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Motivating Members in Turbulent Times
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Wiswell Jun 3, 2011.

 

David DeStefano

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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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Sizing Up from the Tip

     Many excellent articles are written and classes presented that include valuable size up information from the perspective of the chief or company officer.  However, while much of this material is directly transferable to the firefighter, few would argue that the firefighter maintains a different physical and mental perspective during incident response and operations.  The size up process holds just as much significance for members literally "on the line" as it does for supervisors and…

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Posted on June 26, 2017 at 8:43am

Small Department/ Big Challenge

     Those of us in the  fire service who respond with less than the minimum recommended levels of company staffing understand the challenges of arriving short-handed.  How do we overcome adversity and leverage our resources to our best advantage?  The aggressive application of our capabilities applied to the most urgently needed tactics to achieve life safety is the clear answer.  Understanding our capabilities and utilizing our resources efficiently is a challenge.  However, expecting too…

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Posted on April 21, 2017 at 2:35pm

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

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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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