Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

December 2013 Blog Posts (41)

We are the Fire Department and we don’t say no!

Since its inception, the fire service has continually redefined its knowledge base to respond and mitigate any call for service. The fire service is very different from any other public or private agency. We do not have one specialty. We never say, “Sorry you have to call someone else,” when someone dials 911 and asks for help. We respond and solve the problem regardless of what type of event it may be.

Think back to when the haz-mat push hit the fire service. If you told a…

Continue

Added by P.J. Norwood on December 31, 2013 at 3:04pm — No Comments

"What's in you basement?"

The Sunday Preach:



"What is in your basement?"



Answer the question for yourself. Basements can include everything from garden supplies to Grandma. Hopefully not always the case, but many times... BOTH. 



More on basements this coming week...…
Photo
Continue

Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 29, 2013 at 7:53pm — No Comments

"What's in your basement?"

The Sunday Preach:



"What is in your basement?"



Answer the question for yourself. Basements can include everything from garden supplies to Grandma. Hopefully not always the case, but many times... BOTH. 



More on basements this coming week... follow along with us as we discuss it …
Continue

Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 29, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Fire Service Member New Year's Resolutions

Fire Service Members New Year’s Resolutions

From Rookies to Chiefs I have listed some resolutions for us to work on this year:

  • Train to be technically and tactically proficient on alarms, as an individual member and as a team. Train until it becomes habit.

     

  • Train with the nearest firehouse or department in your area. Set up some guidelines and procedures for alarms. The importance of this is having a coordinated…

Continue

Added by Sid Newby on December 28, 2013 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Presenting to Children

Some people dread the thought of speaking to large groups of small children.  Their wiggling bodies and wandering minds are hard to reign in.  Most successful teachers have come to grips with the fact that their job consists of ‘knowledge imparter’ and ‘entertainer’ in equal parts.  Given that fact, there are many factors to consider as you prepare your presentation.…

Continue

Added by Becki White on December 27, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Now is the time to change!

 

Next week many people across this country will make a new years resolution.

 Many gyms will have new customers, the candy isle at the local grocery store will be avoided and the “diet” sections will be buzzing. Many firehouse meals will not look the same as they do this week. 

 As a firefighter you may or may not…

Continue

Added by P.J. Norwood on December 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - The Suspicious Package - Lack of Trust

In most departments this would be considered a suspicious package. The lack of trust between the headquarters staff and line members is one thing that will prevent progress and bog down the grandest of plans. The reception of these packages are not usually in the form of gifts however, any…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on December 26, 2013 at 8:28am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 100th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Police Lieutenant David Lidke has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Hightstown Engine Company #1.

 

David…

Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on December 24, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Rogues

I believe firefighters can be placed into 3 categories in terms of engagement and leadership.  Generally speaking: 

  • 25% believe in (or pretend to believe in)…
Continue

Added by Mark vonAppen on December 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

BAD FROSTY

Yes, yes, I know... this is just wrong. But I couldn't help my twisted self:)



Have a safe and blessed Christmas,…

Continue

Added by Paul Combs on December 23, 2013 at 7:01am — 3 Comments

A tale of 'two stories'

A tale of 'two-stories'



O' to the door, pesky thing... creaking, slamming, perhaps pinching a finger or two at times. It's just a hunk of wood over an opening, or is it? 



Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to the presence, absence and have control of the…

Continue

Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 20, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

THE CREATIVE PROCESS



I receive a lot of emails over the course of a week. Among the onslaught of solicitations and wealthy foreigners who want to share their wealth if I'll just give them my bank account info are legitimate questions about art. The question I receive most…

Continue

Added by Paul Combs on December 20, 2013 at 8:17am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 99th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Joshua Smith has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with both his departments, Swift Creek Rural Fire Department & Cary Fire Department.…

Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on December 20, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 98th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief John Wyman Sr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department.

John J.…

Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on December 19, 2013 at 11:40pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 97th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Joshua Smith has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department.



Joshua T. Smith…



Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on December 19, 2013 at 11:21pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 96th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Jeff Little has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Waycross Fire Department.

Jeff Little…



Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on December 19, 2013 at 11:11pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 95th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Terry Richard Guss Sr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the South Zanesville Fire Department.

Terry Richard "D***"…

Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on December 19, 2013 at 1:43am — No Comments

Blowin' Smoke with Kevin Shea

ModelCityFirefighter.com’s newest article of Blowin’ Smoke features Kevin Shea, a retired firefighter from FDNY. We are very excited about this Blowin’ Smoke article and grateful for the opportunity to interview Shea on the site. I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year in Chicago. He is about as humble as they come and is a wealth of knowledge. We hope you enjoy the interview.

 …

Continue

Added by Andrew Catron on December 18, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Culture Change Challenge: Why Have More Firefighters Died This Way Than in Vacant Buildings?

 

If only there was a way to "sell" it

RhetoricalLessonMainImage

Each and every single firefighter death is a loss not only to those directly connected with the victim but also in this vanilla brotherhood fire service across the nation. Each one should, as rightly expected, be properly mourned and remembered and when applicable have lessons from the tragedy distributed to the rest of us so…

Continue

Added by Bill Carey on December 18, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Why the Quint Works for us; The Driver

Why the Quint Works for us; The Driver

By Lou Comenale and Justin Ientilluci

A couple of posts ago we wrote how the Quint works for our department.  That really was a quick overview of our operations and training using the Quint.  If we were to dive deeper into our operations using the Quint we have to look at each position.  Many people could make an argument for the officer sitting shotgun being the most important personnel on…

Continue

Added by Lou Comenale on December 16, 2013 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Monthly Archives

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2005

1999

Policy Page

CONTRIBUTORS NOTE

Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to www.fireengineering.com/archives.

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton
We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our policy page HERE. -- Bobby Halton

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail peterp@pennwell.com.

FE Talk Radio

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EDT

First-Due Battalion Chief

with

Danny Sheridan

CALL IN AND JOIN THE SHOW

1-877-497-3973 (Toll Free)
or 1-760-454-8852

Check out the schedule of
UPCOMING SHOWS

Ricky Riley, Dan Shaw, Doug Mitchell & Nick Martin

© 2018   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service