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Ladder Rescues--Training is the Key

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“What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”

We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be considered cliché because it is mentioned so often. But, without a doubt and with no debate, it is true!

On July 20, 2016 my department responded to a report of smoke in…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 22, 2016 at 9:26pm — No Comments

PLACE YOUR BETS!

NEW July FireRescue magazine cartoon.
 
You can try your luck and place your bets - just know the House always…
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on July 20, 2016 at 7:02pm — No Comments

With or Without the Hose Line?

Link to Podcast HERE

In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose line.…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 15, 2016 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Grieving a New Normal

Join us in Sarnia Ontario September 14 and 15. Grieving a New Normal for first responders, their families and the community.…
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Added by Peggy Sweeney on July 15, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Brother looking for advice!

I have 19 years of service as a firerighter/engineer from Ky. Also member of Local 870.



I was injured while fighting a fire in Feb/2015! I've had. Shoulder reduction and two shoulder surgerys! Oh, at the time of injury I was 59. In a nutshell I've been fighting with the city and WC to go back to work! I successfully completed a firefighter physical agility test done of my firefighter job discription. This test was ordered from my Surgeon and physical therapist. It was done at our… Continue

Added by Joseph Fiorella on June 27, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments

THE SPAGHETTI RETROSPECTIVE

Training is not just for the bread and butter tasks, but to sharpen skills that we rarely use, too. This cartoon focuses on one of those tasks: standpipe training, tactics and operation. Are standpipes a resource that we use often? Most of us would probably say no. Is utilizing standpipe…

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on June 22, 2016 at 9:05am — No Comments

Firefighters I need help.

Hello, my friends! My name is Igor Pojar and I am from Moldova, Orhei. Since 2008 I have been a Chief at the Rescue and Fire Department Orhei. Orhei region is situated in a picturesque area, with rich historical traditions that invites tourists to admire it! Orhei region is positioned in the heart of Moldova and it is formed out of 75 places organized into 38 city halls. The administrative center of the area is Orhei, situated at 48 km north from the capital of Moldova, Chisinau. The Orhei…

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Added by Pompierul Moldova on June 20, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments

CARNIVOROUS REACTION

Perhaps it's time for Smokey to get back to his carnivorous roots... natural knucklehead herd thinning in action.

STAY FIRED UP!



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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on May 12, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

COPING WITH GRIEF - TAKE OUR POLL

Please take our poll and let us know if today's public safety and emergency response departments are meeting the needs of its members following the death of one of their own.

When someone we love dies, family members, co-workers and friends are often at a loss as to how to cope with the devastating effects of grief. In the fire service and EMS…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on April 18, 2016 at 2:10am — No Comments

5 Healthy Food Hacks for Fire Rescue Athletes

Do you want to know how fit fire rescue athletes make nutritious meal choices?  Here are some shortcuts, go-to recipes, cooking suggestions and go-to snacks for making the life of a fire rescue athlete a little healthier.

Eating healthy with a demanding job can be difficult.  Add in the fact that the firehouse is usually full of non-nutritious choices like cakes and baked goods and its no wonder that obesity, diabetes and heart disease are huge concerns in the fire industry.  Yet, as…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 14, 2016 at 7:46pm — No Comments

HUG ME!

As an artist who has studied human behavior for the better part of my 49 years, I can honestly say "huggable moments" are a societal issue more than a generational one. It's easy to point our fingers at the Millennials and Gen-Zs for this, but as an instructor for the past 15 years I can tell you that the Gen-Xs…

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on March 10, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

Firefighter Fitness- 4 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results…

Its the dead of winter, football season is over and spring seems so far away.  This is also the excuse season, the time of the year where most people fall off the fitness wagon and start to make excuses.  Its especially easy to make excuses and miss workouts if your not seeing results.  So, today I wanted to give you a little guidance and motivation (check out the FRF Fit for Duty…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 12, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Stop Exercising and Start Training to Get Fire Rescue Fit...

Before I worked as a firefighter, I was a trainer in both large and small health clubs.  During that time I would see a lot of people exercising consistently and with intensity but only make a limited amount of fitness progress.  Why? Because we are all creatures of habit in the gym and out.  These “snail paced progress” gym goers were all doing the same…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 14, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Local Fires, Global Worries

The old proverb—fire makes a good servant but a bad master—has become too literal a guiding doctrine, for too long. This understanding characterizes fire entirely within the context of how humans relate to fire, while neglecting fires’ innate role within the natural environment, as…

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Added by Lindon Pronto on January 11, 2016 at 5:27am — No Comments

Basics of Calling the Mayday

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 1, 2016 at 10:20pm — No Comments

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Not sure when I will retire, but I’m all but positive this will be a phone call my wife will make!

STAY FIRED UP!

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on December 23, 2015 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Tool or NO Tool?

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By Jason Hoevelmann with Steve Heidbreder

Tool or No Tool?

     When we go to conferences or sit around with other engaged firefighters there is no lack of lively conversation and debate. From world affairs, to sports teams, bands and of course, tactics! There is no better time spent with other firefighters learning about what others do and why. That is the key, WHY, things are done the way…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 13, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Ground Ladders Discussion and Podcast

For the podcast, click HERE

This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It’s a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get’s forgotten.  They’re forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims.

We talk briefly about some…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 7, 2015 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Winter Operations Checklist and Podcast

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Attached is an outline we used for a quick winter operations class at work. I ran across this the other day and thought it would be appropriate to post now.  The podcast is here for this topic as well.  Feel free to add and use this as you see fit. If you have some great tips on operating in the winter, please share with…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 1, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

To Be Up or Down

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In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile.  More specifically on our hands and knees.  I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me.  However, the more fires I got to fight, the more I started to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 29, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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