November 2008 Blog Posts (171)


happy thanksgiving to all my brothers and sisters out there in my extended family


Added by charles howe on November 26, 2008 at 8:04pm — 1 Comment

Firehouse Zen

Note: For some reason, I posted this a few minutes ago and the post disappeared into the blogosphere. If for some reason it pops up in duplicate, someone please point it out (if I haven't seen it) and I'll delete it. Nothing like identical blog entries to ruin your credibility. That should be a warning to some of you out there.

Inspired by the personal blogs of some of you (and seeing that even Webchief has his own personal blog), I have created my own blog,… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on November 26, 2008 at 11:36am — 8 Comments

I won't be here for awhile!

I won't be here for awhile i am having surgery after xmas and hopefully everything goes well i will be back on in a few months...............everyone enjoy ur holidays and be safe out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!bye

Added by Melanie Bragdon on November 26, 2008 at 8:19am — 6 Comments

New vest rule

I have to say its funny that the day before the new rule is to take effect my state's fire marshall starts saying that our bunker gear is all we need. This after everyone has ran all over trying to get their hands on the new vests. I was always told that the state could not over ride a rule that NFPA has set. So what is right? We already have the vest and will use them so that we are all a little safer. But when it comes down to it when you have rubber neckers no one is ever safe, watch your… Continue

Added by Dan on November 25, 2008 at 10:10pm — 5 Comments

Walk Now For Lupus Dallas

Walk for Lupus

April 25, 2009

Historical Park

Farmers Branch, Texas

9:00 am

I have been diagnosed with this disease and will be walking to raise awareness and funds for research. I have started a walk Team, Butterfly Battalion.

If you would like to join my team either for moral support, financial support or to come walk with us please go to http://walkforlupusnowdallas. kintera. org/faf/r.… Continue

Added by Debi on November 25, 2008 at 4:10pm — No Comments



Added by Beverly Gonzalez on November 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

Last night was our last class on the topic of Hazmat confinement and containment. We had a top expert in Essex County as our speaker. The instructor had so many interesting stories about situations, especially involving children and schools, that I was thinking if there was a way he could speak in front of parents that would be awesome. As a parent, I find it frightening that kids can pick up information about explosives through the internet.

We're off from the Academy for a few… Continue

Added by Denise Imperiale on November 25, 2008 at 9:59am — 1 Comment

Don't Sue McDonalds because YOU left naked photos lying around!

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If you don’t want anyone to see nude photos of your wife, then don’t leave your phone at a restaurant. Lesson learned by Phillip Sherman of Arkansas….he left his phone at a McDonald’s and the next thing he knew photos of his naked wife that were stored on the phone appeared online. Now Phillip and his wife are suing McDonald’s for $3 million in damages for suffering, embarrassment and having to move to a new home. I understand the embarrassment part, but don’t… Continue

Added by Bruce C Ziebarth on November 25, 2008 at 8:50am — 5 Comments

Grant 2008!!

Thank God after 3 years of "dear johns" and "sorry about your lucks" we received a much needed grant from the Feds. We received approx 86,000 dollars for Operations and Firefighter Safety for new SCBA. Ours where in dire need of replacement. This is a great addition to our personal protection. We received a grant in 2005 for 25 new sets of turnouts, helmets, boots and hoods. I am extremely pleased that we as a department can finally provide a proper, safe full PPE ensemble for our firefighters.… Continue

Added by Mark Ferris on November 24, 2008 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

Daily Dumbass November 24, 2008

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A woman is divorcing her husband after finding a photo of him doing a lewd sexual act in his iPhone’s sent e-mail folder. The man admitted to her that he took the photo, but claims he never e-mailed it to anyone and blamed it all on a ‘misunderstanding’ caused by a ‘glitch’ in the phone’s software. In other words, “It’s not me, honey, it’s the iPhone’s fault.” The woman called tech support, who told her there was no technological glitch, but that she might be… Continue

Added by Bruce C Ziebarth on November 24, 2008 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

I Passed the Finals test

I have passed my finals test in medics class now all I need to do is make up a Lab Exam today, and try to get my last 7 patient assessments by Dec 8th. Definitely not sweating those items. I ended up with a score of an 82 on the exam and depnding on my lab exam today my final class score could be anywhere from 84 to 86.

