May 2011 Blog Posts (46)

Are You Prepared For the Future?


Added by Ray Myers on May 31, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Brattleboro Retreat’s program focuses on helping public safety workers

Battling PTSD at Brattleboro

Brattleboro Retreat’s program focuses on helping public safety workers

By Jane Jerrard

Like members of the military, firefighters and EMS providers commonly experience repeated exposure to horrific events. Because of this aspect of their jobs, one of the dangers firefighters and EMT/paramedics face is developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

So it’s… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 30, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Memorial Day (Thanks from America's First Responders)

Almost ten years ago, the lines between soldier and public servant became blurred by a horrible act of terrorism in lower Manhattan. On that day, and the weeks that followed, we all served as warriors on the front lines - whether fire, EMS, law enforcement or military.

But this weekend reminds us that one brave group of American protectors take the fight to the enemy on their soil. Sometimes they are asked to pay a steep price, so we First Responders may serve with honor on American… Continue

Added by Lou Angeli on May 30, 2011 at 2:19am — No Comments

Be The Warrior


Added by SAFE Firefighter on May 28, 2011 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Heavy Lifting with the High-Lift Jack


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 26, 2011 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Join me!



A personal invitation:


Hello All Friends:


Join us for the Amazon launch of "Angel Promises...Remembering the Youngest Firefighter."  It's important to remember and keep alive the story of the Thirtymile Fire of 7-10-01 as it has brought about greater safety to firefighters everywhere!

Also, take note that there is a Ten Year Commemoration of the…


Added by Karen Lee FitzPatrick on May 24, 2011 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Ladder Bucket Standpipe

Can we set-up an elevated standpipe off of the ladder bucket?  That is just what a couple young firefighters asked and it turned into a fine company drill.  This is an example of the younger generations breaking the lazy and unmotivated stereotypes.  … Continue

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on May 22, 2011 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Fire Service Team At Torch Run 2011

Above photo: Some members of the Barbados Fire Service team at the conclusion of yesterday's Law Enforcement Torch Run.

We extend our sincere thanks to all those persons who generously supported the Law Enforcement Torch Run yesterday. The funds raised will go a long way towards assisting our Special Olympians as they prepare to travel to Athens, Greece for the… Continue

Added by Glyne Alleyne on May 22, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments


These are on facebook on my page or you can go to Michael McDonald or Michaeline McDonald's page.  They made them and they will give you a laugh.  They said feel free to share.

Added by Michaeline Macy on May 21, 2011 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Survival Help

Added by David Johns on May 21, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Randall Mario Poffo (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011 WWE RIP

Randall Mario Poffo (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011

Added by Brad Duncan on May 20, 2011 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Solid Briefings Help Fire Teams Execute Plans, Manage Objectives


Solid Briefings Help Fire Teams Execute Plans, Manage Objectives

Whether in the firehouse or on scene, briefings contribute to operational and tactical goal achievement.

By Billy Schmidt

The fire service is a complex system that often operates in a chaotic… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 20, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Bring back the Mack (video posted on May 2011)

Video was taken from YouTube as it displays a fine piece of apparatus that I believe should be viewed by all enthusiasts of classical rescue rigs.Sharing the images also intends to pay tribute to the splendid preservation initiative undertaken by the Wyndmoor Hose C0#1. Although filed in the "My Videos" section no ownership or commercial use is of course claimed or intended by me.

Added by APR343 on May 18, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

I happened to see this for sale. 1974 International Loadstar 1700 - $2500 (Colebrook, CT)

Date: 2011-05-18, 4:13AM EDT

Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

We are selling a… Continue

Added by ID536CT on May 18, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...May 18, 2011


This is a lame question no doubt.


How can you tell by looking at an alarm panel that a smoke detector head needs to be cleaned out?


I told you it was lame.



Added by Denise Imperiale on May 18, 2011 at 5:57am — 1 Comment

Tips for Speccing Emergency Vehicle Lighting for Apparatus

Inside the Apparatus Industry

Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro

It’s been a while since I covered the topic of emergency vehicle lighting. The fire apparatus manufacturers have been doing a great job of conforming to NFPA 1901 and its lighting requirements; I’ll discuss more about that standard in a minute.

Probably the best product to hit the emergency vehicle lighting market… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 18, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments



            and the rest who risk their lives to save others

    Once upon a time there were mountain castles

    Standing proud against clear blue skies

    Surrounded by green majestic forests

    Red-tailed hawks and eagles soaring high

    There were knights who protected the forest

    Valiant knights with senses keen

    Brave and strong not in shining armor

    Gallant knights all clad… Continue

Added by Michaeline Macy on May 17, 2011 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

A “Routine” Reminder: Incident proves there’s no such thing as a routine call

By D. Brady Rogers

Fire Chief Robert Rielage of the Wyoming (Ohio) Fire-EMS Department once wrote that “smells and bells” incidents can result in complacency and a failure to follow procedures, such as wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Although safety should never be compromised, firefighters can be lulled into a false sense of security when “smells” have been the result of crayons melting on electric baseboard heat, or even bad food left in the…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Swim For Love - Charity Swim-A-Thon

I am hosting a the 1st Annual Swim For Love: Ken Whitmore Swim For Alzheimer's Research Sat. June 4 from 8am-noon at Santa Monica Swim Center.


Put all your hours of training to good use!


Feel even better about the mileage you complete!


Help others while you swim!






Ken Whitmore’s Swim For Alzheimer’s Research.


Started by long time LA County lifeguard and local swimmer . Named after his late… Continue

Added by Tony Whitmore on May 17, 2011 at 2:26am — No Comments

2011 Indiana Emergency Response Conferance

I am happy to announce that Chief Bill Newgent Greencastle Fire Department and I will be teaching Labeling Buildings at the 2011 Indiana Emergency Response Conference.


Labeling Buildings for the Fire Service

Presentation Summary

In today’s society, everything from coffee cups to toys come with some kind of warning label to alert people of potential danger. The question becomes: ”Why doesn’t the fire…


Added by John Shafer on May 16, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments

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