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The Brotherhood of the Fire Service and the Bonds of Family

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Each of us has had a journey in our lives in the ten years since that day of September 11th, 2001. We all share a common bond that is defined by who we are and that is; firefighters. We are also defined by our families and loved ones and by the paths these past ten years have given us; and where they may lead us in the years ahead.

FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer on Leadership During 9-11

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Leadership in the evolving minutes of September 11th. FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer on Leadership During 9-11 and Beyond.

Three Firefighters Injured in Residential Collapse

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Floor and wall collapse at a residential fire sends three firefighters into the basement and results in RIT rescues.

Credentials versus Competence

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Credentials vs. Competence. Kevin Milan asks the question and provides the insights. Education and experience are important, but both must be updated throughout your fire service career.

Ten Minutes in the Street: The First-Due

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This edition of Ten Minutes in the Street TM is looking at the considerations for the first-due engine company upon arrival at a well involved single family residential house fire. Arrivals and subsequent deployments during night time periods pose ever increasing challenges to arriving officers in the ability to ascertain and recognize factors that will have a direct or ancillary affect in the developing incident action plan, tactics and task assignments.

Training this Fall: A Must for the Emerging and Practicing Fire Officer & Commander

CommandSafety.com and TheCompanyOfficer.com will be participating in both the inaugural Gateway Midwest Fire & Leadership Conference and the Liberty Regional Fire and Leadership Conference this fall. Check out the exceptional training programs being offered and be there.

Combustible Metals and Officer Safety

NIOSH recently issued its report on a recycling facility fire that occurred on July 13, 2010, in which seven career fire fighters were injured while fighting a fire at a large commercial structure containing recyclable combustible metals. How prepared are you as an Officer or Commander to address combustible metal fires both within occupancies and in the streets?

Tonight on Taking it to the Streets: The New Fire Ground and the First-Due

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Tune in to tonight’s edition of Taking it to the StreetsTM where the program will be looking at the New Fire Ground and the First-Due
Joining the program will be two special guests: Division Chief Ed Hadfield (CA) and Deputy Chief Jason Hoevelmann (MO) providing a great opportunity to listen to perspectives from coast to coast and the heartland.

Ten Minutes in the Street: Report of Smoke in the Area

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        It always starts out this way…..a quiet Saturday afternoon. The shift tour has been fairly quiet or you just happened to stop into the fire station for a cup of coffee and some kitchen table talk in the day room. The bells/tones come in for a report of smoke coming from a building located […]

Deployment Decisions: Defining Operations on the First-Due

First-due company operations are influenced by a number of parameters and factors; some deliberate and dictated, others prescribed and prearranged and yet others subjective, biased, predisposed or at times accidental, casual and emotional. For many of you riding the seat or arriving assuming command; you understand the connotations and implications I’m making here. Here’s an […]

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