Category Archives: firefighting-operations

“Risk a Lot to Save a Lot” is B.S.

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Along with its sister-sayings of “risk a little to save a little” and “risk nothing to save nothing” , “risk a lot to save a lot” has been bastardized to justify some actions or to crucify others.

The Craziest 10-Minutes in Firefighting

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*Image from Bayonne, NJ Fire Department website   Whew! Well after that blow we all deserve a break on 'da tailboard and  a nice hot cup of regulah. Everyone got one? Let's just have a nice chat then shall we? When I first began driving fire apparatus I had been on the job about 3 […]

New Training Opportunities

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  Everybody got some regulah? Grab a seat. Today I want to talk about some new training opportunities that will be coming our way. And by "our way" I mean close to home. There's a new fire and EMS training company in the market and they are looking to revolutionize the way training is given […]

That Lonely Feeling, The Ticking Time-Bomb of Short-Staffing

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First, I need to apologize and make a confession. I'd like to apologize for such a long absence and the lack of content on the blog. There's a very good reason for it, I assure you. Which leads me to the confession. I believe that early on I copped to not being the most tech-savvy […]

You Can Teach a Monkey…

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Everybody got their regulah? Ya' comfortable? Good. Ok, ok. I know. That's a gorilla, not a monkey. Koko, the gorilla, actually. The one they taught sign language to and how to read and a bunch of other stuff. But it was a good picture to illustrate my point and I couldn't find a monkey pic […]

Don’t Judge A Building By Its Curtains

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  Everyone got theyah cup of cahfee? Everyone comfortable? Good. Today we're going to talk a little building construction and tactics and strategy. This discussion is going to be based off a recent job we had in a Lace Curtain, or Triple-Decker. Due to departmental rules and regs and such I'm not able to show […]

Gettin’ Ready

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  Everyone got their cup? Everyone comfortable? Good. Sitting on the tailboard talking with my crew about the historical events of late Sunday and yesterday I was urging them to be ready. Our response area isn't New York, Chicago or L.A. but it is pretty much right next-door to a large metropolitan area of historical […]

Of Pride, Passion And Professionalism.

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They are at the core of what we try to instill in our new Boots, Probies, Candidates etc. and which we as senior members boast we are full of. But are we?