Added by John on November 24, 2008 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

I remember when

Riding tailboard on a nice summer evening.
Counting down the minutes until Emergency was on again.(first run, not repeats)
Before cabs were completely enclosed, standing up and looking over the roof.
Leaving the 'barn doors' open on responses.

Added by Jay Nicholson on November 24, 2008 at 12:38am — 8 Comments

is an 8 year old to young to learn healthcare provider CPR?

my son is very smart for his age, and i think he is plenty strong enough. he hits the gym with me and is an impressive 102lbs. at 6 years old we let him take the yearly dept. refresher on fire ext. and he put out a class b burn with a 5lb ext. so do you think he is to young? i gave him the option to take the full class, and he wants to, only thing i'll have to have someone do for him is read the test and key. is it a bad idea, or should i let him at it?

Added by Rob on November 23, 2008 at 8:50pm — 13 Comments

Free eCalendar and Planner

If you're techi like me and would like a free eCalendar and Planner, then click this link:

Scroll down to Click Here, then Open, then follow the simple instructions. The calendar automatically updates each year. There are pics from Cranford, Westfield and Morristown NJ.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Added by Denise Imperiale on November 23, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Ark. Firefighter Injured in Marked Tree Blaze

Marked Tree - A Northeast Arkansas firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting a blaze in Marked Tree that spread to three buildings.

An official says the 32-year-old Tyronza firefighter had "severe pain in his right heel" after he lost his balance on a nearby roof and fell 16 feet.

Firefighters say the blaze started Saturday afternoon at the Healing Worship Center. Investigators say the fire likely was caused by a flammable oil-based paint used on the… Continue

Added by Justin Buck on November 23, 2008 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Top Story on Dramatic Photo Shows Fla. Firefighter at Haiti School Collapse

Top Story

Off-duty Firefighter Nathaniel Lasseur, a lieutenant from West Palm Beach Fire Dept. in Florida, carries a child who was rescued from under the rubble of a school that collapsed in Petionville, Haiti, Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. The 'La Promesse' school, where roughly 500 students crowded into several floors, collapsed during classes killing at least 80 people and injuring many more. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Read Story on… Continue

Added by Nate Lasseur on November 23, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

New Female Members...

It seems lately i have seen a lot of females signing up for FFN that have no direct relationship to firefighting. does make me wonder why are they here? looking for a husband or reallly interested in firefighting, ems or police work?
Anyone else get this same feeling?

Added by Will2745 on November 23, 2008 at 3:26pm — 28 Comments


FDNY Lt. Robert J. Ryan, 46, died after substaining injuries form a ceiling collapse while he was working in the attic of a two story dwelling on Van Buren st. in Staten Island. Lt. Ryan was a 17 year veteran of FDNY and currently assigned as the Lt. for engine 155. Lt Ryan is survived by his wife Kathleen, and his four children.

Added by Patrick Mullen on November 23, 2008 at 11:24am — No Comments

Feeling Depressed? If so, listen to this: 020304 Incident - Live Audio Coverage of MVA Involving Elderly Women <<< WARNING: REALLY FUNNY >>>


I'm still not sure how to load a sound file onto this but Billy did and his post is provided below that has a direct link. I tried to click on the add a photo or video icon but it didn't work. I'm usually pretty good at this stuff but this one has me stumped... Regardless, this is probably the funniest thing I have heard in a long time. With all the nonsense and trauma we have to endure in our careers and lives,… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on November 22, 2008 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

Firefighters Excluded from New High-Visibility Vest Law (If they're involved in firefighting, Hazmat)

Realizing that they would be putting firefighters in jeopardy by requiring them to wear a vest that doesn't meet NFPA standards, federal officials have modified a new law.

Firefighters working along highways will be exempt from wearing high-visibility vests while they are actively engaged in or in close proximity to flame, high heat, flames or hazardous materials.

Federal Highway Administration officials announced the modifications Friday based on concerns posed by fire… Continue

Added by Justin Buck on November 22, 2008 at 7:56pm — 3 Comments

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