September 2008 Blog Posts (140)

Lookin' for a few good people

I am in need of some volunteers to serve as medics (currently can only function as a first responder) for the 3D Med Detachment of the Ohio Military Reserve (OHMR). The Ohio Military Reserve is a component of the Ohio National Guard with the Governor as our Commander in Chief. Our units can never be federalized to serve overseas like the National Guard and Reserves. We are Ohio's last line of defense. We are looking to build our unit up. The 3rd Med Detachment is Headquartered out of… Continue

Added by Jim Creech on September 30, 2008 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

a bad week (MVA's and multi casulty fire)

So this week, we had an MVA involving one of my fellow firefighters, when we found him he was breathing six a minute and was rushed to the hospital, I was one of the first people to see him in the ICU on a vent and all I wanted to do was cry, but I stayed strong. Then we had a multi casualty fire, seeing those bodies wasn't the best sight I have ever seen. At the fire everything was normal, I felt fine but when I went to sleep that night, I had the most horrible dreams. All this past weekend I… Continue

Added by Sarah on September 30, 2008 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Daily Dumbass: Watch Who You Hug!

An Iowa City man was arrested after trying to hug a police officer. 21-year-old Luke Schreder thought the cop was “in need of a hug,” and ran up to him with his arms outstretched. Schreder ignored the officer’s request that he “get away,” and was told to put his hands behind his head. He refused, so he was put under arrest for assault on an officer and public intoxication. Lesson learned: no matter how drunk you get, that police officer still doesn’t “need a hug.”

Reprinted from… Continue

Added by Bruce C Ziebarth on September 30, 2008 at 1:17pm — 3 Comments

RIP F/F Jowan R. Davis

This is in loving memory of my first cousin, my brother, my friend who
left this world almost a year ago, but it fells like your still here b/c I know
You're here in spirit, looking over me, I want you to know that I love you & miss you
& we will see each other again, 1 Love!!!

Added by Damione Pennie on September 30, 2008 at 6:02am — No Comments

Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Yesterday we had our 17th annual Miami Valley Firefighter/ EMS Memorial Day Observance. It is a very sombersome expirence to attend. The really great thing is that they have a site set up at Stubbs Park in Centerville, Ohio for the monument to be placed permanently. It is with great hope that we never have to add any more names to the memeorial, as well as any memorial anywhere in the world. I have already planned on attending again next year.

Added by John on September 29, 2008 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Explaining it to the Others

The following is an excerpt from my everyday blog that doesn't normally deal with fire/rescue stuff. A couple of my readers asked me to talk about that side of things so I did. Not sure if they are glad or sorry, but it was kind of a dark weekend to do it.


I took a couple of extra duty sections this week, I'm ten calls away from 100 in a year and grabbing a… Continue

Added by Kimberly Robinson on September 29, 2008 at 8:40am — 4 Comments

Cobwebs on the gearrack

So ive been in the fireservice about two years now and love every second of it. I come from a fairly small town with a fairly small fire department ( 8 apparatus, 28 members, around 500 calls a year). Just before I got on this department, a new firechief was elected. Since his election; six members have quit. Now before we go jumping to conclusions about the new chief, let me say this. The previous chief had the department "stuck in the past." He refused to create sops, follow new guidelines,… Continue

Added by Dustin J. Millis on September 29, 2008 at 1:55am — 2 Comments

Ohio Fallen Firefighter Memorial

One of my brothers in the fire service has been very instrumental in developing a memorial for fallen Ohio Firefighters. The Miami Valley Firefighters Memorial is based out of the Dayton, Ohio area. I have never had the priviledge of attending one of their services though it has been on my list for a few years now. I am very pleased to see they are making head way with their project though and I can't wait to see the memorial… Continue

Added by Jessie Miller on September 29, 2008 at 1:38am — 1 Comment

Need help filll this request!!!

Hey all,

We, I have sparked a movement, have a new request regarding Bayler Teal. Bayler is the young man in S. Carolina I emailed you about who is gravely ill with cancer. If you haven't signed his guestbook at CaringBridge I would encourage you to do so. We are now conducting a mission to send to Bayler t-shirts, hats, patches or whatever else you can come up with from your department. These things can be sent to his pastor, Rev. Riley, who is also one of us and reside right here… Continue

Added by Robert Nichols on September 28, 2008 at 11:09pm — No Comments

"Anyone" know of this law's or rule's?

Any one know of this rule or law - that say's "NO" light duty in the fire services?

