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We joined the emergency services to help people.  We get antsy when we go shifts without feeling like we’ve made an impact.  We use language that doesn’t seem right to ‘normal’ people, like “good fire” in reference to that hard work we put in or…

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Added by Becki White on September 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Women and Children First on Backstep Firefighter

Unselfish service toward others

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What does this mean? Quite simply it means that the less able are supposed to be assisted of the sinking ship before the able body males and the ship’s crew. Maritime law (or operational…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on August 20, 2014 at 9:01pm — No Comments

We Want To Be Everywhere

Yes, as chief officers we want to be everywhere. We manage multiple fire stations and lead teams of firefighters and officers. We want to visit every station and listen to all of their stories, suggestions, and yes, criticisms. We want be at the fires, the bad motor vehicle accidents, and maybe even some of the medical calls. We want to get things done for them that will help them do their jobs. We want to help them grow. But we can’t be everywhere. Or can we?…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on August 17, 2014 at 8:02am — No Comments

Last Call

I never met Jamie Middlebrook but I knew him.  I knew his heart and soul,  for it is the heart and soul that unites every man and woman into the brotherhood and sisterhood of the fire service.  It is the desire to serve,  the urge to help,  The compassion one had for his fellow man. 

Jamie paid the ultimate sacrifice of any firefighter,  giving up his life while serving the community and because of this the entire fire service feels his loss.

Today I had the honor of attending…

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Added by Station10Capt106 on August 12, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments

Firefighter On-shift Interval Workout

I get a lot of emails asking for good workout options for the firehouse when on-shift.  

Working out on-shift is a major concern, you want to make sure you keep your body in good "fit for duty" condition but also want to make sure you have enough "left in the tank" to respond and perform in an actual response.  Over the last couple of years I have…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 4, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments

You Need To Get Out Of EMS

Someone said this to me the other day. Again, a few days later, the same thing was said with slightly different verbiage, but the message was the same.

I'm not cut out for EMS. I'm not the right "caliber" of person to do this job. I get "wonky" after bad calls. I'm not the one for the job.

Wait a second? Then what was up with that baby in 2009 who stopped breathing? Why was I able to walk into that house, take that small, precious child into my arms and without…

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Added by Glena Suiter on August 3, 2014 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

Music Festival Scenario

This is something that my fire department has to deal with every year and we do have a plan for response to the festival but I am curious how other people would respond to it.

Shambhala Music Festival is about 10 minutes outside of the Village of Salmo but response can be up to a half an hour depending on traffic. The route is paved highway up to the turn off to the music festival then it is a dirt road for about 5 km (about 3 miles), about half of the road is only single…

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Added by Bryan Phillips on August 3, 2014 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

Philadelphia's loss can be a gain

 There is no better example of a society's failure to protect its members than a fire that could have been prevented. This tragic loss in Philadelphia is such an example.  While the community attacks the fire department, so many other issues are not realized, most importantly the opportunity for changes supporting prevention is lost.

The stage for this fire and the opportunity to prevent it from happening was set long before that early morning of July 5th.

 While finding a…

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Added by Jim Guy on July 11, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Taking care of ourselves

I have always felt that if I take care of myself first, I am better able to help others.  If I am successful at my career or my life in general, I can share this with other young people who are trying to find their way in life.  It is not easy but success is possible when you have a plan and have self discipline.  In the fire service, mentoring programs can really benefit the new, the old and the department.  As always, take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The job…

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Added by David Cain on June 3, 2014 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Local Fire Departments Help Make Pediatric Burn Victims Smile

On Friday, 35 firetrucks gathered in the parking lot at Triangle Center Mall in Raleigh, NC and waited as kids from across North Carolina rolled up and registered to participate in Camp Celebrate, a special camp just for pediatric burn victims in North Carolina.

The University of North Carolina Burn Center and others have been offering Camp Celebrate…

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Added by Wake Forest News - Steve Rhode on May 17, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

What's Working? What's Not?

Start, Stop, Continue is a well-known method for feedback that many organizations and teams use to gauge effectiveness. You simply ask:

  • What can we start doing that will make us more effective?
  • What can we stop doing that makes us less effective?
  • What can…
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Added by Billy Schmidt on April 24, 2014 at 6:46am — No Comments

Front of Home Engulfed. Amazing Anyone Lived.

At about a quarter past eleven in the evening on Saturday night, April 12th, Wake Forest Fire Department and Rolesville Fire Department were called to 417 Cottesbrook Drive in Wake Forest. Units dispatched included Rolesville Pumper 153, Roseville Engine 151, Rolesville Rescue 15, Wake Forest Engine 1, Wake Forest Engine 3, Wake Forest Engine 5, Wake Forest Ladder 1, Wake Forest Battalion 1.

When units arrived the front of the house was engulfed in fire. The fire began in the garage.…

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Added by Wake Forest News - Steve Rhode on April 17, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Keeping it simple.

Over the last few years I've decided to hone my skills and repeat the firefighter classes. I'm apparently getting older and haven't realized it. FF1 Was a throwback to my younger years, I couldn't believe how sore I was after crawling around on the concrete for hours. FF2 Shocked me I was grouped with a few members that were also retaking the class. Class room went great and so did the skills for the most part. When talking about fire attack A question came up from a younger newer member. This… Continue

Added by Kyle Dunn on April 14, 2014 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Your Fire Department is Your People

… Not your fire trucks, fire houses, not your service. It’s your people. Often we forget this.…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on April 8, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments

DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT SOMEONE BROKE THE COOKIE CUTTER on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER.COM

Not sure it ever worked in the first place

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We are in a fascinating period of time for the fire service.  Never before have the resources (financial, physical and mental) been greater.  We are finally looking at fires, how they burn, how conditions change.  We are looking a fuel packages, flow paths.  We are discussing heat release rates and polar…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 9, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Help Needed

Good morning everyone.

I am in the process of re-writing our Department's Red-Hat (probationary, non-certified) to Black Hat (certified) FF manual. The purpose of this manual is take thru training that the FF learned at the academy and prepare them for real life situations. We all know that what you learn at the academy is nothing like real world situations.

My Department is a combination Department with County Career personnel working days with the volunteers covering nights…

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Added by Brady Grim on January 20, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Suicide. A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 38,364 deaths. Based on data about suicides in sixteen National Violent Death…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on January 20, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

Mutual Aid Response to the Motor City

The Model City Firefighter is headed to the Motor City to provide mutual aid!

A couple months back, the Detroit Mutual Aid Project was launched to raise much needed funds to purchase equipment for our brothers and sisters in Detroit, MI. As a Board Member of the National Firefighters Endowment, I have been involved with the project since…

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Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on January 12, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

HazMat/WMD - making sense of scents

HazMat Situational Awareness – Making sense of scent

It is not that we as hazmatters want to smell a chemical agent but that we as professionals better know what it smells like. Besides PPE problems such as suit breakthrough or poorly fitting mask another good reason to have an idea of the scents that are associated with the bad stuff is the valuable information we receive from our witnesses/victims.



Understanding witness statements can be a vital key to helping us safely solve… Continue

Added by Phil Ambrose on December 24, 2013 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Blowin' Smoke with Kevin Shea

ModelCityFirefighter.com’s newest article of Blowin’ Smoke features Kevin Shea, a retired firefighter from FDNY. We are very excited about this Blowin’ Smoke article and grateful for the opportunity to interview Shea on the site. I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year in Chicago at Fire Rescue International. He is about as humble as they come and is a wealth of knowledge. We hope you enjoy the interview.

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Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on December 18, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments

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