September 2012 Blog Posts (11)

More Quick Sh!t & Fire Behavior Prop

We are building a library of Quick Sh!t sheets.  Also in this post is a video on an innovative way to teach fire behavior to new recruits.  Read on.

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on September 29, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood

Hello Fellow Members, 
I'm pleased to share with you the news of a recently released book Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood about my father's journey as a Christian firefighter and paramedic, which is being praised by international emergency rescue workers and authors including Dennis Smith and Dr. William Griggs. Ghetto Medic,…

Added by Rachel Hennick on September 29, 2012 at 4:05am — No Comments

New book about a fire service career.

McFarland Publishing has just published, Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter. Information about the author and the book can be found at

Added by Kit Howes on September 28, 2012 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Firefighting, EMS, The Web and Social Media

by: Lou Angeli

Veteran responders: Remember back in the day -- before the internet -- when contact with one another was through print magazines or via "pen pals?" Back then we learned of LODDs, huge incidents, apparatus deliveries and job notifications through magazines like Firehouse, Fire Engineering, Fire Chief, JEMS and monthly…


Added by Lou Angeli on September 27, 2012 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Personal Situational Awareness – “The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee”

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to chat with a nationally-known fire service legend.  How fortunate for me to be one of the two guys with over seventy combined years in the fire service– just shooting the shit. 

Eventually, the talk turned from how much our management of the emergency scene has changed over the decades our scene management has come over the years- to the importance of situational awareness in general.

Then he reminded me of a well-known story about…


Added by on September 27, 2012 at 11:13am — No Comments

"Good Job" on Backstep Firefighter

Getting good at getting by can get you killed

The rookie sits in the jumpseat straightening out his SCBA straps, lost in thought. He thinks to himself, that the fire was nothing like what they taught at academy. He wonders if they are all like this. Nothing seemed to happen the way it was supposed to. He forgot to put on his hood, the Lieutenant…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on September 22, 2012 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Cardio Interval Workout for the Firehouse (#2)

A couple weeks ago I posted a cardio interval workoutthat can be performed at the firehouse with in about 15 to 25 minutes with minimal equipment.  Do to the great response (please keep the comments and emails coming) I put together another workout.   Once again this is an option for a firefighter/medic that has minimal equipment and time yet still…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 22, 2012 at 1:19am — No Comments

Pirate Tales

On behalf of International Speak Like A Pirate Day, an account of the the Jolly Rogers of Rogers Avenue. Consider the items in bold; how do they measure up against your officer and company?

The members of Engine 255 were in the kitchen of their Flatbush firehouse participating in a late-evening drill conducted by “Captain Jack” Pritchard.…


Added by Bill Carey on September 19, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Putting Technology In A Dummy

We took a tour of the Humanetics Innovative Solutions factory, which is the only company worldwide making crash test dummies for the auto industry.  These dummies contain an unbelievable amount of technology that provides data about how passengers are affected in various collisions.   This technology really helps explain how…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on September 16, 2012 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Are We Training Enough on Command and Control?

From my blog at FireGroundWorks.

In a National Fire Academy Alumni blog, John Bierling asks, “Is command failure an acceptable incident outcome?” He continues with this:

Nearly every NIOSH Firefighter LOOD…


Added by Billy Schmidt on September 15, 2012 at 7:05am — No Comments

Swap a Shirt

Hello to all
I would even have a question
someone had interest swap because a T shirt?
preferably I'd like one from FDNY or Boston with Irish designs, since I am of Irish origin.
would love it if someone would sign up and want to have a shirt from Moerlenbach Fire Department

Added by Jan Fuchs on September 12, 2012 at 7:38pm — No Comments

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