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America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter is in Suburban Philly; Identified in The Daily Beast

If any one of the over 160 criminal charges filed against him are true, it would be astronomically difficult to argue with The Beast’s opinion that he is America's Worst Volunteer Firefighter.

Sadly, we see these news headlines all too often: Firefighter Charged with Setting Fires. What we don't see, usually never see, is a case like this volunteer firefighter. Authorities claim this guy, already out on bond from serial arson charges, did some other really, really, really bad…


Added by on January 29, 2015 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Personal Situational Awareness – “The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee”

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to chat with a nationally-known fire service legend.  How fortunate for me to be one of the two guys with over seventy combined years in the fire service– just shooting the shit. 

Eventually, the talk turned from how much our management of the emergency scene has changed over the decades our scene management has come over the years- to the importance of situational awareness in general.

Then he reminded me of a well-known story about…


Added by on September 27, 2012 at 11:13am — No Comments

If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!

I read an article by an old acquaintance the other day.  I don't want to identify the author because this is not about the "who", but the "what." 

What a concept.  Here's an excerpt:

“There  was a code that said that the coach was always right and you NEVER

questioned a coach’s decision in regards to you. Like it or not, you had  to respect it. It was not an option!  Sound…


Added by on November 2, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

You’ve spilled something there on your shirt, Chief.


A conversation heard at a Midwestern fire department between Bobby, the Training Officer and his Chief:


Fire Chief:  Go away, Bobby, I’m eating.

T.O. Bobby:  Hey, Your Eminence, I have some good news and I have some good news.

Fire Chief:  You know me, Bobby.  Give me the bad news first.

T.O. Bobby:  There is no bad news, Chief.

Fire Chief:  There’s never no bad news, Bobby.  This is 2010,…


Added by on September 28, 2011 at 6:43pm — No Comments

"The Charleston 43"

On Friday, June 18, we mark the third anniversary of an enormously tragic incident in which nine Charleston, SC firefighters lost their lives battling a furniture store fire.

To mark the incident, there will be no shortage of written and video tributes to experience, no shortage of “ALWAYS REMEMBER”s and… Continue

Added by on June 15, 2010 at 6:24pm — 4 Comments

Share the best firefighter story or wisdom right here


Thanks to my partner Bill Carey of Backstep Firefighter for hosting the second edition of the First Due Blog Carnival. The topic was “Influential Fire Reports” and several top notch contributors stepped…


Added by on May 2, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments


Did you get enough training so far this week? Because you are a proud and

professional firefighter, I already know your answer. So allow me to offer some more.

Here’s a little something to think about: Is everyone on the same page regarding MAYDAY's on the fireground?



Added by on February 24, 2010 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

What were they thinking in 1982? Same as today?

Head on over to Backstep Firefighter…


Added by on February 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Fed Judge: FDNY must hire 2 blacks and 1 hispanic for every 5 successful applicants

Last week, Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled that FDNY’s 1999 and 2002 entrance examinations were “intentionally” discriminatory.

In his decision, Garaufis wrote: “There has been one persistent stain on the Fire Department’s record. When it comes to being a New York firefighter, blacks and other minorities face entry barriers that other applicants do not.”

Now, the same judge has issued an order to impose a temporary hiring quota in which 2 blacks and… Continue

Added by on January 27, 2010 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

What Simple “Tailboard Drills” Have You Found Valuable?

Baby it’s cold outside. It’s our busy season.

That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of our game, now more than ever.

It’s a great time for a simple “tailboard drill.”

I’m looking for your suggestions on quick company drills (for small crews of 3-5 or so) that you have found to be great ways to spend a few minutes while stuck inside.

Let’s gather some ideas and we’ll use them on a future Firefighter NetCast as well!

Added by on January 11, 2010 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Why Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich Didn't Make the Cut....

Fire Daily has advanced to the top ten final round of the Fire EMS blog of the Year 2009.


I am fully humbled and completely surprised that I was nominated at all, let alone advancing out of the evening gown portion of this highly competitive contest.

