Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd's Blog (14)

Heart Attack...

I wanted to share with all my friends here in FFN that I have suffered a heart attack which luckily was caught early. Last night I had really bad heartburn which at first I thought was the flu. But when the pain started to present in both shoulders, chest pain radiated to me shoulders I knew I was in trouble. Ended up getting transported by ambulance Code 3 to the regional trauma center. Testing revealed two affected arteries, one blocked 100% and the other 95%. I had a stint put in for the… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on December 20, 2011 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

You are in Level A PPE, your SCBA fails, how long can you survive?

From my friends at CSTI:


Do you ever wonder how long your air supply would last if your SCBA conked out?…


Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on September 21, 2011 at 4:16pm — 2 Comments

A Great Lady Dies...


Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on May 2, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Taking fire department training videos to a new level...

My daughters boyfriend just graduated with honors from the prestigious Pasadena Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Film Production - Editing, and with honors. Being the dad, attending the graduation, I had no idea that the guy dating my daughter was so damn talented. Needless to say, I still feel amazed knowing that this kid has a really bright future ahead of him. Don't you just love creativity and brilliance?

Unfortunately, the fire service is not…

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on April 30, 2010 at 1:15pm — 5 Comments

Escape... It's almost summertime!

Sometimes, you just need to get away. There's lot's of places that I would
love to visit and spend time getting to know better. This is one of…

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on April 24, 2010 at 4:20am — 1 Comment

An Airbag Deployment Question for Auto Extrication Enthusiasts

Can an airbag actually be deployed/activated by a smack from a pedestrian? If so, it makes me a little more nervous dealing with an airbag in a MVA that may or may not go off... Any thoughts here?

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When I saw this video, it made me wonder if it was real or… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on January 19, 2010 at 11:30pm — 13 Comments

Understanding firefighter group dynamics and being a leader! The attached video will change how you think.

When dealing with groups of firefighters, especially in situations where you get together to train or any group activity, a four step process occurs regardless of who and where you are... People are people and these rules will never change.

Four Steps of Group Interaction:

1. Forming

2. Storming

3. Norming

4. Performing

Forming: When you first meet someone, you form an immediate opinion of someone based on many things such as how… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on April 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Fishing Stories and the Cool Cat...

Ok, so many of you know that I celebrated my 55th birthday with some other firefighters at a local lake that included some fishing. So why not another fish story? Here's mine...

We drove down to the shoreline and saw a boat anchored off the shore and assumed it was owned by a friend of ours. With this being the mind set, I went out to the boat, climbed aboard and noticed a fishing pole in the water with some slack line laying on the surface... What an opportunity for some quick down… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on January 28, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

How to get free 411 service on your cell phone...

Thought that you might be interested in this:

1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411)

Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone, or your home phone

speed dial: 1-800-goog411. This is an awesome service from Google,

and it's free

-- great when you are on the road.

Don't waste your money on information calls and don't waste your time

manually dialing the number. I am driving along in my car and I need

to call the golf course and I don't… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on December 23, 2008 at 3:27pm — 5 Comments

Study: Nuclear or biological attack likely in next 5 years

12-08-08 Santa Barbara Newspress / WASHINGTON - The United States can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or more likely biological weapons before 2013, reports a bipartisan commission in a study briefed Tuesday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

It suggests the Obama administration bolster efforts to counter and prepare for germ warfare by terrorists.

"Our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing," states the… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on December 12, 2008 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

How they used to respond...

I came across this cool quick video showing how we used to respond to calls... I found it very cool and retrospective. But then again, after posting this and actually watching the whole video, it's a loop with an advertisement. Pretty smart of these folks to capture our attention and then make sure you see the hook... Welcome to America... : )… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on December 11, 2008 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Feeling Depressed? If so, listen to this: 020304 Incident - Live Audio Coverage of MVA Involving Elderly Women <<< WARNING: REALLY FUNNY >>>


I'm still not sure how to load a sound file onto this but Billy did and his post is provided below that has a direct link. I tried to click on the add a photo or video icon but it didn't work. I'm usually pretty good at this stuff but this one has me stumped... Regardless, this is probably the funniest thing I have heard in a long time. With all the nonsense and trauma we have to endure in our careers and lives,… Continue

Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on November 22, 2008 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

November 2008 Santa Barbara Tea Fire & So Cal Wildfire Update

Tea Fire Time Lapse Videos:…


Added by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on November 15, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

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