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Colin Kelley
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Lives in:
Las Vegas NV
Clark County Fire Department
Firefighter EMT-Intermediate
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
training development, Labor/ management relations, Response times=in service apparatus justification, Call Volume.
Professional Qualifications:
Fire instructor 1, Certified Captain, Fire officer 2.
Topics you provide training for:
Building Construction, All types of Truckwork, Understanding the Fireground, Strategy and tactics,Thermal Imaging.
Areas of expertise:
Not an expert in any of these but definitely have a passion for= Building Construction, Vertical Ventilation and general Truckwork, Strategy/ Tactics, Aerial apparatus, Salvage, and in general strong firemanship!!

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"JUST A" ????

“JUST A” ????

ATTENTION all firefighters! This is a call to action! What am I ranting about? The realization of your value. That’s what.

Have you ever heard or even worse made the statement “I’m JUST a fireman”, in response to a question regarding one’s

rank or stature within the company or organization? Shame on you! This statement is made with an almost subconscious

denigration. Wake up! You are the marrow in the skeleton of the company! Look up skeleton in the…


Posted on October 16, 2013 at 8:44pm

THE MILWAUKEE METHOD = A panacea for all steep pitched roof operations?

First of all, let me be clear that this is not an indictment of the method itself. You will not read any dispute or argument here against its effectiveness and rapidity. Nope, it’s good alright. A solid ventilation operation was born out of the necessity and a belief in the importance of peaked roof ventilation. These firefighters developed, evolved, and refined a vertical ventilation method that accomplishes the tactical requirements and at the same time keeps the brothers on solid working…


Posted on September 16, 2013 at 8:15pm — 6 Comments

T.P.P. and Functionality??

How functional are your "turn-outs"? It seems that most fire departments do a great job of ensuring above standard thermal protective performance (T. P. P.) but tend to come up short in the area of functionality! The "cut", internal pocket arrangement, and external fasteners can really make you gear work for you when you need it the most!…

Posted on September 8, 2013 at 9:48pm

To break or not to break? That was the question...

Interesting fire a few days back in a manufactured home. Moderate case of "Colliers Mansion" throughout made the stretch tough. Heavy smoke conditions enveloped the structure upon arrival with no visible fire showing. Definitely in a "ventilation-limited" state. As I got a quick C side view prior to making entry for back up fire attack, I…


Posted on August 29, 2013 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

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At 12:36pm on March 25, 2012, Colin Kelley said…
Thank you for the info and the timely response! Much appreciated! Be safe. 
At 9:40pm on March 24, 2012, Steve Kerber said…

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