All Blog Posts Tagged 'fire' (264)

Fire Station Cardio Workout Option(s)

I've had a lot of requests for workout options that can be performed at the station with minimal equipment.  Here is an option I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the 28-day Quickstart Program) and/or as a good workout to get the blood flowing.   Give it a…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 10, 2014 at 12:44am — 3 Comments

Become a Fire Protection Champion

This week I had the privilege of attending an ORR… Continue

Added by aaron johnson on April 5, 2014 at 9:14pm — No Comments

On-Duty Firefighter (Fire Rescue) Workout...

I get a lot of requests to come up with workouts that can be performed on duty with equipment found at the firehouse. The other day, my crew and I performed this intensive 30 minute interval workout.  This workout will get your heart racing, challenge your core and work your muscles.

The workout consists of three, 10 minute intervals each with a different focus.  The first 10 minutes focuses on anaerobic recovery, the second ten minutes on full body strength and the last ten…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 24, 2014 at 9:20pm — 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…


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

10 Simple Rules For Fat Loss (2014 Edition)

Would you agree that a leaner athlete is a better athlete?  I know this is a "loaded" question.  A lot of the answer has to deal with the sport in which the athlete is participating.  One thing that research shows is that a leaner athlete is a "more efficient" athlete.  When it comes to firefighters, this…

Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 5, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Collinwood, Our Lady of Angels, and 600 Dead Children

Excerpt post with permission of

Yes, Collinwood (1908) and Our Lady of Angels (1958) happened a long time ago, but in May 2012, three teenage boys mimicked a video and set fire to hand sanitizer on a desktop in a Woodburn High Schoolcomputer room and tried to put it out with paper…


Added by Barry Greer on November 25, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

Firefighters we get visited by ghosts.


It was a dark and stormy night, really it was. The heavens had opened up in Colorado once again; the streets were running with hot stinky water, funky water that smelled of petroleum and death. I was on duty at firehouse number four when the alarm hit. Rollover T/A at Lake Avenue and highway 115 with people trapped.…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on September 24, 2013 at 10:31pm — 1 Comment

Hate Rants: Is this anyway to treat a brother/sister firefighter?

by: Lou Angeli

TORONTO, ONT (August 29, 2013) -- Earlier this week, Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales announced that 2 city firefighters had been suspended indefinitely for sexist remarks made about colleagues on Twitter. Believe me, these firefighters made some very nasty comments. 

Toronto's top firefighter said,  'In the public domain it's…


Added by Lou Angeli on August 29, 2013 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Backtracking on Fire Safety

Fire Engineering magazine recently published an article entitled, "Should Healthcare Fire Safety Backtrack on 60 Years of Improvement". This article clearly outlines where healthcare fire safety started, what it has

evolved to, and the decreases in fire safety that are currently being



Added by aaron johnson on August 20, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments

Blowin' Smoke with Detroit Fire's Jim Plieth

Blowin' Smoke is a series of articles published on that consist of a Q&A session with veterans in the fire service. These individuals are asked a series of questions about their career and experiences they have witnessed. This edition is with an 18 year veteran of DFD that is currently assigned to Detroit's…


Added by on August 19, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Professionalism in the Fire Service

Professionalism means acting appropriately and in a manner that is acceptable and careful. Applied to the fire service, a professional is not whether or not you are paid or volunteer. That is a topic that often brings out the most heated of discussions, but there is a division nationwide between volunteers and career…


Added by on August 8, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments

alan ackley commands a ship of fools

Excerpt from current post at printed here with permission:


Deborah Straszheim’s update on Alan Ackley’s inane, insidious antics in today’s New London paper is old news. Ackley continues to act the mad fool navigating—if you can call it that—the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District right toward the shoals of financial and public safety disaster.

Straszheim reported that Ackley…


Added by Barry Greer on August 7, 2013 at 9:23pm — No Comments

the ecology of fire

Excerpt from post at on Ackley Argle Bargle and the Ecology of Fire.  Reprinted here with permission.  

"But the hazard load won’t go away no matter who runs the department or runs it into the ground. Firefighters see the world as a collection of hazards so the rest of us don’t have to look at them, and the total of hazards in a protection jurisdiction is the hazard load. It’s all part of the ecology of fire, of all things that burn. Firefighters know…


Added by Barry Greer on July 15, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

the ackleyite acolyte

Sample from current post at reprinted with permission: 

"I’d say it’s fair to conclude, based on my two decades of teaching experience and thirty years as a writer, that most Americans can not tell if they have been victims of propaganda or not until some obnoxious retired educator/writer like me starts asking for fact. I did so with Kaitlyn and easily established that she had no basis in fact for supporting Ackley and for voting to slash the PBFD budget.…


Added by Barry Greer on June 29, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The 5 Worst Exercises for the Fire Rescue Athlete

Fire Rescue Athletes (firefighters, EMTs and paramedics) must be physically ready to act. The job entails lifting heavy objects (or people), climbing up stairs, dragging hoseline, hoisting ladders, along with other physically taxing movements. It is evident that in order to effectively do our jobs we must have a strong, balanced body. Workouts and especially exercises must then match the demands of the job and prepare the body for such stress.…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 26, 2013 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments

Firefighters Don't Work in Cubicles, but you Would Never Know it by our Start Time.


I have a question. Why is it that most firefighter shifts start around 7:00 am? Why are firefighters forced to deal with rush hour traffic and add to the rush hour mess? After all we work a 24 hour shift, why couldn’t we begin our day at say 10:00am or 11:00am?…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on June 25, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

High Intensity Cardio Challenges for the Firehouse

Time is always been and will always be the number one reason we miss workouts.  As Fire Rescue Athletes, we work unusual hours and our workouts are often interrupted by calls.  Lately I've been creating and testing some highly efficient cardio interval workouts on my bootcamp classes and crew.  Today's blog will give you  two of the more effective ones and teach you some ways to integrate them into your busy schedules and workouts. …


Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Firefighters Only Rent Firehouses.

More and more of my firemen friends are retiring, this is the result of hiring large recruit academies in the early 80’s. I have gone to a few retirement parties to wish my friends well in retirement land and to see other retirees.…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on June 3, 2013 at 12:35pm — No Comments

What is it Like in the Fire House Bedroom?


I have been asked if Firefighters are good in bed and since I’ve only slept with one, my ex-wife, I have a very limited data base on the subject. I won’t discuss my ex-wife in this post as that is far too private for a blog. I will offer some stories about firefighters in bed that I do know all too well.…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on May 3, 2013 at 12:54pm — No Comments

If I were Chief...


Becoming a firefighter is quite a process and always has been. The testing has taken many forms over the years. When I tested in the early 80s it was so grueling I vomited following the physical agility test and had to sit in my car for 10-15 minutes before I could drive.…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on April 25, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments

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