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Recruitment & Retention Toolkit: What's a Clearinghouse?

This article is one in a series of toolkits focusing on recruitment, retention and fire service marketing and appears in the April edition of FASNY's The Volunteer Firefighter magazine.

Part 1 – What’s a clearinghouse?

In previous articles, I’ve attempted to present the fire service with real tools to use in improving their membership process and documentation… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on April 20, 2008 at 3:42pm — 5 Comments

Reaching Your Audience

I was thinking the other day after I wrestled with posting my blog that there are probably a dozen guys at work I could call to answer my question as to what was up with my computer. In my frustration, I was thinking, I am pretty competent with a computer for a 44-year old guy who still types with two or three fingers, yet it seems like some of the people I work with run circles around me when it comes to troubleshooting this stuff.

The first computer I was assigned at work was an… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 8, 2008 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

How did I Get Here? Thank Roy and Johnny.

This month I will become 46 years old. I'm not really sure how I got here so fast. Here being my involvment in the fire service. But, I certainly remember how it started over 30 years ago almost by accident.

I always wondered why from the time I was ten years old people would always ask, what do you want to be when you grow up? Hell, I’m forty six as I begin to write this blog and I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s a… Continue

Added by Phil Ferris on April 8, 2008 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

TNT: The Accidental Runner

So I'm sitting here at Oh-Dark-Thirty on a Sunday morning, getting ready to head out and do an eight mile training run for my half marathon coming up in June (on Father's Day--sorry Dad) in Lake Placid. If you haven't read any of my previous blogs on the topic, I'm running 13.1 miles to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their "Team in Training" program, and I need to raise at minimum $1500.00

Thus far I've raised $730.00 on my fundraising page, plus a couple… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on April 10, 2008 at 10:43am — 52 Comments

my first structure fire "Make or Break You"

This Blog Post is a paper i wrote for my college english class so i thought i would put it on the FFN you guys let me know what you think. the prompt was a first time experience so naturally i wrote a paper on my first structure fire. also just for some inside information i have been at my Volunteer department for 3 years now and it took me this long to get a fire. so enjoy. this fire occurred on December 18th 2007 this is the link to the channel nine news website who was on scene taking… Continue

Added by A.J. on April 4, 2008 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Firefighting or family?

Greetings to everyone here on FFN. This is my first posting. I havent had as much time as I would like to spend here on this great site. My posting here has to do with some of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life in quite some time.

I am going though a divorce and had left the state of Utah to move home back with my parents. Well, I am back in Utah, closer to my kids and have just recently been able to be with them again. I was all set to return to my position as a…

Added by jared m snyder on April 4, 2008 at 12:07am — 1 Comment

Something to ponder

I wrote this a couple of years ago to thank our community for thier support after a fund raiser we had. It seems that since then our training has gotten even more important and more involved. There are things out there that people are doing or what stuff is made out of that put our lives in more danger than ever before. I want to remind everyone how important it is to :

Train like your life depends on it! BECAUSE IT DOES!

Treat every incident as the one that might kill you.

Train… Continue

Added by Troy on April 2, 2008 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Open Fire Academy Upcoming Online Seminar

We are now beginning to take enrollment for Daniel Sharon's Seminar on Bomb Threat Planning and Management (8 hour class). I wanted to give you advanced notice to notify your departments and people you believe would benefit from the class. The course description is as follows:

About the Class...

Bombings, attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear, and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to handle such situations.… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on April 1, 2008 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa

Editor's Note: If you only knew what WebChief and I have been through for the past day trying to post this. Talk about issues- for some reason the computer I was using wasn't allowing my post to save (which resulted in my first version disappearing) and luckily I learned from my mistakes. As Staind sings: "Falling is easy, its the getting back up that's hard". Well, special thanks to Dave for saving my sanity. And with that...

I have often heard it said, “Love means never… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 2, 2008 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments



By Al Mozingo


Many leadership authorities in numerous books and articles point out the necessary character traits to be an effective leader. These character traits are identified by the Boy Scouts as The Scout Law:

The Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Below are the summarized statements for each of the Twelve… Continue

Added by Al Mozingo on April 2, 2008 at 11:46am — No Comments

Before The Fire Service

I have always loved firefighting, I love the enviroment, the firehouse, the adrenaline. I hung out with the kids who lived in "scanner land" and were just dying when nothing was going on. I had always planned on being a volunteer, but my original career choice was Forensic Psychology, specifically, Criminal Profiling. I took college psych when I was in high school, and I loved it. I also became an explorer at this time and actually got to do training and learn firefighting technique first hand.… Continue

Added by Leigha on March 31, 2008 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Fire Service Funeral Practices

Here's a hot topic that might set off some fireworks. It might even incite a reader to leave a comment.

