Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step Up and Lead is by far one of the best leadership books I’ve had the privilege of reading (twice). So much so, that I’ve asked him to collaborate with me on a project where I will take his LEADERS TEACH acronym and explore each topic as an editorial cartoon. In the coming months,…
Added by Paul Combs on January 30, 2015 at 4:53pm — No Comments
It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 5th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Leslie "Les" W. Fryman 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 Rosendale Volunteer Fire Department.
Leslie "Les" W.…Continue
Added by Brad Hoff on January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 4th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Clifford “Cliff” Sanders 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 Caney Volunteer Fire Department.
Added by Brad Hoff on January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
From time to time, hazards that we may have previously recognized as low-frequency encounters become something we are much more likely to face on a fire or other emergency response. Technology or culture evolves. A particular process or type of equipment becomes more prevalent in society. And we get to deal with that.
While the particular changes or improvements may be deemed to make life easier, cheaper, or otherwise more efficient or friendly for society — new hazards may manifest,…Continue
Added by Ben Peetz on January 29, 2015 at 11:03am — No Comments
Who’s Gonna’ Fill Their Shoes
In 1985 the late great George Jones…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on January 28, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments
ZU ZU MAN
“When I glance in the mirror of my career success and leadership, the reflection I see always has me standing behind those I could trust and those who trusted me.” Me
When I write and speak about leadership, motivation, teamwork and organizational success the discussion usually moves quickly to trust. When I ask “What is right”and“What needs attention” I often…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on January 27, 2015 at 2:48pm — No Comments
Placing a ladder during an incident is not the time to wish you would’ve trained more on ladders! It’s a simple tool, but one of the most important tools on your rig. So many tactical and safety factors are based on you being proficient with this large, heavy, and cumbersome piece of equipment. In fact, the…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on January 27, 2015 at 10:10am — No Comments
The fire service is full of debates and animated conversations the same way it was long before we all started riding the big shiny trucks. Many of these debates will outlast all of us. Some of these debates will be put to bed but new ones will emerge. This is all part of a cycle where we learn new things and then begin to apply them to the changing fireground.
Sean Gray and I have been accused of creating a divide between the “sides” of fire attack. This blog is not being written to…Continue
I recently sat down and had coffee with a probationary firefighter to set him up with a training officer and discuss our expectations for the coming year. During this conversation I was hit by a question that’s been haunting my subconscious for years. I began the meeting by asking our new Probie a few boiler plate questions: “What did you do before you decided to become a firefighter? Any related experience? Do…Continue
Added by Jed Hyland on January 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
When it comes to facilities handling molten steel and similar substances, firefighters must understand the implications of adding water during any fire suppression activities.
While the event described here was not directly related to an emergency response, this is an excellent example of what can result when water comes in contact with a high-temperature, high-density substance — which in turn, flash boils the water into a massive…
Added by Ben Peetz on January 27, 2015 at 8:15am — No Comments
I am 100% on board with the concept of SOP’s and SOG’s, so please don’t misinterpret this message. I also believe that in the absence of rules, people make their own. In a structured and dangerous profession like ours it’s important to have rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Its equally important that we train on our procedures and create muscle memory so that we can improve our chances of success and reduce the amount of unnecessary decisions…Continue
Ronnie W. Peek…Continue
Added by Brad Hoff on January 26, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments
Many fire departments around the United States have problems. Let’s face it, times got tough and the fire service felt it. Many underlying issues are starting to show on how bad the fire service was affected. Pay, staffing issues, apparatus shut downs, station closures, and inexperience are some of the major issues that we are facing in today’s fire departments. One of the biggest issues that I feel we tend to overlook is communication. Communication makes the fire department…Continue
Added by Cory Crosbie on January 25, 2015 at 4:19pm — No Comments
I posted a status with some images to my Facebook page, First-In FireFighter, yesterday. It was a simple post that eventually reached over 6700 people within a few hours and all I stated is that I was making some more door chocks, but not the wooden kind. …Continue
Added by Chad Menard on January 25, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments
The fire occurs on a Sunday morning at 6:45 am. The house is 3800 sq. ft. and had four bedrooms. One on Division 1 and three on Division 2. Your crew is assigned Search. There is 1 hose line stretched to the front door at the time you are assigned by the first arriving engine.
How would you conduct your search?
Type of search
Where would you start? Division 1, 2 or basement!
How would you and…Continue
It has been quite a few years since I have graduated college with a degree in building construction design. As I was growing up, I was always swinging a hammer high up on the roof trusses. Little did I know, how valuable the knowledge and experience on building construction materials, elements, and structural members would so relevant to my life long dream of firefighting. So many debates on lightweight construction and the hazards we face on the simplest run, make you wonder what reaction…Continue
Added by Jeremy Rebok on January 22, 2015 at 3:07pm — No Comments
As already eluded to by several others, we have recognized that a small percentage of firefighters killed in the line of duty were engaged in fire attack (interior and wildland) or other suppression operations. From 2005-2012, 384 or 48.5% of firefighters died due to heart attack or stress/overexertion. On the other hand, 95 or 12% died as a result of asphyxiation, burns, collapse or trauma. 2013 and 2014 had similar percentages. The current state of the fire service has a heavy emphasis on…Continue
Added by Andrew Zysk on January 22, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments
Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)
Several years ago Chief Brunacini unveiled the Phoenix Fire Department mission statement: "Prevent Harm, Survive, Be Nice." The idea of firefighters being nice is not…Continue
Added by Joe Kitchen on January 22, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
You Can’t Change People
Why is it that some individuals in authority think they are responsible for changing people? Is this a good or bad thing?…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on January 21, 2015 at 1:57pm — No Comments
RANDOM THOUGHTS ON PROMOTION
The teletypes would start to click and in all fire houses across the city and the watch person would announce that the results of the written portion of the promotional process had come out. Interested members would move to the desk to see the results. How did I do, how did my friends do, who is moving on to the assessment center…Continue