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    FDNY Quiz: Map for Questions 1-5

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    Streets of Fire

    Streets of Fire
    Another game to keep you busy during downtime. This one's a little easy but still addictive. Run through the levels grabbing the gas cans as you set as many buildings on fire before your flame level runs out. And please note that FireLink does not in any way endorse arson. How do your scores compare? Post them here.
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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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    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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    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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    Firefighter Bouces Back from Near Death to Run Marathon

    Three years ago, Firefighter Matthew Long was expected to die after he was run down by a bus as he biked to work during the city's transit strike. Dozens of surgeries and hundreds of hours of therapy later, a determined Long learned how to walk again, one painful step at a time. His recovery is about to take a stunning leap ...
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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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    Fitness Series by Stew Smith

     Fitness Series by Stew Smith
    Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness , Maximum Fitness , and SWAT Workout. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as military fitness trainer, Stew has ...
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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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    Highest Paying States for Firefighters (2011)

    Firefighters don't get into public service and risk their lives for the money, but some firefighters do earn more in certain locations due to demand. FireLink did the research and found five states that pay top dollar for firefighters. Next page: Highest Paying States for Firefighters [page] Highest Paying State #5 Nevada Annual Mean Wage: $56,250 There are 2,030 firefighters ...
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    The Kitchen Table Debrief – MAYDAY! The Goodness Spec

    The Kitchen Table Debrief – MAYDAY! The Goodness Spec
    “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Fire Department Obstacles Are Killing Us! MAYDAY!” In this “Kitchen Table Debrief” I will propose some techniques to help avoid common obstacles when documenting SOPs/SOGs. Actually, some of these issues exist in more than just our documented processes, but this is how they most often rear their ugly heads! I have a confession to make. Actually, I have ...
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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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    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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    Nutritional Tips for the Road

    On average, most people can gain five or more pounds a year. That is why in five short years, people step on a scale and cannot believe they are nearly FIFTY pounds overweight. Weight has a way of sneaking up on you over time. You do not get overweight overnight and you do not lose the weight overnight either. Both take ...
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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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    Microracers

    This old-school driving game is a test of you against the track. Learn how to master it, and you will speed past any competitor.
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    Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Prioritizing Leadership

    Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Prioritizing Leadership
    There is a virus infesting some fire departments in our Nation. It is not a computer virus but a leadership virus and one which threatens the future of many of these fine organizations. Think of our fire departments as ships moving through the treacherous seas of change. Change that is often imposed from the outside but also change that is driven ...
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    Kitchen Table Debriefs - Hostile Fire Events (Part II)

    In this “Kitchen Table Debrief” I will finish the discussion of some of the more likely Hostile Fire Events you may encounter on the fireground. In PART I, we began discussing the most common hostile fire event, Flashover. Since then, I have been discussing this with colleagues and doing more research. Don’t worry; nothing has changed! I would like to address ...
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    The New Normal, Light Weight Wood Construction

    The New Normal, Light Weight Wood Construction
    This article will talk about some of the construction components that we see going into new buildings, specifically single-family dwellings. Many of these items have been around for a while but it seems that we are really starting to see some significant fires in “newer” lightweight building construction and that should concern every firefighter in the country. We in the fire ...
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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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