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In House Training Challenge
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I recently switched departments and am getting settled in at my new station. I have noticed a lack of interest in "in house" training, and have taken it upon myself to come up with a plan that will…Continue

Tags: house, props, in, engine, drills

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Werner May 17, 2013.

 

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Dave Werner posted a blog post

It's Not About You

From the first day in the firehouse we learn about the importance of properly checking all of our gear and equipment to make sure it's ready for action. We are told to make sure our SCBA is functioning properly, that our cylinders are full, that all of our PPE is in good shape and laid out properly, and that all of our tools are cleaned and prepped. The preparation we do is endless and of critical importance.Why do we do all of this? The obvious answer is for our own sake. No one wants to step…See More
Jan 22
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Jan 14
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Jan 13
Dave Werner's blog post was featured

Discouraged

There is a certain speech that I am getting tired of suffering through. I have heard it time and time again, and I'm sure there are scores of other "rogues" out there in the same position. The speech I am referring to is the one about not getting discouraged. Sound familiar?I am going to throw up if I have to hear this again. Please understand that I realize the delivery of the speech is usually done with kind intentions. I'm not trying to kill the messenger. Here is what I can't handle any…See More
Jan 10
Dave Werner posted a blog post

Discouraged

There is a certain speech that I am getting tired of suffering through. I have heard it time and time again, and I'm sure there are scores of other "rogues" out there in the same position. The speech I am referring to is the one about not getting discouraged. Sound familiar?I am going to throw up if I have to hear this again. Please understand that I realize the delivery of the speech is usually done with kind intentions. I'm not trying to kill the messenger. Here is what I can't handle any…See More
Jan 9
Dave Werner commented on Dave Werner's blog post Into Combat
"Chief thanks for the kind words. I have not read that book yet but I'll be sure to pick it up. Just finished Dakota Meyers' book."
Jan 6
Dave Werner's blog post was featured

Into Combat

I was eating supper at work yesterday, reading a book at the same time, and as it does so often a random thought popped into my mind. In order to provide some context for what follows, this thought was inspired by several sources. First was the book "About Face" by Col. David Hackworth. If you haven't read it, do it soon. It is inspiring and thought provoking. My mindset is still reeling from that book. Number two was a blog from leatherhead109.com titled "Know What Your Doing: It's Expected",…See More
Jan 5
Bobby Halton commented on Dave Werner's blog post Into Combat
"Dave, I really enjoyed reading your post, one of the biggest takeaways aways I got from Sean's book was his apology to the "fobbits" outstanding leadership lesson. See your choice of reading have you read "The Fighting…"
Jan 5
Dave Werner posted a blog post

Into Combat

I was eating supper at work yesterday, reading a book at the same time, and as it does so often a random thought popped into my mind. In order to provide some context for what follows, this thought was inspired by several sources. First was the book "About Face" by Col. David Hackworth. If you haven't read it, do it soon. It is inspiring and thought provoking. My mindset is still reeling from that book. Number two was a blog from leatherhead109.com titled "Know What Your Doing: It's Expected",…See More
Jan 3
Bill Carey commented on Dave Werner's blog post The Numbers Game: A Lesson From Law Enforcement
"I work with Below 100 as part of my overall work with the PennWell Public Safety Group. This year law enforcement, although they are not exactly trending to stay below 100, will have probably the greatest reduction in line of duty deaths since 1944.…"
Dec 18, 2013
Dave Werner posted a blog post

The Numbers Game: A Lesson From Law Enforcement

 Awhile back I stumbled upon a website geared towards reducing law enforcement LODD's. I have to admit, I had never given it much thought. I find myself, like so many others, caught up in the battles we are fighting in the fire service. Obviously we hear about law enforcement (LE) LODD's every now and then. I think I speak for all of us when I say it hurts just as bad to hear about an officer losing their life as it does when a fellow firefighter gets put in the ground. What struck me about…See More
Dec 15, 2013
Dave Werner posted a blog post

Mental Prep

Mental Prep Anyone who has been in the fire service more than a day knows that uncertainty rules our world. Chalk it up to Clausewitz’ fog of war, that pesky Murphy fellow, or just the way things are. In fact, the harder we try to constrain the fireground into more certain terms, the further we plunge towards chaos. When it comes to dealing with uncertainty, acceptance is the best medicine. So what can we do? First and foremost is developing an ultra-high level of proficiency. The fireground…See More
Dec 11, 2013
Dave Werner posted a blog post

ICS: Friend of foe?

