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Your next battle.

The Sunday Preach:Know yourself, Know your enemy...…See More
Apr 2
Douglas Mitchell, Jr. posted a blog post

Sobering Stats... and Search

The Sunday Preach: Chapter 25: We Save Lives Perhaps no greater reward in our line of work than that of saving a life from the ravages of fire. While it is the number one aspect of our job "to save lives and property" it doesn't always get the training time it perhaps deserves.  An average of 2,000 lives lost in residential building fires each year.  “How are your firefighters taught to search from their indoctrination into the fire department? Searching in fire and smoke conditions are not…See More
Nov 20, 2016
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Ladders: For Us, By Us.

The Sunday PreachChapter 22: Ladders, Ladders, Everywhere"Portable ladders want to be used at fires. They want to get out of their ladder racks and be used, see the light of day, be near the heat and smoke, and help you do your job more quickly and easily. They live to be thrown against residential building fires. It makes them happy. They love to be carried or dragged into place by one firefighter. They want to be placed at the level of the residential windowsill for best overall operations.…See More
Nov 4, 2016
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Be good to each other...

"One cannot look back without also looking forward. Look back at the sacrifices we have made with gratitude, remembrance and honor... Look forward with new strength, new growth and a never wavering commitment to the future."Sometimes I wish I could recall more of the details of that fateful day 15 years ago, and the week and months that followed... other times I am glad that I cannot. But since those days, I have looked to make myself a better man.One thing I cannot forget is the fearless…See More
Sep 12, 2016
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Take the Lap...

Chapter 12: 360-Degree Check On the heels of last Sunday’s preach “Basement Fires”… the 360 is an excellent tool that can be used to identify topographical changes, building features, fire and smoke conditions, identify possible victim locations and solidify the operating plan of the arriving companies. Look at “6” sides of the fire. The 6 sides being: all 4 exposures… above and below the fire! “The building involved was a three-story, wood-frame structure with a basement and was constructed on…See More
Aug 7, 2016
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Mind the Steps...

The Sunday Preach: Chapter 10: "Stairway to Heaven or Hell" Do we ever teach our firefighters just how dangerous a seeming simple set of residential stairs can be... we would argue that we do not. Knowing the staircase styles that are prominent in your first due and how to navigate our movements and the hosestretch up and down them is extremely important. Good hoseline management, facilitated by Engine Company firefighters is paramount to get the proper amount of charged hose at the ready,…See More
Jul 24, 2016
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Get Out There

The Sunday Preach:Chapter 8: 'Get out there'While everyone loves what is 'inside' the firehouse: the kitchen, rigs, tools, gym etc... we must get out into our first due and ensure that we continue to provide the level of protection that our citizens require and deserve. The only constant in life is that of change. Change in our personal lives, families & careers our communities, the world continues to change around us. It is up to us to 'keep up' with the changes in our areas as it relates…See More
Jul 11, 2016

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Department:
Traditions Training, LLC, New York City Fire Department
Title/rank:
Vice President / Sr. Instructor, Lieutenant
Years of public service:
23
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Topics you provide training for:
Hands -on, and Lecture Programs for Engine, Truck, Rapid Intervention, FF Survival, Company Officer and Incident Command Operations. Co-Author of "25 to Survive" Reducing Residential Injury and LODD" by Fire Engineering/Pennwell Publishing.
Bio:
Doug is a Lt in the Fire Department City of New York who previously served in Fairfax County VA. He is also an Instructor with Traditions Training LLC, a cutting edge Fire Service Training group. www.traditionstraining.com
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http://www.traditionstraining.com

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Your next battle.

The Sunday Preach:

Know yourself, Know your enemy...…

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Posted on April 2, 2017 at 11:18am

'2 Minutes'

The greatest asset we deploy on the fireground is our people. Perception of passing time can be distorted by stressors and friction points on the fireground. How many times have you felt this?

Have you ever felt pressured by command to rush through tasks and give reports that are not fully investigated/completed. As though they have a checklist that they just want to have all the boxes ticked and the fire will go out and we can go home! We know that is not the case (at least we hope…

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Posted on March 6, 2017 at 1:02pm

Sobering Stats... and Search

The Sunday Preach:
 
Chapter 25: We Save Lives
 
Perhaps no greater reward in our line of work than that of saving a life from the ravages of fire. While it is the number one aspect of our job "to save lives and property" it doesn't always get the…
Continue

Posted on November 20, 2016 at 11:09am

Ladders: For Us, By Us.

The Sunday Preach

Chapter 22: Ladders, Ladders, Everywhere

"Portable ladders want to be used at fires. They want to get out of their ladder racks and be used, see the light of day, be near the heat and smoke, and help you do your job more quickly and easily. They live to be thrown against residential building fires. It makes them happy. They love to be carried or dragged into place by one firefighter. They want to be placed at the level of the residential windowsill for…

Continue

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 10:11am

Be good to each other...

"One cannot look back without also looking forward. Look back at the sacrifices we have made with gratitude, remembrance and honor... Look forward with new strength, new growth and a never wavering commitment to the future."

Sometimes I wish I could recall more of the details of that fateful day 15 years ago, and the week and months that followed... other times I am glad that I cannot. But since those days, I have looked to make myself a better man.

One thing I cannot…

Continue

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 9:28am

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At 11:25am on April 27, 2008, Greg Wyant said…
Thank You Brother I will be picking your brain soon.
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