Category Archives: Training

Back From FDIC, and Back Inside Your Box

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For some, FDIC 2014 may have been the only opportunity to see what the fire service life is “outside the box” that is our city, our town, our district, our company. This week we’re all home, all back in our boxes. Now what?

’59 Chevy vs ’09 Chevy: They don’t make ‘em like they used to!

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So I see this commercial pitting the old Chevy against the new one and my mind begins to wonder about how much has changed in how we perform extrication. (cue dream-sequence music).

“JUST SEE” VIDEO: What’s wrong with this car fire video?

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Do your firefighters know the basics of fighting a “routine” car fire?

“JUST SEE” VIDEO: Why didn’t anyone stop this firefighter from blowing himself up?

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Remember, it’s NOT the LIQUID part of gasoline which will hurt you……

WARNING: This video is graphic and depicts a man being rescued from his burning home.

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PA Firefighters are told that a man went back into his burning home to rescue his dog. Watch as the incident unfolds…

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.

Video: Worst Fire Department in the United States?

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Check out this incredible video and play along with me.

Timely Monday Morning Training

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“One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six who jumped in the rear, we need massive EMS here.”

If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding.

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New students entering into the fire service deserve leadership willing to accept their brave questions without feeling their fragile egos are being attacked. In other words, don’t take it personally when you are asked “why?”

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.

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John Mitchell

Firefighter/Paramedic and a Lieutenant in suburban Chicago

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