April 2011 Blog Posts (75)

Common sense . . . and a lil prepardness

Common sense goes a long way in our profession. From scene size up to not picking up a hot metal rod without a glove on, common sense goes a long way. I have been in the fire service for only 12 yrs. For 11 of those 12 i was in my own home town. 100% rural america in western New York state. We used common sense everyday and we prepard for winter storms, summer heat, and everything in btwn. Im a type that wants to be ready for as much as i can be ready for. Im not just talking fires car… Continue

Added by J. Kibbe on April 29, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments

Give Thanks

Let us all pray and let our hearts be with those brother ans sister members and firefighter/emts that are in the southern states during the recent storms. Often we forget that we may be fortunate enough to have decent weather, good fortune, and our health. My thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost homes, memories, family members or freinds. Stay safe god bless!

Added by J. Kibbe on April 29, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments

IN THE ZONE... LCES (#2 28 APRIL 2011) - Fire Engineering Training Community

As I sat here contemplating what to write about this week, thinking about our fellow firefighters that have been injured or have paid the ultimate sacrifice on fires in or near wildland-urban

interface areas

already this year. Two firefighters injured in North Central Nebraska, A firefighter injured in Arizona, Two

firefighters killed and I believe the total injured at one point

was 8 firefighters on separate incidents here in Texas. And I have

been wondering what is…


Added by Jason Myer on April 28, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Equipment for sale.

For sale by the Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department, Wallingford VT.

1 Hurst cutter: recently refurbished and serviced by Hurst rep.

1 Hurst spreader: recent service by Hurst rep.

1 Hurst ram: Recent service by Hurst rep.

1 Hurst power unit Recent service by Hurst rep. New Hurst hydrolic fluid. ( expensive ) Operates one tool

2 50'…


Added by Stephane M. Goulet on April 28, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Reading smoke

The type of smoke seen upon arrival is vital to the call, as is time of day, building type, etc. Is there a standard  approach to viewing smoke. (example)...heavy black smoke is...X   light grey smoke is...X. I know that this cannot be set in stone, however a general idea is a starting point.

Added by Mark Poznanski on April 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments


For more days before I turn 16! I can't wait.

Added by Jonny Gordon on April 28, 2011 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

Colorado Firefighters Perform Unusual Residential Rescue

A rescue by the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District of Breckenridge, Colo., proves that you may need to employ rope rescue techniques in the most unexpected places.

On Jan. 31 at 1511 HRS, the Summit County Dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a 21-year-old male had fallen down an elevator shaft in a house. The caller said the patient was unconscious and shaking.

At 1514 HRS, the Red, White & Blue Fire District dispatched units… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 28, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

We Try Harder - Firehouse Zen

Fresh out of the oven, some humble pie.  Served with the right amount of self-critique, this can be a tasty dish. Latest post at Firehouse Zen.

Added by Mick Mayers on April 27, 2011 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Training Ground Complete !

The Mullins Fire-Rescue Training Ground is now complete and certified by the SCFA. Eight years of hard work and dedication finally paid off. Countless man hours put in by lots of people finally made this possible. Special thanks to Training 1 Wayne Collins, Assistant Chief Shawn Harrelson, FF Ray McCormick (Expert Fabricator),FF Josh Richardson, and everyone who helped when they could. I am proud to say i'm one of the first to graduate SCFA 1152 right here at our home training facility. Hope… Continue

Added by Shawn Lee on April 27, 2011 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

30% Club... Wanna Join? Pay Your Dues

This article is being posted, with permission from the author Jake Rixner

In everyone's career, things are said or done that…


Added by SAFE Firefighter on April 27, 2011 at 9:45am — No Comments

On the side of the road 4/26

I have been off duty since Feb 14th of this year ,when I experienced acute chest pain and shortness of Breath during the performance of the required Physical ability retesting  by my Department .

   Luckily , It was NOT an AMI ,only angina brought on by the extreme exertion of the test that resulted in an irregular heart rythm - Quagiminal PVC's . Since that day I have had a tredmill stress test with nuclear scan ,which showed a Shadow in the apex of the Left Ventricle and the…


Added by Al (olddogg) Westbrook on April 26, 2011 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Managing the “Personal” Side of Fire Service Leadership


Managing the “Personal” Side of Fire Service Leadership

Leadership requires people skills to maintain operational readiness

By Marc Revere

“Leadership is horrible! Leadership is lonely!” I’ve… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Thanks To Two Awesome Instructors !

Just have to give a big shout out to my instructors for 1152 Basic FF Class. Training Officer/Captain Wayne Collins and FF Ray McCormick. Two great veterans willing to share their knowledge and experience to get a group of rookies through this class. Thanks guys!! Also thanks to Assistant Chief Shawn Harrelson, Deputy Chief Jimmy Collins, and all of the full time guys. Your patience and dedication paid off.

Added by Shawn Lee on April 25, 2011 at 10:56pm — No Comments



Added by Dave LeBlanc on April 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Check out First Due Questions on Facebook...

Come and check out First Due Questions on facebook! There is daily questions added and its a great place for anyone to gain or spread a bit of knowledge...theres no WRONG answers just discussions from different parts of the nation!

Added by Isaac Frazier on April 25, 2011 at 3:26pm — No Comments

The Company Officer: Going for it and Belief

The Company Officer: Going for it and Belief

Christopher J. Naum,SPFE



As a Company Officer, at some point in your career, you will come to that one pivotal point, when the clarity of a situation becomes all so apparent and clear.

Sometime you just have to believe and have the resilience, fortitude and that deep in the gut feeling that you know what and how something needs to…


Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on April 23, 2011 at 11:28pm — No Comments


Guess what?  Some firefighters and myself got our hands on another school bus for heavy rescue training in Norwalk, Ohio sponsored by the Northern Ohio Fools on a rainy April Saturday.  Of course, we spent some time covering the basics of school bus extrication with the newbies of this heavy rescue environment.  Then I had a few new ideas and… Continue

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 23, 2011 at 8:45pm — No Comments

The Last few days

These past few weeks have been hard on me. My mentally challenged uncle,Keith, who lived with my family for years, was put in the hospital with pneumonia for the third time and he was struggling to breathe.

On April 16th they(the hospital) gave him 24 hours to live.

Keith made till April 19th.

He died in the night and we got a call at 11:58pm telling us of his passing.

So these past days of been tough on me, getting used to the fact he's not with us anymore and… Continue

Added by Jonny Gordon on April 21, 2011 at 8:58pm — No Comments

BFS Acquires New Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Tender

The Barbados Fire Service has acquired a new Rosenbauer - Panther, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle. The new appliance will join the existing fleet of crash tenders at the Airport Fire Station and improve the departments ability to respond to aerodrome emergencies at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

The vehicle which was acquired from Angloco Limited in the United Kingdom was manufactured by Rosenbauer. The Barbados… Continue

Added by Glyne Alleyne on April 21, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

RFD Cuts

The Democrat and Chronicle has an article about the proposed RFD cuts.

Engine 5 on Lyell Ave is scheduled to close, 50 firefighters are to be

eliminated. There are other proposals about companies and staff

positions that could be eliminated.You can read the full article by clicking the lick below and read the user comments after the article. …


Added by Davin Eshelman on April 21, 2011 at 11:23am — No Comments

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