Featured Blog Posts – April 2013 Archive (7)

People ask how do I Feel About Boston and West Texas, I don't feel Good.

I have had a lot of friends ask me how do firefighters feel about all the things that have happened this week in America, from the Boston Marathon to West, Texas and the many other tragic events less reported. I can’t speak for all firefighters and would never attempt something so arrogant as to try and express how it feels to lose a…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on April 19, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments

the alan ackley idiot's guide to fire protection

Excerpt with permission of blog posted at pipenozzle.com

Firehouse.com reprinted a New London Day article reporting that Poquonnock Bridge Fire District czar Alan Ackley wants to take PBFD into the future by returning to the past, a vague romanticized past where PBFD property owners were protected by volunteer firefighters. You might ask him to first read …


Added by Barry Greer on April 17, 2013 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

New Firemen are Smarter, but are they Better?

There is a life cycle for a firefighter. Some people say as a child, I want to be a firefighter when I grow up and they do. Some like me fall into it and now a days there is a new type of firefighter, the well educated-advanced-degree-holding-uncommitted-I-need-a-job-for-now kind.…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on April 13, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Take Care of the Tools that Take Care of You

Follow the link below to my article on ensuring our basic life-saving equipment is checked often.  Essentially these are the tools that take care of us!



Added by Brad Maness on April 11, 2013 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Being Proactive While Assigned to RIT


Follow the link below to an article I posted on my webpage.  It identifies what our RIT companies should be doing on the fireground.  Just because we have caught the RIT assignment doesn't mean we have to just stand around grumbling because we didn't catch the first line.  Click the link below to continue reading.…


Added by Brad Maness on April 11, 2013 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Developing an Annual Fire Department Training Plan


Follow the link below to an article I posted on my webpage about developing a training program for your fire department.  The information provided can be very helpful to new and old training officers or just anyone assigned to cover a drill night. 



Added by Brad Maness on April 11, 2013 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Why is There Suicide in the Fire Service?

Author’s Note: I address firefighters in this article, but the information provided applies to any and all emergency response professionals.

Suicide is a very serious topic that we rarely discuss. Each year, thousands of adults and children either attempt or complete suicide to resolve problems or put an end to emotional pain. As a result of their deaths, surviving family members and friends not only grieve, but must cope with feelings of guilt, anger,…


Added by Peggy Sweeney on April 10, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments

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