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    Becoming an EMT: Training

    Becoming an EMT: Training
    Generally, a high school diploma is required to enter a training program to become an EMT or paramedic. Workers must complete a formal training and certification process. h4. Education and Training A high school diploma is usually required to enter a formal emergency medical technician training program. Training is offered at progressive levels: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and Paramedic. At the EMT-Basic level, ...
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    Becoming an EMT: Earnings

    Earnings of EMTs and Paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location of their jobs, as well as their training and experience. Median hourly wages of EMTs and paramedics were $14.10 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.13 and $18.28.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.08, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.77. ...
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    Gather at the Firehouse: Summer Recipes and More

    Are you the type to enjoy a hot summer day by the grill? If so then you'll love these summer recipes. So stop licking your lips and get cooking! Sources: Food Network, Epicurious, About.com Recipe: Garlic Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp → [page] Garlic Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Ingredients: Instructions: • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 1/4 tablespoon lime juice • 1 clove garlic, ...
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    Becoming an EMT: Job Outlook

    Becoming an EMT: Job Outlook
    Employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018. Job prospects should be good, particularly in cities and private ambulance services. h4. Employment change Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for ...
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    Becoming an EMT: Employment

    Becoming an EMT: Employment
    EMTs and paramedics held about 210,700 jobs in 2008. Most career EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas.These individuals volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls per month. Paid EMTs and paramedics were employed in a number ...
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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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    FireLink's Fundraisers for Firefighters

    Looking to raise money for your department or charitable cause with a unique and successful fundraiser? FireLink understands the importance of raising money, and we have done our best to supply you with some new and creative ideas for your next fundraiser. Check out some of our suggestions below and share your stories of success with the rest of the ...
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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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    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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    Are You Ready to Take the CPAT?

    Each department across the United States differs in testing exercises and measuring criteria, most NEW fire fighter personnel will be tested in challenging and physically demanding events. Most will use the CPAT – Candidate Physical Assessment Test. For those who properly prepare themselves, the Academy PT can be just another workout – a stress reliever even! For those current fire fighters, ...
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    Tricks Of the Trade: Handlines

    The first few minutes of a fire attack can be quite intense, especially with a fire demanding a large flow. Often times it’s the actions of the first-in company that will make or break the operation. The key to a successful big water attack is to flow as much water as possible with a minimum manpower situation. In past articles I ...
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    The Front Bumper Donut Roll Load

    Many of the pumpers manufactured in recent years are equipped with pre-connected handlines mounted in the front bumper. These lines are usually small in size (1” to 1-3/4”) and are most commonly found in lengths ranging from 50’ to 150’. They are very effective for fighting the smaller type fires such as vehicles, grass, rubbish, and dumpsters, etc. The hose tray ...
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    Female Firefighters: Fighting for Their Place in Fire & Rescue

    Female Firefighters: Fighting for Their Place in Fire & Rescue
    Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. -Charlotte Whitton Nothing frustrates me more then the firefighter that believes women don't belong in the fire service. Now, I am not one of those "die hard" feminists. I don't believe women are better then men at everything. I ...
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    Becoming a Firefighter: The Two-Year Plan

    Becoming a Firefighter: The Two-Year Plan
    *If still in high school look into a Regional Occupational Program (ROP).* Many local fire departments have community outreach recruitment programs. *Graduate from high school or obtain your GED.* A diploma is much preferred. Talk with a counselor at a community college that offers fire science courses. Set up a course curriculum that allows you to obtain a two-year degree in ...
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    An Honest Discussion: Dangers of Being a Female First Responder

    An Honest Discussion: Dangers of Being a Female First Responder
    When I began writing these articles, I never expected the following or the feedback they would receive. However, ultimately that is the goal! To make you think and ponder. To be fair, I thought I would write about something a little different. When I am asked if being a female has ever been a detriment to me or my coworkers, one ...
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    A Fire Chief's Advice On How to Be a Great Firefighter

    A Fire Chief's Advice On How to Be a Great Firefighter
    1. The fire service is a dangerous profession. Every year, on average 100 firefighters die and another 80,000 are injured. To stay safe, study and learn about your emergency work and its hazards. Knowledge of your job enhances safety. 2. Heart attacks are the number-one killer of firefighters. Remain in good physical and mental condition. A lifelong commitment to exercise and ...
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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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    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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    Water Delivery Support Unit: It's for the Big One

    [photo:128002] You have all seen them in the magazines. They are the big monster pumpers. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, they all had them at one time or another. These beasts are designed to move large volumes of water at the BIG ONE. They have 2000 GPM pump capacities and larger and use multiple large supply lines to support them. They ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101
    This is the first of a three part article on big truck extrication. *We are going to first take a look at basic truck anatomy. In article two we will discuss scene approach, hazards, and stabilization. In part three we will talk about extrication techniques.* Trucks have been around since shortly after the coming of the motorized automobile. They have become ...
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