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TNT: The Accidental Runner: Courage in the Face of the Unimaginable

We had our group run yesterday (Saturday)10 miles, which is the second to longest run in the prep for the half marathon. After next weekend (which I have to run by myself again because I have to work yet another Saturday for FASNY) we start the "taper" process; meaning that we start scaling back the mileage so that everyone is rested, uninjured (with me? You never know....four years ago I almost knocked myself out of my first half-marathon after I fell down a flight of stairs at work. I know… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on May 4, 2008 at 12:31pm — 8 Comments

The Continuing Chronicles of the FNG(irl): Lather, Rinse, Repeat

We had drill this week that I knew was coming down the pike from our disgruntled Chief (if someone's disgruntled, then why isn't "gruntled" a word too?) . We had a drill two weeks ago with an outdoor live burn that didn't go as hoped. The hydrant tapping process was, for lack of a better word, complete and utter chaos. As our chief stated at the end of the training drill..."If this had been an actual fire, we'd be doing nothing but raking up ashes, and I'd be turning in my white helmet out of… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on May 4, 2008 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

Please pray for Bonnie

Emt Bonnie Ames from florida NY was involved in a serious MVA in her ambulance in Rockland County NY blood donations can be made at the Florida Fire House 19 South main st Florida ny 10921 on Friday April 18 Please help out if you can Bonnie is a great person always help anyone she could please keep Bonnie in your prayer she has a long recovery ahead of her. Donations to bonnie can be made @ rps10-13.com bonnie is a sister emt her, mother Liz has been an emt for many years and also an ems… Continue

Added by johnny on May 4, 2008 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

Lng time, no Blog!

OK, OK - I know - it has been a while since my last posting. There has been a lot going on, so here is a touch of the latest...



My son David, who is now driving, has been promoted to Lieutenant in his JROTC at Interlachen High School. He, like me, appreciates how much more enjoyable it was before vecoming an Officer, but he is excited about what lies ahead. Coming up this week he will be inducted into the National Honor Society. Rock on, Dude.



Meanwhile, Bear continues to… Continue

Added by Pyromedic on May 3, 2008 at 8:07am — No Comments

Three Montgomery County, MD Firefighters in Close Call Collapse

Source: Scene Reports & MCFRS Press Report



Three Montgomery County, Maryland firefighters were injured when a catastrophic floor collapse occurred while fighting an apartment fire that also claimed the life of a civilian.



Firefighters from Rockville and the surrounding area were dispatched to the 12800 block of Twinbrook Parkway shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday and arrived with heavy fire showing from the second and third floors of the building,… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on May 3, 2008 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

Continued Success takes dedication.

Hey folks. I posted this to the Seat belt pledge I started, and since there will be more folks signing the pledge soon(hopefully) I assume it will become buried before some folks can read the letter. The last 2 letters I sent to Senator Kerry and Senator Brown I did so without thinking of adding them here to my blog or to the forum. I sent a letter to Senator Byrd today. (West Virginia)

The reason for me adding it to my blog is that I am looking for constructive criticism to ensure my… Continue

Added by Engineco913 on May 3, 2008 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Just trying to make sense out of it.

I have been an active member in our department for 17 years now, and I have already seen more things that I keep trying to make sense out of and just can’t.



About 3 months after finishing Essentials we were dispatched for an auto accident with entrapment and a vehicle fire. On arrival we had one victim out and the EMS crew was working on him across the road away from the vehicle. The second victim was still in the vehicle and you could hear him screaming in the car as the fire was… Continue

Added by Kimberly A Bownas on May 2, 2008 at 1:38pm — 16 Comments

The Road to Satisfaction

Well, summer is rapidly approaching and since I've decided not to take on a summer school session I decided to get a job with an EMS system. I have done interviews and tests for a couple and I've been told that I have one particular position but I won't post until I have the letter in my hand. I've been working on finishing up my Rescue Tech and Firefighter I and II. Still have a couple of classes left for FF but I did finish my Rescue Tech a couple of weeks ago. I should be entering a night… Continue

Added by Julius on April 28, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Search and Rescue Dog Training

As many of you already know, I love dogs, I have 5 of my own. I have decided to combine my 2 passions, my mastiffs and helping people. I am trying to find a trainer, preferably in Tx., to train us in search and rescue. If anyone knows of anyone or has any information please feel free to let me know. Thanks to all,… Continue

Added by Lori Wagner on April 28, 2008 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments

Training. You can't make everyone happy!

At the end of last year I had sevral firefighters on my combo dept ready to quit because we never did any training. The dept was a good ol' boy dept and I desided to make a change. At the end of last year I put my name in for the training officers spot. I got it! Now I'm a Lt. and T.O. I have spent nights on end to setup the training and cover everything from the basics to RIT training. Lastnight we did a a drill on pumping water from 1 engine to another engine in a 2 engine responce sernario.… Continue

Added by Matthew Cosgrove on April 29, 2008 at 10:18am — 6 Comments

Louisiana FF Death Burial 4-26-08

I attended the funeral for Riley Joesph Terrebone Jr. this weekend. The attendanced was fantastic, attendence, by local, pd, sheriffs office, ems, state pd, and local and some nonlocal fire departments. There is a difference between attending a funeral and helping with setup and organization. FF just don't need to show up to the visitation and funeral, but before to help organize the setup for the prossession, and gravesite attivities. This is when we should come together to help out.