I have spent a significant amount of time lately talking about and finding examples of utilizing speed on the fireground. It is my belief (and the belief of many others) that the surest way to increase our survival and the survival of the people we serve is to operate with a high level of tempo. I am not advocating blindly sprinting around and tripping over ourselves. I am talking about the kind of speed which is a product of high quality/fidelity training and a thorough knowledge of fire…See More
Nov 24, 2013
Eddie Buchanan commented on Dave Werner's blog post Talk Is Cheap
"Right on brother.  You'd think someone move the cheese or something, with all of the himming and hawing. That was the inspiration for the position statement.   It's time to put the research into action and do something with it!…"
Nov 5, 2013
Dave Werner posted a blog post

Talk Is Cheap

There are exciting things going on in the fire service these days. A lot of what we thought we knew is turning out to be false. I think it's safe to say we have also learned that we still have a lot to learn. The research being done has proven a lot of important facts. Pushing fire isn't possible. Cooling the environment from the exterior is a viable option. Synchronized ventilation and fire attack is critical. Fires are burning hotter and faster. Fortunately now have emperical data to back…See More
Oct 31, 2013
Dave Werner posted a blog post

Half an Hour

Half an HourHow often do we hear people complaining about how busy our shifts are these days? I'm not talking about call volume busy, but all of the other activities that fill our days. Granted, we have a lot on our plates. Between station duties, apparatus duties, inspections, hyrdrants, fire prevention, and everything else we undoubtedly have a lot going on. Unfortunately, this tends to result in…See More
Oct 24, 2013

Profile Information

Lives in:
Fountain Inn, SC
Department:
Greenville City Fire Department
Title/rank:
Firefighter
Years of public service:
9
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
A.A.S. Fire Science and Administration, B.S. Fire Protection Administration (in progress), FFII, HAZMAT Tech, EMT-B, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I, South Carolina Fire Academy Instructor
Topics you provide training for:
Fundamentals of Firefighting
Areas of expertise:
Fire suppression, pump ops, aerial ops, forcible entry, first responder, building construction, rural water supply
Bio:
A career firefighter for Greenville City Fire Department in Greenville, SC. Avid researcher of firefighter training techniques, psychology and the fire service, leadership training, and a strong proponent of the "combat ready" firefighter.
Web site:
http://headsupfirefighting.blogspot.com

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It's Not About You

From the first day in the firehouse we learn about the importance of properly checking all of our gear and equipment to make sure it's ready for action. We are told to make sure our SCBA is functioning properly, that our cylinders are full, that all of our PPE is in good shape and laid out properly, and that all of our tools are cleaned and prepped. The preparation we do is endless and of critical importance.

Why do we do all of this? The obvious answer is for our own sake. No…

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Posted on January 22, 2014 at 9:49pm

Discouraged

There is a certain speech that I am getting tired of suffering through. I have heard it time and time again, and I'm sure there are scores of other "rogues" out there in the same position. The speech I am referring to is the one about not getting discouraged. Sound familiar?

I am going to throw up if I have to hear this again. Please understand that I realize the delivery of the speech is usually done with kind intentions. I'm not trying to kill the messenger. Here is what I…

Continue

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm — 5 Comments

Into Combat

I was eating supper at work yesterday, reading a book at the same time, and as it does so often a random thought popped into my mind. In order to provide some context for what follows, this thought was inspired by several sources. First was the book "About Face" by Col. David Hackworth. If you haven't read it, do it soon. It is inspiring and thought provoking. My mindset is still reeling from that book. Number two was a blog from leatherhead109.com titled "Know What Your Doing: It's…

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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 3:32pm — 2 Comments

The Numbers Game: A Lesson From Law Enforcement

 

Awhile back I stumbled upon a website geared towards reducing law enforcement LODD's. I have to admit, I had never given it much thought. I find myself, like so many others, caught up in the battles we are fighting in the fire service. Obviously we hear about law enforcement (LE) LODD's every now and then. I think I speak for all of us when I say it hurts just as bad to hear about an officer losing their life as it does when a fellow firefighter gets put in the ground. What struck…

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Posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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