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Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc

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Unselfish service toward others

Crew Resource Management for the Fireground by Dep. Chief Ron Ayotte

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Safety for the fire service begins in many places, converging at an incident

York City Working: Positioning in the Alley

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  Third truck uses the alley to their advantage

Doing The Best You Can – Rescues and Reflection on Our Purpose in Lowell

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Dave LeBlanc shares how a tragic fire recalls another similar incident that again reflects our mission

Remembrance and Our Purpose by Dave LeBlanc

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Did you forget why you signed up for this job? Maybe you should review the origin of ‘EGH’

Why We Search: Rescue in Abandoned Camden House

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Squatter rescued and family in exposure removed

April 2014 On-Duty Deaths in Detail

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April has the lowest number of fatalities of the year so far

Why We Search: Squatters Inside Lynn, MA Vacant Building Fire

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Homeless woman injured in fire at former car dealership

Brotherhood

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  Despite the difference of language and 4000+ miles, Brotherhood endures. – Ron Ayotte

Tactical Safety for Firefighters: False Positives

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Ray McCormack says you come first. Really.

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John Pignataro
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bravo sir ...This battle began in the early 1990's having been a career DC Fireman for 30 yrs and a still active volunteer fireman for 37 the mentality has changed since 1977. Your article is clear and to the point but I am afraid the fire service maybe lost to the folks who preach the…
2014-08-23 01:12:28
Ben Waller
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Actually, the "Women and children first" idea cane from the sinking if the HMS Birkenhead. Now known as "The Birkenhead Drill", this stemmed from the ship beginning to sink, an inadequate number of lifeboats, and the Royal Marines and soldiers on board being called to formation and standing in ranks while the ships crew put…
2014-08-21 11:25:14
Ron Ayotte
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bing-freaking-o!
2014-08-21 02:49:30
Brian Gary
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Very well written. I couldn't agree more with your statements. The problems are many, but they perpetuate and increase with every new class of recruits that are poisoned with the idea that anyone who feels unsafe has a responsibility to act and stop whatever is going on. When I came on, my instructors told me…
2014-08-21 02:04:23
Ric Jorge
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Atta boy David, customer service or customer satisfaction? The line is fine, and more often than not we can accomplish both with action, and a kind demeanor.
2014-08-21 01:41:12
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