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  • Fire Station Cardio Workout Option(s)

    Firefighter Blogs - The Latest on Firefighter Nation - My Firefighter Nation
    Aaron Zamzow
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    I've had a lot of requests for workout options that can be performed at the station with minimal equipment.  Here is an option I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the 28-day Quickstart Program) and/or as a good workout to get the blood flowing.   Give it a shot! This is a great interval to perform at the firehouse, it doesn't require a lot of equipment and is very short in duration yet effective.  The work intervals can be adjusted to your level of…
  • Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge Destroyed, 60 Guests Safe

    California Fire News - Structure, Wildland, EMS
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
     A Saturday morning fire destroyed a historic lodge near the border of Colusa and Lake counties. 60 guests were at the resort at the time of the fireThe main lodge at Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge, Mineral Baths and Nature Sanctuary near Williams, Calif., was destroyed by a fire that began on the morning of Saturday, March 29, 2014. Meg Solagui/Wilbur Hot Springs resort photo.NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – The main lodge building of the Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge, Mineral Baths and Nature Sanctuary burned in structure fire, according to Northshore Fire Deputy Chief Pat…
  • Pension Deal Edges Detroit a Step Closer to Recovery

    NYT > Fires and Firefighters
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In its rush to exit bankruptcy, the city reached an agreement that would prevent cuts to pensions of retired police officers and firefighters.
  • How to sell your story in grant applications

    Firerescue1 Daily News
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Include emotional anecdotes and photos on your grant application, and make sure your facts back it up
  • The Command Post Podcast: Social media for firefighters, fitness tips

    Firerescue1 Topic Articles
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie bring expert perspective to hot topics, frontline tactics and leadership lessons that firefighters and officers need to be safe and successful
 
 
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    California Fire News - Structure, Wildland, EMS

  • LODD: CAL FIRE Asst. Chief Renny E. LeRoy

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    LODD: CDF Firefighters Asst. Chief Renny E. LeRoyIt is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Assistant Chief Renny E. LeRoy of IAFF Local 2881 - CDF Fire Fighters, Sacramento, California. Brother LeRoy, 60, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from pancreatic cancer.Chief LeRoy began his career with CDF in 1971 as a Firefighter in the Fresno-Kings Unit. In 1972 he became a Fireman and in 1974 he promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer. In 1981 he promoted again, this time to Miramonte Camp as a Fire Crew Supervisor (Fire Captain). In 1987, Chief Leroy promoted to…
  • LAFD MEMBERS TO ATTEND BOSTON LODD FIREFIGHTER FUNERALS

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:23 pm
    LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS TO ATTEND BOSTON FIREFIGHTER FUNERALS   LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2014) – The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the nation and the Boston Fire Department in mourning the loss of two of their bravest in a nine-alarm fire on March 26, 2014. The LAFD will be represented at the upcoming funerals and memorial services by two of our own members, who will travel to Boston on Monday.  Through a collaborative effort between the LAFD, the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, and Virgin…
  • CAL FIRE plans to hire more crews ahead of very active wildfire season

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    CAL FIRE plans to hire more crews due to dry conditions FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- CAL FIRE has now announced plans to hire more crews ahead of what they believe could be a very active wildfire season. The firefighters will be hired in the Bay Area, the Sacramento foothills and right here in Central California.Firefighters from all around the state traveled to the Valley last year to battle the massive Rim Fire, which tore through 400 square miles. But crews believe this year could be worse because the severe drought dripping California right now is drying up vegetation, everywhere."With…
  • Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge Destroyed, 60 Guests Safe

    29 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
     A Saturday morning fire destroyed a historic lodge near the border of Colusa and Lake counties. 60 guests were at the resort at the time of the fireThe main lodge at Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge, Mineral Baths and Nature Sanctuary near Williams, Calif., was destroyed by a fire that began on the morning of Saturday, March 29, 2014. Meg Solagui/Wilbur Hot Springs resort photo.NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – The main lodge building of the Wilbur Hot Springs Historic Lodge, Mineral Baths and Nature Sanctuary burned in structure fire, according to Northshore Fire Deputy Chief Pat…
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department Memorial Service FFPM Paul Cooke March 31, 2014,

