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Lessons Learned from Our Brothers in Blue

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Earlier this month, Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer was shot and killed in the line of duty. Trooper Dermyer had served as a police officer in the city where I work before moving on in his career and I started wondering if there were lessons to be learned beyond firefighter line of duty death reports. […]

Ultrahazardous

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Everytime I turn around it feels like I’m being told to change. I’ve been told my thought process is outdated, my tactics are obsolete and, even worse, that I am dangerous. A lot of change in the fire service is driven by NIST/UL research. A lot of beneficial information has come out of that research, […]

Remembering the Charleston 9

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Please take the time to remember the Husbands, Fathers, Sons, Brothers, and Uncles lost on this day. Attached are the reports associated with the death of this Brave Men. Please study and know their story and the story of a tragedy that has forever changed the Fire Service as a whole. charleston_phase_one_report sofa super store […]

“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling

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http://www.deltafire.ca/Gallery/Misc%202007/Images/House%20Fire.jpg     The concept of running into a burning building is not a new one to most firefighters.  Of course, depending on your department’s SOPs, manpower, staffing, etc, things will be different.  This article discusses the critical decision of “Go” or “No-Go” when first pulling up to a structure that is on fire.  This […]

I’m Sorry If It’s Too Loud

Okay, so I know that it’s been a while since I have last posted, so I thought I’d start with a short one as I dust off my keyboard. This story occured a few months ago, and I have been meaning to share it, but haven’t gotten around to it, until now. One thing that […]

“Brother,” …It’s More Than Just a Name

The purpose behind me writing this column, is to ask the question of what makes up “The Brotherhood?”

Firefighter Chance Zobel Funeral Arrangements

SC Firefighter’s Funeral Arrangements

LODD’s

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Rest in peace brothers. After a tough couple days the USFA says there were 49 LODD’s as of 7/27/2010.  2 more in Bridgeport Conn, 1 in Otis Mass, 2 more in Rocky Mount Va. A Line of Duty Death is one of THE hardest things a firefighter will ever have to deal with.   EVER For […]

Charleston Nine Tribute

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IN HONOR OF THE CHARLESTON NINE 6-18-07

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charleston_phase_one_reportsofa super store report may 15 2008 finalClick on the picture and you can get the Final Report from NIOSH