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Upper/Lower Duplex search

Your company is assigned to Search. The first in Engine Company has already stretched a line in through the front door on the A/B corner and heading up stairs.   One firefighter of that crew is assigned to “Door Control” until the fire is located and darkened.  So we have two firefighters on Division 2 with a hoseline (the remainder of the first in Engine Company).  Their focus is on darkening the fire.

Again, you are assigned search.  Staffing is whatever your crew would be staffed…


Added by Skip Coleman on October 20, 2014 at 10:57am — 5 Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #20 (Displace IT!)

Many times extrication training consists of popping a door or completing a dash lift on non-damaged vehicles. One method that has really added…


Added by Isaac Frazier on October 20, 2014 at 6:58am — No Comments

6 Minute Abs for the Fire Service

Just the other day I was sitting here at work and was part of a short conversation on a theory of why the fire service is the way it is. You know us firefighters; we will sit around the galley table and solve everything. Doesn’t matter if its fire service specific or how to fix the economy, run the presidency, or the way we would deal with the Ebola situation. In this case in particular it was about how the fire service is plagued with firefighters who are always trying to come up with the…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on October 20, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments


The Sunday Preach:


My house is loaded with stickers... they are literally littered everywhere. If you have young children, you know exactly what I mean. "Sticker charts" & "graphs" noting progress in manners, schoolwork and chor…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on October 19, 2014 at 11:29am — No Comments

Recognizing Trends and the need for a change in Response

           Take a trip with me for a minute……Beep beep beep beep: “Attn: Fire Dept, Working structure fire 555 W 555 N.  Caller advised flames visible”.  This is what you hear out of your pager.  You race to the fire station.  As you run in, you see 5 other members putting on their PPE.  Your response guideline says 1st two trucks out the door are Engine 1 and Engine 2 with the 3rd being a water tender.  3 of you jump in Engine 1 and the other 3 jump in Engine 2 and…


Added by Mike Alt on October 17, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

The Middle Child of the Fire Service

If you are a middle child in a typical family, you are likely to be subject to the following in regards to your older and younger siblings: you don’t get the responsibility or freedom that your older sibling gets, nor do you get the chance to stay home and watch your younger brother or sister when mom or dad leaves unless it’s a quick trip to the store. 

On the other side, you don’t get the extra attention…


Added by Todd Ungar on October 15, 2014 at 12:31pm — No Comments


I wanted to thank everyone for the excellent feedback on my last blog on weak fire chief's. I had hundreds of great replies and greatly appreciated all of them. I was asked by many of you to expand on this topic to the fire service in general and the first topic that came to mind was Ego's!

We all have them, at times it might help us build our low self - esteem, give us a boost when we need it most. But as we all know, there is a flip side to this coin. How often in today's world,…


Added by Mark Munroe on October 15, 2014 at 11:36am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Ebola Safety Logic


I’ve heard recently that we have nothing to fear as responders when heading out to a person sick or in a few cases even being dispatched to…


Added by David Rhodes on October 15, 2014 at 11:27am — No Comments

For the Prospective Fire Officer: Prepare

I started a new video series and am presenting a new class at FDIC 2015 called "10 Commandments for the Company Officer: A Guide for Success off the Fireground." The class touches on 10 things for the new company officer to consider for success in the firehouse and dealing with his members.

In the first section, or the "1st Commandment" we discuss preparation. Without getting to long in a blog post, there are some very basic steps that one…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 14, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Lead from the Back

We all know who they are.  They dismount the engine, grab their tools, grab the nozzle, and stretch the line to perfection with the confidence we all strive for.  The officers on scene take notice and all agree: “That person is going to be a great leader someday”.  No disrespect to the seasoned officer onlookers, but someday?

Being a leader is generally something we all want.  We all want to be that company officer everyone wants to work for, that battalion chief we love talking to,…


Added by Joey Allen on October 14, 2014 at 7:22am — No Comments

Make Time

You’ve heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”  It rings true.  If you want to be the best, then you need to try your best.  You need to be all in.  There is no ‘part way.’  There’s no quick-fix, juicing diet plan that will help catapult you to that status.  It’s sweat, hours and commitment. …


Added by Becki White on October 13, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Lonely Place...Revitalized

You as a human being can only take so much abuse or ineptitude from leadership (or lack thereof), before members of the organization begin to look elsewhere.  It is very disturbing to work in a fire department that is lonely.  You are probably asking yourself, what is he talking about "lonely".  Lonely fire departments lack quality leadership who show care for their members and the organization.  As with any organization, you do not need to hold a title or position to be a leader, but you…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on October 13, 2014 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Mayday Monday - The Radio Call

In reviewing all the procedures and policies related to Mayday incidents, we have to remember the actual call itself from the trapped or lost firefighter. Does your department have a standard information set that needs to be transmitted out to the Incident Commander or the dispatch…


Added by Richard Riley on October 13, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

And now you know, the rest of the story......As all firefighters should !!!

While conducting a class recently at a state fire expo I asked the room of fifty or so firefighters if any of them knew what happened in the fire service on October 17th, 1966 and the lessoned learned. As I looked over their faces I could definitely tell they had no idea, many simply starred at me and waited for me to answer, there was however one attendee who knew the answer and it was because he was writing a paper on building…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on October 13, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Situational Awareness for the Leader

By Chris Langlois

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four, calling the tail a leg does not make it a leg”.- Abraham Lincoln.

            On the…


Added by Chris Langlois on October 11, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Building Leaders for the Fire Service - Part 2...........By Dan Shaw

Last post we discussed the process of orientation for leadership development, which was essentially relying upon operational manuals or standard operating procedures as the foundation for leadership. While these documents may be necessary for building the knowledge for rank and position (remember leadership is not a given with rank!), it is not a process for developing leaders of people.  This process does more to build effective managers and not leaders who must motivate and cultivate…


Added by Dan Shaw on October 10, 2014 at 8:58pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 67th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Cal Fire Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt 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 CAL FIRE.…


Added by Brad Hoff on October 9, 2014 at 5:31pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 66th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Kevin Bell 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 Hartford Fire Department. …


Added by Brad Hoff on October 9, 2014 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Second Due with First Due Eyes

As a late arriving officer there are some things that need to be done before just heading inside for the sake of heading inside. As I always mention, follow your departments guidelines and assignments.

In particular, as second due there are some things that I like to specifically do in concert with my assignment. If my assignment is water supply, I ensure that that task is successfully completed. In addition to my assignment, here is a list of additional tasks that I like to complete…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 9, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

The Disappearing Chief

" Hey Chief, I just punched Firefighter Smith in the face because I didnt like the way he looked at me" Chief - "Ok, well try not to do it again". "Chief, I got caught driving DUI again and lost my License this time for 60 years" Chief - " Ok, well try and do better"  "Chief, although you received a medal for saving the whole town and everyone under the sun thinks you did an outstanding job, I think you are the worst because you didn't take my advice and let me do what I wanted to do at that…


Added by Mark Munroe on October 9, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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