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Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 2

You have survived the first week as a probationary firefighter in the best career in the world.  You might need to pinch yourself because you…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 2, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Starting Our Second Season!

Right now, I'm in the studio editing our inaugural episode of Season 2 of "5-Alarm Task Force: News & Issues for Today's First Reponders. This episode features my good friend and a business partner, Tom Mitten, a long-time PIO from Elsmere DE. Tom discussed the duties and challenges of the Public Information Officer's position. What if you're in a smaller combo or volunteer department. Do you need a PIO? How would you go about finding one? Tom fills you in on those questions,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on August 10, 2017 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 1

From our first day in the fire service, we have the opportunity to be a leader and lead throughout probation and well beyond, until long after our retirement.  This article is not the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 26, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why I Became a Public Servant

I will never forget the day, I signed up to be a volunteer firefighter for my community. In 2005, I can recall watching the devastation on TV from the natural disaster Hurricane Katrina and Rita in the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Back to Work on the Second Season of "5-Alarm Task Force!"

We returned home this week and got straight to work on Season Two of "5-Alarm Task Force."

We've racked up some great guests for this season, including Chief Bobby Halton, Capt. John Dixon, Captain Andy Starnes, Capt (ret) Dennis Tucker and many more.

Don't forget you can find us on Twitter at either @Dalmatprod or @Cause_Origin. If you're new to Twitter and following us, our second ID, @Cause_Origin was originally created to help generate interest and support in a new project…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on August 4, 2017 at 10:35am — No Comments

Joe Pronesti: A Main Street Success Story

Winchester, Kentucky fire shows just how well training can pay off in a small department

Around 10 PM last Thursday June 1st, the Winchester Kentucky fire department which operates out of three fire stations and protects roughly 28,000 citizens responded to a fire on their Main Street, and as with many other fires that occur around the country this website posted raw video from the event.

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Added by FFN WebTeam on June 6, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Job. The Calling. My Short Story

Featured Contributor David Polikoff shares how he got started

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Added by FFN WebTeam on May 31, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

FANTASIZE

Comply, or else!

STAY FIRED UP, and follow the code!



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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on April 10, 2017 at 8:26am — No Comments

A PTSD story - Do you remeber getting the call?

How did your story start?

I was 27 years old.  Never heard of PTSD.  I had just been turned down a week earlier by HR for the hire that was hands down my top pick, my hometown. That particular day I was at work at the Cashway Lumberyard.  Just as I was getting ready to head out with my 26 sheets of ½ inch drywall delivery order. The yard foreman yelled me back, “Carl phones for you.” That’s strange; I remember thinking,…

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Added by Carl Waggett on February 24, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Get Paid to Get Fire Rescue Fit in 2017!

Over $2,500 in cash and prizes will be given away to Firefighters, EMTs and Medics! 

YOU can Win and more importantly Motivate Others!  

Don't wait, get your program and get started today!

The purpose of the contest is to motivate Firefighters, EMTs and Medics to change the…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 10, 2017 at 9:25am — No Comments

Does Brotherhood Really Exist?

I love being a firefighter. Let’s get that straight from the beginning. Aside from my marriage and the birth of my children, it is my greatest accomplishment. But despite the personal satisfaction it has given me I have often been frustrated with the lack of brotherhood and respect we sometimes show towards each other. I don’t mean the “support your brother or sister firefighter without question: right, wrong or indifferent” kind of false brotherhood. What I’m talking about is the true “we…

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Added by John S. D'Alessandro on December 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Quick Race to the Grave

THE QUICK RACE TO THE GRAVE

Heroin....What's that mean to you or, what do you think about when hearing that word. Another overdose, more narcan, another code, another meaningless death, or another set of parents without a child again. This drug...Heroin…= Epidemic. There’s no other word to describe it. This drug has become the drug of choice in recent years to wreak the most havoc in the families of the loved ones that abuse it and are addicted…

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Added by Les Allen on September 28, 2016 at 10:37pm — No Comments

TATTOO TROUBLE

Never get a tattoo you can’t see. Seems like good advice to me!

STAY FIRED UP, and smile!

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

Remembering Tim Casey: Your Work on Earth is Done

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…

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Added by Peggy Sweeney on August 15, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments

ACRONYM AUTHORITY

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!



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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on August 12, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments

Ladder Rescues--Training is the Key

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“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…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 22, 2016 at 9:26pm — No Comments

PLACE YOUR BETS!

NEW July FireRescue magazine cartoon.
 
You can try your luck and place your bets - just know the House always…
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on July 20, 2016 at 7:02pm — No Comments

With or Without the Hose Line?

Link to Podcast HERE

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.…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 15, 2016 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Grieving a New Normal

Join us in Sarnia Ontario September 14 and 15. Grieving a New Normal for first responders, their families and the community.…
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Added by Peggy Sweeney on July 15, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Brother looking for advice!

I have 19 years of service as a firerighter/engineer from Ky. Also member of Local 870.



I was injured while fighting a fire in Feb/2015! I've had. Shoulder reduction and two shoulder surgerys! Oh, at the time of injury I was 59. In a nutshell I've been fighting with the city and WC to go back to work! I successfully completed a firefighter physical agility test done of my firefighter job discription. This test was ordered from my Surgeon and physical therapist. It was done at our… Continue

Added by Joseph Fiorella on June 27, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments

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