    29 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    FFPM Paul CookeFire Station 92, "B" Platoon, Battalion 17Fire Fighter Paul Cooke, Fire Station 92, "B" Platoon, Battalion 17, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the age of 37.  Brother Cooke was a dedicated and respected member who faithfully and honorably served the Citizens of Los Angeles County and his Department.A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:Real Life Church23841 Newhall Ranch RoadValencia, CA 91355If you are unable to attend, please show your support by viewing the Memorial…
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    LAFD News & Information

  • San Pedro Elks Lodge Heavily Damaged by Fire

    LAFD
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Updated April 16, 2014 4:30PM. - Updates in bold. SAN PEDRO - It took more than a hundred firefighters to extinguish a non-injury fire that heavily damaged an Elks Lodge early Tuesday morning. The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 2:50 AM on April 15, 2014 to 1748 Cumbre Drive in San Pedro, where firefighters arrived quickly to discover the large two-story San Pedro Elks Lodge #966 well involved with fire. Less than twenty minutes into a fierce battle against towering flames, firefighters were forced to move to a defensive posture, as the roof of the 33,744 square-foot building…
  • Firefighters Salute America's 9-1-1 Dispatchers

    LAFD
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    On most days, they're the last people you want to talk to. However, when things go wrong - even terribly wrong, their mere presence on the phone can drop your pulse rate by 50 beats while assuring help is on the way.We are of course, speaking of 'Public Safety Telecommunicators', or in normal citizen speak: the folks who answer your 9-1-1 call and coordinate the timely response of law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency medical service personnel.April 13-19, 2014 isNational Public Safety Telecommunicators WeekWhile their effort assisting 9-1-1 callers is largely known, you may not be…
  • Help Los Angeles: Become a Crisis Response Team Volunteer

    LAFD
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 am
    Your Los Angeles Fire Department encourages City of Los Angeles residents to join the Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) volunteer program.Overseen by the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Crisis Response Team volunteers are professionally trained to provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, emotional support and referrals to victims and families involved in traumatic incidents such as:Abused/Neglected ChildrenHomicidesDeath NotificationMajor Car AccidentsDrive-by ShootingsNatural DeathsFiresSuicidesThe Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) is activated by the LAPD or LAFD following a…
  • Woman Injured When Fire Chars San Pedro Duplex

    LAFD
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    SAN PEDRO - The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fire Friday afternoon, where they found the master bedroom, hallway and laundry room of one unit in a two-story residential triplex well involved with fire. The fire was reported at 1:25 PM on April 11, 2014 at 2425 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Under the command of Battalion Chief Ernest Bobadilla, firefighters made a rapid and aggressive attack. Due to the magnitude and size of the complex, 83 firefighters were dispatched to the fire, which was quickly knocked down by the first arriving crews in just 12 minutes.A 57 year-old…
  • Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple Injuries

    LAFD
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    RESEDA - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a fierce structure fire at 17000 block of W Vanowen Street on April 10, 2014 that injured multiple people. Firefighters received several 9-1-1 calls starting at 12:46 PM for a Structure Fire with a person possibly trapped inside. The LAFD arrived to a one-story home with garage converted to living quarters in the rear, both well involved in fire, and the flames were rapidly spread to a neighboring home and garage. An aggressive fire attack ensued.Over 75 firefighters, under the command of Battalion…
 
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    Firerescue1 Tips

  • Use your body

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Using your body to help hold the saw will extend the endurance of your muscles.
  • Limited visibility

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Teams working together need to rely upon other means of accountability, such as voice communication when visibility is limited.
  • Use the peak of the roof

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Even though we start the saw on the ground, we cannot carry it up the ladder with it running.
  • Use gravity when working with a saw

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Too many firefighters rely on using their own power to work the saw.
  • Stop the blade

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Stopping the blade needs to be done manually by pressing it against a piece of material.
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    Firerescue1 Product Articles

  • The Command Post Podcast: Social media for firefighters, fitness tips

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie bring expert perspective to hot topics, frontline tactics and leadership lessons that firefighters and officers need to be safe and successful
  • Emergency Reporting Releases Powerful New Analytics Module

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Analytics tool helps fire departments understand response times, staffing levels. Bellingham, WA: Emergency Reporting, the industry leader in web-based NFIRS reporting software, announced today the release of the firm’s new Analytics product. The Analytics module is based around staffing and response time analysis. It is flexible enough to allow agencies to assess their effectiveness using the ...
  • NJ fire captain charged with DWI after crashing fire truck