This is something very near and dear to me and something I feel very strongly about. I've wanted to write about this for a long time and a recent conversation with a…


Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on March 31, 2008 at 12:23pm — 26 Comments

SCBA - Manage your Air!

'To many firefighters, ‘air management’ still means waiting for the low-air vibration alert or alarm to sound, signaling it’s time to leave the building. This occurs when three-fourths of the air supply has been consumed. Many consider that such a procedure is acceptable during a routine room-and-contents fire in a small building. However, take a look at how many firefighters have ‘run out of air’ in residential fires and lost their lives! In larger structures, or where there are large numbers… Continue

Added by EuroFirefighter on March 29, 2008 at 9:09am — 4 Comments

Canine CPR

The picture of a dog licking the face of a firefighter who had rescued her and her unborn puppies from a fire reminded me of an experience that happened earlier in my firefighting career.

On a hot July day in 1995 I was heading home with a carload of groceries when our mutual aid department was toned out for a house fire. “Great, we’ll be called in next; I hope it’s nothing because the ice cream’s going to melt in the car…” Sure enough, my department was toned out, so I changed… Continue

Added by Joe Stoltz on March 30, 2008 at 1:31am — 6 Comments

First Fire as an Officer 21-9-2

I finally got my first real fire as an officcer...It was Saturday March 15th..My buddy Joe and I were sitting in his livingroom watching tv, and the tones went off....A working garage fire next to the garage we had only six months before...We had a great knock down and it felt great finally getting that first fire under my belt and I know I have a lot to learn about being an officer...Peace and God Bless to all...

Added by Bulldog16 on March 29, 2008 at 12:01am — No Comments

The hardest day of my life as a firefighter...




..This was the news report to a wreck that i responded… Continue

Added by Caleb:EngineCo12 on March 27, 2008 at 2:10am — 6 Comments

Why Do We?

Why do we?

Its a job that we do, to some its not clear, why do we do it, 24/7 365 days a year? We do it for people that we just don't know, In rain, hail, sleet or snow. Its a job that requires the best of the best, Not something that you can expect from the rest. We do it in the darkness of night, The persons life lies in the fate of our fight. We do it for free, and expect no reward, We never step back, only we push forward. We are called heroes, some may tell, Of our adventures… Continue

Added by Jennifer Harmon on March 27, 2008 at 12:27am — 3 Comments

Los Angeles City Firefighter Killed, Second Critical in Explosion

Los Angeles Firefighter Killed - In the Line of Duty LA Times -- A Los Angeles firefighter was killed and another critically injured Wednesday afternoon after they were apparently hit by exploding manhole covers while responding to a call in Westchester, a department spokesman said.

The firefighters were called to Sepulveda and La Tijera boulevards at 1:57 p.m. after a report of smoke from a possible fire. Once they arrived, there was a… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on March 26, 2008 at 9:00pm — 71 Comments

" Always Care For Yourself First "

Hi I'm Jim; I just have a short but to the point of doing the job you love to do. To me it wasn't just a job it was something I always dreamed as any other kid and did. I was a Firefighter, EMS Provider; Also a First -Aid CPR Instructor for the Red Cross and The American Heart Ass. I had done this for seventeen out of twenty one years. Started out as just a firefighter and worked my way from there. The thing is from there I didn't care for myself as I should have and just made twenty six hours… Continue

Added by Maxwellhouse B 21 on March 25, 2008 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Respect. Earned or Given?

I was surfing some blog posts and I thank Tiger and Lutan for their takes on the respect issue in the fire service. I am a firefighter who has been in the business (so to speak) for 15 years. I have not learned all there is to know, and I know I never will. I have taken strides to further educate myself through training in house, and also outsourcing for more technical programs my department may not offer. I have seen the fire service evolve in the short 15 years I have been a… Continue

Added by Engineco913 on March 24, 2008 at 4:45pm — 10 Comments

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