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Added by Raymond Dean (Boyd) Cooper on September 8, 2020 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Tips for effective workplace housekeeping, Wowessays review

To some people, the word "housekeeping" refers to cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter.

But in a work environment, it means a lot more. Housekeeping is essential to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitors, according to…


Added by James on July 21, 2020 at 4:38am — No Comments

Bad cashes and how you get over them

Went on a 22 year old young girl who was involved in a head on cash with a dunk diver. She lost everything from the knees down on both legs after her car cought fire.

Added by Cory Imes on July 17, 2020 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

How to Turn Off Smoke Alarm?

How to Turn Off Smoke Alarm

Found yourself with a beeping smoke alarm? Will the smoke alarm not stop beeping? Figuring out the reason can be tricky. Lucky for you, here are some common solutions that will stop your smoke detector from beeping.

A non-stop beeping fire alarm can be annoying, especially when unexpected and for no real-fire reason such as in the middle of…


Added by Ed M on July 16, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Memory, Stress, and Counseling.

This is a kind of touchy subject because every person is different and how they handle stress is myriad as well.

there are those of us who are Cursed with a photographic memory and in our line of work the trauma we deal with can take its toll in ptsd.

now many people would say its not a curse but a blessing! NOT REALLY!!

no matter how long it goes on a stressful event can be likened to an angry crow in your head screaming at regular intervals in your ear so you never…


Added by Ted Mead on June 7, 2020 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

Lost Everything to an Early Morning Structure Fire

My Neighbour’s home suffered a structure fire. Unfortunately it only took about 15 minutes to spread to my unit and 2 others. My training kicked in and I was able to get everyone out alive.

Added by Nelson Jr. Jenking on June 2, 2020 at 6:18pm — No Comments

COVID-19: Emergency Management Lessons Learned

Like all of you, my last month (or so) has been nothing but COVID-19 related response, planning and discussions.  Emerging from this event we will undoubtedly have thousands of stories and lessons learned, each one being unique.   This pandemic has been like nothing I have seen nor hope to see again in my lifetime of public service.  The point of this article is to share some thoughts and lessons learned.  Not that these are unlike what you are experiencing; however, my desire is to…


Added by Jeff Armstrong on April 13, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

First Responders and the Coronavirus

For well over a month, our lives and the lives of millions of people across six of the seven continents, have been turned upside down. The loss of life has been like nothing that has been seen since 1918! And the interruptions to our lives, from home quarantines, online schooling for our children, a ridiculous run on toilet paper, etc.


My guest on this podcast is Anthony Mangeri, a certified Public Manager, volunteer firefighter/EMT and he has many years’ experience in public…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 13, 2020 at 9:52am — 2 Comments

Coronavirus Seminar for First Responders

5-Alarm Task Force and Insight Training LLC are proud to present a Coronavirus Webinar for First Responders, sponsored by Life Scan Wellness Centers. 

Friday, April 17th at 1:00 PM.EDT. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing if you're unable to join us at 1:00 PM EDT.

Tickets are $10 and all net proceeds will be donated to the NFFF and a vetted Go Fund Me Page for PPE for first responders.

Get your tickets at …


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 3, 2020 at 8:38am — No Comments

Boosting Morale By Allowing Firefighters to Do Firefighter Things!

In any organization, morale is one of the most important facets of the group, whether they are volunteers at a religious facility, workers in a mill, or the staff of a huge law firm encompassing an entire floor of a high-rise. Yet, it plays an even more important role for a cadre of first responders, especially, the fire service.


Most of us have seen a fire department, maybe our own or a neighboring, where morale is low. While vigorously trained to fight structure fires and…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on February 13, 2020 at 10:12am — No Comments

5-Alarn Task Force's 2019 Review

First, I hope that you and yours had a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Though we’re just starting 2020, 2019 was another great year for 5-Alarm Task Force. Here are some of our stats for 2019.

