Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Adapting Innovative Techniques to the Needs of your Department
Take a look around the fire service and you will find that many of our operational guidelines, practices, and equipment all have roots in other areas outside of firefighting. Things like our command Structure, breathing apparatus, and vent saws were all around…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on January 16, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Today, January 16, 2017, is the day set aside to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the powerful change that he helped bring about in this country. We often think of leaders as those in a position of authority, or holding a title or rank and possessing official power to enact their wishes or create change by issuing orders or writing policy. Dr. King had none of this. He had no official authority or power. Leadership has nothing to do with title, position…Continue
Added by Chris Langlois on January 16, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments
Continuing with our examination of MFA tactics as additional “tools in the toolbox” for the control of structure fires, today’s post will consider the issue of ignoring viable options. This topic is pertinent to every fire department because, thanks to the hard work of the ISFSI, UL, and many others in developing and distributing information about improvements to firefighting inspired by fire dynamics research, and the fact that these changes are merely modifications of traditional tactics…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on January 16, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments
It’s 0400, and the alarm goes off. The synapses crackle to life. Adrenaline, rushing through your brain. The amygdala fires off and muscle memory takes over. It’s a blur as you rise to wakefulness and body your way through the hall to the ready room and from there, the crew carrier, the engine, or the ambulance. This is the life of the first responder. One moment, dead asleep, exhausted. The next, firing on all cylinders, your mind racing, reviewing your SOP’s internally. The teeth clench,…Continue
Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on January 16, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments
A pendulum swings to the extreme far right and to the extreme far left, and in the fire service, as in politics, common sense is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately there is so much divisive chatter going on that it feels as if common sense is an ugly four-armed green-headed alien stepchild. Quiet the…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on January 13, 2017 at 11:04am — No Comments
Note: This is the second in a planned series of blogs using the "tools in the toolbox” model to explore the many facets of the profound changes inspired by ongoing fire dynamics research. As discussed in my first post in this format, I am a big fan of viewing MFA tactics as additional “options” to use for controlling fires in structures. Besides being non-threatening and accurate, it allows me to break down the various components into more manageable, blog-sized,…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on January 13, 2017 at 7:11am — No Comments
PLAYING DRESS UP
While participating in a leadership open forum recently, a fellow panel member told the story of a seminar speaker who engaged him about the responsibilities of his job. After rejecting everything that my friend described as his job as being secondary, the speaker told him that his one job, his sole purpose, was to make the Fire Chief of his department look…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on January 11, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments
Note: With the dawn of a new year, I'm determined to become a better blogger. The Modern Fire Attack series has been running as a self-posted blog for about a year and a half now, and I have simultaneously, though less often, been submitting more general fire service articles under the title of my old column "From the Jumpseat". Other than the topics, the size of the two (and the effort I put in to them) are roughly the same. Having long ago begun writing for emergency…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on January 10, 2017 at 12:02pm — No Comments
When conducting a primary search, the Officer must take several things into consideration very quickly:
While en-route to the call you need to monitor the radio. Listen to where the fire is located. Know the type of structure and occupancy you are responding too. As you arrive on the scene, look at as many sides of the building…Continue
Added by David Polikoff on January 10, 2017 at 8:33am — No Comments
Added by AB Turenne on January 10, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments
The purpose of the contest is to motivate Firefighters, EMTs and Medics to change the…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 10, 2017 at 8:21am — No Comments
For as long as I can remember I have heard people say, as a person in a leadership position you are not supposed to play favorites. That by doing this it causes distrust and damages your credibility. Not only that, it is an unfair way to lead. I will agree to an extent. I think there is a fine line we have to walk when it comes to playing favorites with the firefighters in our stations.
So, do I play favorites? I sure do! My favorites are the ones that…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on January 7, 2017 at 7:20pm — No Comments
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Sean Gray and I had the privilege to be guests on Capt. Mike Gagliano’s and Capt. Mike Dugan’s Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show. Sean and I are grateful and humbled by this opportunity and want to encourage you to listen to the archived show.
To help encourage you we wanted to give you an idea the topics we discussed.
Added by P.J. Norwood on January 6, 2017 at 9:49pm — No Comments
We were doing truck checks this past Tuesday like we always do. This is the day that we do the bay floors, check our saws, tune everything up, run all fans, extrication tools, and all that good stuff. I was on Engine 1 for the tour and we had already ran all of our equipment and before I went over to ask the Heavy Rescue or Ladder dudes what they had left to run I checked my nozzles. It’s not uncommon for me to walk around each shift and check the nozzles and hose loads from previous shifts…Continue
Added by Chad Menard on January 6, 2017 at 1:23pm — No Comments
Do you have the capability to listen to the police on your radios? You can glean crucial information from the police. Have you ever been dispatched on a call for a sick person that ended up to be a person that is having a mental crisis and ultimately required police intervention? There are times we are dispatched to assist the police, but you are giving very limited information. By monitoring the police channel you can get the missing information. There are call that may require the fire…Continue
Added by David Polikoff on January 6, 2017 at 8:19am — No Comments
You Can Make a Dent
Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)
Have you ever felt as if your department was so broken that its problems could not be fixed? Or, have you ever felt like there were so many issues with the fire service in general, that nothing you…Continue
Added by Joseph Kitchen on January 3, 2017 at 12:31pm — No Comments
I want to talk about…. what is brotherhood? Plain and simple. Brotherhood is treating others like family. In a family, sometimes you're there to prepare people and make them better. Sometimes you've got to be hard on them. Sometimes you just need to be there for them. I think a lot of that gets lost. Sometimes people think it's not their job. We're just co-workers and I think that's the wrong attitude because not everyone grows up the same.
Some of you…Continue
Added by John Lovato Jr on January 3, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
The dispatch speakers in the fire house have a volume control. All the speakers in the fire house should be set at a level that they can be heard at all times. Giving the excuse, “if they need us they will dispatch us” is a lazy excuse. Situational awareness applies to all and it is important to know what is going on in the county at all times. Major incidents that you are not due on may impact the next call you are due on. Aggressive companies will know if they are next up if a fire…Continue
Added by David Polikoff on January 3, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments
Firefighters represent a lot of things in the public imagination. Words like “courage,” “selflessness,” “integrity” and “reliability” spring to mind. But there is a darker side to fire culture as well - a system of thought that can sometimes shatter families and lead promising firefighters to an early grave.
Ask any seasoned firefighter whether firefighters drink more than average, and you’re likely to…Continue
Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on January 2, 2017 at 1:32pm — No Comments
Do you remember when the tones dropped and them pagers went off? The volunteers dropped what they were doing and rushed to the station to get the fire trucks out. Unfortunately, that changes a little more year by year, Fire Departments across the US faces multiple challenges, some are from within the structure of the fire department to include its Municipal Leaders or Board of Directors.
One of the most significant…Continue
Added by Jeremy Perrien on January 1, 2017 at 4:12pm — No Comments