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The Fire Based EMS System

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDHwAwhf-xs] The above trailer is for the documentary film “Firestorm”. In the film it depicts the LA County Fire Department EMS system. This system is described as ground zero for the EMS system problems throughout the country. Every locality ...

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What Would You Do?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH5Fh3NecFQ] In this instalment of what would you do we are presented with a house fire. We get a rare look at most of the development of the fire, and a scene without fire department intervention until later. This ...

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August Drill Of The Month: Triage

Triage is an often overlooked and under utilized skill. We often only see its deployment in Mass Casualty Incidents/Disasters. While it is imperative in those situations, it also has value on the every day calls. For example how often do ...

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Are You Ready For When The Fight Goes Bad!

In Mixed Martial Arts and other combat sports fighters often train for the worst case scenario. They call this training “fight gone bad” training. It basically consists of getting put in bad positions and trying to get out of them. ...

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July Drill Of The Month: REHAB

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6LpW-WnoY0] The above scene is no stranger to anyone. No matter what department, where your located, the amount of fires you take in, or you physical fitness condition we all get tired during firefighting operations and need a break. ...

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Heat Stress

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amqfX_UpLuU] As the summer months are upon us the temperature is beginning the sky-rocket. If we are not prepared this can have an adverse affect on our operations and our overall health. For our normal duty shifts our preparation is ...

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Texas Close Call

Well it is good to be back from FDIC it was a very succesful conference and I am working on my full review post. However someone forwarded me this video and I could not wait to share it. Since VODPOD ...

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Medical Mayday

We all know the statistics that are out there. Firefighters and other emergency services workers are dying of cardiovascular issues typically heart attacks that cause cardiac arrest. However we still focus our firefighter rescue training on drags, bailouts, etc. While ...

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How far have we really come?

Take a look at the clip below. It comes from the show “Rescue 911”. If you have ever read the blog before then you already know that Rescue 911 was a huge influence on me. People before me had Emergency ...

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Asbestos and Firefighters

This post comes from the great people at the Mesothelioma Center, and they expressed an interest in trying to find an avenue to educate firefighters on the dangers of asbestos. This is a topic near and dear to me as ...

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