Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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.

Check out these unique gift ideas for firefighters!

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Whether for the holidays, retirements, or just to spruce up the station, these guys offer a nice alternative to an ax plaque or a signed helmet.


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Read how rock star David Lee Roth helped to save my engine’s new thermal imaging camera.

First Due Blog Carnival- Sharing The Wealth

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Just like the when the kid puked on the Tilt-O-Whirl, we also have a few memorable moments in which someone said or did something that left an indelible impression upon us. Here is a collection by some of the best…

Remember the Onion

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Sharing The Wealth- Way back when, I learned how to correctly cut an onion from my friends at the firehouse. Until then, I just hacked away at it mercilessly and with reckless abandon.

Hey! Nice hatchet job there, Lizzie Borden.

First Due Blog Carnival 3rd Edition: Call for Submissions

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With the April edition of the First Due Blog Carnival complete, it’s time now to begin collecting your submissions for this month’s topic: Sharing the Wealth. Whether young or “seasoned”, career or volunteer, rural or urban, each of us has seen or heard something which changed the way we personally approach firefighting.

Open Phones Night over at Firefighter NetCast- Tuesday at 9pm ET

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Firefighter Netcast is live again this Tuesday night at 9pm ET. Join me and my co-host Rhett Fleitz (FireCritic) for the first “Open Phones Night” in which you- the caller- decide the direction of discussion.

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.

If You Had Something Valuable, Would You Share It With Your Crew? You Do! And You Should!

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Your tailboard training ideas are pouring in- keep ‘em coming! Keep your commitment to training alive during the cold (busy) season. Share the wealth!

What Simple “Tailboard Drills” Have You Found Valuable?

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I’m looking for your suggestions on quick company drills that you have found to be great ways to spend a few minutes while stuck inside.

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John Mitchell

Firefighter/Paramedic and a Lieutenant in suburban Chicago

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