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FIREFIGHTER CANCER - AN AWAKENING!

I was like many of you. I had heard on the news or had read in one of the trade journals, that firefighters had been diagnosed with cancer. It often pointed to FDNY and these were firefighters who had worked, so determinedly, on the Pile left after the collapse of the WTC on 9|11. However, as I was about to learn, this was just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.

 

This “Out-of-the-Vault” episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” takes us back to March 2017. My guest was Bill Banks, a…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 16, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

 

            Cardiac events are a leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters. The NFPA reports that in 2016 the leading cause of fire scene deaths for firefighters was sudden cardiac arrest at 38% of the total of firefighter fatalities (Firefighter Deaths, n.d.). While the cardiac impact that firefighting has on the heart does include aspects that we cannot…

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Added by Michael DeStefano on July 14, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Catch a Sneak Peak at Our Upcoming Crowdfunding Campaign!

Check out our preview for our crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.com. Just click on the link and search for 5-Alarm Task Force! The videos & photos are LIVE. Let me know what you think! Like it? Fill out the email & know when we go live!!

As always, thank you for your support & stay safe!

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 14, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Chance to Listen to Chief Alan Brunacini Again!

While we're enjoying some time off, I've reposted my episode of "5-Alarm Task Force," with the late Chief Alan Brunacini and Chief Dennis Rubin, as they discuss the 2016 Wingspread VI conference.
Tune in at www.dalmatianproductions.tv

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE" in the Podcast Awards!

Hi all - a quick reminder that you have until July 31st to cast your vote for my podcast at www.podcastwards.com.
Once you're on the website, you will first need to register as a listener to vote. It's free and easy & there's no obligation!…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 10, 2018 at 10:18am — No Comments

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE" in the Podcast Awards!

Hi all - a quick reminder that you have until July 31st to cast your vote for my podcast at www.podcastwards.com.
Once you're on the website, you will first need to register as a listener to vote. It's free and easy & there's no obligation!…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 10, 2018 at 10:18am — No Comments

Episode 62 - LEADERSHIP: An Introspective Analysis

The word, “leadership,” especially in the ranks of first responders, is bandied about by many. And for all those that participate in this conversation, there are probably at least, twice or three times the number of definitions of what leadership is in emergency services. In this podcast, our guest, Asst. Chief John Luca of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue Services, provides us with a new and deeper definition of the term and strongly encourages us to look inward first, before we even think of leading…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 2, 2018 at 8:45am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Assistant Chief Juratovac

“All that I am I owe, I live eternally in the red.”– Dr. Carl Holmes…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 1, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Attributes of Leading

(Photo Credits: B Shifter Magazine).

I recently attended a train-the-trainer…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 30, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Please Help "5-Alarm Task Force" Win a Podcast Award!

Hi,

This is not your usual blog post. In this one, I'm reaching out to you, our listeners to help us win one of the upcoming Podcast Awards. From July 1st - 31st, you can go to the website, The Podcast Awards and nominate "5-Alarm Task Force" for one of the awards. You'll find us in the "Government & Organizations" category. If you want to either follow the Awards progress on Twitter or send a tweet out…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 30, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

Maintaining your Fire Sprinkler System

Having a fire sprinkler system installed in your home, office, or restaurant is your first line of defense against a damaging fire. But keeping your sprinkler system running at its full potential requires some basic, easy maintenance.

Schedule…

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Added by Carolyn Corliss on June 25, 2018 at 8:16am — No Comments

early morning fire in Eldred Pa Numerous companies and ems services responded, multiple patients transported to hospitals for smoke inhalation. traffic was routed to alternate routes due to main stre…

early morning fire in Eldred Pa Numerous companies and ems services responded, multiple patients transported to hospitals for smoke inhalation. traffic was routed to alternate routes due to main street being closed off completely.

no serious injuries but it was a long battle (over 4 hours) for the crews who responded!

Hats off to the guys and gals of Eldred, Port Allegany, Coudersport, Olean, Roulette. Knapps Creek, Smethport, Otto, and Portville

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Added by Ted Mead on June 22, 2018 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

"The TIC: Friend, Foe or In Between?"

One of the most important tools that the modern fire service is the T.I.C. or thermal imaging camera. While it’s first use that resulted in the saving of a human life is traced back to 1985 in London, due to cost and development factors, it is believe that the first U.S. fire department to purchase one for regular use was Seattle in 1997. Just over 20 years later, the tool is ubiquitous in the fire service, with most, but the smallest, having at…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 22, 2018 at 8:25am — No Comments

Does Social Media Belong in Today’s Fire Service?

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Today, almost everyone has a smart phone and endless opportunities to record life in real time, the good and the bad. Fire departments must now embrace the social media world in which we live. But what role does social media play in the fire service?…



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Added by Chief Miller on June 19, 2018 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

"You Don't Know What You Don't Know" = Part II

In Part II of our interview with retired Battalion Chief, John Cagno of the N. Providence RI Fire Department, we hear how the young, injured, "firefighter" Cagno, had to fight against the odds of getting his old job back.
While recovering from his severe injuries, he never took his eyes of the bullseye - coming back to the job he had idolized since he was a child. However, his wants…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 18, 2018 at 10:27am — No Comments

"You Don't Know What You Don't Know!?

Many of us are pretty damn excited when the dreams of little kids to be firefighters comes to fruition in our usually, young adult lives. We are usually in our late teens or early twenties. We may have had some experience by “buffing” until we were old enough to ride the apparatus. We’ve watched the…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 11, 2018 at 9:28am — No Comments

Enhance Your Muscle Mass With These Great Tips!

Muscle building is both an art and a science. You will work hard to sculpt your body into great shape, but must do so in a smart and sensible way. There are many things you should know about muscle building to make sure you are doing it correctly. The following article will give you plenty of ideas to develop a great muscle building routine.

It is important to eat foods and meals with carbohydrates after your workout and on your rest days.…

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Added by Cynthia Clare on June 8, 2018 at 12:22am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Firefighter Functional Fitness

(Photo Credits: @MTLfirehousefitness IG)

“Fitness is 90% mental, 10% execution. The body…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 1, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

SPECING A NEW PIECE OF APPARATUS

When you spec a new piece of apparatus you have to look at your first due area. The first due area consists of your primary response area. The main thing you have to look at is weather the residence sits back off of the road or if its close. In example my first due response area in Elizabeth Township we have bridges we cannot get across with an engine or another big piece of apparatus. In conjunction with places that you cannot reach with a big apparatus its is nice to have a light engine or…

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Added by Michael May on May 31, 2018 at 2:13am — No Comments

This Day of All Days

     Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S. In my family and our community, it was always a special day. The last day of school before Memorial Day was made very poignant, even for those of is in elementary school. We learned a little about World War II and about the soldiers who fought there...and those who died there. There would be a patriotic play that we'd put on and often, a speaker would come to our assembly. Each student went home that day with a small…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 28, 2018 at 12:20pm — No Comments

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