July 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter - July 26, 2013

Hello everyone! I am mortified that I haven't updated my blog in probably a year. I hope all my friends on FFN are well.

I am doing well. I am still a volunteer FF although at my age I am delegated to the Accountability board most of the time and truly happy with that! I even designed my own and last drill got to use one our department received for large structure fire/incidents. I also manage our Facebook page and email campaigns so although I'm not out there so to speak I'm…


Added by Denise Imperiale on July 26, 2013 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

Why do you want to be a firefighter?

We get asked this question all the time. Is there a real answer? Let's here them!

Added by Tyler Louis Atkinson on July 26, 2013 at 11:23am — 2 Comments


There is nothing like coming home from working a day job and talking with my husband while he is getting ready to go to his FD when my pager goes off. While passing in the hall kissing each other and saying be careful he heads to his FD to work shift and I head to our call. There is nothing like living a firefighters life. 

Added by Amber Richardson on July 25, 2013 at 7:37pm — No Comments

michigan tranfer

Ian a Michigan fire fighter moving to South Carolina will my certification transfer

Added by firefrog on July 20, 2013 at 9:41am — No Comments

the ecology of fire

Excerpt from post at pipenozzle.com on Ackley Argle Bargle and the Ecology of Fire.  Reprinted here with permission.  

"But the hazard load won’t go away no matter who runs the department or runs it into the ground. Firefighters see the world as a collection of hazards so the rest of us don’t have to look at them, and the total of hazards in a protection jurisdiction is the hazard load. It’s all part of the ecology of fire, of all things that burn. Firefighters know…


Added by Barry Greer on July 15, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Birthday coming up

Hello everyone.



I have a question for everyone. My nephew he is a patch collector and he is turning 10 yrs old on August 23. And for his birthday id like to get him some patches. If anyone is willing to send him patches. please get with me...



thank you


Added by Eugene R Weber Jr. on July 13, 2013 at 5:39pm — 2 Comments

The mighty have fallen.

Good afternoon my fellow Firefighters!

As we all know by now, on June 30th, 19 of our FINEST Firefighters laid down their lives in the line of duty, giving their last full measure of devotion and service.

They have made a Memorial T-Shirt for our fallen brothers; please EVERYONE consider purchasing one. A portion of all proceeds are going to the Burn Institute.

Thank you for sharing with all of your coworkers, friends, and family!…


Added by Jonathan Hearn on July 8, 2013 at 9:11pm — No Comments

The 19 Firefighters in Arizona

Wow...19 deaths of the Hot Shots in Arizona! On the ten year commemoration of The Thirtymile Fire, a New Safety Structure with Accountability was passed. Of the four of us, it was aid that it was "Our Legacy."  Now this!  Fires, like the recent one in Arizona, should be fought only from the air with water and fire retardent, not live crew! It's too risky! Fire often creates it's own weather, so all it takes is for the wind to come up to create conditions for a burnover. On accountability,…


Added by Karen Lee FitzPatrick on July 5, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Intensity Driven Training…Know Your Limitations

Not long ago, I read an article suggesting firefighters should slow down during training sessions to increase duplication of the skills presented.  This seems like a valid argument to ensure basic and advanced skills are learned and mastered.  We can look at this type of training as practice, where more time is needed to focus on the subject.  While I agree we must take more time when learning new skills and reinforcing important information, our training must also include high intensity and…


Added by Brad Maness on July 3, 2013 at 12:37am — No Comments

Fire Safety - Western United States

  To All FirefighterNation Members:

  The current Fire Weather forecast reports the Heat Wave that's dominated the Western United States is expected to be around for another couple of days. Today's supposed to be the hottest of it all with a gradual cooling trend coming in later on this week.

  It's extremely important that EVERYONE KEEP/STAY HYDRATED, wear a HAT, use SUNSCREEN and SUNGLASSES. If you're planning outdoor activities,…


Added by James Alexander on July 1, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

Honoring the Prescott 19

by: Lou Angeli

During my career, I’ve covered a number of wildland fire campaigns as a video and photojournalist.  One thing I’ve learned is that when Mother Nature whips a firestorm, she does so with a vengeance. 

This past Friday night a single bolt of lightning ignited a blaze, which spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and strong…

Added by Lou Angeli on July 1, 2013 at 11:38am — No Comments

Nineteen Firefighters Killed Battling Arizona Blaze

To All FirefighterNation Members:

  Today was a very tragic and unfortunate day for all Firefighters Nationwide in Prescott, Arizona where 19 Firefighters from a 20 man Hot Shot Crew were killed in the line of duty battling a fast-moving wildfire that has forced the evacuation of two small towns in central Arizona on Sunday, fire officials said.…


Added by James Alexander on July 1, 2013 at 2:47am — No Comments

18 firefighters die in willand fire.

18 firefighters working the Yarnell Hill Fire confirmed dead. Under these circumstances most people will…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on July 1, 2013 at 2:35am — No Comments

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