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The Best Firefighter Workout?

This topic is near and dear to mine and your hearts and careers–Workouts for Firefighters and Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I’ve been researching, talking, tweaking and writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world. 

You can read about them here and …

Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 8, 2015 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Of Falsehoods and Agendas on Backstep Firefighter

Challenge what you read.    Dave LeBlanc


Editor’s Note: The Facebook page below has corrected their post and attribute the error to incorrect second-hand information. The fire department PIO reported that there was no bailout and no firefighter injuries.

Every day there is discussion about the “new” tactics and how…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 26, 2015 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Opening of Equipment Flares Feed Plant Fire

A fire at an Iowa feed plant Tuesday demonstrates why firefighters must be cautious and consider the effects of every action when dealing with fires in compartmented areas of manufacturing equipment. Reports stated that a fire occurred within a cooling tower, and upon firefighters opening the tower, the fire flared up.

Fires within pelleting operations are common, especially if a malfunction or power failure causes a disruption in the flow of air or product within the system. Fresh…


Added by Ben Peetz on February 19, 2015 at 8:38am — No Comments

A Quick Drill for First Due

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 18, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

5 Week Officer Development Program

Don't miss this online, live video-based, 5 Week Officer Development Program.  Click the link below for information and to register.




Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Story of Survival with Kansas City Fire Captain Charley Cashen


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio--EHT talking PTSD and Mental Health

If you missed tonight Blog Talk Radio you can listen to the archive here. We had a great conversation with Clinical Psychologist Rocky Liesman discussing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to identify the need for intervention.…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 12, 2015 at 8:59am — No Comments

Choosing the Right Bailout Kit


Choosing the Right Bailout System for Your Department


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 11, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Playing in traffic......

In our district, we cover a lot of highway. I-94, U.S. Hwy 12, U.S. Hwy 20 and S.R. 149, several miles of two and three lane highway is ours to protect. With a majority of our service area being industrial, with steel production as well as finishing mills, we have an extreme amount of truck traffic. We have been lucky not to have had any members injured or any accidents while working calls. With that being said, I think we have out tactics and training to thank for no unfortunate incidents.…


Added by Rob Wesley on February 6, 2015 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

The 2 1/2" Line: Sweat, Effort and Persistence

How do you run your 2 1/2" lines?

What types of nozzles?

Pre-connect or static?


What is your preference and why?

This is a valuable weapon when deployed correctly. However, some are of the opinion that it's just to big and heavy to use for an initial attack or with just one person. What are your experiences with handling the big line?…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 2, 2015 at 9:33pm — No Comments

FDIC HOT Class for 2015

We all know that getting water on the fire as quickly as possible is the best way to avoid bad situations. We also know that some of the best in the business have been confronted with situations beyond their control even after doing all the right things and were forced to make very tough decisions for survival.

Our, (Engine House Training, LLC), class is not an excuse for a lack of training in fundamental…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 2, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter is in Suburban Philly; Identified in The Daily Beast

If any one of the over 160 criminal charges filed against him are true, it would be astronomically difficult to argue with The Beast’s opinion that he is America's Worst Volunteer Firefighter.

Sadly, we see these news headlines all too often: Firefighter Charged with Setting Fires. What we don't see, usually never see, is a case like this volunteer firefighter. Authorities claim this guy, already out on bond from serial arson charges, did some other really, really, really bad…


Added by FireDaily.com on January 29, 2015 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks explode during truck fire

From time to time, hazards that we may have previously recognized as low-frequency encounters become something we are much more likely to face on a fire or other emergency response. Technology or culture evolves. A particular process or type of equipment becomes more prevalent in society. And we get to deal with that.

While the particular changes or improvements may be deemed to make life easier, cheaper, or otherwise more efficient or friendly for society — new hazards may manifest,…


Added by Ben Peetz on January 29, 2015 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Station House Retreat

Station House Retreat to open February 2!

Station House Retreat is a treatment facility exclusively for first responders located in south Florida. We will begin accepting first responders who are coping with an addiction on Monday,…


Added by Peggy Sweeney on January 28, 2015 at 10:07am — 4 Comments

Water + molten steel = Massive steam explosion

When it comes to facilities handling molten steel and similar substances, firefighters must understand the implications of adding water during any fire suppression activities.

While the event described here was not directly related to an emergency response, this is an excellent example of what can result when water comes in contact with a high-temperature, high-density substance — which in turn, flash boils the water into a massive steam cloud. The expansion of the water into steam…


Added by Ben Peetz on January 27, 2015 at 9:07am — No Comments

SHARED BLACK EYE - January Magazine Editorial Cartoon

So you think your actions don't effect us all in the public's eye? Think again!

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Added by Paul Combs - Editorial Caroonist on January 20, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

My Take Away From 2014

Since the end of 2014, I have been reading and listening to year end thoughts and data related to the fire service. There has been discussion on types of calls, near misses and, of course, line of duty deaths. Numbers are broken down and categorized for each type of injury or death that is fire service related and then scrutinized. In many cases these are supposed to be used as lessons and to determine the effectiveness of different messages from different mediums about the prevention of…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 19, 2015 at 12:24pm — No Comments

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