July 31

Dad joke Friday: “I made a pencil with two erasers. It was pointless.” LODD: A firefighter is killed while operating on a wildfire in California – 2015 Major Incidents: In 1979, an arson fire at a Holiday Inn in Cambridge, OH killing 10 and injuring 82 In 1976, A thunderstorm dumped 14 inches of rain […]

July 30

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter LODD: Career lieutenant and fire fighter die in a flashover during a live-fire training evolution – Florida 2002 Major Incidents: In 2016, a hot air balloon strikes a power line, […]

July 29

“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself and let your troops see that you don’t in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to […]

July 28

“The school of hard knocks is a difficult teacher, because the tests come before the lesson. So be prepared to be tested in this job.” – Lt. Don Kaderabek LODD: Career captain dies and 9 fire fighters injured in a multistory medical building fire – North Carolina 2011 One volunteer lieutenant dies and a volunteer […]

July 27

Question(s) of the week: Do you hold regular “one on one” meetings with your crew?  Or, with your supervisor?  These are a good time to praise and thank them and to address any issues.  Also, a good time to “take their temperature” as far as their mental health and well being are concerned. LODD: A […]

July 26

In today’s “Do more with less” fire service, the book Hal Moore on Leadership: Winning When Outgunned and Outmanned has leadership lessons we can all put to use! LODD: Volunteer chief and fire fighter die after being ejected during a rollover crash – Virginia 2010 Junior volunteer fire fighter dies and three volunteer fire fighters […]

July 25

Quick mustard mashed potatoes goes well with grilled brats for a take on “Bangers and Mash”.  Add some grilled or roasted zucchini and you have a quick and easy dinner. LODD: A firefighter is killed by a falling tree on a wildfire in California – 2008 Three Washington, DC firefighters were killed battling a fire […]

July 24

Dad Joke Friday:  Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? It’s fine, he woke up. LODD: 56-Year-old fire fighter suffers cardiac arrest at brush fire – New Hampshire 2016 A career lieutenant and a career fire fighter found unresponsive at a residential structure fire – Connecticut 2010 Major Incidents: In 1980, an explosion and […]

July 23

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson LODD: Volunteer fire fighter struck and killed by tanker backing into the bay of the fire station – Pennsylvania 2016 Lieutenant suffers heart attack during physical fitness training and dies seven days later – Vermont 2010 Volunteer fire […]

July 22

“There’s always one more thing you can do to influence any situation in your favor—and after that one more thing, and after that…. The more you do the more opportunities arise.” ― Harold G. Moore LODD: A volunteer mutual aid fire fighter dies in a floor collapse in a residential basement fire – Illinois 2008 […]