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Are you planning for success or for failure?

"The key for the engine company to bring water to

each and every reported and actual residential fire is

several fold and begins with correct behavior. Every

single engine company, from the first arriving to the

last one on the final…


Added by Dan Shaw on July 5, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Predictability and Performance of Buildings on Fire

Predictability and Performance of Buildings on Fire

When we look at various buildings and occupancies, past operational experiences (both good and bad) give us experiences that define and determine how we assess, react and expect similar structures and occupancies to perform at a given alarm in the future. The theory of naturalistic decision-making forms much of this basis. The Art and Science of Firefighting is predicated on a fundamental understanding of how fire affects a building…


Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on July 4, 2015 at 10:11pm — No Comments

The "Keyboard Experts"

How much is enough?


There has been a lot of talk lately about "shutting down" these so called "keyboard experts".  People call these keyboard experts out and demand their experience on the fire ground and often label these…


Added by Mike Alt on July 4, 2015 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Firefighting 101: The Importance of the Basics

                As firefighters spend more time in the fire service and grow as professionals, they inevitably gain new interests and take on new knowledge to meet the challenges of an ever-growing industry.  They can develop many different, often specialized skill sets along the way.  Advanced rescue skills such as urban search and rescue, collapse, high-angle, trench,…


Added by Paul M. Rank on July 2, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

My Fitness Story

See how setting goals, staying motivated, and making small foundational changes can have huge results in Lieutenant Robby Owens, Sr.'s personal wellness story.

My Fitness Story

Some fitness articles and web sites offer suggestions on nutrition to workout programming and everything in between. Often times, the ones offering these…


Added by The First Twenty on July 1, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments

Step up and Be Heard by Our Friends at the NFPA

So often we hear folks say that they don’t get a chance to have input especially when it comes to our NFPA standards well the reason for that is we often don’t take advantage of our opportunities. The wisdom and the good judgment that’s out there in the fire service is hard to describe, those who have actually been in that inner chamber and have seen the power of fire are the ones who are best able to illuminate our standards through that self-kindled fire of knowledge inside of them. These…


Added by Bobby Halton on July 1, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

MFA #2 - STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING FOR DUMMIES: With apologies to Eddie Buchanan and the ISFSI

Despite the irreverent title of this blog entry, I'm a fan of SLICE-RS, the acronym for a step-wise approach to controlling structure fires (See MFA #1 - Unlearning).  This synthesis of fire dynamics research findings and tactics, developed through the efforts of dedicated scientists and innovative fire service professionals, has rendered the process of structural firefighting easier, safer, and more efficient.  And, If you're like most of the firefighters with whom I've discussed these new…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 1, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

Sizing Up the Situation

After we are dispatched to the call and speed to the scene to save the day, the most important part of the arrival of a fire apparatus besides pulling the first line and forcing the door is the size up by the first in officer and the initial actions that he/she orders. If everyone stays informed as they arrive and communication remains clear on the fireground, then the emergency will be mitigated much more efficiently. The first arriving officer or acting officer must paint…


Added by Jonah Smith on June 29, 2015 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Are You Committed?

Martin A. Treptow was a young and obscure American private killed in France in World War I. Treptow was born January 19, 1894, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, near Bloomer, where he grew up. He was working as a barber in Cherokee, Iowa, when the United States entered the war in 1917.  He enlisted in the Iowa National Guard, which became the 168th Infantry Regiment, 84th Brigade, in the 42d ''Rainbow'' Division when it was called to Federal service. On…


Added by Frank Viscuso on June 29, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This week's simulation, The large Victorian & pocket doors

You are called for a fire in the oldest area of your town or response area, as you hear the address you are instantly reminded that this is a rather large somewhat run down residence that was once considered a "mansion" 100 years ago when built, you have been there many times to assist the resident with his elderly invalid mother who resides in a bedroom facing the A side.

As you review the video simulation consider your thoughts:

  1. At the front porch slide as you…

Added by Joseph Pronesti on June 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

People Trapped? Don't Panic - Do Your JOB!

In general, a report of "victims trapped" should not cause any major changes in your initial operations. They may cause slight alterations - like where you take your line, which window you VES, etc.  However your plans/SOGs should already be setup assuming there are persons trapped. When added information increases the likelihood of entrapment, we should be doing what we always do - just harder and faster!

Remember, all tasks work in…


Added by Nick Martin on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate "Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate

"Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

I am not offend by the recent YouTube Clip. We have enough of that in our political debates. However I do know bad taste when I see it. One of this Nations founding pillars is the freedom of Expression. It is one of our…


Added by Frank Ricci on June 29, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

June 29th Politics & Tactics Show on Fire Engineering "Why Words Matter & A Personal Look at A LODD

Tonights Show:
Steve Whitehead FDIC Instructor, Firefighter, medic from South Metro Fire Rescue will cover the hidden rules that govern human influence. We will discuss the power of non-verbal communication. He will tell us how to recognize what we say before we ever say a word and explore the language of rapport. We will talk about how…

Added by Frank Ricci on June 29, 2015 at 5:57am — No Comments

What Does “Unlimited Passion” Mean to You?


What Does Unlimited Passion Mean to You?

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Often when I speak to new firefighters and fire…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on June 26, 2015 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Recognizing Leadership

The other day I got to do something I greatly enjoy about this job, recognizing our folks who stood out and made a real difference in our department at our annual Promotional and Awards Banquet. It was a great evening of fellowship with our firefighters and officers and their families, celebrating accomplishments and contributions made towards improving our department and serving the community we protect. Which got me to thinking of something Chief Frank Viscuso…


Added by Michael D. Staats on June 26, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Tactical Tips for Garden Apartment Fires

Tactical Tips for Garden Apartment Fires

When running a fire in a garden apartment fire, anticipate the following: 
1.Your pre-connected attack line may come up short have a plan to extend it    …

Added by David Polikoff on June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments


Think not being prepared won't bite you? Think again! Never take routine calls for granted and be ready for events to change without warning. Be adaptable and mentally prepared to take rapidly changing conditions head-on!

Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step Up and Lead is by far one of the…


Added by Paul Combs on June 26, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments

The First Twenty - Firefighter Functional Training Panel

The First Twenty is a common expression in the fire service meaning that the first twenty minutes of a fire are the most crucial. It is twenty minutes that define the skill and judgment of a firefighter and often dictate the outcome. This critical and short window of time determines the difference between recovery or loss, as well as life or death for both the firefighter and the victims.



Added by The First Twenty on June 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Avoid being a "Body"

Avoid Being a “Body”

“If it’s easy, it ain’t leadership”.

Picture the start of any crime drama you’ve ever watched, such as CSI, and what do you see? The opening scene almost always starts with a crime scene, and other than the dead body laying around,…


Added by Benjamin Martin on June 23, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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