’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……

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).

Video: Worst Fireman Ever

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I work within a 12 block radius. So if you’re around where I live, then you’re in luck. Because I can put out your fire. AND, because I live out of my car, that 12-block radius is always moving.

“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…

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.

Illinois firefighters stand idle while man drowns (Video)

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As we look at the policy of an ice rescue, it seems as if some time might be spent looking into a clear and engaging public relations policy which might better manage this horrific tragedy.

Personal Situational Awareness – “The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee”

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Don’t get so caught up in what’s important that you don’t recognize what’s important…

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John Mitchell

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