OK, I know this isn't structure fire heroics as a topic, but I've got a question I would really like some of your feedback on.Who cleans your fire station! Do you have assigned tasks to get your…Continue
Are you getting involved in the Presidential Election politics this year? Do you know who your candidates are and what they stand for? Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat you have the responsibility, duty and…Continue
Becoming a firefighter means serving your time as a rookie.
Serving as the Captain of a fire department means training rookies to become firefighters. How do you know when they have gone from rookie to firefighter? Are they a fire fighter when they pass FFI, or is it when they come off "proby" or probationary status. When the time set by your department is up, say a year, are they no longer a rookie then? Is it when they put on their navy blue firefighter t-shirts or car plaque on…Continue
Just returned home from our first fire call of 2008. 14 years of firefighter experience, training and dedication...... Yeah you guessed it - a carbon monoxide alarm. Not just a carbon monoxide alarm, a bad battery in a carbon monoxide detector. Can't get more exciting than that. Sure, the rookies were thrilled, packs on - CO detectors in hand - helmets in place. I even had to drive because all my engine pump operators were still celebrating the effects of New Years…Continue
Becoming a firefighter is not just about the Fire Academy Firefighter I program. It's more than just the countless hours of training, demanding physical labor and sleepless nights. It is about the flames, destruction and unknown. And it is about going through it with the guys on your line. The firefighters who hang their accountability tag next to yours, no questions asked except for "Ready?".
This bond is like a secret. Not because we won't tell you, but because we…