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How To Become A Firefighter

Posted by FeldFire on 6/22/2016 to Fire Fighting
Being a firefighter is no-doubt a rewarding and unique job. After all, not many careers give you the opportunity to be a hero and experience life or death situations with your co-workers. The dangers and responsibilities associated with this job earn it's workers a high level of honor and respect.

If you have a deep desire to help people, and willingness to do whatever that takes, firefighting may seem like the perfect job for you. However, finding a job as a firefighter can be difficult. The competition is high, and you need to have what it takes.

Fire Hoses: The Basics

Posted by Feld Fire on 3/23/2016 to Fire Fighting

As the most utilized piece of fire equipment in the industry, fire hoses are designed in various types and sizes, each one for a specific and important purpose. 

With all the jobs that they do, fire hoses have to be made with the highest standards for flexibility, performance, and durability. They must be able to withstand dangerous conditions, and be flexible enough to maneuver through tough situations. Their smooth interior lining allows water to be transferred with minimum loss of pressure. 

There are four main categories of fire hoses that are used in fire fighting operations: the intake hose, attack hose, supply line, and extinguisher. As far as the basics go, here's what you should know about the different types of fire hoses.

Could A $20 Per Firefighter Investment Save Lives?

Posted by Feld Fire on 9/22/2014 to Fire Fighting
Of all the daily decisions and responsibilities in the command of a fire department the number one concern of nearly every leader is safety. If a captain can figure out how to shave valuable seconds off of response time or find a better hose pattern, they call it a win. However, nothing matches their level of concern for the area of personnel accountability.

Feds Consider Wildfire Funding Reform Bill

Posted by Feld Fire on 9/10/2014 to Fire Fighting
This has been a pretty tough last few years for wildfires in the U.S., especially in the western states. Over the last five years in California, for example, firefighters have had to prepare for an average (average!) of more 3,000 wildfires every year - or about 250 every month, or about eight per day. Eight per day!

Fitting Facts

Posted by Feld Fire on 9/8/2014 to Fire Fighting
Firefighters come in a remarkable range of shapes and sizes, which isn't surprising, as firefighters span the entire adult population. The days of building turnout gear that fits a "normal" range of firefighters are over. When your gear really fits your body, it's not just more comfortable; but it enables you to perform your job to the maximum of your ability. In spite of manufacturers meeting all the rigorous safety standards and requirements for fire fighting protective wear, many firefighters are still getting gear that doesn't fit well.

Getting Along

Posted by Feld Fire on 9/8/2014 to Fire Fighting
Firefighters must work and live with a variety of personalities. The long hours and often close proximity of living quarters, combined with sometimes stressful working conditions can often cause tension in coworker relationships. If you are able to exhibit tolerance, understanding and compassion, these same things that create tension can also create bonds between you and your co-workers.

Reputation Is Important

Posted by Feld Fire on 9/8/2014 to Fire Fighting
When celebrities like actors and athletes end up making the headlines negatively, people remember their names for some time to come. When people employed in the area of public safety are featured in the headlines negatively, the public doesn’t remember the individual, but instead, they remember the occupation and even the city associated with the story.

Command And Leadership Qualities Of A Firefighter

Posted by Feld Fire on 8/29/2014 to Fire Fighting
A leader must understand when to stand up and say something and when to sit down and listen. Able to show displeasure or pleasure by the words and tone of voice in the actions of subordinates. You have to be able to speak your point without much ado. When seconds count, long winded discussions and instructions are killers. You have to make sure you are quick, to the point, and that your followers understand your objectives.

Getting Above A Fire Safely And Effectively

Posted by Feld Fire on 8/27/2014 to Fire Fighting
When it comes to fighting fires, the conventional wisdom is to attack the fire from the base, having your feet firmly on the ground on equal footing with the fire. However, there is little doubt that sticking with that wisdom can be risky and could result in more damage to a structure, especially if that structure is two or more stories and the fire is on the first floor.

So You Want To Become A Firefighter

Posted by Feld Fire on 8/26/2014 to Fire Fighting
If you’re thinking about becoming a firefighter, you probably already have the most important trait a firefighter needs to have – the desire to help people. Because, let’s face it, you won’t get rich by being a firefighter, so there are no reasons to become one if your primary motivation is material gain.
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