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A New Way to Pop-Flip in the Firehouse

The fire service is filled with many great traditions, some good and some not.  One of the fun things that happens in a lot of firehouses is the "pop-flip" for a round of sodas.   Unfortunately, sodas are a huge reason we are staying unhealthy- they have a ton of chemicals and sugars that pack on extra bodyfat.  Don't believe me?  Keep reading. Drink Diet Soda?…

Four Simple Rules for the Company Officer

I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department.  When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations. Show More Summary

Bad news from Paris, France : Firefighter died in action, becoming first female FF died at fire in France

Died in action Paris firefighter Lance-Corporal Aurélie SALEL On the night of Friday the 13 th of March, firefighters from the Fire station of Bondy (city of Parisian north-east suburbs are engaged for a fire alarm in a house of the nearest city of Livry-Gargan. During the attack, two soldiers of the Corps are severely burned. Show More Summary

NO IRISH LUCK

NEW Fire Engineering blog cartoon: No Irish Luck! http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A614108

NEW Fire Engineering Cartoon Posted

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The Best Firefighter Workout?

This topic is near and dear to mine and your hearts and careers–Workouts for Firefighters and Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I’ve been researching, talking, tweaking and writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world.  You can read about them here and …

Top 9 Tips for Finding Best Contracting Services in Alaska

(Image Credit:http://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2014/12/15/14/04/construction-worker-569149_640.jpg) Are you planning to have a major home remodeling done or maybe just a small repair job? Are you looking for some of the best contracting services in Alaska? Finding a…

Paramedic School, Is It For You?

The question goes through many future firefighters heads often. Its the great question "Should I go to Paramedic School?". I've personally been there, I know what your thinking. There are so many perks, but all of the unknowns, the money, the time...I know a lot of you have been searching the internet to find articles about firefighter paramedics. Show More Summary

Of Falsehoods and Agendas on Backstep Firefighter

Challenge what you read.    Dave LeBlanc Editor’s Note: The Facebook page below has corrected their post and attribute the error to incorrect second-hand information. The fire department PIO reported that there was no bailout and no firefighter injuries. Every day there is discussion about the “new” tactics and how…

Prepare for the Firefighter Physical Agility

Firefighter Physical Agility Almost every single fire department across the United States requires firefighter candidates to complete some sort of firefighter physical agility test. These tests are created to show that the candidates can physically do the job. Show More Summary

Opening of Equipment Flares Feed Plant Fire

A fire at an Iowa feed plant Tuesday demonstrates why firefighters must be cautious and consider the effects of every action when dealing with fires in compartmented areas of manufacturing equipment. Reports stated that a fire occurred...Show More Summary

5 Week Officer Development Program

Don't miss this online, live video-based, 5 Week Officer Development Program.  Click the link below for information and to register. Information Register…

Aspiring Firefighters, Stop Listening to Fire Colleges, Get Your Education This Way

I'm going to tell you my story and tell you my mistakes and choices I've made when I was younger. After that I'm going to give you advise just like if you were a close friend or family member. I'm going to give you the honest approach on how to quickly start your Firefighter career and all the Firefighter Education Basics. A…

Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio--EHT talking PTSD and Mental Health

If you missed tonight Blog Talk Radio you can listen to the archive here. We had a great conversation with Clinical Psychologist Rocky Liesman discussing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to identify the need for intervention.…

Choosing the Right Bailout Kit

http://www.enginehousetraining.com Choosing the Right Bailout System for Your Department February 11, 2015 by  Frank Lipski  …

For sale 2005 Ford F-650 XLT

I am assisting my department with selling this vehicle, please pass along.…

You Maybe an Alcoholic Firefighter if you Drink Like This

This is how I as an alcoholic drank off duty and how bad it got, to the point of suicide.http://ineverwantedtobeafirefighter.blogspot.com/

Playing in traffic......

In our district, we cover a lot of highway. I-94, U.S. Hwy 12, U.S. Hwy 20 and S.R. 149, several miles of two and three lane highway is ours to protect. With a majority of our service area being industrial, with steel production as well as finishing mills, we have an extreme amount of truck traffic. Show More Summary

The 2 1/2" Line: Sweat, Effort and Persistence

How do you run your 2 1/2" lines? What types of nozzles? Pre-connect or static? Length? What is your preference and why? This is a valuable weapon when deployed correctly. However, some are of the opinion that it's just to big and heavy to use for an initial attack or with just one person. What are your experiences with handling the big line?…

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