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The Power of The Word - WHY

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“The best tool for fire attack is your brain. The only limits to maximizing its effectiveness are the barriers you put in place. Be as aggressive in obtaining knowledge as you are in advancing…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FIREFIGHTER CANCER - AN AWAKENING!

I was like many of you. I had heard on the news or had read in one of the trade journals, that firefighters had been diagnosed with cancer. It often pointed to FDNY and these were firefighters who had worked, so determinedly, on the Pile left after the collapse of the WTC on 9|11. However, as I was about to learn, this was just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.

 

This “Out-of-the-Vault” episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” takes us back to March 2017. My guest was Bill Banks, a…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 16, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

Physical Fitness Standards To Save Lives: Ours And Theirs

 

            Cardiac events are a leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters. The NFPA reports that in 2016 the leading cause of fire scene deaths for firefighters was sudden cardiac arrest at 38% of the total of firefighter fatalities (Firefighter Deaths, n.d.). While the cardiac impact that firefighting has on the heart does include aspects that we cannot…

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Added by Michael DeStefano on July 14, 2018 at 9:47pm — 6 Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Assistant Chief Juratovac

“All that I am I owe, I live eternally in the red.” – Dr. Carl Holmes

THE FUTURE FEMALE…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 1, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Episode 62 - LEADERSHIP: An Introspective Analysis

The word, “leadership,” especially in the ranks of first responders, is bandied about by many. And for all those that participate in this conversation, there are probably at least, twice or three times the number of definitions of what leadership is in emergency services. In this podcast, our guest, Asst. Chief John Luca of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue Services, provides us with a new and deeper definition of the term and strongly encourages us to look inward first, before we even think of leading…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 2, 2018 at 8:45am — No Comments

The Attributes of Leading

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I recently attended a train-the-trainer class for a new…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 30, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

"The TIC: Friend, Foe or In Between?"

One of the most important tools that the modern fire service is the T.I.C. or thermal imaging camera. While it’s first use that resulted in the saving of a human life is traced back to 1985 in London, due to cost and development factors, it is believe that the first U.S. fire department to purchase one for regular use was Seattle in 1997. Just over 20 years later, the tool is ubiquitous in the fire service, with most, but the smallest, having at…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 22, 2018 at 8:25am — No Comments

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 experienced members do so many tactics, that we feel we’ll know exactly what…

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

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

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“Fitness is 90% mental, 10% execution. The body cannot go where the mind does not believe.” …

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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

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

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.  



Thru-the-Knob Technique:



This technique…

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

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Dr. Harry R. Carter



Live from FDIC 2018: Day Five…

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Added by Christopher Baker on May 1, 2018 at 10:30pm — 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

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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