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Added by Christopher Baker on October 11, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What is your daily firehouse routine? Adding Stability to a job full of the unknown.

It is your first shift back from a nice relaxing family vacation. You come into the station relaxed and ready to get back to your crew and the job you love.  You notify the firefighter you are relieving of your arrival and go to your locker and grab your equipment. You walk over to the engine as your assignment for the day is the Lead Off Nozzleman.

What is your first step? 

For myself, I start at the off going crew member. I ask about the prior shifts, what tools were used,…

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Added by Tyler Prater on September 27, 2018 at 2:10pm — No Comments

vehicle rescue training refresher

had a little vehicle rescue refresher training today to give the new guys a little practice with the jaws of life.

our trainer was excellent in explaining the different methods and options for cutting a vehicle open.

our local salvage yard happily donates car bodies for training!1534893485377.jpg

Added by Ted Mead on August 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Where Do I Start To Become A Future Firefighter?

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 20, 2018 at 1:30am — No Comments

Service Beyond Self

(Photo Credits: Top - Noah Berger, Lower Left: Matthew Henderson, Lower Right: Parra Photography).…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 30, 2018 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Firefighter Cancer Initiative - Re-Visit Our Podcast With Participating Doctors

Due to the level of importance this podcast bears, I am releasing it today in hopes that many of you will have the opportunity of listening to it over the weekend. Keeping with this important topic, I am following up the previous two “summer” shows with one we recorded this past March, featuring Alberto Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD and Natasha Schaefer-Solle, PhD, RN of the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Care Centers, along with…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 27, 2018 at 10:21am — No Comments

Bursting The 3rd World Myth - Fire Engines Don't Fight Fires, They Are Just Tools To !

Though an International Emergency Management Practitioner, I come from a developing Country Kenya, or if you may a third world Country for that matter. What is amazing in Kenya and I believe in most African Countries, is our fixation especially those in leadership positions, particular the finance decision makers on a myth.

They tend to believe that for a County or local Government Fire Service to be deemed efficient it all boils down to having new fire engines, which rather enforces…

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Added by Capt Ahmed Taib on July 26, 2018 at 4:44am — 1 Comment

The Power of The Word - WHY

(Photo Credits: Author)

“The best tool for fire attack is your brain. The only limits to maximizing its effectiveness are the barriers you…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FIREFIGHTER CANCER - AN AWAKENING!

I was like many of you. I had heard on the news or had read in one of the trade journals, that firefighters had been diagnosed with cancer. It often pointed to FDNY and these were firefighters who had worked, so determinedly, on the Pile left after the collapse of the WTC on 9|11. However, as I was about to learn, this was just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.

 

This “Out-of-the-Vault” episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” takes us back to March 2017. My guest was Bill Banks, a…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 16, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

 

            Cardiac events are a leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters. The NFPA reports that in 2016 the leading cause of fire scene deaths for firefighters was sudden cardiac arrest at 38% of the total of firefighter fatalities (Firefighter Deaths, n.d.). While the cardiac impact that firefighting has on the heart does include aspects that we cannot…

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Added by Michael DeStefano on July 14, 2018 at 9:47pm — 6 Comments

Catch a Sneak Peak at Our Upcoming Crowdfunding Campaign!

Check out our preview for our crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.com. Just click on the link and search for 5-Alarm Task Force! The videos & photos are LIVE. Let me know what you think! Like it? Fill out the email & know when we go live!!

As always, thank you for your support & stay safe!

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 14, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Chance to Listen to Chief Alan Brunacini Again!

While we're enjoying some time off, I've reposted my episode of "5-Alarm Task Force," with the late Chief Alan Brunacini and Chief Dennis Rubin, as they discuss the 2016 Wingspread VI conference.
Tune in at www.dalmatianproductions.tv

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE" in the Podcast Awards!

Hi all - a quick reminder that you have until July 31st to cast your vote for my podcast at www.podcastwards.com.
Once you're on the website, you will first need to register as a listener to vote. It's free and easy & there's no obligation!…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 10, 2018 at 10:18am — No Comments

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE" in the Podcast Awards!

Hi all - a quick reminder that you have until July 31st to cast your vote for my podcast at www.podcastwards.com.
Once you're on the website, you will first need to register as a listener to vote. It's free and easy & there's no obligation!…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 10, 2018 at 10:18am — No Comments

Episode 62 - LEADERSHIP: An Introspective Analysis

The word, “leadership,” especially in the ranks of first responders, is bandied about by many. And for all those that participate in this conversation, there are probably at least, twice or three times the number of definitions of what leadership is in emergency services. In this podcast, our guest, Asst. Chief John Luca of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue Services, provides us with a new and deeper definition of the term and strongly encourages us to look inward first, before we even think of leading…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 2, 2018 at 8:45am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Assistant Chief Juratovac

“All that I am I owe, I live eternally in the red.”– Dr. Carl Holmes…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 1, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Attributes of Leading

(Photo Credits: B Shifter Magazine).

I recently attended a train-the-trainer…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 30, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Please Help "5-Alarm Task Force" Win a Podcast Award!

Hi,

This is not your usual blog post. In this one, I'm reaching out to you, our listeners to help us win one of the upcoming Podcast Awards. From July 1st - 31st, you can go to the website, The Podcast Awards and nominate "5-Alarm Task Force" for one of the awards. You'll find us in the "Government & Organizations" category. If you want to either follow the Awards progress on Twitter or send a tweet out…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 30, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

early morning fire in Eldred Pa Numerous companies and ems services responded, multiple patients transported to hospitals for smoke inhalation. traffic was routed to alternate routes due to main stre…

early morning fire in Eldred Pa Numerous companies and ems services responded, multiple patients transported to hospitals for smoke inhalation. traffic was routed to alternate routes due to main street being closed off completely.

no serious injuries but it was a long battle (over 4 hours) for the crews who responded!

Hats off to the guys and gals of Eldred, Port Allegany, Coudersport, Olean, Roulette. Knapps Creek, Smethport, Otto, and Portville

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Added by Ted Mead on June 22, 2018 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

"The TIC: Friend, Foe or In Between?"

One of the most important tools that the modern fire service is the T.I.C. or thermal imaging camera. While it’s first use that resulted in the saving of a human life is traced back to 1985 in London, due to cost and development factors, it is believe that the first U.S. fire department to purchase one for regular use was Seattle in 1997. Just over 20 years later, the tool is ubiquitous in the fire service, with most, but the smallest, having at…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 22, 2018 at 8:25am — No Comments

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