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SOP's are thoughts preserved.

SOP's are thoughts preserved.


I am passionate about many things surrounding the fire service. I see value in education and experience. One without the other can fall short. I have spent time in person, on the phone, messaging etc. with some of the most brilliant (some educated, some simply experienced tailboarders, drivers and officers who gained knowledge thru busy tours). I generally hate reading but see value in it. As I read fire service literature both old…


Added by scott corrigan on July 22, 2014 at 9:42pm — No Comments

What is the relation between a transitional attack and a lobster?

Story sent to me from a “friend”




 "Chris, me and the crew were out on a 2nd due fire the other day. The first due pulled off the lines and begin to go to work. While en route we went to the Commander in charge asking for an assignment so we knew what tools we would need once we got there (we like to get off the truck with tools in hand). Never got a reply when we got there our officer went to take in our assignment from the IC and he couldn't get a job for…


Added by Chris Willis on July 22, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Tom Jenkins for 2nd Vice President

My good friend Tom Jenkins of Rogers Arkansas is running for second VP of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Tom is a really solid Fire Chief, he's devoted to good training, he's committed to ethical leadership and he's just a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a quick look at Tom's history visit his website and maybe send a good word to him about his candidacy. Thanks Bobby

Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief Tom Jenkins has…


Added by Bobby Halton on July 21, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

There is Nothing More Authentic Than Secondhand Praise

As firefighters we have all been to many awards ceremonies, retirement parties, hail and farewell ceremonies and promotional events these are always really important events. It is always refreshing and enjoyable to hear people speak about our mission and one another. But it is so refreshing one every now and then you get a note from someone about someone who really changed their life, when someone speaks candidly about someone who really made a difference. I received one of those notes this…


Added by Bobby Halton on July 21, 2014 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

Failure Builds Character

          How do you perceive failure? I want to encourage you to look at failure for what it is, an opportunity to grown and change. Teach your team how to put failure into perspective. Next time you are in a room full of your peers, look around and pick out the person whose team has achieved the highest level of success. There is a great possibility that you will also be looking at the person in that room who has failed the most.

          You have two choices when you experience…


Added by Frank Viscuso on July 21, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #12 (Fast Shears)

This weeks quick tip refers to what I call "Fast Shears". While working on extrication scenes we all know there is a long list of objects that will need to be cut (seatbelts, various plastic, wiring, wiring boots, weather stripping, patients clothing, etc). Many times they are small and "annoying" objects that don't warrant the psi and time taken using hydraulic cutters. Everyone claims to carry trauma shears or a cutting device, however more often…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 21, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

The Company Officer Balancing Act

Company officers (CO) have many responsibilities. Aside from the emergency scenes, they have nothing less than a balancing act going on in the fire station (or should have).  Our business is all about people, including our own people that we serve internally. We take care of each other like the family that we are. But are CO’s taking care of the needs of their firefighters as best as they can? Sometimes not. The CO is getting the work of the organization done through the firefighters. Most…


Added by Paul Strong on July 21, 2014 at 12:35am — No Comments

To Carry or Not to Carry

Today’s firefighters are equipped with an assortment of hand tools inside their pockets. These tools can save a firefighter from becoming entrapped while working inside a structure fire. We all carry them, some type of linesmen pliers, knives, door chocks, screw drivers, flash light, webbing, rope. These are all common tools that are found in one’s pocket, but how do you know when too much can be an overload? Or what to carry or not to carry? This article can bring some focus on the vast…


Added by Cory Crosbie on July 20, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Are You a Seeker of Opportunities?

Many times we pass on opportunities to train or learn something although many situations lend themselves to doing so. Look for ways to incorporate the situation or circumstance that you are dealing with into a learning moment. The pictures below are of a company training on aerial ops with a candidate operator.

It was a call for an alarm sounding at a medical building after hours. After looking in the windows and doors and seeing no signs of smoke or fire and with the lock box key…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 18, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Be "Fit for Duty"

Be Physically Ready for Duty- Your Daily Fitness Checkoffs.

At the beginning of each and every shift firefighters, EMTs and medic meticulously go through and check their gear (or at least they should be) to make sure that it is ready for the challenges of the day. Our equipment must be functioning properly and our rigs must be fueled and ready to go. The question that I also want you to think about is whether or not your…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 17, 2014 at 10:42pm — No Comments

The Awkward Divide (Leading Requires the First Step)

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The Awkward Divide

We fail as leaders and followers when our own mostly unjustified insecurities defeat us. We see this happen every day yet most fail to act. When you walk into a room of strangers or a stranger approaches in a group setting do you step up and introduce yourself? If not you should strive to do better.

When a…


Added by Frank Ricci on July 15, 2014 at 10:15pm — No Comments

What I did on my summer vacation. "A Homework Assignment"

I know it’s been a while since my last post and yes – for those of you that liked the search posts there are more to come.

I have been working on a few projects that have taken time from me, and will continue to do so for most of the summer. However, I do have an assignment for you.  (Hence the title of the blog.)

School is out.  Where I live, it doesn’t start back till August 28th.  So!  Here is what I want you all to do. “Make a Plan”.  Figure out what you are…


Added by Skip Coleman on July 15, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

Efficiency Breeds Speed

While speed during extrication is often critical, it comes at a high price without efficiency.  We must first learn the tools, develop skills, learn the how’s and why’s, practice teamwork, train, become efficient, with the result being speed of the operation.  Speed is the rate of one’s activity, in this case extrication skills.  Whether at a fire, during an extrication, or on special operations, it takes efficiency and training to foster speed. In referencing the…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments



: a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others

: a special opportunity to do something that…


Added by Shea Chwialkowski on July 14, 2014 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Talking To Myself

If I could sit down with myself as a new officer and talk about what's important to remember, here is what I'd say.  …


Added by Mark vonAppen on July 14, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Continuous Investment

Each and every one of us comes from a different background, specializing in a different area of the greatest profession there is.  We can sit back and visualize what are strengths and weaknesses are, as well as where we would like to eventually end up in our careers.  No matter what part of the country your are from,…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on July 13, 2014 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

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…


Added by Robert Owens on July 12, 2014 at 4:29pm — No Comments

THE CANNONBALL - June Fire Engineering Magazine Commentary

Here's my Fire Engineering June issue cartoon, and to prove that blind luck does exist, here's a just published article from CBS about firefighter obesity.  …


Added by Paul Combs on July 11, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: TX

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 50th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & EMT Daniel Groover has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Houston Fire Department.

Name: Daniel D. Groover  

Rank: Firefighter/EMT

Age: 46

Gender: Male

Status:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on July 11, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KY

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 49th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Robert Glenn "Bud" Webster Sr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Glencoe Fire - Rescue Department.

Name: Robert Glenn “Bud” Webster Sr.  

Rank: Fire Chief 

Age:… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on July 11, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

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