Following a few emails from FDIC and some recent messages I figured I would just post this.
This is the same text that is available in the FDIC 2011 downloads from my presentation. We were required to submit the text in January so I have made quite a few changes since this was posted with recent information such as the UL Ventilation of Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction ... Overall most of the message is the same. All the videos referred to in this text are available on this site under videos or on my page. Chief Norwood of East Haven Connecticut has also posted some unbelievably good footage in the video section as well that will also support current teaching an training.
The Fire Engineering Community Site is "Where firefighters come to talk training" take this opportunity to collect that which has been made so available to you to build classes that meet the needs of your department. Traditions Training Urban Firefighter Brotherhood Instructors Talk is good but doing something with the discussion is what moves us from the kitchen table to the classroom, drill ground and the rig.
I know firefighters well enough to understand that you will not agree with all of what I have to say or all that is posted on any of these other sites. Save the energy wasted in rebuttals and put it to work. The greatest compliment to my work would be to see you better yourself and those around you by dedicating time and research to making your own message which completely counters mine. I am a firm believer that we should not be allowed to have opinions if we fail to truly listen to the opinion of others.
In the end, training must be shared. I would have nothing if nothing was given to me. We are in control of the future of the fire service and this is the place where cultural change is driven.
Forever indebted to those who came before me,stand beside me and who will carry the message forward!
"Courage, Determination and Pride" "Keep fire in your life" (Ray McCormack FDIC Keynote 2009)
Thank you for posting this. I found it very useful and informative. Is there a way to access the video links that are referenced in the text?