Monthly Archives: September 2010

2009 Firefighter Fatality Report

In case you missed it, the US Fire Administration has posted the 2009 Firefighter Fatality Report.  You can find a link to the report with an overview on the Firefighter Close Calls website or you can link directly to the … Continue reading

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I am a street person

These guys are beyond the pale. The fire service, and all public employees, are taking a beating from the public during this recession. We are good scapegoats while the city fathers find ways to shuffle dollars to pet projects. Fire … Continue reading

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Fire Service Law (updated)

No matter which side of the fence your on (line vs management), it’s important to stay current on legal issues that effect the fire service.  For administrators, staying current is a no brainer.  With the increasing statutory requirements and hiring … Continue reading

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Strategic philosophy question: Defensive to offensive

I recently listened to a fire department work a one-story wood-frame residential structure fire. The first engine company arrived to find heavy involvement and stated that an offensive attack and primary search were impossible at that time. After a few … Continue reading

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Ohio Fire Academy

Brief overview of a great experience at the Ohio Fire Academy. Continue reading

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New LODD Reports Posted

NIOSH has released three new reports regarding firefighter Line of Duty Deaths.  Print out the reports and share them with your folks.  Don’t let these become repeated events. Firefighter/Paramedic killed in flashover attempting rescue Fire Chief killed by backing apparatus … Continue reading

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The future in a podcast

Battalion Chief Matt Tobia of Ann Arundel County, MD, gave an interesting interview at FRI recently. The title, “Thinking Strategically, Acting Tactically: Building A Culture of Extinguishment” is a dog whistle of sorts that invokes Ray McCormack’s (in)famous speech at FDIC … Continue reading

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