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Elliot Belote
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Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
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Lately, my department has been having the problem of firefighters complaining that drills are getting boring and stale. We are a volunteer dept. that trains once a week, and one of our main problems…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karl Grath Dec 10, 2014.

Community Outreach
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Hello all,      I am volunteer Lieutenant in a NJ fire department. I am also head of community involvment in our fire department. I was wondering if you guys had any ideas on how to strengthen the…Continue

Tags: outreach, community

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Stacy Feb 18, 2012.

Looking for sample SOPs/SOGs for Gators/Quads/ATVs
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My department just purchased a 4 seat Husqvarna Gator that is supposed to be used for all terrain search/rescue and possibly brush fires. We are trying to make SOP's/SOG's for it but do not know…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elliot Belote Dec 23, 2011.


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Kevin Keddy and Elliot Belote are now friends
Apr 26, 2016
Elliot Belote updated their profile
Mar 7, 2016
Elliot Belote replied to Ron Becknell's discussion What do you consider a Fire Call?
"Any dispatch, we consider a fire call (we do not do ems; vollunteer dept). However, when it comes to public education or community outreach, we list that under special assignment. Special assignments are not calculated into NIFRS but they are…"
Dec 17, 2012
Elliot Belote replied to Ron Becknell's discussion Is a Defensive attack really Defensive
"  I attended a class where the instructor broke it down to 2 categories; interior and exterior. It goes along the same lines as what you mentioned, you can fight an offensive exterior fire. He stated that there were multiple different…"
Dec 17, 2012
Elliot Belote replied to Jason Hale's discussion Car fires with magnesium
"Volvos and VW definately has alot of magnesium. Alot of cars have magnesium in the steering column, as well as in the driver foot area / fire wall....from what i've learned, they key is to definately take advantage of the stream and use foam"
Oct 9, 2012
Elliot Belote replied to Jason Hoevelmann's discussion Glass Stairs
"As Mr. Huston states, I would definately treat it as a truss. Another problem I see is the use of TICs creating false images, along with any tolls / couplings / hose streams breaking the glass  "
Aug 29, 2012
Elliot Belote commented on Jonah Smith's blog post 3 for 1 deal
"Great video to use for training. From the intial size-up, my first action would be to assign the first 1-3/4" to C exposure. It seems like that is the way the wind/heat is going. The goal of that is to contain the fire to the original fire…"
Aug 2, 2012
Elliot Belote commented on Bobby Halton's video

Training fire gone wrong

"From the quick picture of the After-Action Report, it looked like they were doin the same kind of training that the FDNY has been doin recently regarding PPV. The only difference that is evident from this news story is that firefighters were inside."
Jul 23, 2012
DJ Stone replied to Elliot Belote's discussion Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
"What I did was assign each member of my crew a  fire realted topic to discuss for a minimum of 30 minutes. I gave the options of classroom, computer assisted, H.O.T. or any combination of those. I also required a basic format to build on of…"
Jul 4, 2012
Jonah Smith replied to Elliot Belote's discussion Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
"I am a big fan of timing drills. Adding the element of timing and certain set objectives allows firefighters to have some friendly competition and learn all at the same time. The important part of that is maintaining the objectives and not allowing…"
Jul 3, 2012
Elliot Belote and Marty Mayes are now friends
Jul 3, 2012
P.J. Norwood replied to Elliot Belote's discussion Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
"Elliot, have you considered the Fire Engineering Handbook? The handbook has a great additional resource call the Skill Drill book. You can use as a stand alone item or in conjunction with the Handbook's powerpoints and then go out and…"
Jul 2, 2012
Don Catenacci replied to Elliot Belote's discussion Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
"What I have been doing lately is building on basic skills by using scenario based drills.    Most recently I used a forcible entry prop in conjunction with an entry, hose line advnace and PPV vent scenario.  I had the first 2 crew…"
Jun 30, 2012
Bobby Halton replied to Elliot Belote's discussion Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
"Elliot, I get a lot of notes from training officers who are using the Training Minutes videos and say they are getting amazing responses!   Bobby"
Jun 30, 2012
Jonathan Kaye replied to Elliot Belote's discussion Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
"One possible avenue is to get them involved in the training process itself, by having them spot possible incidents and bringing it in for training discussions. To help in this regard, we introduced a new free mobile tool (Android) for taking…"
Jun 22, 2012
Elliot Belote replied to Elliot Belote's discussion Out-Of-The-Box Training Ideas
"No we have not, but I will definately look into it. I like the idea of healthy competition while training. I feel like, like you said, it adds to the proficiency while having fun."
Jun 21, 2012

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Manalapan Township Fire Co. 1 / Southard Fire Department
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Volunteer fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter 1
Incident Management Level 3
I-100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800
B.S. Fire Science
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At 7:17pm on December 21, 2011, Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich said…

I like your profile pic.

I have one exactly like it from when I visited Emmitsburg.

Thanks for the add.

Merry Christmas.


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