July 21

“A good firefighter knows how, an educated firefighter knows why.” – Chris Walker LODD: A career captain and an engineer die while conducting a primary search at a residential structure fire – California 2007 Fire fighter suffers sudden cardiac death in parking lot of fire station – Tennessee 2003 Major Incidents: In 2019 multiple large […]

July 20

Question(s) of the week:  Basement fires pose unique hazards to firefighters.  What specific hazards can you list?  How does your department attack basement fires while considering these risks? LODD: A Missouri firefighter dies as a result of burns suffered in a basement fire – 2013 Major Incidents: In 2012, a gunman enters a theater in […]

July 19

The title just about says it all…The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story gives a peek into the brutal and secretive North Korean society. LODD: A firefighter is killed by a falling tree on a wildfire in Montana – 2017 A 16 year old Virginia Firefighter is severely burned in a residential fire […]

July 18

Sausage and Peppers Pasta is another dinner that is full of flavor and easy to put together.  You can make it a bit healthier by using chicken instead of the sausage.  Just use some southwest style seasoning for the chicken.  Please cook the pasta in well salted water! LODD: Arson investigator dies from injuries sustained […]

July 17

Dad Joke Friday:  Two goldfish are in a tank. One says to the other, “do you know how to drive this thing?” LODD: Engineer dies from heart attack and cardiac arrest – Indiana 2011 Major Incidents: In 1987, a flash flood in Texas sweeps away a Church youth bus, killing 10 In 1981, the elevated […]

July 16

“Success is never final, but failure can be.” – Bill Parcells LODD: A Pennsylvania firefighter dies at home after responding to a house fire – 2019 A Colorado fighters dies of job related cancer – 2017 Pump operator/engineer suffers heart attack on duty and later dies – Texas 2013 Volunteer fire fighter dies after being […]

July 15

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt LODD: A New Jersey firefighter dies hours after working at a structural fire – 2007 Firefighter/paramedic drowns during an underwater scuba training drill – Missouri 1999 A New Jersey fire captain is shot and […]

July 14

“Learn something everyday. Get better everyday. There is always something you can improve on.” – Chief Devon J. Wells LODD: A 32 year old Florida firefighter dies after his shift from a cardiac event – 2016 A Lynden, WA fire chief dies while out for his daily run 2017 Major Incidents: In 1980 a fire […]

July 13

Question(s) of the Week:  What have you done to prepare your crew for the “routine” call that develops into anything but routine?  Do you set the example?  On every call?  Complacency kills!  Are you doing the all the little things that help your crew avoid being the next NIOSH report? LODD: Seven career fire fighters […]

July 12

Although a long read, Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in WWII sheds light on how our country mobilized to produce the massive amount of resources needed to win the war.  It was amazing what our country produced when united against a common foe! In 2019 a gas explosion destroys a KFC in Eden, […]