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Pride in Oil and Paint

Ever smell a smell or hear a song and it brings you back to an old memory?  The smell of linseed oil always brings me back to my grandfather’s cottage shed.  My grandfather was a carpenter by trade and a volunteer firefighter.  His relied on his tools to put food on his family’s table for decades.  Long after retirement the tools all hanging in that shed he built, still looked like they came off the shelf at the hardware store.  He took pride in his work and it showed in both his tools and…See More
Jul 25, 2016
Lou Comenale posted a blog post

To stretch or not to stretch?

To stretch or not to stretch....A call for a structure fire comes in, whether it be the odor of smoke sight unknown or a bedroom fire, what action does the first engine in take upon arrival?  With the latter scenario its easy to answer, stretch in and put the fire out, but what about the other possible scene? This is where the question comes in, do we or don't we stretch?  Always follow whatever your department’s SOP/SOG’s state, but what happens when a department leaves it to the first…See More
May 17, 2016
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Dec 29, 2015
Lou Comenale posted a blog post

Buildings, battleground or enemy?

Previously in my fire service career I took a college course on Dr. Francis Brannigan’s book Building Construction for the Fire Service. As a Company Officer, I feel it never hurts to gain new information, so I recently took a class on Lightweight Construction.  One of the first slides in the new course quoted Dr. Brannigan’s book “the building is your enemy, know your enemy” the course continued with another quote, “...buildings constructed with lightweight wood trusses should be considered by…See More
Dec 29, 2015
Lou Comenale posted a blog post

Tradition. Pride. Dedication. Self-sacrifice.

Tradition. Pride. Dedication. Self-sacrifice.  These are some of the reasons we embark on a career, volunteer or paid, in the fire service.  If your department holds these values essential, then I applaud you.  I have unfortunately experienced first hand, by seasoned members, an absence of ownership, lack of mentoring, and general disregard toward the enthusiasm of the upcoming generation.  Sadly this occurs at any level in the fire service.  For example a senior member or officer comes into…See More
May 23, 2015
Lou Comenale's blog post was featured

Milwaukee, Louver, Rochester Peak, Syracuse, Tee Pee Cut. What is right for us?

Milwaukee, Louver, Rochester Peak, Syracuse, Tee Pee Cut.What is right for us?I had the opportunity to attend FDIC the past month and was fortunate enough to take the eight hour HOT class Urban Essentials.  If you ever get the chance to go to Indianapolis for FDIC take Urban Essentials, lots of skills that you can take back to your home department and implement.  At Urban Essentials one of Milwaukee’s finest truck companies demonstrated the Milwaukee Cut method for performing vertical…See More
May 4, 2015
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Milwaukee, Louver, Rochester Peak, Syracuse, Tee Pee Cut. What is right for us?

Milwaukee, Louver, Rochester Peak, Syracuse, Tee Pee Cut.What is right for us?I had the opportunity to attend FDIC the past month and was fortunate enough to take the eight hour HOT class Urban Essentials.  If you ever get the chance to go to Indianapolis for FDIC take Urban Essentials, lots of skills that you can take back to your home department and implement.  At Urban Essentials one of Milwaukee’s finest truck companies demonstrated the Milwaukee Cut method for performing vertical…See More
May 3, 2015
Rob Fisher and Lou Comenale are now friends
Apr 26, 2015
Lou Comenale posted a blog post

Know Your Ladders!!

Know Your Ladder Lengths/Heights!!!We always use the scenario that in 0300 hours we need to perform like it is 1100 hours.  We try to promote muscle memory but sometimes I think we tend to lack on the mind part of the memory.  Firefighters perform the skill efficiently for each task but some of the decisions or selections could be tightened up.  For example, selecting a 35 ft. Extension Ladder to reach a 3rd floor window on a residential structure when a 24 ft. Extension Ladder will reach and…See More
Apr 12, 2015
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Old Dog, New Tricks

Many departments across the country have a in-house maze for SCBA Confidence training.  These mazes are great for instilling confidence for the brand new fire fighter and maintaining proficiencies for the 20 year veteran.  The issue that I have heard not just in my own department but departments across the county in which I reside is, “I can do this maze in my sleep” statement.  A lot of mazes are constructed modular so different paths can be taken; the maze will also be slightly different…See More
Feb 26, 2015
Lou Comenale and Ian Schulte are now friends
Feb 9, 2015
Lou Comenale posted a blog post

