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The Modified Minuteman Load

The Modified Minuteman LoadThe minute man load is a popular hose load used on many apparatus across America, and it happens to be my favorite load of all the options I’ve seen. I feel as if the minute man load, in whichever configuration you have it loaded, is more versatile than other popular loads. This is of course…See More
Dec 5
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Engine Company Riding Assignments

Engine Company Riding AssignmentsIn the following blog post I’m going to be discussing riding assignments for members of engine companies, but riding assignments overall are a good choice to aid in eliminating confusion and help streamline task completion early on in an incident. You can use riding assignments for any apparatus but the task or tool assignments would be different for each, for example, one of the seat assignments for a truck company would be the can man versus the nozzle.Riding…See More
Nov 2
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Chad Menard posted a blog post

Flow for the Fire, Not Your Firefighters

It was just a couple weeks ago when I found out that the pump of a new engine we placed in service was preset to 120 PSI. While listening to a group of firefighters talk I overheard one of the engineers state they felt that the needed 145 PSI for that nozzle was too much to handle so they had it set to 120. If you’ve spent any amount of time on a hose line, you should know that 145 PSI pump discharge pressure on 200 foot is very manageable with a single firefighter, but two firefighters should…See More
Aug 2
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Jun 5
Chad Menard posted a blog post

One, Two, or Three Sides: Laddering the Building

When it comes to ground ladders, some say throw them until one of two things happen:You run out of ladders.You run out of windows.I must say, I do agree with this opinion. The placement of ground ladders allows firefighters to access areas they wouldn’t be able to, create a means of egress if needed, give roof access for ventilation crews, allow firefighters to search rooms, and give civilians a way to exit a building that’s on fire. I got these pictures from West Metro’s Facebook page. This is…See More
Mar 31
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Check Your Nozzles

We were doing truck checks this past Tuesday like we always do. This is the day that we do the bay floors, check our saws, tune everything up, run all fans, extrication tools, and all that good stuff. I was on Engine 1 for the tour and we had already ran all of our equipment and before I went over to ask the Heavy Rescue or Ladder dudes what they had left to run I checked my nozzles. It’s not uncommon for me to walk around each shift and check the nozzles and hose loads from previous shifts to…See More
Jan 6
Chad Menard posted a blog post

The Ground Ladder "Click System"

It seems that most of the time when ground ladder training is mentioned a lot of firefighters are hesitant to get excited. The ground ladder is probably the most simple of all the tools we use as firefighters. We don’t have to mix their fuel, choke them, charge their batteries, or anything of that nature because they don’t require any of those items. Although they’re one of the simplest pieces of equipment we use; that doesn’t take away from their importance. There is always a time and place…See More
Jun 10, 2016
Chad Menard posted a blog post

Watching the Roof for Changes During Operations

I am posting this to share an experience I had at a structure fire a couple days ago. I try to take something away from every run, as most of us do, and this particular fire proved to me why proper sounding when performing roof operations is so important. I have gone on record and said before, and will say again, I am not a truckie from a large metropolitan department. I have performed vertical ventilation on multiple occasions with success and consider myself average with a decent knowledge of…See More
Jan 8, 2016
Chad Menard's blog post was featured

Forcible Entry: Overhead Sectional (Garage) Doors

            There are many times throughout the year that we respond to structure fires in both residences, and commercial occupancies that have garage or overhead doors. These doors can challenge crews that are gaining access into them if they’re not familiar with how they work, how they’re made, and what cuts to make. Regardless of whether we’re gaining access for interior operations, defensive operations, or just to open it up for means of egress; we need to know how they operate, how…See More
Dec 15, 2015
Chad Menard posted a blog post

Forcible Entry: Overhead Sectional (Garage) Doors

            There are many times throughout the year that we respond to structure fires in both residences, and commercial occupancies that have garage or overhead doors. These doors can challenge crews that are gaining access into them if they’re not familiar with how they work, how they’re made, and what cuts to make. Regardless of whether we’re gaining access for interior operations, defensive operations, or just to open it up for means of egress; we need to know how they operate, how…See More
Dec 14, 2015
Chad Menard posted a blog post

Company Officer Complaints Go Up, but Not Down!

There will come a time in a firefighter’s career where they look at themselves and their career and have to decide if they want to move up the chain of command and add more bugles to their collar. These promotions are big steps in anybody’s career because the higher you go; the more work you will take on. This work isn’t always fun and when going to a Company Officer role you really have to make sure you are prepared to step into that position and lead as a positive forward thinking…See More
Nov 15, 2015
Chad Menard posted a blog post

Creating "Buy-In" from the Company Officer Position

       There’s a cultural paradigm shift taking place in today’s fire service, and if you ask most of today’s leaders how to deal with that they can’t give you an exact answer. We know that the generation differences in yesteryears crews that are Baby Boomers (1946-1964) and born in the early Generation X era (1965-1980) don’t always zig when they should zig with the later Generation Y (1981-2000) crowd.       Now there are multiple studies out there that offer up opinions on why that is, what…See More
Oct 24, 2015
Chad Menard posted a blog post

Converting the Minute-Man Load to a Cleveland Load.

