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    Guatemala Mission Bound: The Training Begins

    Guatemala Mission Bound: The Training Begins
    Well, as with anything we do, there is always something that pops up. We had a ticket issue that had to be corrected before departing Raleigh Durham. I did learn that the name that appears on the ticket needs to match the one on your passport. The name you are accustomed to, might not work. That’s what happens when you order ...
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    Informed Field Guide: EMS

    Click on the image to download: EMS   : Universal Precautions   : Allergic Reaction   : Cardiac Arrest   : Adult, Child or Infant CPR   : Chest Pain/Chest Trauma   : Childbirth Back to Guide Index
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    Taking Care of Your Shoulders

    Taking Care of Your Shoulders
    A Navy Chief emailed me about his recent shoulder injury. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and freak accidents can occur at the strangest of times. He writes: "I am an avid lifter. I lift all the time and have done bodybuilding competitions, so you would think I would be pretty strong. At only thirty years old, I was closing ...
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    Nightmares

    Nightmares
    I can't forget the time I spent Putting out the fires Though I try my best, I never do No matter my desires I go to sleep and try to think Of nothing but my wife But I lie in bed, and live again The chaos of my life My shoulder aches, and I return To the night upon the ladder ...
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    Are They Fixing or Bitching? Are You Leading or Retreating?

    Are They Fixing or Bitching? Are You Leading or Retreating?
    There is little doubt that in one of your firehouses right now, some members are engaged in a "solving the World's issues" discussion. The nature of firefighters is that we are fixers. Think about it. A woman calls 911. "My house is on fire! My baby's not breathing!! I smell gas! I'm locked out of my car." We respond and fix ...
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    Extrication: Back to Basics Part 2

    Our mission trip to Guatemala was pretty awesome and we had a great time teaching their folks some basic rescue techniques. They were eager to learn and we plan on returning July 2010 to continue their training and hopefully get some more equipment donated. Catch my articles on the trip and what we did. Last issue we looked at how we ...
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    Informed Field Guide: ICS

    Click on the image to download: ICS - Incident Management Guidelines   : Develop Organizational Structure   : Basic Assignment Examples   : Safety Officer/Rehab Unit Leader   : Staging Area Manager   : Strike Team/Task Force Leader   : Planning Chief    and more... Back to Guide Index
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    Rescue at Peeks Creek: Hurrican Ivan

    I wrote in the winter issue that I would tell the story of the rescue up at Peeks Creek in Macon County, North Carolina. Well, here is the Readers Digest version of that rescue. We had just returned from our deployment in Morganton, for hurricane Frances, when word was coming down the pipes that hurricane Ivan may also target North Carolina. ...
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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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    Wildfire: Are You Prepared?

    Wildfire: Are You Prepared?
    More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, residents enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire. Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They can be ignited by the careless tossing of a cigarette, an unattended campfire, or from natural causes like lightning. They spread quickly igniting ...
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    CASE STUDY: Kettlebells for Firefighters

    CASE STUDY: Kettlebells for Firefighters
    Joe C. Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." -Thomas Edison Joe was in his eighth minute of a ten minute kettlebell set. A client and firefighter candidate, Joe had been lifting kettlebells for a little over six months when he attempted his first ten minute set. He'd originally came to me to help pass the FDNY's ...
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    The Journey of Grantwriting - Part II

    Hello and welcome back. Thank you for the wonderful comments I received on the first segment of the Journey of Grant Writing. I would like to do a quick overview of segment one of the series. In segment one you were introduced to the following: Grant terminology, Follow RFP guidelines, Basic writing skills, My favorite list of doom and gloom words. ...
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    Competition: Don't Get Psyched Out

    Competition: Don't Get Psyched Out
    Here is a concerned future military member who is having a tough time with what we all have to conquer when exceeding perceived limits - our own doubts! "Stew, I have a problem - mentally, I think. I am fitter than any time before in my life which my brain knows, but my mind constantly speaks to me that I cannot ...
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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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    Navigating the Hiring Process

    Navigating the Hiring Process
    *+Networking+* The best way to standout in the hiring process is to understand the role of a firefighter. A great way to gain knowledge and experience in the fire service is to become a volunteer or reserve firefighter. These candidates will have made a name for themselves long before the testing process. Candidates often volunteer for departmental activities. These activities include ...
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    Pride

    Pride
    I wrote a column several months back that dealt with a new probationary firefighter who was eager to get started on his career. Thanks to the actions of a select few sour firefighters, this rookie has begun to rethink the longevity of his career on his new department. Instead of shopping for a new home, he is now shopping for a ...
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    Informed Field Guide: HAZMAT

    Click on the image to download: HAZMAT   : Mixed/Unidentified Cargo   : Protective Clothing   : Spill or Leak   : Initial Isolation/Protective Action Back to Guide Index
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    6 Ways to Burn More Fat

    6 Ways to Burn More Fat
    You've put in the brutal, twice-a-day workout sessions, eaten enough chicken breast and steak to support a small farm, and lined up the correct supplements like a chemical engineer. Now you're left with mounds of protein-infused muscle covering your body, a true physical fitness achievement. Yet like a supermodel draped in a heavy trench coat, the goods are hidden from sight ...
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    Who Did You Light Today?

    Who Did You Light Today?
    I am a big fan of quotes. It amazes me to see how eloquent many people have been over the centuries; how a few words can really say so much. One of my favorites is “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”These words are credited to several sources but most commonly to Father James Keller, a Catholic priest who wrote ...
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    Not Everyone Goes Home

    Not Everyone Goes Home
    On my website a while back, a brother posted a simple statement- everyone goes home. I thought about it for a bit. I reflected on the 343 firefighters that didn’t go home on 9-11. I thought about the more than 600 (and climbing) who have been killed since then. I wondered, why don’t we all go home safely? We should ...
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