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A PTSD story - Do you remeber getting the call?

How did your story start?

I was 27 years old.  Never heard of PTSD.  I had just been turned down a week earlier by HR for the hire that was hands down my top pick, my hometown. That particular day I was at work at the Cashway Lumberyard.  Just as I was getting ready to head out with my 26 sheets of ½ inch drywall delivery order. The yard foreman yelled me back, “Carl phones for you.” That’s strange; I remember thinking,…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

PTSD strips you down to nothing, PERFECT!!!

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A simple childhood

 As a kid, my father and I would watch endless hours of war movies together. One of my favorites was Full Metal Jacket, well, the first hour…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:27pm — No Comments

PTSD, meet my friends

Everyone is a little bit crazy

They say the key to happiness is to find someone who’s crazy fits with your crazy.  If you can find that person then you have found The One.  The one you can take on the world with, the one that you can conquer anything with…  And this certainly includes…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:26pm — No Comments

A PTSD story - A always wanted to be the guy with the stories, till I had them

Come on, be honest

The world is full of mysterious people.  And who hasn’t wanted to be the most interesting man in the room at one point or another?  I know I have.  You know the guy I’m talking about…  He’s mysterious and guarded, yet casual and nonchalant.  He’s friendly and approachable, yet cautious and…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:25pm — No Comments

A PTSD story - O.K, now what do I do?!?

Let’s call it what it is

 Ok by this point you may have figured something is up with you. Perhaps you suspect PTSD, perhaps not. But in either case, the ice is starting to break under your feet, and you’ve got to figure something out, and…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Get Paid to Get Fire Rescue Fit in 2017!

Over $2,500 in cash and prizes will be given away to Firefighters, EMTs and Medics! 

YOU can Win and more importantly Motivate Others!  

Don't wait, get your program and get started today!

The purpose of the contest is to motivate Firefighters, EMTs and Medics to change the…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 10, 2017 at 9:25am — No Comments

Does Brotherhood Really Exist?

I love being a firefighter. Let’s get that straight from the beginning. Aside from my marriage and the birth of my children, it is my greatest accomplishment. But despite the personal satisfaction it has given me I have often been frustrated with the lack of brotherhood and respect we sometimes show towards each other. I don’t mean the “support your brother or sister firefighter without question: right, wrong or indifferent” kind of false brotherhood. What I’m talking about is the true “we…

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Added by John S. D'Alessandro on December 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Profile of Global Vegetation Fire Challenges

By Lindon Pronto and Johann Goldammer, Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)

This article appears in the September 2016 Newsletter of the Commonwealth Forestry Association

Every year, roughly an average of about 600 million hectares of vegetated lands is affected by land-use fires and wildfires (Mouillot and Field, 2005).…

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Added by Lindon Pronto on October 4, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Quick Race to the Grave

THE QUICK RACE TO THE GRAVE

Heroin....What's that mean to you or, what do you think about when hearing that word. Another overdose, more narcan, another code, another meaningless death, or another set of parents without a child again. This drug...Heroin…= Epidemic. There’s no other word to describe it. This drug has become the drug of choice in recent years to wreak the most havoc in the families of the loved ones that abuse it and are addicted…

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Added by Les Allen on September 28, 2016 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Goodbye Moerlenbach Fire Department...hello Görlitz Fire Brigade

In 3 month i go To a new City and so i went to a other Fire Department...i would miss the Country Firealarms and i was courius what came in the City...

Added by Jan Fuchs on September 17, 2016 at 9:59am — No Comments

TATTOO TROUBLE

Never get a tattoo you can’t see. Seems like good advice to me!

STAY FIRED UP, and smile!

Click here to see more of my work or order prints, go to:…
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on September 12, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

Remembering Tim Casey: Your Work on Earth is Done

Although Tim Casey and I had never met in person, we had a long-standing friendship through emails and phone calls. Several years ago, I received his first email. He had attached an article he wrote about his struggles as a firefighter; the nightmares, his addiction to alcohol, and his…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on August 15, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments

ACRONYM AUTHORITY

So many acronyms, so little time. Show me. Teach me. Tell me. Then get out of my way and trust that I know how to do it.

STAY FIRED UP!



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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on August 12, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments

Ladder Rescues--Training is the Key

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“What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”

We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be considered cliché because it is mentioned so often. But, without a doubt and with no debate, it is true!

On July 20, 2016 my department responded to a report of smoke in…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 22, 2016 at 9:26pm — No Comments

PLACE YOUR BETS!

NEW July FireRescue magazine cartoon.
 
You can try your luck and place your bets - just know the House always…
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on July 20, 2016 at 7:02pm — No Comments

With or Without the Hose Line?

Link to Podcast HERE

In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose line.…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 15, 2016 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Grieving a New Normal

Join us in Sarnia Ontario September 14 and 15. Grieving a New Normal for first responders, their families and the community.…
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Added by Peggy Sweeney on July 15, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments

1993 International E-One Pumper for salehttp://my.firefighternation.com/profiles/blog/new#

1993 International E-One Pumper.pdf    Specs and Details.docx

For Sale

1993 International E-One Pumper 1000 gal. 1250…

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Added by Mike Haydon on July 14, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Android application "Rope Access Pro"

Rope access reference book and visual materials.

Get it: Rope Access Pro

Current contents:

- Mechanical advantage systems reference book;

- Mechanical advantage systems builder. Allows to construct mechanical advantage systems used in rope access and high angle rescue. Builder allows to analyse gain, friction loss, devices and anchor loads;

- Deviation…

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Added by Anton Yuriev on July 14, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Brother looking for advice!

I have 19 years of service as a firerighter/engineer from Ky. Also member of Local 870.



I was injured while fighting a fire in Feb/2015! I've had. Shoulder reduction and two shoulder surgerys! Oh, at the time of injury I was 59. In a nutshell I've been fighting with the city and WC to go back to work! I successfully completed a firefighter physical agility test done of my firefighter job discription. This test was ordered from my Surgeon and physical therapist. It was done at our… Continue

Added by Joseph Fiorella on June 27, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments

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