There will come a time in your career, regardless of what pre-connected hose load you use, that you will run out of room when trying to make the stretch to your entry point and have hose left on your shoulder that needs to be dealt with. We definitely could continue walking down the street, walk way over into the neighbor’s yard, or back track and let the hose pay off the top of our shoulder, but that takes time, and time is not on our side in this business. The best water; is fast water, so…See More
Oct 11, 2015
Chad Menard posted a blog post

Master the Basics

How can one become a good firefighter? What is a good firefighter? If someone wants to be a good firefighter do they have to go take a bunch of rescue technician classes, become a smoke diver, or a hazmat specialist? I think if one wants to become a good well rounded firefighter; then they need to master the basics.In my opinion you need two things to be really good on the fire ground and they are common sense and knowing the basics of whatever it is you do. If it’s at the firefighter position…See More
Oct 4, 2015
Chad Menard's blog post was featured

The Normalization of Deviance Could Kill You.

       We hear the words situational awareness quite a bit in the fire service. We talk about how we need to maintain a wide lens and not tunnel vision in on the un-important things. We can’t lose focus on what the task is at hand, right? I think tunnel vision is human nature. It happens in our everyday lives. It happens at home, driving down the road, and so on. It happens at work too. This is where we run into a problem, especially if the Group Supervisors and/or the Incident Commander are…See More
Aug 22, 2015

Profile Information

Lives in:
Alabama
Department:
Madison Fire Rescue/Rogersville Volunteer Fire Department
Title/rank:
Captain/Paramedic
Years of public service:
14
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Nationally Registered Paramedic
Fire Science Degree (Columbia Southern University)
Certified USAR Rescue Technician with Alabama Task Force 3
Hazmat Technician
Fire Officer I & II
Fire Instructor I & II
Live Fire Instructor
Open Water Diver
NFA's Managing Officer Program
Fire Officer Designation
Graduate Member Grade through IFE
Topics you provide training for:
Command
Engine Ops
Truck Ops
Rapid Intervention
Ground Ladders
Vent, Enter, Search
Vertical Ventilation
Strategies and Tactics
Bio:
Chad Menard is a 14 year student of the craft and it all began while volunteering at the age of 16; in which he still continues to do so. He holds the position of Captain/Paramedic and is a recent graduate of the National Fire Academy's Managing Officer Program. He is a certified USAR rescue technician with Alabama Task Force 3, a Level II State Certified Fire Instructor, a Level II State Certified Fire Officer, and holds multiple degrees including a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Service Administration. He's attended and received professional training from various regional and national campuses and has presented at MAFFC, Wichita HOT, LTBHMFS, and multiple departments.
Web site:
http://www.firstinfirefighter.wordpress.com

Chad Menard's Blog

The Modified Minuteman Load

The Modified Minuteman Load

The minute man load is a popular hose load used on many apparatus across America, and it happens to be my favorite load of all the options I’ve seen. I feel as if the minute man load, in whichever configuration you have it…

Continue

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 12:00pm

Engine Company Riding Assignments

Engine Company Riding Assignments

In the following blog post I’m going to be discussing riding assignments for members of engine companies, but riding assignments overall are a good choice to aid in eliminating confusion and help streamline task completion early on in an incident. You can use riding assignments for any apparatus but the task or tool assignments would be different for each, for example,…

Continue

Posted on November 2, 2017 at 6:00pm

Flow for the Fire, Not Your Firefighters

It was just a couple weeks ago when I found out that the pump of a new engine we placed in service was preset to 120 PSI. While listening to a group of firefighters talk I overheard one of the engineers state they felt that the needed 145 PSI for that nozzle was too much to handle so they had it set to 120. If you’ve spent any amount of time on a hose line, you should know that 145 PSI pump discharge pressure on 200 foot is very manageable with a single firefighter, but two firefighters…

Continue

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

One, Two, or Three Sides: Laddering the Building

When it comes to ground ladders, some say throw them until one of two things happen:

  • You run out of ladders.
  • You run out of windows.

I must say, I do agree with this opinion. The placement of ground ladders allows firefighters to access areas they wouldn’t be able to, create a means of egress if needed, give roof access for ventilation crews, allow firefighters to search rooms, and give…

Continue

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 4:30pm

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