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    ELMWOOD, N.J. — A fire captain was charged with DWI after crashing a fire truck as it returned from a call Sunday morning. NorthJersey.com reported that Russell Fenn IV has been suspended from the Elmwood Park Fire Department pending results of the investigation. After the accident, the consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages was banned at all four of the borough’s firehouses ...
  • 6 firefighters injured after fire truck plows into cafe

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    A fire truck heading to a fire collided with another engine and then crashed into a restaurant, injuring 15 people
  • Fla. fire department gets grant for rescue equipment

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fire Chief Joe Jenkins said most of the money is going toward new extrication tools that will reduce the amount of time it takes firefighters to rescue crash victims trapped in cars
 
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    Fire Geezer

  • Public Service Call Escalates to Major Haz-Mat Cleanup

    firegeezer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    4,000 Containers of Dangerous Chemicals in Home SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FIREFIGHTERS logged a public service call just over a week ago where they were requested to help an elderly resident down the stairs in his home.  While inside they noticed an unusual amount of what appeared to be assorted containers holding a variety of unknown chemicals and notified the EPA. EPA photo showing part of the interior of the home KING-TV continues the story: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspected the house April 8.  Authorities immediately removed the owners, a brother and sister in their 90s, and…
  • Red Light Runner Crashes Into Ambulance

    firegeezer
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Going At A High Rate of Speed A PHOENIX, ARIZONA, DRIVER WHO POLICE believe was “impaired” drove through a red traffic light at a very high speed early Sunday morning and T-boned a PFD ambulance, knocking it over onto its side. Fox News The ambulance was responding to the hospital with a heart patient shortly after 2:30 am Mountain Standard when the incident occurred.  The paramedics and the patient fortunately received only minor bruises and another ambulance continued the patient’s transport. The driver of the car suffered a broken leg and two passengers were treated and…
  • Morning Lineup – April 17

    firegeezer
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Thursday – More Water Every now and then we see photos like this one floating around the internet.  Some of them are several years old but still have an extended life as they get passed around and re-posted on Facebook pages and websites. Now we are privvy to a new one ….. the classic soft-sleeve-through-the-windows evolution. Boston Globe / Rinaldi This successful supply maneuver took place just last week on April 9 in Boston at a 5-alarm fire.  The Boston Globe reported: At the most dangerous point during what became an eight-alarm fire in East Boston Wednesday night, Boston…
  • Firetrucks Collide – More Than a Dozen Injured

    firegeezer
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Actual Injury Count Still Unverified Update 1:  Video added.  Scroll down. TWO FIRETRUCKS COLLIDED AT AN INTERSECTION in Monterey Park, California, Wednesday afternoon while both of them were responding to the same house fire.  One pumper was from the Monterey Park FD and the other was an aerial truck assisting from the Alhambra Fire Department. KTLA-TV The heavy collision sent the Monterey Park engine careening into a Chinese restaurant with significant damage to the building and causing several injuries to people inside the restaurant. Los Angeles Times It is believed that five…
  • Fresh Allegations For The Teflon© Chief

    firegeezer
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    He’s Baaack PROBABLY THE MOST INEPT FIRE DISTRICT Board of Trustees in the U.S., the West Licking Joint Fire District B of T in Ohio is trying a new tack in their 2+ year struggle to fire their fire chief David Fulmer. “Teflon Dave” Fulmer Firegeezer has been following this unbelievable saga since May 2012 when the Board put him on paid leave but wouldn’t tell the public why they did so.  (See the Firegeezer report HERE.)  Six months later, after Fulmer had been sitting comfortably at home collecting his $98,500 per annum paychecks, the Board declared that his…
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    Firefighter Blogs - The Latest on Firefighter Nation - My Firefighter Nation

  • Front of Home Engulfed. Amazing Anyone Lived.

    Wake Forest News - Steve Rhode
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    At about a quarter past eleven in the evening on Saturday night, April 12th, Wake Forest Fire Department and Rolesville Fire Department were called to 417 Cottesbrook Drive in Wake Forest. Units dispatched included Rolesville Pumper 153, Roseville Engine 151, Rolesville Rescue 15, Wake Forest Engine 1, Wake Forest Engine 3, Wake Forest Engine 5, Wake Forest Ladder 1, Wake Forest Battalion 1. When units arrived the front of the house was engulfed in fire. The fire began in the garage. Witnesses said the family made it out of the house but sadly a family dog did not survive the fire. The fire…
  • Can we help a fellow firefighter/paramedic

    Jean Relyea
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Hello everyone, A good friend and fellow Firefighter/ Paramedic was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer at the young age of 32. One of his simple pleasures in life is collecting Fire/ EMS patches. He only has a few and they are all local ones. I was really hoping to show him support from all over the country by collecting patches from all over for him. If anyone is willing to help it would be greatly appreciated!! "Your Fight Is Our Fight Pags" Below is a link to a facebook page for him!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Fight-is-Our-Fight-Pags/2336476...
  • Keeping it simple.

