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True Officer Development

Officer development is far more than just attending classes.

To truly develop you must  combine a servant leadership attitude with training, education and professional experiences accompanied by sound leadership…


Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 31, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Check Your Equipment Your Life Depends on it

Every morning since I have been working at my Internship I have become a creature of habit. In the fire service habits can be a bad thing, right? However, not in this case as my life depends on it. When I get down to the bay floor I always check my SCBA first thing. Yeah, so what everyone says, but do you check it like it's your lifeline. I thoroughly check my SCBA every morning such as the mask for cracks , does my regulator flow, and the RIT bag for  every morning…


Added by Trey Foust on July 31, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Overhauling a Training Program Part II

The Overhaul    

     Cultural Change for a Safer Fire Service…it starts with ATTITUDE and TRAINING!  The first step is looking at what is already in place in your department.  If someone has developed something and it is seems to be working, then maybe all it needs is a little…


Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 31, 2015 at 9:56am — No Comments

Leading by Example

The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. - Dwight Eisenhower

Question is are you a leader who leads by example, with strong ethics and morals?'.


Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 31, 2015 at 9:47am — No Comments


Are you tough enough?

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…


Added by Paul Combs on July 31, 2015 at 9:11am — No Comments


How selfless are you? Would you put the needs of others before your own? A true leader thinks of their men and women first, giving them the spotlight of recognition and praise, while accepting the blame when things go wrong. Remember, it's not about you anymore!

Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step…


Added by Paul Combs on July 31, 2015 at 9:08am — No Comments

Inspire Fitness Success through Action




Added by Dan Kerrigan on July 31, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Bring Meaning to Core Values

We can trace core values back to several places. We get them from our upbringings with parents or other family members, from our church, and several others. They are the guiding principles on how and why we make decisions in our lives and in our work. The core values we have in our personal life may not always mirror the same ones we have in our organizations. Often times they are still good values and even carried into our personal lives may still have application and meaning.



Added by Jarrod Sergi on July 30, 2015 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Social Media use in background checks

Scenario: I am a firefighter candidate. During the oral interview, one of the panel members asked me for my user name and password for my social media sites. Can the employer as for that information and for what purpose?

Discussion: With the liberal use of social media sites by millions of users, are social media sites fair game for your employer to search your social media sites for insight into your activities to determine…


Added by John K. Murphy on July 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"So That's What It Sounds Like When Your Heart Breaks"

Stop Being Mean to Mommy

“So that’s what it sounds like when your heart breaks”

She measures barely 40 inches tall, and I have yet to take the training wheels off her bike, but today she made me feel like the child.  My oldest daughter, three years of wisdom to her beautiful name, directed some tough words at me this…


Added by Benjamin Martin on July 29, 2015 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment



I encourage young people to read and study the writings and speeches of Captain Tom Brennan, FDNY, including Brunacini/Brennan Unplugged FDIC 2003 and everything else that you can find.  I did not know Tom Brennan, I wish I had, but I surely liked his style.

Captain Tom Brennan was one who always left the audience with some important take away from his…


Added by Warren Cersley on July 29, 2015 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Rerun - T-Shirt Management

T-Shirt Management (A Hump Day SOS Classic from the Files)

I am always amazed at how many critically important issues there are to manage in the fire department. With any high risk occupation the day is filled with decisions that have long lasting effects. Yet…


Added by David Rhodes on July 29, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

MFA #5: Keeping Up to Date - Where to look when the textbooks are wrong

New information regarding both fire behavior and making fire behave (AKA firefighting) is coming out faster than it can be delivered to the end user: firefighters.  This is due to both the tremendous volume of data and interpretations thereof, as well as the limitations on the ability to effectively process, catalog, and communicate - that is, teach - the new concepts and approaches resulting from the research.  Sorting through the reams of findings already published on the subject of fire…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 29, 2015 at 9:10am — No Comments

Am I My Brotherhood's Keeper?

“Brotherhood is dead.”

I’ve witnessed that same sentence uttered or typed several times in the last few weeks.  It’s out and out poppycock.  Balderdash.  Claptrap.  Malarkey. 

If service and selflessness are the foundation of this profession, then brotherhood is the mortar that holds all the other pieces of our house together.  Without brotherhood, we fall apart.  There are those in the fire service that truly do not appreciate that fact, nor do they care about…


Added by William Knight on July 28, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Fire Jealousy and Keyboard Heroes

This is probably going to piss a few people off, but that is okay. There are "firefighters" out there who are extremely jealous of other firefighters that go to fire. Crazy as it may seem, these people, instead of learning from the guys that go to jobs, have an innate ability to pick out several items that are “wrong” about a department’s operations based on a single photo during a second time frame of an incident. Typical comments include:

  • “You shouldn’t be on that roof”- Yet…

Added by Zach Schleiffer on July 27, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Greatest Gift

I just had an amazing experience. Today a firefighter contacted me on Facebook and asked if I wrote the book Common Valor. I told him I did and he informed me that he was the young victim in one of the stories I had featured in the book. I gave him my number and we had an emotional conversation about the incident and his story. It's a powerful one that I believe every firefighter should know about. Common Valor is no longer in print, but I wanted to share this story with you. Please take the…


Added by Frank Viscuso on July 27, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments


Firefighters, like any superhero worth their cape and cowl, act when called upon without hesitation or protest! They are reliable anytime and anywhere, to do everything within their power to make right that which is wrong. How reliable are you? Do you do your job and duties to best of your ability? Nothing speaks…


Added by Paul Combs on July 27, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #39 (Dash Butterfly)

It’s 4AM and your company is dispatched to an MVC with entrapment. You arrive and find one vehicle against a large tree with the passenger heavily trapped by the dash. Due to the damage, the vehicle cannot be moved from the tree and passenger side access…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 27, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments


How enthusiastic are you about the job? Your duties? Training? Your people? Get excited, folks - this is the greatest calling in the world and we get to be a part of it every day!

Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step Up and Lead is by far one of the best leadership books I’ve had…


Added by Paul Combs on July 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Deputy Chief (FDNY) Paul Mannix Suspended for 50 days. He stood up for our service lets stand up for him

Merit and why it Matters
A Fund has been set up for Paul and his family. My wife and I sent in $100. Even if you can donate $10.00 it all adds up. Paul believes that: Achievement is neither limited nor determined by one's race or politics, but is determined by one's skills, knowledge, abilities, dedication, commitment and…

Added by Frank Ricci on July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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