“Ice” Breakers

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I recently watched a short program about the large, powerful ships that break ice near the poles of Earth for other ships. These machines are enormous and create a phenomenal amounts of power. Some of the most powerful are powered by nuclear means and can break ice in the oceans and seas as thick as […]

The Flag, Brotherhood and a Trip Up North

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I recently had the distinct honor to present at the Alberta Fire Chiefs Conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. My experiences with our Canadian Brothers and Sisters the last two years has been simply awesome! The hospitality is second to none and everyone is always very friendly and they certainly don’t skimp on the food! […]

FREE Webinar: “The 10 Commandments for the Successful Company Officer: 1. Be Prepared “

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This will be the first in a series of 10 FREE webinars addressing issues and challenges for the company officer. We always allow the email subscribers to register first, so now we are opening it up to our followers on our website and Facebookpage.Enjoy and spread the word!Please register for The 10 Commandments for the […]

Company Officer BootCamp Offering

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We still have few spots left, get registered!Don’t miss it! Seats are filling for the 2nd Company Officer Bootcamp class starting in June. This class will challenge you as a firefighter and officer, get signed up. The video about the Company Officer Boot Camp Get registered HERE! The New Fire Officer: Company Officer

Quick Drill: Apparatus Drill for Appliances

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  So, sometimes we need a change of pace or we've had a busy day on shift, but we still need to drill. Or, maybe your at your volunteer department and you have some guys just hanging out waiting for the next call.    Here is a quick drill that, in many cases, will turn […]

The First Due Rural Engine: Laying the Line

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I recently have had a lot of suggestions and requests to post on some volunteer, rural, combination issues that the fire service faces. I started and am still a member of a mostly rural volunteer, now combination, department. My earliest exposure to the fire service was at this mostly rural department.  We had a large […]

HexArmor Glove Review

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We were visited by a sales rep from HexArmor who wanted show us their new line of extrication gloves.  He agreed to leave a few pairs for us to use during some extrication training.  We utilized four different pairs of gloves and all performed very well.  A quick note, these are do not carry the […]

Coast Knife Review

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I had one of our firefighters use the Coast Knife DX330 during some extrication training. My own use of the knife was excellent in functionality. It was sharp, felt good in my hand and was durable. The only negative I would say is that the locking mechanism did not always lock the blade. This could […]

Not All Things Change

I read a lot of books. Some fire service related and others aren’t. I typically prefer historical or biographies of influential characters of our history. I also really enjoy the fire service books that share stories and experiences that are easy to relate to. Relativity is a good thing! While teaching some of my classes […]

Quick Roof Lesson

This is a quick drill for you company officers and acting officers. So much of what we do is coach and mentor our younger firefighters. When we are out and about we need to take the time point out things that might be obvious to us, but maybe not so much to others on our […]

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