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A different perspective on value.

This is a neat article on valuing the work of the fire department in terms your finance people can understand!.

https://medium.com/homeland-security/do-you-value-or-cost-your-life-a411e512bca3#.bsj8swlqq

Added by Dave on February 1, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Y'all come check out my website for first responders

Come check out my new website for first responders:

First Responder Brother/Sisterhood

Added by William on January 20, 2016 at 6:59am — 1 Comment

Stop Exercising and Start Training to Get Fire Rescue Fit...

Before I worked as a firefighter, I was a trainer in both large and small health clubs.  During that time I would see a lot of people exercising consistently and with intensity but only make a limited amount of fitness progress.  Why? Because we are all creatures of habit in the gym and out.  These “snail paced progress” gym goers were all doing the same…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 14, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Local Fires, Global Worries

The old proverb—fire makes a good servant but a bad master—has become too literal a guiding doctrine, for too long. This understanding characterizes fire entirely within the context of how humans relate to fire, while neglecting fires’ innate role within the natural environment, as…

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Added by Lindon Pronto on January 11, 2016 at 5:27am — No Comments

Basics of Calling the Mayday

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 1, 2016 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Bringing back the 9/11 Flag

After 4 long years, the 9-11 Patch Project has finally brought back the 9/11 Firefighter Flag. Begin the new year by flying the 9/11 Firefighter Flag with pride to mark 15 years of remembrance and support. The full size flags are only available here:…

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Added by Brett Hill on December 31, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Not sure when I will retire, but I’m all but positive this will be a phone call my wife will make!

STAY FIRED UP!

Visit my print store to see more illustrations and buy prints:…

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on December 23, 2015 at 2:47pm — No Comments

If you only share one thing today, share this.

 

Dear Members of MyFirefighterNation,  

 

Thank you very much for a few moments of your time.  I am a new member of the MyFirefighterNation community.  My name is Steve Cohen, my company is called Lighthouse Uniform Company and my business for the last 40 + years has been to make sure every firefighter has what they need when the time comes to dress up.  You might know us as the Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform Program people.

 

The reason for this…

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Added by Steve Cohen on December 22, 2015 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Tool or NO Tool?

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By Jason Hoevelmann with Steve Heidbreder

Tool or No Tool?

     When we go to conferences or sit around with other engaged firefighters there is no lack of lively conversation and debate. From world affairs, to sports teams, bands and of course, tactics! There is no better time spent with other firefighters learning about what others do and why. That is the key, WHY, things are done the way…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 13, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Ground Ladders Discussion and Podcast

For the podcast, click HERE

This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It’s a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get’s forgotten.  They’re forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims.

We talk briefly about some…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 7, 2015 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Winter Operations Checklist and Podcast

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Attached is an outline we used for a quick winter operations class at work. I ran across this the other day and thought it would be appropriate to post now.  The podcast is here for this topic as well.  Feel free to add and use this as you see fit. If you have some great tips on operating in the winter, please share with…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 1, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

San Francisco City Fire Information

I am currently in backgrounds for SF City Fire and so many questions have come up. I've done hours of research online but there are still a few random bits of info I'd love to hear feedback on if anyone has some info.

What kind of schedule does SF run?

How long is Academy?

Where is Academy held?

How long is probation?

Does SF ever send out strike teams? What about single resources?

Any other info or tips would be gladly received!

Added by Linnea jenkins on November 30, 2015 at 9:34am — No Comments

To Be Up or Down

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In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile.  More specifically on our hands and knees.  I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me.  However, the more fires I got to fight, the more I started to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 29, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

pray

my name is Doug Hudson and am with the Ordway fire department from Crowley county Colorado I would like every one here on firefighter nation to pray for my daughter she was in a car accident on thanksgiving day, they transported her to pueblo Colorado for sugary she had bleed of the brain so they had to do sugary for that, and close a large cut across her forehead, then she was taken to Denver Colorado for more evaluation and more sugary on Tuesday. this will be for damage around her eye,…

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Added by douglas hudson on November 29, 2015 at 11:37am — No Comments

SUGGESTION BOX

Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it... and get it... and get it...

Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on November 16, 2015 at 8:44am — No Comments

Portion Control Strategy for the Firehouse

Cooking in the firehouse is pretty difficult.  One of the biggest fears of every firehouse chef is not preparing enough food for the crew.  This fear usually leads to an excess of available food and larger portions around the table.  So, today I wanted to give you a quick and easy “trick” you can use to get your crew to take smaller servings.

Answer this question:  Which is the larger black circle – the left or the right?…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 12, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Trick or Treat... Why Sugar is Bad

If your firehouse (or house) is anything like the one I work in its full of leftover candy and sweets. Now I must admit, I like a good treat now and then but often I have a very difficult time stopping with just one.  Why?  Sugar.  Its everywhere in almost everything and too much of it can cause some serious health issues. Some foods, such as fruits and carrots, naturally contain sugar, but watch out for foods with added sugars, such as baked goods, cereals, crackers, even sauces and many…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on October 30, 2015 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Canadian firefighter pens firefighter thriller

FINAL RESPONSE is the 1st Canadian firefighter thriller written by a firefighter.   I am a retired Fire Rescue officer and am letting you all know FINAL RESPONSE is getting 4 star reviews on Amazon

Not a police novel, not a lawyer story, not a PI book.  Mayhem and courage and murder and suspense.  …

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Added by Edward Yatscoff on October 21, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

SO REAL!

October FireRescue Magazine cartoon. Be careful out there... because you just never know!

Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on October 20, 2015 at 7:36am — No Comments

Harvest season means fire season in many communities

Harvest season has been in full swing across much of the Corn Belt for several weeks. And with this surge of activity, typically comes an increase in the number of fires we see in harvesting equipment and grain handling facilities. This year has been no exception. In the past few weeks, many fires relating to harvest operations have been reported in these farming communities.

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In Iowa last week, firefighters responded to a fire in a tower grain dryer, and high winds…

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Added by Ben Peetz on October 18, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

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