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Lives in:
Chicago IL
Chicago Fire Dept.
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Topics you provide training for:
Fire ground operations
Company Officer Training
Fire Ground Survival
Areas of expertise:
Engine,and Truck Operations
Company Officer
21 years total member of the fire service, 6 years in Oak Lawn (IL)
15 years in Chicago (IL). As a FF assigned to Engines, Trucks and Heavy Rescue Squad. Associates Degree and Published in Fire Engieering Magazine, Speaker at FDIC.
Thank you to all for the best wishes on the family issues thing. Now let's get back to it.

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At 1:47pm on December 23, 2010, Nick Miller said…



You okay? I heard the sad news. My prayers and heart go out to the families and the Dept. for the two that were killed and the others injured.

At 4:23pm on September 21, 2010, Tom Dunne said…
How have you been? My condolances to the Chicago FD on the recent firefighter death.
Tom Dunne
At 9:32am on October 2, 2009, Paul Basic said…
jim, paul basic here. please give me a call. 773-433-0245. thanks

At 9:51pm on August 19, 2009, Jeff Schwering said…
Welcome back Jim. I've been kind of busy lately. Hope all is well.

Talk soon, Stay Safe!
At 11:01pm on June 15, 2009, Art Zern said…
Hey Jim,

Welcome back, I hope you and your family are well.

At 7:01pm on May 3, 2009, Ryan Berter said…
I've been gone a while from the site, sorry for not responding to you. I work in an industrial district that doesn't do much fire activity. We're more fire alarm experts than firefighters. All joking aside we don't do that much fire. If and when something happens in my first due it stays relatively small due to suppression systems. I am wondering if you have any thoughts or tactical issues you could expound on with large commercial buildings. Primarily large warehouse type building, some in excess of 500X500. Currently our first due attempts to find the best access to the fire area. We deploy a hose pack of 1 3/4 supplied with 2 1/2" from teh truck. The second due engine lays into us if we don't have a yard hydrant. The third engine is usually the one to supply the FDC. So we are talking about switching to all 2 1/2 for these types of buildings. We are beginning to look at different ways of doing things. Here is our thought:
The first due Engine will find the best and closest doorto the fire area. With search rope and our 2 1/2 hose packs we will attempt to find the fire. Once found we will find the closest door, man door or overhead, and have the 2nd Engine will meet us with a 2 1/2 supply line to feed our hose packs. The 2nd due will reverse lay to a hydrant and supply the line. The 3rd due will supply the FDC.
Let me know any thoughts or concerns you would have with this. This was picked up by my training Capt at FDIC and the idea was introduced to me the other day.

Look forward to the discussion thanks for your input.
At 8:07pm on April 23, 2009, GEORGE B. WIGGINS said…
I hope everything goes well with you and your family..Be Safe and take care
At 8:05pm on April 23, 2009, GEORGE B. WIGGINS said…
It has been a while since I have been on here, St.Matthews Fire Dist is in suburban Louisville KY. The rank of Sergeant is the apparatus operator on the company and is the fall back officer in absence of the Captain(popular in the south east of the US).
At 12:02pm on March 24, 2009, Mike Cervik said…
Hey I heard you were going to teach a class at Duneland Fire School down here by us but it got canceled. What happened with that?
At 5:36pm on March 3, 2009, David DeStefano said…
Jim, I can't get to FDIC this year, but the next one is a priority! From what I'm told they are great events.

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