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Traditions Training, LLC, New York City Fire Department
Vice President / Sr. Instructor, Lieutenant
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Paid fire department
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Hands -on, and Lecture Programs for Engine, Truck, Rapid Intervention, FF Survival, Company Officer and Incident Command Operations. Co-Author of "25 to Survive" Reducing Residential Injury and LODD" by Fire Engineering/Pennwell Publishing.
Doug is a Lt in the Fire Department City of New York who previously served in Fairfax County VA. He is also an Instructor with Traditions Training LLC, a cutting edge Fire Service Training group.
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Is your team bringing the trophy home tonight?

The Sunday Preach:

'Everyday is your Superbowl'

"We have no such luxury of scheduling either our fires or where in the home these fires will occur. We may go to two in one day, one this week, or one in a year. Whenever a fire happens, we must be ready. For firefighters, every day is potentially game day, and we must be ready to play." (25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD Pg. 221.)

Tonight marks the culmination of the 2017 NFL season. Last years post…


Posted on February 4, 2018 at 3:00pm

A 5-k Device with 0-k of Training...

The Sunday Preach:

...Clear, Concise and Consistent

We give much of our training on 'tactical' issues. Be it hose stretches, laddering, forcible entry, search... but when was the last class or training that you received on radio usage. Whether you are talking on the apparatus radio's to give on scene reports or on a portable radio giving a status report after taking a lap, the message has to come through clear, concise and be consistent with policy, procedure…


Posted on November 26, 2017 at 10:15am

The 6th Sense...

The Sunday Preach:

Trust your instincts...

"The importance of analyzing our own human senses while we are in the fire environment is ever apparent. But is there some sort of sixth sense held by certain firefighters and fire officers? I am sure that you could recount many of your own stories here. These would be from past incidents in your careers that reflect an often eerie side of firefighting. Why did that firefighter tell us to move just prior…


Posted on October 22, 2017 at 9:45am

It's bigger than you are...

The Sunday Preach:

It's bigger than you are...

"When you decide to become a member of any fire department, you are making a large commitment. As the often-quoted New York City Chief of Department Edward F. Croker (1899–1911) stated during his tenure, “When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.” 

The fire service is family. We all work together to do our…


Posted on July 9, 2017 at 11:45am

The Sunday Preach: "Shape up"

The Sunday Preach: Evening Edition

"Shape up!"

"The onus for fitness is not nor should it be placed on the fire department. It falls directly on you. While it is beneficial for both the department and the firefighter to keep yourself in shape, it has to start with the individual. Department sponsored and encouraged fitness programs are great to help those persons who need that little extra boost or…


Posted on June 4, 2017 at 6:43pm

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At 11:25am on April 27, 2008, Greg Wyant said…
Thank You Brother I will be picking your brain soon.
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