Who Wants to Be a Firefighter?

During my career I have met a lot of people that want to become a firefighter.  Some ask for advice, and some just think they will get the job whenever they want.  I’m not sure why they think they can just announce they are ready to get hired, but that theory doesn’t really work. Let [...]

August 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What Makes a Firefighter Say “Wow”

There are a few things that make us all say wow.  Usually it is something tragic, something amazing, or something scary.  Firefighters see a lot of tragic, amazing and scary thing, but what do firefighters see that make us say “Wow”? What come to my mind first when I think of Wow is when we [...]

June 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How To Deal with All These Specialties

We started out being fireman, we put out fires and that was about all we did.  Since those days, EMS has snuck in the door and now we spend more time running ambulance calls and not so much time putting out fires.  EMS seemed to be a logical fit in the fire station.  We are [...]

May 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Smoke Signals

Indians used smoke to send signals, today firefighters get signals from smoke but the information is a lot different.  When we arrive at the scene of a fire, there is a lot of information that can be gained by looking at the smoke. Responding to calls, we also use the smoke to help us determine [...]

May 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Any Real Use for a Drone in the Fire Station?

I don’t know any firefighter who doesn’t like to play with remote control things.  There probably aren’t many stations that haven’t had at least a few things flying or driving through the station.  Cars, planes, helicopters, or the new drones; we have them all.  Have we finally found one that is more than recreational in [...]

April 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Multiple Victim Incidents

When we go through our training, especially EMS training we focus on taking care of the sick or injured person.  A normal crew of two or three gets a routine going to get that patients history, medications, and pertinent facts.  It doesn’t take long to get into a routine with a regular crew and before [...]

April 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What Do We Need To Do Better?

In the fire service we like to think we always do things the right way.  We go to classes, we go to training seminars, sometimes it seems like we spend too much time trying to learn how to do things better.  No matter what your job is, there is a point that you need to [...]

April 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

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

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

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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