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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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    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft

    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft
    We in the Fire, Rescue and EMS service are typically “A” type of personality and enjoy the adrenalin rush we get from the calls we respond to. That is not a bad thing since it takes this type of person to do the job we do. How many times have you heard someone tell you that they are glad that you ...
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    Get Your Photo Album Featured

    Get Your Photo Album Featured
    Think you've got photography skills? Just send a link to your album and a 50-100 word writeup about your album to info@firelink.com. Winners will be notified via PM and featured on our Photo channel. Good luck!
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    Electrical Fire Safety: A Factsheet on Home Electrical Fire Prevention

    Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like ...
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    6 Ways to Burn More Fat

    6 Ways to Burn More Fat
    You've put in the brutal, twice-a-day workout sessions, eaten enough chicken breast and steak to support a small farm, and lined up the correct supplements like a chemical engineer. Now you're left with mounds of protein-infused muscle covering your body, a true physical fitness achievement. Yet like a supermodel draped in a heavy trench coat, the goods are hidden from sight ...
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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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    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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    What is the Purpose of a Safer Grant?

    What is the Purpose of a Safer Grant?
    The SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained, “front-line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments ability to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established ...
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    Rescue at Peeks Creek: Hurrican Ivan

    I wrote in the winter issue that I would tell the story of the rescue up at Peeks Creek in Macon County, North Carolina. Well, here is the Readers Digest version of that rescue. We had just returned from our deployment in Morganton, for hurricane Frances, when word was coming down the pipes that hurricane Ivan may also target North Carolina. ...
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    Sky Warrior

    This flight simulator puts you in the pilot's seat of an attack plane. Your mission is simple, reach the end of the level destroying the greatest amount of enemies possible.
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    Informed Field Guide: Terrorist

    Click on the image to download: Terrorist   : Potential Areas of Vulnerability   : Active Shooter Response Back to Guide Index
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    Electrical Safety in Manufactured Homes

    Electrical Safety in Manufactured Homes
    +*Home Dangers*+ Every year nearly 4,000 Americans die in home fires and approximately 20,000 are injured. Electrical fires are one of the leading types of home fires, especially in manufactured homes. By following some simple rules on electrical safety you can reduce the likelihood of an electrical fire in your home. *+Prevent Electrical Problems+* Studies of electrical fires in homes show ...
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    After A Fire: Valuing Your Property

    After A Fire: Valuing Your Property
    You will encounter different viewpoints on the value of your property in adjusting your fire loss or in claiming a casualty loss on your federal income tax. Knowing the following terms will help you understand the process used to determine the value of your fire loss: *Your personal valuation:* Your personal loss of goods through fire may be difficult to measure. ...
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    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training in the U.S.

    After doing research and writing about physical fitness tests for public service agencies for the past ten years, I recognized a common appearance of the 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups test as a near universal basis for testing fitness levels. The groups who use the Common PFT are the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more than 50% of federal, ...
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    National Fire Department Directory

    Hundreds of departments across the country are represented here on FireLink. If you want to get your department's website up on our directory, please submit it using the information below. - Want to get linked? Email: info@firelink.com for more information. - See your link here? Make sure to add a link to FireLink on your site. h4. Arkansas • Van Buren ...
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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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    Career Q&A: Paramedic

    h4. What will I do? Working closely with emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics manage the health of patients until they can be examined by a doctor to get further help. On any shift, their patients might be a woman having a heart attack, a man who broke a bone in a car accident or a child struggling to breathe. Interview with ...
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    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?

    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?
    The million-dollar question, do we really train enough in vehicle extrication? In our minds, most of us would say yes. In reality, the answer is probably no. Can we truly train enough? We could if extrication was the only responsibility we had in fire, rescue and EMS. But we know that most of us have many more responsibilities than just extrication. ...
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    Finding Time to Workout

    Finding Time to Workout
    I have received a few emails asking about a good workout you can do in your hotel room while on travel or in your living room when too busy to go to the weight room. This email is from a civilian high school student who aspires to become a member of the Armed Services. "I was trying to figure out how ...
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    Run Faster

    I received several e-mails last week about running faster. A few requested workouts for their 1.5 mile, 2 mile or three mile PFT runs and several were runners who compete 5K and 10K races on the weekends. Since all these distances use relatively the same training philosophy - short distance , faster pace - I decided to answer them all ...
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