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MY DAD MY HERO

my father is an Air Force Veteran, and a 40 year member of Northwood Engine Company 2 Volunteer FD in Hopatcong NJ, he is a true hero who taught me right from wrong, and how to be a man, he taught me to hunt, and to fish, to build fires, and how to be prepared and survive in any emergency situations, he has helped many many people, and would and has given the shirt off his back for anyone, rich or poor, good or bad, weather they deserved help or not, and even when he had nothing to give, he…

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Added by scottyv on August 28, 2014 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Patches Moldova

Dear friends!!! Really happy that you are visiting my personal Firemen Patches collection page Pompierul.md. My name is Igor and I am the first Captain of the rescue service, Head of the Firefighters and Rescue Unit from Orhei, Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. I have been collecting firemen patches since 2011 and I am still a young collector, though with a nice world-wide daily growing pack. If you are…

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Added by Pompierul Moldova on August 27, 2014 at 1:52am — No Comments

Small Town Quint

Need some pointers for a small department looking to get a used ladder truck (quint) in the future. i.e. do's and don'ts.

Added by Jeff Rollins on August 20, 2014 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Women and Children First on Backstep Firefighter

Unselfish service toward others

womenandchildren



What does this mean? Quite simply it means that the less able are supposed to be assisted of the sinking ship before the able body males and the ship’s crew. Maritime law (or operational…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on August 20, 2014 at 9:01pm — No Comments

We Want To Be Everywhere

Yes, as chief officers we want to be everywhere. We manage multiple fire stations and lead teams of firefighters and officers. We want to visit every station and listen to all of their stories, suggestions, and yes, criticisms. We want be at the fires, the bad motor vehicle accidents, and maybe even some of the medical calls. We want to get things done for them that will help them do their jobs. We want to help them grow. But we can’t be everywhere. Or can we?…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on August 17, 2014 at 8:02am — No Comments

In Light of Robin Williams Suicide

I know it's been a long time since I've posted but I have been working on a new book and it is almost done. It's called Saving Heroes and it is all about firefighter suicides and to help firefighters over come this terrible choice. I have launched a Indigogo campaign and I need help getting the word out about it, please help.   …

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on August 13, 2014 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Last Call

I never met Jamie Middlebrook but I knew him.  I knew his heart and soul,  for it is the heart and soul that unites every man and woman into the brotherhood and sisterhood of the fire service.  It is the desire to serve,  the urge to help,  The compassion one had for his fellow man. 

Jamie paid the ultimate sacrifice of any firefighter,  giving up his life while serving the community and because of this the entire fire service feels his loss.

Today I had the honor of attending…

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Added by Station10Capt106 on August 12, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments

Please be in prayer for Capt. Eric Trexler, he is a 16 year Veteran

Please be in prayer for Capt. Eric Trexler, he is a 16 year Veteran with Port Huron Township Fire Dept. He was been diagnosed with Leukemia 3 weeks ago and is undergoing treatment. Due to Eric being off work for 2 months prior for a shoulder injury he no longer has an income. The department is doing fund raisers for him at this time. (see attached)  Please Prayer for healing and financial support.. Please pass this on to your fire department personal.

I thank you in…

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Added by Steve Riehl on August 7, 2014 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Firefighter On-shift Interval Workout

I get a lot of emails asking for good workout options for the firehouse when on-shift.  

Working out on-shift is a major concern, you want to make sure you keep your body in good "fit for duty" condition but also want to make sure you have enough "left in the tank" to respond and perform in an actual response.  Over the last couple of years I have…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 4, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments

You Need To Get Out Of EMS

Someone said this to me the other day. Again, a few days later, the same thing was said with slightly different verbiage, but the message was the same.

I'm not cut out for EMS. I'm not the right "caliber" of person to do this job. I get "wonky" after bad calls. I'm not the one for the job.

