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"Thoughts and Prayers" are Hollow Without Conviction. Are You Ready to Commit?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Jul 27, 2010. 12 Replies

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, co-workers, and friends of  Rocky Mount, Virginia Fire Chief Posey Dillon, who died yesterday along with Firefighter William Daniel “Danny” Altice in a…Continue

Tags: foundation, Never, Forget, firefighters, fallen

Taking it to the Streets and Firehouse Expo

Started this discussion. Last reply by capcityff Jul 22, 2010. 2 Replies

Hey all-Leaving this AM for Firehouse Expo in Baltimore.  If you're in the neighborhood, look us up, we'll be netcasting from the booth of Firegeezer and Dave Statter, as well as frequenting the…Continue

Wingnut of the Week: Homeowner Says Firefighter’s Gear Set Off Explosion That Severely Burned Them

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Huff Jul 17, 2010. 14 Replies

Today, I’m editing the most recent program from Firefighter NetCast which aired live Tuesday night, July 6, 2010. It was the Happy Hour with guest…Continue

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Share the best firefighter story you ever heard

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Wow!Thanks to my partner Bill Carey of Backstep Firefighter for hosting the…Continue


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Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department
Job Function
Fire / Arson Investigator
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Barrington Fire Dept.
Years With Department/Agency
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Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
IAFF Local 3481, Associated Firefighters of Illinois, Illinois fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Crusty Old Jakes, Hobbled Firefighters of Northern Illinois
My Training:
AAS in Fire Science, AAS in Emergency Medical Technology, Licensed as EMT-Paramedic, Certified as Firefighter III, Fire Instructor III, Fire Officer II, Safety Officer, Fire Arson Investigator, Juvenile Firesetters
About Me:
Line of duty disability unexpectedly pauses my career, so I stay connected as the creator and editor of blog and the co-creator of
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Daddy, Househusband, Physician's Patient, Social Media, Blogging, Netcasting
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Johnny and Roy, of course! Sheesh.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Brotherhood, every day is different, blowing the siren
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Funding, Apathy, Commitment to continuous training, staffing, staying as stoked as the day you were hired.'s Photos

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America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter is in Suburban Philly; Identified in The Daily Beast

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:12pm 0 Comments

If any one of the over 160 criminal charges filed against him are true, it would be astronomically difficult to argue with The Beast’s opinion that he is America's Worst Volunteer Firefighter.

Sadly, we see these news headlines all too often: Firefighter Charged with Setting Fires. What we don't see, usually never see, is a case like this volunteer firefighter. Authorities claim this guy, already out on bond from serial arson charges, did some other really, really, really bad…


Personal Situational Awareness – “The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee”

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 11:13am 0 Comments

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to chat with a nationally-known fire service legend.  How fortunate for me to be one of the two guys with over seventy combined years in the fire service– just shooting the shit. 

Eventually, the talk turned from how much our management of the emergency scene has changed over the decades our scene management has come over the years- to the importance of situational awareness in general.

Then he reminded me of a well-known story about…


If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

I read an article by an old acquaintance the other day.  I don't want to identify the author because this is not about the "who", but the "what." 

What a concept.  Here's an excerpt:

“There  was a code that said that the coach was always right and you NEVER

questioned a coach’s decision in regards to you. Like it or not, you had  to respect it. It was not an option!  Sound…


You’ve spilled something there on your shirt, Chief.

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 6:43pm 0 Comments


A conversation heard at a Midwestern fire department between Bobby, the Training Officer and his Chief:


Fire Chief:  Go away, Bobby, I’m eating.

T.O. Bobby:  Hey, Your Eminence, I have some good news and I have some good news.

Fire Chief:  You know me, Bobby.  Give me the bad news first.

T.O. Bobby:  There is no bad news, Chief.

Fire Chief:  There’s never no bad news, Bobby.  This is 2010,…


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At 9:35am on May 21, 2010, Firewriter said…
Thanks for the add!
At 10:18am on February 17, 2010, Kathy Appleby said…
I want to thank you for making a comment about my discussion. I totally and wholeheartedly agree witj you on everything you have said. I have many years in the EMS service but only 2 1/2yrs in fire and my company wanted me to run for 2nd LT...I dont think I have the experience yet for that, though I have been taking courses and trying to learn as much as I can.
Be Careful and Stay Safe.
Thanks again, Kathy
At 3:18pm on February 5, 2010, Norman E. Flanders said…
I missed the broadcast last nite.....When will it be posted and ready for a copy?
I hope you were able to make good use of the info. and had some good discussions.
I'm looking forward to hearing this broadcast.

Thanks, Norm
At 4:33pm on January 27, 2010, Norman E. Flanders said…
Yes you can use the info I sent, along with mine and the departments name.
Please forward me a copy once written.
Thanks, Norm
At 1:48pm on November 29, 2009, sarah arledge said…
hi FireDaily. com welcome to ffn hope you like it here its a great place to be. have a great day stay safe take care
At 11:23pm on November 28, 2009, Brian Dumser said…
Elmer retired in 1993, a year before I got there. I did meet him though, great guy. I'm sorry to inform you that Elmer passed away about 5 or 6 years ago. Stay safe!
At 7:17am on November 22, 2009, Mick Mayers said…
Years ago I was told that if you don't acknowledge EVERYBODY, then don't acknowledge ANYBODY. I should have gone on longer and added the rest. You have a great site and there was nothing about the names on there other than the ones I hurriedly typed in in an effort to get that post out. Sorry.
At 6:37pm on November 19, 2009, Ed Burlingame said…
Thanks. We arefortunate, I'm only 1/2 mile from Glacier National Park
At 10:01pm on November 7, 2009, Douglas C Stewart said…
Thanks for the welcome. I am looking forward to particapating in the groups and forums. Be safe.
At 10:57pm on November 5, 2009, Jack/dt said…
One of my finer abilities, lighting things up. Great piece by the way. Keep em coming.

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