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… Continue
Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on April 30, 2010 at 1:15pm —
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 —
Put to the Test: A 6-alarm fire reveals the importance of command, control & preparation Continue
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 —
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
Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on April 26, 2010 at 7:15pm —
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… Continue
Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on April 25, 2010 at 11:49pm —
By FireRescue magazine staff
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 25, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Innovative Drills You Won’t Find in Any BookStory by Janelle FoskettPhotos by Raul Angulo
We all know how difficult it can be to motivate some people to train. It’s like working out. We need to do it, but finding the motivation to actually hit the pavement is a whole different story. And similar to… Continue
Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on April 23, 2010 at 3:48pm —
On site at FDIC
Success as a Company Officer: It starts long before you get the badge
By Cindy Devone-Pacheco
Often in life, we can’t plan our future; we just have to work hard and hope for the best. But according to Ray Gayk, Deputy Chief of the Ontario (Calif.) Fire Department, those who hope to promote to the company officer level someday should probably sit down and start making some plans.
Added by Cindy Devone-Pacheco, FireRescue on April 23, 2010 at 2:00pm —
FDIC Session: “They Are It!” Schmittendorf emphasizes understanding when it comes to the newest generation of firefightersBy Janelle Foskett
Parallel universes may exist on the TV drama LOST, but as Tiger Schmittendorf explained in his FDIC session “From the X-Box to the Box Alarm: Leadership in Today’s Firehouse,” the harsh reality… Continue
Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on April 23, 2010 at 1:40pm —
When last we met, my buddy Jim Brunelle was awaiting delivery of a pair of Black Diamond firefighting boots to test out, while my fingers and brain took a mini-vacation from blogging (my imaginary trip to my own private Idaho was lovely, thanks very much).
Jim sent me an email with his thoughts regarding the boots, and I opened it, fully expecting a knuckle-dragging Cro-Magnon-esque male perspective.
You know; something along the lines of "Boots good. Feet… Continue
Added by Mary Ellen Shea on April 23, 2010 at 11:30am —
Climb & Crawl for a Good CauseWhen you try out Globe’s new PPE, you’ll also be donating to the D.C. Burn Foundation
When you're at FDIC, there's always certain booths that always have crowds of people at them, where it's apparent something exciting is going on--that, or free T-shirts are being given out! … Continue
Added by Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine on April 23, 2010 at 11:12am —
ON-SITE @ FDICBlowin’ in the Wind
Recent NIST research is changing fireground tacticsBy Shannon Pieper
If you attended Dan Madrzykowski’s seminar today at FDIC, “Wind-Driven Fires in Structures,” you might have left feeling like some of the tactics you were taught in the academy are under question. Attack from the unburned area first? Maybe not. Don’t… Continue
Added by Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine on April 23, 2010 at 11:00am —
Champion of the Courage to Be Safe Program Awarded the ISFSI's George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award
By Janelle Foskett
During Thursday’s general session at FDIC, Eddie Buchanan, president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)
, and Glenn Corbertt, technical editor for FireEngineering
magazine, presented the ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award to Robert J. Colameta Jr.
Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on April 23, 2010 at 9:30am —
The Nightclub Fire You Probably Never Heard About
The history of the fire service is closely entwined with nightclub fires that killed hundreds and resulted in significant changes in fire codes. But there’s one nightclub fire that you may never have heard about.
In 1940, in Natchez, Miss., 207* people died in the Rhythm Night Club fire. It ranks among the NFPA’s 10 deadliest public assembly and nightclub fires in U.S. history. And if… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 23, 2010 at 8:00am —
An Untold History
The Rhythm Nightclub Fire provides tragic lessons, but many of us never heard about it
By Jim Crawford
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the February issue of FireRescue magazine. We're sharing it here to mark the anniversary of the Rhythm Nightclub Fire.
February is Black History Month. I was born in 1954, and I… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 23, 2010 at 8:00am —
Siarnicki Awarded 2010 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement AwardAnnounces that military firefighters who die while performing firefighting duties will be included in the NFFF memorialBy Janelle Foskett
Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters… Continue
Added by Janelle Foskett, FireRescue on April 22, 2010 at 2:50pm —
At FDIC, Ricci evokes Brennan, urges “political courage”
In a forceful address that touched on topics as diverse as fire service culture, the need for stronger leadership, equal opportunity, merit and the debate over education vs. experience, Frank Ricci urged FDIC attendees to have “political courage” in his keynote address at today’s General Session.
Ricci, a lieutenant with the New Haven (Conn.) Fire Department who became a fire… Continue
Added by Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine on April 22, 2010 at 11:21am —
ON-SITE @ FDICThe Enemy WithinClass focuses on how to combat cultural & career development shortcomings in the fire service By Shannon Pieper
In March, the Cumberland Valley Firemen’s Association
rattled the fire service with its report, “Fire… Continue
Added by Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine on April 21, 2010 at 5:00pm —
On-Site @ FDICThe Dreaded Counseling Session: How to make it a mere speed bump, not a train wreck
If you ask company officers what they like least about their jobs, I’d venture to guess that a fair number of them would say the personnel issues that come with being an officer. No manger likes dealing with personnel issues—or if they do, they’re certainly not a manger people… Continue
Added by Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine on April 21, 2010 at 4:13pm —
On-Site @ FDICHard on the HeartResearch illuminates the relationship between firefighting and cardiac strain By Shannon Pieper
By now, you can probably recite in your sleep that “heart attacks are the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths.” But do most… Continue
Added by Shannon Pieper, FireRescue Magazine on April 21, 2010 at 4:00pm —