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Lawrence Schultz
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  • Severn, MD
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Lawrence Schultz is now friends with Billy Schmidt and sam ebersol
Jun 3, 2016
Lawrence Schultz posted a blog post

Pride, Ownership and the New Generation "All is Not Lost"

I’ll start off as always with my shout-outs for this blog. This one goes to 1st Lieutenant Sarah Read, of the Chili Fire Department Explorer program. You will see why as you read through the blog.  In the past couple years, two reoccurring themes have been proposed in the various classes we have taught throughout the states. First is the demise of the fire service because of “The New Kids” and second is their lack of understanding of pride, tradition and honor. Typically in classes, I will push…See More
Jun 3, 2016
Lawrence Schultz posted a blog post

Poor Choices / Poor Outcomes

I am taking a break from my typical anarchist message and, pleading with you to read this very personal story as a personal assessment tool. I am a fire service traditionalist to the core and my style of writing is always intended to offer an opposing (or alternative) view of what I term the “overzealous safety culture”. My issue(s) are not, nor have they ever been about safety itself, but our approach to assessing and managing risk, without using emotional coercion.I am going to attempt to…See More
Jan 11, 2016
Lawrence Schultz posted a blog post

The New Deal, The Raw Deal or The Wizard of Oz

Recently, while teaching a hands-on-engine class in Delaware, my younger and wittier teaching companion Roger Steger, found it was time for our traditional protein bar and Monster (drink) run. As he headed out the gate, he stopped and asked me if I needed some Metamucil to go with my Ensure. This was his not-so-subtle way of reminding me that I am old. It was day two of, running long-lines, pushing in with large lines and box-alarm drills, and on top of that, it was 97 degrees. I needed no…See More
Aug 20, 2015
Lawrence Schultz posted a blog post

Effective Immediately All Risk Taking Is Cancelled Until Further Notice

At every teaching opportunity, I make it a point to spend plenty of time talking about risk assessment and risk management. For the sake of discussion lets focus strictly on fireground operations. My concern is and continues to be a growing and unashamed trending towards total risk aversion.  I have theorized that there…See More
Mar 26, 2014
Lawrence Schultz and Dave LeBlanc are now friends
Mar 25, 2014
Lawrence Schultz posted a blog post

To Go or Not-To-Go, Thats the Wrong Question

Today’s blog is inspired by my nephew who I am incredibly proud of after following in my footsteps joining the DCFD. I was fortunate, that as the Chief of Operations, I got to go to a few fires with him and I watch him grow in to a solid firefighter. Unfortunately for him, this often exposed him to the daily serenades of “Uncle Larry’” Its been interesting managing the difference in fire department philosophy between my views (as the Boss) and his view’s as the one who has to endure the…See More
Feb 22, 2014
Lawrence Schultz's blog post was featured

The ABC's of the Attic Fire

If you are in to fire porn, then there is an unlimited supply to be found on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook these days. I would surmise that if you have an ounce of fire service passion left in you, then you too are a fan of fire porn. Over the last several months, I have watched many videos of fires where the fire was located in the attic area and more obvious in the void spaces of the knee-walls. As I always say, it is ridiculous that we reinvent how we deal with these fires over and over in…See More
Jan 7, 2014
Lawrence Schultz posted a blog post

The ABC's of the Attic Fire

If you are in to fire porn, then there is an unlimited supply to be found on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook these days. I would surmise that if you have an ounce of fire service passion left in you, then you too are a fan of fire porn. Over the last several months, I have watched many videos of fires where the fire was located in the attic area and more obvious in the void spaces of the knee-walls. As I always say, it is ridiculous that we reinvent how we deal with these fires over and over in…See More
Jan 6, 2014
Michael Conway commented on Lawrence Schultz's blog post Basement Fires, a Three Star Performance or a Three Ring Circus?
"Nice Job Chief"
Jan 6, 2014
Gerald "Jerry" Tracy commented on Lawrence Schultz's blog post Basement Fires, a Three Star Performance or a Three Ring Circus?
"What an outstanding article! You definitely get it… (ret Chief FDNY)"
Jan 6, 2014
Nick Martin and Lawrence Schultz are now friends
Nov 18, 2013
Lawrence Schultz replied to Bill Carey's discussion Incident Command and The First Minute - What Does He Need To Know?
"Great conversation Bill. I hope the IC wants to compare the first officers on-scene report as this contains a host of critical incident factors and is critical to a risk assessment. He/She would then look if what they see has gotten better or worst…"
Aug 29, 2013
Lawrence Schultz joined Chief Anthony Kelleher's group
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"Outside The Box" Engine Company Operations

