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    Get Your Photo Album Featured

    Get Your Photo Album Featured
    Think you've got photography skills? Just send a link to your album and a 50-100 word writeup about your album to info@firelink.com. Winners will be notified via PM and featured on our Photo channel. Good luck!
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    The Case Against Chemical Flame Retardants

    Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants were recently shown to be present at very high levels in the blood and house dust of Californians, possibly because of a unique Californian law that requires furniture to be flame-resistant. These chemicals are garnering much interest as of late because of their 2006 op-ed article for The New York Times, “most fatal furniture fires are ...
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    FireLink's Favorites

    FireLink's Favorites
    Here is a list of FireLink's favorite links- check them out! Send your favorite fire & rescue links here! FIRE 20/20- FIRE 20/20, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to helping Fire/EMS connect with their multicultural communities to increase the reach and effectiveness of prevention and recruitment programs. Midsouth Rescue Technologies- The mission of Midsouth Rescue Technologies is to develop and provide ...
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    The Rescuers’ Response to Hybrid Vehicles- Part 1

    In reading many of the post, in both the forums and private groups, it seems that some are in need of information about dealing with hybrid vehicles. But with all the conflicting information available today, what are we to believe? What information can we depend on to keep us safe? Today there are a lot of rumors, misunderstandings and misinformation ...
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    From Fire Volunteer to Career Firefighter: A 5-Step Guide

    From Fire Volunteer to Career Firefighter: A 5-Step Guide
    Volunteer firefighting is one of the most rewarding, most fun, and least financially viable professions. Most people don’t have unlimited income to spend, so most volunteer firefighters are stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to work their day job and also get in a few calls. They want to be able to serve their community as a firefighter, ...
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    My Grand Ole Kettlebell Plan

    I foresee a set of kettlebells in every firehouse! I could end the article there and call it a day, or I could go into endless reasons why I feel this way, and how every firefighter that took part in the program would benefit. Don't Americans already know how to get in shape? There seems to be no shortage of super ...
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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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    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 3 by David Pease

    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 3 by David Pease
    When you read this we will be hopefully moving into the fall and out of a tremendously hot and dry summer. Since I can’t predict the future, which would be nice, I hope we have experienced some rain to bring our water levels back up to normal. Writing this in August, I am not going to make a hurricane prediction, but ...
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    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 2 by David Pease

    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 2 by David Pease
    I hope everyone had a great Spring and now that Summer is here, we will see more vehicles on the road as folks head out on vacation and family trips. I enjoy the traveling I do in North Carolina and South Carolina, as I get to meet so many interesting people and see so many Fire Departments and Rescue Squads. I ...
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    Sundown Shootout

    Sundown Shootout
    Get ready for a showdown and become the fastest gun in town! Its time for a Sundown Shootout! The objective of the game is to fire your weapon very quickly and accurately. You must outgun your opponent and reduce his HP to 0 to win a duel. Try to reach the target area quicker than your opponent. You can buy guns ...
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    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 1 by David Pease

    Lift and Stabilize, Volume 1 by David Pease
    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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    Washboard Abs, Six-Pack Abs... Are They Possible?

    Having a flat stomach or more commonly, - washboard abs - is not just accomplished by working out daily, it has to become an all-encompassing lifestyle. The key components are healthy diet, cardiovascular training, and abdominal exercises. If a movie star stomach is your goal, you must realize that to achieve your goal you have to first concentrate on what you ...
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    Want to Lose Weight?

    To lose weight, there are a few factors that you must consider for any weight loss program to be effective. If you remember the following formulas, you should be able to lose weight in a healthy manner and better yet, KEEP IT OFF! Formula #1: Calories OUT > Calories IN = Weight Loss This formula is as basic as weight loss ...
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    Are You Ready for the Hurricane Season?

    Are You Ready for the Hurricane Season?
    This is not a long article on swiftwater rescue, but a short reminder that Hurricane season is upon us. This year is predicted to be a very busy one, which could have an effect on us all. Our Team spent our June Training brushing up on our swiftwater skills. The following week, tropical storm Alberto dropped almost record amounts of rain, ...
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    Focus on Fire: Wildfires

    Focus on Fire: Wildfires
    More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings – in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire. Every year across our Nation some homes survive after a major wildfire while many others do not. Those that survive almost always do ...
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    Firefighters & Asbestos: An SCBA Might Just Save Your Life

    Firefighters & Asbestos: An SCBA Might Just Save Your Life
    Firefighters face an immense number of occupational dangers – but what many people may not consider is the risk of asbestos exposure, and the failure to recognize this dangerous hazard may be costing firefighters their life. Asbestos exposure is the only confirmed cause of pleural mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer that affects the lungs. An SCBA, or self-contained breathing apparatus, ...
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    AM and PM Workouts

    AM and PM Workouts
    One of my favorite things to do is to workout in the AM and PM. I find often due to my schedule that a tough workout needs to be split into to different workouts in the same day. Here is the question posed: "I would like to know if when I workout in the morning at home, on the days I ...
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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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    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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    Flagstaff, AZ: Fire and EMS Scanner

    Flagstaff, AZ: Fire and EMS Scanner
    The Flagstaff Fire Department consists of 95 full-time men and women, ten seasonal employees, and student fuel management interns. It serves the citizens of Flagstaff with 9 specialized teams including hazardous materials, high angle rescue, cold water rescue, and wildfire mitigation. The audio player below will automatically start, delivering you a full and uncensored feed of the Flagstaff emergency dispatch. The ...
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