Added by Andrew M.D. on April 27, 2008 at 11:46am — No Comments

You've got to be kidding.....Right?

Okay, here we go again. As if the H&R Block commercials weren't bad enough, NOW Arby's has a commercial out that shows an ambulance crew giving food to treat people. It's no wonder everyone takes EMS for granted when they see things like this. We in EMS have to start pulling together to combat these comic stereotypes. It should not matter whether you are in public or private service, paid or volunteer, you are an EMT first and foremost. This bickering going on in the service NEEDS TO… Continue

Added by Ray Purcell on April 27, 2008 at 9:45pm — 6 Comments

There are 2 types of firefighters in this world, REAL firefighters and OUT-STANDING firefighters.

There are 2 types of firefighters in this world, REAL firefighters and OUT-STANDING firefighters.



















REAL firefighters show up to help out at the scene



OUT-STANDING firefighters show up and are OUT STANDING AROUND while the REAL firefighters do all the work



REAL firefighters do the job because they care about the community and love the job



OUT-STANDING firefighters do the job because they think the chicks… Continue

Added by Chris C. on April 26, 2008 at 2:39am — 7 Comments

Keep your fingers crossed for me......

Ah blogging. Something I don't do nearly enough of. The reason for todays blog is I am taking the Mass Civil Service exam tomorrow. I am normally someone who doesn't get worried, or nervous, but this test is scaring the hell out of me. I am lucky in the fact that I learn rapidly. I brushed up on all the different aspects of the testing (even those damn manipulatives aka choose the best answer) and concentrated the hardest on the Math portion of the exam. Wow it is evident I have been out of… Continue

Added by Engineco913 on April 25, 2008 at 6:29pm — 7 Comments

Know What You're Dealing With, Or Don't Do It!!!!

I've been running my own OHS/HSE, Emergency Management and Business Continuity training company for some time now and spend most of my days travelling around the country teaching Emergency Response Teams (ERT's), Plant Operators and Managers about health and safety and emergency management matters. (Everything from building evacuations, confined space entry/rescue, safe work at heights, breathing apparatus and many other topics) This includes airlines, refineries, chemical process,… Continue

Added by lutan1 on April 26, 2008 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

New Group - Friends or neighbors to Firefighters

Hi everyone!

I decided to create a new group to those that even though are not in the fire department, they can at least show support and appreciation for their efforts in putting their lives on the line out there for us. I've noticed that even though 9/11 had affect us all in one way or another, it's been years and some may forget to appreciate the firefighters. Everyday I see more and more inconsideration from people towards them. I also hear from friends in the department that people… Continue

Added by J on April 24, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Teams at Vigilant Guard 2008

Personnel from Burton Fire District (SC) were joined by South Carolina Regional US&R Response Team 4 (Hilton Head Island Fire/Rescue and Bluffton Township Fire Departments) and South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One to work a simulated collapse during the Vigilant Guard 2008 exercises held in Beaufort County, SC.



These emergency responders provided an excellent response to the incident, demonstrating exactly how the best case scenario should work: well-trained… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 24, 2008 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Another step taken ...

This month, on Tuesday and Thursday nights, we had our structure and exterior fire classes. So, I'm now certified in both exterior fires and structure I and II. This fall, probably in October, we will complete Structure III and IV. It's also possible that in September I will take a HazMat Technician course, if the rest of my classes will allow it.



The structure fires were very interesting and exciting. I performed various tasks, including pump operator, backup team nozzle man, attack… Continue

Added by Christopher on April 24, 2008 at 11:14pm — No Comments

SOPs - Sexual Harassment and Co-Ed Bunks

Our department has taken a major growth spurt over the past year. Because of that we are in the process of developing new SOPs to cover sexual harassment, and as well, we are having to make an SOP to cover co-ed station sleeping arrangements now that there are three active women on the force.



I'm wondering if there are any of you out there who have such SOPs in place for a volunteer station that might be willing to let me take a peek and give us a "jumping off" point to make certain… Continue

Added by Tina on April 23, 2008 at 10:11pm — 4 Comments

Why I am a firefighter

This is a note I posted on facebook after I was asked why I chose to be a firefighter.



I've thought a lot lately about how much I love firefighting and what a great decision it was to join the service. Sure, there is the great adreneline rush; The high I get from it is something I cannot describe. I've also made a lot of great friends from mine and other departments, people with similar attitudes and who won't hesitate for a second to help out their brothers and sisters if… Continue

Added by Ryan on April 23, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

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