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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.

Firefighter Nicknames- NEVER try to give one to yourself…

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What this poor guy didn’t realize was one of the “Commandments of Firehouse Nicknames”. Thou shalt never nickname thyself. Truly great nicknames can only be anointed upon you by your peers. Only they can supply a label with a perfect fit and convey a true sense of who you are (in their eyes- which is all that matters).

“What’s a fire plug?” asked the 4-year veteran.

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Ever wonder why some call those dog-loving pieces of metal “fire plugs?” Now you can tell the four-year veterans…

Got a bad attitude? Do us all a favor and call in sick.

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If you can’t come to work without leaving your crap attitude at home, we don’t want you here, brother, Do us all a favor and call in sick and stay home with Mr. Pissy. Come back when you’re not so sick.

Bla Bla Bla. Parroting Sucks. Our Brothers Deserve Much Better.

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Is anyone else sick of reading all the repulsive crap regarding Never Forget? People calling attention to themselves with helmet stickers, t-shirts, tattoos, blogs, facebook posts, me, my, we, etc. It’s a revolting “tribute” to themselves- and most certainly not what the 343 deserve.

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.

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.”

Classroom or kitchen table? Where have you learned the most?

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I’m looking for pictures of your firehouse kitchen table being “used” by firefighters, specifically the times when we sit around it solving all of the world’s problems in an informal setting.

The Brotherhood of Two FNG’s – Part Four- Taking Care of Our Brothers

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Ken will be unable to work for at least a year. But in this, the greatest country in the world, Ken can also receive a higher level of healthcare treatment IF he can pony up certain percentages out of pocket. In other words, if he has more money, he can get better treatment. God Bless America!

The Brotherhood of Two FNG’s – Part Three- Escape. Wait, no. Maybe Not

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When you last left us, the two hapless FNG’s had amazingly escaped a potential situation in which something got broken. Remember, if something gets broken, we’d have to endure the Wrath of the Lieutenant- that unimaginably obscene and cataclysmic display of sound and spit-spray.

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John Mitchell

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