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The Fireground; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Fireground; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Fireground; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow It will always still be about….. The Brotherhood Honor Courage Protection Fortitude Duty We have assumed that the routiness or successes of past operations and incident responses equates with predictability and diminished risk to our firefighting personnel Our current generation of buildings, construction and occupancies are not as predictable […]

Chicago Fire Department: Everyone Goes Home (official version)

Chicago Fire Department: Everyone Goes Home (official version)

The Chicago Fire Department: Everyone Goes Home NFFF News Release: In an effort to make personal safety a top priority, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) today released a new video, Chicago Fire Department – Everyone Goes Home®. Members of the CFD and families of fallen firefighters share their […]

Leadership, Purpose, Service and Reason

Leadership, Purpose, Service and Reason

Leadership, Purpose, Service and Reason Here are two powerful videos that share important messages that apply to each and every firefighter, company officer and commander: coming from very different perspectives and areas-But directly applicable, IF you listen to the messages, the themes and relate them to what we do each and every day. The names […]

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

While the number of structural fires in the United States continues to decline, firefighter line of duty deaths (LODD) do not exhibit the same rate of proportion decline. A review of both NFPA and USFA Firefighter LODD annual reports, statistics and retrospective studies and analysis suggest a noted change in the adverse trends noted for […]

The Challenges We Face: Issues Confronting Today’s Fire Service

The Challenges We Face: Issues Confronting Today’s Fire Service

Captain Bill Gustin, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department, provided a stellar key presention during the FDIC 2011General Session on “The Challenges We Face: Issues Confronting Today’s Fire Service” about the whole FDIC “experience.” We have put too little attention on basic engine company operations!” This was perhaps the message that most resonated from Captain Bill […]

Firefighter Mark G. Falkenhan, Lutherville VFC, Baltimore County, Maryland LODD

Firefighter Mark G. Falkenhan, Lutherville VFC, Baltimore County, Maryland LODD

Fire Community Mourns Loss of Firefighter Who Died In Four-Alarm Blaze Towson, Md. (January 20, 2011) — The Baltimore County fire community today mourns the loss of Mark G. Falkenhan, the Lutherville volunteer firefighter who died in last night’s four-alarm blaze at a Hillendale apartment complex.   In addition to his affiliation with Lutherville VFC, Falkenhan, […]

Why We Search:Chicago, Two Fires With Rescues

Why We Search:Chicago, Two Fires With Rescues

Squatters rescued from one fire, tenants from a second. From Bill Carey’s Backstepfirefighter.com web site January 2, 2011, a must read and link to…. On Friday, 31 December, Chicago firefighters rescued two squatters during the still-and-box alarm at 4322 West Jackson Boulevard. Firefighters found the two on the second floor of the vacant building and […]

A Breed Apart

A Breed Apart

Firefighters line Western Avenue on Tuesday after the funeral of Edward Stringer. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / December 29, 2010) Originally Posted by Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune December 29, 2010 Whatever the date on the birth certificate, in psychological years a firefighter never gets beyond adolescence. Like Edward Stringer, who was buried Tuesday, and […]

Why we do what we do, for the love of the Job....

Why we do what we do, for the love of the Job….

Future Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff stands with his dad, Thomas Hoff, during an inspection at Soldier Field in 1960. Thomas Hoff died in the line of duty in a building collapse two years later. (Chicago Tribune / December 22, 2010) A fire commissioner’s words on tragedy, tempered by his family history. 2 firefighters killed […]

The City of Charleston Sofa Super Store LODD-Routley Fire Reports

The City of Charleston Sofa Super Store LODD-Routley Fire Reports

Read the report; understand the incident, the building performance, the fire behavior and the operation process deployed. Gain the insights from the overall apparent and contributing causes identified and presented and assess how these relate to your fire service perspective and department’s culture and performance today. City of Charleston Post Incident Assessment and Review Team […]