Featured Blog Posts – March 2013 Archive (8)

Healthy Eating Rules for the Firehouse

What do you need for survival?  I’m not talking about your phone, technology or a certain person; I mean what does your body need to survive?  If you said food you would be correct… the single most important thing you need to focus on at that point is what to eat.…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 28, 2013 at 7:33pm — No Comments

How Do Emergency Responders Cope with Addiction?

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on March 27, 2013 at 1:14am — No Comments

It sneaks up on you.

Now compared to my father, my grandfather, and a good portion of the people on here I haven't been in the fire service very long. Five years officially this fall.SoI have been around just long enough to start forming opinions, and  whether they be right or not depends on who I agree or disagree with. When I joined I was 21 kept my mouth shut and trained and learned everything I could. All while taking over the family business which just made it even funner. Over the last five years I have…

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Added by Matt Lacey on March 25, 2013 at 4:53pm — 3 Comments

“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH” on Backstep Firefighter

"Quid est veritas?"

 

 

 

In this classic scene from ‘A Few Good Men’, Danny Kaffee is questioning Lt. Col Nathan Jessop about the use of a ‘Code Red’ that resulted in the death of a Marine. Colonel Jessop’s…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 23, 2013 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

THERE IS NO PROFILE FOR THE WHITE ELEPHANT IN THE SMOKE FILLED ROOM on Backstep Firefighter

Video bites, Facebook morsels continually shape our education

 

 

As we look at the evolution of training in the fire service, we must realize that we are at a time like never before experienced. Today there is the availability of information at a moment’s notice. Fires occur and are on YouTube before the companies finish making up. There are…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 22, 2013 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Being a couple on the fire dept.

I don't know how many of you have a family member on the dept with you but my significant other, I got crap for calling her a spouse at this point but she is to me, and I are on the same dept. I have been for 13 yrs, she has been since November. It is so incredibly awesome to be able to do this together, to…

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Added by Chris Tool on March 19, 2013 at 5:45am — 6 Comments

First Dedicated Truck.

So yesterday I stopped by a coffee shop owned by another retired Firefighter my buddy Eric. Eric I don’t think started off wanting to own a coffee shop, he just hated fire house coffee.

Firefighters for the most part are really cheap when it comes to pitching in on shared expenses at the station. So the cost of stuff like coffee, creamer, anything we deem a “staple” is split evenly across all firefighters.

Eric hated cheap coffee and cheap cigars so he began…

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Added by Timothy O. Casey on March 14, 2013 at 12:45pm — 2 Comments

What One Important Thing?

If you could go back 5, 10, or 20 years in your fire service career, what's the one important thing you would tell yourself?

I believe the one thing that really counts is, "knowing that everyone is watching." Throughout our…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on March 1, 2013 at 8:23am — 2 Comments

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