December 2008

2008 Year in Review

by mobrian on December 31, 2008

Taking a Look at 2008

What a whirl wind 1/2 of a year for us.  We started this site in August and has grown every day. The email list, comments, and page views nearly double every week. The site is purely intended to make our fire service better by sharing viewpoints, training, news, and creating a community for the service.

Lets take a look at some of the interesting stories from this year

  • Our top story is based on the requirement for safety vests.  Titled Traffic Safety on Emergency Scenes, it was written by Deputy Chief Michael Eckert.  The story has received great praise from across the United States and serves as a resource to every fire department.  Part II of the story will be run in 2009.
  • Many of you thanked us for [click to continue…]

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Public Safety Officer Laid to Rest

by mobrian on December 31, 2008

Public Safety Officer Samborski from the Oak Park Public Safety Department was laid to rest today.  Officer Samborski was killed in the line of duty while performing his duties as a police officer.  Samborski was a public safety officer for Oak Park for four years.

“Officer Samborski made the ultimate sacrifice,” Oak Park Public Safety Director John McNeilance said. “We always will honor his memory and his service to the Oak Park community

Over 1,000 officers, fire fighters, and coutless civilans honored the slain officer today in Brighton.  As a public safety officer Samborksi was responsible as a fire fighter and police officer to his community.  Sunday [click to continue…]


Fireground Dynamics and Leadership Seminar

December 31, 2008

Hosted by Branch County Firefighters, March 21, 2009 This dynamic fireground encompassing seminar presented through some of the most prominent and experience fire service lecturers throughout the country is directed to all ranks within the fire service community. The program is hosted by Branch County Fire Fighters on March 21, 2009 at the Max Larsen […]

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National EMS Education Standards and QAAP Affect Fire Service

December 29, 2008

A Guest Post By Chief Bill Forbush, Garden City Fire Department Recently, many EMS providers have attended regional meeting with state health officials to discuss a number of pressing issues, including the National EMS Education Standards. The standards were developed by a committee of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) under contract to the […]

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Messy Weather

December 28, 2008

Based on the Weather, It Must be Michigan (or the Lions) It seems that many of us across the State were busy with bad weather. It could have been based on the high winds (up to 55 mph gusts), flooding from melting snow, trees blocking roads, wires down, or even water entering into homes and […]

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NIMS Update

December 27, 2008

FEMA Releases a revised version of NIMS WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released a revised National Incident Management System (NIMS) – the national standard for incident management.  NIMS establishes standardized incident management processes, protocols, and procedures that all federal, state, tribal and local responders will […]

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2008

Well it is a busy holiday season for many of us.  I know that many of you are working and protecting our families around the State.  Fires, medicals, and other emergencies do not slow down because it is the holiday season.  I know that we are thankful for what so many of you do to […]

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Do you Have the Courage, Part I

December 22, 2008

The Courage to be Safe, So Everyone Goes Home! Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe […]

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After Action Analysis

December 4, 2008

Fire departments can take a look at complex scenes and evaluate them for performance and the ability to follow department training and policies. After Action reports can develop your response and identify areas for training.

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