Wait a second? Then what was up with that baby in 2009 who stopped breathing? Why was I able to walk into that house, take that small, precious child into my arms and without…

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Added by Glena Suiter on August 3, 2014 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

Music Festival Scenario

This is something that my fire department has to deal with every year and we do have a plan for response to the festival but I am curious how other people would respond to it.

Shambhala Music Festival is about 10 minutes outside of the Village of Salmo but response can be up to a half an hour depending on traffic. The route is paved highway up to the turn off to the music festival then it is a dirt road for about 5 km (about 3 miles), about half of the road is only single…

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Added by Bryan Phillips on August 3, 2014 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

past chief blanco

past chief john blanco pasted away 7-25-14 he was 87 ,served over 50years on the dept.,rest in peace john!!!!

Added by Robert stone on July 26, 2014 at 10:52pm — No Comments

How Does the World Keep Turning?

In the EMS and Fire Service, we see things that would ruin anyone else's week. Sometimes we don't see things because God doesn't put us on every scene that our brothers and sisters are on, and sometimes those calls are just as bad as the calls we do replay in our minds. Listening to the familiar voices on the radio at the scene of an especially bad MVA. Hearing the requests for additional resources. Hearing the request for the coroner, knowing that your brothers and sisters are dealing with…

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Added by Glena Suiter on July 26, 2014 at 1:51am — 1 Comment

HELP A BROTHER FIGHT HIS BATTLE

David Blank seeks shirts from other fire companies to wear during chemotherapy

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Added by Captain Kevin C. Ross on July 25, 2014 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

Chaplain Challenges Firefighters to Weight Loss Competitions

Let's face it. All of us hate the headlines that 70 % of firefighters are over weight! So, let's prove them wrong. Let's challenge each other to weight loss competitions everywhere: among shifts, within shifts, one department against another, one union against another etc. etc. I have not really thought through this idea and would prefer to let us all put our imagination to work. Just think if every Chief, Shift Captain Union President and individual firefighter committed to make this…

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Added by Richard S. Phelps on July 24, 2014 at 10:29pm — 1 Comment

The Ladies Auxiliary of North Patchogue Fire Department Presents;

Next month, August 2, 2014 A fundraiser featuring MaryAnn The Medium.

Doors open at 6;00. Show starts at 7:00. $30 per person.

For tickets please call 631-475-1788 ext: 523. Tickets will be sold at the door also. There will also be a 50/50.

This show is for mature audience 18 yrs or older please.

For additional information you can visit our page here http://goo.gl/apywQv or the link below.

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Added by Northpatchoguefd on July 23, 2014 at 12:07am — No Comments

Fit Firefighters Daily Checkoffs...

Be Physically Ready for Duty- Your Daily Fitness Checkoffs.

At the beginning of each and every shift firefighters, EMTs and medic meticulously go through and check their gear (or at least they should be) to make sure that it is ready for the challenges of the day. Our equipment must be functioning properly and our rigs must be fueled and ready to go. The question that I also want you to think about is whether or not your…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 17, 2014 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Philadelphia's loss can be a gain

 There is no better example of a society's failure to protect its members than a fire that could have been prevented. This tragic loss in Philadelphia is such an example.  While the community attacks the fire department, so many other issues are not realized, most importantly the opportunity for changes supporting prevention is lost.

The stage for this fire and the opportunity to prevent it from happening was set long before that early morning of July 5th.

 While finding a…

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Added by Jim Guy on July 11, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Join the Voices of Recovery

Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress: Avoiding a Crisis in Your Home, Workplace and Community

Presenter: Peggy Sweeney, The Sweeney Alliance

Program Description:

Depression, addiction, and post traumatic stress are today’s hot…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on July 4, 2014 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

The Ultimate Firefighter Tribute Workout



Today I want to give you a taste of the type of workouts that you will find in the Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout and it comes with great timing and a lot of significance... The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides resources and funding (via grants and donations) towards remembering our fallen and protecting our current firefighters.  This "tribute"…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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