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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Cribbing Overview

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Cribbing Overview
    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 Your Worst Call?

    What Is Your Worst Call?
    The Worst Call: Nightmare Bank When people find out what I do for a living, I get asked the same question time and time again: What is your worst call? Many thoughts run through my head when I am asked this. What constitutes a ’worst call’? A parent’s reaction when I tell them their child has died? Having treated a 12 ...
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    The Kitchen Table Debrief – Talk Like A Firefighter

    In this "Kitchen Table Debrief" I will talk about the way we communicate and the efforts to make what we say clear at a scene and on the radio. How Do You Say "Get Out"? When you need to move people out of a building, or you want your people (firefighters) to withdraw from a building because you have changed strategies, ...
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    "I'm a Firefighter" - The Double Standard

    We all know being a firefighter has its social perks, especially for guys. I go out with the guys from work often and watch certain phenomenons take place. For example, my fellow brothers can walk up to a table full of girls, with a wingman in place of course (as I learned all about the importance of wingmen when I began ...
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    FDNY Quiz: Map for Questions 1-5

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    FireLink Exclusive: 5-Alarm Fire Gear Deals!

    Have you been looking to purchase some new quality fire gear but just can't afford it? Well, we have done the work for you! FireLink has partnered with top fire gear providers who are slashing prices and offering FireLink members a special discount on their products!Don't have an account? Sign Up Now to take advantage of this great offer! Get ...
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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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    The Kitchen Table Debrief – MAYDAY! The Goodness Spec

    The Kitchen Table Debrief – MAYDAY! The Goodness Spec
    “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Fire Department Obstacles Are Killing Us! MAYDAY!” In this “Kitchen Table Debrief” I will propose some techniques to help avoid common obstacles when documenting SOPs/SOGs. Actually, some of these issues exist in more than just our documented processes, but this is how they most often rear their ugly heads! I have a confession to make. Actually, I have ...
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    Stuck on Pushups? Try the Pushup Push Workout!

    Stuck on Pushups? Try the Pushup Push Workout!
    Ever since I wrote The Grinder PT – Key to Mental Toughness eBook, I have noticed that the majority of people who attempt one of my toughest workouts I have ever created do quite well on pushups tests upon finishing. This eBook is modeled after the first month of SEAL training, where pushups are done five days a week in the ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 4: Magnesium Fires

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 4: Magnesium Fires
    As we saw in "Part 3,":http://firelink.monster.com/training/articles/505-is-it-time-to-change-our-training-yet---part-3 manufacturers have been forced to cut every ounce of weight possible, in order to meet the economic problems. One way of doing that is by the extensive use of magnesium. Magnesium is stronger and 1/3 lighter than aluminum and can be molded and machined into most any shape. Today manufacturers are using it for most ...
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    So, You Want To Become A Firefighter?

    Ever wonder how you could live your dream of becoming a firefighter? Written by Battalion Chief Steve Prziborowski, instructor at Chabot College Fire Technology Program and Former President of the Northern California Training Officers Association, this 6-step guide offers aspiring firefighters a step-by-step presentation on how to best position yourself for a successful firefighting career and what to expect in the ...
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    What's More Important: Credentials or Experience?

    What's More Important: Credentials or Experience?
    What best prepares a firefighter for the job? Classroom lectures? Experience through on-the-job training? Both? Neither? Each option has its proponents and its opponents. There have been discussions (and at times, heated debates) about experience versus credentials at firehouse kitchen tables all over the country for years. What we are really talking about is training. What training method works best? What ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 2: Exploding Hood Struts

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 2: Exploding Hood Struts
    In Part 1 of this series we discussed the dangers that airbags present, when involved in a vehicle fire. Another danger that we face in today's vehicle fires is the Compressed Gas Strut. Most of us call them hood struts, thinking that they are used to hold the hood up. This is true, but they are also used on trunk lids, ...
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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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    What It Takes To Land A Job

    Landing a job in the fire service is truly a unique challenge. On average, there are over 100 candidates who apply for each opening. Since the competition is so intense, what does it take to be the top candidate? Many candidates believe it is important to be the "most qualified" individual in the testing process. The truth is that we are ...
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    An Academy's Daunting Challenge

    An Academy's Daunting Challenge
    Ladders. It was a word that made my heart race a little. I am not afraid of heights. Nor, am I afraid of a challenge. But there was something about hanging off the side of a ladder taking out a window with an axe in -20 degree weather when the snow was blowing sideways that sent a chill down my spine. ...
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    The Worcester Six (A Firefighter Poem)

    We came to be known as the Worchester Six But we were just firemen; the ones God had picked We were called to respond to a fire one night When we arrived on the scene there was no one in sight A fire in a warehouse the dispatcher said We were told it was empty, we thought, victims, instead A faint ...
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    Firefighter Bouces Back from Near Death to Run Marathon

    Three years ago, Firefighter Matthew Long was expected to die after he was run down by a bus as he biked to work during the city's transit strike. Dozens of surgeries and hundreds of hours of therapy later, a determined Long learned how to walk again, one painful step at a time. His recovery is about to take a stunning leap ...
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    Kitchen Table Debriefs - Hostile Fire Events (Part II)

    In this “Kitchen Table Debrief” I will finish the discussion of some of the more likely Hostile Fire Events you may encounter on the fireground. In PART I, we began discussing the most common hostile fire event, Flashover. Since then, I have been discussing this with colleagues and doing more research. Don’t worry; nothing has changed! I would like to address ...
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    What to Expect Your First Year as a Firefighter

    What to Expect Your First Year as a Firefighter
    *+Schedules and Timelines+* Most commonly firefighters work in 24-hour shifts, reporting to work at 0700 and work until 0700 the next day. Firefighters usually work a total of 56 hours per week (but since these hours are worked on a continual basis, firefighters enjoy a lot of time off). On the average, firefighters work ten 24-hour shifts each month, leaving them ...
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