    Kyle Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Over the last few years I've decided to hone my skills and repeat the firefighter classes. I'm apparently getting older and haven't realized it. FF1 Was a throwback to my younger years, I couldn't believe how sore I was after crawling around on the concrete for hours. FF2 Shocked me I was grouped with a few members that were also retaking the class. Class room went great and so did the skills for the most part. When talking about fire attack A question came up from a younger newer member. This is where I get my title from, He said "Well I'm not sure if I can find the fire without a TIC".
  • Fire Station Cardio Workout Option(s)

    Aaron Zamzow
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    I've had a lot of requests for workout options that can be performed at the station with minimal equipment.  Here is an option I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the 28-day Quickstart Program) and/or as a good workout to get the blood flowing.   Give it a shot! This is a great interval to perform at the firehouse, it doesn't require a lot of equipment and is very short in duration yet effective.  The work intervals can be adjusted to your level of…
  • Your Fire Department is Your People

    Billy Schmidt
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    … Not your fire trucks, fire houses, not your service. It’s your people. Often we forget this. Photo by Artie Werkle. Sure, you may know tactics and be a master of moving a hose line or venting a roof. And maybe you can recite your entire medical protocols or never miss an IV, but ultimately it’s about the people and the people that work with you who carry the impact of your leadership . It is your people and your leadership that matters; not your trucks or your houses. The challenge presents itself equally to both large and small fire departments, to the career organization to the…
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    Edinburgh Fire Research Blog

  • 6th International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security (ISTSS)

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:21 am
    I attended the 6th International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security last week (Wed 12th to Friday 14th March 2014). The venue was the 'World Trade Centre' in Marseille, France. Despite the number in the title, this was actually the 7th in a series of tunnel safety conferences organised by SP, the Swedish National Testing and Research Institute, and the 5th of them that I'd attended. The conferences are held approximately every second year and the next will be in Canada in March 2016.I attended the original "Catastrophic Fires" symposium  (2003, Bors) as well as the 3rd (2008,…
  • Blog post 2.0 – An Edinburgh Postdoc’s IAFSS Experience

    6 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    The IAFSS 11th international symposium was held this February in Christchurch, New Zealand.  The fact that the conference was held in Christchurch, not too long after the devastating earthquakes three years ago, which crippled the city and from which it is still only just starting to recover, is a testament to the Association and the organisers to stick with, and support, Christchurch and the University of Canterbury.  It was clear from Prof Charley Fleischmann’s opening address that the past few years have been tough for everyone in Christchurch and it was a privilege for me to…
  • Dr Frank Rushbrook, CBE 1914-2014

    24 Feb 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Dr Rushbrook visiting the Rushbrook Fire Laboratory in 2011It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr Frank Rushbrook, CBE on the 17th February 2014, aged 99. Frank was a true visionary who will forever be associated with the creation of the academic discipline of Fire Safety Engineering at Edinburgh and was a life-long friend and supporter of the group.During his long and distinguished career in the Fire Service, with time spent in Edinburgh and London during the war, Frank rose to the rank of Firemaster of Edinburgh and South-East of Scotland Fire Brigade before retiring…
  • Prof Bisby speaks at Royal Academy of Engineering Research Forum 2013 - live tweets

    18 Sep 2013 | 3:52 am
    More to follow... #engresforum2013 #eng4growth Prof Bisby on fire (safety)! We don't need to wait for a disaster, we can predict and model fires beforehand.— RAEng (@RAEngNews) September 18, 2013 #engresforum2013 there's obvious fire safety and less obvious ones.— RAEng (@RAEngNews) September 18, 2013 So fire engineers see doors as pipes and us as fluids...and we must all flow out of the doors in 2.5 minutes #engresforum2013— RAEng (@RAEngNews) September 18, 2013 ...which is also the mean length of 'god save the queen'— RAEng (@RAEngNews) September 18, 2013 #engresforum2013 Prof…
  • Edinburgh SFPE Student Chapter

