Once again we are seeing a push by some to devalue fire service “experience” while inflating presumptions from the recent UL interior attack study. They would prefer we dismiss years of fire ground learning for data we do not yet have on limited experiments. Is this really a worthwhile debate…Continue
Added by Samuel Hittle on March 30, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Everything we do revolves around this fairly new concept for the fire service. Even keeping the fire in the room of origin is risk reduction. The National Fire Academy developed an entire curriculum and delivers it across the board from a two day state weekend program to the Managing Officer program to the Executive Fire Officer program. There must be something to it if they are pushing it out at all levels.
I recently attended the Connecticut Fire Officer’s Weekend at the…Continue
Added by RON KANTERMAN on March 29, 2016 at 12:49pm — No Comments
Hitting the books is as important as wearing the suits. Something that's easy to forget at times for us HazMat techs, and something I was embarrassingly reminded of during a recent department training. Who says I don't slap my own hand with these cartoons?!
Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2016 at 8:46am — No Comments
The Sunday Preach
What's in your basket?
Happy Easter to all our friends and followers. I can imagine that today many of you witnessed a similar scenario such as seen in the picture, of the 'overflowing basket of eggs.'
As firefighters and fire officers we must avoid the tendency to become over reliant in the status quo and finding ourselves overly comfortable in operations that are routinely…
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 27, 2016 at 7:54pm — No Comments
While attending a recent training seminar the presenter, a well respected, seasoned veteran of the fire service made a statement that I seem to hear a lot lately, “the fire service sure has changed from when I first started thirty years go! Where has all the brotherhood and pride gone”. Now, many are quick to blame the “newer generations” of firefighter’s, but talk with any retired firefighter and they’ll tell you that “these new generation of firefighters” have been “ruining” the fire…Continue
Added by David Topczynski on March 27, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
A quick search of "ground ladders" on YouTube will pull up dozens of videos showing how to deploy a ladder using any number of methods. Some videos look like they came right out of the academy textbook, some are a bit more non-conventional, and others still show a single firefighter throwing a ladder with so little effort, the ladder might as well have been a paper…Continue
Here is a video of a recent FREE webinar about five common mistakes that new fire officers tend make. These are by no means exclusive, but from my experience are committed by many new officers.
-Don't try to change the world
-Don't have an authority complex
-Don't be a quitter
-Don't avoid discipline
I would welcome others that you might think of or have seen frequently.…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 25, 2016 at 5:47pm — No Comments
Think Before You Type
I love technology. I have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and I post photos to Instagram. I enjoy reading fire service articles, exchanging tweets with firefighters from across the nation, and like many of you, I look at tons of fire scene photos and video clips. Sometimes I see things that make me cringe, sometimes I see things that make…Continue
Added by Joseph Kitchen on March 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
We can't all fight the volume of fires that some of the larger cities do, and if you don't, please don't act like you do! Some of the best instructors I've ever had the pleasure of meeting are volunteer/part-paid or work full-time in smaller departments - and they teach excellent classes despite not having a…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on March 24, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments
This week our local fire community has a very heavy heart. Sunday, March 20, 2016, the Conway Fire Department suffered an LODD. Firefighter Christopher Gene Ray was killed in an apparatus related incident. This took place in the early stages of a structure fire in the Conway fire district.
Even after 27 years of Fire and EMS I cannot imagine how Chris’s family feels this morning. I understand the void that the…Continue
Added by Chris Battlo on March 23, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves ~Lao Tzu
Recently, a close friend and fire service brother posted an old picture of me on social media. I was a young assistant chief acting as the operations officer on a residential structure fire. When I saw the picture, I thought, “Where in the world did he come up with that…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on March 22, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
The definition of the popular idiom, judge, jury and executioner, as told by Alea Roach is “if someone is said to be the judge, jury, and executioner, it means they are in charge of every decision made, and they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose.” It seems that fire service is full of those who serve in the role of judge, jury and executioner via social media when it comes to tactics, fire scene videos, radio traffic, etc. They brag about all the fires they go to and how…Continue
Added by Brian Kazmierzak on March 20, 2016 at 5:19pm — No Comments
The chirp (or beep, honk, etc) indicating a low battery charge on your portable radio is annoying enough when we're not operating on a call. Add an incident where you need your portable radio to relay important information, and it becomes a disconcerting reminder that you have a finite amount of transmitting and receiving before it becomes dead weight.
You can minimize the…Continue
Added by Samuel Villani, III on March 20, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments
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Added by Chris Willis on March 18, 2016 at 12:43pm — No Comments
You walk into a department store and pick up that brightly colored shirt you've been looking for all over town. However, on the rack you notice a sign that reads Caution: Clothing Contains Known Carcinogens. Would you still buy the shirt? Would you wear it proudly and post a selfie posing…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on March 17, 2016 at 3:33pm — No Comments
The Man in the Box
Our firehouse quartered a two piece engine company, a truck company with a senior aerial and a Tactical Squad, which was designated as a compliment to firefighting staffing with the additional specialty of water rescue. There were fifteen of us on duty every day and each one of us knew what our job was before the bell rang.
There was no question about our…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on March 17, 2016 at 2:16pm — No Comments
I recently went to the UL-FSRI visitors day. The goal was to see what they were about and to find my own answers straight from them. You see I don't own a training company, I am not on any type of panels, but what I am and so was the rest of the firefighters that were there, we are students of the craft. We had the same goal and that was to gain knowledge and I believe that is exactly what happened.
The day started with what tests are going to be conducted,…Continue