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This Day of All Days

     Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S. In my family and our community, it was always a special day. The last day of school before Memorial Day was made very poignant, even for those of is in elementary school. We learned a little about World War II and about the soldiers who fought there...and those who died there. There would be a patriotic play that we'd put on and often, a speaker would come to our assembly. Each student went home that day with a small…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 28, 2018 at 12:20pm — No Comments

10 Steps to Creating a Culture of Firefighter Fitness-for-Duty in Your Station or Department

While some firefighters take fitness-for-duty seriously, they often run into the "hard wall" of those who either don't think it's necessary of afraid of punitive actions if the do participate.



Well-known fire officers and fitness "gurus," Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss return to "5-Alarm Task Force" with a concise summary of their successful class taught at this year's FDIC 2018: "10 Steps to Cultivate a Culture of Firefighter Fitness in Your Department." This podcast only runs about…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 28, 2018 at 11:32am — No Comments

New Podcast - "The Shift Commander: Before, During & After the Fire"

    While shiny new pumpers, ladders and rescues grab most of the headlines, the Shift Commander's Buggy, looks almost like another SUV. However, the person driving this vehicle has paid his/her "dues" and has been promoted to the position of Shift Commander.

    This interview with Deputy Chief (ret) Kevin Burns of the City of Framingham MA, is special to me, because I grew up in Framingham. And it was my exposure to the wonderful firefighters in my community as a child that planted…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 24, 2018 at 7:37am — No Comments

New Podcast - "The Shift Commander: Before, During & After the Fire"

    While shiny new pumpers, ladders and rescues grab most of the headlines, the Shift Commander's Buggy, looks almost like another SUV. However, the person driving this vehicle has paid his/her "dues" and has been promoted to the position of Shift Commander.

    This interview with Deputy Chief (ret) Kevin Burns of the City of Framingham MA, is special to me, because I grew up in Framingham. And it was my exposure to the wonderful firefighters in my community as a child that planted…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 24, 2018 at 7:35am — No Comments

Learn About the IAFC - SHS Section and What They Do For Us!

5/17/2018

Join me as I welcome an excellent friend and supporter of "5-Alarm Task Force," Executive Asst. Chief Todd LeDuc of the Broward County Sheriff's Office - Fire/Rescue Division, joins us to explain the work of this important group of the IAFC and his recent trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain for a first-ever SHS conference there! The acronym SHS stands for "Safety, Health and Survival," all issues that are playing a…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 17, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

YOU CAN HELP US CHOOSE THE NEW LOGO FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE!"

The creative team at our host, Podomatic, offered to help create a new logo for "5-Alarm Task Force." That was the good news!

However, they did such a great job that we're having a difficult time choosing the one we like best. So, we decided to let …

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 14, 2018 at 7:42am — No Comments

Here's What's Coming Up on "5-Alarm Task Force!"

We have a great round of guests who will join me on "5-Alarm Task Force" over the next couple of weeks.
1. Aaron Zamzow of "Fire-Rescue-Fitness." Aaron announces the winners of his annual "Get Fit" contest and explains what his programs are all about.
2. Chief James Tornabene joins me to discuss, The Assessment Center" a…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 11, 2018 at 10:35am — No Comments

Halligan Modifications: Gapping the Fork

One of the simplest and most advantageous modifications to a Halligan Bar is to GAP the forks. 

Gapping the fork of the halligan makes a conventional forcible entry tool into a THRU-THE-LOCK tool.  …

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Added by John Hayowyk Jr. on May 3, 2018 at 10:39pm — No Comments

"I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends"

With thanks to the Beatles (OK, Ringo) and the late, great Joe Cocker, that song has moved "mountains" when some couldn't even move "mole hills!" And that title rings true for many, if not most of us.  Of course, it also depends on our ability to discern those who are true friends from those people who are more acquaintances than friends. Often times though, that is difficult to do and it's not unusual for us not to want to make that distinction.

   We wanted to…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 25, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments

"The Times They Are A Changin'"

We have the great Bob Dylan to thank for those words. Funny how just six words can convey such a strong meaning across so many aspects of life. And for first responders in general and firefighters in particular, times are changing for us at a very rapid pace.

   Even if you've only been on the job for, let's say, five years, you'd got to admit that a great deal about the fire service has changed since 2013! For example, we've seen a great evolution of one of our…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 25, 2018 at 11:55am — No Comments

The Physiological & Mental Stressors of Fighting Fire

We now know, with certainty, that fire is not necessarily our worst enemy on the fireground. Its by-products are! Whether you’re a career, volunteer or paid-on-call firefighter, means that you can no longer approach what you do as a casual job or hobby.

In this, our 51st episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” Chief Anthony Correia joins us to discuss the specific physiological and mental stressors of fighting fire. His explanation begins with your visceral and mental response to…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 23, 2018 at 8:15am — No Comments

From Chief Johnnie Coonrod

 

Added by Doris Van Horn on April 17, 2018 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Personal Duty Standards

Being former military I have a deeply ingrained sense of duty and commitment so I hope this doesn't drive people away, I have seen discord in different departments and jobs caused by drama llamas and the Im special attitudes! (and if anything sours my temper it's that type of Bull crap)

As far as being in a fire department you take an oath to serve and protect your department and its members, and contention in the ranks has no place there

we are better than that

For me…

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Added by Ted Mead on April 17, 2018 at 10:55am — No Comments

Our 50th Episode of "5-Alarm Task Force" and It's for YOU!

If I asked you what is the most important character trait for a firefighter, what would be your answer? Bravery? Strength? Stamina? They all sound imperative, right? Perhaps, but there is more to it than those. What could outrank those three aspects?
Our guest on this, our 50th episode, is Captain/Instructor Chris Baker. In this podcast, Chris explains that it is your desire, no,…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 12, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments

THE HIPSTER SOLUTION

NEW Fire Rescue Magazine illustration: The Hipster Solution.
 
Having some fun with another Off Duty Rule cartoon at the expense of our…
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Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on April 10, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Finding a New Fire Chief - Do We Look Within or From Outside?

The Chief of Department - a position that many firefighters aspire to and others...well, let's just say they don't aspire to. Yet, when there's a vacancy at the top, someone must be brought onboard to "steer the ship!"
Just like in other businesses, those directed to find a new chief have two ways to choose from:
1. Hire…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 9, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Learn More About One of the Fire Service's Best Protectors & Protector

Our latest episode of "5-Alarm Task Force," is now available, featuring Mr. Steve Austin of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. We focus on "struck-bys," those incidents when first responders have been hit and injured or killed while working a busy highway or roadway call.
Find our podcast on our website,…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 3, 2018 at 6:16pm — No Comments

March 2018, Remember Them!

 This month of March 2018 has been a very hard month for us in the fire service. We have lost several of our brothers and sister through out the country. We pause to remember them, FL Hollywood FD FF Daryel Richards, GA Cobb County FD FF Stacey L. Boulware,…

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Added by Alvin Gonzalez on April 1, 2018 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Smoke - What's In It?

OK, so you're a firefighter. You've seen smoke, you've smelled smoke and you may have swallowed a "snoot-full." How was that for you? Yet how much do you know about it? No, not it's behavior, but what's in it! Chief Robert Fling returns to underscore his first visit, "FACEPIECE ON!" And if you're still one of those cowboys who think a firefighter isn't a "real" firefighter until he/she gets their "snoot-full," you're wrong and maybe DEAD wrong.…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on March 27, 2018 at 7:41pm — 2 Comments

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