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The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie©

Funny; You Don’t Look Like a Glow Worm!

Episode #9


Sidney (Sid Vicious) Wilkerson grew up in the flatlands of North Central Ohio. Sid was born into the third generation of firefighters in his family. His granddad was a volunteer firefighter in Sid’s hometown of Coffey, Ohio. His dad retired as an assistant chief from the Lucas County, Ohio Fire Department. Sid’s brother is riding rigs in Cincinnati as an engine company…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on September 1, 2015 at 8:27pm — No Comments

The 2016 Drawn By Fire Calendar - Inspired by Step Up and Lead




Added by Frank Viscuso on September 1, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

New SLICE-RS Video from ISFSI

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) today posted a new video summary of the Principles of Modern Fire Attack: SLICE-RS method of fire suppression at  

Created with funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), this update to its…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on September 1, 2015 at 9:39am — No Comments


IT'S HERE! Get an early jump on the 2016 Drawn by Fire calendar - featuring Frank Viscuso's Step Up And Lead. It's been an honor to collaborate with Chief Viscuso on this project for what will be a year-long training aid and inspiration. Only $20, folks -…

Added by Paul Combs on August 31, 2015 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment


Sometimes a little pride has to be swallowed to get the job done!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:…


Added by Paul Combs on August 31, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

MFA #9: From a Different Perspective - The new methods make more sense to non-firefighters

Sometimes we need to seek out opinions from others in order to ensure the validity of our own, and that is not a natural or even comfortable process.  In fact, it seems someone is always trying to tell us how to live our lives or do our jobs, providing advice we didn’t seek out, or explaining their view of our world.  Still, it is often only with the assistance of outside eyes that we can truly see ourselves. 

How many times have you been asked by a…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on August 31, 2015 at 8:10am — No Comments

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

The Sunday Preach:

Expectations & Communication

"We can earn loyalty by training well, treating people fairly, and by setting a positive example... Someone is always watching your actions and interactions. Set the tone for the way you expect your crew to perform, and they will follow you." (pg 12).

If there are no parameters for performance, how can the team know when they achieve success? A team that is loyal to both the leader and the…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 30, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Understaffed Company Operations

I often get asked how I began teaching on the topic of understaffed company operations, or why I feel addressing short staffed operations is so important. The answer is very simple, because our lives depend on it. Most foundation level training programs are based on students working in teams of five or six, even in my own state. Realistically, that is just not practical for many firefighters across the country. Our focus is to take the skills and material taught in most training programs…


Added by David Topczynski on August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cancer Sayings in the Fire Service

         There are a few common sayings that are heard on a daily basis in fire departments that absolutely get under my skin. Here are just a few to name; “It has been this way for 40+ years, you’ll never change it now” or “XYZ Fire Company does it that way so we will not”, but we are aware that there are plenty more that are used.  These statements are the “Cancer Sayings” in the fire service.  As volunteer and career guys, we have the best job in the world and if you do not…


Added by Dean Helsel on August 29, 2015 at 1:51pm — No Comments

A Fireman's Wife

A strong, good willed, open-minded, patient, listener but most importantly supporter walks into the room. This is a person with integrity, with values, a person who puts themselves second and lives to help and support others. No, I’m not talking about the Fireman, I’m talking about the…


Added by Dave McGlynn on August 28, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Thanks for Hiring Me

Every once in a while, I look back on the individuals I hired as firefighters during my career. As the hiring process is a relatively complicated, I believe I made the right decisions in the hiring and rejection of candidate firefighters. That I made the right decisions was reaffirmed the other day when I stopped by one of my stations to check on crew deployed to Eastern Washington fighting the wildland fires and were met by several firefighters and…


Added by John K. Murphy on August 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Saving Firefighters Lives…

Its been very well documented that the leading cause of heart firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease. Therefore any information regarding decreasing the chances of heart disease are very valuable to the firefighting community. I’ve recently been researching the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease and have found some interesting correlations.

The long-established dietary recommendations of yesterday have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 27, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments

This will be a working extrication of my head from my A$$

This will be a working extrication of my head from my A$$

“Avoid putting callouses in the hearts of your loved ones”

We have a ritual with our oldest child, Ayla who is three years old. We finish each nightly bed-time routine by…


Added by Benjamin Martin on August 27, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Long History of Short Memories

By: Mark vonAppen



Added by Mark vonAppen on August 27, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Improving Internal Communication

Improving Internal Communication 

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

             Every fire chief has a pet peeve. For some its unpolished boots, for others its firefighters staring at their smart phones. Each of us has at least one thing that our personnel do that drives us crazy. For me, it…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on August 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Are You Courageous Enough?

This week’s Fire Engineering Google Hang out brought together a wealth of information that firefighters and officers can do today to reduce their risk to cancer. On behalf of Chief Bobby Halton we hosted Tim Elliott and Keith Tyson from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

We had a very lively and spirited discussion surrounding a taboo topic in many firehouses. Every firefighter needs to clearly understand that firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each…


Added by P.J. Norwood on August 27, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments


During many of my Tactical Extrication Courses, students will occasionally come across compressed airbag cylinders located throughout the vehicle. Anyone who has taken one of my classes knows that I always push peeling back plastic and exposing posts/pillars to…


Added by Isaac Frazier on August 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Should we link Firefighter fitness to pay, appraisals and continued employment?

Should we link Firefighter fitness to pay, appraisals and continued employment?

We are about to introduce a new fitness standard, and tests, in our Fire and Rescue Service (Fire Department), and after we have established that for 9 months Firefighters pay will be affected by whether they pass the tests or not. Even their continued employment with…


Added by The First Twenty on August 26, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Stop Asking for "THE" Way

Stop Asking for “The” Way by David Rhodes

As fire research continues to evolve…


Added by David Rhodes on August 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

MFA #8: Timing is Everything - Delivering the correct one-two punch of water and air

I used the term “Vertical Vandalism” as the title of my most recent post 

(, leading some to believe that I was suggesting we abandon that tactic.  In fact, my specific wording was that we could stop “routinely” creating damage in the pursuit of increased…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on August 25, 2015 at 6:12am — No Comments

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