Now it’s your turn. Have some fun and choose from an outstanding list of the other nine bloggers that truly deserve to have advanced to the final ten, whilst averting your eyes from the visual your brain will… Continue

Added by on January 6, 2010 at 7:20pm — 5 Comments

What Would You Do? -Suspicious Item

You are the company officer on a jump company engine with a crew of three. The dispatcher calls you on the phone and tells you she’s received a report from a passer-by of a “suspicious-looking bottle” lying in the ditch in a rural portion of your response district. You tell her that you and your crew will head out and check on it.

After you arrive in the area, you begin your search of the ditch line, looking for a plastic bottle with a bright blue liquid in it. After a few moments,… Continue

Added by on January 5, 2010 at 1:57pm — 6 Comments

We Are So Eager to be Offended. Well, Get Offended About This.

When will they grow up?

In another controversial case racial tensions ignite, shining the spotlight of idiocy on a tiny majority firefighters- yet again.

A story from the Connecticut Post reports that an email sent by an FDNY Battalion Chief to the Captain at the Bridgeport CT Fire Department contained a small message at bottom. The Bridgeport Captain then… Continue

Added by on December 20, 2009 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

Da Chief: Bestowed by the Fire Gods

Der Tannenbaum ist lit. Der blogmeisterberger ist lit too.

As we approach the end of the year, the crack staff here at FireDaily has taken advantage of the open bar. What better time than now to return to the thrilling days of YesterMonth for the third installment of “Two Thousand and Nine Favorite FireDaily Blog Posts from 2009”.

In case you missed the first two, you can find them here:…


Added by on December 17, 2009 at 8:01pm — No Comments

The "Brotherhood" of Labeling Your Food...

We had just returned from a particularly gruesome call. Kids in our area like to go “hill-hopping”. That’s when they take daddy’s Beamer to the roller-coaster-like hills in the rural, wooded area of our district and go fast enough to grab some air. Sometimes they land back on the pavement, and sometimes they don’t. When they don’t, we get called.

Looking for a little respite, the boys trooped into the kitchen.

“Hey, check this out,” shouted Al as he peered into the… Continue

Added by on December 9, 2009 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

IL firefighters ending stellar careers by leaving a legacy and showing us what brotherhood is all about

“…It's disheartening and hurtful to be portrayed as the economic destroyers of the community, the ones who work such a short career and live such a wonderfully long retirement at the expense of the people we served - portrayed as something bad, as if our work, lives, careers were some sort of scam we have perpetrated on the community. I guess on a line item in a budget or in a ledger, we are just another number.”

Earlier this year, the…


Added by on November 28, 2009 at 11:47am — No Comments

Please Share Your SOP's SOG's. Please?

One of our members Abe Winter has put a call out for any SOP's/SOG's you might be willing to share with him. His department is in the process of updating theirs.

Folks, this is exactly what needs to be done.

In my last post, one of the recommendations constantly surfacing in NIOSH LODD reports is to develop or update effective SOP's and SOG's. Having a set is not enough; keeping them current is a constant task necessary to ensure the safety of our… Continue

Added by on November 24, 2009 at 6:57pm — 8 Comments

If we do what we’ve always done, we’ll get what we’ve always gotten

I see that NIOSH reports have popped up on the radar of the blogosphere recently. Frankly, I’m surprised at the heat a few have been giving them. Maybe I’ve been missing something (it’s happened before). So I took a closer look.

We already know that heart attacks and traffic accidents are the main murderers of us firefighters, so I’m sure we’ve already dedicated the necessary resources to firefighter health and safety initiatives and…

Added by on November 22, 2009 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

The best advice I got from an old firefighter was:

We have such a wide variety of ages in the membership here at Such diversity offers the great opportunity to pass along nuggets of knowledge from the old, grizzled, sometimes cranky old veterans down to the younger firefighters who represent the future of the fire service.

Some are good, some are just plain funny. But, I've found that I can learn more from just listening to an old Chief talking then I can learn in any… Continue

Added by on November 7, 2009 at 4:08am — 4 Comments

30 Minutes a Week of Training is Unfair, "Unreal"...

I had just finished reading a depressing thought I found on facebook by Christopher Naum:

“There’s an awful lot of time, energy and resources being committed and directed towards fire service safety. Is anyone really listening? Does anyone really care?” Are we just running against the wind?

Almost immediately after reading that, I… Continue

Added by on November 2, 2009 at 1:36pm — 6 Comments

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