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    Understanding The Enemy: Profiles and Motivations of an Arsonist

    [photo:133053] The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines arson as being any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or any other personal property of another. Loss of life and property are some of the unfortunate outcomes of arson, and due to the serious nature of ...
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    The Journey of Grantwriting: Part 1

    Welcome to “The Journey of Grant Writing”. Over the next several weeks we will cover many topics that will assist you in drafting future grant proposals. You may be one of those individuals that maintain a full time job and, like so many of us, you are asked to take on the additional task of grant writing. Hold on, don’t leave ...
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    Preparing for the Academy

    Preparing for the Academy
    *+Mental Conditioning+* It is extremely stressful to prepare for a manipulative exam knowing that if you don’t perform you will lose your job. Everyone in the academy has to perform to the minimum standards. There are NO exceptions. Being able to perform under pressure is critical. Remember, the training staff is there to help you be successful. The department has invested ...
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    Fitting Fitness into a Busy Day of Public Service

    Fitting Fitness into a Busy Day of Public Service
    Stew Smith CSCS, former Navy SEAL Joins Forces with FireLink.com as fitness advisor / writer. I am pleased to start writing a fitness column for FireLink.com that will enable me to communicate with firefighters on a regular basis, but also, I hope to assist our Heroes of Tomorrow and today with maintaining their fitness level and career longevity. It is an ...
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    Getting Back Into Running After Injury or Long Time Not Running

    Getting Back Into Running After Injury or Long Time Not Running
    Getting into a running program after an injury or just starting running for the first time ever or many years is very tough. For one, the joints, soft tissues, and bones can all be injured by common “overuse” injuries such as: * Shin Splints * Very Common Knee Tendinitis * Runner's Knee (PFS) * ITB Syndrome * Heel Injuries (Plantar Fasciitis) ...
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    After a Fire: Fire Department Questions

    *+Common Questions+* _Why are windows broken or holes cut in the roof?_ p(. As a fire burns, it moves upward then outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation) slows the damaging outward movement, helps remove blinding smoke that obscures the actual fire, and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently. The result of this action ...
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    Becoming an EMT: Quick Facts

    Becoming an EMT: Quick Facts
    h3. Quick Facts: h4. Tasks • Drive ambulances or assist ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. • Remove and replace soiled linens and equipment in order to maintain sanitary conditions. • Place patients on stretchers, and load stretchers into ambulances, usually with assistance from other attendants. • Accompany and assist emergency medical technicians on calls. • Earn and ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo

    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo
    We see the bright yellow buses travel our roads and highways everyday. These buses are not only carrying the future of our country, but the future firefighters, rescue and EMS workers that will inherit our plight to protect and save lives. It is our duty and obligation as rescue workers to be highly skilled and trained in rescuing this precious cargo. ...
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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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    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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    Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White

    Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White
    h4. Why did you become a paramedic? I’m also a part-time volunteer firefighter for a suburb of Minneapolis. A few years ago, I took an emergency medical technician course and realized there was so much more to learn. So I did a few ride alongs. That’s where you ride with an ambulance team to see if paramedicine is something you might ...
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    Running and Your Heart Rate: What You Need to Know

    Running and Your Heart Rate: What You Need to Know
    Here is a great question from a sailor seeking to better his PFT run time and has gathered extra information about training with heart rate monitor training. How much emphasis should I put on target heart rate while training for the PRT run? The Navy PRT web page says the target heart rate for my age group (25 years) is 117-146bpm, ...
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    Clay County, IL: Police and Emergency Management Scanner

    Clay County, IL: Police and Emergency Management Scanner
    The audio player below will automatically start, delivering you a full and uncensored feed of the Clay County emergency dispatch. The audio may take a moment to start, but if you do not hear anything within a few minutes, try the additional streaming player, or click the link below to play in your preferred audio player. Additional feed (to be used ...
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    Firefighter Safety Report: Truss System Failures

    Background According to the Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA), wooden trusses are used in roof systems in more than 60% of all buildings in the United States [SBCMAG 2004]. Truss and related engineered wooden floor systems are also becoming more common. Today, more engineered structures use lighter weight materials, producing larger spans and clear openings. Trusses can be designed to ...
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    5 Routes to Greater Athleticism

    5 Routes to Greater Athleticism
    Phenom athletes like LeBron James and Olympic legend Michael Phelps employ all the tricks of the trade when it comes to training for their sport. Here are five sport-specific training tips to add to your program, courtesy of Jim Ryno, owner of LIFT, a private personal training facility in Ramsey, New Jersey (InsideLift.com) and former trainer to the likes of professional ...
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    Flagstaff, AZ: Fire and EMS Scanner

    Flagstaff, AZ: Fire and EMS Scanner
    The Flagstaff Fire Department consists of 95 full-time men and women, ten seasonal employees, and student fuel management interns. It serves the citizens of Flagstaff with 9 specialized teams including hazardous materials, high angle rescue, cold water rescue, and wildfire mitigation. The audio player below will automatically start, delivering you a full and uncensored feed of the Flagstaff emergency dispatch. The ...
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    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 1 by David Pease

    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 1 by David Pease
    I want to look at the “art” of stabilizing and lifting over the next few issues. I think we tend to spend a lot of time on the actual extrication techniques but sometimes overlook the stabilizing of the vehicles. How much time do we spend training on stabilization? I can do an entire weekend class just on stabilizing and lifting of ...
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    What is the Purpose of a Safer Grant?

    What is the Purpose of a Safer Grant?
    The SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained, “front-line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments ability to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established ...
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    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft

    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft
    We in the Fire, Rescue and EMS service are typically “A” type of personality and enjoy the adrenalin rush we get from the calls we respond to. That is not a bad thing since it takes this type of person to do the job we do. How many times have you heard someone tell you that they are glad that you ...
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    Worst Places to Look for a Job

    Finding a job in the current state of the economy is hard enough without having to worry about how well your pay compares to the rest of the country. FireLink has research some of the most reputable sources on the internet to provide you with this two-part series showcasing the best and worst cities to be a firefighter. The first ...
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