April 2010 Blog Posts (90)

Taking fire department training videos to a new level...

My daughters boyfriend just graduated with honors from the prestigious Pasadena Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Film Production - Editing, and with honors. Being the dad, attending the graduation, I had no idea that the guy dating my daughter was so damn talented. Needless to say, I still feel amazed knowing that this kid has a really bright future ahead of him. Don't you just love creativity and brilliance?

Unfortunately, the fire service is not…

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on April 30, 2010 at 1:15pm — 5 Comments


this year was the worst bush fire season that we ever had! i came off vacation in february and it went on til a couple weeks ago. i was too tired to do anything but try to get some sleep and go again! brutal! it has finally cooled down a bit so i actually have a little me time these days. wish i had some pics to post but because of the nature of it and how crazy things sometimes got it was near impossible to take out any. this year we experienced a serious drought period which still isn't…


Added by Bianca Julien on April 30, 2010 at 8:57am — No Comments

My life as a Firefighter

I was raised around Fire/EMS professionals my whole life. I wanted to be a firefighter since the fist time a fire truck taking off to go on a call. When I was 12 I started going on calls with Davy Volunteer Fire Department. A lot of people in the dept at that time didn't like me being there because they were worried that I was going to get hurt. I wasn't on the department so I wasn't covered on their insurance. I still came out on every call I could. I didn't do nothing more than roll hose and… Continue

Added by Scotty Hicks on April 29, 2010 at 3:59pm — 3 Comments

Firefighter Safety at Crystal Meth Lab Fires

I am currently trying to develop training material relative to FF Safety and/or recognition of Crystal Meth Lab Fires. If anyone can direct me in the right direction I would certainly appreciate it. Thanks and be safe.

Added by Steve Seal on April 29, 2010 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

NYS Requirements for Pump Ops

im trying to find someone who knows the requirements to take the new york state pump ops course. anyone with answers please contact me.

Added by kevin leroy goodell jr on April 28, 2010 at 10:32pm — 2 Comments

Programming Kenwood Radios

I need help. A department that recieved a grant, Gave my department thier old radios. There is nothing wrong with them but we need to reprogram them. I have the cables, and program but I am having trouble reading them. If anyone knows anything abut kenwood TK 790 and 730 mobile radios please contact me by e-mail engine1505@wi.rr.com

Added by engine 15 on April 28, 2010 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Put to the Test: 6-alarm fire stresses need for command, control, preparation

Put to the Test: A 6-alarm fire reveals the importance of command, control & preparation

By Deputy Assistant Chief Robert Maynes

The fire service believes size-up or situational awareness begins long before your arrival on the fireground; it can start with the receipt of the alarm or with your commute to the firehouse. Size-up is an integral part of acquiring accurate situational awareness. (Situational awareness is simply defined as…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 28, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Stories of Survival, DC Firefighters Burn Foundation

There's very little to add to what is presented in these two videos.

Even less to what Joe Morgan, Charlie Shyab and Kenneth Humphries share.

If you care about the man or woman riding across from you, pass them along.

Special thanks to the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation.…


Added by Bill Carey on April 28, 2010 at 7:58am — No Comments

It’s Official: Firefighting Is the Nation’s Most Stressful Job

CareerCast.com Report identifies firefighting as nation's most stressful job for 2010

At some point in your life, you’ve probably asserted to someone that your job is hands-down more stressful than theirs, regardless of whether that person was an accountant, lawyer, doctor or, dare I say, police officer. Well, what you didn’t have then was a study to back up your argument. Enter a new CareerCast.com report… Continue

Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on April 26, 2010 at 7:15pm — 5 Comments


I ordered new bourkes for my helmet and no one or no instructions came with them. I need instructions how to install them?? Can anyone help me out??????? Email me ffvinal@aol.com

Added by Firefighter Matt on April 26, 2010 at 5:42pm — 1 Comment

Brother Gary, IN Firefighter's Son Picked NFL Draft 2nd Round By The Green Bay Packers

Michael Neal Jr. Is The Son Of Gary, IN Firefigher Michael (Big Mike) Neal Sr.

2010 Green Bay Packers draft pick

Mike Neal R2…

Added by Michael J. Gregory on April 26, 2010 at 12:17am — 5 Comments

The FDIC Experience: Returning Home

My goal is to chronicle, as best I can, some of the many great experiences I had last week at FDIC-2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There's so many of them flowing through my brain, some of them are short snippets while others I remember as full-length features, and I plan to present them accordingly.

My FDIC-2010 experience ranks up there with some of the greatest memories of my career and life. Full of laughs (my stomach still…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on April 25, 2010 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

Remembering 3 Lost 1 Year Ago Today

By FireRescue magazine staff

Tom Risk

Mike Flynn…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 25, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Am I a Fireman Yet?

....If any of you can get through this without shedding a tear, you are a better person than most of us......…


Added by Michael J. Gregory on April 25, 2010 at 8:33am — 4 Comments


hello everyone trying to start a collection of different stations if you would like to help me out message me and ill give my mailing address. thanks to you al

Added by Terry L Lookingbill Jr on April 24, 2010 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Sad day in Aiken County

Today we lost one of the best human beings I have ever met to cancer. Top-notch Paramedic, firefighter, leader, mentor. Robert Moon will be greatly missed.

Added by George A. Laiacona III on April 24, 2010 at 1:41pm — 4 Comments

New truck woe's....Just venting.......

Our department just purchased new truck from Philiadelphia. On our way back with it from Philly, it broke down on the turn pike! 100 miles from the next exit!! The repair men robed us blind to fix it. All it was, was a blown antifreeze hose. He came out and messured it, went back to his shop, came back to put it on, cut it to short, so had to go back to his shop and do it again! Charged us for every trip he made and his mistakes as well. but he had us by the balls, Since we were from out of… Continue

Added by Jason Pritts on April 24, 2010 at 11:01am — 3 Comments

Escape... It's almost summertime!

Sometimes, you just need to get away. There's lot's of places that I would
love to visit and spend time getting to know better. This is one of…

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on April 24, 2010 at 4:20am — 1 Comment

EMT-B national test

Same result didn't pass. I think I'm just about 99% sure that I'm done with this. I'm not a very good test taker and it showing up with taking this emt-b national test. After taking class 10 years and not getting it after 6 tests and a refresher and just took my 3 test Saturday with the same results getting very frustrated. Don't care for computer test doesn't let you take all the questions shuts off at any given point. All the praticing I've doing on line has been very good on the average.…


Added by Alan Small on April 23, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Is throwing a flashlight wrong???

Had a MVA yesterday, I was on one end of the car running the power unit and there was a guy that come flying threw our scene. The firefighter that was working traffic radioed ahead say ( you got one coming in fast) he had to be doing 55-65 mph. I waved to slow him down and got nothing so when he got right passed me I threw my flashlight and hit the car. He come back and there was a aregument for a few minutes then he went on his way. Well he said he was going to our boerd about the matter. What… Continue

Added by Quinton Lejeune on April 23, 2010 at 4:58pm — 7 Comments

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