Captain: East Chicago Fire Department
Fire Safety Consultant
Topics you provide training for:
40 Hazardous Material
Confine Space Rescue
Spatial Orientation as it relates to disorientation in structure fires.
Strategy and Tactics for the recovery of lost caught or trapped firefighters.
Areas of expertise:
Firefighter Fatality and Survival Research
Started in the fire service as a reserve firefighter in Oxnard California in 1985. Started teaching OSHA Compliance to the Fire Service and General Industry in 1992, currently a part time instructor for Safety Training Services in Hammond Indiana. Hired by the East Chicago Fire Department in 1995 and currently serve as an Engine Company Captain. Six years experience as a Fire Safety Consultant. Developed the Advanced Training Simulartor for Firefighter Survival Awareness and have extensively researched firefighter fatalities.
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Please allow me to invite you to a site designed by responders for responders... the crew that is doing it is CISM multilevel trained and are there for the guys after the bad calls. It helps the responders that do not yet have a team or would be worried that they asking for help would be seen as weakness. Please join and share it when you can. As a chaplain with over 25 years of service to fire departments I am excited with it's potential to provide support.
I appreciate your thoughts and comments to my blog post. Here is what I replied back to ya!
You make an excellent point. It is easy to assume that the only things related to response safety are those things that we do routinely when stepping into an Engine [fastening seat belts, driving responsibly, etc]. As you said, many things can change the dynamics of the run based on other things that are or are not happening, all of which can either decrease or increase the stress while enroute. It is also important to note that often we sometimes forget that the run starts not when the bell sounds, but also well before hand [incident pre-plans, training, etc], which can also lower the tension and stress. It is easy to get "caught-up" in the moment and let adrenaline take control, when this happens decisions are sometimes made without proper "think-thru." I think that this just emphasizes why it is so important to include training on incident response as a part of our yearly training.
Dave, we could use your input. It is listed on the 2nd page of groups.Tactical Building Blocks & Air Management
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips.
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