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It's Just A Seat!

It’s just a seat!The front right seat, company officer, lieu, cap, acting Officer, or whatever name you have for this seat it is not to be taken lightly. An officers position is to influence your people to be better, better at their craft, and better as a person. As an officer the right seat holds a tremendous amount of responsibility.All too often when promotion time comes around you will see a majority of people running to take classes, breaking out books, all to become a master for a…See More
Jun 17, 2016
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Are We Skipping A Step?

Are We Skipping a Step? I love tactics, just as much as the next firefighter, but as we debate tactics are we missing a critical step, strategy. The strategic step is one that cannot be passed over. When we talk tactics we need to also talk strategy.  The reason we need to keep strategy in the conversation is you can throw all the tactics you have in your play book, but they will not fix any issues without a plan. All to often people get tactics mixed up with strategy this can be very…See More
May 25, 2016
Oj Kolodziej posted a blog post

What Did He Just Say?

 Change, yup I said the dreaded C word.  This simple word with a simple meaning is one of the hardest things to do in life. If you are in the fire service it is even harder. Change in the fire service is one of those taboo processes that just cannot happen, but as a matter of fact the only thing in the fire service that happens more often than a medical run, is change.  When we speak of change the fire service ears perk up and we become a little defensive, why?  Lets stop and think about this…See More
Apr 4, 2016
Oj Kolodziej posted a blog post

Why is everyone so angry?

I recently went to the UL-FSRI visitors day. The goal was to see what they were about and to find my own answers straight from them. You see I don't own a training company, I am not on any type of panels, but what I am and so was the rest of the firefighters that were there, we are students of the craft. We had the same goal and that was to gain knowledge and I believe that is exactly what happened.The day started with what tests are going to be conducted, went into a meet and greet, then…See More
Mar 16, 2016
Oj Kolodziej posted a blog post

Todays reality

 Today’s reality: OJ KolodziejIn the fire service lately, there seems to be this feeling that lines have been drawn in the sand. What I mean by this statement is either you are going aggressive through the front door every time, or you are standing outside to reset it from the yard. The reality that all of us are missing is this, fire does not really care what side of the line you are standing on. Fire has and always will have the advantage over us, that is the truth and that is never going to…See More
Mar 7, 2016
Oj Kolodziej 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
Feb 27, 2016
Oj Kolodziej is now a member of Fire Engineering Training Community
Feb 25, 2016

Profile Information

Lives in:
Birmingham, AL
Department:
Birmingham Fire and Rescue
Title/rank:
Lieutenant
Years of public service:
15
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
FFI,FFII, Haz-Mat Tech, FOI,FOII,Instructor I, Instructor-II RT:Confine Space,RT:Rope, RT:Collapse,RT: Trench,RT:Swift Water,RT:Vehicle & Machinery, RT: Wilderness I-II, Apparatus Operator: Engine, Apparatus Operator: Aerial, RIT
Topics you provide training for:
RT: ConfineSpace,
RT: Rope I-II
Rapid Intervention Teams and Survival
Apparatus Operator: Aerial
Ventilation
Bio:
OJ Kolodziej is a Lieutenant with Birmingham Fire and Rescue with 15 years of service. OJ is a Technical Rescue officer on one of the cities Heavy Rescue teams, he also is a instructor for one of the states regional training sites.

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It's Just A Seat!

It’s just a seat!

The front right seat, company officer, lieu, cap, acting Officer, or whatever name you have for this seat it is not to be taken lightly. An officers position is to influence your people to be better, better at their craft, and better as a person. As an officer the right seat holds a tremendous amount of responsibility.

All too often when promotion time comes around you will see a majority of people running to…

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Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:07pm

Are We Skipping A Step?

Are We Skipping a Step? 

I love tactics, just as much as the next firefighter, but as we debate tactics are we missing a critical step, strategy. The strategic step is one that cannot be passed over. When we talk tactics we need to also talk strategy. 

 The reason we need to keep strategy in the conversation is you can throw all the tactics you have in your play book, but they will not fix any issues without a…

Continue

Posted on May 25, 2016 at 1:00pm

What Did He Just Say?

 Change, yup I said the dreaded C word.  This simple word with a simple meaning is one of the hardest things to do in life. If you are in the fire service it is even harder. Change in the fire service is one of those taboo processes that just cannot happen, but as a matter of fact the only thing in the fire service that happens more often than a medical run, is change. 

 When we speak of change the fire service ears perk up and we become a little defensive,…

Continue

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 9:35am

Why is everyone so angry?

I recently went to the UL-FSRI visitors day. The goal was to see what they were about and to find my own answers straight from them. You see I don't own a training company, I am not on any type of panels, but what I am and so was the rest of the firefighters that were there, we are students of the craft. We had the same goal and that was to gain knowledge and I believe that is exactly what happened.

The day started with what tests are going to be conducted,…

Continue

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