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Lives of Service

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”- Albert Einstein   Last night 2 more Boston firefighters died.  They died in the line of duty, protecting strangers.  Many will say they are “Heroes” because they died in the line of duty, as if they are elevated above other firefighters due to the circumstances.  […]

People of Action

I’m not a lawyer but I do know a couple of the overriding legal theories that encompass the fire service and most other service industries; Misfeasance, Malfeasance and Nonfeasance. Misfeasance is willful inappropriate action, intentional incorrect action. Malfeasance is willful and intentional action that causes. Nonfeasance is the failure to act when required. The worst […]

Why are you wearing that?

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   Before I get started, I'm not a safety Nazi.  I'm not a KSO (Keyboard Safety Officer).  And I probably violate more safety regulations than I should.  But when I'm unsafe, I wear my Personal Protective Equipment.  When I am acting safely, I wear my PPE.  That sounds like a double standard I agree.  But […]

Learning your streets and routes

   Knowing your streets and routes is one of the most important basic knowledge sets required in the fire service. If you cannot get the apparatus to the scene in a efficient and safe manner, you cannot do your job. If you are new to a district or the fire service you should start by […]

Your Search Sucks.

New Years message from Anchorpoint

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  Everyone has new years resolutions.  I don't.  I take personal inventory pretty frequently, usually when I have a change in my life or I when someone I know does.  Today I'll share my lessons for last year and how they motivate me for this year.  I'll try to be brief.     Last year was a big year […]

NFPA announces new standard: 1521E

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With the changes in the fire service being brought about through social media, NFPA (The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and public safety) has announced a new certification; NFPA 1521E. This standard will be known as the E-Safety Officer (ESO), Keyboard Safety Chief (KSC) or the Internet Old Salty Jake (Let Me Tell Ya […]

Why we search..Extreme Edition

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I’m going to dip into the “We Search” subject for just 1 article, I hope. We search, yes it sounds good and it’s catchy. But HOW do we search? I would venture a guess the phrase “We Search” is an overstatement. It’s probably more like “We stumble around, call out and hope for the best” […]

Long Lug Out Drill

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Long Lug Out Smooth, Bump, Bump, to the Pump We were going over this basic firefighter safety drill with a class a while ago.  I started the evolution by letting them know that this should not even count as a skill.  Just like putting on your pants or SCBA.  You should know it as if […]

Why am I still Anchorpoint?

I’ve been writing on this blog for most of 3 years.  I started out afraid of what my peers would think of me, of my statements. That was why I chose to use a pen name.  I’ve grown past that but still can’t shake the pen name.  By now most of you know who I […]

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