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Are You Ready as an Incident Commander when your Firefighters "Press Their MAYDAY Button"?
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Lost in the “fog of the fireground”

 My mistake of getting “sidetracked” upon arrival could’ve led to a serious problem on one of my fire ground commands, don’t let yourself be sidetracked at your next serious event.While not a veteran, I have tons of respect for and consider myself an avid reader and student of military leadership and command, and in one particular book from a former Marine who fought in World War II describes the term “lost in the fog of war”. According to this author, this expression describes both the literal…See More
Jan 10
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

You're a chief, now what??? well ASK SOMEONE for advice!

August 27th 2015 was a big day for me as I was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief and in my department, this meant taking on the role as a shift commander in a department of three stations and roughly 20 people under me on shift, now I had been a Captain for almost 20 years prior and also served as the fire chief for a short time so I felt I knew the job of command but as of 1100 hours on August 27th I was the chief now and I took a good honest look at what it is I had to do to be successful, the…See More
Dec 2, 2015
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

Don't Let This Party Crash Your Fire

It is a quiet Sunday morning and as you the day's shift commander are reading the paper and thinking about brunch and the day's football games when suddenly the tones drop for a reported building fire in your downtown district, as you hear the address you think about the building run through your size up thoughts. Upon arrival you find heavy smoke coming from what appears to be all three floors of an Ordinary construction Type III building in the center of your town's once vibrant business…See More
Nov 10, 2015
Joseph Pronesti's blog post was featured

Hello, it’s me……The Deck Gun

 The title to you older members can be hummed to the tune of the great Todd Rundgren hit song “Hello it’s me” but in all seriousness this article will focus on an often forgotten tactic the blitz attack, transitional attack, whatever you wish to call it using the apparatus mounted deck pipe or gun.Like most students of the fire service I study hundreds and hundreds of fire videos every year and then choose from those the best ones to help with a teaching point or to emphasize a specific tactic,…See More
Nov 2, 2015
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

Hello, it’s me……The Deck Gun

 The title to you older members can be hummed to the tune of the great Todd Rundgren hit song “Hello it’s me” but in all seriousness this article will focus on an often forgotten tactic the blitz attack, transitional attack, whatever you wish to call it using the apparatus mounted deck pipe or gun.Like most students of the fire service I study hundreds and hundreds of fire videos every year and then choose from those the best ones to help with a teaching point or to emphasize a specific tactic,…See More
Nov 1, 2015
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

PROOF THAT NIOSH REPORTS ARE RELEVANT, NEED REVIEW AND REQUIRE A PLACE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING

By: Joe PronestiWhile watching a recent replay of a FDIC webcast Lt. Ray McCormack of the FDNY was emphasizing the need to “dig deep” into NISOH reports and I paraphrase here, utilize them in your department’s structure and response. I immediately recalled a fire my department experienced recently that should be considered as a close call and how if my department as a whole would have heeded McCormack’s advice how we may not of gotten as close as we did to a potentially serious situation.My…See More
Oct 1, 2015
Joseph Pronesti's blog post was featured

September Simulation- Tool and Dye Factory

Hello, we are back to simulations after a month off, I will attempt to get a couple of sims out a month, again if there is a particular simulation you wish to see send me an email at efdchief3@outlook.com. In this particular simulation you have a fire in a legacy constructed building constructed in early 1900s, I have attached some thoughts to consider and also attached a kitchen table handout with still frame shots of the building to discuss with your members. Some key points again to…See More
Sep 3, 2015
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

September Simulation- Tool and Dye Factory

Hello, we are back to simulations after a month off, I will attempt to get a couple of sims out a month, again if there is a particular simulation you wish to see send me an email at efdchief3@outlook.com. In this particular simulation you have a fire in a legacy constructed building constructed in early 1900s, I have attached some thoughts to consider and also attached a kitchen table handout with still frame shots of the building to discuss with your members. Some key points again to…See More
Sep 2, 2015

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Lives in:
Elyria, Ohio
Department:
Elyria Fire
Title/rank:
Captain
Years of public service:
26
Agency structure:
Paid fire department

Joseph Pronesti's Blog

Lost in the “fog of the fireground”

 My mistake of getting “sidetracked” upon arrival could’ve led to a serious problem on one of my fire ground commands, don’t let yourself be sidetracked at your next serious event.

While not a veteran, I have tons of respect for and consider myself an avid reader and student of military leadership and command, and in one particular book from a former Marine who fought in World War II describes the term “lost in the fog of war”. According to this author, this expression…

Continue

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

You're a chief, now what??? well ASK SOMEONE for advice!

August 27th 2015 was a big day for me as I was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief and in my department, this meant taking on the role as a shift commander in a department of three stations and roughly 20 people under me on shift, now I had been a Captain for almost 20 years prior and also served as the fire chief for a short time so I felt I knew the job of command but as of 1100 hours on August 27th I was the chief now and I took a good honest look at what it is I had to do to be…

Continue

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 1:30pm

Don't Let This Party Crash Your Fire

It is a quiet Sunday morning and as you the day's shift commander are reading the paper and thinking about brunch and the day's football games when suddenly the tones drop for a reported building fire in your downtown district, as you hear the address you think about the building run through your size up thoughts. Upon arrival you find heavy smoke coming from what appears to be all three floors of an Ordinary construction Type III building in the center of your town's once vibrant business…

Continue

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 6:23pm

Hello, it’s me……The Deck Gun

 

The title to you older members can be hummed to the tune of the great Todd Rundgren hit song “Hello it’s me” but in all seriousness this article will focus on an often forgotten tactic the blitz attack, transitional attack, whatever you wish to call it using the apparatus mounted deck pipe or gun.

Like most students of the fire service I study hundreds and hundreds of fire videos every year and then choose from those the best ones to help with a…

Continue

Posted on November 1, 2015 at 9:00am

PROOF THAT NIOSH REPORTS ARE RELEVANT, NEED REVIEW AND REQUIRE A PLACE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING

By: Joe Pronesti

While watching a recent replay of a FDIC webcast Lt. Ray McCormack of the FDNY was emphasizing the need to “dig deep” into NISOH reports and I paraphrase here, utilize them in your department’s structure and response. I immediately recalled a fire my department experienced recently that should be considered as a close call and how if my department as a whole would have heeded McCormack’s advice how we may not of gotten as close as we did to a potentially serious…

Continue

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 8:30am

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At 7:02pm on March 3, 2010, Frank Ricci said…
Captain,
Check out and sign up for our group, Tactical Building Blocks, we could use your input.
At 12:55pm on May 2, 2008, Brian Harting said…
Is it time yet to update your title to Chief....LOL
 
 
 

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