Featured Blog Posts – August 2013 Archive (9)

Hate Rants: Is this anyway to treat a brother/sister firefighter?

by: Lou Angeli

TORONTO, ONT (August 29, 2013) -- Earlier this week, Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales announced that 2 city firefighters had been suspended indefinitely for sexist remarks made about colleagues on Twitter. Believe me, these firefighters made some very nasty comments. 

Toronto's top firefighter said,  'In the public domain it's…


Added by Lou Angeli on August 29, 2013 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Art of Journal Reading

OK lets get back to the basics of journal reading. When reading industry material for learning, the article must be read multiple times. The first read gives us an overall idea of the piece while subsequent reads help us break down the material. Most articles are broken down into segments separated by paragraph breaks or bold face headings. 

The second read should be to determine the main idea of each segment. In fire service…


Added by daniel hunt on August 21, 2013 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Journal Reading

I have a small face book page entitled F.D. Journal. My concept with this page and through this blog is to share web articles and past trade journal articles and discuss the good points or bad points, consider adopting new techniques or modifying my current way of practice. My hope is that others would join in and discuss the articles. Give new firefighters a place to start in digesting the vast contents of training material on the web.

I hope to be able to post in both…


Added by daniel hunt on August 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Blowin' Smoke with Detroit Fire's Jim Plieth

Blowin' Smoke is a series of articles published on ModelCityFirefighter.com that consist of a Q&A session with veterans in the fire service. These individuals are asked a series of questions about their career and experiences they have witnessed. This edition is with an 18 year veteran of DFD that is currently assigned to Detroit's…


Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on August 19, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Training in the Life Saving Zone

Our profession is dangerous. Oddly some often need to remind themselves of this. Many of us are not only HazMat professionals but also EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, Company Commanders, Law Enforcement Officers, EH&S Specialists, Lab Safety Specialists, Risk Managers, Confined Space Technicians, USAR Technicians, WMD Specialists, Apparatus Operators, Grief Counselors, Supervisors, Parents, Spouses…. and we are expected to be proficient in many of these duties at the same… Continue

Added by Phil Ambrose on August 13, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Professionalism in the Fire Service

Professionalism means acting appropriately and in a manner that is acceptable and careful. Applied to the fire service, a professional is not whether or not you are paid or volunteer. That is a topic that often brings out the most heated of discussions, but there is a division nationwide between volunteers and career…


Added by ModelCityFirefighter.com on August 8, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments

alan ackley commands a ship of fools

Excerpt from current post at pipenozzle.com printed here with permission:


Deborah Straszheim’s update on Alan Ackley’s inane, insidious antics in today’s New London paper is old news. Ackley continues to act the mad fool navigating—if you can call it that—the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District right toward the shoals of financial and public safety disaster.

Straszheim reported that Ackley…


Added by Barry Greer on August 7, 2013 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Dealing With PTSD in the Fire Service

In response to Brian Meroney's great article on PTSD. Thank you Brian, To All struggling from PTSD or other traumas...EMDR Read the book Getting Past Your Past - authored by  Francine Shapiro, PhD, who is an American psychologist who is the originator and developer of EMDR (acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing'), a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from traumatic and other disturbing life experiences. Based on the positive results of…


Added by Scott Warner on August 7, 2013 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Execution of Excellence on backstepfirefighter.com

No policy or procedure will ever be effective if it is written, placed in a book and never looked at again.

"The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”–Vince Lombard…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on August 5, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

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