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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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    Preparing for Firefighter Candidate Interviews

    Preparing for Firefighter Candidate Interviews
    Interviews The fire department interview is a unique challenge that is a component of the hiring process for most fire departments. As a general rule, the interview is usually weighed more than any other portion of the exam. It is not uncommon to have each of the other phases of the exam weighted "pass or fail," while the interview is weighted ...
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    Extrication for the EMT?

    Extrication for the EMT?
    I hope everyone’s summer went well. You know we tend to do less training in the summer, due to the heat, vacations and other family things. Now that fall and winter are here, our training will probably pick up some, as it should. Of course, when you read this, we will be into or finishing the holidays and the winter months ...
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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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    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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    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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    Can You Die if You Drink too Much Water?

    Can You Die if You Drink too Much Water?
    This week, a concerned Army Reservist asks, “I have heard about people dieing of drinking too much water. Is this possible?” This is a great question because so many times this issue is taken out of context causing people to stop drinking water altogether. When you read about people who die or get kidney damage “from drinking too much water” you ...
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    FDNY Quiz: Image for Question 23

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    The Age Factor

    The Age Factor
    Everyone has an opinion of age when it comes to hiring new firefighters. Some people feel that a younger candidate has a better chance of getting hired because, after all, the fire departments are looking to hire a candidate for the next 30 years. If a fire department hires a 21 or 22 year old, the department can train the recruit ...
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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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    FDNY Quiz: Information for Question 26

    Consider the following information about the hospitals located in Middle County: HOSPITAL NAMEDISTANCE FROM RENOVADISTANCE FROM HATFIELDDISTANCE FROM HIGHTOWNADMITTANCE LIMITATIONS Alpha30 min.65 min.8 min.No obstetrics or children (under 18) Beta25 min.45 min.22 min.None Sigma11 min.28 min.51 min.No children (under 18 During the past 48 hours, ambulances responded to four calls in Middle County. The table below provides some information about ...
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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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    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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    A New Journey: A Female FireMedic's Tale

    A New Journey: A Female FireMedic's Tale
    I remember the exact moment I found out I had to attend the fire academy. It was a year and a half ago. My knuckles were white from gripping the chair, my palms were clammy, my heart had dropped into my stomach…simply put, I was petrified. I had spent the last 5 years of my EMS career avoiding that next step. ...
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    Extrication at a Glance: Rollovers

    Extrication at a Glance: Rollovers
    In order to cover all the details involved in any specific type of extrication, one must first realize it would take more than a single article, perhaps a chapter would be in order. There are several factors that must be considered when discussing any type of vehicle extrication. We are dealing with a wide degree of expertise, that ranges from the ...
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    Firefighting: Finding Your Niche

    Search and rescue: we practice it a lot a the academy. A quick, yet vital step in the firefighting process. When we first began search and rescue in the academy, it soon became apparent that I was a natural. Was it because I had kids and I knew where they would hide when they were scared? Was it woman’s intuition? Who ...
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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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    Rescue Swimmer Fitness Standards

    If you have been motivated by the heroics played live on your television set or movie screens to think about becoming a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer - be prepared because when you arrive at Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer School in Elizabeth City N.C., you will be expected to excel in one of the most stressful environments in military training. According to ...
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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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    Fitness Training and Rescue Work

    *+Flexibility is Key+* First of all, anyone in fire and rescue should be flexible with an ability to move at a moment's notice. After hours of sitting at the firehouse, then jumping out of a truck and pulling someone out of a burning building at full speed can injure even the most athletic individuals. Stretching at least your legs and lower ...
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