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Jonah Smith
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Lives in:
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
IFSAC Instructor II, Haz Mat Tech, Structural Collapse Technician, Incident Safety Officer,NC Breathing Equipment School Graduate, CPSE Peer Assessor Level I.
Topics you provide training for:
Mayday, Communications, Engine Company Operations, Size-up/Initial Company Actions, Leadership.
Areas of expertise:
Radio Communications, Engine Company Operations
Jonah Smith is a Captain with the Charlotte Fire Department. He has been a member of the Charlotte FD for 7.5 years, and serves as the Secretary and Health and Safety Committee Chair for the IAFF Local 660. He is also a Porfessor at Fayetteville State University, and an Instructor at Rowan Cabbarus Community College. He is assigned to Ladder 32 in the South side of Charlotte, and is an active volunteer member with the Pleasant Valley, SC Fire Department.
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The New Generation

Today in the fire service there are many different barriers that we all face everyday.  Technology, growing scope of responsibility, and life in general are challenges that each and every company officer, chief, and Administrator face when it comes to forming the fire department camaraderie of old.  We often hear the brotherhood is dead, the new generation is lazy, and on and on and on.  The fact is, we can complain (and firefighters will we know) or we can seek out new and innovative ways…


Posted on December 5, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Sizing Up the Situation

After we are dispatched to the call and speed to the scene to save the day, the most important part of the arrival of a fire apparatus besides pulling the first line and forcing the door is the size up by the first in officer and the initial actions that he/she orders. If everyone stays informed as they arrive and communication remains clear on the fireground, then the emergency will be mitigated much more efficiently. The first arriving officer or acting officer must paint…


Posted on June 29, 2015 at 2:38pm

Pride in Preparation

All accross this country, in firehouses everywhere, there sits a firefighter who feels that as long as hose is on the apparatus that it is good enough.  At times, company pride isolates itself to a cool Tee-Shirt, or a waxed apparatus.  However, in the best firehouses throughout the country, tools are sharpened, hose is laid out with a reason on the apparatus, and firefighters are thinking of how they can better serve their citizens every day.

There is no better way to judge the…


Posted on June 4, 2015 at 3:00pm

What's Your Alias

Each day across America, firefighters key up radios and transmit numerous emergency and non emergency messages across the airways above us.  Without this form of communications, the fire service and many of us would be lost.  With the new technologies that have been introduced into the communications realm, firefighters have been challenged and protected better all at the same time. 

The one thing I want to bring everyone's attention to is how are your radios aliased?  I know, I know,…


Posted on August 5, 2014 at 10:30am

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At 2:54pm on July 13, 2012, William L.Tanks said…

Thanks brother. We are already beginning to plan and organize! I will keep you in the loop.

At 11:06am on June 14, 2012, Charles Olson said…

Thanks for the follow brother! 

At 11:24am on April 22, 2012, Christopher Huston said…
Thanks for the add brother! Great to see you here. Great resource for training information here. Enjoy!

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