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Eye in the Sky: Drones for Fire Service Training

Drones have added tremendous value in the fire service since the beginning of the second decade of this century.  In its multitude of uses ranging from a 360-degree size-up tool to delivering high-profile images in real time to commanders as they decide how to respond, conducting flyovers of areas involved in natural disasters, and locating seats of the fire in firefighting operations, to name a few.  Drones used for fire service training can also be a substantial value added tool.  Drones used…See More
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Mastering the Size-Up

Mastering the Size-upby: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr.Becoming proficient with sizing up the fireground takes practice.  Not only in terms of the main components of a well-described size-up, but also in the way it’s conveyed over the radio.  The way in which the information is conveyed is just as important as what the content of the message is.  If either of these are not in sync, the initial operations on the fireground can become chaotic.  It is imperative to set the tone in voice, along with the…See More
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Bridging the Gap: The Need for Discussion on Industrial Fire Training Instructor Credentials

In my brief but current tenure in the petroleum refining industry I’ve noticed a lot of differences yet a lot of similarities in regards to the dynamics of training.  Unlike the structural firefighting realm, industrial firefighting can, arguably, contain a cache of significant hazards that are not otherwise encountered and contain an inherently more dangerous fireground.  The hazards are a myriad of chemicals, off-gasses, high pressures, high temperatures, liquid and pressure-fed fires and…See More
Aug 26
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The Driving Force Behind Catalyst Leadership

The Driving Force Behind Catalyst LeadershipBy: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr., Battalion Fire Chief              Being new to the private, industrial sector world it can be overwhelming and challenging.  In the nearly six months here so far I am learning every day about the refinery’s processes, what makes them work and all the intricacies associated with them.  While I am just merely a beginner to the refining world one thing I have come to learn rather quickly is the need for a catalyst.  The catalyst…See More
Aug 21
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Those Who Lead: When Opportunity Knocks

Those Who Lead: When Opportunity KnocksBy: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr. I received a group email from my Fire Chiefs supervisor, concerning what makes a great safety professional after attending a recent conference. He further spoke of the characteristics listed by participants during the conference and how that list could be expanded to any profession.  He asked that members of our department do “homework” and list the top 10 characteristics of a “great (safety) professional,” and bring to the morning…See More
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Step Up and LEAD

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Tap The Box - FETC Services

Welcome to our Tap the Box with FETC Services Group. We have been doing Professional Development - Leadership Programs on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio. We would love to hear from you all. See More
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Tips for Developing First-In Engine Company Training Evolutions

There are infinite skills and tasks that must be performed as a first-in engine company to the scene of a fire incident.  Skills and tasks can range from hoseline selection and deployment to size-up to hand tool selection and everything in between.  We could spend countless hours and time engaging in practical training evolutions on each one alone.  How can we develop a training evolution that encompasses multiple essential tasks?  I’m sure you’re thinking we do this all time so what makes this…See More
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Kenner, LA
Department:
Marathon Petroleum Company
Title/rank:
Battalion Fire Chief
Years of public service:
15
Agency structure:
Industrial fire department
Top issues in your department:
Leadership
Culture
Professional Development
Professional Qualifications:
Chief Training Officer designation through CPSE
NPQ Fire Officer IV
NPQ Fire Instructor III
Paramedic
Live Fire Instructor
EMS Instructor
Georgia designated Chief Fire Officer
ISFSI Training Officer credential
NPQ Evaluator
Incident Safety Officer
NPQ Public Fire & Life Safety Educator
Hazmat Technician
Topics you provide training for:
Engine Company Operations
EMS
Leadership
Strategy and Tactics
Incident Command
Industrial Firefighting
Hazmat, Confined Space, Rope Rescue
Professional Development
Training Program Development and Management
Areas of expertise:
Leadership
Training Program Development and Management
Industrial Firefighting
Bio:
Thomas D. Kuglin Jr. Thomas is a 15 year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as a Battalion Fire Chief for Marathon Petroleum Company in Garyville, LA. During his career, Thomas has served with large, urban fire departments in Metro Atlanta and Memphis, TN. Thomas has served in the roles of Firefighter, Lieutenant and Training Officer. Thomas holds Chief Training Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a nationally certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, Paramedic and credentialed Training Officer through the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Thomas has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Keiser University and finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. Thomas is also a contributing editor for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Fire Engineering Training Community and is an ISFSI State Ambassador.

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Eye in the Sky: Drones for Fire Service Training

Drones have added tremendous value in the fire service since the beginning of the second decade of this century.  In its multitude of uses ranging from a 360-degree size-up tool to delivering high-profile images in real time to commanders as they decide how to respond, conducting flyovers of areas involved in natural disasters, and locating seats of the fire in firefighting operations, to name a few.  Drones used for fire service training can also be a substantial value added tool.  Drones…

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Posted on September 5, 2017 at 5:10am

Mastering the Size-Up

Mastering the Size-up

by: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr.

Becoming proficient with sizing up the fireground takes practice.  Not only in terms of the main components of a well-described size-up, but also in the way it’s conveyed over the radio.  The way in which the information is conveyed is just as important as what the content of the message is.  If either of these are not in sync, the initial operations on the fireground…

Continue

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 4:37am

Bridging the Gap: The Need for Discussion on Industrial Fire Training Instructor Credentials

In my brief but current tenure in the petroleum refining industry I’ve noticed a lot of differences yet a lot of similarities in regards to the dynamics of training.  Unlike the structural firefighting realm, industrial firefighting can, arguably, contain a cache of significant hazards that are not otherwise encountered and contain an inherently more dangerous fireground.  The hazards are a myriad of chemicals, off-gasses, high pressures, high temperatures, liquid and pressure-fed fires and…

Continue

Posted on August 26, 2017 at 5:45am

The Driving Force Behind Catalyst Leadership

The Driving Force Behind Catalyst Leadership

By: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr., Battalion Fire Chief

 

 

            Being new to the private, industrial sector world it can be overwhelming and challenging.  In the nearly six months here so far I am learning every day about the refinery’s processes, what makes them work and all the intricacies associated with them.  While I am just merely a beginner to the refining…

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Posted on August 21, 2017 at 10:20pm

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