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Peter Lamb

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The firefighter training podcast is about alarm investigations.
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This week the tactical fire problem is a mayday deep inside a commercial building. Are you prepared? Leave comments here to start a group discussion.
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We love what this artist did… #firefighting  
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My dad's helmet smells worse then smoke, like smoke3 (smoke squared)
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Peter Lamb

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This week 60 second safety is about the budget as a safety issue.
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This week a residential fire you can and should expect in your first due area.
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Kim Berkey is a key member of our team. Get to know Kim and his responsibilities with this video. http://bit.ly/1lNyIK4  #firesafety  
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Happy Tuesday! We hope you'll enjoy this design that we created for the York Fire Department. It's one of our favorites from this year so far. #firedepartment  #firetruck #TShirt
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Who else wants a fire hydrant laundry basket? #laundrybasket #firefighting  
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A very pretty picture..
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Peter Lamb

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This week 60 Second Safety is about apparatus weight. Is your apparatus overloaded?
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Peter Lamb

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Yeah....So what are you going to do about it?

As many of them are, this week's commentary comes from a conversation of the past week.
I was discussing and pretending to solve the problems of the fire service when a fellow worker told me this story.

He was at work during a slower period, when he began to write just short one line sentences, each describing a particular thing wrong with his department. He just sat for a few more minutes and then realized that he had filled one page, and had now spilled over onto the start of a second page.
As he was telling me the story, I was thinking about myself and how I had done this some number of times. I also began to think about other commentary columns I had read, and just recently, that I had written myself.

Gee, I am a real genius, I can find a problem at a hundred yards ! Finding is pretty easy, solving is something else altogether!

As we began to discuss this "list' constructed as a pastime, we both agreed that many of the items could be found in any fire service organization in America.

I then thought to myself, well suppose, just suppose we all make a list, just like the one made above.

Part II is, that we have to then make a second list of all the things that are right about our department, and things that go well.

Part III is really the toughest of all, and leads back to my title.

Pick one of the items on the "what's wrong list" and do everything in your power, whatever rank you are, and try to fix it this year. Yes I know you might be limited in what you can do, but if there is a morale problem in your department, don't YOU be the one at the kitchen table contributing to it. If training is a problem, then you do everything in your power to read, study and train.

This is really a tough personal assignment, and maybe it could even catch on. Let us not become like the two school kids that are fighting in the schoolyard, let us not bring up multiple problems, because somebody might just call you on that and say "...Yeah,...and what are you going to do about it?"

Tell me what you think, e-mail with your comments and / opinions.


Pete Lamb
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Thank you, I will.
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A rescue mat that is durable, "decon-able", less than 5 pounds and about the size of a football.  Plus, less expensive that the hard plastic or basket variety of patient movers.

Vertical rescue, bariatric 'mobility', body removal, disabled, hospitals, nursing homes, confined spaces, wilderness rescue, etc.

Disclosure:  Yes, I just started distributing these.  

How useful are they to the fire service?  

Know anybody that could use some?

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Moving an immobile person from a bad place to a better place needs to be quick, efficient and safe for the immobile person.

Bedsheets?  As a last resort since they are hard to maintain a grasp, create friction for the occupant and offer no padding.

Rescue Mats?  Yes.  Many to chose from but here is the most popular ... the AlbacMat Emergency Evacuation and Rescue Mat. (disclosure:  yes, I distribute them).

Learn more:  http://team-solutions.us/rescue-mat/

#AlbacMat   #evacuation   #CERT   #SearchandRescue  
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We saw some amazing people and had a great time at last week's FDIC Conference at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. #FDIC #firefighting #firehose http://rawhidefirehose.com/
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I loved seeing all the new trucks :D and the new cot systems, Not the Strykers.. I can't remember what the other one was called. But it personally appealed to me more.
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This week The Firefighter Training Podcast is about how to train for advancing the hoseline.
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Jeffrey Austin

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Peter Lamb

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By the work, one knows the workman.
Jean de la Fontaine

The above quote has a slightly different meaning for all that read it, but I will make some very direct fire service connections with it.

Ask yourself the following questions:

How are you looked at by your peers?

How are you looked at by your superiors?

How do you see yourself?

Answer the above honestly as the relate to you in the performance of your fire department duties whether paid or volunteer.

Do you report to work, drills, and details on time or are you either 1 minute before or always late. Persons that do not show up until 1 minute before shift change or any other event really tell a tale of their values and beliefs. Contrast this to someone who is there a few minutes early and communicates with others.

Are you the first or the last to volunteer for extra assignments? This also tells something about your work ethic and you as a person.

Are you the best at anything on your department?

The best pump operator, the best driver, the best rope rescue person, the best EMT or paramedic, the best dispatcher........

The challenge for this week is an easy one. Take a picture of yourself mentally, pick a skill or position on your department, and strive to be the best at that particular skill or task. Or just be the most professional in general behavior.(Good attendance, promptness,appearance etc..)

As you raise your level of skill, and apply the mental commitment to whatever you choose, others on your department will begin to "recognize your work by the workman."

Don't become recognized as the slacker, door dancer, complainer, or the "one with the bad attitude." Those things easily identify the workman also.

Let's stop making the fire service a job, let's work together and become "craftsmen" working at a craft.

The key to being a good "craftsmam" is training, diligence, and attention to detail. It is hard work, but our efforts will truly pay off.

Pete Lamb
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Need a fast quote on a fire hose? We have you covered, just click on our link. http://hub.am/1iveGNK #firehose #firefighting  
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Need a great resource for tons of information on fire safety and training? Check out the National Fire Protection Agency. http://hub.am/1luPQkU #firefighting #NFPA  
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Mike McKenna

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Innovation meets costs savings:  Suburbans v. Ambulances.
The new Plano Fire-Rescue Rescue Squads have been active for only 90s days, but they are already saving the city money, the fire chief says.
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I'm not sure how widespread implementation is, but quick response vehicles and mini-pumpers seem to be a recurring suggestion on how to lower operating and maintenance costs for larger apparatus, especially Quints at single apparatus stations.
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