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New Rookie coming, now what?

Soon the recruits will be graduating and coming to the field. Once they are assigned a shift and station, they will start training and learning the craft for their year of probation. There is a resounding complaint throughout the fire service that the new generation of firefighters do not possess the work ethic needed to be in the fire service, or the new firefighters are only here for a pay check. How can we change this perceived observation? For starters we must keep in mind that the new…See More
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The not so common calls

Training on the basics is vital to our fire ground operations. The basics must be converted to muscle memory. Often we over the look the importance of the not so basic skills. These are skills we don’t use on a daily basis, most likely on a monthly basis. Think about the operations we don’t perform often like: DraftingMETRO incidentsRope rescue (horizontal and vertical)Air bag and cribbingVent Enter SearchBangor LadderMass DeconSelf-Rescue All skills are perishable we need to be well versed in…See More
Mar 10
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New officer. Help wanted.

As officers, how do you prepare your firefighters to become officers? Firefighter can move from FF III to Lt. by taking a test. As officers are you doing a disservice by not working with your people? Are you ensuring that the day they are promoted they have the tools to function? Many station officers are putting fighters who are on the promotional list in the officer’s position on the apparatus, while riding behind them to give guidance. This is a time old and great practice. When we think…See More
Feb 28
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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
Feb 17
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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
David Polikoff posted a blog post

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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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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New Rookie coming, now what?

Soon the recruits will be graduating and coming to the field. Once they are assigned a shift and station, they will start training and learning the craft for their year of probation. There is a resounding complaint throughout the fire service that the new generation of firefighters do not possess the work ethic needed to be in the fire service, or the new firefighters are only here for a pay check. How can we change this perceived observation? For starters we must keep in mind that the new…

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Posted on March 24, 2017 at 7:45am

The not so common calls

Training on the basics is vital to our fire ground operations. The basics must be converted to muscle memory. Often we over the look the importance of the not so basic skills. These are skills we don’t use on a daily basis, most likely on a monthly basis. Think about the operations we don’t perform often like:

 

Drafting

METRO incidents

Rope rescue (horizontal and vertical)

Air bag and cribbing

Vent Enter Search

Bangor Ladder

Mass…

Continue

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 6:36am

New officer. Help wanted.

As officers, how do you prepare your firefighters to become officers? Firefighter can move from FF III to Lt. by taking a test. As officers are you doing a disservice by not working with your people? Are you ensuring that the day they are promoted they have the tools to function? Many station officers are putting fighters who are on the promotional list in the officer’s position on the apparatus, while riding behind them to give guidance. This is a time old and great practice. When we think…

Continue

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 7:01am

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

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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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