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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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    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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    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: 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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    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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    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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    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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    Saving Our Own Starts With Attitude

    Saving Our Own Starts With Attitude
    At a recent fire I overheard the incident commander tell the mutual aid rapid intervention team, “Thanks for coming; my guys would have killed me if I assigned them as RIT.” Take a minute and think about that. If you are assigned as RIT at a fire, is that your attitude? If it is, stop reading, you’re wasting your time. If ...
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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 3: Fuel Tanks

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 3: Fuel Tanks
    Unlike the classic '57 Chevy or the luxury Lincolns and Cadillacs of yesterday, auto designers today are forced to meet many safety, economic, and environmental standards. These three standards affect most every part of the vehicle including the fuel system. h4. Safety One of the greatest threats to human survival in automobile collisions is fire. Ruptured fuel tanks, filler tubes, and ...
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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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    Friends and Aquaintances

    Fire departments have the luxury of choosing any candidate they feel would best represent their organization. To an outsider, if your friends are of questionable character, then so are you. You have heard the old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” If your friends are getting into trouble, then, potentially, so are you. Even if you are not a party ...
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    Community Service

    One of the important aspects of being a firefighter is community involvement. This comes in many forms. To some it may be as a little league or soccer coach, while others are involved in the boys and girls club. Some may be active at church. Whatever you choose to do, it is important to be active in the community. Many candidates ...
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    First Impressions

    “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This statement certainly applies to the interview portion of the firefighter exam, where you only have one opportunity to make a favorable first impression. Even before the start of an interview, the first thing the raters will notice about you is your overall demeanor and appearance. Your eye contact, facial ...
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    What to Expect Your First Year as a Firefighter

    What to Expect Your First Year as a Firefighter
    *+Schedules and Timelines+* Most commonly firefighters work in 24-hour shifts, reporting to work at 0700 and work until 0700 the next day. Firefighters usually work a total of 56 hours per week (but since these hours are worked on a continual basis, firefighters enjoy a lot of time off). On the average, firefighters work ten 24-hour shifts each month, leaving them ...
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    Preparing for the Academy

    Preparing for the Academy
    *+Mental Conditioning+* It is extremely stressful to prepare for a manipulative exam knowing that if you don’t perform you will lose your job. Everyone in the academy has to perform to the minimum standards. There are NO exceptions. Being able to perform under pressure is critical. Remember, the training staff is there to help you be successful. The department has invested ...
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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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    Decide if You're Ready to be a Firefighter

    Decide if You're Ready to be a Firefighter
    *+Basic Eligibility Requirements+* The fire department will post the entry-level requirements on the job description flyer. In order for a candidate’s application to be accepted, the minimum requirements must be met. While entry-level requirements vary from department to department, most require candidates to be at least 18 years of age. Some require applicants to be at least 21 years old. Most ...
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