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  • Why Telling People about the Fire Service Matters So Much

    By Ben May - Wednesday February 3, 2010
     When Pete Matthews asked me to consider writing a Blog for Firehouse.Com I was really honored.   You may wonder why this might be because I have been fortunate enough to write a column on marketing for both Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.Com for...
  • Rookies

    By James Allen - Tuesday February 2, 2010
    I just don't understand.  I'm young im only 18 but i have been around the fire dept. for a long while.  Why do new members think they no more than me we took the same class, but i have been around it longer.  What makes them think that when i no that...
  • RACE: Responsibility, Accountability, Complacency, Expectations

    By Christopher J. Naum - Monday February 1, 2010
    By now many of you may have seen the reports making their way around the internet circuit relating to the regrettable circumstances in DeKalb County, Georgia.  If you haven’t caught up on the incident particulars then check out these links, HERE...
  • The Fight to Keep Training Dollars

    By Doug Cline - Monday February 1, 2010
          As we are entering the budget preparation season we know that unfortunately, training is al to often viewed as a descretionary expenditure by many governments and organizations.  Training dollars are usually the last budgeted and the first...
  • The Principles of Fireground Battle (Part 2)

    By Ed Hadfield - Sunday January 31, 2010
    In part two (2) of Principles of Fireground Battle, we will discuss and give insight into the second of the nine (9) tenets of battle.   The second tenet in the original works from General Fuller would be Objective. Yet, as we take into consideration...
  • DAY 51 - THE WIZARD OF OZ

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 30, 2010
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010:   Today’s morning classes consisted of a field trip to Sprinkler Fitter Local #417’s Apprentice Training Center in northeast Minneapolis for a lecture and hands-on demonstration of fire sprinkler and alarm...
  • Day 50: ROCK-TENN SEARCH AND RESCUE

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 30, 2010
    Monday, January 25, 2010: Today’s lecture started off with a free-wheeling discussion about some of the major considerations for conducting a search inside a large building. Up until now, our search and rescue evolutions had been confined to small...
  • Doctrine of Combat Fire Engagement

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday January 29, 2010
    Considerations for changing fire flow rates, the sizing of hose line and the adequacies for fire flow demand and application rates, staffing needs for safe operations, considerations for defensive positioning and defensive operating postures must be...
  • DAY 49 - THE SHERBURNE AVENUE SMOKEHOUSE

    By Tim Butler - Sunday January 24, 2010
    January 22, 2010: This morning the class quickly hustled through a 65-question written test covering 5 textbook chapters and 17 Department SOPs. I aced the exam – my first perfect score on a written exam in over a month....   Following the...
  • DAY 48 - EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR'S COURSE

    By Tim Butler - Sunday January 24, 2010
    January 21, 2010:  Today was an absolute BLAST!  We enjoyed a field trip to the Dakota County Technical College campus in Rosemount, Minnesota to attend an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course. We arrived at Saint Paul Fire Training Center early...