    14 Sep 2013 | 10:02 am
    We are pleased to announce the formation of the Edinburgh SFPE Student Chapter.The Edinburgh SFPE Student Chapter is an association of research students within the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at The University of Edinburgh. The Fire Group of Edinburgh is a world-renowned centre for fire research composed of international researchers with a multidisciplinary background. The research undertaken by the members covers the areas of fire science and fire safety engineering.The foundation of the Student Chapter was motivated by the opportunity for improved cooperation among the fire…
 
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    FireFightingNews.com - US LODD News

  • Firefighter Jerry Chapman Killed In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief …
  • Captain Cyrus Reed Dies In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief …
  • Chief George Underwood Dies In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fire Chief Underwood responded to a call of localized flooding that was affecting residential properties in the community. While attempting to clear a blocked culvert with a hose line, Underwood fell ill and …
  • Captain Perry Calvin Killed In The Line Of Duty

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief …
  • Lieutenant Edward Walsh Dies In The Line Of Duty

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While operating in the basement of a burning multiple unit residential structure, Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy died from injuries sustained when they became trapped by fire conditions. Investigation …
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  • Senior Man

    Tyler Hice
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’ve been fortunate to be able to help with multiple fire academies in my short career in the fire service, and each class comes with their challenges. The class usually starts with 10-15 people in it and it usually ends with 7-10 students. They drop out due to family issues, academic failures, and practical issues. One of the classes we lost someone who just didn’t want to do the schoolwork. This type of behavior is the stuff that isn’t acceptable. In my eyes, what is acceptable is someone asking me why we use one nozzle over the other, or why we place a ladder a certain way. There is…
  • Hump Day SOS Post FDIC Syndrome

    David Rhodes
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    Are you suffering from Post FDIC Syndrome? Don’t suffer any longer. Introducing FDIC Spray. Just insert nozzle into the ear and give it a shot. You will be full of passion, commitment, motivation and enthusiasm in no time! But wait there’s more…….. So you’re back home and you have gone back to the station only to find that your FDIC high is under attack by the mediocrity. You bring back a few new tricks of the trade or an idea for a change in tool placement on the apparatus only to be met with blank stares and accusations of being a “buff”. Your super charged batteries suddenly…
  • Journal Entry 31-“Deck the Halls-The Convention Center Halls”

    RON KANTERMAN
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Well, FDIC 2014 has come and gone and sure enough, no one was disappointed. We had more folks there than ever, there was electricity in the air and learning was nearly off the scale. There’s no other place like it. For me and many others, it’s an annual family reunion. There are a host of men and women I only see once a year and it’s in Indianapolis. For those of you who couldn’t get there, here’s a bit of it from where I stood, walked, talked, sat and stared. On Monday and Tuesday, thousands were put through hands-on training in the field and through workshops in the convention…
  • The Difference

    Mark vonAppen
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    By Mark vonAppen "Our standard of performance on defense is to get 11 men to the football on every play," my father would say as he stood before his players to begin the season.  "We have a standard to uphold, and each one of you has stake in it.  If you believe in it, hold each other accountable, and work hard at it, we will all succeed. If you don't, then you need to find somewhere else to play, because you won't measure up to our standard." The team held itself to a high standard of performance. The result was a tight-knit defensive unit, part of an even tighter-knit team, that won a…
  • MAY MAGAZINE CARTOON

    Paul Combs
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints: http://www.artstudioseven.com/page-LE_Prints.htm
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    Live News Of From Firefighter Close Calls

  • MI FF INVOLVED IN FATAL RESPONDING POV CRASH

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    A motorist was killed Thursday morning after their vehicle was struck by a Comstock Township firefighter who was responding to a head-on crash on Sprinkle Road, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said.Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller on the Sprinkle Road fatal accident. The fatal crash, which occurred between East Michigan Avenue and East Main Street, was reported five to 10 minutes after Comstock firefighters received a report of a serious head-on crash near the intersection of Sprinkle and East Main.Fuller said the initial crash, which was reported at 8:25 a.m., caused traffic…
  • FirstNet Head Steps Down

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino has resigned from the top staff position of the organization for “personal and family reasons,” and the organization is launching a nationwide search for a new general manager, according to a FirstNet press release issued this afternoon. “I have been honored to lead FirstNet’s management efforts over the past year, and believe the organization is now well positioned to enter the next stage of its development,” said D’Agostino said in a prepared statement. “Although I will…
  • West, Texas-1 Year Ago, 3 Different Fire Apparatus Crashes (The Secret List)

