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,…Continue
Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:27pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:26pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:25pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
The purpose of the contest is to motivate Firefighters, EMTs and Medics to change the…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 10, 2017 at 9:25am — No Comments
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…Continue
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).…Continue
Added by Lindon Pronto on October 4, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Les Allen on September 28, 2016 at 10:37pm — No Comments
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Never get a tattoo you can’t see. Seems like good advice to me!
STAY FIRED UP, and smile!
Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on September 12, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Peggy Sweeney on August 15, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments
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!
Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on August 12, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 22, 2016 at 9:26pm — No Comments
Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on July 20, 2016 at 7:02pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 15, 2016 at 7:18pm — No Comments
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1993 International E-One Pumper 1000 gal. 1250…Continue
Added by Mike Haydon on July 14, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments
Rope access reference book and visual materials.
Get it: Rope Access Pro
- 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;
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