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Who Puts Stickers on the Rigs?

One of the stories that comes up all the time in the fire service involves putting stickers on the apparatus.  We take a lot of pride in our rigs.  We wash them all the time, and we like to show them off.  We like the lights, the sirens, and we all like when people tell [...]

March 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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What Creates Fire Department Morale?

I have been in a lot of fire stations in my career, and everyone seems to have a different feel.  Not only does each station feel different but each shift has a different feel even though that shift is in the exact same station with the exact same equipment.  Sometimes the difference from day to [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Firefighters Enemy

One of the biggest enemies of firefighters is our own complacency.  We train all the time, we review safety procedures, and we have even added new command positions called safety officers to enforce the numerous safety policies we have enacted.  It seems like every time someone gets hurt, we get another rule.  All the new [...]

March 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Are Firefighters Overpaid?

There are a lot of headlines these days about firefighters making up to $350,000 per year.  Other headlines show that amount to frequently be over $250,000.  With everyone scrimping these days to get by, headlines like this raise a lot of questions. Here are a few answers. First off, I am sorry to say that [...]

March 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Fire Apparatus Accidents

You have most likely been involved in an accident while driving your car.  Probably more than once, and probably a couple have been your fault.  Most people haven’t had the opportunity to drive a piece of fire apparatus, but if you have been around a while and are a driver of fire apparatus, you might [...]

March 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Managing A Big Event

It doesn’t matter if you work in a large city that may host an event like the Super Bowl or a small town with a county fair, you need to prepare for the larger crowds and all the problems that come with those events. There are a lot of things that need to be done [...]

February 21st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Water Carnival

If you look for the definition of a water carnival, you most likely won’t find one that says it is a bunch of fireman surrounding a building and pouring water into it for hours.  In the fire service, we sometimes get into a situation where a building is heavily involved in fire, there are no [...]

February 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Worst People to Work With

“Hey, Ya Got a Minute?”  Those words still make me squirm. I worked with someone who asked me that several times every shift. There really was no reason for those discussions.  It was usually some stupid question because that guy was bored.  When we work together as much as we do in the fire service, [...]

February 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Things You Learn Your First Day

I have seen a lot of people that come to work on their first day.  I also remember my first day.  There are a lot of things that happen on your first day.  A lot of things you learn about the people you are going to work with, but they learn a lot more about [...]

January 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Fire Service Technology Overload?

Everywhere you look today, there is new technology popping up.  That really nice state of the art GPS unit you got for your car a couple years back is probably wrapped up inside its power cord and stuffed in the glove box of your car.  When we all bought those GPS units, we were amazed [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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