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    The Age Factor

    The Age Factor
    Everyone has an opinion of age when it comes to hiring new firefighters. Some people feel that a younger candidate has a better chance of getting hired because, after all, the fire departments are looking to hire a candidate for the next 30 years. If a fire department hires a 21 or 22 year old, the department can train the recruit ...
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    Setting Goals

    Setting Goals
    Life can be extremely busy. How often do you hear someone say, “I can’t believe how fast time flies? Where did my day go?” Personally, I find that if I do not set goals, life passes me by. I have heard it said that if you don’t set goals you are just drifting through life. Goals don’t have to be big. ...
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    Protecting the Image of the Fire Service

    Protecting the Image of the Fire Service
    I was scrolling through one of the major fire department magazine’s website and clicked on a banner ad that promoted fire department t-shirts. I scrolled down to view the different designs. Most were creative and colorful, highlighting the fun parts of our profession. One, however, really caught my attention. As a professional firefighter I found it to be in particularly ...
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    Everything You Need to Know About Background Investigations

    Everything You Need to Know About Background Investigations
    Fire departments traditionally spend thousands of dollars to advertise, recruit and hire firefighters. The departments sift through applicants using written examinations, physical agility tests and comprehensive oral interviews, but only do a cursory check on their backgrounds. They eventually produce a list of top candidates. It is now up to the organization to ferret out those candidates who were less than ...
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    Hostile Fire Events: Flashover

    Hostile Fire Events: Flashover
    In this “Kitchen Table Debrief” I will discuss some familiar types of instantaneous and near instantaneous combustion (also known as explosions and near-explosions), their warning signs, and some techniques for surviving these events, where they exist. On the fireground, the major antagonists are our long-time adversaries: flashbacks and overdrafts… NO NO! I mean flashovers and backdrafts. These two hostile events are ...
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    Best Explosions Caught on Tape

    For those whose lives are focused around fire and rescue, this one is for you. We have compiled this series of incredible and jaw-dropping explosions for your viewing entertainment. Now sit back and be prepared to have your mind blown! #15: Chemical Tanker → [page] Chemical Tanker Comment on this Video #14: Backdraft Levels 2-Story Building → [page] Backdraft Levels ...
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    Bridgeport’s Tears

    Bridgeport’s Tears
    It began as a normal job Fire showing, second floor We set out to begin our tasks Like a thousand times before Nothing special about this house Just two and a half story wood In through the back door Adjusting pacs, gloves and hood Though the heat was oppressive This should be over quick Engine men place their hoseline And Ladder ...
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    The GPS to Real

    The GPS to Real
    Years ago I wrote an angry memo that eventually made it into a fire commentary in one of the fire journals. It was titled, “In Search of the Real Fire Department and you can read it on Firelink or here. "http://www.fireduptraining.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=85":http://www.fireduptraining.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=85 Over the years it’s turned into a full day class that we do on leadership and making a difference and ...
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    A New Journey: A Female FireMedic's Tale

    A New Journey: A Female FireMedic's Tale
    I remember the exact moment I found out I had to attend the fire academy. It was a year and a half ago. My knuckles were white from gripping the chair, my palms were clammy, my heart had dropped into my stomach…simply put, I was petrified. I had spent the last 5 years of my EMS career avoiding that next step. ...
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    Running: How Do You Find Your Pace?

    As with any cardiovascular activity if you are going to perform for several minutes or even a few hours you need to find a sustainable pace. Here is an email from someone who enjoys running with a group but struggles with running alone: Hey Stew – When I run with my group of friends, I am always faster than when I ...
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    Preventing and Treating Heart Disease from NY's Top Doc

    Preventing and Treating Heart Disease from NY's Top Doc
    THE SPECIALIST: DR. SAMIN SHARMA As the Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Intervention at Mount Sinai, Dr. Samin Sharma is a cardiologist who performs 1400-1500 interventions per year. In practice for 18 years, he has the highest angioplasty success rate in New York state. WHO’S AT RISK: Coronary angioplasty is a procedure that reopens the clogged arteries of the ...
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    Firefighter Tattoo Showcase | Part 2

    Our Firefighter Tattoo Showcase article was a big hit, and we received a lot of requests from members who also wanted the chance to show off their tats and tell their stories of service and patriotism. Browse our second gallery of FireLink member tattoos and share the pride and honor of the fire service. View Member Tattoos Just for Fun: ...
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    2009 SAFER Grants Information Guide

    2009 SAFER Grants Information Guide
    In 2009, the US government will offer $510 million in Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG). These AFG awards, will be distributed in phases, and will help fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country. There is $190 million dollars in SAFER grants for volunteer and career fire departments to assist in recruiting and retaining fire fighters. The SAFER ...
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    Why Does It Always Have to be Done That Way?

    [photo:126248] Whether it's department SOPs, SOGs, or just the word from the old-timers, we in the fire service have rules that govern the way we do things. Especially when it comes to moving water. Some of these rules have been established from years past, while others are more recent. What are rules based on? They can be anything from fire service ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 3: Fuel Tanks

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 3: Fuel Tanks
    Unlike the classic '57 Chevy or the luxury Lincolns and Cadillacs of yesterday, auto designers today are forced to meet many safety, economic, and environmental standards. These three standards affect most every part of the vehicle including the fuel system. h4. Safety One of the greatest threats to human survival in automobile collisions is fire. Ruptured fuel tanks, filler tubes, and ...
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    Sample Background Investigative Questionaire

    Wonder what you'll be asked in a background check? Here's a sample provided by Battalion Chief Paul Lepore. Read and answer the following questions carefully and honestly. Answers are subject to verification by a Polygraph Examination. Have you ever committed any of the following acts during your life whether it came to the attention of authorities or not? YES      NO ...
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    Firefighter Tattoo Showcase

    Firefighter tattoos have long been a tradition in the fire service. Whether it be the maltese cross, engine company or personal remembrance, these tattoos offer a tribute to the lifestyle of a first responder.Browse our gallery of FireLink member tattoos and share the pride and honor of the fire service. View Member Tattoos Firefighter Resources: Search Fire & Rescue Careers Firefighter ...
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    Ultimate Guide to SAFER Grants

    Ultimate Guide to SAFER Grants
    The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants are managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Office. SAFER grants provide financial assistance to help fire departments increase their cadre of frontline firefighters. The goal is to assist the local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities, in order to respond to emergencies whenever they ...
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    Career Q&A: Paramedic

    h4. What will I do? Working closely with emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics manage the health of patients until they can be examined by a doctor to get further help. On any shift, their patients might be a woman having a heart attack, a man who broke a bone in a car accident or a child struggling to breathe. Interview with ...
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    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic

    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic
    At a Glance • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average as paid positions replace unpaid volunteers. • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics need formal training and certification, but requirements vary by State. • Emergency services function 24 hours a day so emergency medical technicians and paramedics have irregular working hours. h4. Nature of the Work People’s lives often ...
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