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LODD's On or Near Father's Day: Never Forget

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 22, 2017 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Commanding the Mayday: Part 1

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Nothing can be so chaotic as a firefighter in trouble that calls a Mayday.  The fire service spends a lot of time and resources in training firefighters and task level officers in techniques and methods for calling a Mayday and surviving those situations---as it should be!  However, there has been little developed and created…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 15, 2017 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Considerations for the QUINT Company Officer

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There has been a lot written, taught, debated and lectured on in regards to fire apparatus that fall under the definition of a quint.  If you look it up, there are several definitions of what a quint is and should be to be considered so, but it boils down to a very simple description.  The technical idea of a quint is that it must do five things, however, if you look at NFPA 1901, it lists well more than five functions.

My idea of a quint is more simplistic…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 28, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

Want to Get Promoted? Be First at the Right Things

Getting promoted is more than just passing a test and performing well in an interview.

I was lucky to have some great officers and leaders influence my career path in the fire service, in business and in life. They were always offering sound advice and sharing their experiences. Some I heeded right away and others I had to learn the hard way over time due to my stubbornness.  Either way, their words and actions provided me a template to use to work to be the best I can be and…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 23, 2016 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Leaders Build Teams

Building Teams for Leaders: It's the Basics

Any leader that is successful understands that he cannot do it alone. The good leaders are well prepared and adept at building teams, especially building teams with future leaders. Just one of the definitions of leadership states that leaders have the ability to get others to do things they might not do on their. I would add that leaders get others to do things they normally would not do, not because they have to, but…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 22, 2016 at 8:26am — No Comments

Ladder Rescues--Training was the Key

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“What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”

We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be considered cliché because it is mentioned so often. But, without a doubt and with no debate, it is true!

On July 20, 2016 my department responded to a report of smoke in…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 22, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

With or Without the Hose Line?

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In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 15, 2016 at 6:22pm — No Comments

What is Aggessive?

First, let me say that this post has nothing to do with the debate about interior versus exterior, so if you're trolling for something like that, just move along. No, this is one post in a string of future posts that will address some situations I've recently seen regarding aggressiveness and the lack of on the fire ground and in our daily activities at the firehouse.



Aggressiveness was first introduced to me at an early age when I began playing basketball. Our high system was built… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Don't Discount the Can

As a young firefighter at my first career job, I had a captain that made us take a can on just about every type of alarm. Fire alarm--take the can. Odor of smoke--take the can. The list goes on and it became a habit for us to grab the can. During my time there (it's not a real busy place) I never had the opportunity to see what it can do.



It wasn't until I moved on that I became more interested in the water can (extinguisher) that I became a full convert and believer in the…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 25, 2016 at 9:35am — No Comments

5 Common Mistakes New Fire Officer Make: Video and Podcast

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 micromanage

-Don't be a quitter

-Don't avoid discipline

I would welcome others that you might think of or have seen frequently.…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 25, 2016 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Basics of Bailout:Podcast

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Bailout is a last option for us when things go bad. We can do all of the right things and still find ourselves in trouble. It doesn't and won't happen often when we train and operate in standard manners, but we have to be prepared.

This podcast discusses some basic concepts that we at Engine House Training, LLC teach and believe in regarding firefighter bailout.  I have a also attached the .pdf for the build out of the low prop we use for instructing and…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 10, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Keeping Up With When Things Go Wrong

By Kyle Sanders, Engine House Training, LLC Instructor

Please check out our FDIC 2016 HOT Bailout Class!

Time to talk about the topic no one ever wants to talk about or train on. It always gets pushed off to the side or gets the classic “I’m smarter than that and won’t get in that situation.” This is something that no one expects to happen but can happen to the most…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 28, 2016 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Service Calls

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 7, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Setting Specific Goals and Objectives--Podcast

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This episode discusses the importance of setting very specific goals and objectives.  Being specific allows us to create a realistic and attainable plan to achieve our…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 6, 2016 at 10:32am — No Comments

Basics of Calling the Mayday--Podcast

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 1, 2016 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Company Planning at Buildings--Podcast

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 15, 2015 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Tool or NO Tool?

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By Jason Hoevelmann with Steve Heidbreder

Tool or No Tool?

     When we go to conferences or sit around with other engaged firefighters there is no lack of lively conversation and debate. From world affairs, to sports teams, bands and of course, tactics! There is no better time spent with other firefighters learning about what others do and why. That is the key, WHY, things are done the way…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 13, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Ground Ladders Discussion

Podcast Episode on Ground Ladders, clickHERE

This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It's a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get's forgotten.  They're forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims.

We talk…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 7, 2015 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Winter Operations Checklist and Podcast

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Attached is an outline we used for a quick winter operations class at work. I ran across this the other day and thought it would be appropriate to post now.  The podcast is here for this topic as well.  Feel free to add and use this as you see fit. If you have some great tips on operating in the winter, please share with…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 1, 2015 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

To Be Up or Down

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In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile.  More specifically on our hands and knees.  I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me.  However, the more fires I got to fight, the more I started to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 23, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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