Our Kids

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*Image from Uniform Duds for Kids.   Everyone got there cahffee? Grab some diamond plate. This one might stir up some lively discussion. So the other night I was listening to an on-line podcast over at FirefighterNetCast that is hosted by Christopher Naum entitled "Taking it to the Streets, The New Fireground and the First-Due." If […]

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 […]

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

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The title is one of the many sayings that come from our Navy's SEAL teams. It should also remind us that just because we got the leader there are many followers who are ready and willing to fill the vacuum. We as a nation, as members of the military and members of the public safety […]

The Best Damn Department In The Fire Service

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  Everybody got they're cup of regulah? Everyone comfortable? Good. So I'm sitting on the tailboard the other shift with the rest of my crew and we're talking about general happenings and scuttlebutt around the department. Soon the conversation turns to the general problem-solving and saving of the planet. Of course, me bein' me, I […]

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?

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