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Holding the Line: Who’s your true back-up?

Holding the Line: Who’s your true back-up?

As Firefighters we understand the value of team work. We are taught from the very beginning that the success of our efforts is based upon how well we work together. One of the areas that this is most evident is during hose-line advancement.   The end result of the nozzle man’s work of extinguishment is directly correlated to how well the back-up firefighter works with them. In short, without the back-up firefighter working in unison, anticipating the next move, pulling the […]

Spotlight on Brotherhood: Share the Load Program

Spotlight on Brotherhood: Share the Load Program

Share The Load Program: Featuring Mark Lamplugh Jr. from 360 Wellness & The National Volunteer Council’s Share The Load program As first responders, we face continual exposure to stress throughout our careers. It is well known that first responders have a higher rate of heart attacks, stress related disorders (PTSD, anxiety & depression, and other unhealthy coping mechanisms), and those that answer the call for help seldom make the call when they face down the ‘fires’ of their lives. Firefighters […]

The Bridge to the Broken Heart

The Bridge to the Broken Heart

Firefighters function together despite differences, beliefs, or personal preferences. We are able to put aside our differences and function as one towards a common goal of serving our fellow man. Take a team of firefighters who have never met and place them on an apparatus and it is amazing how quickly they can come together as a team. Yet, in the midst of personal conflict or troubles we seem ‘statistically’ incapable of helping ourselves. This is not to say that […]

by · July 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
#Firefighter Testimonies-The Power of Your Story:

#Firefighter Testimonies-The Power of Your Story:

Have you ever noticed that when a teacher uses a story (an experience from their life) that the material they are presenting becomes more relevant? The student or audience becomes more engaged especially when the story relates to their background, their culture, and their area of expertise. In the Bible, Jesus taught using parables. A parable is a comparison, illustration, or a juxtaposition. Jesus applied scripture to a story that drove home the point. This method of teaching preserved the […]

A Firefighter’s Guide to Fighting the Fire’s of Life

A Firefighter’s Guide to Fighting the Fire’s of Life

We all will face hard times in our lives. This is a quick format to follow the next time we come upon a difficult personal time. Let’s apply what we know as firefighters through a spiritual perspective: Step 1) Size-Up: At every incident we transmit a size-up to the responding companies. When we face down the difficulties of life let us do the same through Prayer: Tell God what your facing and share it with someone you trust. 1 Thessalonians […]

What every firefighter needs to know

What every firefighter needs to know

Firefighters function together despite differences, beliefs, or personal preferences. We are able to put aside our differences and function as one towards a common goal of serving our fellow man. Take a team of firefighters who have never met and place them on an apparatus and it is amazing how quickly they can come together as a team. Yet, in the midst of personal conflict or troubles we seem ‘statistically’ incapable of helping ourselves. This is not to say that […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
Impending Flashover

Impending Flashover

As firefighters, we are trained to recognize the signs of an impending flashover. Rapidly increasing temperatures, a non-tenable environment, thick turbulent smoke and then it happens… Consider the imagery. A firefighter under significant stress begins to rapidly change their behavior, they become difficult to be around or remove themselves from any form of camaraderie, and any attempt to go near them is met with turbulent angry behavior. This is a warning. This individual is lashing out at you not because […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
Death and how it affects us

Death and how it affects us

Death and How it Affects Us- As firefighters, we witness death on a regular basis. Some even become numb to the effects of being near to it so often. We joke about it at the dinner table moments after witnessing tragedy seemingly untouched by what we just saw. Or so we thought… What happens when we lose a loved one?  What happens when tragedy strikes our own lives? What happens when our health fails? What happens when all we worked […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
The Vent Group

The Vent Group

Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries-The Vent Group: The Invitation: Have you ever felt the pressures of life, the job, and stress mounting up to such a point that you felt you were going to explode? We know that pressurized cylinders & containers have devices in place to relieve the pressure if the pressure reaches a dangerous level. These PRV’s are there to help alleviate the pressure and bring things back to a manageable level. Bringing Back Brotherhood is offering a very […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Behavioral Health
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