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Lives in:
Mechanicsville Va
Henrico Fire
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing, funding, real life training
Professional Qualifications:
ff1,ff2,EMT-B,Instructor1 and 2, Officer 4, DPO, Aerial Operator, Confined Space, Vehicle rescue, Heavy Vehicle rescue, Rope Rescue 1, IMS, Haz-Mat OPS, May Day Frefighter Down, Advanced Engine and Truck Ops,NREMT-I, BS Fire Science Columbia Southern University, NFA Managing Officer Charter Class
Topics you provide training for:
Engine Company and Truck Company ops, Fire fighter safety and survival. Classroom presenter FDIC 2011,2012,2013 and FIREHOUSE EXPO 2012, Virginia Fire Officer Academy, Firefighter Cardiac Arrest
Areas of expertise:
Engine Ops, Firefighter Cardiac Arrest
20 years in the fire service. Began as a volunteer with Mechanicsville VFD at age 15. Hired by Stafford County Fire and Rescue as a career firefighter at age 20. Currently with the Henrico County Division of Fire assigned to Station 7. Married with a 11 and 8 year old sons. I also enjoy baseball,football, MMA, and NASCAR.
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Leadership Tunnel Vision

Webster’s Dictionary defines Tunnel Vision as:

  • constriction of the visual field resulting in loss of peripheral vision
  •   extreme narrowness of viewpoint : narrow-mindedness; also : single-minded concentration on one objective

In the Fire service, we often associate “tunnel vision” with the narrowing field of view during an incident based on a…


Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:40pm


Placards are used to help us identify what a vehicle is hauling. They usually have a corresponding number in the ERG to let us know what to do when we encounter the corresponding material.

However would you be surprised to know that people have placards too? Would you even be further surprised to know YOU have…


Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:29pm

4 B's of the 360

Read any NIOSH report and failure to do a 360 is usually mentioned as a contributing factor. Unfortunately this has turned the 360 into a check box item rather than something to do in order to gain the entire fire ground picture. I have personally seen critical issues missed on structures due to the first in officer omitting the 360.

This leads to the question, What to look for on a 360? People teach various methods and I have one that was taught to me that is simple to remember, easy…


Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:27pm

How Can We Reach The Future Of Our Service

How Can We Reach The Future Of Our Service?

I have the chance to interact with young kids, pre teens, and teenagers a lot. Sometimes it is through coaching, other times it is through my part-time job as a Fire and Safety Technician at a local theme park. When I do I often get the question…

How do you become a firefighter?

Once I begin to explain the process of becoming a firefighter or even an EMT Basic I am…


Posted on July 12, 2014 at 4:29pm

How Can We Know Our Buildings?

Frank Brannigan said the building is our enemy and we need to know our enemy. Some have amended that with the fire is our enemy but the building is our battlefield and we must know the terrain in which we are to do battle. Either way you put it building construction is important to everything we do. However just the subject of building construction is VAST and unending. Engineers, construction companies, contractors, developers, etc. are always trying to come up with cheaper, and more…


Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:22pm

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At 4:07pm on March 13, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Robert, we could use your input in our group we are listed on page 2. Tactical Building Blocks & Air Management
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips.

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