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It's that time of year again! Time to train, learn, laugh, hug, and bask in the brotherhood that is FDIC International! This is my Christmas, New Year's Day, and Easter all rolled into one... and I personally can't wait. 

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Looking forward to…


Added by Paul Combs on April 20, 2018 at 9:10am — No Comments

Truck Ops Part 2 --Engine House Training with Guests

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This episode discusses the transitioning from an engine or other company to the truck company.  Your panel discusses the…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 19, 2018 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Common Valor: Lessons Learned

Click here to read more about this book. 

Here is an excerpt from my newly released book, "Common Valor: True Stories…


Added by Frank Viscuso on April 19, 2018 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Words Matter

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” in a response to a schoolyard taunt containing hurtful words many of us have probably used when verbally assaulted by the schoolyard bully. That reasoning is generally untrue as words do hurt and I am sure that you were hurt when the bully made fun of your race, clothing, religion or some other verbal and possibly physical assault against you.

In an era of social media, seemingly insensitive comments…


Added by John K. Murphy on April 16, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Operational Risk Management: How To Make Good, Defendable Decisions On The Fly

Standard operating procedures (SOPs), rules and regulations, departmental orders, and other policies and training procedures serve as the basis for operational risk management and the decision-making process that occurs within fire departments. These guidelines are established for events which can be identified in advance, for example, having procedures in place that address when an employee is late for work, identify company response assignments, or to identify the steps to take when…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on April 16, 2018 at 11:20am — No Comments

CRAZY LABELS: What would your shirt say?

I'm Doing My Best Not To Slug You Right Now

A little over a decade ago, I was sitting in a college lecture hall flipping through the pages of a text that had just been introduced to the class. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a tool published by the American Psychiatric Association (AP…


Added by Scott Ferguson on April 15, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

An Old Pick-up Truck and a Hound Dog

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s quote seems acutely applicable to our extended fire service families.  It takes a little pain to determine who will stand next you; who will shed a tear with you; who will dig in their pockets for you; who will go to bat for you; or, sometimes, who will hold you…


Added by Scott Ferguson on April 5, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Water Rules - Summaries of the recent UL studies Part 2 - Air Entrainment

Continuing this series of reviews of the UL’s Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival, having previously reviewed the results of Water Mapping (, this installment will cover Air Entrainment (…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on April 4, 2018 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Engine House Training Podcast-35--Truck Ops Introduction



Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 3, 2018 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Basement Fires Part 2

Photo by CDC

Part 2 of basement fires will branch out to cellars and basements in commercial taxpayers, garden apartments, brownstones, rowhomes, and structures on slopes and hills. For part 1, click here.

Obviously, there are some similarities between residential and…


Added by Brian D Butler on March 31, 2018 at 12:34pm — No Comments

When the Final Season is About to End

ESPN reflects on the life of professional baseball player, Ichiro Suzuki; and how his time in the big leagues has come to define more than his legacy as an athlete; it has become an escape that may soon fade away.


Last week, I spent some time dragging on a good cigar outside a small establishment where there were an number of people striding up and down the street looking for a burger, beer, and a NCAA tournament game to celebrate the end of a good…


Added by Scott Ferguson on March 29, 2018 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Water Rules - Summaries of the recent UL studies Part 1 - Water Mapping

The nozzle is the fire service’s iconic and essential tool, like the rifle to the soldier, the hammer to the carpenter, or the knife to the chef. While we have many other tools, and vital roles that don’t even involve water, when on the fireground most of them support or depend upon use of this appliance. Forcible entry clears its way, and ventilation clears its results. The protection of life and property relies on its expert use, and salvage protects the building and contents from the…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on March 28, 2018 at 6:49am — No Comments

Tragic Week In The Fire Service

It doesn’t matter if you are active or retired, career or volunteer, instructor or student.

“When one hurts. We all hurt. That’s who we are.” - Ryan Pennington…


Added by Christopher Baker on March 27, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Bridging the Gap

“Bridging the Gap”

Today’s Fire Service is made up of a multitude of leaders. Those leaders are made up of people from different ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and generations. The majority of the Generations span from “Generation-X” to “Millennials”. These brave men and women bring different lifestyles and experience to the table. Some however share different thoughts about the others. If you listen to different podcasts or read different articles some Gen-Xers believe…


Added by Duon Ladner on March 26, 2018 at 4:34pm — No Comments

What The Fire Service Could Learn From The Grateful Dead’s Business Practices

What The Fire Service Could Learn From The Grateful Dead’s Business Practices

Successful fire service operational performance is based on sound…


Added by Anthony Correia on March 26, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Basement Fires


Added by Brian D Butler on March 25, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Journal Entry #50: Safety & Health Systems

The inventor, thinker, genius, mathematician and smart guy, Albert Einstein once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” We worked the same way for a long time (282 years or so) and our injuries and LODD’s became part of life. However, it seems we’re on our way to better days. Changing the way 1 million firefighters think and behave is not an easy task. What most of us who have been around for a few minutes talk about,…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on March 23, 2018 at 1:19pm — No Comments


What is leadership? What does it look like? What does it walk like... sound like? For most of us, we know a good leader when we meet them. They have a certain magnetism and charisma that just makes people gravitate toward them, and if they're true and deserving, we follow - not blindly, but willingly. My…


Added by Paul Combs on March 22, 2018 at 4:01pm — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Episode 1761

Building the Unbreakable Future Firefighter

“If you quit you will regret it for the rest…


Added by Christopher Baker on March 16, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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