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Keep your fingers crossed for me......

Ah blogging. Something I don't do nearly enough of. The reason for todays blog is I am taking the Mass Civil Service exam tomorrow. I am normally someone who doesn't get worried, or nervous, but this test is scaring the hell out of me. I am lucky in the fact that I learn rapidly. I brushed up on all the different aspects of the testing (even those damn manipulatives aka choose the best answer) and concentrated the hardest on the Math portion of the exam. Wow it is evident I have been out of… Continue

Added by Engineco913 on April 25, 2008 at 6:29pm — 7 Comments

Know What You're Dealing With, Or Don't Do It!!!!

I've been running my own OHS/HSE, Emergency Management and Business Continuity training company for some time now and spend most of my days travelling around the country teaching Emergency Response Teams (ERT's), Plant Operators and Managers about health and safety and emergency management matters. (Everything from building evacuations, confined space entry/rescue, safe work at heights, breathing apparatus and many other topics) This includes airlines, refineries, chemical process,… Continue

Added by lutan1 on April 26, 2008 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

New Group - Friends or neighbors to Firefighters

Hi everyone!

I decided to create a new group to those that even though are not in the fire department, they can at least show support and appreciation for their efforts in putting their lives on the line out there for us. I've noticed that even though 9/11 had affect us all in one way or another, it's been years and some may forget to appreciate the firefighters. Everyday I see more and more inconsideration from people towards them. I also hear from friends in the department that people… Continue

Added by J on April 24, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Teams at Vigilant Guard 2008

Personnel from Burton Fire District (SC) were joined by South Carolina Regional US&R Response Team 4 (Hilton Head Island Fire/Rescue and Bluffton Township Fire Departments) and South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One to work a simulated collapse during the Vigilant Guard 2008 exercises held in Beaufort County, SC.

These emergency responders provided an excellent response to the incident, demonstrating exactly how the best case scenario should work: well-trained… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 24, 2008 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Another step taken ...

This month, on Tuesday and Thursday nights, we had our structure and exterior fire classes. So, I'm now certified in both exterior fires and structure I and II. This fall, probably in October, we will complete Structure III and IV. It's also possible that in September I will take a HazMat Technician course, if the rest of my classes will allow it.

The structure fires were very interesting and exciting. I performed various tasks, including pump operator, backup team nozzle man, attack… Continue

Added by Christopher on April 24, 2008 at 11:14pm — No Comments

SOPs - Sexual Harassment and Co-Ed Bunks

Our department has taken a major growth spurt over the past year. Because of that we are in the process of developing new SOPs to cover sexual harassment, and as well, we are having to make an SOP to cover co-ed station sleeping arrangements now that there are three active women on the force.

I'm wondering if there are any of you out there who have such SOPs in place for a volunteer station that might be willing to let me take a peek and give us a "jumping off" point to make certain… Continue

Added by Tina on April 23, 2008 at 10:11pm — 4 Comments

Why I am a firefighter

This is a note I posted on facebook after I was asked why I chose to be a firefighter.

I've thought a lot lately about how much I love firefighting and what a great decision it was to join the service. Sure, there is the great adreneline rush; The high I get from it is something I cannot describe. I've also made a lot of great friends from mine and other departments, people with similar attitudes and who won't hesitate for a second to help out their brothers and sisters if… Continue

Added by Ryan on April 23, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

One of our own... goes home


TO: All Area Fire Departments

FROM: Chief Nickel, Brookville Fire Department

RE: Death Announcement

DATE: 4/22/2008

It is my sad duty to inform you of the non-line of duty death of Firefighter/EMT-I Tasha Longyear, Sunday April 20, 2008.

Tasha joined our department in 2005, and quickly became a… Continue

Added by Crystal on April 23, 2008 at 8:37am — 10 Comments

Fire Velo Cycling Club

Fire Velo is a “Fire Department” based, cycling club. We are Firefighters riding for Firefighters. Our goal is to be a highly visible national cycling organization, participating in rides and charity events throughout the United States. All funds raised through Fire Velo will help provide financial assistance to fire department based groups and causes. We are presently pursuing our 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

Fire Velo is open to all levels of riders from beginners to veterans; weekend… Continue

Added by Roberto Fidani on April 22, 2008 at 8:49pm — 4 Comments

I'm a volunteer!

Well....I"m now a volunteer for Lafourche Crossing 308. I've been thinking about joining but I know how tuff they can make it if you are a girl. If I can I usually go to the trainings with my boyfriend (he is with 308). This training they let me go for a ride around town in the firetruck! LOL! After we got back and they were doing truck checks I was talking with the Asst. Chief. I wa explaing to him what I do at 911. I am a fire dispatcher. Well after talking for a while he asked me if I would… Continue

Added by Christine on April 22, 2008 at 8:26pm — 8 Comments

TNT: The Accidental Runner; Finding the Inspiration

I had a hard run on Saturday morning, with a huge hill in the middle of it (eight miles), followed by a recovery run on Sunday (yes, I know that the "recovery" run is an odd concept, but it works to keep you from being crippled after a hard run the previous day. It's not FUN, but it works).

