Being in the fire service, it is inevitable that you will be subjected to grief, loss, and a world of other assorted emotions. It is also likely that in addition to the suffering you will see in the field, you will also experience the same range of emotions from your co-workers.
In the firehouse I work out of, we operate with a small roster of 26 officers and firefighters that share the workload of three (3) separate shifts. Regardless of your time in service or the shift you work, it…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments
My friends at Tailboard Training published a new blog post recently. It’s called Ultrahazardous. Everyone in the fire service should read this short piece…everyone from the department chief to the newest rookie, to every person even considering the pursuit…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Added by Isaac Frazier on February 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
The quality and purpose of your fitness regimen are much more important than quantity.
As firefighters, we can all agree that attaining and maintaining physical and mental fitness is a requirement of our job. If you know me, you know that I push this philosophy, and so should you. But any fitness professional will tell you, training just to train instead of training for purpose will not produce the results you might expect. A couple conversations I've had recently with some…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 11, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
How do you run your 2 1/2" lines?
What types of nozzles?
Pre-connect or static?
What is your preference and why?
This is a valuable weapon when deployed correctly. However, some are of the opinion that it's just to big and heavy to use for an initial attack or with just one person. What are your experiences with handling the big line?…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 2, 2015 at 8:35pm — No Comments
We all know that getting water on the fire as quickly as possible is the best way to avoid bad situations. We also know that some of the best in the business have been confronted with situations beyond their control even after doing all the right things and were forced to make very tough decisions for survival.
Our, (Engine House Training, LLC), class is not an excuse for a lack of training in fundamental…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 2, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments
I was recently asked to speak at the East Brandywine Volunteer Fire Company (Chester County, PA) 2015 Officer Installment ceremony. As Fire Chief John Edwards explained when he first contacted me, what began several years ago as an informal…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 18, 2015 at 10:41pm — No Comments
This week’s “quick tip” seems basic; however, it is incredible how often this quick step is being overlooked. We must get into a habit of turning off the ignition and removing the key on motor vehicle crashes. It is a quick, easy, and often overlooked step.…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on January 7, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments
For those of us who have been around this business for a while, it can be easy at times to look at the rookies and wonder why they don't do it like the way we did when we were coming up. This, being a very broad statement, is nothing new to the old guys thinking they do it better than the young guys (at least in their minds) for each generation that comes through. Technical rescues, an EMS patient, or attacking fires can be accomplished in a multitude of ways and still yield the same…Continue
Added by Paul Strong on December 29, 2014 at 1:28am — No Comments
Firefighters have physically and mentally demanding jobs which means we (as fire rescue athletes) have demanding nutritional needs to match. Unfortunately, research confirms that most are deficient in some essential nutrients. The most common deficiencies are in protein, water (hydration), healthy fatty acids, and the essential vitamins.…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on December 15, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments
Recently, I have been reading articles on this subject with much uneasiness.
In fact; I hesitate to call suicide a “subject”, because for many; suicide is real and has impacted them. It has reached out and grabbed them in some way. It is someone very close to them, someone they know or someone famous, whose career they have followed.
And, are loved ones LEFT to make “sense…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 15, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments
I am working on a research paper, and my topic on how Firefighters are in their own tribe. If you think of when you the firefighter is in a room of people you don't know, it is hard to start up a conversation but if there is another firefighter in the room it is easier to strike up a conversation. My question is what is everyone's opinion on how and why we could consider the firefighting community to be their own tribe?
Added by Brent Blamires on November 13, 2014 at 8:26pm — No Comments
I recently attended the IAFC-VCOS Symposium in Clearwater Beach. It was a tremendous experience filled with great course content, lively discussions and debate about how to move the fire service forward in a unified fashion, and awesome networking with current and future fire service leaders from all across the country. As you might expect, one of the most talked about topics was the ongoing UL/NIST fire behavior research. It’s important stuff, to be sure. In fact, the underlying theme…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on November 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Many years ago I got into a habit of using a stopwatch to time fire and extrication evolutions. At first many thought it was to show how "fast" we were compared to trucks or to test my crew. But after doing it for a while firefighters realized that it wasn't a test at…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on August 18, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments
On April 14th 1912, a screeching sound awakened many on an “unsinkable” ship. This couldn’t be happening! They’d said it was impossible; that the ship was unsinkable. When I think of training, I consistently relate it in many ways to the…Continue
Executive Fire Officer doing an applied research paper on Learning Management Systems for the Fire Service has a simple request . Here is a very short (8 questions) survey on how your department tracks training data. The questions are very basic, so you don’t have to be answering as the training chief/training officer.
If you could take a few minutes now to answer the questions or pass the survey along to your training officer I would greatly appreciate it! This is a request…Continue
Added by Bobby Halton on August 6, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments
Working out on-shift is a major concern, you want to make sure you keep your body in good "fit for duty" condition but also want to make sure you have enough "left in the tank" to respond and perform in an actual response. Over the last couple of years I have…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 4, 2014 at 10:12pm — No Comments