1. Once again, we “crossed the world,” with listeners in nearly 40 countries, on six of the seven continents! (p.s. I'm still attempting to contact the fire brigade at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. That would place us on all SEVEN…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on January 7, 2020 at 1:15pm — No Comments


As firefighters we constantly face challenges, however not all of them are at an emergency scene. Many of these challenges occur every day; often before we ever leave the station. And many of those challenges deal with our attitudes. You might be surprised at the toll that a wrong attitude can have.


My guests for this episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” are Sean Duffy and Pablo Gener, of the “Build Your Culture,” training group. As with most choices we face in life, there is a…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 17, 2019 at 9:19am — No Comments

Annual Santa Food Drive

••Revised due to expected weather.••

The volunteer members of the North Patchogue Fire Department will be escorting Santa Claus throughout our entire district beginning at 10:00 am **Saturday, December 21st**. Keep your eyes and ears open, be on the look out! If…


Added by Northpatchoguefd on December 12, 2019 at 9:21pm — No Comments

What Type of Fire Can Be Put Out With Water

What Type of Fire Can Be Put Out By Water

What Type of Fire Can Be Put Out Safely with Water?

There are five classes of fires, and they are classified according to that fuels them. Extinguishing a fire successfully depends on the fuel. A fire needs fuel, oxygen, and heat. To effectively put out a fire you need to remove one of these elements. Knowing the difference between fires and how to extinguish them is life-saving knowledge.

What are the different types of fires or…


Added by Ed M on December 11, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Th Importance of the 360 Size-Up + More

As long as we have had two-way radios in the fire service, the first arriving officer (or whomever was in a “right seat”) would provide some sort of report upon arrival. In my active years in two different departments from ’77-’85, the FAO might give a 15-30 “quick view” to dispatch. I remember being assigned to “recon” a structure file, a few times and report back to the ranking officer on scene. And mind you, in those days we had two radios: one fixed in the apparatus and one for the…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 11, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments

Big Challengers - Small Departments

Many of us in the fire service believe that, for the most part, most fire departments in North America are the same, other than size and run numbers, with some being career and others volunteer. Part of that broad statement is that many of us still face major organizational problems. How we deal with them might make a difference.


Chief Stan…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 4, 2019 at 1:46pm — No Comments

The Africa Fire Mission: A First Hand Look Into Firefighting In a Third World Country

     Today I sat at a local bar slightly overwhelmed at all the choices I had. 12 different beers, 30 different liquors, a wonderful bar food selection. A nice climate controlled facility and a theoretically infinite tap water supply to refill drinks and wash the dishes. For the last 15 days I was in the East African Country of Kenya. A country that presents with a population of 47.5 million people and a land area that could fit inside of the state of Texas.

     Our first night…


Added by Tyler Prater on December 3, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Firefighter Health initiatives in Canada

Episode 4-12 – Bradley Davidson, CFEI – Firefighter Health Initiatives in Canada

Brad Davidson is a Canadian Fire Executive with 38 years serving, “Mrs. Smith.” Brad has a strong love and passion for the fire service, underscored by his years of experience and his certifications. Through out chats on Twitter and by phone, I shared my passion regarding the Fire Service Cancer Initiative with him. And with that, he was off and running.

He has done several…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 22, 2019 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing - Out of Chaos

This is the 11th episode of my fourth season of “5-Alarm Task Force.” I will honestly say that this episode is one of, if not THE best episode we have ever produced. It is informative, tragic and dark, yet also demonstrates inner strength and recovery.

My guest is Chris Fields, a retired Major with the Oklahoma City Fire Dept. While his name may not be familiar, a world-famous photo of him carrying the body of a toddler killed in the bombing of the Federal Building on April…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 18, 2019 at 10:19am — No Comments

dedication to our departments

we all know that it takes dedication to be a firefighter/ems/ police!.

Its difficult for the average person to understand the dedication we put forth to the community and often we face criticism from people who just don't get it!

being part of a fire department whether its a paid dept or a volunteer one takes a certain amount of character that people only find they have after they have joined.

there are those who feel alone, depressed, and often mildly…


Added by Ted Mead on November 6, 2019 at 12:46pm — No Comments

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