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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

I guess I technically could have called a mayday?!?!

This was our Monday afternoon cover assignment, that went horribly wrong at 1:50 in the afternoon.....

Added by Rob Wesley on June 10, 2015 at 3:40pm — No Comments

about me

Hello my name is Stephen Smith I am a 28-year-old quadriplegic with a physical disability called cerebral palsy and I use an electric wheelchair for my mobility needs

Added by Stephen Smith on June 5, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Of Bunsen Burners, Thermocouples, Big Mustaches and ¾ Boots on

The musings of a confused fireman firefighter


Disclaimer: I am not, have never been, will not be, against any research that can be used to make our job safer. We all know firefighting is ‘inherently dangerous’ because it says so on every piece of equipment we wear. Anything we can do to improve our ability to…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 5, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Firefighter Cardio Interval Workout for Fat Loss

I have had a of of requests for quick workouts that can be done with minimal equipment.  Here is a re-post of one of my more popular cardio interval workouts 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 FRF Rapid Fat Loss or FRF Ultimate fire Rescue Athlete…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 5, 2015 at 1:06am — No Comments

Ownership Nugget

It's great to say you take responsibility for a mistake or to say that you need to improve or make changes.  That's only half the battle though.  You must take meaningful steps and actions to actually correct the mistakes, make the improvements and changes that are needed.  Taking action is the part of taking responsibility and ownership that is hard, not verbalizing them.

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 4, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Being the Right Kind of First

I was lucky to have some great officers and leaders influence my career path in the fire service, and in life.  They were always offering sound advice and sharing their experiences. Some I heeded right away and others I had to learn the hard way.  Either way, their words and actions provided me a template to use to work to be a good firefighter and, later on, officer.

Now I have the opportunity to pass along the valuable bits of information that was passed to me along with my own…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 2, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Looking for size up and tactics .jpg images

Hey FFN We are running a class for new Lt.s and I'm looking for some good .jpg images for size up and tactics training. I'm looking for 3 deckers, taxpayers, mixed use, and hi-rise. Any hel would be appreciated
Capt. Keith Edson
Providence Fire Dept.

Added by Keith A. Edson on May 13, 2015 at 3:48am — No Comments

EMS Conference

I was at an EMS conference this weekend that promoted multi-agency training during different types of emergencis but focused more on mass-casualty incidents and the challenges of limited resources in rural areas. This was a great first step in training and communicating between multi-agencies and will hopefully continue and grow.

What do other fire departments do for multi-agency training especially in rural areas?

Added by Bryan Phillips on May 11, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Kaplan University Celebrates International Firefighters’ Day with Shine On Public Service

Kaplan University celebrates International Firefighters' Day and Public Service Recognition Week with the launch of "Shine On Public Service" this month.

Through inspiring content including videos and articles narrated by Georgia State…


Added by Luisa Yen on May 5, 2015 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Firefighters Without Borders Canada

Hello Guillaume;

My name is Bob Dubbert, and I am a Captain with Vancouver Fire Rescue. I am also the President of Firefighters Without Borders Canada. We are a nationally registered non-profit charity that delivers equipment, apparatus and training to firefighters and other responders in less developed countries. To date we have embarked on 17 overseas training missions and delivered over 700 tons of equipment and 49 emergency vehicles to 16 countries. Our website is…


Added by Bob Dubbert on April 29, 2015 at 6:38pm — No Comments

5 Days and counting!!!

Spring has sprung, and that can only mean one's FDIC season! With the day to day operations of the firehouse, running calls, apparatus maintenance, phone constantly ringing and training, not to mention, Im back in school again. You begin to get run down and even shutter when the tones drop. A vacation is nice, some time away to relax with the wife and kids.....yeah great, but there is nothing that recharges my batteries and love of this career like FDIC. 35,000 of your closest…


Added by Rob Wesley on April 14, 2015 at 3:41pm — No Comments

5 Reasons to Eat Bacon in the Firehouse…

Before you go Hog wild (sorry, had to say it) on bacon please read the following disclaimer.  Let me state up front that saying bacon is “healthy” does not mean it’s healthy to eat it in huge quantities nor does it mean it’s healthy to eat large amounts seven days a week. Try to stick to small servings, blot extra bacon grease off to lower fat intake, and avoid adding extra salt or other high sodium seasonings.  I suggest to consume only 2 or 3 slices and only once a week.  Also,…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments

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