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Does Social Media Belong in Today’s Fire Service?

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Today, almost everyone has a smart phone and endless opportunities to record life in real time, the good and the bad. Fire departments must now embrace the social media world in which we live. But what role does social media play in the fire service?…



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Added by Chief Miller on June 19, 2018 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

"You Don't Know What You Don't Know" = Part II

In Part II of our interview with retired Battalion Chief, John Cagno of the N. Providence RI Fire Department, we hear how the young, injured, "firefighter" Cagno, had to fight against the odds of getting his old job back.
While recovering from his severe injuries, he never took his eyes of the bullseye - coming back to the job he had idolized since he was a child. However, his wants…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 18, 2018 at 10:27am — No Comments

"You Don't Know What You Don't Know!?

Many of us are pretty damn excited when the dreams of little kids to be firefighters comes to fruition in our usually, young adult lives. We are usually in our late teens or early twenties. We may have had some experience by “buffing” until we were old enough to ride the apparatus. We’ve watched the…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 11, 2018 at 9:28am — No Comments

Enhance Your Muscle Mass With These Great Tips!

Muscle building is both an art and a science. You will work hard to sculpt your body into great shape, but must do so in a smart and sensible way. There are many things you should know about muscle building to make sure you are doing it correctly. The following article will give you plenty of ideas to develop a great muscle building routine.

It is important to eat foods and meals with carbohydrates after your workout and on your rest days.…

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Added by Cynthia Clare on June 8, 2018 at 12:22am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Firefighter Functional Fitness

(Photo Credits: @MTLfirehousefitness IG)

“Fitness is 90% mental, 10% execution. The body…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 1, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

SPECING A NEW PIECE OF APPARATUS

When you spec a new piece of apparatus you have to look at your first due area. The first due area consists of your primary response area. The main thing you have to look at is weather the residence sits back off of the road or if its close. In example my first due response area in Elizabeth Township we have bridges we cannot get across with an engine or another big piece of apparatus. In conjunction with places that you cannot reach with a big apparatus its is nice to have a light engine or…

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Added by Michael May on May 31, 2018 at 2:13am — No Comments

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

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