I made up a meme on Facebook recently on the need for ventilation to be "Controlled, Communicated, & Coordinated". I think we'd all agree that this is a good tactical practice to observe. The meme generated a lot of discussion about the practice of ventilation in general and several FDNY "Heavyweights" like Chiefs Vin Dunn & John Salka, Capt. John Ceriello, and Lt. Bob Pressler weighed in. Now these are all guys who have forgotten more than I know, so I just sat back (with a…Continue
Posted on September 25, 2017 at 12:24pm
The Company Officer: Competency First
A lot is written and talked about how the Company Officer is the backbone of the American Fire Service. I believe this to be true although I am always quick to point out at the same time that we need soldiers too, and a good senior man in particular is invaluable. But the Company Officer holds a special place…Continue
Posted on May 10, 2017 at 8:10am
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Thank you, Chief!
Been in the service 30 yrs and retired from chief 2 yrs ago. But still active and filling in as liet until some of the newer folks get some experience behind them.
It just struck me that the newer members have heard nothing but the mantra that they are #1 on the fire scene, and finally I just had to raise a voice to present the other viewpoint, that we are there to help others, and sometimes that means putting ourselves at risk, not stupidly, not without conscious decision-making and risk evaluation. And of course, we have to have our brother/sister's backs at all times, as they have ours.
I am truly flattered that you'd take the time to write.It is much appreciated.
John "Doc" Cranston
IGlad to have you as a friend.
hope u enjoyed the conference and the presentation
always could use another friend
if u need anything, u know where 2 find me
I'm David, Lewis, curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Aurora IL, and Glenn tossed your idea my direction. It's a great idea, and I'd be happy to take the lead, provided you and Glenn are there to back-me-up. *wink*
To some extent this project has already been done with Glenn's monthly trivia contests, and also on the great website created by Capt. Mica (check it out: http://www.captainmica.com )
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.