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FIrefighter Pre-Hydration – Fight Fire like a Marathon Runner

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Fighting fire in full gear is akin to running a marathon, right? In response to a rash of heat-related illnesses among firefighters lately, maybe we should prepare ourselves like marathon runners do. Firefighter pre-hydration can be easy and effective. Here are some tips you can use in your station.

Coming Soon – The Law of Unintended Consequences meets the fire service

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Charging fees for fire service – Is it a good idea? Or could the hook and ladder become the corporate ladder due to capitalism?

Remebering My Father, Chief Richard A. Kaiser

Has it really been 11 years? In rememberance of my father, I’m asking everyone out there to help me spread some of his legacy. Care to do me a favor?

I don’t usually talk about Political things…

I found this news story out of Schaumburg, Illinois today. Perhaps you should read it, those of you who work local government. It’s of note.

Thanking Those who REALLY Deserve it – Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All and to All a good night! Who should we really be thanking this Christmas? It’s not me, I’ll tell you that.

The day I didn’t die – Firefighter Close Calls

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This is my post for the November edition of The Handover Blog Carnival, hosted this month by The Happy Medic. The theme? Close calls. I’ve not been much closer than this.

Soapy Demons – Ckemtp is a geek

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Ok, so this post really proves just how much of a geek I really am. Just bear with me for a bit. This subject causes me a lot of personal grief. I know that it probably shouldn’t and that I am indeed a geek for worrying about this issue because seemingly no one else does, […]

The Insanely long work week – Part 14 2/3

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4LwJnuPVbY&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] This has been my shifts so far. One really good save at the start of it, then… well, this. I was the cat at the end. I envision that there’s an epic fail coming up

Video – Rockford, Illinois – Train derails and explodes during severe thunderstorm

June 19th, 2009 – Rockford, IL So last night, I was working my ambulance job in Wisconsin and MISSED THIS. My Illinois Fire Department sent an engine and a chief through the MABAS system who are still there. I don’t have all the details, but apparently a severe thunderstorm washed out railroad tracks which caused […]

“In Their Eyes” – From Guest Author – Randy Lovelace EMT-B

… We’re an anomaly, our small-but-proud department. We’ve got a fanatically devoted, passionate group of highly trained volunteer firefighters and EMTs that provide the best possible service to our citizens…

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