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
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…Continue
Added by Jim Silvernail on August 12, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 11, 2015 at 1:11am — No Comments
Added by Luke on August 3, 2015 at 11:53pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by FETC on June 20, 2015 at 3:59pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 19, 2015 at 7:25pm — No Comments
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
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
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…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 5, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 5, 2015 at 1:06am — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 2, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments
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
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 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
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…Continue
Added by Bob Dubbert on April 29, 2015 at 6:38pm — No Comments
Spring has sprung, and that can only mean one thing.......it'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…Continue
Added by Rob Wesley on April 14, 2015 at 3:41pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments