"I don't understand his stance on this. As long as someone is watching the fire floor door while the hose is being stretched, the benenfits of dragging the hose down instead of up is big. And it would be pointless to stretch charged hose up just…"
"Absolutely. I am personnally a big fan of reading service journals and books, there is a lot to learn from others experiences. But my department, and I'm sure others, are putting a huge emphasis on certifications. Certs can now be gotten…"
"This is a pet peeve of mine also. Not only are most departments lacking officer development, at least in my department, I'm not too fond of what is done. My department is on kind of a cert kick, concentrating on the fire officer classes, which…"
"I have the NIST videos, but they are only in high rises. The one I've gotten the most use out of is the wind driven fire video, both for showing what positive pressure does, and what can happen if not done right. The physics are the same.
"I agree, respectfully asking why is important. Too many variables to consider to just say "never" or "always".
Todd, I appreciate your stance the "new" generation thing, and I whole heartedly agree with you. Whining…"
"I'm gonna speculate a little and say that in a real RIT deployment the sense of urgency will probably be increased. That being said, I'm gonna humbly offer my perspective as a company officer. When I was riding backwards, I felt invincible…"
"RIT always stays on the channel that the MAYDAY crew was working on. They might be entraped or otherwise unable to change radio channels, so you go the channel that they are on. Fire operations goes to the next available TAC channel. IC need to do a…"
While we are rewriting SOG's, the inevitable debates hold things up, for some things there just is no clear cut answer and each side can make a good case for their argument. Our main debate has been over how to handle communications in relation to radio channels if a RIT gets deployed because it now becomes 2 operations, the original fire, and the new FF rescue. If it is anything other than a quick rescue, it will take some airtime, especially if communicating with the lost/hurt FF. We all know…See More
"You're right Jeff, those are the tough ones, they aren't impressed much by rank, and enjoy the attention of being rebels. I think dealing with firefighters are like dealing with kids, each is different, and you have to learn them well…"
Same as most, everyone gripes we don't train enough, but gripes when we do. We are being beat to death with cert training to pad resumes, but are empty qualifications. Wrestling with old guys conforming to the challenges of motivating and training new (ie. different from them) recruits. It requires a little bit of open mind, leadership, and just plain willingness to do it. Them young guys are different than us, but as long as they are willing to learn, I'm gonna do what I can to make sure they do, if they aren't willing, then I'm gonna do what I can to get rid of them. I find it rare that one doesn't want to learn.
Many on paper that don't mean squat (or shouldn't). A few more from experience and learning from others that don't go on paper so don't mean squat, but should.
Topics you provide training for:
high rises, engine operations, rope rescue, vehicle rescue
Areas of expertise:
rope rescue, high rises, stirring the pot.
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