On September 18 - 08 - at a sig. 13 - house fire - the engine over shot the water supply - so we has to drag the 5'

back like 2 blocks - we got the suppy hooked up - but walking back to the working fire - I couldent catch my breath - so went to the hospital - there ran tons of test and found noting - but my doctor put me on" light duty"

gave me a letter for the fire dept - "but" the caption and… Continue

Added by Eddie on September 28, 2008 at 4:14pm — 11 Comments


The house is quiet, except for the race starting on TV. I went out in the backyard for a few minutes to shoot my bow between showers. As I walk out the back door, 2 deer take off into the woods. I hope that's a good sign for later this season. I haven't shot at all this summer, I want to get sighted in properly before I hit the woods.

So the house is on the market, we've had 3 showings in the week that its been listed. If anyone is interested, the URL is… Continue

Added by TJC44 on September 28, 2008 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Terminology - The Language We Speak

Surprisingly enough, I'm sitting here at my computer wrangling over the definition of a "working fire" although after 28 years on the job, I know exactly what I mean when I say I have arrived and have a working fire, but putting it into words for our procedure manual doesn't seem to be going well.

This whole revelation occurs at the confluence of two events: 1) I'm working on our SOG manual's definitions section and 2) the other night I arrived on scene of a well-involved structure… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on September 28, 2008 at 1:00pm — 22 Comments

New cardiac study from the Internet

Sheryl Ubelacker, THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Toronto Star

There is a huge variation in survival rates among people who receive emergency treatment after suffering cardiac arrest - and the overall prognosis is poor at best, a study of 10 Canadian and U.S. cities and regions has found.

Researchers from the two countries found that overall, less than 8 per cent of people who were treated by paramedics or firefighters for cardiac arrests in the home or elsewhere outside… Continue

Added by Stephen Smith on September 28, 2008 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

Big truck little diveway

I wish people would realize before it's too late that our trucks are large... When they plant trees, park vehicles, or just generally only make enough room for their sub compact car to go up the drive they don't think about the day their house catches fire or they have a heart attack.. Then they complain about our response.. I don't know how many times I have had to drag hose, or a cot a quarter mile up the driveway to do my job.. I like to help people but they could give us a break and… Continue

Added by Bill Branham Sr on September 27, 2008 at 12:27pm — 8 Comments

my caringbridge page

I forgot That i had my own page on caring bridge. is the web address.I also went and signed on the bayle teal page.5 year old with cancer.

There is a post on the forums about a young man who is gravely ill with stage four cancer. I have never met the little guy, and probably never will, but I have left a message for him on his CaringBridge page. The pastor of his church is one of us, Rev. Riley here on the Nation. I think we should all jump… Continue

Added by Robert Nichols on September 26, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Exam correction

After Medics class today I found out there were a few mistakes on the exam. The mistakes were very helpful to my score as it increased it from an 83% to a 87%. The instructor had 2 questions that were keyed in wrong on the scantron and 2 questions that he felt we did not cover and thought it only fair not to count it against us.

Added by John on September 26, 2008 at 6:53pm — No Comments


to everyone who has invited me as a friend just wanted to let everyone know im not trying to ignore anyone if I haven't sent a message back yet just been very busy between FD/work/home remodel Im trying to get this all set up here and there when i've got a moment but anyone who likes feel free to invite me as a friend and I will get to you asap Take care all

Added by Jason Tucker on September 25, 2008 at 8:11pm — No Comments

funeral info for firefighter George J. Baranieck you will be misst by all

George J. Baraniecki, 64, of Terryville, husband of Frances (Orsini) Baraniecki died Sunday at the Bristol Hospital.

George was born April 8, 1944 in Chirnside, Scotland, son of the late Joseph A. & Emilia (Zielinski) Baraniecki. He immigrated to Canada and was raised in Weston, Ontario, Canada. He attended St. Michaels College in Toronto, and also Southern Connecticut State College where he received his B.S. in education, and received his Masters of Education degree from the… Continue

Added by Brad Duncan on September 25, 2008 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Exam 1 Results

The results for the first exam are in it took him awhile but was still pretty quick in my book to get them out. I ended the test with a big whopping "83" on the test. That made my day seeing that, our instructor said it was a great start for the intire clas as everyone did well.

Added by John on September 25, 2008 at 9:05am — 1 Comment

The Continuing Chronicles of the FNG(irl): The Mattydale Incident

I'm not the sort of person to take pleasure in other's misfortunes....unless it results in something funny.

I have a peculiar sense of the absurd......and a disconcerting habit of "hee-hawing" when something strikes me funny. Even when it's inappropriate....ESPECIALLY when it's inappropriate.

It's not my most attractive characteristic, but I'm an avid audience of the theatre of "D'oh".

Drill last night......this was the very first time EVER that I actually debated… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on September 25, 2008 at 1:06am — 18 Comments

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