Nothing can be so chaotic as a firefighter in trouble that calls a Mayday. The fire service spends a lot of time and resources in training firefighters and task level officers in techniques and methods for calling a Mayday and surviving those situations---as it should be! However, there has been little developed and created…Continue
Posted on April 15, 2017 at 2:26pm
There has been a lot written, taught, debated and lectured on in regards to fire apparatus that fall under the definition of a quint. If you look it up, there are several definitions of what a quint is and should be to be considered so, but it boils down to a very simple description. The technical idea of a quint is that it must do five things, however, if you look at NFPA 1901, it lists well more than five functions.
My idea of a quint is more simplistic…Continue
Posted on November 28, 2016 at 10:42am
Getting promoted is more than just passing a test and performing well in an interview.
I was lucky to have some great officers and leaders influence my career path in the fire service, in business and in life. They were always offering sound advice and sharing their experiences. Some I heeded right away and others I had to learn the hard way over time due to my stubbornness. Either way, their words and actions provided me a template to use to work to be the best I can be and…Continue
Posted on November 23, 2016 at 2:57pm
Building Teams for Leaders: It's the Basics
Any leader that is successful understands that he cannot do it alone. The good leaders are well prepared and adept at building teams, especially building teams with future leaders. Just one of the definitions of leadership states that leaders have the ability to get others to do things they might not do on their. I would add that leaders get others to do things they normally would not do, not because they have to, but…Continue
Posted on November 22, 2016 at 8:26am
“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…Continue
Posted on July 22, 2016 at 8:00pm