October 2012 Blog Posts (9)

Good Firefighter Stories!

Hello everyone:

This is Jonathan, I’m a Firefighter Medic in Southern California, and like all of you, love being a Firefighter, serving others, alongside the finest men and women I know!

I just wanted to take a moment and invite you to be a part of an incredible book that is all about Firefighters and the joys and hardships of our job! We are currently compling, editing, and carefully selecting the best stories to be featured in our book! These are the stories of men and women –…


Added by Jonathan Hearn on October 27, 2012 at 2:51am — No Comments

Command and Size Up Reminders

Here is a great "memory jogger" for Command Functions and Size Up from one of our instructors, Scott Hulsey.  I know it's short, but these little cheat sheets can be used during training evolutions or at the kitchen table to stay sharp as an incident commander.

Size-up Matrix…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 24, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Seems like forever, doesn't it?


I am ALIVE and well!!! I hope you are all well to!


Love your friend, Denise

Added by Denise Imperiale on October 22, 2012 at 7:47pm — 2 Comments

The Best Fire Rescue Workout Program-- The Great Debate

I figured with the presidential elections and debates going on I thought it was a good time to debate about something worthwhile (not that the election/ debate is not but after a while they all sound like "blah, blah, blah.") This topic is one near and dear to your heart and career--Workouts for Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I've been writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world. You can read about them …

Added by Aaron Zamzow on October 18, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Chicago flame

Excerpt of Chicago Fire review reprinted with permission of pipenozzle.com: 

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “Chicago Fire” executive producer, Dick Wolf, said the new “Chicago Fire” television series would be character driven. In other words, another hose opera because the special effects would cost too much, not to mention the equipment…


Added by Barry Greer on October 16, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Work schedule change

work schedule change

Has any paid fire dept have a work shift of four 10 hr days then four days off then four 14 hour nights on duty then four nights off then back to four 10 hour days, then switch to 24 hr on and either 48hrs off or 72 hrs off schedule? Did this safe the department money? Was there an increase in…

Added by LT. David B on October 16, 2012 at 2:21pm — No Comments


It is imperative that you bring your mind to the fight.

For those that follow this blog and Backstep Firefighter, you are aware of our catch phrase. “Expect Fire”. This phrase, inspired by the words of Andy Fredericks, was developed by…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 12, 2012 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Five People Killed in Baltimore Inferno

Hello, my father Bill Hennick wanted me to share this note with you on Baltimore's recent tragedy. 

Brothers & Sisters,

This morning, October 11, 2012 at 2:00, Northeast Baltimore experienced a horrific dwelling fire in which 4 children, ages one, two, four and seven, were killed along with their grandmother.  Another male adult resident jumped out the window…

Added by Rachel Hennick on October 11, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

New Interview on Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood

Hello Friends and Fellow Members, 

I'm pleased to share the news that EMS World recently posted an interview on their website about my new book Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood.  Ghetto Medic, is a true story chronicling my father's career as a firefighter and paramedic in the 1960s and 1970s, when the field of emergency medical care was at the dawn of a new era.  I spent nearly a decade collaborating on the project with my dad, Bill Hennick.  I'm…


Added by Rachel Hennick on October 11, 2012 at 12:32am — No Comments

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