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Notes from the Annual International FOOLS Convention

I had the distinct honor, for which I have to admit I am poorly qualified for as compared to most of you, to be the first keynoter at the International FOOLS convention in Seattle this week. It may very well be the most humbling event of my career because of the caliber of men and women which I was asked to address. I am so proud to be a member in good standing of this outstanding organization. Although many, who are…


Added by Bobby Halton on July 12, 2008 at 4:11pm — 4 Comments

" I am a Firefighter"



From the Legends in the Fire…


Added by Todd McKee on July 6, 2008 at 7:07am — No Comments

Pandemic Flu Planning

This is a good site for Pandemic Flu planning.

Added by Robert Rhoades on July 3, 2008 at 7:56am — No Comments

Ohio Hazmat - WMD Awareness Class Manual

The Ohio Hazmat - WMD Awareness Course Manual can be found at

Added by Robert Rhoades on July 3, 2008 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

Hackensack Twenty Years Later July 1

The Hackensack Ford fire which occurred twenty years ago today July 1 1988 still holds many lessons and is a modern landmark fire. For my generation the Hackensack Ford fire was a major learning fire. The practices and procedures of our day were greatly affected by the tragic loss of 5 wonderful men. Captain Williams, Lieutenant Reinhagen, and…

Added by Bobby Halton on July 1, 2008 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Bloomington Fire School

Hey Just wanted to say that I had a great time at Bloomington Fire School. I learned alot and would highly recommend to anyone to go and allow yourself to learn new and ever changing ideas.

Added by Tom Fentress on June 25, 2008 at 3:09pm — No Comments

The Most Important Things You Will Read This Week

The issue of Firefighter Safety and Survival…

Added by Bobby Halton on June 25, 2008 at 9:23am — No Comments

Thirty six years ago today Box 1571 Sounded for a fire in the Hotel Vendome

It is fitting to reflect that 36 years ago the City Boston lost nine men in the line of duty on Commonwealth Ave and Dartmouth Street after a three hour firefight when without warning a sudden collapse took the lives of nine of Bostons bravest. The Vendome Hotel Fire memorial is dedicated to the memories and legacy of those nine Boston members firefighters killed that afternoon Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Lieutenant John E. Hanbury,…


Added by Bobby Halton on June 17, 2008 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

Remember the Fathers, Remember Them All.

Father's Day 2001 Queens New York


I could not let such an important day pass with mentioning two things; first the many fathers who selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice in the finest traditions of our service, who memories we honor as we celebrate all Fathers today. And secondly to the lessons all of us have benefited from having by such incredible men in our lives as all of our Fathers were. I thought that a great way to share with you today would be to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on June 15, 2008 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

FDIC Online presentations archived

Folks, you can still watch the presentations from the first FDIC Online. Just head to and you'll be able to watch the archived classrooms on demand. These presentations will be available until September.

Added by Fire Engineering on June 13, 2008 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Of Chiefs, Training Officers and Consultants

Fire companies using outdated equiptment and being taught outdated training methods is common in the American fire service and it cuts across all departments types and sizes. I have listened to firefighters talk about being unable to affect change within their company or department. These are not style issues. These firefighters are presenting factual data and willing to test their tools against what is currently in use. They are rebuffed at…


Added by Ray McCormack on June 10, 2008 at 10:10pm — 3 Comments

Proper Line Placement

This is an excellent photo of proper line placement. The first line at almost every fire should be positioned so as to cut the spread of fire. I realize that the great temptation is to put water on the fire. However, in this case, more good things will happen if the initial line is stretched between savable victims and the fire - or between savable property and the fire - do one you do both!

Congratulations Northbrook Il. FD…


Added by Skip Coleman on May 29, 2008 at 10:25am — 3 Comments

The Voice Podcast

Hey gang!

We're in full swing on producing "The Voice" on a weekly basis. Steve Pegram is taking over hosting duties and you can find The Voice on the Fire Engineering homepage. Please feel free to give us feedback on topics that instructors want to know more about. If there is something you'd like us to cover, drop us an email or post here. Also, if you are an instructor who is doing something cool, let us know! You might be featured on the program!

Added by International Society of Fire Service Instructors on May 20, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

Fire Officer Development-- Strengthfinders 2.0

Whether you are currently an officer, or aspiring to be one, understanding your strengths and how they apply to your leadership is important. We will spend several weeks delving into the strengths you bring to an organization. Based on the book Strengthfinders 2.0, this informal course is an opportunity to interact and engage your findings from the book. The key is the application. How do you begin to apply what is learned? We will investigate ways to apply the findings to your department. To… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on May 19, 2008 at 1:26pm — No Comments

It does not take much strength to do things, but takes great strength to know what and how to do it.

searching dogs and firemen on the earthquake scene..…


Added by YANG GUOHONG on May 16, 2008 at 7:50am — 2 Comments

The Voice is Back!

The ISFSI is pleased to announce that the Voice has returned. The Voice is now a weekly podcast on Fire The first episode features Fire Engineering Editor-in-Chief Bobby Halton and the 2008 George D. Post, Instructor of the Year Winner, Forest Reeder. You can hear the interviews with Bobby and Forest by going to the podcast section of the FE website. Next week's show will feature Rick Lasky from Lewisville, TX and Indiana Instructors Association President Chad Abel.… Continue

Added by International Society of Fire Service Instructors on May 13, 2008 at 6:01am — No Comments

The Whole is Greater than the parts.

For many of us the "real world" is not having enough firefighters on duty to safely do the job(s) placed upon us. So much emphasis is placed upon EMS that other parts of our job are suffering. Now, don't get me wrong, a well trained and equipped fire department paramedic is as good as any out there, but making a guy go to a paramedic school in order to get on the job leads to some difficult situations. Of course that is another blog. The rumors and talks of a regional fire department is coming… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on May 10, 2008 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

On the FE site: Important NIOSH report, Quick vote...

Be sure to read the recently released NIOSH report on certain types of aerials by clicking here: The report concerns safety issues with aerial ladder trucks with locking (pin-anchored, lever actuated, clamped) waterways.

Also, we're always looking for new Quick Vote questions to post on the homepage of the Fire Engineering site. Quick Votes are those poll…


Added by Fire Engineering on May 9, 2008 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

Duneland Fire School

Hey Everybody,

Just wanted to talk about Duneland Fire School (Chesterton, IN). I wanted to give some much needed praise to my instructor for my Fire Officer 1 class. Scott Chasteen, chief of Greensburg Fire Dept (Greensburg IN) taught my class in a professional manner. I felt that he got this class handed to him last minute and probably didn't get all the information from Duneland Fire School. Scott made the best of it. He made sure that we all had the material, including the practical… Continue

Added by Tom Fentress on April 28, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The ISFSI is back!

Hey gang! I thought I'd offer a little update on the ISFSI. I was sworn in as president at FDIC a few weeks ago and WOW, what whirlwind it's been! We have a lot going on at the Society and could sure use everyone's help. I'm very lucky as President that I have such a talented Board of Directors! The guys and gals on the board have a lot of experience and passion for the job. I can't wait to see what we're able to accomplish to improve firefighter safety!

I have to say a big THANK YOU… Continue

Added by Eddie Buchanan on April 28, 2008 at 8:09pm — 2 Comments

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