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My Bunkers are in a Bundle

My Bunkers are in a Bundle

  It is rare that I come across something on facebook that after 48hrs I still feel a need to address it on my own blog. Earlier this week there was a video of a structure fire posted on YouTube and facebook. You can see the video here...

Do you talk to your neighbors?

Do you talk to your neighbors?

 When was the last time you called your neighboring department? With all of the recent concern and coverage regarding the potential for severe weather yesterday, today, and tonight, I am wondering who if anyone has taken the time to speak with their neighbor about the...

Building Construction – Forever Changing

Building Construction – Forever Changing

I was out and about today and ran across a construction site that caught my attention. They were building this "SUPER" sized storage sheds. There were four of them, each was two stalls wide and approximately 300ft long. Besides them being unusually large (at least for...

McDonald's should go to FDIC

McDonald's should go to FDIC

One of the greatest things about the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) is that they have the unique ability to resist complacency. The people behind this conference are marketing geniuses. Their love of the fire service is sincere and they totally get us....

When the Sh*t hits the fan

When the Sh*t hits the fan

Most of us do really well with command and control on the fire ground. We practice our first due engine operations, pulling hose, search and rescue, and ventilation on a regular basis. As officers we're always honing our skills with particular attention to building...

Winnebago Fire Chief's Association

Winnebago Fire Chief's Association

WOW - what a night at the Winnebago Fire Chief's Association meeting hosted by the Northwest Fire Protection District in Rockford Illinois. We were invited down to do a keynote on recruiting and retaining volunteers in today's fire service by Deputy Chief Lindman. The...

Stockton FD is ready for Fire – Stockton Illinois

Stockton FD is ready for Fire – Stockton Illinois

I had the pleasure of spending Saturday with members of the Stockton Fire Department delivering our signature TEN-23 program. We have delivered a number of programs for them in the past so it was no suprise to see a packed training room ready to learn. Although TEN-23...

Get the Extra on Chicago Fire

Get the Extra on Chicago Fire

WOW - what a trip! Who ever said show business was easy never worked as an extra. Overall the experience was pretty awesome. Rush hour in the city is nuts though and just reconfirmed my desire to remain a guest and not a resident of the windy city. My new GPS was very...

Headed to Chicago

Headed to Chicago

Very excited to be headed to windy city. Have to be up bright and early tomorrow. Working as an extra in NBC's Chicago Fire. They'll be shooting a banquet scene - supposed to be all firefighters. They said it could take up to 12 hours, I can't believe it will take...

WEMSA 2013

Headed to Milwaukee, WI for WEMSA 2013. Super excited to meet new people. Back in my EMS days I used to look forward to this conference every year, it was always a fun and educational time. This time I'll be in the front of the room, never thought that would happen 20...