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Mike Walker: Oklahoma City Fire Department/Battalion Chief

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Paid fire department
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My biggest issue for our department is to increase the minimum staffing on Ladder Companies to 4 personnel.
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EMT-I, Structural Collapse Tech-2, Haz-Mat Tech, Swiftwater Tech.-1, Confined Space Tech-2, bla bla bla
Topics you provide training for:
Fireground Strategy, Fireground Tactics, Building Construction, Engine Company Ops., Truck Company Ops, Forcible Entry, High-Rise Strategy and Tactics, FF 1, FF 2, etc.

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Somewhere In the Middle or Just On the Fence

Over the last couple of weeks a tremendous amount of blogs have been posted and comments given about a recent speech given at the 2009 FDIC conference. Lt. Ray McCormack from FDNY stood in front of thousands and spoke to the culture war that is raging in our midst. He spoke about a culture of fear vs. a culture of extinguishment. What I gained from his dialogue was the fire service must remember our reason for existence, the people we serve. If the organization whose purpose it is to perform… Continue

Posted on May 3, 2009 at 7:19pm — 16 Comments

The Best Example of Why We Must Be Prepared...

I sent this out to all of the people in my Battalion today and thought I'd share with you all. Hope you enjoy it.

Below are three links that will let you see the recent interview on "60-Minutes" with the crew of U.S Airway Flight 1429. I want you to watch all three portions. Make sure when you watch them, you can give them your full attention. Though these videos are obviously about the flight and subsequent successful rescue of all 155 passengers, a subtle comparison can… Continue

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 6:56pm — 4 Comments

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At 8:59pm on September 18, 2009, David DeStefano said…
Mike, Pandora's box is a great idea. Just like walking in on the 10 different conversations in the firehouse kitchen, you get to pick one you like and join in!
I'll check it out often.
Stay Safe,
At 5:04pm on July 8, 2009, Dave Dodson said…
Hi Mike:

Go for it! I appreciate your efforts to pass on the info. Reading smoke should be as common as a motor vehicle size-up: Evalute traffic, number of cars involved, damage/stability, hazardous energy involvement, visible victim status, etc.
At 4:01pm on July 7, 2009, Eric DePoto said…
Hey bro, well you f'ing know.
At 9:55am on May 8, 2009, Pierre-Louis LAMBALLAIS said…
Well thanks. And I'll try to make an effort in English!

What we've notice in many cases is that there are two things which can be great for progress but also great for "doing nothing", depending on the way you use it. These two things are the concept of "brother" and the documentation.
A brother is a man to who you can say "You're wrong" and who can say you the same. If you do "wrong", and you are not my "brother", I'll not tell you you're wrong, because it doesnt matter to me. When I tell my student that they must work a lot, because they are not "good", that's because I love them.
The bad use of "brother" is to say "you can't make criticism to a brother". because in that case, the brother can do bad things for years. And one day, you will be in front of his grave. The grave of a brother? No. Because when my brother do bad things, I'll tell him immediatly. I don't wait him to get an accident.

Documentation can also be used in a positive or negative way. You can use doc as a start point, to increase knowledge. This is a right way. But when the guys don't want things to change, they use the docs, to say "You can't do that, it's not in the doc!". This is the bad way.

Same tools. Two results. Not easy to use. :-)

Very best regards
At 2:49pm on May 6, 2009, Dave McGrail said…
Hi Big Mike,

Thank you, you're the best...

Dave Mc.
At 8:03pm on May 3, 2009, Eric Morgenthaler said…
Sup? New position, part of our cost cutting measures!
At 11:10pm on April 27, 2009, Don Huneke said…
Hey Brother thank you for the offer of the SOP's. I can use all the help I can get. I have been working on my assigned SOP's alot and the person reviewing them has NEVER been in a fire or on a truck for a serious call. I want as much back up when I turn them in. OCFD's would be so very welcome. My email is If I can ever return the favor please let me know. Don Huneke
At 3:59pm on April 7, 2009, Eric DePoto said…
You f***** midget! I love ya.
At 11:06pm on January 28, 2009, Art Zern said…
You bet big boy:)
At 7:34pm on January 28, 2009, Scott Kleinschmidt said…
We did have a fire the other day ( SFD )lots of smoke no vis fire. Heavy was first due and did a search ( took the can ). First due engine arrived a couple of min behind them. During their search they made the fire room and put out the contents fire with the can. Guys said it was starting to out of the room. This wouldn't have had happened a year ago. The guys had done some can fires and new what they could extinguish.

Had a rookie on the Engine ( first fire ) they met him at the door and burst his bubble.

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