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Mentor Program
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I am looking for a Mentor Program that others might have within their Fire Departments.  If anyone has an actual written document explaining the program, that would be great.  If you do not have it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Frank Viscuso Jul 28, 2015.


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Lives in:
Crawfordsville, IN
West Lafayette Fire Dept
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
National Registry Paramedic
I got my start in the fire service in 2004 on a small volunteer dept. I graduated the Illinois Fire Service Institute Firefighter 2 Academy in 2007. I have been a career firefighter since 2008. In addition to being a firefighter I am also a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and a co-host on the Fire Engineering blog talk radio show “Small Town Tactics and Tools”.

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The "Keyboard Experts"

How much is enough?


There has been a lot of talk lately about "shutting down" these so called "keyboard experts".  People call these keyboard experts out and demand their experience on the fire ground and often label these people as inexperienced therefore they should not speak on the subject.  It begged me the…


Posted on July 4, 2015 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

Challenge Traditions

              I was watching an Agricultural show the other morning and they were talking about the severe drought that California farmers are facing.  A farmer who was interviewed stated that California is saying they have to limit their water usage but still expect the same output of crop and payment of bills that come along with it.  After the interview, the host of the show said something that I found very interesting and fitting into our world.  He said: If the California…


Posted on April 14, 2015 at 6:19pm

The Fireground and Football

When we think of football greats, particularly quarterbacks, what makes them great?  Touchdowns?  Passing yards?  What about the ability to read a defense and know that when they set the play in motion, it will be a success not by chance, but by proper recognition of their opponent and confidence in their choice of counter measure against them.  If this is a factor in determining a great quarterback, then who better to demonstrate this skill than the recent Touchdown King himself, Mr. Peyton…


Posted on October 26, 2014 at 6:54pm

Recognizing Trends and the need for a change in Response

           Take a trip with me for a minute……Beep beep beep beep: “Attn: Fire Dept, Working structure fire 555 W 555 N.  Caller advised flames visible”.  This is what you hear out of your pager.  You race to the fire station.  As you run in, you see 5 other members putting on their PPE.  Your response guideline says 1st two trucks out the door are Engine 1 and Engine 2 with the 3rd being a water tender.  3 of you jump in Engine 1 and the other 3 jump in Engine 2 and…


Posted on October 17, 2014 at 3:54pm

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