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Jonah Smith
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  • Fort Mill, SC
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Brian Kazmierzak and Jonah Smith are now friends
Mar 20, 2016
Jonah Smith posted a blog post

Sizing Up the Situation

After we are dispatched to the call and speed to the scene to save the day, the most important part of the arrival of a fire apparatus besides pulling the first line and forcing the door is the size up by the first in officer and the initial actions that he/she orders. If everyone stays informed as they arrive and communication remains clear on the fireground, then the emergency will be mitigated much more efficiently. The first arriving officer or acting officer must paint an unmistakably…See More
Jun 29, 2015
Jonah Smith posted a blog post

Pride in Preparation

All accross this country, in firehouses everywhere, there sits a firefighter who feels that as long as hose is on the apparatus that it is good enough.  At times, company pride isolates itself to a cool Tee-Shirt, or a waxed apparatus.  However, in the best firehouses throughout the country, tools are sharpened, hose is laid out with a reason on the apparatus, and firefighters are thinking of how they can better serve their citizens every day.There is no better way to judge the company pride of…See More
Jun 4, 2015
Jonah Smith joined Jason Hoevelmann's group
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Engine House Training, LLC

Midwest training company comprised of owners Jason Hoevelmann, Frank Lispki, Andy Seers, Gary Graf and Dave Konys, all students of the fire service.  Just wanting to share and learn our craft.See More
Jun 3, 2015
Jonah Smith posted a blog post

What's Your Alias

Each day across America, firefighters key up radios and transmit numerous emergency and non emergency messages across the airways above us.  Without this form of communications, the fire service and many of us would be lost.  With the new technologies that have been introduced into the communications realm, firefighters have been challenged and protected better all at the same time. The one thing I want to bring everyone's attention to is how are your radios aliased?  I know, I know, who cares…See More
Aug 5, 2014
Jonah Smith is now friends with Becki White and Bryan Altman
Jul 10, 2014
Jonah Smith posted a blog post

The Curse of Caring

At times numerous firefighters feel alone while they are at work, despite having numerous people around them.  Each day, firefighters everywhere feel as though they are the only ones that care. Caring in the fire service is a great thing because it usually results in pride and dedication; but what no one tells you is that it truly can become a curse to many of us.  Caring can bring an unexpected loneliness some days, caring can bring heavy self criticism, but in the end it is a blessing.As I…See More
Jul 8, 2014
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Jun 7, 2014
Jonah Smith posted a blog post

Tool Discipline

Repeat after me…”This is my tool, there are many like it, but this one is mine.” If anyone ever asks for my tool at a fire, this is the response they will get. If you have been to at least one fire, you know how important a tool can be. If you have ever taken a real self-survival class, you know how important a tool is. The question is: Do you always carry one? Without a tool, you are just a well-dressed and well-informed civilian. When I began Recruit School in my former department, I was…See More
Jun 5, 2014
Jonah Smith and Nick Ledin are now friends
Jun 5, 2014
Jonah Smith joined Frank Viscuso's group
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Step Up and LEAD

This group is a place for leaders in todays fire service to come and discuss "all things leadership"See More
Jun 5, 2014
Jonah Smith posted a blog post

Because We Can

Over my short career in the fire service, I have been asked many times: “Why do you care so much?” I often answer with: because I can.Everyone should have that reason to get out of bed and get the day started.  Many days it is I have to work, or I have to tend to my son, but either way it is a purpose.We each have earned, or are allowed depending on your view, another day on the right side of the dirt, so why not make the most of it?  So why train everyday?  Training continuously on the basics…See More
Jul 29, 2013
Jonah Smith replied to Jim Duffy's discussion MAYDAY SOP Do you put firefighting ops on a different channel
"Jim, In my career department we are to declare the mayday on the ops channel first, then all traffic is to be moved by the IC to a different channel.  This allows for the advantage of nearby firefighters to possibly solve the mayday quickly,…"
Mar 19, 2013
Jonah Smith commented on P.J. Norwood's blog post Another Fire Service Debate
"JD they are recommending it come out of your coat and be secured near the front in the center of your chest.  Currently there is no "silver bullet" based on the failure of radio manufacturers to meet the thermal demand that we have…"
Mar 11, 2013
Jonah Smith posted a blog post

What Do You Weigh?

