards to you. Like it or not, you had to respect it. It was not an option!  Sound familiar?  It should!”

“I came up in the fire service at a time…

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Posted on November 2, 2011 at 8:00pm

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At 11:24am on September 28, 2011, Allen Wahlstrom said…

Gotcha...and the Mr Poopey-pants thing at the end was CLASSIC!

 

Off to see Ortho for an on the job injury...more later.

 
 
 

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