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Eradicating the Scumbags; Restoring Trust.
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Stories like this one make my blood boil.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bobby Halton Jun 4, 2011.

Air Management

I was wondering how many of you took sessions at FDIC that dealt with the dangers of toxic gases at fire scenes (CO and HCN) or on how to manage your air?In addition, the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment…Continue

Tags: mittendorf, mcevoy, brunacini, norman, gagliano

Started Mar 31, 2011

Avon, Illinois-First Responders Shut Down
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Article speaks for itself: http://www.galesburg.com/news/x1512110631/Avon-shuts-down-its-first-responders Continue

Tags: shut, down, chiefreason, services, manpower

Started this discussion. Last reply by samantha atchley Aug 30, 2011.

 

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Snow, Hills and Physics

 Blog Note: I wrote this piece for the friends in my hometown. No fires, no fire trucks, no HOT topics and no politics. Just some childhood memories that, if you take the time to read, it may lift your spirits and unlock your mind to reveal similar memories of your own. It may give you a moment of pause to remember a simpler, innocent time in your life when you didn’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Enjoy!As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon, it has started to snow once again.I…See More
Dec 13, 2016
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Bradley Golden – Still Tragic Fifteen Years Later

I wrote this story in 2003 and first released it on September 25th of that year; two years after the tragic death of then 19 year-old Firefighter Bradley Golden, who died in a live burn training exercise in Lairdsville, New York. I have posted it every year since then to keep a promise; to honor and to remember Brad. I do not do it to keep the emotional wounds fresh. I do it because there are so many important lessons to be gained by reviewing the investigative material and the questions put…See More
Sep 22, 2016
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Strong Winds and Undercurrents in 2016

During the 2012 election cycle, my blog took on a heavy political tone.After-all, our nation had just suffered through four years of Obamacare, stifling EPA regulations, IRS shenanigans, Fast and Furious gun program, an ambiguous Afghan War strategy, Benghazi and on and on.So, in an effort to express my concerns and my opinions based upon my many years of study of the political arena and to use my platform at www.fireengineering.com, I was attacked…See More
May 16, 2016
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Staying Afloat In A Sea of Cynicism

After getting all caught up on the back-and-forth going on between Captain Tom Kenney of the Providence, RI Fire Department and the city administration AND the Providence Journal newspaper, it is very clear that there is mutual disdain, to put it mildly.Let me say right here/right now that I HATE sensationalist headlines.You know the type if you have spent time on the Internet. It is a headline designed to get you to “click” on their story. Websites get paid by the number of “hits” that they…See More
Jan 19, 2016
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Why Are Some Memories So Vivid When Others Quickly Fade?

The headline from “The Hawk Eye” newspaper on December 23, 1999 read: They Gave The Ultimate.Asst. Chief Dave McNally, 49 at the time, Firefighter Jason Bitting, 29 at the time and Nathan “Nate” Tuck, 39 at the time all died in the line of duty while trying to rescue three children from an apartment fire. The three children also…See More
Dec 21, 2015
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Leadership Buy the Book II

It is estimated that, within the last ten years 1,500,000,000 articles and books have been written on Leadership. That is not a typo. So, if someone tells you, "I have read every book that there is on Leadership", you might want to do a fact check. I mean; the time commitment alone to accomplish that should raise a red flag. Think of all of the authors who believe in their heart that they have the definitive book on leadership skills. How would they know? How would WE know? When the comment is…See More
Nov 7, 2015
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Halloween III; The Season of the Jake

A Jake and Vinnie Halloween Special In 1906, at the top of the bluff overlooking the scenic river valley, bank president Cyrus Edelstein built a beautiful, three-story, brick mansion for his young bride, Samantha. The site, on which this house was built, was an Indian burial ground. As the builders…See More
Oct 28, 2015
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Activist Judge Sends A Message with Arsonist’s Sentence

The definition of arson: criminal setting of fires, deliberate burning of property, destruction of property by fire, fire-raising, firing, incendiarism, malicious burning of property, set conflagration, willful burning of property.The sentence for arson: As of 2011, in the United States, the minimum sentence for Arson in the third degree, which encompasses fires intentionally set to vehicles, buildings or homes that did not cause bodily harm, is three to five years in prison and a $15,000…See More
Oct 26, 2015
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Anatomy of a Firefighter

They are questions that are often asked by both those wishing to be a firefighter and by those trying to understand why someone would be a firefighter: what does it take and why do you do it?I will often reach back into my past and resurrect some of the mental tools that I used during my time as a firefighter. It is a characteristic that is so ingrained into your being that it is yours’ to be used for the rest of your life. You will react to decision-making in a much different manner to all…See More
Oct 13, 2015
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The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie©

