Not Attending FDIC? If not tell us what your doing this week

While sitting at home feeling sorry for myself about not being at FDIC with all of the other 30,000 brothers and sisters there; A good friend reminded me it is not what they are doing at FDIC, but what are you doing at home to keep yourself sharp.

So I ask you the same. Not attending FDIC? What will you do this week to ensure you are Combat Ready?

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  • Since it’s been raining for most of the weekend, I decided to do a very simple, but very important “inside the house” project: cleaning my fire gear. I think it’s a task most firefighters don’t perform often enough. Dirty gear, full of material from previous fires, is not appropriate to wear.

    Working from head to toe, I inspected and cleaned my gear. I found a few items needing attention, including a small tear on my pants (guess I’ll need to find some nomex thread…). Also, the leather boots needed a fresh coat of wax. The ole’ leather helmet was in pretty good shape; however, the front, leather portion of the inner liner has a hole worn into it. Time to hit the internet and locate a replacement.

    Not a bad deal: thirty minutes of time and the gear is ready for duty.

    Like firestudent1 has asked, what are you other readers doing to stay ready for duty?

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Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition.  We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com

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