Ben Waller
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Hay BLEVES, Overhaul Thongs, and Tinctures of Drywall

A way to post new firefighting terms and enjoy some firefighting humor at the same time.
Mar 30, 2016
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Hay BLEVES, Overhaul Thongs, and Tinctures of Drywall

A way to post new firefighting terms and enjoy some firefighting humor at the same time.
Nov 12, 2015
Ben Waller replied to FFN WebTeam's discussion "Get off the roof!" Stockton Fire Video Critique
"Exactly.  It is valuable to discuss both the strategy and the tactics from videos like this, even when a single video never tells the entire story.   It is also valuable to discuss the safety aspects, particularly of roof work. We need to…"
Jan 18, 2014
Ben Waller left a comment for Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine
"Shannon,   I got your message and replied to the query from Leonie from my private email.   I also accepted your friend request.  I'm not on here much - work intrudes, and it's too easy to communicate with my friends and…"
Oct 1, 2013
Ben Waller and Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine are now friends
Oct 1, 2013
Ben Waller replied to Marty Hrinko's discussion The Fire Store Webbing
"Actually, the stitching down the middle is just a manufacturer's marker.  The number of marker strands and the strand contrast color are just something that some manufacturers do to have their webbing have a visual difference from other…"
Jan 20, 2013
Ben Waller replied to Eric Yunginger's discussion Concealed Carry and fires
"Well said brother.  Being armed doesn't prevent one from being shot from ambush.    Firefighter shootings are horrible and tragic, but fortunately, they are very rare. In fact, they are so rare that when they occur, they are…"
Dec 28, 2012
Nyssa Aker replied to Ben Waller's discussion I know that there are more than three FFN members who have a college degree or want one in the group College Educated Fire Fighters
"I just graduated yesterday with a Bachelor of Science Degree and I already had an Associates of Science Degree both in Animal Science Department. So nothing to do with fire science but at least they are degrees. Congrats to everyone else that just…"
Dec 17, 2012

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
Job Function
Battalion Chief / Division Chief
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
An East Coast Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Mt. Aetna VFD, Hagerstown, MD
Tri-Community VFD, Collegedale, TN
Highway 58 VFD, Harrison, TN
Bradley County EMS, TN
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue, TN
Hamilton County EMS, TN
Hamilton County Hazmat Team, TN
McMinn County EMS, TN
Chattanooga Fire Department
Greenville County Technical Rescue, SC
Greenville County Hazmat Team
Greenville County COBRA Team
1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Swifwater Rescue Team
2000 Olympic Team Trials Swiftwater Rescue Team Leader
Contributing author, Fundamentals of Technical Rescue, Jones & Bartlett
Contributing author, Swiftwater and Flood Rescue FOG, Jones & Bartlett
Water Rescue Editor, Technical Rescue Magazine
Member, NFPA 1670 Technical Search and Rescue Committee
My Training:
M.P.A. Public Administration
B.P.S. Fire Administration
A.S. Paramedic
IFSAC Fire Officer I
Tennessee Journeyman FF
South Carolina and Tennessee Fire Instructor
South Carolina, Tennessee, and National Registry Paramedic
EMACS and HAZWOPER Hazardous Materials Technician
NPQ Hazardous Materials Operations
USAR Rescue Specialist
Technical Rescue Instructor
Extrication Instructor (Basic, Advanced, Bus, Big Rig, Instructor Trainer)
Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
Incident Command (NIMS) Instructor
Unified Command Instructor
ICS for Structural Collapse Instructor
Farmedic Instructor
About Me:
I'm living proof that rookies can survive their own stupidity through good luck.
Day Job:
Look up
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
For the low stress, comfort, and the money.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I get to work with some of the best people on the planet.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
The economy
Unrealistic expectations

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Training, Luck, and being a PUPIL

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 12:57am 0 Comments


Over at All Hazards Contemplations, I'm taking a look at a discussion that Capt. Willie Wines is having at Iron  Willie's excellent post on the nuances of phrasing and terminology can be found…


Ten Years of Remembrance

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 1:53pm 0 Comments



Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/11 terrorist attacks - the worst terrorist attack in the history of our world. It is appropriate that we honor and remember the nearly 3,000 people who died.

We should remember those who died on the four hijacked aircraft. Some were traveling…


No Blood Is Thicker

Posted on August 6, 2011 at 9:00am 0 Comments

No Blood is Thicker

I was devastated to learn of the death of Captain Jeff Bowen of Asheville, NC's Rescue Company 3. He leaves a wife and three children without a husband and father. Any LODD is a terrible tragedy,…

You Probably Won't Die, No Matter What You Do

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:39pm 4 Comments


Does it sound crazy for a firefighter to say that?  Maybe it does, but at All Hazards Contemplations, I've pointed out that statistics show that approximately 100 U.S. firefighters die in the line of duty each year, with a smaller number of annual non-firefighter EMS…


This is Where I Was - 20 Years Ago Today

Posted on December 11, 2010 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

12 Die, Dozens Injured in I-75 Fog Pileup

On December 11, 1990, I was the Chief of EMS for McMinn County, Tennessee. I was at a regional EMS meeting in Chattanooga when virtually everyone's pager alerted within a few seconds of each other.…


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At 8:46pm on November 28, 2011, FireSiren said…

Yeah, maybe a few too many knocks on the brain bucket but just dropped in to say "hi" - the night watch must have been asleep when I came by - phriggin new guys ;o)  

I thought YOU were too busy to be here too ;o)


At 10:55am on January 4, 2011, Rachel said…
Thank you for your service!!!
At 9:02am on November 3, 2010, Mary Ellen Shea said…
At 9:22am on September 25, 2010, Mark Fuqua said…
Thanks for having me as a friend.
At 12:02pm on August 25, 2010, Gregory Borg said…
Ben, do I need to CC you on all my e-mails? I thought I was talking to Jack. I will say the same thing to you, as I already have. You just have to right, and no I do not agree with your sensitivity argument, that is a sidestep. On negotiations I meant negotiating for firefighters and you know it. In Washington workers have rights, the union stands up for them. You have my profile site talk directly.
At 10:27pm on August 24, 2010, Jack/dt said…
You want to take pot shots at Gregory that's your call, but do it on his comments page and not mine. want I should pass him a note after gym class?
At 12:46pm on May 10, 2010, Jason Hoevelmann said…
At 7:58am on April 3, 2010, Adam Anderson said…
Ben I will definitely passage the message along for you
At 6:23pm on January 18, 2010, C said…
I am still working on my certifications (which are all IFSAC). Can you tell me more about what the written tests are and what you need to score on them?
At 11:37am on December 19, 2009, Capt.Alex Arnold said…
Alex, It might do you more good to carry a copy of The Prince by Niccolo Machievelli. Unfortunately, some people use that line of thinking instead of the ones for which you advocate.
Sadly Chief you couldn't be more right. But, I have been around the world and seen many other systems and ways of living. For all of "her" imperfections, the good old USofA is still the best.

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