August 2015 Blog Posts (4)

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…

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Added by Jim Silvernail on August 12, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Firefighter "Fit for Duty" Workout Schedule

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…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 11, 2015 at 1:11am — No Comments

Question

Wanted to get some feed back from some people. I'm a volunteer firefighter with a smaller dept and we got into a heated discussion on should a officer go on mutual aid calls. The dept was split right down the middle. What are some of your dept policy's or what's your opinion on having a officer on out of district response to other depts.

Added by Luke on August 3, 2015 at 11:53pm — No Comments

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