December 2014 Blog Posts (9)

44.7 Percent on Backstep Firefighter

The numbers don’t matter – Capt. Dave LeBlanc

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As we continue to discuss the future of the fire service and it’s mission as it relates to fire attack, protecting civilians and our safety, something has become clear.

The numbers don’t matter. It was less safe to return from an incident this year than it was to operate on the fireground. 9 out of 87…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 31, 2014 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

Building Construction

           With another Christmas officially in the books, it's time to again look to the future. Included in that future is the ever changing face of your district. There is no better time then the present, to get out there and check on what is being built, how are they building it and what would you do, should you have to respond to an incident there. We have three booming subdivisions being thrown together and thrown together quick, the one is putting about two new homes under roof a…

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Added by Rob Wesley on December 26, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments

Opportunities for Training: Not Just on the Drill Ground

Many times we pass on opportunities to train or learn something although many situations lend themselves to doing so. Look for ways to incorporate the situation or circumstance that you are dealing with into a learning moment. The pictures below are of a company training on aerial ops with a candidate operator.

It was a call for an alarm sounding at a medical building after hours. After looking in the windows and doors and seeing no signs of smoke or fire and with the lock box key not…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 22, 2014 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment

Rest In Peace Brothers in Arms

May they Rest In Peace

Forever at our Lords side for they where taken

Before their time unnecessarily.…

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Added by Jeffrey Wysowski on December 21, 2014 at 3:52am — No Comments

Easy-Button Firefighting

There is no magic bullet, by Capt. Dave LeBlanc

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As we read today about the incident in Woodmere New York, it drives home the point that no matter how much we train, learn, research and perform, this job is still dangerous and we need to be…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 20, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Don't Wait for Your Ship, You Might Miss It!

In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to be involved in both sides of the promotional process: as a participant and as an interviewer.  Both are stressful and will challenge you.  You must be able to pull from your training, education, experience and coaching in both circumstances to arrive at a positive decision and hopefully with a successful outcome.

This post is going to focus on  being the participant in these processes.  In my classes on officer development I try to hammer…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 19, 2014 at 11:35am — No Comments

Firehouse Nutrition Tip- Eat more fruits and veggies....

Firefighters have physically and mentally demanding jobs which means we (as fire rescue athletes) have demanding nutritional needs to match.  Unfortunately, research confirms that most are deficient in some essential nutrients. The most common deficiencies are in protein, water (hydration), healthy fatty acids, and the essential vitamins. Research…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on December 15, 2014 at 12:46pm — No Comments

FIREFIGHTER TRAINING PODCAST – FIREFIGHTER NEEDS HELP! – AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK LAMPLUGH

This episode of the Firefighter Training Podcast deals with a very serious topic about members who may be in some emotional distress because of the job, or factors in their life outside of the job. None of us would hesitate to help a brother or sister who called MAYDAY on the fireground, but what do we do with the thousands of silent MAYDAYS that are just as life threatening, but not being called.…

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Added by Mark Lamplugh on December 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

You’re a New Officer: Don’t Try to Save the World all at Once!

As progressive, engaged and enthusiastic firefighters, we all took classes, trained hard and created an image of the way we would be when we got promoted. We would do this and we would do that, damn the consequences and those we might piss off. But, when we got there, it may not have all gone as planned. Hmmm…..did you ever wonder why?

I have seen this happen over the years and it has happened to me during my first years as a young company officer and later on as a chief officer, the…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 6, 2014 at 12:33pm — No Comments

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