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It Is Right That We Do This

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The horror that hit us 12 years ago did not end when the Towers came tumbling down, nor did it end every year we toll the bells, read the names, cry the tears.

My Worst Call- The Seven Angels of Fox River Grove

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The train struck the bus, separating the body from the chassis with such force that several of the children were hurled through the side of the bus as the body spun 180 degrees.

“The Big Burn” – Largest fire in American history

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“They told of trees swelling, sweating hot sap, and then exploding; of horses dying in seconds; of small creeks boiling, full of dead trout, their white bellies up; of bear cubs clinging to flaming trees, wailing like children.”

Can you name the largest fire in American history?

Most think they know. They don’t.

Do you?

Firefighter Storytellers Wednesday Night: “My dad was a Chief at the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire.”

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Join us Wednesday night as Firefighter Storytellers welcomes Tim Sendelbach, editor-in-chief of Fire Rescue Magazine. Tim talks about this horrific fire and how it affected his start in the fire service.

May 3- Great Fire of 1901

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On May 3, 1901, Jacksonville, Florida suffered the most destructive event in the city’s history. Never before (or since) has there been a larger metropolitan fire in the entire South.

Haiti and Social Media: This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Internet Anymore….

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Social media is no longer only a means by which to just chat with friends. This week, it has evolved into an entirely new animal, demonstrating just how invaluable it can be.

360 Burn Size Up of the Fire Web- 1/13/10

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Fire/EMS Blog of the Year, Helmet Cam video of the “Outside Vent Guy”, Too Aggressive vs. Too Safety-Minded and the Firefighter NetCast debut- all on today’s 360 Burn.

Today’s 360 Burn Size-Up of the Fire Web 12/8/08

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The very graphic and tragic story of one firefighter’s battle with cancer…..text messages of pending threats and national emergencies on your phone…..and why not to drive your dairy farm tractor in the fog…..all in today’s 360 Burn Size-up.

Get Your Dirty Bomb Emergency Kit- Quick!

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Alert! Don’t let your guard down. Remember all the noise about how H1N1 was a big deal but then we all lost interest last spring? Maybe our ADHD focus was diverted to the shiny glint of bailouts and healthcare. Well, aren’t we surprised to hear that it never went away! Once again, all we hear […]

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John Mitchell

Firefighter/Paramedic and a Lieutenant in suburban Chicago

FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I was a volunteer for almost twenty years. When our members were police officers, they could carry on duty, concealed. I remember one night when I was the operator (driver) and responding to a house fire, three of the four firefighters on the truck were PD. I was handed three sidearms to take care of!…
2014-01-27 22:54:00
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
"lockbox on the truck" Does he carry his weapon in a lock box while on duty as a Deputy? I'm thinkin' not. Am I willing to use deadly force, and then turn around and try to save their life after I shoot them? Ain't happening. "individuals with police/weapons training" - the training teaches shoot to…
2014-01-27 19:33:00
Ken Nelson
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I believe individuals with police/weapons training should carry fire arms. In our station's situation, our assistant chief is also a sheriff's deputy. I have suggested that he have his firearm with him in a lockbox on the truck in case a need arises. In addition some personnel are current military (Reserve, National Guard) who could…
2014-01-27 18:20:00
Marianna Randazzo
We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to my dear friend Mike. I am in the process of writing a biography/anthology of Michael's life. I would be very grateful for your input. Please contact me on FB, Marianna Randazzo or Given Away, A SIiclian Upbringing. Respectfully yours, Marianna
2013-12-07 02:51:00
Fire Daily
WARNING: This video is graphic and depicts a man being rescued from his burning home.
Yes, Becky, I saw that too. As I was told by an ER doc many moons ago, "a patient without an airway is a dead patient." Not all firefighters are EMT's, and some may not have basic first aid skills- instead relying on a concurrent response from an emergency EMS agency. Not sure in this…
2013-11-27 11:27:00

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