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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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    Alabama: A - Al

    - Abbeville Fire & Rescue 201 Bradley ST Abbeville AL 36310 (334) 585-2000 Mostly Volunteer - Abernant Fire Department HWY 216 19735 JOY DR Abernant AL 35490 205-477-6369 Volunteer - Adger VFD 7276 Johns RD PO Box 253 Adger AL 35006 (205) 424-6310 Volunteer - Akron Volunteer Fire Department 181 1ST AVE S Akron AL 35441-0175 205-372-2585 Volunteer - Alabama Port ...
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    How to Spot a Meth Lab

    How to Spot a Meth Lab
    Today, methamphetamine is second only to alcohol and marijuana as the drug used most frequently in many Western and Midwestern states. Seizures of dangerous laboratory materials have increased dramatically—in some states, fivefold – which is precisely why first responders should be extremely careful when responding to a scene. You never know when a routine call could put you in the path ...
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    Running in the Cold

    Running in the Cold
    Usually, after 8-9 months of challenging running and calisthenics based workouts (see Solstice Plan), I am ready for a few months of non-impact aerobics of indoor swimming and biking for cardiovascular workout options. However, this year, I have tested out some gear during the 30 degrees days of the past month and feel like pushing it a little during the winter ...
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    25 Best Ways to Prank the Probie

    Any department member knows that when a probie joins the ranks, they have no idea about what they've just gotten themselves into. Enjoy this list of of fun pranks to pull on your new probie to help initiate him or her into the department. Start Here! → [page] Firehouse HijinxFun ideas that don't require much work! Freeze the probie's keys ...
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    Code-3 Response Safety

    Code-3 Response Safety
    Ever since 1648, when the first fire organization was founded in America, and in 1819 with the advent of the first steam engine fire apparatus (1679-first fire vehicle), we have looked for ways to learn from mishaps and make things safer. Of course as time goes on, things improve and change along with it. Building construction and vehicles are an ever ...
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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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    Running and Your Heart Rate: What You Need to Know

    Running and Your Heart Rate: What You Need to Know
    Here is a great question from a sailor seeking to better his PFT run time and has gathered extra information about training with heart rate monitor training. How much emphasis should I put on target heart rate while training for the PRT run? The Navy PRT web page says the target heart rate for my age group (25 years) is 117-146bpm, ...
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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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    Clay County, IL: Police and Emergency Management Scanner

    Clay County, IL: Police and Emergency Management Scanner
    The audio player below will automatically start, delivering you a full and uncensored feed of the Clay County emergency dispatch. The audio may take a moment to start, but if you do not hear anything within a few minutes, try the additional streaming player, or click the link below to play in your preferred audio player. Additional feed (to be used ...
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    Firefighter Safety Report: Truss System Failures

    Background According to the Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA), wooden trusses are used in roof systems in more than 60% of all buildings in the United States [SBCMAG 2004]. Truss and related engineered wooden floor systems are also becoming more common. Today, more engineered structures use lighter weight materials, producing larger spans and clear openings. Trusses can be designed to ...
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    Tighten Your Belt in More Ways Than One

    Tighten Your Belt in More Ways Than One
    There was a time when, after a holiday binge, one could take the first tentative steps to getting fit by walking down to the nearest gym and handing over a large amount of money in exchange for a membership card. It was an easy way to start a fitness regime: that shiny new piece of plastic would - in theory at ...
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    Rochester, NY: Metro Fire Scanner

    Rochester, NY: Metro Fire Scanner
    The Rochester Fire Department is a Paid Department of over 500 Firefighters protecting the Population of approx 250,00 people in a City located on the south shore of Lake Ontario from 18 strategically located stations. The Rochester Department also responds to numerous emergency situations, such as, vehicle extrications, medical emergencies, high-level rescue, hazardous materials incidents, structural collapse, swift water rescue, and ...
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    5 Routes to Greater Athleticism

    5 Routes to Greater Athleticism
    Phenom athletes like LeBron James and Olympic legend Michael Phelps employ all the tricks of the trade when it comes to training for their sport. Here are five sport-specific training tips to add to your program, courtesy of Jim Ryno, owner of LIFT, a private personal training facility in Ramsey, New Jersey (InsideLift.com) and former trainer to the likes of professional ...
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    FDNY Quiz: Map for Questions 1-5

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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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    Burning Fat on a Budget

    Burning Fat on a Budget
    Let's face it - if you want to buy brand name anything, you have to be willing to dig a little deeper into your pockets. But in the current economic downturn, people are pinching pennies where ever they can to, you know, eat and stuff. If supplements are already part of the budget that you're trying to maintain, you can still ...
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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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    4 Ways to Get Home-Grown Muscle

    4 Ways to Get Home-Grown Muscle
    One popular misconception (read: excuse) for people who train at home is that you really can't add any serious mass without the benefit of the fancy equipment and unlimited poundages of your local gym. Because of that, they resign themselves to a life of lesser workouts. "I'll just do what I can," they rationalize. "But I don't expect to really gain ...
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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Proper Use of Buttress Systems

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Proper Use of Buttress Systems
    When we look at stabilization we need to consider taking that extra "few" seconds to access our scene and vehicles, and what it will take to properly stabilize the vehicles involved. We talked about some of the basic wood and plastic cribbing as well as the types of movement we are trying to prevent. I want to look at utilizing the ...
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