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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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    Informed Field Guides

    Informed Field Guides
    FireLink has teamed up with Informed ® to give you these free field guides available for download. These are essential tools for every member of the fire rescue and first responder profession, making it easy for firefighters, command officers, and volunteers to coordinate fire attack, incident command, tactics and more.   1. EMS - Medical Emergencies   2. HAZMAT - Hazardous Response   3. ...
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    Informed Field Guide: Terrorist

    Click on the image to download: Terrorist   : Potential Areas of Vulnerability   : Active Shooter Response Back to Guide Index
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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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    Sky Firefighter

    Sky Firefighter
    Off-duty? On-call? Try your hand at some aerial firefighting.
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    Cardio Alternatives

    Cardio Alternatives
    This week, I had a question that comes from a frustrated exerciser who likes to swim and either cannot make the pool times or the pool is closed at the times he can reserve time in his schedule. Cross-training with other cardio options is always healthy. Runners get injured three times as much as people who cross-train with swimming, biking and ...
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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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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Vehicles on Their Sides

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Vehicles on Their Sides
    I have been in Rescue for over 32 years and have taught for over 25 of those. I attended church this past Sunday, which I try to do when I’m not teaching, and came across something in our bulletin that I wanted to pass along to everyone. We were honoring our past and present teachers in the church, and I found ...
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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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    Severe Weather 101

    Severe Weather 101
    Here in the Central Texas Plains, severe weather can occur year round. We have had snow as late as April, tornadoes and flooding in December, and droughts from hell can occur virtually any time of year. Granted Springtime is the main period for severe weather in most places, but many of us in the Southern states have a second season ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    In Search of the Real Fire Department

    In Search of the Real Fire Department
    How often have you heard the term, "real fire department"? It seems to be a common phrase, usually indicating that someone is unhappy with something about the fire department they work or volunteer for. You know the comments I am talking about, "I wish we were a real fire department, "My cousin works for a real fire department", "when I get ...
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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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    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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    Situp and Curlup Tips

    Situp and Curlup Tips
    This week’s article deals with a portion of the physical fitness test found in every branch of service. This is one element of the test that many people either barely pass or just fail. The sit-up or curl-up is also the easiest exercise to score maximum points for, but you must practice this exercise several times a week to reach that ...
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    Preparing for Firefighter Candidate Interviews

    Preparing for Firefighter Candidate Interviews
    Interviews The fire department interview is a unique challenge that is a component of the hiring process for most fire departments. As a general rule, the interview is usually weighed more than any other portion of the exam. It is not uncommon to have each of the other phases of the exam weighted "pass or fail," while the interview is weighted ...
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    Can You Do, What You Say, You Can Do?

    Can You Do, What You Say, You Can Do?
    This thought provoking article will probably stir some feelings, perhaps even rub some the wrong way, and maybe even get a few, “he hit that nail on the head.” Especially when we look at our capabilities as a rescue provider, and what our department says we can do. The way a lot of folks see it, if we do some training ...
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