As we all know, our job isn’t all about sitting around and reading novels, it can place us at an extraordinary cardiovascular level at a moments notice.  Due to this fact, we must prepare our bodies and our minds to overcome this demand to allow us to perform at an elite level.We have all seen the firefighters who are in excellent physical condition who struggle to perform well at fire incidents, and many wonder why.  These firefighters train day in and day out to be able to increase their…See More
Mar 7, 2013
Jonah Smith commented on P.J. Norwood's blog post Another Fire Service Debate
"Emergency Communications. It is Thursday at 3:30, Room 238-239.  I focus on some of the issues you brought up as well as some little thought about elements of this same puzzle that can be game changers.  I hope to see you there PJ and…"
Mar 6, 2013

Profile Information

Lives in:
Charlotte, NC
Department:
Charlotte Fire Department
Title/rank:
Captain
Years of public service:
9
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
IFSAC Instructor II, Haz Mat Tech, Structural Collapse Technician, Incident Safety Officer,NC Breathing Equipment School Graduate, CPSE Peer Assessor Level I.
Topics you provide training for:
Mayday, Communications, Engine Company Operations, Size-up/Initial Company Actions, Leadership.
Areas of expertise:
Radio Communications, Engine Company Operations
Bio:
Jonah Smith is a Captain with the Charlotte Fire Department. He has been a member of the Charlotte FD for 7.5 years, and serves as the Secretary and Health and Safety Committee Chair for the IAFF Local 660. He is also a Porfessor at Fayetteville State University, and an Instructor at Rowan Cabbarus Community College. He is assigned to Ladder 32 in the South side of Charlotte, and is an active volunteer member with the Pleasant Valley, SC Fire Department.
Web site:
http://hosejockey.blogspot.com

Jonah Smith's Blog

Sizing Up the Situation

After we are dispatched to the call and speed to the scene to save the day, the most important part of the arrival of a fire apparatus besides pulling the first line and forcing the door is the size up by the first in officer and the initial actions that he/she orders. If everyone stays informed as they arrive and communication remains clear on the fireground, then the emergency will be mitigated much more efficiently. The first arriving officer or acting officer must paint…

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Posted on June 29, 2015 at 2:38pm

Pride in Preparation

All accross this country, in firehouses everywhere, there sits a firefighter who feels that as long as hose is on the apparatus that it is good enough.  At times, company pride isolates itself to a cool Tee-Shirt, or a waxed apparatus.  However, in the best firehouses throughout the country, tools are sharpened, hose is laid out with a reason on the apparatus, and firefighters are thinking of how they can better serve their citizens every day.

There is no better way to judge the…

Continue

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 3:00pm

What's Your Alias

Each day across America, firefighters key up radios and transmit numerous emergency and non emergency messages across the airways above us.  Without this form of communications, the fire service and many of us would be lost.  With the new technologies that have been introduced into the communications realm, firefighters have been challenged and protected better all at the same time. 

The one thing I want to bring everyone's attention to is how are your radios aliased?  I know, I know,…

Continue

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Curse of Caring

At times numerous firefighters feel alone while they are at work, despite having numerous people around them.  Each day, firefighters everywhere feel as though they are the only ones that care. Caring in the fire service is a great thing because it usually results in pride and dedication; but what no one tells you is that it truly can become a curse to many of us.  Caring can bring an unexpected loneliness some days, caring can bring heavy self criticism, but in the end it is a…

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

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At 2:54pm on July 13, 2012, William L.Tanks said…

Thanks brother. We are already beginning to plan and organize! I will keep you in the loop.

At 11:06am on June 14, 2012, Charles Olson said…

Thanks for the follow brother! 

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Thanks for the add brother! Great to see you here. Great resource for training information here. Enjoy!
 
 
 

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