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Front of Home Engulfed. Amazing Anyone Lived.

At about a quarter past eleven in the evening on Saturday night, April 12th, Wake Forest Fire Department and Rolesville Fire Department were called to 417 Cottesbrook Drive in Wake Forest. Units dispatched included Rolesville Pumper 153, Roseville Engine 151, Rolesville Rescue 15, Wake Forest Engine 1, Wake Forest Engine 3, Wake Forest Engine 5, Wake Forest Ladder 1, Wake Forest Battalion 1.

When units arrived the front of the house was engulfed in fire. The fire began in the garage.…

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Added by Wake Forest News - Steve Rhode on April 17, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Can we help a fellow firefighter/paramedic

Hello everyone,

A good friend and fellow Firefighter/ Paramedic was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer at the young age of 32. One of his simple pleasures in life is collecting Fire/ EMS patches. He only has a few and they are all local ones. I was really hoping to show him support from all over the country by collecting patches from all over for him. If anyone is willing to help it would be greatly appreciated!!

"Your Fight Is Our Fight Pags"

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Added by Jean Relyea on April 16, 2014 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Keeping it simple.

Over the last few years I've decided to hone my skills and repeat the firefighter classes. I'm apparently getting older and haven't realized it. FF1 Was a throwback to my younger years, I couldn't believe how sore I was after crawling around on the concrete for hours. FF2 Shocked me I was grouped with a few members that were also retaking the class. Class room went great and so did the skills for the most part. When talking about fire attack A question came up from a younger newer member. This… Continue

Added by Kyle Dunn on April 14, 2014 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Fire Station Cardio Workout Option(s)

I've had a lot of requests for workout options that can be performed at the station with minimal equipment.  Here is an option I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the 28-day Quickstart Program) and/or as a good workout to get the blood flowing.   Give it a…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 10, 2014 at 12:44am — 3 Comments

Your Fire Department is Your People

… Not your fire trucks, fire houses, not your service. It’s your people. Often we forget this.…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on April 8, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments

Become a Fire Protection Champion







This week I had the privilege of attending an ORR… Continue

Added by aaron johnson on April 5, 2014 at 9:14pm — No Comments

New Open Learning Course Recommended for College Credit May Benefit Fire Safety Professionals Considering Recareering

Kaplan University Open Learning Course Recommended for College Credit by American Council on Education

First open course on documenting experiences to receive recommendation

 

Kaplan University today announced that the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and…

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Added by Luisa Yen on March 31, 2014 at 3:51pm — No Comments

On-Duty Firefighter (Fire Rescue) Workout...

I get a lot of requests to come up with workouts that can be performed on duty with equipment found at the firehouse. The other day, my crew and I performed this intensive 30 minute interval workout.  This workout will get your heart racing, challenge your core and work your muscles.

The workout consists of three, 10 minute intervals each with a different focus.  The first 10 minutes focuses on anaerobic recovery, the second ten minutes on full body strength and the last ten…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 24, 2014 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Recruitment and Retention.

I'm going to try to give some of my insight why departments fail to get new recruits and fail to retain them.

We see the news reports all over the country. "Local fire departments short on members." We hear departments say we just can't seem to get the young people in are area interested in the fire department. 

The question is ARE YOU REALLY TRYING? DO YOU REALLY WANT NEW MEMBERS? Next you will try to tell me…

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Added by Derek J Sinesi on March 18, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

work!

Im in class thats 9 months long one day a week and a Saturday every now and then and they freaked out on me about it. I would have to leave 3 hours early one day a week from Sep to Nov 18 and they freaked out about that. Then told me they will let me off in Sep,Oct,Nov if i make every class before then and get them a note that I was there, ok not a big deal right. Yes is wrong and kind of a joke but its what I have to do so ok I guess. Well I just found out that my two awesome out side…

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Added by Bmead on March 14, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

Can Your Administration Team Hit The Target?

By Billy Schmidt

Are you building your fire department administration strategically? How do you find and position the cornerstone members who will ignite interest, introduce new ideas and development, and achieve a dynamically talented team? Can they hit the target?



Your fire…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on March 9, 2014 at 8:20am — No Comments

911 Call Center open up to you!

CAUCA, it's the voice behind

911 for more than 560 towns over Quebec!

I had the privilege of visiting this central in early winter 2013.

It is a whole world that have open up to me.

Follow me in on…

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Added by Patrick Guay on March 4, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments

PPE Preparation

I am just starting my career in the fire department and I'm about 3 weeks away from my PPE. I'm in good physical shape so I'm not too worried about it but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about different workouts you did to prepare for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Added by Christopher Damon on February 25, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Color Code of Survival

Earlier this year, I completed a police reserve training course that spanned five months. While there was a massive amount of information to absorb, some of it stood out above the rest. As I mentioned in a previous article, law enforcement and military personnel have spent a great deal of time learning what goes on in the mind of those who serve and protect. Firefighters and police officers have always had that unspoken rivalry…
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Added by Brad Maness on February 21, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

Midnight Calls

I'm embarrassed to say that the other night I slept through a call. Does anyone have any tips to wake up easier for middle of the night calls?

Added by Ben Peirce on February 18, 2014 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

What should i do

Ok guys i classes coming up that I need for the state of IL, my employer wont let me have time off because they say Im JUST a volunteer, when other employees take time off for classes all year round. What do I do/ can I do

Added by Bmead on February 18, 2014 at 11:12am — 3 Comments

Never Forget Granite Mountain Hotshots

New group was started, in memory of our 19 fallen brothers. check it out and please join!

http://my.firefighternation.com/group/never-forget-granite-mountain-hotsh

Added by Gavello on February 17, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT SOMEONE BROKE THE COOKIE CUTTER on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER.COM

Not sure it ever worked in the first place

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We are in a fascinating period of time for the fire service.  Never before have the resources (financial, physical and mental) been greater.  We are finally looking at fires, how they burn, how conditions change.  We are looking a fuel packages, flow paths.  We are discussing heat release rates and polar…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 9, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Cairns New Yorker leather helmet HELP

I recently went from a Cairns 1010, to a Cairns New Yorker leather N5A, made in 1987. Size medium. The helmet was a little big so I had adjusted it to the smallest it can go, but it was still a little loose. So, I ordered some foam adjustments and placed them in the play spots, and with my flash hood on the helmet fits perfectly. But, the problem I'm having, is when I have a mask on, the helmet fits all nice and snug & whatnot, but because of the mask, the helmet sits just a little higher,… Continue

Added by Corey Michael Welliver on January 26, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Help Needed

Good morning everyone.

I am in the process of re-writing our Department's Red-Hat (probationary, non-certified) to Black Hat (certified) FF manual. The purpose of this manual is take thru training that the FF learned at the academy and prepare them for real life situations. We all know that what you learn at the academy is nothing like real world situations.

My Department is a combination Department with County Career personnel working days with the volunteers covering nights…

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Added by Brady Grim on January 20, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

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