This very question was posed to me by a member who was complaining about training. I looked and thought about the question and then asked a question of my own: "Are we good enough? Are you standing here telling me that we, as a department, are good enough to quit practicing?"
The response was one of exasperation and a roll of the eyes. But, I never got the answer from him. I think I know what he was thinking, but he never gave me a real answer to satisfy my curiosity.…Continue
Posted on September 10, 2014 at 1:52pm
I'm going to be real careful about how I word this post as not to offend anyone. But I have to admit, I have been shaking my head about some posts for a while now and regarding some comments to posts.
I know that the new 'stuff' coming from UL, NIST, ISFSI and others is not popular with some, and I'm fine with that. I have no problem with that at all.
I know and understand that some in the fire service may have taken their tactics to one extreme or another for varying…
Posted on August 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments
I have been sifting through information, articles, blogs, classes, videos and everything in between for the past couple of years from the recent UL and NIST burns and research. We have all argued or debated about the application of exterior water and whether or not this is appropriate or not. While I believe there is a time and place for exterior water application, for me there are some other valuable conclusions or considerations that have not played a prominent role in these…Continue
Posted on August 4, 2014 at 11:14am
Great leadership lesson from a great friend and fellow FOOLS member:
“As the Captain, make the day.” Dave Dubowski
This can mean many things to you, but if you are the Captain, you DO make the day. You make the day a positive experience by sharing, drilling, and being productive or you let it get away from you without adding much value to it.
Since you can directly impact the quality of the shift and influence the crew, DO “IT” RIGHT!
Make it the RIGHT way! All of…Continue
Posted on August 1, 2014 at 2:22pm
Many times we pass on opportunities to train or learn something although many situations lend themselves to doing so. Look for ways to incorporate the situation or circumstance that you are dealing with into a learning moment. The pictures below are of a company training on aerial ops with a candidate operator.
It was a call for an alarm sounding at a medical building after hours. After looking in the windows and doors and seeing no signs of smoke or fire and with the lock box key…
Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:02pm