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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?…


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…


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.  …


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


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.


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


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

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 — 2 Comments

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

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