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What is Aggessive?

First, let me say that this post has nothing to do with the debate about interior versus exterior, so if you're trolling for something like that, just move along. No, this is one post in a string of future posts that will address some situations I've recently seen regarding aggressiveness and the lack of on the fire ground and in our daily activities at the firehouse.



Aggressiveness was first introduced to me at an early age when I began playing basketball. Our high system was built… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Managing the MCI

As incident commanders (IC) we are tasked to run a gambit of incidents. There are some incidents that can cause anxiety, of those 1 in particular can overwhelm IC’s quickly, the mass casualty incident (MCI). These incidents grow quickly and in order to manage it an IC needs quickly wrap his/her hands around it and dole out tasks. Below is a quick action guideline to assist you in with these incidents:

 

  • Quickly scan the incident for hazards to fire and rescue personnel…
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Added by David Polikoff on June 24, 2016 at 7:36am — No Comments

THE SPAGHETTI RETROSPECTIVE

Training is not just for the bread and butter tasks, but to sharpen skills that we rarely use, too. This cartoon focuses on one of those tasks: standpipe training, tactics and operation. Are standpipes a resource that we use often? Most of us would probably say no. Is utilizing standpipe…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 22, 2016 at 8:14am — No Comments

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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Added by Oj Kolodziej on June 17, 2016 at 5:07pm — No Comments

The Four Tenets of Ventilation: Part Three - Coordination

     Coordination is arguably the most influential and critical of the Four Tenets.  There are three elements of ventilation that determine its impact on the fireground: timing; location; and amount.  While there is a set of fundamental parameters for which they follow, each of these variables is inherently unique to every incident.  Communication with the interior crews is essential to properly addressing those factors and ensuring that any action taken will facilitate a specific objective,…

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Added by Nicholas Papa on June 15, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS: T-Shirt Management

T-Shirt Management

by David Rhodes 

This Hump Day SOS is dedicated to my good friend MG, you know who you are. Enjoy!

I am always amazed at how many critically important issues there are to…

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Added by David Rhodes on June 15, 2016 at 7:10am — No Comments

MFA #30: Tactical Disorder - The root of our disagreement

In the ongoing debate over structural firefighting tactics in the era of fire dynamics enlightenment, the topic inspiring particularly passionate sentiment does not so much regard tactics themselves, but the sequence in which they are performed.  Regardless if your belief is that almost all firefighting should be performed indoors and that the only valuable exterior action is ventilation, or if you have embraced all or some of the fire behavior research findings that…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on June 15, 2016 at 6:41am — No Comments

THE BLAME - June Fire Engineering Magazine Editorial Cartoon

STAY FIRED UP!

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Added by Paul Combs on June 13, 2016 at 7:27am — No Comments

The Ground Ladder "Click System"

It seems that most of the time when ground ladder training is mentioned a lot of firefighters are hesitant to get excited. The ground ladder is probably the most simple of all the tools we use as firefighters. We don’t have to mix their fuel, choke them, charge their batteries, or anything of that nature because they don’t require any of those items. Although they’re one of the simplest pieces of equipment we use; that doesn’t take away from their importance. There is always a time and place…

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Added by Chad Menard on June 10, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

A personal discovery about stress and cortisol

By Dan DeGryse

Sometimes it takes an issue hitting close to home to drive change.

That was the case with me a few years ago when I started researching the stress hormone cortisol and its effects on the body. Our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol when they’re stressed and in fight-or-flight mode, which firefighters experience regularly on runs or anytime the bell…

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Added by Daniel DeGryse on June 9, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Injuries, the job and addiction

Think about your first day on the job as a firefighter.

You’re in your 20s, and maybe you play football or baseball on top of working out three to five days a week. The soreness you felt from wearing the gear and lugging around ladders and hoses all day was a good soreness. Now fast-forward 15 or 25 years into your career, and think about how you feel when you get up in the morning. Do aches and pains slow your ability…

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Added by Daniel DeGryse on June 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Quick Communications Drill 1: Practicing fire ground transmissions while breathing air.

Attempting to transmit through your face piece is what some might call an art, but it’s actually a science. And like other sciences, it requires experimentation. Your variables are voice quality, voice strength, mic placement, and noise cancelling and isolation.

How can you ensure your message is getting through? First, you must ensure you're speaking clearly- call it voice quality. You have to fight the nose cone and chin cup that are doing their job in keeping a…

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Added by Samuel Villani, III on June 6, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Main Street MAYDAY...

Thinking your three or four member rapid intervention team will suffice when combating a fire in an ordinary construction group of attached structures can be compared to “fool’s gold".…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on June 5, 2016 at 6:50pm — No Comments

The airbrake drill

Consistent and practical company level training isn’t something that is unachievable all while remaining in-service and capturing the attention of those who may not be as “into the job” as the next guy. Furthermore, good daily training on the basics can be accomplished in 30 minutes or less, and the benefits of training as a crew are limitless.

Training together as a crew are the building blocks of effective work on the fireground. Simple drills help establish roles and…

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Added by Zach Schleiffer on June 5, 2016 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Your SCBA and YOU!

The Sunday Preach CHAPTER 5:

It's Really The Only Time You Have.

"Much of how quickly you deplete your air supply is predicated on your level of comfort in wearing the SCBA ensemble, your physical fitness level, and your mental status." (Pg 39)

In the not so distant past, SCBA cylinders had "work" and "exit" times that were universally accepted for the various cylinder types. Those static numbers are a thing of the past.

While there are certainly unofficial 'rules…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on June 5, 2016 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Unlocking Organizational Potential through Servant Leadership

As a servant leader you should constantly be focused on making the organization better. There is no better way than to tap into the organization's most valued resource, the people within. By investing in these people, they will give the organization a substantial return. The read more visit www.thefireofficer.com.…



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Added by Douglas K. Cline on June 5, 2016 at 10:31am — No Comments

Pride, Ownership and the New Generation "All is Not Lost"

I’ll start off as always with my shout-outs for this blog. This one goes to 1st Lieutenant Sarah Read, of the Chili Fire Department Explorer program. You will see why as you read through the blog.  

In the past couple years, two reoccurring themes have been proposed in the various classes we have taught throughout the states. First is the demise of the fire service because of “The New Kids” and second is their lack of understanding of pride, tradition and honor.…

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Added by Lawrence Schultz on June 3, 2016 at 2:08pm — No Comments

NIMS and Command

There are many things that can impact poorly on an emergency incident: poor communication, disregard of SOP’s, poor tactical decisions and lack of command, just to name a few. I will focus on command. A strong command presence can overcome most issues on an emergency incident. Most think that command starts once a chief officer arrives on the scene; this ideology can prove to be detrimental to a successful outcome on an incident. The fact is, during an emergency, the incident…

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Added by David Polikoff on June 3, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

This Isn’t For Everyone

     With the growing population, expansion of the urban/suburban environments, and a decrease of people willing to volunteer, we are seeing an increase in career Firefighter openings. Add this to a struggling economy and an increase in unemployment, and it’s no…

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Added by Justin Thoroughman on May 31, 2016 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Leadership Credibility...Do you have it?

Credibility refers to the objective and subjective components of the believability of a source. In the modern fire service credibility has two critical components that cannot be really faked; trustworthiness and expertise. Both of these are easily faked for a short period of time but they become transparent if you are faking them - See more at:… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on May 29, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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