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    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo

    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo
    We see the bright yellow buses travel our roads and highways everyday. These buses are not only carrying the future of our country, but the future firefighters, rescue and EMS workers that will inherit our plight to protect and save lives. It is our duty and obligation as rescue workers to be highly skilled and trained in rescuing this precious cargo. ...
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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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    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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    Partner with FireLink

     Partner with FireLink
    Have your own website? Have a MySpace account? Here's a great way to spread the word about FireLink. Just copy and paste the code from the text box below the image of your choice into the HTML body of your page. FireLink is now offering all department and member-owned websites the opportunity for partnership and link swapping. Email: info@firelink.com for more ...
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    Ultimate Guide to SAFER Grants

    Ultimate Guide to SAFER Grants
    The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants are managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Office. SAFER grants provide financial assistance to help fire departments increase their cadre of frontline firefighters. The goal is to assist the local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities, in order to respond to emergencies whenever they ...
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    Hose Puzzle

    Hose Puzzle
    An interesting innovation on tetris, this game combines quick thinking, strategy, and planning to keep your firefighting brain on its toes.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic

    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic
    At a Glance • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average as paid positions replace unpaid volunteers. • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics need formal training and certification, but requirements vary by State. • Emergency services function 24 hours a day so emergency medical technicians and paramedics have irregular working hours. h4. Nature of the Work People’s lives often ...
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    Effective Management of Fireground Emergencies

    Effective Management of Fireground Emergencies
    *Over the next few issues we will discuss what is required to effectively manage fireground emergencies. We will discuss command failures in this issue. Additional segments will look at command competencies, cue factors, resource management, communications management, command post staffing, and command adjunct materials.* Command Failures One of the lessons that I have learned over the years is that most of ...
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    The Journey of Grantwriting: Part 1

    Welcome to “The Journey of Grant Writing”. Over the next several weeks we will cover many topics that will assist you in drafting future grant proposals. You may be one of those individuals that maintain a full time job and, like so many of us, you are asked to take on the additional task of grant writing. Hold on, don’t leave ...
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    Military Firefighter Fitness Standards

    Military Firefighter Fitness Standards
    I responded to an email from a sailor who loved his Navy job so much that he continued his public service as a firefighter when he retired. As an Aviation Boatswain's Mate, he was one of 35,000 Navy personnel who receive ship-board firefighting training each year. After his Navy service, the retired 38 year old had to then physically prepare for ...
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    Hazmat Video Training Series

     Hazmat Video Training Series
    This video training roundup is provided by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is an independent federal agency that investigates chemical accidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of the chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failures as well as ...
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    Setting Goals

    Setting Goals
    Life can be extremely busy. How often do you hear someone say, “I can’t believe how fast time flies? Where did my day go?” Personally, I find that if I do not set goals, life passes me by. I have heard it said that if you don’t set goals you are just drifting through life. Goals don’t have to be big. ...
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    Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White

    Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White
    h4. Why did you become a paramedic? I’m also a part-time volunteer firefighter for a suburb of Minneapolis. A few years ago, I took an emergency medical technician course and realized there was so much more to learn. So I did a few ride alongs. That’s where you ride with an ambulance team to see if paramedicine is something you might ...
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    Career Profile: Emergency Medical Technician - Darryl Lowery

    Career Profile: Emergency Medical Technician - Darryl Lowery
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become an emergency medical technician because of a great volunteer experience. When I was 16, I volunteered at the local fire department along with three of my best friends from high school. Early on, I took the necessary classes and became certified in cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and advanced first aid. I ...
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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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