Although Tim Casey and I had never met in person, we had a long-standing friendship through emails and phone calls. Several years ago, I received his first email. He had attached an article he wrote about his struggles as a firefighter; the nightmares, his addiction to alcohol, and his…Continue
Added by Peggy Sweeney on August 15, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments
So many acronyms, so little time. Show me. Teach me. Tell me. Then get out of my way and trust that I know how to do it.
STAY FIRED UP!
Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on August 12, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 22, 2016 at 9:26pm — No Comments
Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on July 20, 2016 at 7:02pm — No Comments
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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.…Continue
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Added by Joseph Fiorella on June 27, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on June 22, 2016 at 9:05am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Pompierul Moldova on June 20, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on May 12, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Peggy Sweeney on April 18, 2016 at 2:10am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 14, 2016 at 7:46pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on March 10, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 12, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments
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…
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…Continue
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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 1, 2016 at 10:20pm — No Comments
Not sure when I will retire, but I’m all but positive this will be a phone call my wife will make!
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on December 23, 2015 at 2:47pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 13, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments
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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…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 7, 2015 at 8:31pm — No Comments