Hope He’s Had His Shots!Episode #11 “Sid; what the hell is going on? We gotta get done so they can get water on this fire or we’re gonna lose her. Sid? Sid! Goddammit, Sid, Jake thought out loud. As he turned the corner to get back out the door, Jake ran head long into Sid. It scared the s*** out of him! Sid was cradling a lifeless form in his arms. His SCBA alarm bell was still going off and they headed for the stairs. They hit every other step on their way down. As they got to the bottom, the…See More
Sep 22, 2015
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The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie©

Funny; You Don’t Look Like a Glow Worm!Episode #9 Sidney (Sid Vicious) Wilkerson grew up in the flatlands of North Central Ohio. Sid was born into the third generation of firefighters in his family. His granddad was a volunteer firefighter in Sid’s hometown of Coffey, Ohio. His dad retired as an assistant chief from the Lucas County, Ohio Fire Department. Sid’s brother is riding rigs in Cincinnati as an engine company lieutenant. So Sid’s occupational path to the fire service was…See More
Sep 1, 2015
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The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie©

Truck Ops According to Jake - Episode #8Vent. Enter. Search. Three words that detonate an adrenaline “explosion” in a truckie! Sure; squirting water is fun and there are times when positioning the big bores can be pretty demanding, but THAT is mundane, when compared to standing on a roof that is so hot that your boots stick to the tar; when standing on a roof that is so spongy, you’d swear that you’re bouncing on a trampoline! And when you cut that h*** and the black, acrid smoke pukes out,…See More
Jul 7, 2015
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The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie©

Firefighters Are Priceless; Politicians Aren’t Worth 2 Cents!Episode #6 As Vinnie was getting ready, Jimmy Mac was shaking like a V-Twin; trying hard to hide his laughing. He slapped Jake on the shoulder. Jake could be heard growling, “fucking new guy” under his breath as he looked in back of him.…See More
Jun 17, 2015
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Kelly Jacobson; I Drive With My Lights On For Safety - Episode #5

 As the tones sounded for a structural fire at 1542 S.…See More
May 15, 2015
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Kelly Jacobson; I Drive With My Lights On For Safety - Episode #5

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May 11, 2015

Profile Information

Lives in:
a house
Department:
Clover Twp FPD
Title/rank:
Fire Commissioner
Years of public service:
35
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Aging department
Recruitment and Retention
Professional Qualifications:
My Training:
Illinois
IFSI-Fire Training I-June, 1982
IFSI-Fire Training II-Nov., 1982
IFSI-Specialized Training-Mar., 1983
IFSI-Fire Training III-Aug., 1983
IFSI-Fire Training I-Oct., 1983
IFSI-Vehicle Extrication-Oct., 1983
IFSI-Fire Training IV-Dec., 1983
NREMT-EMT-A-Dec., 1983
IDOT-Emergency Rescue Technician-June, 1984
IFSI-Fire Training II-Aug., 1985
IFSI-Essentials of FFIV-June, 1993
IFSI-Essentials of FFIV-Nov. 1993
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 1994
OSFM-Firefighter II-Dec., 1994
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 1995
NFA-MCTO-Tactics-Feb., 1995
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 1996
OSFM-Rescue Specialist/Confined Space-Trench Awareness-May, 1996
MVFA-Helicopter Ground Safety Training-Aug., 1996
WIFA-Vehicle Extrication-Oct., 1996
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 1997
OSFM-Hazardous Materials Awareness-June, 1997
IFSI-Fire Investigation and Arson Recognition-Aug., 1997
NREMT-First Responder-Oct., 1997
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 1998
IFSI-Essential Core Competencies-Mar., 1999
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 1999
3M-Respirator Fit-Testing Instructor-June, 1999
OSFM-Rescue Specialist-Trench-Dec., 1999
IFSI-Down and Dirty Hydraulics-April, 2000
IFSI-Terrorism Basic Concepts-April, 2000
OSFM-Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist-May, 2000
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 2001
IFSI-Basic Vehicle Extrication-April, 2001
IFSI-Heavy Vehicle Extrication-June, 2001
TCFA-Firemanship Training-April, 2002
OSFM-Technical Rescue Awareness-July, 2002
OMA/FOIA Compliance Training-March, 2010
MACS IS-00701.a-March, 2010
EMI IS-00800.b-March, 2010
Advanced Trustee Training-June, 2010
Topics you provide training for:
Budgets, grants, legal and legislative updates.
Areas of expertise:
Fire protection districts
Board of trustees
Bio:
I was active for 22 years, the last 14 as chief. We took our department from ISO 8 to ISO 6. I helped to spear-head the referendum to have our district's trustees elected rather than appointed. We now elect the trustees. I attended our state's first fire service summit which helped to establish the state's Cornerstone training program through IFSI. I served on the rules-making committee for the state's Fire Truck Revolving Loan Fund, commonly referred to as the Zero Interest Loan Program and have testified at fire service public hearings. I have served as president of the fire district's board of trustees since being elected in April, 2003. We have been able to pay off the building, the newest fire truck and almost doubled the budget through tax receipts. We are a department of 25 active members. I have been attending Trustee training seminars since 1996.
Professional Affiliations: Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, Western Illinois Firefighters Association, National Fire Protection Association, American Society of Safety Engineers and National Association of Safety Professionals.
I am also a well known fire service blogger under the names Art Goodrich and ChiefReason.
Web site:
http://www.chiefreason.blogspot.com