I wasn't feeling inspired when I set out on Saturday, and every mile kept getting harder physically. My knees were hurting, it was getting really warm out, my back was tight and my right calf kept… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on April 21, 2008 at 9:21am — 22 Comments

Captain Ronnie Campbell, Charleston Fire Dept. Died 4-19-08 from cancer

Hello Yall,

I'm writing to let yall know that a good friend died from cancer that he has been battling for over a year, I had the pleasure working for his dad Capt L Campbell at station 17 for over 6 years when i was first hired, He died 1 year after retirment from cancer. Capt r cambell was a guy that would crack jokes all day if he was not asleep,, he was someone who liked to be up all night and respond to fires off duty to help or watch.. he allways had a joke about everything and… Continue

Added by Captain George Gardiner on April 20, 2008 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

New definition of EMT: Emergency Medical Taxi

We all train hard for what we do, class after class just to stay up to date on new procedure. Red lights rolling on many Emergency's. Then there are the not so emergency that we run on, "I don't feel good, the "chest pain" calls with their bags packed at the door, the "my doctor told me to come in today" calls. It's enough to drive you crazy! Then you get the one's who call for an ambulance because they couldn't handle the wait in the E.R. So my question to you is, When did we become a high… Continue

Added by Jeremy Phillips on April 19, 2008 at 7:16am — 8 Comments

My reason for commitment to safety

Family Portrait 2007

This Photo is one of My family taken right before Christmas in 2007. The reason I am posting the photo of my family is simple. They are the reason for my dedication to safety. If I operate safely than my chances of going home to my family are dramatically increased. Throughout a commitment to safety, my fellow firefighters can experience the same… Continue

Added by Engineco913 on April 20, 2008 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

How Safe is your Door Entry?

Door Entry Procedure ....

1 There was no obvious fire in the building as firefighters arrived on-scene but there was a strong smell of burning and some smoke was seen issuing from a chimney in the six-story building. As Firefighters opened the door leading onto the stairway, heavy smoke suddenly turned to flame. The intense fire that followed killed several firefighters caught above in the stair-shaft

2 Firefighter X, along with three other… Continue

Added by EuroFirefighter on April 17, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments


Some people have character, and others are a character.

My friend Denny Allen… he’s both.

There are certain people in your life who are always in need of something – while others are always there when you need them.

My friend Dennis Allen is always there when you need him.

Certain people work behind the scenes but manage to find their way into the spotlight. Others do their work on the scene but manage… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on April 19, 2008 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Firefighter Appreciation Day

As many of you know, we here in the Cincinnati area experienced the loss of two of our own. Channel 9 here has initiated a Appreciation Day for firefighters on April 17th. Let's not let this be an isolated event. I believe this could be a time to, not only express appreciation to those who serve, to to expand awareness of firefighter safety. Get your community involved! If you do something for April 17th, please post it here to let everyone know of ways to become active in their community. Here… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on April 15, 2008 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Inspiration From Others

My daughter Caroline turns four tomorrow. She’s our middle child and some of you know she has Down syndrome which makes her life a little more interesting than yours and mine. When she was born, we really had no idea what to expect. I knew some friends whose children had DS, but really, other than that, I had no inkling of the potential issues that could possibly be made manifest as a result of this diagnosis.

The short form… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 14, 2008 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Passed the Paramedic National Registry Written Test!!!

I passed the the National Registry! I still lack the skills part but, hopefully, I will get that knocked out sometime during these next upcoming weeks. Thanks to everyone that wished me luck!

For all those in the Texas region getting ready to take the registry or needing a refresher course, Jon Puryear has an EXCELLENT course. You can sign up for a 2-day classroom course or order the course online. He sends a CD/DVD that has audio lectures and also sends a packet of paper notes and… Continue

Added by CJ on April 14, 2008 at 2:39pm — 6 Comments

TNT: The Accidental Runner; The Longest Run is.....

The longest run is the one you have to do, by yourself, in the rain, and your iPod craps out just far enough from the parking lot to not allow you to go back and get a new battery.

Part of the training process for running a distance event like a half marathon is the dreaded "long run". This is a recommended once a week event, and our team of runners normally gather at 7:00 a.m. at the Niskayuna Bike Path to get it done with some camaraderie, planned water stops, and the… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on April 14, 2008 at 8:08am — 25 Comments

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