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Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last

Anyone that has ever broken bread together in the fire house knows that there are certain traditions that take place around this most sacred of times. These include things such as, the seat facing the TV is most likely the Lieutenant’s, or rookie has kitchen…always… even if they didn’t cook. But there is another tradition that should be taking place, leaders eat last.…

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Added by Michael DeStefano on September 10, 2019 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

It’s been many years since I blogged on this site. Feeling nostalgic on the anniversary of my daughter’s death, I went to Google to read her obit and stumbled upon my old blog and the posting I wrote when she died. I saw a post from a FFN supporter, Brian M., and it brought me back to the memories of support and guidance I have had within the FD and even through this blog. 

I’m two years from 60 so my work for the FD is now social media manager so to speak, and officers…

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Added by Denise Imperiale on September 1, 2019 at 7:33am — 1 Comment

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Dr. Richard Gasaway

Dr. Gasaway is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities on human error, situational awareness and high-risk decision making processes. His work has been chronicled in more than 450 books, book chapters, journals and website articles and he has delivered over 4,000 presentations to 62,000+ first responders,…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 23, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How do you define successful promotion, Topic 3

Often, a successful promotion is defined by scoring high on a test, doing well in an assessment center, or even simply getting the position.  However, the “work” does not stop the day we achieve the rank and a successful promotion is not solely…

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Added by Jeff Armstrong on July 15, 2019 at 8:56am — No Comments

How Do You Define Successful Promotion?

Often, a successful promotion is defined by scoring high on a test, doing well in an assessment center, or even merely getting the position.  However, the “work” does not stop the day we achieve the rank, and successful promotion is not solely defined by obtaining new collar brass. Successful promotion is also characterized by our ongoing efforts,…

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Added by Jeff Armstrong on June 8, 2019 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Captain Justin Schorr

“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”

– Richard Bach…

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Added by Christopher Baker on May 22, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with the Happy Medic

Tune in on Tuesday, May 21st at 4:30 PM PST / 7:30 PM EST for this episode of the Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Rescue Captain Justin Schorr, of the Happy Medic, as we discuss why it is…

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Added by Christopher Baker on May 19, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Luck, Love, and a little bit of hard work - Being New in the fire service.

I was approached recently by a new fire academy graduate on how to be young and successful in the fire service. This made me really take a step back and think. I closed my eyes and flashed back. There I was, 20 years old motivated and ready as I started my first day of the Academy at my dream department. We were all wearing suits and ties looking sharp for our first day, so new that we weren’t even issued uniforms. I remember that day vividly. 40 new faces inside the training tower…

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Added by Tyler Prater on March 24, 2019 at 2:14am — No Comments

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast Show Notes

 

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast Show Notes

 

Jacob McAfee, MS, CFO, CTO, MIFireE is the Fire Chief of the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on March 13, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FDIC 2019: Session: Firefighter Mentorship

FDIC 2019: Session: Firefighter Mentorship

 

Firefighter Mentorship: Designing, implementing, managing and sustaining an effective…

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Added by Christopher Baker on March 11, 2019 at 1:30am — No Comments

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast Job Search Resources

CalOpps

https://www.calopps.org/

 

Firefighter Candidate Testing Center…

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Added by Christopher Baker on March 9, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Effects of Inbred Training

The Effects of Inbred Training

 

            When we picture the word inbreeding we imagine movies such as, “Wrong Turn” with mutated and deformed humans that are cannibals. Thoughts of some mountain shack with a family that has never seen the outside world speaking in an unknown dialect that only they can understand. Inbreeding can lead to mental and physical mutations that limit a person’s ability to grow properly…

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Added by Michael DeStefano on February 28, 2019 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Networking for the Future Firefighter

Out there today there is triple the number of people who want the job than there are “on the job.” Over time many give up, they settle for a separate career, or they become consumed with resentment towards others who got the job. The Fire Service whether you volunteer, or career is the greatest job in the world, no matter if you either are paid or not it is a profession. That being said, there is a large population of citizens and volunteers out there who want this job. With the competition…

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Added by Dave McGlynn on February 13, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Episode 1988

“Success isn’t done by looking out the window, it is done by looking in the mirror.”

- Chief Dave…

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Added by Christopher Baker on February 13, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Future Department of Defense Firefighter

Protecting Those Who Defend America.” – Bill Killen, Director, Navy Fire & Emergency Services, 1985 - 2004…

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Added by Christopher Baker on December 19, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Episode 1952

Tune in for the next episode of The Future Firefighter, Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Christopher Connelly, Regional Fire Chief, Navy Region Southwest Fire & Emergency Services Federal Fire with co-host Deputy Chief Jacob McAfee as we discuss opportunities in the Federal Fire Service as a Department of…

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Added by Christopher Baker on December 17, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

“There is no award for doing your job” - public expectations of the modern fire service.

The top priority of most Fire Service Organizations is the satisfaction of the public and professional image. Let me ask you today,  how does one attain that? When the public calls for our assistance from the most minor medical call, to a residential lockout, to a fire in a building we are expected to operate in a efficient and professional manner.  The public expects us to run into that burning building, the public expects us to render aid to that person, they expect us to help them in any…

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Added by Tyler Prater on November 12, 2018 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Fire Chief Reggie Freeman

(Photo Credits: Patrick Raycraft, Hartford Courant).

Reggie Freeman, CFO, FIFireE…

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Added by Christopher Baker on October 20, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

National Fire Heritage Center

Chris Baker (left) with National Fire Heritage Center Founding President, Chief…

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Added by Christopher Baker on October 11, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What is your daily firehouse routine? Adding Stability to a job full of the unknown.

It is your first shift back from a nice relaxing family vacation. You come into the station relaxed and ready to get back to your crew and the job you love.  You notify the firefighter you are relieving of your arrival and go to your locker and grab your equipment. You walk over to the engine as your assignment for the day is the Lead Off Nozzleman.

What is your first step? 

For myself, I start at the off going crew member. I ask about the prior shifts, what tools were used,…

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Added by Tyler Prater on September 27, 2018 at 2:10pm — No Comments

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