Chauffeur Drill for Minimum Staffing

We are not all Big City Fire DepartmentsChauffeur/Driver Drill.It has been almost a year into my first year as a company officer of a three man Quint.  I have taken time off from writing to learn the “job”, more reading, and developing drills for the company and the department.  One of the last blogs I wrote was the Chauffeur/Driver position of our Quint. …See More
Feb 9, 2015
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Mar 23, 2014
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Absent Lately

Haven't been writing lately I have been busy learning the ins and outs of being a Lieutenant with my new promotion.  I have been keeping busy reading books and training material.  I'm sure the trials and tribulations of being a new officer will be great stuff for future blogs to come.  Stay tuned and stay safeSee More
Mar 23, 2014
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Why the Quint Works for us; The Driver

Why the Quint Works for us; The DriverBy Lou Comenale and Justin IentilluciA couple of posts ago we wrote how the Quint works for our department.  That really was a quick overview of our operations and training using the Quint.  If we were to dive deeper into our operations using the Quint we have to look at each position.  Many people could make an argument for the officer sitting shotgun being the most important personnel on the Quint, not that they are wrong, but the driver is just as…See More
Dec 16, 2013
Lou Comenale posted a blog post

Why the Quint Works for us; The Driver

Why the Quint Works for us; The DriverBy Lou Comenale and Justin IentilluciA couple of posts ago we wrote how the Quint works for our department.  That really was a quick overview of our operations and training using the Quint.  If we were to dive deeper into our operations using the Quint we have to look at each position.  Many people could make an argument for the officer sitting shotgun being the most important personnel on the Quint, not that they are wrong, but the driver is just as…See More
Dec 16, 2013

Profile Information

Lives in:
Chili, NY
Department:
Gates Fire District
Title/rank:
Lieutenant/EMT/MFI/SFI
Years of public service:
3 as a Volunteer 8 1/2 as Career
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
NYS 229 Certified Firefighter
Rope Rescue Technician
Swift Water Rescue
Hazmat Tech Basic
MFI Fire Instructor I, State Fire Instructor
Associates Degree in Fire Protection Tech
Topics you provide training for:
Truck Company Operations
Rope Rescue
Fire Fighter I
Water Rescue Awareness
Accident Victim Extrication
Bio:
3rd Generation Firefighter for the town of Gates. Started as a Volunteer and now have made a career out of it. Married, Dog (yes a dalmatian) and one beautiful daughter

Lou Comenale's Blog

Pride in Oil and Paint

Ever smell a smell or hear a song and it brings you back to an old memory?  The smell of linseed oil always brings me back to my grandfather’s cottage shed.  My grandfather was a carpenter by trade and a volunteer firefighter.  His relied on his tools to put food on his family’s table for decades.  Long after retirement the tools all hanging in that shed he built, still looked like they came off the shelf at the hardware store.  He took pride in his work and it…

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Posted on July 25, 2016 at 12:39pm

To stretch or not to stretch?

To stretch or not to stretch....

A call for a structure fire comes in, whether it be the odor of smoke sight unknown or a bedroom fire, what action does the first engine in take upon arrival?  With the latter scenario its easy to answer, stretch in and put the fire out, but what about the other possible scene? This is where the question comes in, do we or don't we stretch?  Always follow whatever your department’s SOP/SOG’s state, but what happens when a department leaves it…

Continue

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

Buildings, battleground or enemy?

Previously in my fire service career I took a college course on Dr. Francis Brannigan’s book Building Construction for the Fire Service. As a Company Officer, I feel it never hurts to gain new information, so I recently took a class on Lightweight Construction.  

One of the first slides in the new course quoted Dr. Brannigan’s book “the building is your enemy, know your enemy” the course continued with another quote, “...buildings constructed with lightweight wood…

Continue

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 11:44am

Tradition. Pride. Dedication. Self-sacrifice.

Tradition. Pride. Dedication. Self-sacrifice.  These are some of the reasons we embark on a career, volunteer or paid, in the fire service.  If your department holds these values essential, then I applaud you.  I have unfortunately experienced first hand, by seasoned members, an absence of ownership, lack of mentoring, and general disregard toward the enthusiasm of the upcoming generation.  

Sadly this occurs at any level in the fire service.  For example a senior member or…

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Posted on May 23, 2015 at 5:44pm

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