Engine Company work is often viewed as easy or not as fulfilling as "Truck Company work". This is absolutely not the case and some very "high speed" Engine Companies go to work everyday in very tough and arduous environments. They are only successful by relying on their relentless training, personal experiences and hunger to progress in the engine world.This group is geared toward Engine Company tactics that use "outside the box" thinking to accomplish. Its purpose is to exchange information…See More
Aug 29, 2013
Lawrence Schultz's blog post was featured

Basement Fires, a Three Star Performance or a Three Ring Circus?

Hey Folks, today’s blog is a result of my frustration with the continued inept (and down right dangerous) management of basement fires. Generally speaking, basement fires are often (unnecessarily) chaotic events. In the spirit of transparency, I am inspired to address this issue by my growing frustration and disappointment in my own working environment.  As a disclaimer, I will keep the specific Department anonymous, however in order to be fair, I am not speaking of either the Washington DC…See More
Aug 29, 2013
Lawrence Schultz posted a blog post

Basement Fires, a Three Star Performance or a Three Ring Circus?

Hey Folks, today’s blog is a result of my frustration with the continued inept (and down right dangerous) management of basement fires. Generally speaking, basement fires are often (unnecessarily) chaotic events. In the spirit of transparency, I am inspired to address this issue by my growing frustration and disappointment in my own working environment.  As a disclaimer, I will keep the specific Department anonymous, however in order to be fair, I am not speaking of either the Washington DC…See More
Aug 27, 2013

Profile Information

Lives in:
Severn Maryland
Department:
Washington DC Fire Department
Title/rank:
Assistant Fire Chief of Operations (retired)
Years of public service:
30
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Web site:
http://www.traditionstraining.com

Lawrence Schultz's Blog

Pride, Ownership and the New Generation "All is Not Lost"

I’ll start off as always with my shout-outs for this blog. This one goes to 1st Lieutenant Sarah Read, of the Chili Fire Department Explorer program. You will see why as you read through the blog.  

In the past couple years, two reoccurring themes have been proposed in the various classes we have taught throughout the states. First is the demise of the fire service because of “The New Kids” and second is their lack of understanding of pride, tradition and honor.…

Continue

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 2:08pm

Poor Choices / Poor Outcomes

I am taking a break from my typical anarchist message and, pleading with you to read this very personal story as a personal assessment tool. I am a fire service traditionalist to the core and my style of writing is always intended to offer an opposing (or alternative) view of what I term the “overzealous safety culture”. My issue(s) are not, nor have they ever been about safety itself, but our approach to assessing and managing risk, without using emotional coercion.

I am going to…

Continue

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 7:32am

The New Deal, The Raw Deal or The Wizard of Oz

Recently, while teaching a hands-on-engine class in Delaware, my younger and wittier teaching companion Roger Steger, found it was time for our traditional protein bar and Monster (drink) run. As he headed out the gate, he stopped and asked me if I needed some Metamucil to go with my Ensure. This was his not-so-subtle way of reminding me that I am old. It was day two of, running long-lines, pushing in with large lines and box-alarm drills, and on top of that, it was 97 degrees. I needed…

Continue

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 3:57pm

Effective Immediately All Risk Taking Is Cancelled Until Further Notice

At every teaching opportunity, I make it a point to spend plenty of time talking about risk assessment and risk management. For the sake of discussion lets focus strictly on fireground operations.

 

My concern is and continues to be a growing and unashamed trending towards total risk…

Continue

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 1:37pm

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