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Hey, Yesterday, the two fire apparatus had their lights and sirens running when they collided in Monterey Park, sending one into a restaurant. the apparatus -- one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra -- were responding to a house fire around 1500 hours. A total of15 people, including 6 Firefighters, were hurt. One person, a civilian who was inside Lu's Dumpling House, was critically injured and 1 Firefighter suffered moderate injuries; the other injuries were minor. The Alhambra ladder truck was traveling south and the Monterey Park engine was heading east-and it…
  • FIREFIGHTER RETURNS TO DUTY IN WEST, TEXAS

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Months after surviving the fertilizer plant explosion, which rocked the small town of West, volunteer firefighter Robert Payne has started going out on calls again. He took his first call in January. Payne said he was one of the closest firefighters to the blast who survived. “Your heart starts racing at a different speed right now,” said Payne. Coping with the loss of his fellow firefighters out there with him that night is still a challenge. “It’s something you go through one day at a time.” Even though one year has passed, time hasn’t healed all of the…
  • APPARATUS STRUCK ON THE INTERSTATE IN SC

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Interstate 85 near mile maker 29 was shut down for about two hours Wednesday night following an accident in Anderson County.Piercetown Fire Chief Andrew Massey said that his fire department was responding to a driver whose tire had blown out on the northbound side of I-85 around 7:30 p.m. The department's rescue truck had stopped to help the motorist when an SUV ran into the back of the fire vehicle, Massey said.A passenger in the SUV was taken to the hospital while crews worked to free the driver, who was also hospitalized.South Carolina highway patrol said all lanes were opened on I-85…
 
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    Fire Critic

  • FDIC Wrap-Up III – Friday With Black Diamond Boots

    The Fire Critic
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Trust me, it takes time to get back in the swing of things after traveling to South Dakota and then Indianapolis in the same week. Most importantly, I have to reconnect with my family and catch up with what I have missed. The truth is that when I returned from FDIC about 3 years ago, I felt like I would never catch up with all of the messages and emails…I still feel that way today…3 years later. This year for FDIC, I traveled with Captain Wines (IronFiremen.com), Andrew Catron (ModelCityFirefighter.com) and Preston Wiley (Valley of the FOOLS). We also had Matthew Schimmel with us…
  • Fire Engine Wrecks into Restaurant After Collision with Ladder Truck in California

    The Fire Critic
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Photo from http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9506340 ABC7.com: MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KABC) – Six people were hospitalized in critical condition after a fire truck struck pedestrians in Monterey Park Wednesday afternoon. A Monterey Park Fire Department engine truck crashed into a building at the intersection of Emerson and Garfield avenues shortly after 3 p.m. Monterey Park Police said an Alhambra Fire Dept. truck collided with a Monterey Park Fire engine, sending the fire engine into a restaurant on the corner. Both trucks were responding to a…
  • FDIC Wrap-Up Part II – The Indy Metro FOOLS Brotherhood Bash

    The Fire Critic
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    This year, I traveled with Captain Wines (IronFiremen.com), Andrew Catron (ModelCityFirefighter.com) and Preston Wiley (Valley of the FOOLS). We also had Matthew Schimmel with us as a photographer. Part I of the FDIC Wrap-Up is here We arrived in Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. We had a dinner to get to prior to the Brotherhood Bash and then it was on. We planned on having a table set up at the Brotherhood Bash to sell merchandise from the newly formed Valley of the FOOLS, which is the chapter Wines and I belong to. Our VOTF VP. Preston Wiley, was traveling with us and got everything set up…
  • Video: Rescue in Paris, France at Apartment Fire Using Pompier Ladders

    The Fire Critic
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    My first thought was the use of pompier ladders is exquisite. My second thought was I wish I paid attention in French class to know what this firefighter is saying. However, you can get a lot out of the video even if you don’t understand French. The fire is from 2012. Video by: Brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris. Video info (translated): A moving testimony of a firefighter Paris on an intervention during which he will save the life of a family. Directed by Julien UCR
  • FDIC Wrap-Up Part I – Making a Splash with Demers

