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44.7 Percent on Backstep Firefighter

The numbers don’t matter – Capt. Dave LeBlanc As we continue to discuss the future of the fire service and it’s mission as it relates to fire attack, protecting civilians and our safety, something has become clear. The numbers don’t matter. It was less safe to return from an incident this year than it was to operate on the fireground. 9 out of 87…

Building Construction

           With another Christmas officially in the books, it's time to again look to the future. Included in that future is the ever changing face of your district. There is no better time then the present, to get out there and check...Show More Summary

Opportunities for Training: Not Just on the Drill Ground

Many times we pass on opportunities to train or learn something although many situations lend themselves to doing so. Look for ways to incorporate the situation or circumstance that you are dealing with into a learning moment. The pictures...Show More Summary

Rest In Peace Brothers in Arms

May they Rest In Peace Forever at our Lords side for they where taken Before their time unnecessarily.…

Easy-Button Firefighting

There is no magic bullet, by Capt. Dave LeBlanc   As we read today about the incident in Woodmere New York, it drives home the point that no matter how much we train, learn, research and perform, this job is still dangerous and we need to be…

Don't Wait for Your Ship, You Might Miss It!

In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to be involved in both sides of the promotional process: as a participant and as an interviewer.  Both are stressful and will challenge you.  You must be able to pull from your training, education,...Show More Summary

Firehouse Nutrition Tip- Eat more fruits and veggies....

Firefighters have physically and mentally demanding jobs which means we (as fire rescue athletes) have demanding nutritional needs to match.  Unfortunately, research confirms that most are deficient in some essential nutrients. The most common deficiencies are in protein, water (hydration), healthy fatty acids, and the essential vitamins. Research…


This episode of the Firefighter Training Podcast deals with a very serious topic about members who may be in some emotional distress because of the job, or factors in their life outside of the job. None of us would hesitate to help a...Show More Summary

North Patchogue Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

Please come and help make a child's Holiday Wish come true this season. With all our help we can make a difference in children in need this holiday season. Thank you The NPFD

You’re a New Officer: Don’t Try to Save the World all at Once!

As progressive, engaged and enthusiastic firefighters, we all took classes, trained hard and created an image of the way we would be when we got promoted. We would do this and we would do that, damn the consequences and those we might piss off. Show More Summary

Fire Hydrant Testing Coming Up – It Makes a Huge Difference!

Here is A BIG reason why, in my 25 plus years with the Eden Prairie Fire Department, I have never experienced a bad fire hydrant at a fire. Beginning in April, the City of Eden Prairie Utilities Division will perform a flushing and maintenance check on all City fire hydrants, both public and private. This […]

What is the Share The Load Program?

Being a firefighter comes with a ton of tremendous rewards. The brotherhood we share is unparalleled in any other profession. We sacrifice our time, family, personal relationships and family to be part of the fire service. I know for...Show More Summary

Goblet Squat for More Strength on the Fireground

I often get emails and questions about ways to improve leg strength and recovery while in firefighting gear.  We all know that stairs and climbing are…

Who Looks After The Victims?

If you are changing the mission you better let the citizens know – Captain Dave LeBlanc     So with all the discussion going on about SLICE-RS there is a lot of concern from firefighters about such a dramatic shift in our priorities. While SLICERS doesn’t say rescue isn’t a priority, it moves it from…

Your Eyes Are Useless When the Mind is Blind, Part III

Final in Series by Captain Dave LeBlanc Editor’s Note: Dave’s first article in this three-part series looks at lessons for the fire service from the popular book “On Combat”. You can read Part I …

Look UP, Look Out

       I know I don’t need to tell you this, but your department doesn’t have all the answers; neither does your Chief, your Training Officer or you. For that matter, no fireground or emergency scene has ever, or will ever, go flawlessly. We’re human. We’re imperfect. And that’s okay, although this doesn’t mean that we should be satisfied with the status quo, but…

Your Eyes Are Useless When the Mind is Blind, Part II

Second in a series by Captain Dave LeBlanc   Editor’s Note: Dave’s first article in this three-part series looks at lessons for the fire service from the popular book “On Combat”. You can read Part I …


NEW Drawn By Fire cartoon posted!

Drill of the Week: Kinked Line

Drill of the week from Engine House Training, LLC Kinked Line

Firefighter killed, hundreds evacuated after ammonia leak at meat processing plant

This past week, a firefighter was killed and 20 people were injured after an ammonia leak at a meat processing plant in Israel. The leak occurred at the Hod Hefer processing plant at Emek Hefer industrial zone north of Netanya. The incident forced the evacuation of over a hundred people from the surrounding area. Show More Summary

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