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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Wiswell Jun 3, 2011.

 

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No Half Measures...

      Our ultimate success during any incident is a direct result of the effort applied by available resources.  Incidents for which we have adequate resources (personnel, equipment, training) will usually have the most successful outcome possible given the circumstances.  How we choose to apply the resources at hand to mitigate an incident is generally the factor of which we have the greatest control once an incident begins.  Company officers and chiefs who direct operations from the…See More
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Lives in:
Rhode Island
Department:
North Providence Fire Dept.
Title/rank:
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
28
Agency structure:
Paid fire department

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When in Rome, Convert the Empire

     "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."  A well known piece of advice to ease someone's assimilation into a group or situation.  But what if the Romans have it all wrong?  Another follower joining the ranks would just reinforce the negative.  Especially if that newcomer is a recently promoted, or transferred company officer. 

     Few in the fire service are promoted to the rank of lieutenant or captain without merit.  Whether its testing, interviews, job performance evaluations, or…

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Posted on March 14, 2017 at 8:53am

Timely Plans or Perfect Plans?

     There is a quote by General George Patton that while set in the context of war parallels our battles on the fireground with a lesson on decisive action.  "A good plan violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."  While not an endorsement to rush into an incident without proper thought or size up, the quote should provide a reality check that we are in the business of delivering the safest and most effective emergency services with the resources available, not the…

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Posted on February 6, 2017 at 12:32pm

No Half Measures...

      Our ultimate success during any incident is a direct result of the effort applied by available resources.  Incidents for which we have adequate resources (personnel, equipment, training) will usually have the most successful outcome possible given the circumstances.  How we choose to apply the resources at hand to mitigate an incident is generally the factor of which we have the greatest control once an incident begins.  Company officers and chiefs who direct operations from…

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Posted on December 14, 2016 at 10:01pm — 1 Comment

Expect Fire

      I would rather anticipate a fire 1000 times and not have one, than be surprised once.  Because we don't respond to a working fire every time we leave the firehouse some firefighters may begin to expect each incident to be mundane, uneventful, or routine.  Allowing this thought process to take hold undermines the safety of every member of the company as well as the public, and may put the outcome of an incident in jeopardy.  Remaining focused and vigilant usually isn't the easiest…

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Posted on December 2, 2016 at 8:49am

The Strength of the Group...

     Vince Lombardi once said "the strength of the group is the strength of the leader."  Great advice for a football team and possibly life-saving advice when applied to the fire service.  The leadership role played by the company officer can not be over-stated.  This first level of supervision is the closest to the action, the first to spot potential problems on and off the fireground, and the first to mitigate these issues.   In order to have a strong company the officers must…

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At 9:31pm on December 4, 2009, Andrew DeLair said…
I get the question a lot about what ladders companys might say. It's just a tool attached to another tool. It really doesnt torque the ladder. Most of the pressure is just the weight of the person on the step and its directed downward as in the pitch of the roof. I've sent letters recently to companys who might be interested. two were sent to ladder companys. So, im awaiting their response. Im interested in two markets, of course fire depts. but also training facilities. community colleges and training acadamies.thanks for your time. keep in touch
At 3:57pm on December 3, 2009, Andrew DeLair said…
HI DAVID, I'VE SEEN YOUR ARTICLES ONLINE ABOUT THE ROOF SIMULATORS, I HAVE A NEW PRODUCT I AM TRYING TO MARKET TO FIRE DEPTS AND TRAINING FACILITIES. YOU CAN FIND ME ON THIS SITE ALONG WITH AN ATTACHMENT OF MY PRODUCT. TAKE A LOOK AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. I HAVE RECEIVED TONS OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK AND CURRENTLY THEY ARE BEING FIELD TESTED BY A FEW DEPTS, AND I'VE RECEIVED INTEREST FROM OTHER FIREFIGHTERS TURNED INSTRUCTORS AS YOURSELF TO DEMONSTRATE AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADAMIES. I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE A GOOD CONTACT AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
At 3:01pm on July 30, 2009, Bobby Halton said…
David,
thank you, for your kind words I was humbled to be accepted. I hope I can do some good on the board.Let me know if you have any suggestions or thoughts.
 
 
 

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