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Volunteer vs. Paid Firefighters: The Battle Continues

Ask twenty different people and you will receive twenty different opinions on rather they feel volunteer firefighters or career firefighters are the better professional.  So who really is better trained, better equipped, and even better qualified to answer the public’s calls for assistance? In reality, if we could look past the differences, the fire service as a whole becomes stronger and provides a higher level of service to the public.  After all, isn’t that what our ultimate mission is?…

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Added by Tom on December 7, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments

What Do You Do After Planting a Seed?

Just over 1-1/2 years ago, I planted a "seed." What did I "plant?" It was my podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force." Although I was only able to serve in the fire service for eight, short years before an injury forced me to leave, I have never let the fire service leave me. Since 1985, I have tried to stay up-to-date with the growth and evolution in firefighting, leadership, funding, education, etc. One way or another, I kept pace.…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Use the Holidays Time to Boost Fire Education & Prevention

While most firefighters know that October is the "designated" month for fire prevention programs, now is a great time, as well.

We can educate our communities about the need for keep live trees moist and green, inspecting lighting strings carefully, not overloading electrical sockets, times, or extension cords and much more.

This is not a task just for those in your Fire Prevention Office, every firefighter can and should play a role in this effort, starting with your own…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 29, 2017 at 11:53am — No Comments

Does a Health & Wellness Program really work?

If so how do you know? We already know the overall economic impact of work-related injuries and illness are high in the fire service and is ranked as one of the most hazardous occupation. Unfortunately many programs have not been around long enough to provide any evidence. Worse yet, some…

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Added by John Hofman on November 9, 2017 at 9:58am — No Comments

TAKE US TO YOUR LEADERSHIP

It may be an unsolvable mystery.

NEW November Fire Rescue magazine editorial: Take Us To Your Leadership.

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To see more Drawn By Fire, go to:…

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on November 6, 2017 at 11:28am — No Comments

CHIEF ALAN BRUNACINI

My very first encounter with Chief Alan Brunacini was not what I would have hoped for. I was attending my first FDIC and was sitting through a presentation on how to submit articles to become a Fire Engineering author. Being the introvert that I am, I naturally sat in the back row while taking notes. Chief Lasky had…

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on October 30, 2017 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Hello All

I'm back after a long absence, just had no real time as I was helping others and I even had an absence from the other group I blog on. Just retired from being a NY State Fire Instuctor. Have been doing some traveling and now going to start doing some Military hops. But hey you need to keep busy when you retire otherwise you will go crazy just sitting around. Hope all of you have been safe and doing some training and driving to and from safe.

I preach driving safe a lot. We just had a…

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Added by Bob Allard on October 18, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments

SCARY THINGS

NEW Fire/Rescue Magazine October editorial cartoon: Scary…

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on October 17, 2017 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Redefining the Healthy Firefighter

The topic of health and wellness in the fire service has been growing over the years. This can be attributed to a number of factors: workers compensation, absenteeism,, injury reduction, and or improved fitness to decrease adverse health risks/events to help our firefighters.. All of these things are positives in…

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Added by John Hofman on October 17, 2017 at 2:08pm — No Comments

The Fire Service Mentor

When I entered the fire service twenty years ago things were much different than they are today. We must ask ourselves, why are things different? We have to stop our backward slide or the fire service, as we know it, will die. When I began my fire service career, I had a lot of people that were willing to help me and… Continue

Added by Jason Fullmer on October 13, 2017 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Dichotomy of Attitudes, Behaviors, and Culture



The great dichotomy within today’s fire service is all about perceived culture. The improvement of our culture as a whole within the emergency services is relative to our specific paradigms. Much can be done as has been implemented already…

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Added by John Dixon on October 13, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Coming Up on "5-Alarm Task Force!"

Coming up in the next few weeks on our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force: News & Issues for Today's First Responders:"

1. We talk with Jeff Dill from the Firefighters Behavioral Health Alliance to discuss the difficulties some of our brothers and sisters go through on the job; some facing such troubling issues that they take their own lives.

2. We'll be at the Great Florida Fire School it Ft. Myers FL to catch mini-interviews and sound bytes from some of the top fire instructors in…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 12, 2017 at 2:25pm — No Comments

THE POLARIZATION PREDICAMENT

NEW FireRescue Magazine editorial: The Polarizing Predicament.
 
Way too much of this going on! It's something we are all guilty of from time to…
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on September 12, 2017 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

How To Become The Best Version of YOU! Identifying Morals, Values, and Principles

There are plenty leaders standing alone on the proverbial organizational island. It has been said time and time again “the higher up the food chain we ascend, the lonelier we may become.” Why is this so? Perhaps we may have lost sight of how vital our values and principles transcend any leadership style. Let’s identify a few of…

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Added by John Dixon on September 4, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Leadership Exemplified - How to BE the Example

Most of us in the fire and emergency services would agree that leadership matters and is vital to the successful outcomes of any organization. We could also agree that many so called leadership gurus and fire service personalities are out on the circuit pontificating their tricks of the trade. There is certainly no shortage of people instructing or…

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Added by John Dixon on August 31, 2017 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

Sleep: The Silent killer part 2

In our last article we discussed sleep within the fire service and hopefully provided some insight into how the job itself will affect their overall quality of sleep, which will lead to a number of health issues (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, etc…), In this article our goal is to discuss how the poor sleep will affect the brain as well as hormones, and provide some simple strategies that may help improve your well being.

What are hormones? Simply stated, they…

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Added by John Hofman on August 27, 2017 at 6:28pm — 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

Maintaining the Work and Life Balance in the Fire Service

In my fire service career, I have worked various different shift schedules.  When I first started as a volunteer, I signed up for 24-hour shifts on a Kelly Schedule as a paid…

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 20, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How is your sleep? Probably not to good....

 

How is your sleep? This is a common question that often comes when discussing a firefighters health and wellness. Over the years it has become clear to me that the real enemy is not heart disease, fire, or the traumatic exposures but rather the poor sleep quality. It is not uncommon to hear from a firefighter “Coach I have changed my eating habits and started to exercise but I can’t lose weight” and in reality if they do have poor sleep they are climbing an uphill battle. So…

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Added by John Hofman on August 19, 2017 at 1:34pm — No Comments

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