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Stock Tip

Men’s Warehouse (MW on the NYSE) was up $1.26 today from the morning’s opening.“Chief Halton said he failed to inform speakers at the conference that if they chose to present in uniform, they had to ensure their speech was consistent with the policies, procedures and positions of their organizations.”“It was for that reason and that […]

Word of Mouth

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In fire departments our most influential training opportunities are not necessarily the yearly recertifications or the latest seminars but the working fire. Our trade is a hands on service where the majority of learning is done by doing. We go to fires; we stretch hoselines; we search rooms; we open up the roof. And if […]

Making Johnny a Poor Leader

FDNY Lt. says fire service needs culture of ‘extinguishment not safety’VideoFDNY Lt. Ray McCormack claimed the fire service needed a “culture of extinguishment not safety” during a keynote speech to FDIC on Thursday. In a hard-hitting address, Lt. McCormack criticized today’s leadership, and said too much emphasis is being placed on firefighter safety. “Too much […]

Why We Search

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The next time you run that report of smoke coming from the local Quick Mart or 7-11 will your attitude towards search be different?Do you consider such occupanicies to be ‘unoccupied’ depending on the business hours?What type of informal preplanning can reveal such conditions (i.e. medic locals, shopping for the meal) 3 rescued from fire […]

Industry Standard

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Another possible tool for us to add to the proverbial toolbox is a new gadget aimed at tracking people. Intelligence Safety Solutions released a prototype of SafetySet, an electronic device that is reported to be able to provide a definitive answer for determining if occupants are still in a building. According to researchers from the […]

Spring Training

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On Thursday, 12 February, the Red Sox struggled their way through an oppressive Florida winter to begin the first day of Spring Training. Last weekend, in the Washington D.C. area the thermometer hit the upper fifties and people could be found on The Mall in shorts and t-shirts. Spring, or any slight hint of spring, […]

In Defense of Jumping

“”I think it takes a particular coward to criticize procedures that you don’t understand particularly when they apply to places that you don’t have the bravery to go,” FDNY Battalion Chief John Sullivan said. “Friday the 23rd families and members of the FDNY gathered togther at a church in the Bronx and one in Brooklyn. […]

Commentary: GFO Need Not Apply

There are three different personalities of those who “teach fire”. Some who do it let their actions on the fireground and in the burn building speak for themselves. They keep their philosophy to themselves. Others have the actions mastered, yet when they speak they show an ignorance and arrogance towards the changing firefighter culture. The […]

Fall

The arrival of fall means many things. Football season. Muzzleloading season. An early look at spring training for the Red Sox. An increase, however slight, of some degree in working fires? Perhaps that is the reason that lately there has been an increase in the number of figures in our fireground media world focusing on […]

Considering LODD Medical Information

Also see: “Is It the Job or Your Body?” The intent is not to devalue or criticize the loss but to understand that there are differing methods of determining the data being presented. These differences may influence reported statistical data.Maybe it’s not always the guy who is in poor shape. Maybe it is the combination […]

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