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Train real... Train hard... Be safe...

I had 30 years on the line, and was a member in volunteer, part-time, and career departments, and have been truly blessed and honored to have instructed with, and learned from, the best Firefighters our business has to offer. I have found the true essence of the Firefighter demonstrated in members from the biggest cities to the smallest rural departments.
In all of this I have also found varying levels of committment and dedication. I've heard "don't bother me with that fire crap" to "Hey, what are we going to do for drill on Sunday?" It's not your check, it's your heart. Don't take anyone's word for it... find out yourself and never let >"cause we've always done it that way" be an answer to any of your questions about what or how to do it.

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Huber Heights OH (Retired)
Lieutenant, Retired
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing, Training, Motivation
Professional Qualifications:
State of Ohio Fire Instructor
Rescue Systems 1
Haz Mat Tech
Topics you provide training for:
Truck Co. Operations
Forcible Entry
Portable Laddering
Rapid Intervention
Deployment of Initial Handline
1st Arriving Company Officer
Vehicle Extrication
Areas of expertise:
Truck Co. Operations
FF Rescue
Forcible Entry
1st Arriving Officer
Thermal Imaging
30 years Metro Dayton, OH. Vol, Comb, and Career Depts
Huber Hts OH Fire Division 26 years
Sinclair Comm Col (Dayton OH) Fire Academy 1993-2003
FDIC Instructor; Forcible Entry 1996-2002;
Instructing Live Fire-Fixed Facility 2006
Firehouse Expo, World Instructor, Eng/Trk 1997-Present
Basic Emer Rescue Tech (Tech Rescue: High Angle, Collapse, Top Water, etc)
Member: Miami Valley OH FOOLs (1st President)
New England FOOLs
Central Mass FOOLs

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If you played organized sports, you were assigned a position, and, a task with that position. If you didn't do it, you sat and the coach found someone that would. Why are more departments not creating riding assignments? It can be done from the largest to the smallest department. It creates accountibility, reduces duplication of effort, and gets the job done.

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 2:19pm — 10 Comments

The Game Plan

Does your department have a good foundation for its SOG/SOP's do they make sense? Do they build from simple to complex? Does the first alarm have pre-determinded assignments? What is your staffing like? Does the SOG properly address the fireground basics ? lets talk about these questions what can we do to fix or change broken SOG's or create ones where none have existed.

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 11:33am

A thought....

A Firefighter with no tools in his hand is a well dressed spectator.....

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 10:43am — 1 Comment


If you're checking this out, I hope this finds you well and ready for a great new year! I have the great honor of knowing some of the contributors here and I look forward to interacting with this community.

Train Real, Train Hard, Be Safe,

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

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At 12:39am on May 15, 2010, Robert Wuebker said…
How ya doing Dave?
I'm currently in the middle east and i would like to do a RIT class for our FD.
Quick Question: Do you have any information on the "founding fathers" of RIT?
At 2:48pm on September 13, 2009, MARK MCLEES said…
Hey Dave
The shirts arrived in my quarters on Thurs

Any other color besides dark blue?
Can you make a collared golf shirt out of same material?

I passed all the info to our “Good & welfare” tee shirt guy.
He should be contacting you/somebody

Glad to hear from you

Be safe bro
At 2:26pm on July 4, 2009, Ben Fleagle said…
Hey Boss!

Thanks for the H.O.T. class in Maine! Hearing things from a different perspective is so valuable and its been a long time since I got to play student! Besides that, I really was thrilled to meet you finally and take a moment to soak up some wisdom! Hope to see again sometime soon. If you're ever in the 'Banks (Fairbanks, Alaska) look me up, Farthest North FOOLS, University Fire Department. Be safe Brother!
At 4:04pm on June 22, 2009, Mark Sicuso said…
hey brother...all is well - hope all is well with you...I may see you in safe
At 10:19pm on May 8, 2009, Shane Furuta said…
Hey Dave! It was nice seeing you again in Indy... I looked all over for your email addy and can't find it. I know you wanted to get a hold of me, so drop me a line at Aloha Bro- Shane
At 11:56pm on March 23, 2009, Tim Zehnder said…
Hey man when are you getting in to Indy? we land at 12:30 ON Sun. I would like to get together and enjoy a cold one, Dad says to tell Grumpy hello :)
At 8:47pm on March 23, 2009, Pat Nichols said…
As of right now, Monday Wednesday and Thursday I'm off. Tuesday I'm working 24 at TL10
At 7:25pm on March 22, 2009, Pat Nichols said…
I'll be in Indy for FDIC, Tuesday thru Saturday. We should get togther and have a beer or two
At 7:09pm on March 19, 2009, Michael Bricault (ret) said…
No problem on the private email. I just need your address or you can contact me at
At 2:04pm on March 18, 2009, Jenn Ross..aka "J-RO" said…
HOpe you had a GREAT ST PADDY's DAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I had to fly... still flying actually... JRO

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