    The Fire Critic
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    I have shared/will be sharing more on The Fire Critic Facebook page. Below are some of the highlights of FDIC 2014. First of all, thank you to all of the great Brother and Sister firefighters I met for the first time or got to hang out with again. I’m beat. I don’t know about the rest of the 30,000+ firefighters who were in Indianapolis, but I made the most of it. I stayed up late and got up early. Captain Wines and me were burning candle at both ends. This year, I traveled with Captain Wines (IronFiremen.com), Andrew Catron (ModelCityFirefighter.com) and Preston Wiley (Valley of…
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  • 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with My Brother

    Jenna
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    My baby brother turned 25 this week. We went to his birthday party on Saturday to celebrate with my family. At some point during the festivities, the boys and I took a walk around the back of my brother’s property, walking up the road to the top of the hill. With the snow melted and spring trying to make its way into the land, the fallen branches from a long, hard winter littered the trail. The boys decided to work together and clear the large branches out of the way for their uncle, happily lugging and tugging and tossing sticks and limbs and even small logs off the trail and into the…
  • Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon: Just One Marathon

    Jenna
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Hi. My name is Jenna. It has been twenty-three hours since my last Pittsburgh Marathon training run. Hi, Jenna. I’m exhausted. I mentioned it in my last training post, but I need to flesh it out more fully in a post this week. I need to make sense of what I’m feeling in my head, in my heart, and in my aching, tired hips. Pittsburgh will be on my only full marathon. I know, I know. I’ve said that before, and people always counter with, “You say that now! But they’re addicting! Wait until your after-marathon high!” And then there’s that thing where I…
  • 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One Where We Went Back Outside

    Jenna
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Spring arrived. Now I find myself saying my very favorite sentence of the year, in any number of variations: “GO OUTSIDE!” “GO PLAY OUTSIDE!” “GET THEE OUTSIDE, MY YOUNG LADS!” No, really, I’ve said that to the boys. The best outside time has always been and will always be our after dinner playtime in the fresh air. Right now, the fresh air is tinged with the cool sweetness of early spring. We find ourselves popping back inside for jackets as the sun dips lower on the horizon; we find ourselves seeking out the spots that the sunlight still touches,…
  • Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon: Beating The Wall

    Jenna
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    16. Sixteen. SIXTEEN MILES. Yesterday I ran 16 miles. Getting there has taken me awhile, a lot longer than just those 16 miles. I’m multiple weeks behind my training schedule due to a series of viruses that entered our family in late February and spent four whole weeks making their way through the entirety of each member. First the stomach virus, then a cold which I didn’t actually get but had to tend to in other people, and then I got to be the lucky one and end up with strep throat. I ran when I could and even had some lengthy runs, but to say that I was weak was an…
  • 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Well Child Visit

    Jenna
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    I went in to this year’s Well Child visit with the boys trying to remember to talk about eczema and a lengthy recovery time from a series of illnesses. I left victorious! Let me explain. As one nurse asked me a lot of questions, another nurse took the boys off for height, weight, vision tests (both passed, 20/20), and hearing tests (BigBrother failed again). Once returned to us, the boys gowned up and waited for the doctor to arrive. While we waited, the nurse handed us pink sheets of paper with their height and weight—and a series of age appropriate information. Some things were…
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  • Iowa prescribed fire escapes, burns private property

    Bill Gabbert
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    A prescribed fire conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources escaped on April 12 and burned onto three nearby properties. One of the victims was Glen Dale Geiger who lost three structures... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • The cost of prescribed fire in Oklahoma

    Bill Gabbert
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The Noble Foundation kept track of the costs of conducting prescribed fires in 1996 on the Noble Foundation D. Joyce Coffey Resource and Demonstration Ranch west of Marietta, Oklahoma. A report they... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • Rocky Chesser receives USFWS Fire Safety Award

    Bill Gabbert
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The following information was released by John Segar, Chief, Branch of Fire Management for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: **** “I am very proud to announce that Rocky Chesser from... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • Throwback Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Bill Gabbert
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Six years ago, between April 13 and 19, 2008, visitors to Wildfire Today were reading these articles: Three firefighters were killed on the same day in Colorado. Two firefighters that were crossing a... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
  • Wildfire briefing, April 16, 2014

    Bill Gabbert
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Idaho sues over Steep Corner Fire The state of Idaho has filed a lawsuit to recover the costs they incurred while suppressing the 2012 Steep Corner Fire near Orofino, Idaho. The suit claims that a... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit WildfireToday.com to read the rest.
 
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