December 2010 Blog Posts (60)

Best way to approach a brother FF (also a friend ) about pulling their weight...

This person is good guy, with respected family in the Department. I think this causes him to have a sense of entitlement, and he honestly doesn't contribute much around the station.

Added by marc arnaud on December 31, 2010 at 8:40pm — 11 Comments

THE 2011 FIREFIGHTER on Backstep Firefighter.


Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 30, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Thirty (30) Gary, IN Firefighters To Be Cut Friday- December 31, 2010‏

"With the four (4) that were laid off Dec. 18, 2010 union official says that's about 20% of city's firefighting staff"


My Brothers and Sisters Under The Maltese…


Added by Michael J. Gregory on December 29, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

A December to Forget?

I've written about the event but I'm ashamed to say that I've never visited the memorial site before last night. Nonetheless, I'm glad I attended the brief, quiet remembrance for the five Buffalo firefighters who were killed in the line of duty on December 27, 1983.


Here's a story of my experience at the corner of Grosvenor and North Division Streets and what happened there almost 30 years ago.



Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on December 29, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

You CAN Fight the Same Fire Over Again

By Kriss Garcia

Today’s structure fires are becoming more infrequent yet more aggressive all the time. This, along with the fact that we’re in a construction era where building materials are becoming less resistant to the damage fire can cause, makes it imperative that we get the most experience and education possible out of the fires we do have. How do we accomplish this in a manner that translates to real learning, where we can make decisions based on real-life…


Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on December 29, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Thomasville Rescue Squad Places a Call for Help

Thomasville Rescue Squad is a 501c3 volunteer organization, specializing in 10 different types of Rescue, and has been serving the community for 40 years. Thomasville Rescue Squad is completely a volunteer organization, staffed with over 40 men and women who give their time to serve the citizens of this community. With the alleged financial infidelity of a former member and the current economic times, Thomasville Rescue has found itself in a position where it can no longer meet… Continue

Added by Brandon Warr on December 28, 2010 at 9:39pm — No Comments

New photos in my profile

I added a couple photos of my Brother during happy times because just pictures of the blast and memorials is too depressing.  I wanted everybody to know Mike was a well rounded person who loved every minute of his 39 years here and according to my dad planned on being a firefighter from the time he could speak.

Added by Timothy AUSTIN on December 28, 2010 at 11:31am — No Comments

2011 World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) NYC Team USA uniforms?

Has anyone heard if there is a Team USA uniform for the NYC 2011 WPFG?  If so, how do I order it?

Added by DFD4LYF on December 27, 2010 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Chicago: Anatomy of a Building and it’s Collapse

Chicago: Anatomy of a Building and it’s Collapse

By Christopher J. Naum, SFPE


The tragic events in the City of Chicago on Wednesday December 22, 2010, when Chicago Firefighter Edward…


Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on December 27, 2010 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Remembering 5 Buffalo Firefighters Killed 27 Years Ago Today

The explosion injured approximately 60 other people, damaged a dozen city blocks and caused millions of dollars of damage in fire equipment.

A memorial to the five members of Buffalo Fire…

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on December 27, 2010 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

3-3-5 Funeral arrangments for FF Edward Stringer

Monday, December 27, 2010 (3A) (EMS 2) (Gold)
Blake Lamb Funeral Home
4727 W. 103rd St.
...Oak Lawn, IL

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 (1A)(EMS 2) (Black)
10:00 a.m. (Tentative)
St. Rita of Cascia Chapel
7740 S. Western
Chicago, IL

Cemetery: Pending

Arrangements for FF/EMT Corey D. Ankum -PENDING.

Added by paul on December 24, 2010 at 1:51pm — 2 Comments

Christmas Cheer

If you see a fat man who's jolly and cute,
 wearing a beard and a red velvet suit,
 if he is chuckling and laughing away,

while flying around in a miniature sleigh,
 with 9…

Added by Trainer on December 24, 2010 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Tales from a tailboard fireman: death on the job.

Once again the tragic news of firefighters killed. Two more deaths in Chicago, the city where I grew up. The firehouse where I got my firemanship merit badge in 1957 is still in use today. It was old then, a horse barn converted to house gas rigs years before that. I left Chicago years ago, but I still feel an attachment and a great sadness for the loss. I remember the firemen sitting on chairs on both sides of the apparatus door and peeking a look inside when I walked by. Those guys responded… Continue

Added by mike simms on December 23, 2010 at 9:59pm — No Comments

"Broken Rules" on Backstep Firefighter


Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 23, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chicago Firefighters

My prayers and condolences go out to the families of the Chicago Firefighters that died and the other firefighters that were injured.

May my brothers be forever remembered.:(

I salute to them.

Added by Jonny Gordon on December 23, 2010 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas Everyone

I have not been around for most of this year so haven't been very active on here. Last year my Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I got to fly down in October and spend a couple of weeks with my Mom and Dad, and with my brother and 2 of my sisters that also flew in to spend some time with our parents. I had just broke my ankle the week before I flew down so was on crutches and couldn't put any weight on my leg. So, I told my Mom I would come back to help when I got the cast… Continue

Added by Pam on December 23, 2010 at 1:58am — No Comments

"December: The Killing Month"

by Lou Angeli


December 22, 2010 -- Today firefighters and emergency personnel worldwide mourn the loss of 2 brave Chicago firefighters who perished during a building collapse in south city. It came on the 100th anniversary of the Union Stock Yards fire, which killed 21 Chicago firefighters.

Sadly though, 11 years ago this month a similar fire claimed the lives of 6 Worcester Mass Firefighters who were lost as they searched for 2…


Added by Lou Angeli on December 22, 2010 at 8:54pm — No Comments


To the Fire Fighter Nation,

I would like to thank all the people that have sent there prayers, and kind words to me for our brave Brothers that answered the final bell this morning 335. Please keep all of the deceased and injured in your thoughts and prayers. THANK YOU!!

P basic

Added by paul on December 22, 2010 at 5:10pm — 1 Comment

Nothing Ordinary About It: 11 years ago, 3 firefighters perished in a seemingly routine residential structure fire

Nothing Ordinary About It

11 years ago, 3 firefighters perished in a seemingly routine residential structure fire

On Dec. 22, 1999, Dave McNally, Nathan Tuck and Jason Bitting died fighting a residential structure fire in Keokuk, Iowa. Although on the surface there was nothing special about the fire—no unusual fuel load, no explosions, it wasn’t a particularly large structure—this incident demonstrates… Continue

Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on December 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Firefighter 1 certification

Hey Guys,

 I have long debated whether I should pursue my FF 1 certification too. Eventually I would love to work as a Flight medic or a FF/Medic but I haven't totally decided yet. Until the next medic class cycle starts in Jan 2013, I have some time to to get pre-reqs and a FF1 completed. My biggest obtacle is finding the time to complete a FF1 Academy without quitting my current (non Fire/EMS) job. I've done some research on different FF1 programs and keep coming across this…


Added by Kate on December 21, 2010 at 4:32pm — 4 Comments

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