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Learn About the IAFC - SHS Section and What They Do For Us!

5/17/2018

Join me as I welcome an excellent friend and supporter of "5-Alarm Task Force," Executive Asst. Chief Todd LeDuc of the Broward County Sheriff's Office - Fire/Rescue Division, joins us to explain the work of this important group of the IAFC and his recent trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain for a first-ever SHS conference there! The acronym SHS stands for "Safety, Health and Survival," all issues that are playing a…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 17, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

YOU CAN HELP US CHOOSE THE NEW LOGO FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE!"

The creative team at our host, Podomatic, offered to help create a new logo for "5-Alarm Task Force." That was the good news!

However, they did such a great job that we're having a difficult time choosing the one we like best. So, we decided to let …

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 14, 2018 at 7:42am — No Comments

Here's What's Coming Up on "5-Alarm Task Force!"

We have a great round of guests who will join me on "5-Alarm Task Force" over the next couple of weeks.
1. Aaron Zamzow of "Fire-Rescue-Fitness." Aaron announces the winners of his annual "Get Fit" contest and explains what his programs are all about.
2. Chief James Tornabene joins me to discuss, The Assessment Center" a…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 11, 2018 at 10:35am — No Comments

Halligan Modifications: Gapping the Fork

One of the simplest and most advantageous modifications to a Halligan Bar is to GAP the forks. 

Gapping the fork of the halligan makes a conventional forcible entry tool into a THRU-THE-LOCK tool.  …

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Added by John Hayowyk Jr. on May 3, 2018 at 10:39pm — No Comments

"I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends"

With thanks to the Beatles (OK, Ringo) and the late, great Joe Cocker, that song has moved "mountains" when some couldn't even move "mole hills!" And that title rings true for many, if not most of us.  Of course, it also depends on our ability to discern those who are true friends from those people who are more acquaintances than friends. Often times though, that is difficult to do and it's not unusual for us not to want to make that distinction.

   We wanted to…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 25, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments

"The Times They Are A Changin'"

We have the great Bob Dylan to thank for those words. Funny how just six words can convey such a strong meaning across so many aspects of life. And for first responders in general and firefighters in particular, times are changing for us at a very rapid pace.

   Even if you've only been on the job for, let's say, five years, you'd got to admit that a great deal about the fire service has changed since 2013! For example, we've seen a great evolution of one of our…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 25, 2018 at 11:55am — No Comments

The Physiological & Mental Stressors of Fighting Fire

We now know, with certainty, that fire is not necessarily our worst enemy on the fireground. Its by-products are! Whether you’re a career, volunteer or paid-on-call firefighter, means that you can no longer approach what you do as a casual job or hobby.

In this, our 51st episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” Chief Anthony Correia joins us to discuss the specific physiological and mental stressors of fighting fire. His explanation begins with your visceral and mental response to…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 23, 2018 at 8:15am — No Comments

From Chief Johnnie Coonrod

 

Added by Doris Van Horn on April 17, 2018 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Personal Duty Standards

Being former military I have a deeply ingrained sense of duty and commitment so I hope this doesn't drive people away, I have seen discord in different departments and jobs caused by drama llamas and the Im special attitudes! (and if anything sours my temper it's that type of Bull crap)

As far as being in a fire department you take an oath to serve and protect your department and its members, and contention in the ranks has no place there

we are better than that

For me…

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Added by Ted Mead on April 17, 2018 at 10:55am — No Comments

Our 50th Episode of "5-Alarm Task Force" and It's for YOU!

If I asked you what is the most important character trait for a firefighter, what would be your answer? Bravery? Strength? Stamina? They all sound imperative, right? Perhaps, but there is more to it than those. What could outrank those three aspects?
Our guest on this, our 50th episode, is Captain/Instructor Chris Baker. In this podcast, Chris explains that it is your desire, no,…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 12, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments

THE HIPSTER SOLUTION

NEW Fire Rescue Magazine illustration: The Hipster Solution.
 
Having some fun with another Off Duty Rule cartoon at the expense of our…
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on April 10, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Finding a New Fire Chief - Do We Look Within or From Outside?

The Chief of Department - a position that many firefighters aspire to and others...well, let's just say they don't aspire to. Yet, when there's a vacancy at the top, someone must be brought onboard to "steer the ship!"
Just like in other businesses, those directed to find a new chief have two ways to choose from:
1. Hire…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 9, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Learn More About One of the Fire Service's Best Protectors & Protector

Our latest episode of "5-Alarm Task Force," is now available, featuring Mr. Steve Austin of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. We focus on "struck-bys," those incidents when first responders have been hit and injured or killed while working a busy highway or roadway call.
Find our podcast on our website,…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 3, 2018 at 6:16pm — No Comments

March 2018, Remember Them!

 This month of March 2018 has been a very hard month for us in the fire service. We have lost several of our brothers and sister through out the country. We pause to remember them, FL Hollywood FD FF Daryel Richards, GA Cobb County FD FF Stacey L. Boulware,…

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Added by Alvin Gonzalez on April 1, 2018 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Smoke - What's In It?

OK, so you're a firefighter. You've seen smoke, you've smelled smoke and you may have swallowed a "snoot-full." How was that for you? Yet how much do you know about it? No, not it's behavior, but what's in it! Chief Robert Fling returns to underscore his first visit, "FACEPIECE ON!" And if you're still one of those cowboys who think a firefighter isn't a "real" firefighter until he/she gets their "snoot-full," you're wrong and maybe DEAD wrong.…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on March 27, 2018 at 7:41pm — 2 Comments

Tragic Week In The Fire Service

It doesn’t matter if you are active or retired, career or volunteer, instructor or student.

“When one hurts. We all hurt. That’s who we are.” - Ryan Pennington…

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Added by Christopher Baker on March 27, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

This is Who We Are and What We Do!

I do my podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force," for you - my brothers and sisters in the fire service. Today's society is so different than when I grew up. Sometimes, that makes our job tougher. Just look what we have to do to help our communities understand how vital and precious sprinklers are in, at the very least, every new residential structure; not too mention commercial…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on March 22, 2018 at 4:43pm — No Comments

FireBot- New Product to extinguish residential stovetop fires

FireBot, a low cost device that automatically activates in case of a fire to properly extinguish a stovetop fire.

Able to attach to the range hood, unseen, battery operated like a smoke alarm, triggered by an out of control fire, which activates fire suppressant to extinguish any type of fire.

 

A solution for 50% of all home fires, which start on stovetops, numbering over 116,100 per year costing more than 500 lives, 5,540 injuries, and 1.1 billion dollars in…

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Added by Mark Baldino on March 18, 2018 at 10:29pm — No Comments

What the Hell is the Fire Service Becoming?

Over 2 years ago, I wrote a post discussing what I felt was happening to the Fire Service and the next generation of firefighters and medics. I just wanted to post it again because I feel it is still relevant and it’s a problem that looks to continue and get worse. I am also seeking feedback and solutions.

 

From 22 July 2015

”What the hell is the fire service coming to? It is supposed to be a brotherhood / sisterhood. Well, thanks to the “new”…

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Added by Brady Grim on March 18, 2018 at 4:54pm — No Comments

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