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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 1: Airbag Explosions

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 1: Airbag Explosions
    This is a question that I ask myself, while preparing a vehicle fire class for our local department. In Oct. 2003, as a training officer for our department, I was putting a two hour class together on the dangers of vehicle fires. In a previous airbag class, I had used some pictures that I thought would be helpful in this class. ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 3: The Extrication

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 3: The Extrication
    In the last two articles we have looked at how trucks are constructed, the types of trailers they may be pulling, the tremendous weights that may be involved, the hazards that come from dealing with large trucks, assessing and approaching these types of crashes, and how to look at some basic stabilization methods. Now we are going to look at some ...
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    Military Experience

    Military Experience
    Candidates who have served our country in the Armed Forces have a huge advantage over those who have not. It is generally believed that while a military veterans may not have as many certificates and fire science units as the other candidates (they were busy serving our country), they offer so much more. There is no substitute for life experience. The ...
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    Highest Paying States and Metropolises for Firefighters

    Highest Paying States and Metropolises for Firefighters
    Firefighters control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. The following estimates are a guide to help you navigate, state by state, the fire and rescue employment gauntlet. h4. +Top Five Best-Paying Firefighting Jobs By State+ (_*These stats are based off of mean salaries ending in the year 2009_) State Hourly ...
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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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    Upper and Lower Body Workouts Using Super-Set / Pyramid Methods

    Upper and Lower Body Workouts Using Super-Set / Pyramid Methods
    Many people like to do calisthenics based workouts using pyramids and super set routines. In fact, with the right mix of exercises you can create a perfect workout that balances the entire body. Here is a question that prompted the following article: _Stew,_ _Do you have any lower body workouts in the pyramid form? I would like to put together a ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization
    Sometimes I wonder if rescuers realize just how many trucks are actually on our highways traveling each and everyday. My wife and I took a trip out west last Spring to see the Grand Canyon. I decided to drive in order to stop and see other things we might be interested in seeing along the way. Driving from North Carolina to ...
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    FDNY Quiz: Image for Question 6

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    PTSD: A Spouse’s Role

    PTSD: A Spouse’s Role
    Prior to my being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a few years ago, I felt this affliction was one which only affected weak individuals. I believed it was a sign of fragility. I was wrong. During a night shift about two years ago, I was transported to the ER from the station suffering shortness of breath, chest pains, numbness, ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 2

    School Bus Extrication - Part 2
    I hope this column finds everyone well. As I write this next part on bus extrication, and we look further into how buses are constructed, I have had the opportunity to teach several more classes on bus extrication. Each time I do a class I always learn more from my students and being able to experiment with techniques. We have also ...
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    The Kitchen Table Debrief – CHAOS and ICS

    The Kitchen Table Debrief – CHAOS and ICS
    The biggest lesson you’ll learn in the following article is that we are destined to be students forever. We may think we have learned all there is to our jobs or to life in general, but the truth is that we are all crawling around this planet as perpetual students. The longer it takes to accept this reality, the longer it ...
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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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    CPAT Testing Facilities

    Need to get your CPAT certification but don't know where? This listing is provided for you to find the closest facility to you. If you have already taken the CPAT and know of a test site not listed here, please provide it for your fellow firefighters using the information below. - Want to get linked? Email: info@firelink.com for more information. - ...
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    Hazardous Materials: What You Need to Know

    Chemicals are found everywhere. They purify drinking water, increase crop production, and simplify household chores. But chemicals also can be hazardous to humans or the environment if used or released improperly. Hazards can occur during production, storage, transportation, use, or disposal. You and your community are at risk if a chemical is used unsafely or released in harmful amounts into ...
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    FDNY Quiz: Image for Questions 10-11

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    Las Vegas, NV: Police and Fire Scanner

    Las Vegas, NV: Police and Fire Scanner
    Las Vegas Fire & Rescue provides all fire suppression, prevention and education programs in the city. The department also provides bomb squad, hazardous materials, emergency medical and emergency management services. The audio player below will automatically start, delivering you a full and uncensored feed of the Las Vegas emergency dispatch. The audio may take a moment to start, but if you ...
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    Sky Firefighter

    Sky Firefighter
    Off-duty? On-call? Try your hand at some aerial firefighting.
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    Ignorance Is the Enemy

    Our world is made up of what some call a melting pot – a mixture of many different races, religions, and cultures. In the midst of these groups are further subdivisions – gender, age, education, social status, etc. All these groupings are but a few of the categories that divide us as people - categories that serve to pit us against ...
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    Hazardous Materials Response

    Hazardous Materials Response
    We all learned during our basic EMT class that we should always park upwind from the accident scene in case there are hazardous materials involved. Now lets be honest, how many of us even think about parking upwind, or for that matter even know which way the wind is blowing when we leave the station? When responding to most accidents, we ...
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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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