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  • Salka: Confronting Danger as a Firefighter

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday May 5, 2014
    We hear it all the time, "Stay Safe" or "Be Safe." What does that mean? Well, for starters let's take a look at the definition of safe:  Safe  – freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger or loss. OK, so then what is danger? Here's...
  • Salka: There's Not Just One Way to Run The Fire Service!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Friday April 25, 2014
    There’s not just one way to run the fire service and I am tired of being bullied into a “culture of safety!” Now, just stop right there and hold your fire. No, I am not against firefighter safety and survival and reducing firefighter fatalities...
  • Salka: Hydrant Work

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Wednesday February 12, 2014
    It’s the middle of the winter and we are facing another major snow storm. Sometimes we (all of us) have lots of snow and sometimes none at all. Let's get right to it. Everywhere I go I see hydrants, or should I say I can barely see them. It looks...
  • Salka: Blountstown Fire Video Revisited

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday October 21, 2013
    If you read and or commented on my most recent blog about a video of a fire department operation I have a treat for you. Just a few days after the blog was posted I received an e-mail and a phone call from the chief of the involved department. We had...
  • Salka: Get Your *%$#$% Together!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Wednesday October 16, 2013
    I just watched a video of a fire department operation and was amazed at the number and severity of tactical mistakes that were captured by the camera. I am not writing about this operation to be critical of the involved department, but rather to point out...
  • Salka: Globe Article on Boston FD Incomplete and Incorrect

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday September 19, 2013
    I read the recent Boston Globe article titled, “ Plenty of Firefighters, But Where are the Fires? ” and tried to figure out exactly what they were complaining about. Oh, I know it’s money, but most of the other issues they raised seemed relatively...
  • Salka: There is No Cultural 'Solution' to Firefighter Deaths

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday August 22, 2013
    I keep reading articles, editorials and blogs about firefighter fatalities and what everyone thinks it will take to solve this "situation." News flash, there is no quick fix for the number of firefighter fatalities that occur each year. Firefighters are...
  • Salka: What About Them?

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Saturday August 10, 2013
    We all often talk about the value of life in our business. The fact is that we protect "lives and property." We often debate the justification for entering various types of buildings that are involved in fire, and whether or not it is a worth the risk...
  • Stopping Inspections? Insanity In Watertown

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Friday February 1, 2013
    I was reading a few news stories online when I came across a very interesting and disturbing situation. Without knowing all of the details other than what appeared in the newspaper story, it appears as though the city of Watertown, NY, has ordered...
  • Salka: A New Year's Resolution - Training!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Friday January 4, 2013
    I'm going to go on a little rant here because of the way things seem to be in the fire service concerning training. I travel extensively, across the country and up into Canada and Alaska. I cannot believe the number of career fire departments that do...