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Why I Became a Public Servant

I will never forget the day, I signed up to be a volunteer firefighter for my community. In 2005, I can recall watching the devastation on TV from the natural disaster Hurricane Katrina and Rita in the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Back to Work on the Second Season of "5-Alarm Task Force!"

We returned home this week and got straight to work on Season Two of "5-Alarm Task Force."

We've racked up some great guests for this season, including Chief Bobby Halton, Capt. John Dixon, Captain Andy Starnes, Capt (ret) Dennis Tucker and many more.

Don't forget you can find us on Twitter at either @Dalmatprod or @Cause_Origin. If you're new to Twitter and following us, our second ID, @Cause_Origin was originally created to help generate interest and support in a new project…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on August 4, 2017 at 10:35am — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 6

The stage is set. In the audience are family members, friends and mentors patiently watching you on stage for your pinning ceremony. …

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 2, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Leading Throughout the Probationary and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 5

Last week we discussed two very important character traits; those traits were maintaining a strong work ethic and taking the proper initiative.  This week we are going to cover two more equally important…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 24, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 4

There are two character traits that will help you stand out from the rest throughout the probationary period; those traits are maintaining a…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 18, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

"On the Road Again,,,"

We're taking a brief break from our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force" and will return to production the first week of August.

As Willy Nelson's song, says, "On the Road Again." And we'll be heading to NC next week. Along the way, we hope to have the opportunity to visit some firehouses along the way.

If you're in the Guilford County/Greensboro or the Boone/Blowing Rock areas, drop us a line to DalmatProd@Outlook.com and we'll try to set up a brief meeting to record your thoughts…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 11, 2017 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 3

This is a profession where you have to make the commitment of becoming a life long learner.  The fire academy is over and now you have found yourself in the Jumpseat.  Congratulations, you have arrived; however, the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 11, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 2

You have survived the first week as a probationary firefighter in the best career in the world.  You might need to pinch yourself because you…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 2, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 1

From our first day in the fire service, we have the opportunity to be a leader and lead throughout probation and well beyond, until long after our retirement.  This article is not the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 26, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Joe Pronesti: A Main Street Success Story

Winchester, Kentucky fire shows just how well training can pay off in a small department

Around 10 PM last Thursday June 1st, the Winchester Kentucky fire department which operates out of three fire stations and protects roughly 28,000 citizens responded to a fire on their Main Street, and as with many other fires that occur around the country this website posted raw video from the event.

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Added by FFN WebTeam on June 6, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Job. The Calling. My Short Story

Featured Contributor David Polikoff shares how he got started

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Added by FFN WebTeam on May 31, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

FIRE DEPARTMENT BUNKER GEAR, LIGHT BARS FOR SALE

I have a nice set of LION BUNKER GEAR, JACKET IS 52/32 AND PANTS ARE XL.
I ALSO HAVE 5 WHELEN 10000 STROBE LIGHTBARS, 1 WHELEN LIBERTY LED(RED/BLUE), 1 FEDERAL SIGNAL LED LIGHTBAR, (RED AND CLEAR), 2 MX7000 STROBE LIGHTBARS, ETC.
SELLING EVERYTHING CHEAP, CAUSE WE DONT NEED THEM. AVERAGE SHIPPING COST FOR LIGHTBAR IS $125, AND WE ARE ASKING $75 PER BAR.
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Added by KOA ISHIKAWA on May 18, 2017 at 10:09pm — 1 Comment

Who Is Trying to Silence the Romanian Firefighters? Under-officers Threatened Over Posts on Facebook!

Who Is Trying to Silence the Romanian Firefighters? Under-officers Threatened Over Posts on Facebook!

Thu, 16 Feb 2017Bihor, Romania

Author: Ioana Anamaria Ungur

Many and various are the discontents of the military…

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Added by Ioana Anamaria Ungur on April 26, 2017 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Exceptional Firefighting Intervention in a Huge Blaze Started at a Shopping Center

Exceptional Firefighting Intervention in a Huge Blaze Started at a Shopping Center

Sun, 05 Mar 2017Arad, Romania

Author: Ioana Anamaria Ungur
Interventie de exceptie a pompierilor la un incendiu de proportii izbucnit la un centru comercial | imaginea 1

A huge fire started in Arad, at a shopping center, on the…

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Added by Ioana Anamaria Ungur on April 26, 2017 at 1:39pm — No Comments

FIRE DEPT NEEDS EQUIPMENT

HEY MY FIRE DEPT VILLAGE OF FORD NEEDS ALL KINDA OF EQUIPMENT BUNKER GEAR SAWS EXTRACTION QUIPMENT ANY EQUIPMENT WOULD BE GREATLY APRECIATED PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK IF YOU CAN HELP AT THOMASKELLECK@YAHOO.COM

Added by thomas kelleck on April 18, 2017 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

Stay Hydrated, Stay Alive...

Heart attack and strokes are more likely to kill firefighters than an actual fire.  A recent research article just confirmed one of the major reasons why.   The research confirms that the physical demands of firefighting may trigger the formation of blood clots and impair blood vessel function -- two factors associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  (You can read more about that…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2017 at 11:48pm — No Comments

FANTASIZE

Comply, or else!

STAY FIRED UP, and follow the code!



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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on April 10, 2017 at 8:26am — No Comments

A PTSD story - Do you remeber getting the call?

How did your story start?

I was 27 years old.  Never heard of PTSD.  I had just been turned down a week earlier by HR for the hire that was hands down my top pick, my hometown. That particular day I was at work at the Cashway Lumberyard.  Just as I was getting ready to head out with my 26 sheets of ½ inch drywall delivery order. The yard foreman yelled me back, “Carl phones for you.” That’s strange; I remember thinking,…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

PTSD strips you down to nothing, PERFECT!!!

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A simple childhood

 As a kid, my father and I would watch endless hours of war movies together. One of my favorites was Full Metal Jacket, well, the first hour…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:27pm — No Comments

PTSD, meet my friends

Everyone is a little bit crazy

They say the key to happiness is to find someone who’s crazy fits with your crazy.  If you can find that person then you have found The One.  The one you can take on the world with, the one that you can conquer anything with…  And this certainly includes…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:26pm — No Comments

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