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Jan 9, 2013
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

A Mad Lib "On Firefighting"

“[A] FIREFIGHTER  who is uncertain whether he can SAVE someone, or [a] FIREFIGHTER who for religious or moral reasons knows he will not ENTER A BURNING BUILDING, should not be in a FIRE TRUCK and, for that matter, should not be in THE FIRE SERVICE.  Such [a] FIREFIGHTER is a detriment to other FIREFIGHTERS and to the public he is sworn to protect.  They all depend on him to do the right thing when the situation calls for it.  If that means SAVING another person’s life, they need to know he will…See More
Jan 9, 2013
Matt McDowell's blog post was featured

The Fireground is Like Loading a Dishwasher

I suppose I am fortunate that one of the only ongoing debates between my wife and I are the nuances of loading the dishwasher.  You see, I load the dishwasher the way it was designed to be loaded.  My wife, she believes randomly loading the dishwasher.  We both think that our respective methods work best for fitting the most dishes and getting the job done the best.  Much like the fireground, and numerous other “hot topics” right now, there are many different opinions and theories on the “best”…See More
Oct 14, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

The Fireground is Like Loading a Dishwasher

I suppose I am fortunate that one of the only ongoing debates between my wife and I are the nuances of loading the dishwasher.  You see, I load the dishwasher the way it was designed to be loaded.  My wife, she believes randomly loading the dishwasher.  We both think that our respective methods work best for fitting the most dishes and getting the job done the best.  Much like the fireground, and numerous other “hot topics” right now, there are many different opinions and theories on the “best”…See More
Oct 12, 2012
Matt McDowell left a comment for Bill Carey
"Hey Bill"
Sep 16, 2012
Matt McDowell is now friends with Bill Carey and Ricky Flowers
Sep 16, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire, Standpipe Ops & Mayday! (Video)

This video is a great training tool for size-up, radio comms & Command presence.  This FD sounds very professional despite difficult fire conditions.  This week we've got heavy fire & smoke on an upper floor w/ standpipe ops in progress and a Mayday called while transitioning to Defensive Ops.   Compare this FD's ops to your FD and  give us your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!…See More
Apr 13, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday; "Houston" We Have a Problem!

THE SCENARIO:  HEAVY FIRE from the attic w/ extension to TWO other houses!  If this one doesn't test the strength and discipline of your crews and alarm assignments, congratulations!   Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!See More
Mar 2, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday; Attached Garage w/ Heavy Fire & Extension

What would your FD do for this attached garage fire?  What would you do to address the extension issues?   Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEOBe SafeSee More
Feb 24, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday; Surf's Up! We Need More Than the Surfboard On This One!

Check out this video.  Heavy fire from the top floor.  Pre-arrival and post arrival footage.  What would you do?  What do you of their tactics?  Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Surf's up!CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!Thanks and Be Safe!See More
Feb 9, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday; Bread & Butter House Fire? (Video)

What would do you do for this heavily involved attached garage fire?  Does the split-level layout change your strategies/tactics?  Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Have fun!CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!See More
Feb 3, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire on 2 Floors (Videos)

This week we've got a rippin' 2-story single family dwelling.  Share your strategies, tactics and experience! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!See More
Jan 27, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday; 2-Story Balloon Frame Rockin' on the Peninsula

Watch the video of this heavily involved 2-story balloon frame house. Note the wind and the exposures. Give us your RECEO breakdown, initial actions and initial rig placement. Have fun!WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!!!See More
Jan 6, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

Your Chance to be the Chief's Aide (Cool Video)

Get a front row seat next to the Battalion Chief for this working Multiple Dwelling fire in Brooklyn.  Listen to the BC give great radio reports, great size-up information and even take time to talk to the neighbors.  Nice video with links to the popular conversation on Facebook.Other things you'll see:The Command presenceNotice the professionalism of the operating crewsNotice the window A/C unit falling to the street (around :40)Notice the Outside Vent crew stopping floor below as the Engine…See More
Jan 4, 2012
Matt McDowell and Bryan Altman are now friends
Jan 3, 2012
Matt McDowell posted a blog post

