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Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it... and get it... and get it...

Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on November 16, 2015 at 8:44am — No Comments

Portion Control Strategy for the Firehouse

Cooking in the firehouse is pretty difficult.  One of the biggest fears of every firehouse chef is not preparing enough food for the crew.  This fear usually leads to an excess of available food and larger portions around the table.  So, today I wanted to give you a quick and easy “trick” you can use to get your crew to take smaller servings.

Answer this question:  Which is the larger black circle – the left or the right?…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 12, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Trick or Treat... Why Sugar is Bad

If your firehouse (or house) is anything like the one I work in its full of leftover candy and sweets. Now I must admit, I like a good treat now and then but often I have a very difficult time stopping with just one.  Why?  Sugar.  Its everywhere in almost everything and too much of it can cause some serious health issues. Some foods, such as fruits and carrots, naturally contain sugar, but watch out for foods with added sugars, such as baked goods, cereals, crackers, even sauces and many…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on October 30, 2015 at 11:50pm — No Comments


October FireRescue Magazine cartoon. Be careful out there... because you just never know!

Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on October 20, 2015 at 7:36am — No Comments

Harvest season means fire season in many communities

Harvest season has been in full swing across much of the Corn Belt for several weeks. And with this surge of activity, typically comes an increase in the number of fires we see in harvesting equipment and grain handling facilities. This year has been no exception. In the past few weeks, many fires relating to harvest operations have been reported in these farming communities.


In Iowa last week, firefighters responded to a fire in a tower grain dryer, and high winds…


Added by Ben Peetz on October 18, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Heads up! HazMat in Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale AZ – Interesting call worth sharing to keep everyone safe.  Jeff Zientek, HazMat Captain and author of the very easy to use HazMat Field Operations Guide  shared the following information. The dispatch was for a hazardous situation and this is what the Engine Company found. - See…


Added by Cheryl Cross on October 8, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Make Bells Ring from Coast to Coast


Honor our nation’s fallen firefighters with a simple act. Ring bells in your community during the weekend of October 3-4, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Join Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters by holding a small ceremony in your community to recognize heroes who gave the…


Added by NFFF on October 1, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

87 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at National Memorial on Sunday, October 4

Join the U.S. Fire Service in honoring the lives of 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014 and three firefighters who died in previous years during the 34th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4.

The service begins…


Added by NFFF on October 1, 2015 at 5:54pm — No Comments

The Ultimate Firefighter 9-11 Tribute Challenge Workout

Every year around September 11th I like to take a moment and reflect on the significance of the day and honor those that sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice to this day).  I encourage you to do this workout, share your results and challenge others to do the same, at least once a year (on September 11th).    This "tribute" workout is difficult but has a…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 10, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Location, Location, Location!

With all of the debate about exterior versus interior, I wanted to share a video that I use in many of the tactical classes that I teach and offer a few observations.  First, this is a video that is used for learning, not to critique the methods or tactics that were or were not deployed during this fire.  Second, we were not there and do not know all of the circumstances surrounding why they made their decisions.

Overall, I think they did a pretty good job in the end.

When I…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on September 9, 2015 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

A Good Suppression Plan = A Great Safety Plan

The RIT/RIC dilemma raised its ugly head again last week when my friend Doug Mitchell (25 to Survive) posted a chart of FDNY’s RIT statistics from 1989 to 2008.  The stats that really grabbed my attention were 1. The elapsed time from the working fire declaration (10-75) until the Mayday, 19 minutes, and 2. Who found the Mayday firefighter.  First alarm units, excluding the F.A.S.T. or RIT team, found the Mayday firefighter 76.47% of the…


Added by Jim Silvernail on August 12, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Firefighter "Fit for Duty" Workout Schedule

Do you workout on shift?  Should you workout on shift and what is the best workout to perform?  How do you schedule your workouts around your shifts or calls?

This is a major concern for the fire rescue athlete.  On one hand we know we should be working out to stay and get fit for duty. Yet , if we burn out in the gym we won't be able to perform when it…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 11, 2015 at 1:11am — No Comments

Quality Matters

        Whether it’s halligans, hooks or hoses, the unfortunate truth is that too many firefighters are using inferior tools and equipment on the fireground…and this needs to stop. To most of the brothers and sisters that will take the time to read (and watch) this, this is old news; but to many of our brethren, this is the first they’re hearing of this.



Added by Nick Ledin on July 29, 2015 at 1:03am — No Comments

Tactical Mastery - The Fire Service Investment

What does it take to become the go to guy in the firehouse?  What does it take to step beyond the go to guy and become an "elite" firefighter?  Well, elite firefighters have invested a tremendous amount of time and effort mastering his or her skill set through thousands of hours of training and life experiences. Looking at experience alone, the elite firefighter has often been provided opportunities to succeed from many people who have invested time in said development.  The author Malcomb…


Added by FETC on June 20, 2015 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall on Backstepfirefighter.com

“If everyone on the Team was like me, what kind of Team would it be?”

Feel free to download and share all the photos are in the public domain.

The above quote is attributed to the Navy SEALs. The question it asks is an important one. Would the Team succeed if everyone was like you? Are you putting your best effort in?

Imagine if there was a sign above the door to your dayroom that said, “If everyone on…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 19, 2015 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Of Bunsen Burners, Thermocouples, Big Mustaches and ¾ Boots on BackstepFirefighter.com

The musings of a confused fireman firefighter


Disclaimer: I am not, have never been, will not be, against any research that can be used to make our job safer. We all know firefighting is ‘inherently dangerous’ because it says so on every piece of equipment we wear. Anything we can do to improve our ability to…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 5, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Ownership Nugget

It's great to say you take responsibility for a mistake or to say that you need to improve or make changes.  That's only half the battle though.  You must take meaningful steps and actions to actually correct the mistakes, make the improvements and changes that are needed.  Taking action is the part of taking responsibility and ownership that is hard, not verbalizing them.

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 4, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Being the Right Kind of First

I was lucky to have some great officers and leaders influence my career path in the fire service, and in life.  They were always offering sound advice and sharing their experiences. Some I heeded right away and others I had to learn the hard way.  Either way, their words and actions provided me a template to use to work to be a good firefighter and, later on, officer.

Now I have the opportunity to pass along the valuable bits of information that was passed to me along with my own…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 2, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

EMS Conference

I was at an EMS conference this weekend that promoted multi-agency training during different types of emergencis but focused more on mass-casualty incidents and the challenges of limited resources in rural areas. This was a great first step in training and communicating between multi-agencies and will hopefully continue and grow.

What do other fire departments do for multi-agency training especially in rural areas?

Added by Bryan Phillips on May 11, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Firefighters Without Borders Canada

Hello Guillaume;

My name is Bob Dubbert, and I am a Captain with Vancouver Fire Rescue. I am also the President of Firefighters Without Borders Canada. We are a nationally registered non-profit charity that delivers equipment, apparatus and training to firefighters and other responders in less developed countries. To date we have embarked on 17 overseas training missions and delivered over 700 tons of equipment and 49 emergency vehicles to 16 countries. Our website is…


Added by Bob Dubbert on April 29, 2015 at 6:38pm — No Comments

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