Some firefighters do, but others don’t or haven’t in a while, so train like your life depends on it. If we want to be the best on the fire ground, we must require the best on the training ground. Find creative ways to maximize your training resources and you will see new energy amongst the ranks.
Get out of the recliners, loose the “retired on duty” mindset, and slap complacency in the face by re-energizing yourself, your company and your department with “outside the box” training… Continue
Added by Paul Hasenmeier on December 30, 2009 at 8:22pm —
Buffalo radio station WBEN-930AM listeners have overwhelming chosen the first responders who responded to the crash of Continental Flight 3407
in Clarence Center, NY on February 12, 2009 as their "Persons-of-the-Year."
Congratulations to all those involved in the response effort.…
Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on December 30, 2009 at 1:57pm —
Tough on Tattoos: Like it or not, body modifications can reduce your chances of getting hired
By Scott Cook
This month I’m going to talk about body modification: tattoos and piercings.
Now I know some of us believe that body modifications are really a personal choice, and they’re often done as a remembrance or celebration of someone important in our lives—and that’s all well and good. Tattoos and piercings are your business. You like… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on December 29, 2009 at 8:00am —
I also serve as a Deputy EMS Coordinator for the County. In this volunteer position my role is to respond to incidents involving two or more EMS agencies in my half of the County. The coordinator’s job is to represent the Emergency Management Office and ensure that all EMS agencies on scene are working together, all patients are being cared for, and just try to be of general help while not getting in the way. Most incidents are vehicle crashes, although I have also… Continue
Added by Joe Stoltz on December 27, 2009 at 3:47pm —
Most people on the street know firefighters eat at work and do other stuff as shown on TV or in movies. They have no idea of the complex social system that exits behind those roll-up doors.
While traveling in Italy years ago I visited a firehouse in Florence. While being given a tour, I noticed the cabinets in the kitchen had padlocks on them. When I asked, I was informed it was to protect against, "The other shifts stealing our food." Same problem the world over. Food and all that implies… Continue
Added by mike simms on December 25, 2009 at 12:17pm —
Three universal fireground considerations from actual incidents
This morning, Dec. 23, 2009 news reports of two hoarding fires that claimed occupants,
Alabama: "In some cases,… Continue
Added by Bill Carey on December 23, 2009 at 4:00pm —
"It takes a very special person to volunteer his time," (Stephens et al 14) however, the number of these special people who volunteer as firefighters is declining and fire departments are doing all they can to retain current volunteer firefighters and gain new ones. Over the years, the number of volunteer firefighters within the United States has been declining. Not only is it becoming difficult to persuade people in joining fire departments, but it is also becoming more difficult to retain the… Continue
Added by Sean Miller on December 21, 2009 at 12:02am —
With the number of volunteers decreasing throughout the nation, there are many actions being taken to counteract this situation. Recruitment and retention is the volunteer fire services new battle. From different training activities to gain interest, to recruitment drives and incentive plans, there are many varying approaches to this problem. On the other hand, what is really working?
From a volunteers perspective I feel that the fire departments suffering from low numbers of volunteers… Continue
Added by Sean Miller on December 20, 2009 at 11:59pm —
When will they grow up?
In another controversial case racial tensions ignite, shining the spotlight of idiocy on a tiny majority firefighters- yet again.
A story from the Connecticut Post
reports that an email sent by an FDNY Battalion Chief to the Captain at the Bridgeport CT Fire Department contained a small message at bottom. The Bridgeport Captain then… Continue
Added by FireDaily.com on December 20, 2009 at 11:08pm —
Given that much of Wash., D.C. is snowed in, this old article seems appropriate - BC.
Everyone in the fire service, no matter their location, should be familiar with term "Collyer… Continue
Added by Bill Carey on December 20, 2009 at 9:30am —
Live & Learn: Call reviews enrich volunteer training
Story & Photos by Bob Kolva
These days, there seems to be a virtual cornucopia of urban-oriented training tools. Retired big-city battalion chiefs flock to magazine-sponsored tradeshows and seminars to discuss the best way to manage multiple engine companies during a chemical plant fire or prepare for incidents involving WMDs. Unfortunately, such a wealth of training resources doesn’t exist for volunteer… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on December 18, 2009 at 8:00am —
DHS has revisited the existing policy on supplanting for the 2009 SAFER funding cycle. The Secretary has decided that DHS will consider petitions for waivers on supplanting from 2009 grantees on a case-by-case basis and under certain conditions.
In order for all potential applicants to have sufficient time to consider this revised policy guidance, DHS will extend the 2009 SAFER application period. The new application deadline will be 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Friday, January 15,… Continue
Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on December 17, 2009 at 11:24pm —
Der Tannenbaum ist lit. Der blogmeisterberger ist lit too.
As we approach the end of the year, the crack staff here at FireDaily has taken advantage of the open bar. What better time than now to return to the thrilling days of YesterMonth for the third installment of “Two Thousand and Nine Favorite FireDaily Blog Posts from 2009”.
In case you missed the first two, you can find them here:…
Added by FireDaily.com on December 17, 2009 at 8:01pm —
Prehospital Trauma Life Support by NAEMT
Air Management for the Fire Service, by Mike Gagliano, Casey Phillips, Phillip Jose, and Steve Bernocco
Firefighter Rescue and Survival , by Richard Kolomay and Robert Hoff
Rapid Intervention Company Operations by Michael R. Mason
Added by fire investigator 21 on December 15, 2009 at 3:00pm —
This blog links to an article from the Post Star in Northern New York State which outlines some of the creative steps their fire departments are taking to attract new members.
Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on December 15, 2009 at 12:00pm —
The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System reached a milestone this month when it posted the 1,000th report for 2009. This marks the first time in the program’s 4-year history that 1,000 reports were received in a single year. The total number of reports received since the program launched in 2005 is more than 3,100.
Chief Jeff Johnson, IAFC president and chairman of the board, credits the increase in report submissions to the growing acceptance of near-miss reporting at… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on December 15, 2009 at 11:30am —
Two-person Go Teams are highly skilled and equipped chief officers in each national FEMA region who will help in the organizational response and recovery after significant emergencies and catastrophic events. Visit the EMC webpage (see the Toolbox area) for details and to print the application documents. Department approval is required so be sure to give yourself time to fill out all documents and… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on December 14, 2009 at 6:30pm —
That's what I overheard a certain young fire officer tell a probie recently.
"If you're worried about getting cancer -- you probably shouldn't be a firefighter!"
I didn't miss-hear or mis-understand him, nor did I take his comment out of context. That's exactly what he said.
I nearly blew my cork. What an immature, ignorant, uniformed, reckless thing to say.
Here's all I have to say to him, "This one's for… Continue
Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on December 14, 2009 at 10:30am —
In a good movie, in the first 15 minutes or so, there must be an inciting incident. This sets the theme.
In my career I had three in the first few months.
The first was an EMS call. The light unit was sent with me and a more experienced fireman: Code 3 to a nice house. A middle-of-the-night call to a difficulty breathing. At that time, we had not become EMTs yet and carried all our equipment in a small tackle box and a thing called a Flynn ventilator.
We were shown to… Continue
Added by mike simms on December 13, 2009 at 7:08pm —
Well, Thursday night came and went. Basically, in my eyes, the entire budget process that the Commission I sit on worked on for almost 4 hours was a total waste of time. Yes, every department except 1 had a representative there to explain and justify their budget requuests, but some of the people the departments sent had no idea why they were there and had no clue what a line item buget is. To make matters worse, we did not even have enough Commission members there, according to our Bylaws, to… Continue
Added by Brady Grim on December 12, 2009 at 10:35pm —