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Lives in:
Maryland
Department:
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue
Title/rank:
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
30
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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Forcing Drop Bars

You are the officer on the 2nd due ladder truck on a commercial structure fire, and your assignment is to report to the rear and give a report. You cannot get your ladder truck physically to the rear, but you must get to the rear and give a report to command. What tools will you take and what jobs are you going to do? A good truck crew will deploy ladders to the roof, coordinate ventilation with the inside crews, and force doors.

When focusing on…

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Posted on June 9, 2017 at 9:30am

The Job. The Calling. My Short Story

Most of us took this job because it was all we ever wanted to do. Some call it a calling, some are following in their parents footsteps. I remember when I was 7 all wanted to be was a firefighters. I remember my mom taking me to the fire house in Greenbelt MD, where my dad and grandfather volunteered.  At 4 years old my mom told me I use to try to walk the fire house dog (which was a Dalmatian named Pepper) but most of the time the dog ended up dragging me across the engine room floor. When…

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Posted on May 26, 2017 at 8:37am

Nozzles and Hose Lines

When deploying hose lines it is important that the line is kink free as you move into the fire area. I am still hearing that the “low pressure nozzles make the line kink more and that it is difficult to ensure that the lines stay kink free as crews move in.” We are now running 4 people on almost all engines. This is more than enough people to run a line. We have been using low pressure nozzles for almost 12 years. Line management is a key skill that all crews (engine, truck, rescue squad and…

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Posted on May 5, 2017 at 7:04am

Being a Rock Star

Recently I had the pleasure to see one of my favorite Metal bands in concert. I was amazed to hear how great they sounded. These guys have been together for 30 years and still sound like they did 30 years ago. One can imagine the life of a rock star and the toll it can take on one’s body, but through it all they were healthy and still rocking. This got me thinking about a couple of things. How did these guys sound so good after 30 years of playing music and being on the road? How were they…

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Posted on April 21, 2017 at 7:43am

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

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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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