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CARNIVOROUS REACTION

Perhaps it's time for Smokey to get back to his carnivorous roots... natural knucklehead herd thinning in action.

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on May 12, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

COPING WITH GRIEF - TAKE OUR POLL

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…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on April 18, 2016 at 2:10am — No Comments

5 Healthy Food Hacks for Fire Rescue Athletes

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…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 14, 2016 at 7:46pm — No Comments

HUG ME!

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…

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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on March 10, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

Firefighter Fitness- 4 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results…

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…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 12, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Stop Exercising and Start Training to Get Fire Rescue Fit...

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…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 14, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Local Fires, Global Worries

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…

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Added by Lindon Pronto on January 11, 2016 at 5:27am — No Comments

Basics of Calling the Mayday

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 1, 2016 at 10:20pm — No Comments

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

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

Tool or NO Tool?

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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…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 13, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Ground Ladders Discussion and Podcast

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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…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 7, 2015 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Winter Operations Checklist and Podcast

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Attached is an outline we used for a quick winter operations class at work. I ran across this the other day and thought it would be appropriate to post now.  The podcast is here for this topic as well.  Feel free to add and use this as you see fit. If you have some great tips on operating in the winter, please share with…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 1, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

To Be Up or Down

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In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile.  More specifically on our hands and knees.  I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me.  However, the more fires I got to fight, the more I started to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 29, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

SUGGESTION BOX

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?…

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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…

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

SO REAL!

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.

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

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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…

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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…

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

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