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Heads up! HazMat in Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale AZ – Interesting call worth sharing to keep everyone safe.  Jeff Zientek, HazMat Captain and author of the very easy to use HazMat Field Operations Guide  shared the following information. The dispatch was for a hazardous situation and this is what the Engine Company found. - See…


Added by Cheryl Cross on October 8, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Make Bells Ring from Coast to Coast


Honor our nation’s fallen firefighters with a simple act. Ring bells in your community during the weekend of October 3-4, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Join Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters by holding a small ceremony in your community to recognize heroes who gave the…


Added by NFFF on October 1, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

87 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at National Memorial on Sunday, October 4

Join the U.S. Fire Service in honoring the lives of 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014 and three firefighters who died in previous years during the 34th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4.

The service begins…


Added by NFFF on October 1, 2015 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Start your Next Firefighter Workout with This...

Are you still warming up for your workout by jogging or biking or maybe not at all?  Each one of your workouts should start with specific active stretching movements.  In the past you may have skipped this part, but I assure you these exercises will help strengthen and even tone your body.  In fact, if you had just 15 minutes to workout I would want you do an active warm-up routine (or one like…

Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 24, 2015 at 10:23pm — No Comments

An Evening With MaryAnn The Medium

An evening with MaryAnn The Medium will be an uplifting experience she will help you to connect with whomever you've come to cherish. While enlightening your evenings experience. It will be held at The North Patchogue Fire Department at 33 Davidson Avenue, North Patchogue N.Y. 11772. Here's a link to access map data;

Photo from MaryAnn The Medium website.

The night will be October 17, 2015 and will start promptly at 7pm.

Tickets are…


Added by Northpatchoguefd on September 23, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

North Patchogues Annual Haunted House Hosts Psychos all month

It's a Psycho Haunted House be scared be very scared....

Party 105 and LA Fiesta 98.7 will be spinning the music for your enjoyment.

Photo from MaryAnn The Medium website.

So bring the family, bring your friends for a great time. See if you make it out alive or end up on the wall of SHAME. ...

Check out our flyer or our website for details…


Added by Northpatchoguefd on September 10, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Ultimate Firefighter 9-11 Tribute Challenge Workout

Every year around September 11th I like to take a moment and reflect on the significance of the day and honor those that sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice to this day).  I encourage you to do this workout, share your results and challenge others to do the same, at least once a year (on September 11th).    This "tribute" workout is difficult but has a…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 10, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

The Bear Crawl

Added by Robert Owens on September 9, 2015 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Location, Location, Location!

With all of the debate about exterior versus interior, I wanted to share a video that I use in many of the tactical classes that I teach and offer a few observations.  First, this is a video that is used for learning, not to critique the methods or tactics that were or were not deployed during this fire.  Second, we were not there and do not know all of the circumstances surrounding why they made their decisions.

Overall, I think they did a pretty good job in the end.

When I…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on September 9, 2015 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

One down, many to go

I passed my first rural firefighting exam on Monday night with flying colours; the next two will be occuring in the next month or so, and then I will be fully trained up go on the frontlines. 

I won't be able to enjoy summer like I used to, but the big plus side is that I will be serving my community during our lengthy fire season. 

Added by James Marks on August 24, 2015 at 1:11am — No Comments

A Good Suppression Plan = A Great Safety Plan

The RIT/RIC dilemma raised its ugly head again last week when my friend Doug Mitchell (25 to Survive) posted a chart of FDNY’s RIT statistics from 1989 to 2008.  The stats that really grabbed my attention were 1. The elapsed time from the working fire declaration (10-75) until the Mayday, 19 minutes, and 2. Who found the Mayday firefighter.  First alarm units, excluding the F.A.S.T. or RIT team, found the Mayday firefighter 76.47% of the…


Added by Jim Silvernail on August 12, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Firefighter "Fit for Duty" Workout Schedule

Do you workout on shift?  Should you workout on shift and what is the best workout to perform?  How do you schedule your workouts around your shifts or calls?

This is a major concern for the fire rescue athlete.  On one hand we know we should be working out to stay and get fit for duty. Yet , if we burn out in the gym we won't be able to perform when it…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 11, 2015 at 1:11am — No Comments


Wanted to get some feed back from some people. I'm a volunteer firefighter with a smaller dept and we got into a heated discussion on should a officer go on mutual aid calls. The dept was split right down the middle. What are some of your dept policy's or what's your opinion on having a officer on out of district response to other depts.

Added by Luke on August 3, 2015 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Quality Matters

        Whether it’s halligans, hooks or hoses, the unfortunate truth is that too many firefighters are using inferior tools and equipment on the fireground…and this needs to stop. To most of the brothers and sisters that will take the time to read (and watch) this, this is old news; but to many of our brethren, this is the first they’re hearing of this.



Added by Nick Ledin on July 29, 2015 at 1:03am — No Comments

Lucky Loot 2015

North Patchogue Fire Department with the Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a Lucky Loot Fundraiser.

Tickets are $50.00 admitting two adults.

There will be 10 chances to win with a first prize of $5000.00 and 9 more winners. Only 400 tickets will be sold. So your odds are very good.

There will be a Barbecue and Drawing. A 50/50 and Raffles.

Food, Beer, Wine and Soda.

August 16,2015 Doors open at 1pm and close at 5pm.

Contact number 631-475-1788 ext:523…


Added by Northpatchoguefd on July 13, 2015 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Tactical Mastery - The Fire Service Investment

What does it take to become the go to guy in the firehouse?  What does it take to step beyond the go to guy and become an "elite" firefighter?  Well, elite firefighters have invested a tremendous amount of time and effort mastering his or her skill set through thousands of hours of training and life experiences. Looking at experience alone, the elite firefighter has often been provided opportunities to succeed from many people who have invested time in said development.  The author Malcomb…


Added by FETC on June 20, 2015 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall on

“If everyone on the Team was like me, what kind of Team would it be?”

Feel free to download and share all the photos are in the public domain.

The above quote is attributed to the Navy SEALs. The question it asks is an important one. Would the Team succeed if everyone was like you? Are you putting your best effort in?

Imagine if there was a sign above the door to your dayroom that said, “If everyone on…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 19, 2015 at 7:25pm — No Comments

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