Category Archives: Chicagoland

Rules Change Voted In Before Hiring New Firefighters

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“Just because they score really high, doesn’t mean they’re the right guy..”

Realize, recognize, publicize.

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Sell yourself.

A St. Patrick’s Day Salute to CFD Chief Eddie Enright

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There are fire chiefs and there are Fire Chiefs. Read about one experienced veteran who draws a crowd no matter where he’s at, and find out why.

A Fire Chief Tells His Tragic Story- FF Netcast Stand Down for Behavioral Health- Part 3

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“Those who suffer from mental health challenges, no matter to what degree, are wonderful and courageous people. They are no more weak or responsible for their illnesses than someone who is diagnosed with a terminal physical illness. Their diseases are as real as tumors on an X-ray and need the same support and level of treatment.”

Listen to the Firefighter Netcast’s Stand Down for Behavioral Health- Part 1

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Now more than ever before, we have an incredible amount of new resources with which to assist us as we begin to change our attitudes toward the way we address these behavioral health issues which have always been there, but we were always afraid to confront.

Fire Daily’s 360 Burn Around The Fire Webs

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Police dashcam captures rescue of man from his burning car; suspected drunk driver pulls out in front of a Chicago engine and injures 10 including 4 firefighters; a NH firefighter is headed to the Super Bowl; and some Super Bowl snacking ideas for the firehouse.

Fatal Chicago Hi Rise Fire- If Only…..

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IF ONLY there were a way to alert sleeping residents, automatically confine the fire to its room of origin, get water on it quickly, and make sure the elevators don’t deliver their occupants into hell. Maybe by 2015….

NFFF/CFD Video—> Make this a MUST WATCH FOR ALL FIREFIGHTERS. Perfect training.

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“If you think you’ve got some good reason for not wearing this or for not doing things the right way , write it down. Because I need to read that to your widow. Because I’m not going to know what to say. You say it for me.”

You’ve spilled something there on your shirt, Chief.

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Talking the Chief into having a good idea takes talent. Here’s a conversation overheard this week at a Midwestern fire department between Bobby, the Training Officer and his Chief.

Anyone else notice the rate of fire service suicides is astronomical? Here’s what you need to know.

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Those who suffer from mental health challenges, no matter to what degree, are wonderful and courageous people. They are no more weak or responsible for their illnesses as is someone who is diagnosed with a terminal physical illness. Their disease is not something you can see like a tumor on an x-ray but it is just as real and needs support and treatment. As chief officers we must set up a system to provide help to those in need of treatment.” Hinsdale (IL) Fire Chief Pat Kenny (ret.)

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John Mitchell

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