July 2011 Blog Posts (27)

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Added by dan corcoran on July 27, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments

E One Apparatus Recall Notice - FYI

Report Date : July 26, 2011 at 02:14 PM NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V357000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

E-ONE / CYCLONE II 2010-2011

E-ONE / TRADITION 2010-2011

E-ONE / TYPHOON 2010-2011

Manufacturer: E-ONE, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JUL 11, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V357000 N/A NHTSA Action Number: N/A


Potential Number of Units Affected: 80


E-ONE IS… Continue

Added by Christopher Gilbert on July 27, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

Camden 9-1-1

Excerpt from a vision of a more efficient fire service for Camden, New Jersey and other cash-strapped cities across the nation.  The full blog is found at http://www.pipenozzle.com.

Camden 9-1-1. We meet or exceed your fire suppression needs. Sir, I am sorry to hear the fire is now through the roof of your apartment building. Based on that assessment, would you prefer the…


Added by Barry Greer on July 26, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Slow the Game Down on Backstep Firefighter

For you baseball fans out there, you may recognize this phrase. Usually it is used in discussion about a player that has been struggling and the team has been working with him to slow the game down, so they are better prepared and better able to react. As with many ideas and practices from Major League sports, there are applications in the fire service. This is another case of us being smart enough to learn from others.


At Backstep Firefighter and The Front Seat, we often use…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on July 26, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...July 26, 2011


A fellow firefighter and army vet, Amery Vasso, has asked me to help publish this link. Amery is going to Haiti in October to help dig for water. Here's the link if you can consider donating to this worthy cause:







Added by Denise Imperiale on July 26, 2011 at 8:27am — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...July 26, 2011


  1. How can I block someone from reading my blogs so I can go back to posting?
  2. How can I block someone from reading my blogs so I don't get questioned about my posting?
  3. PS it's a personal issue not a fire department management one.






Added by Denise Imperiale on July 26, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments

Post-Incident Rehab and Medical Evaluation

For those of you that subscribe to The Secret List, I am sure that you noticed the loss of yet another brother, 31 years old, that passed away just shortly after leaving the scene of a structure fire. If anyone is keeping track, that makes three or four firefighters who have lost thier lives to heart attacks within hours of clearing a fire scene in the past couple months. Is this heat related, stress related, over exertion, hazardous materials possibly inhaled? Who really Knows? What i am… Continue

Added by Shawn Lee on July 25, 2011 at 11:26pm — 1 Comment

Fire fighter REHAB

I am exploring the possibility of entering the side of FF Rehab while I heal from a knee injury last spring but I'm not sure how great the opportunity is. Last time I did rehab work was in high school when I couldn't go interior. So I'm no stranger but feel there's so much to learn about just rehab programs in FD. Our department is in the process of creating a medical surveillance program and with my EMS background, this would be something new and exciting to place on FD resume. But again,…


Added by Kate on July 25, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments


Have you ever successfully worked through a serious problem? Maybe you helped someone climb out of depression. Or, did you save the day with a huge departmental budget issue? If so, you should share the knowledge of how you made it over the hump--or helped others to do so.

Most of us desire to make a difference in this world; sharing stress management tips is one way to honor other people.

What’s interesting is that anytime you teach a coping skill, you’ll reinforce that… Continue

Added by Judi Light Hopson on July 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Today is a new Day

Each new day brings opportunity to us , rescuers to learn someting new and pass it on to out peers. Lets not wait to share life saving info.


Added by Mike Maynard on July 22, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments

Register for EMS Scholarship to Fire-Rescue International

Are you a recently named EMS chief of your department or do you know a recently appointed EMS chief who would benefit from attending Fire-Rescue International 2011? Beginning a new sponsorship of FRI, the EMS Section has announced they will sponsor a new EMS chief to attend FRI 2011 in Atlanta. You must apply by August 8 to be eligible.

To ensure tomorrow's leaders are…

Added by IAFC on July 22, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments

Quote for the day...Author Unknown

"Make no mistake, there is no "high" like saving a life, but you will carry the scars of your failures all of your life!"

Added by Andre Oosthuysen on July 22, 2011 at 7:22am — No Comments

International Fire Service St. Patricks Day Parade

There are many St. Patricks Day Parades around the country. But very few that are fire service themed. Saturday March 17th, 2012 -- Delray Beach Florida. Spread the word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_WOArRmbyA  

Added by John Fischer on July 21, 2011 at 1:24am — No Comments

Been away for a bit

Man it seems like ages since I've been to FFN.  The past 3 months or so I haven't been here to see what's going on or keeping up on what the gang has been doing here.  But hopefully I'll be fixing that and rejoining the ranks.


The past few months have brought about many changes.  I've been putting in many hours working EMS and just got hired working part time for another EMS service in a neighboring county. While this is good for the paycheck it does put a crimp into the free…


Added by Station10Capt106 on July 20, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Are We Missing the Target

For those of you that follow the news and happenings of the fire service, you may have noticed an increase in the number of bailouts reported. Now certainly some of this is a result of the media figuring out that a firefighter bailing out isn’t a normal occurrence, so as one outlet begins reporting it, others follow suit. But it begs the question, why? Why are so many of our brothers bailing out? Have that many incidents occurred where things have gone that wrong?

This year’s Safety… Continue

Added by Dave LeBlanc on July 18, 2011 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Murphy's Law of Firefighting

Excerpt of full blog on 4 July 2011 fatal Weston, Missouri fire and public and media response: 

"The Weston fire chief is not God and cannot prevent fireground problems from occurring in the future anymore than she can prevent fires from occurring in the future because of Murphy’s Law of Firefighting. If anything can go wrong on a…

Added by Barry Greer on July 15, 2011 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Thank You from Jim Kadnar

I spoke this morning to Jim Kadnar and he asked me to relay the following message. He wants to thank each and everyone for their kind support, thoughts and prayers.  He is deeply greatful for the massive outpouring he has received.

Thank You and God Bless You

Added by Beverly Simpson on July 12, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Texas 2010 LODD State Investigation. Lessons Never Learned

Bill Carey draws your attention to the Araguz LODD report and the biggest finding not mentioned.

The first article regarding the line of duty death of a Texas Captain was a synopsis of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office investigation, minus the building construction details. This article will look at the seven findings and their various…


Added by Bill Carey on July 12, 2011 at 8:09am — No Comments

Scopes of Situational Awareness

Brian Brush with two items you probably didn't know that limit your fireground awareness.

There is no shortage of discussion on the topic of situational awareness and rightfully so. If we can find ways to train firefighters to evaluate and process more information about what is happening around their task or operation the safer they will be. Unfortunately, there are a couple factors which seriously limit the scope of situational awareness… Continue

Added by Bill Carey on July 12, 2011 at 7:56am — No Comments

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire


Added by Barry Greer on July 11, 2011 at 7:47pm — No Comments

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