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Co-owner and Lead Instructor for Engine House Training, LLC. I have been in the fire service for over 25 years. I am a Battalion Chief in North St. Louis County. My hometown department where I started as a volunteer is now a combination department where I am a deputy chief and fire marshal.
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Firefighter health and safety, fire ground operations, leadership and officer development, recruit training and water rescue at lower levels.
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Ladder Rescues--Training was the Key


“What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”

We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be considered cliché because it is mentioned so often. But, without a doubt and with no debate, it is true!

On July 20, 2016 my department responded to a report of smoke in…


Posted on July 22, 2016 at 8:00pm

With or Without the Hose Line?

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In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose…


Posted on July 15, 2016 at 6:22pm

What is Aggessive?

First, let me say that this post has nothing to do with the debate about interior versus exterior, so if you're trolling for something like that, just move along. No, this is one post in a string of future posts that will address some situations I've recently seen regarding aggressiveness and the lack of on the fire ground and in our daily activities at the firehouse.

Aggressiveness was first introduced to me at an early age when I began playing basketball. Our high system was built… Continue

Posted on June 24, 2016 at 12:30pm

Don't Discount the Can

As a young firefighter at my first career job, I had a captain that made us take a can on just about every type of alarm. Fire alarm--take the can. Odor of smoke--take the can. The list goes on and it became a habit for us to grab the can. During my time there (it's not a real busy place) I never had the opportunity to see what it can do.

It wasn't until I moved on that I became more interested in the water can (extinguisher) that I became a full convert and believer in the…


Posted on May 25, 2016 at 9:35am

5 Common Mistakes New Fire Officer Make: Video and Podcast

Here is a video of a recent FREE webinar about five common mistakes that new fire officers tend make. These are by no means exclusive, but from my experience are committed by many new officers.

-Don't try to change the world

-Don't have an authority complex

-Don't micromanage

-Don't be a quitter

-Don't avoid discipline

I would welcome others that you might think of or have seen frequently.…


Posted on March 25, 2016 at 5:47pm

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At 3:01pm on April 21, 2012, Christopher Huston said…

Great time hanging out in Indy. Hopefully I will see you before next years! Keep up the great work!

At 2:41pm on December 14, 2011, Christopher Huston said…

Merry Christmas to you as well. Hey brother I'm just trying to pass on the lessons that guys like you are teaching. We'll see you in INDY!

At 8:37pm on December 11, 2011, David D'Arcy said…

Thanks Jason. Great blog today. All the best.

At 11:27pm on November 16, 2010, Michael Bricault (ret) said…
-Wow, huge difference!! Clean, organized and safe looking.
At 9:49am on April 4, 2010, Skip Stephens said…
Thanks for the add Jason!
At 10:12am on February 14, 2010, Jeff Schwering said…
Jason, I have some great wiring pics for you, they are simply, well you'll get the picture! Send them soon feel free to use as you see fit.
At 4:50pm on January 6, 2010, Jeff Schwering said…
Geat Picture for crew training Jason! Wiring pic the same way we all see this!
At 7:52pm on April 13, 2009, Paul J De Bartolomeo said…
We still use the written log book system know as the Journal or "The Book". The house watchman is responsible for keepng the book updated at all times throughout the day and night. Typical entries include responses out of and returning to quaters, daily drill activities, incoming personell, visitors entering quaters, cheifs entering quaters, and unusual occurences to name a few. Our responses are also entered into the NYFIRS computer system upon returning to quaters by the officer on duty. Our hosewatch is manned 24 hours a day at 3 hour intervals.
At 3:55pm on April 13, 2009, Paul J De Bartolomeo said…
I enjoyed that thread and discussing it with you. Thanks for keeping it civil. We can all learn a great deal by remaining open minded in discussing fire tactics intelligently. I read your blog's and think thats great stuff keep up the good work and as always stay safe.
Paul D
At 2:59pm on April 3, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Check out and sign up, we could use your input in our Tactical Building Blocks group. We are on the side under featured groups.
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips
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