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In House Training Challenge
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I recently switched departments and am getting settled in at my new station. I have noticed a lack of interest in "in house" training, and have taken it upon myself to come up with a plan that will…Continue

Tags: house, props, in, engine, drills

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Werner May 17, 2013.


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Lives in:
Esko, MN
Greenville City Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
A.A.S. Fire Science and Administration, B.S. Fire Protection Administration (in progress), FFII, HAZMAT Tech, EMT-B, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I, South Carolina Fire Academy Instructor
Topics you provide training for:
Fundamentals of Firefighting
Areas of expertise:
Fire suppression, pump ops, aerial ops, forcible entry, first responder, building construction, rural water supply
A career firefighter for Greenville City Fire Department in Greenville, SC. Avid researcher of firefighter training techniques, psychology and the fire service, leadership training, and a strong proponent of the "combat ready" firefighter.

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Fire Service Drones

The military spends big bucks on drones and other technology to provide valuable intel for planning purposes. In their environment it is critical to be able to gather information in an attempt to reduce uncertainty. Obviously this information is best gathered discreetly. Enter the drone. Able to fly undetected, these futuristic machines can be…


Posted on July 7, 2015 at 11:30am

It's Not About You

From the first day in the firehouse we learn about the importance of properly checking all of our gear and equipment to make sure it's ready for action. We are told to make sure our SCBA is functioning properly, that our cylinders are full, that all of our PPE is in good shape and laid out properly, and that all of our tools are cleaned and prepped. The preparation we do is endless and of critical importance.

Why do we do all of this? The obvious answer is for our own sake. No…


Posted on January 22, 2014 at 10:49pm


There is a certain speech that I am getting tired of suffering through. I have heard it time and time again, and I'm sure there are scores of other "rogues" out there in the same position. The speech I am referring to is the one about not getting discouraged. Sound familiar?

I am going to throw up if I have to hear this again. Please understand that I realize the delivery of the speech is usually done with kind intentions. I'm not trying to kill the messenger. Here is what I…


Posted on January 9, 2014 at 3:57pm — 4 Comments

Into Combat

I was eating supper at work yesterday, reading a book at the same time, and as it does so often a random thought popped into my mind. In order to provide some context for what follows, this thought was inspired by several sources. First was the book "About Face" by Col. David Hackworth. If you haven't read it, do it soon. It is inspiring and thought provoking. My mindset is still reeling from that book. Number two was a blog from titled "Know What Your Doing: It's…


Posted on January 3, 2014 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment

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