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  • 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...
  • DAY 47 - ICE WATER RESCUE

    By Tim Butler - Sunday January 24, 2010
    January 20, 2010:  Today’s class started off with a “post incident review” of the live burn evolutions held yesterday. These reviews are standard practice for fire departments, and are used following actual incidents or training...
  • DAY 46 - CONTROLLED BURNS

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 We are into Week 11 now – just 13 training days away from graduation!   We continue to adhere to a fairly consistent schedule of morning lectures followed by a brief lunch for recruits and then afternoon practical...
  • WEEKEND WORKOUTS - THE HALF MARATHON

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Monday, January 18, 2010: There are no classes today in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I appreciate the extra day off from class, but the class preparation, studying, and physical training continued unabated over the weekend...
  • 2 ALARM FIRE @ 185 COMO AVE

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Sunday, January 17, 2010, 0400: Three towering aerial ladders surrounded the building like the cranes of a giant erector set. Smoke and flame gushed out from the where the roof of the building used to be – before it had collapsed into the second...
  • DAY 41 - THIRD QUARTER PRACTICAL EXAM

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    DAY 41:  January 11, 2010  “Hit!......Hit!......Hit!......Hit!” With every staccato shout, my classmate, Brian, would swing an 8 pound flat head axe and sharply WHACK the Haligan bar I was wedging between the door jamb and the steel door. The...
  • DAY 40 - WARM, HAPPY, and DEAD

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Day 40, January 8, 2010:  I’m crawling down a narrow tunnel – 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall – searching for a way out….out to sunshine….out to air! I was wearing full turn out gear and SCBA, and “on air,” and was carrying an axe and a...
  • Strategic Planning is Like Vacation Planning

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Friday January 22, 2010
    Think about what it takes to plan a vacation. You have to consider who’s going with you; what you’re going to do; when you’re going to go; where you’re going to go; why you’re going in the first place; and, how you’re going to get there. In...
  • Wieght Training Advice

    By Kenneth Raively Jr - Monday January 18, 2010
    Hello my name is Ken I am 44 years old and  I have just begun fire fighter 1 class.   am over weight and I am looking for advice from others to help figure out a good healthy diet plan to try and lose weight while I am in the middle of classes. I want...