Category Archives: Warnings

Game of Thrones – The Politics of the Fire Service

Advice from the NVFC While volunteers command much of the nations fire service, in highly populated areas they are losing ground to more politically savvy organized labor operations.  We have all heard the saying “Nature Abhors a Vacuum”. This commonly used phrase … Continue reading

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MWCOG Chairman McDuffie gets it right

“Workers used to follow jobs, but an increasing number of companies are following talent, which is a competitive advantage for our region,” said Kenyan McDuffie, COG Board of Directors Chairman and District of Columbia Councilmember. “Area leaders need to build … Continue reading

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VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ALLIANCE, INC. – A Call to Action

It’s hard to believe that in 2013 I wrote about the decline of the Prince George’s County Volunteers and how that decline continues today. I guess no one heeded the “Call to Action.” The factors related to the decline are … Continue reading

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Tip of the Day – Give yourself sufficient time to respond to disasters or emergencies

One of the most important elements of disasters and emergencies is time. After distressing and devastating events we tend to lament we needed more time. Some emergencies give off warning signs in advance allowing us to respond effectively like weather … Continue reading

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Brazilian Night Club Fire Kills 238 and Wounds 100

As you may be aware on January 31, 2013, a fire erupted in a Brazilian Nightclub killing hundreds and wounded many. It was reported that there were many fire code violations. It was also reported that the club was overcrowded. … Continue reading

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Organizational Weaknesses Contribute To Everday Emergencies

Accidents don’t just happen.  Accidents can be traced to weaknesses in organizational structure in several key areas. The most common areas that contribute to mishaps are lack of policy or direction, lack of training, human frailty (working while tired, sleepy or intoxication) lack … Continue reading

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Critical Incident Stress Management – Finding Help In Your Time of Need

Managing stress is a team effort. When our senses are overwhelmed we need others to assist us.  We know something is wrong but we are not equipped to live a life of solitude.  We are trained from birth that we need to cry … Continue reading

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