First Due Friday: Row House Fire

Share your strategies, tactics and experience!  Every Friday we'll post a picture or video and want to get your take on the situation.THE SCENARIO:  You're wearing all the hats today! You're dispatched to a reported "structure" fire.  It's the middle of the week during Christmas vacation and the neighbors don't know if the kids are there or not.What is your initial report?Where is the fire?Where is it going?How many lines do you anticipate for this fire?What size AND length line would you…See More
Dec 23, 2011

Profile Information

Department:
Bluffton Township Fire District
Title/rank:
Lieutenant
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Transitioning to a large suburban fire department due to rapid growth of both population and community needs.
Professional Qualifications:
Degree in Fire Administration
Fire Officer
Fire Instructor
US&R Rescue Specialist
Lowcountry FOOLS- President
Safe Firefighter, LLC- President/Owner (www.safefirefighter.com)
Topics you provide training for:
Basic Firefighting
Firefighting Strategy and Tactics
Firefighter Survival
RIC
Engine and Truck Driver Operations
Areas of expertise:
See Above
Bio:
Matt is a Lieutenant for the Bluffton Township Fire District (SC), is an Instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy and President of the Lowcountry FOOLS. He has a degree in fire administration and teaches basic firefighting, rapid intervention and firefighter survival both locally and statewide. He has previously served as the Training Officer for Hardeeville Fire/Rescue (SC) and as a Firefighter for the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Web site:
http://www.safefirefighter.com

Matt McDowell's Blog

A Mad Lib "On Firefighting"

“[A] FIREFIGHTER  who is uncertain whether he can SAVE someone, or [a] FIREFIGHTER who for religious or moral reasons knows he will not ENTER A BURNING…

Continue

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 8:30am

The Fireground is Like Loading a Dishwasher

I suppose I am fortunate that one of the only ongoing debates between my wife and I are the nuances of loading the dishwasher.  You see, I load the dishwasher the way it was designed to be loaded.  My wife, she believes randomly loading the dishwasher.  We both think that our respective methods work best for fitting the most dishes and getting the job done the best.  Much like the fireground, and numerous other “hot topics” right now, there are many different opinions and theories on the…

Continue

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:10pm

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire, Standpipe Ops & Mayday! (Video)

This video is a great training tool for size-up, radio comms & Command presence.  This FD sounds very professional despite difficult fire conditions.  This week we've got heavy fire & smoke on an upper floor w/ standpipe ops in progress and a Mayday called while transitioning to Defensive Ops.   Compare this FD's ops to your FD and  give us your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!…

Continue

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 9:32am

First Due Friday; "Houston" We Have a Problem!

THE SCENARIO:  HEAVY FIRE from the attic w/ extension to TWO other houses!  If this one doesn't test the strength and discipline of your crews and alarm assignments, congratulations!   Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:11am

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At 10:27am on September 21, 2011, Shawn Paulson said…
hey Matt i need to speak with you shoot me an email please firefighter647@yahoo.com
At 7:46am on February 25, 2011, Dave Stacy said…
how long ago were you at the big 1 house?
At 9:22pm on October 7, 2010, Jason Hoevelmann said…
Thanks for the ad, stay safe and stay low.
Jason
At 5:39pm on October 7, 2010, David Malcomson said…
Your bio has Hardeville FD on there. Do you know Shane Comparetto? He and I both grew up in the Ohio Valley.

Be safe.

Dave
At 5:40pm on October 6, 2010, Art Zern said…
Hey Matt,

Thanks for the add, have we met? When I recieved your invite, I took a look at your info and postings. Always great to "meet" a passionate FOOL.

Art
At 9:43am on October 1, 2010, Rick Lasky said…
Be safe brother and stay in touch!

Rick
 
 
 

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