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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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    "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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    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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    Relay Pump Operations: Who Says It's Just for the Long Lay?

    Producing the required flow to combat a fire is crucial for a successful operation. With the most common fire being the single family residential, water supply from a hydrant system is for the most part not a problem. In fact, it seems like most house fires can be knocked down with the onboard booster tank water. Then there is the ...
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    Running: How Do You Find Your Pace?

    As with any cardiovascular activity if you are going to perform for several minutes or even a few hours you need to find a sustainable pace. Here is an email from someone who enjoys running with a group but struggles with running alone: Hey Stew – When I run with my group of friends, I am always faster than when I ...
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    A New Journey: A Female FireMedic's Tale

    A New Journey: A Female FireMedic's Tale
    I remember the exact moment I found out I had to attend the fire academy. It was a year and a half ago. My knuckles were white from gripping the chair, my palms were clammy, my heart had dropped into my stomach…simply put, I was petrified. I had spent the last 5 years of my EMS career avoiding that next step. ...
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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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    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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    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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    Guatemala Mission Bound

    Guatemala Mission Bound
    For several years now I have gone to the Appalachian Mountains with a group from my church on an ASP project where we do repairs and construction on houses of those less fortunate. These folks could not otherwise afford to have these repairs done and live with leaking roofs, in dilapidated dwellings, with dangerous wiring, and some with inferior plumbing. The ...
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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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    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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    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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    Extrication: Back to Basics Part 1

    The first of August, my Guatemala Rescue Team left for a week to train their folks in basic rescue techniques. We had to utilize the equipment we were able to get donated. This was composed of mostly hand tools, but did include a hydraulic combi-tool, some reciprocating saws, and stabilization jacks. We were tasked with teaching these folks the basics of ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Asbestos Dangers - During and After Fires

    Asbestos Dangers - During and After Fires
    There are many factors that play into the dangers of fires. Besides being exposed to the obvious immediate hazard as the fire itself, smoke inhalation of carbon monoxide poison, and collapsing buildings, there is a less obvious factor that may be more dangerous—asbestos exposure. What is asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is a known carcinogen. This fiber consists of ...
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