From my blog at FireGroundWorks.
We often talk of the challenges we face in the field; the ambiguous, complex, and confusing incidents that attack our senses and tax our ability to beat them. Instead of all the talk about “what” we face, why not focus on “how” we can successfully win against it.…Continue
Added by Billy Schmidt on May 8, 2013 at 7:41am — No Comments
I have been asked if Firefighters are good in bed and since I’ve only slept with one, my ex-wife, I have a very limited data base on the subject. I won’t discuss my ex-wife in this post as that is far too private for a blog. I will offer some stories about firefighters in bed that I do know all too well.…Continue
Added by Timothy O. Casey on May 3, 2013 at 12:54pm — No Comments
Local newspaper headlines report the sad news of another fallen hero. The tragic death of a brave firefighter who has died in the line of duty. A dedicated professional who sacrificed his or her life that others may live or that homes and property would be saved from the ravages of fire. Most people…Continue
Added by Peggy Sweeney on May 3, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments
I have had a lot of friends ask me how do firefighters feel about all the things that have happened this week in America, from the Boston Marathon to West, Texas and the many other tragic events less reported. I can’t speak for all firefighters and would never attempt something so arrogant as to try and express how it feels to lose a…Continue
Added by Timothy O. Casey on April 19, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments
Excerpt with permission of blog posted at pipenozzle.com
Firehouse.com reprinted a New London Day article reporting that Poquonnock Bridge Fire District czar Alan Ackley wants to take PBFD into the future by returning to the past, a vague romanticized past where PBFD property owners were protected by volunteer firefighters. You might ask him to first read …Continue
There is a life cycle for a firefighter. Some people say as a child, I want to be a firefighter when I grow up and they do. Some like me fall into it and now a days there is a new type of firefighter, the well educated-advanced-degree-holding-uncommitted-I-need-a-job-for-now kind.…Continue
Added by Timothy O. Casey on April 13, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments
Follow the link below to my article on ensuring our basic life-saving equipment is checked often. Essentially these are the tools that take care of us!
Added by Brad Maness on April 11, 2013 at 6:23pm — No Comments
Follow the link below to an article I posted on my webpage. It identifies what our RIT companies should be doing on the fireground. Just because we have caught the RIT assignment doesn't mean we have to just stand around grumbling because we didn't catch the first line. Click the link below to continue reading.…Continue
Added by Brad Maness on April 11, 2013 at 6:14pm — No Comments
Follow the link below to an article I posted on my webpage about developing a training program for your fire department. The information provided can be very helpful to new and old training officers or just anyone assigned to cover a drill night.
Added by Brad Maness on April 11, 2013 at 6:09pm — No Comments
Author’s Note: I address firefighters in this article, but the information provided applies to any and all emergency response professionals.
Suicide is a very serious topic that we rarely discuss. Each year, thousands of adults and children either attempt or complete suicide to resolve problems or put an end to emotional pain. As a result of their deaths, surviving family members and friends not only grieve, but must cope with feelings of guilt, anger,…Continue
Added by Peggy Sweeney on April 10, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments
What do you need for survival? I’m not talking about your phone, technology or a certain person; I mean what does your body need to survive? If you said food you would be correct… the single most important thing you need to focus on at that point is what to eat.…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 28, 2013 at 7:33pm — No Comments
Added by Peggy Sweeney on March 27, 2013 at 1:14am — No Comments
Now compared to my father, my grandfather, and a good portion of the people on here I haven't been in the fire service very long. Five years officially this fall.SoI have been around just long enough to start forming opinions, and whether they be right or not depends on who I agree or disagree with. When I joined I was 21 kept my mouth shut and trained and learned everything I could. All while taking over the family business which just made it even funner. Over the last five years I have…Continue
"Quid est veritas?"
In this classic scene from ‘A Few Good Men’, Danny Kaffee is questioning Lt. Col Nathan Jessop about the use of a ‘Code Red’ that resulted in the death of a Marine. Colonel Jessop’s…Continue
Video bites, Facebook morsels continually shape our education
As we look at the evolution of training in the fire service, we must realize that we are at a time like never before experienced. Today there is the availability of information at a moment’s notice. Fires occur and are on YouTube before the companies finish making up. There are…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 22, 2013 at 6:24pm — No Comments
I don't know how many of you have a family member on the dept with you but my significant other, I got crap for calling her a spouse at this point but she is to me, and I are on the same dept. I have been for 13 yrs, she has been since November. It is so incredibly awesome to be able to do this together, to…Continue
So yesterday I stopped by a coffee shop owned by another retired Firefighter my buddy Eric. Eric I don’t think started off wanting to own a coffee shop, he just hated fire house coffee.
Firefighters for the most part are really cheap when it comes to pitching in on shared expenses at the station. So the cost of stuff like coffee, creamer, anything we deem a “staple” is split evenly across all firefighters.
Eric hated cheap coffee and cheap cigars so he began…Continue
I believe the one thing that really counts is, "knowing that everyone is watching." Throughout our…Continue
We have a very small dept and we have chief, asst chief, treasurer and secretary. Wondering about having Capt and a LT. Is there set requirements or what is the deal with those postitions? Can we have our own rules for who can have those positions?
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