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The hard part of the job.

The hardest thing to do in the fire service is administrative work. Let’s face it, we would all like to be running calls. The reality is paper work fills up our days. Of all the admin work we do the hardest is discipline. We have had employees that are not performing at a level that is the standard. As an officer you can’t tell your chief that FF Doe can’t do the job. There must be paper work documenting their sub-par performance. Their IPPA (annual evaluation) must reflect poor performance.…See More
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Don't skimp on checking for extension

When checking for extension once a fire is knocked, you have to pull ceilings walls door and window moldings’. Most know this, but as officers you have to approach each room with a 6 sided approach. This means not only all 4 walls but the ceiling and floor. It is not uncommon for fire to burn down through a floor and ignite the floor space. The same holds true for ceilings as well as the attack. Knowing basic building construction will saving you from a rekindle. How will fire spread in balloon…See More
Jan 17
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Search

When conducting a primary search, the Officer must take several things into consideration very quickly:Size UpBuilding occupancyFire locationSearch PrioritiesSearch type Size UpWhile en-route to the call you need to monitor the radio. Listen to where the fire is located.  Know the type of structure and occupancy you are responding too. As you arrive on the scene, look at as many sides of the building as possible.  What is the construction of the structure? What is the time of day? What is the…See More
Jan 10
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Brothers in Blue

Do you have the capability to listen to the police on your radios? You can glean crucial information from the police. Have you ever been dispatched on a call for a sick person that ended up to be a person that is having a mental crisis and ultimately required police intervention?  There are times we are dispatched to assist the police, but you are giving very limited information. By monitoring the police channel you can get the missing information. There are call that may require the fire…See More
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Are you listening

The dispatch speakers in the fire house have a volume control. All the speakers in the fire house should be set at a level that they can be heard at all times. Giving the excuse, “if they need us they will dispatch us” is a lazy excuse. Situational awareness applies to all and it is important to know what is going on in the county at all times. Major incidents that you are not due on may impact the next call you are due on. Aggressive companies will know if they are next up if a fire escalates…See More
Jan 3
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New Year

As 2016 winds down, it is time to think forward to 2017. Most make resolutions that they never follow through with. To my fire service brothers/sisters I want to challenge you, make a resolution that will strengthen you, your shifts and the fire service in general. Keep your fire service resolutions for the entire year. Don’t give up 2 months in. Remember complacency kills. Below are some ideas, but please feel free to come up with your own: Train every shiftStrengthen your bodyStrengthen your…See More
Dec 30, 2016
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The Home Team

It is Football and Hockey season and we love to root for the home team. We get mad when our team is not playing well and we cheer when our team does well. Sometimes we get a little animated when we are watching the game. I was on a plane heading to Fla. I was listening the Ravens game, they scored a touchdown and I said (a little too loud) YES with a fist pump! This caused my wife to look at me as if I was her 3rd child that spilled cherry Kool Aid on the carpet. My actions garnered looks from…See More
Oct 18, 2016

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Lives in:
Maryland
Department:
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue
Title/rank:
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
29
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
State Cert. Instructor
Topics you provide training for:
Tactics for Engine and Truck Company Ops. Incident Command
Areas of expertise:
I would say I am not an expert in any area, I am always learning.
Bio:
My name is David Polikoff. I am a Battalion Chief in Montgomery County Maryland, and a Volunteer in Prince Georges County Maryland Company 33 Kentland and a Volunteer in Carroll County Maryland at Sykesville Co. 12.I have had training in swift water rescue, ice diving, black water rescue diving and boat operations. I am skilled in Truck Company, Engine Company and Heavy Rescue Squad operations. I am a level II instructor; I am a lead instructor the Montgomery County Public Service Training Academy. I have taught for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and was an instructor for Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) I am an Instructor with Capitol Fire Training LLC. I am a Past presenter at FDIC
Web site:
http://www.capitolfiretraining.com

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The hard part of the job.

The hardest thing to do in the fire service is administrative work. Let’s face it, we would all like to be running calls. The reality is paper work fills up our days. Of all the admin work we do the hardest is discipline. We have had employees that are not performing at a level that is the standard. As an officer you can’t tell your chief that FF Doe can’t do the job. There must be paper work documenting their sub-par performance. Their IPPA (annual evaluation) must reflect poor performance.…

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Posted on February 17, 2017 at 6:44am

All Hazard Duties

Today’s fire service is called upon to more and more. The term “All Hazards service” is thrown around in the fire service. This means we as Firefighters are tasked to handle any and all emergencies from a sore toe to an active shooter situation and everything in between.  I want to dig down to the company level. Our fire apparatus is being set up to do multiple tasks. The names of the fire service apparatus are changing to fit the growing responsibilities:

Engine Tanker

Rescue…

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Posted on February 10, 2017 at 6:43am

To layout or not to layout

You are the officer of the engine and you are dispatched first due for a house fire with reported people trapped. You have several decisions to make, among them is laying out going in? There are some who say that it takes time to layout and that is time the fire continues to burn and trapped occupants are in a hostile environment. There are others who say that they would lay out with a 4 man crew and leave the 4th man to wrap the hydrant and run back to the scene, or jump on the…

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Posted on February 3, 2017 at 7:16am

Advice to the new officer

Being a leader is a full time job and we can't afford to be complacent in this job. Every day you have to prove that you are worthy to be a leader in this organization. Respect and loyalty is something that is earned every day. Putting on the gold collar brass and a badge does not come with a can of respect spray. Your actions in the station and on the incident will define what type of leader you are. There are times you have to hold the reins tights and other time you can ease off. Being a…

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Posted on January 20, 2017 at 7:00am

Don't skimp on checking for extension

When checking for extension once a fire is knocked, you have to pull ceilings walls door and window moldings’. Most know this, but as officers you have to approach each room with a 6 sided approach. This means not only all 4 walls but the ceiling and floor. It is not uncommon for fire to burn down through a floor and ignite the floor space. The same holds true for ceilings as well as the attack. Knowing basic building construction will saving you from a rekindle. How will fire spread in…

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Posted on January 17, 2017 at 6:35am

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At 7:15am on March 7, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Dave, hope all is well, we started a group on staffing. I spoke to Chief Carr he was telling me how Montgomery County increased engines to 4 by using medics. If you could leave a comment on that group on how your department increased thier staffing.
Be Safe,
Frank Ricci
At 8:43am on March 6, 2008, Bobby Halton said…
David
You raise some very important points as always. I think part of the excessive radio traffic issue is the lack in some departmants, of working pre-arrival assignments. It is very important in my opinion to have standard assignments fro arriving companies based on type of building and event, arrival order and the type of apparatus. I feel that when company officers are responsible to accomplish tactical objectives based on their copmpanies capabilities and functionality it reduces the stress and pressure on the first due. When people are under pressure they tend to talk a lot. When there is a lack of pre-established direction it also creates the need for a lot of communication. Just a small thought thanks for jolting me awake before my third coffee!
Hey one small favor please remeber to sign up at http://www.kenlongassoc.com/fdic08.htm for the FDIC Fun Run only fifteen bucks it goes to the Courage and Valor Foundation to support the Ray Downey Award. Lots of very cool give aways including some original Ray Downey Fun Run Tee shirts from his sons Chuck and Joe. Please help spread the word. I don't know if you remember but Chief Ray Downey used to run every morning around Indy during FDIC every morning. Never forgeting is more than words I know I will see you there. Bobby
 
 
 

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