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Snow, Hills and Physics

 

Blog Note: I wrote this piece for the friends in my hometown. No fires, no fire trucks, no HOT topics and no politics. Just some childhood memories that, if you take the time to read, it may lift your spirits and unlock your mind to reveal similar memories of your own. It may give you a moment of pause to remember a simpler, innocent time in your life when you didn’t carry the weight of the…

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Posted on December 13, 2016 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

Bradley Golden – Still Tragic Fifteen Years Later

I wrote this story in 2003 and first released it on September 25th of that year; two years after the tragic death of then 19 year-old Firefighter Bradley Golden, who died in a live burn training exercise in Lairdsville, New York. I have posted it every year since then to keep a promise; to honor and to remember Brad. I do not do it to keep the emotional wounds fresh. I do it because there are so many important lessons to be gained by…

Continue

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Strong Winds and Undercurrents in 2016

During the 2012 election cycle, my blog took on a heavy political tone.

After-all, our nation had just suffered through four years of Obamacare, stifling EPA regulations, IRS shenanigans, Fast and Furious gun program, an ambiguous Afghan War strategy, Benghazi and on and on.

So, in an effort to express my concerns and my opinions based upon my many years of study of the political arena…

Continue

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 5:49pm

Staying Afloat In A Sea of Cynicism

After getting all caught up on the back-and-forth going on between Captain Tom Kenney of the Providence, RI Fire Department and the city administration AND the Providence Journal newspaper, it is very clear that there is mutual disdain, to put it mildly.

Let me say right here/right now that I HATE sensationalist headlines.

You know the type if you have spent time on the Internet. It is a…

Continue

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 6:12pm

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At 9:23pm on December 21, 2011, Elliot Belote said…

Thanks.

I was surprised to see how big the campus is and how big the memorial is, especially the 9/11 memorial.

Merry Christmas to you to

At 5:40pm on August 1, 2011, Michael Bricault (ret) said…

-Art, I totally understand the point you make as to politics and the tie in to our profession, art, and community.  I also knew that Frank had a podcast/radio show and he and I have discussed my variance of opinion with that venue as well.

-My contention is not politically motivated but rather born out of a belief that our service is comprised of so many different types of people, and political discussions tend to be such a harsh and immediately polarizing topic, that I'm concerned firefighters will no longer read articles or blogs by authors they recognize or identify as politically motivated, and leave a site that has so much to offer by way of instruction and "long distance mentorship", if you will permit such an idea.

-Just my opinion; and opinions are like noses, everybody has one. What's more, this is the grand ol' U.S. of A. and we all have the right to blow our horns if we so choose so I guess we'll both keep on doing what we do.

At 8:15pm on July 31, 2011, Michael Bricault (ret) said…

-Art, though I do look forward to reading and participating in your blogs, in reference to your most recent blog The Debt Ceiling, I wonder if this firefight training site is not he appropriate formate for discussing political views, especially given that political topics tend to be extraordinarily polorizing.

-Just my thought.

At 11:05am on April 4, 2011, Lt. Billy Greenwood said…

Well that sounds great Art. Total package is awesome.  I have written in the past for FE and now delivered at FDIC.  I just need to focus and step up my connections game....

At 9:34am on March 29, 2011, Jack Wesson said…
If you don't mind i would like to pick your Brain now and Then. Thanks Jack
At 5:22pm on March 25, 2011, Dee Wesson-France said…
My Husband specks very highly of you , he has a lot of respect for you .
At 9:28pm on December 21, 2010, Peter Lupkowski said…

http://hosebedtostretcher.blogspot.com/

I posted one of them here at FE.  I'm not too educational but a little twisted isn't too bad.

I'd be interested in your review.  Thanks

At 12:47pm on December 21, 2010, Mike France said…

At 2:23pm on November 16, 2010, Brad Hoff said…
Welcome Chief!

As you can see we have a fine bunch of brothers and sisters on here to share and grow with! Looks like my buddy Bobby has already given you the royal treatment!

Glad you are here!

Brad
At 11:15am on November 3, 2010, Bobby Halton said…
Hey Art
I would love to hear your opinion check out this blog I just responded to you can link to it on the homepage of this site

Consider your words carefully when demeaning those who speak of "safer firefighters"!Posted by John Barrett on November 2, 2010 at 7:30pm
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