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In my “perfect” world, all of the members in the fire service would be motivated to stay as healthy as possible of their own volition to take care of themselves, their coworkers, and the people they serve.
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Today was the beginning of the 26th Annual Apparatus Symposium, operated by the Fire Department Safety Officers Association. The day had several workshops and a keynote by Chief Brian Crawford, of the Plano (TX) Fire Department. Take a look at Associate Editor Chris Mc Loone‘s take on day one and some reflection on the recent...
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Previously, I mentioned giving my father’s take on fire alarm boxes (aka Gamewell’s). Right around his 100th birthday, my daughter asked him how the fire trucks and companies could communicate with each other before two-way radios.
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Legitimate data and the related statistics are irrefutable. Made up information can get challenged and cause problems in a lot of areas. Be careful what you relay to others and make sure you have back up.
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By Alan M. Petrillo Stacy-Lent Fire Department, in Stacy, Minnesota, recently had a fire apparatus nearing the end of its National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommended 20-year first-line service life and had to consider its options for a new piece of apparatus. The department covers 36 square miles, including the city of Stacy, the township...
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By Ron Heal For the first time in 40 years, I no longer own a fire truck. On October 23, 2013, Glen Mears, Jr., a Houston, Texas, firefighter, became the new owner and custodian of my 1953 American LaFrance 700-series open cab pumper. Two years ago I was the proud owner of a 1931 International-Boyer...
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By Bill Adams Ever notice old people tend to ramble from story to story? The past-their-prime white hairs were sitting around the firehouse coffee table solving world problems when the subject of Christmas presents came up. Annually, I always wish for a new lieutenant rather than a present. You can unwrap them—literally—whenever you want and...