March 2010 Blog Posts (76)

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...March 31, 2010

Hi guys sorry I haven't written it's been crazy!!!!

Got a job - start 4/12.

Got divorced!!!!! Did the paperwork myself! Hot damn!

I am now Denise Imperiale again!!!!!

Have a great Easter

Added by Denise Imperiale on March 31, 2010 at 7:35pm — 4 Comments

The 19th Watchout: Treating a WUI fire like a structure fire

The 19th Watchout: Treating a WUI fire like a structure fire

By Brad Mayhew

This article originally ran in the April 2010 issue of FireRescue magazine.

Author's Note

The 18 Watchouts are designed to help firefighters recognize warning… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on March 30, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Firefighter or work for the Fire department??? Which one are you?

In my mind there are two types of people in the fire service—there are firefighters and there are people who work for the fire department.

Firefighters are people of…


Added by Raynaldo Gonzales on March 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Autism Awareness for the First Responder-Fire/Rescue Waldo County, Maine, Searsport Fire Dept 4/27/10

Fire/Rescue-Autism Training, Searsport Fire Department, 3 Union St, Searsport, ME, April 27, 2010, 1800-2100 hrs

Added by Bill Cannata on March 28, 2010 at 9:15pm — No Comments


The best thing to ever happen to me was when I became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Firefighter. On December 1, 2007, I met with the captain,

Jeff Bryant Senior, of the Amboy Volunteer Fire Department. When I met with

Captain Bryant, he and I discussed whether I would be an EMT cadet, fire cadet,

or both. After talking to my mom, I decided that EMT would be best,…


Added by Kayli Borell on March 28, 2010 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

What do your words say about you?

Please excuse my delay in continuing the “communications” blog. The Chief was out of town for 2 weeks. Why is it when he goes outta town and leaves me the keys to the caddie, things get busy. I’m not complaining though…Anywho, back on topic.…


Added by Capt.Alex Arnold on March 27, 2010 at 1:35pm — 4 Comments

Have you visited "You Called 911 For What?!"

For you guys that have visited and submitted to the website, thank you! You're awesome. The whole site is based on your submissions so without you guys it wouldn't exist. Share the site with your buddies and most importantly if you guys are swapping stories, don't forget to swap it with our website!


Added by Jennifer on March 26, 2010 at 5:39pm — No Comments

First Blog

I have never blogged on the internet before.

I only socially network here on and

I have posted on view points on training or opinions of ideas, but never on my thoughts.

I'd like to say thank you, and a genuine thank you to everyone who have helped advance my knowledge over the past 10 months or so.....I have been pursuing my FF1...and am within a few months of that now...with my FF essentials being done for about a year,…


Added by blair4630 on March 26, 2010 at 2:19am — No Comments

Mt. Rainier Rangers Rescue Skier from Snow Cavern

By Tom Vines

On Jan. 31, Mt. Rainier National Park rangers received a report that a woman had fallen into a deep “hole” in the snow while skiing and was unable to get out. Mt. Rainier National Park, located in Northwestern Washington State, includes Mt. Rainier, the tallest volcano in the Cascade Range.

A ranger followed the reporting party about three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead to a “moat,” a snow cavern created… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on March 25, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

why do we do what we do?

In my many years in the fire/ems service I have seen officers come and go! Some very good one's and others you could not wait till voting time to get them out. But either way why do they run for office? Why do they take one all the extra responsibility? Is it the while helmet? The radio? The getting to boss the people under around? Or is it to make a difference, regardless how small a difference is it to make one. To be the best at what you do, to help others grow in the service and get them… Continue

Added by anna m mills on March 25, 2010 at 7:56am — 1 Comment

History in the Making: Response to the 2009 North Dakota flood

History in the Making: Response to the 2009 North Dakota flood By Captain Leon Schlafmann

Editor's Note: For more information on Fargo's 2010 flood preparations, check out FireRescue's interview with Captain Schalfmann.

When it comes to fire…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on March 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Firefighter's Poem by my 3 year old daughter

My daughter came to me about a year ago and told me she had written a poem. Knowing she was only 3 yrs old and had just mastered writing her alphabet I knew it would have been a miraculous achievement if she had actually written anything on paper besides the usual smiley faces and scribbled flowers. To my amazement she had not put it on paper; she had made up this poem in her head and had said it so…


Added by Tammy on March 24, 2010 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

2009 AFG Grants

Ok looking for help from other people have obtained there 2009 AFG Awards. I got a message about filling out my SF-1199A Form which I did and faxed back to them. I now got a message from them telling me that my account information was approved. Just looking to see if anyone knows how much longer you have to wait until you hear if you got a grant.…


Added by Ryan Pedone on March 23, 2010 at 10:06pm — 1 Comment

EMS Law in the Philippines ....Soon a reality

After 12 years of waiting, the Emergency Medical Service Law will be soon a reality. As I look around yesterday on the net. I've stumble upon some links from our Congress that they have published a third and final reading of this new law, with it some news releases links I've found. Finally! As a country more prone to natural disaster like recently the "big flood" because of typhoon Ketsana last September last year, and a new threat - terrorism. It's about time to uplift the standard of our… Continue

Added by Michael Vito on March 23, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

You Called 911 for What?!

New blog. Pass the word!

"You called 911 for what?!"

Check it out. You'll enjoy it! And heck, maybe you can contribute! You know you've been called to and seen some ridiculous stuff over the years. That is what this blog is about. Tell your…

Added by Jennifer on March 22, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Rural Metro Contract Extended

The City of Rochester has extended the contract with Rural Metro to provided ambulance service to the City of Rochester till March of 2011. The contract was going to expire next month, but City leaders decided to extend it while they work on a long term contract.

Added by Davin Eshelman on March 22, 2010 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Mayor’s Ball

Over two hundred people protested the Mayor’s Ball this evening. This is supposed to be the major fund raiser for the democrat party. Teachers and parents protested over the Mayor wanting to take control of the School District. Firefighters were also there as they have been working without a contract since 2008.

Here is a direct quote from the mayor in regards to the Police and Fire Unions.

“I think the police union and fire union presidents should be ashamed of…


Added by Davin Eshelman on March 22, 2010 at 1:37pm — No Comments

COAL WAS WEALTH: Size-up basics you need to know, part 2

FireRescue magazine's Fireground Operations column

COAL WAS WEALTH: The basics of size-up, part 2

By Freddie LaFemina

Editor's Note: For the complete 13-point size-up strategy, be sure to read part 1 of this article.

Last month, I addressed the first seven points of a 13-point size-up strategy (COAL WAS WEALTH) for evaluating problems… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on March 22, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

USFA reaches out to FFN PIOs to take advantage of free resources


At first I was a little confused about the following message because I wasn't sure where it originated from and where it was intended to go.

As I read it a second time, I realized that it had come from the US Fire Administration and it was meant specifically for us - the PIO group on FFN. Now, that's pretty cool that DHS has recognized our group as a target audience and partner for…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on March 22, 2010 at 9:14am — No Comments

Career firefighters next Tea Party target?


Added by Mike Ward on March 22, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

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