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  • Birmingham, AL
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Lives in:
Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Fire and Rescue
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
FFI,FFII, Haz-Mat Tech, FOI,FOII,Instructor I, Instructor-II RT:Confine Space,RT:Rope, RT:Collapse,RT: Trench,RT:Swift Water,RT:Vehicle & Machinery, RT: Wilderness I-II, Apparatus Operator: Engine, Apparatus Operator: Aerial, RIT
Topics you provide training for:
RT: ConfineSpace,
RT: Rope I-II
Rapid Intervention Teams and Survival
Apparatus Operator: Aerial
OJ Kolodziej is a Lieutenant with Birmingham Fire and Rescue with 17 years of service. OJ is a Technical Rescue officer on one of the cities Heavy Rescue teams, and is an officer on Truck 1 downtown.

OJ is also the owner of Magic City Truck Academy, LLC.
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It's Just A Seat!

It’s just a seat!

The front right seat, company officer, lieu, cap, acting Officer, or whatever name you have for this seat it is not to be taken lightly. An officers position is to influence your people to be better, better at their craft, and better as a person. As an officer the right seat holds a tremendous amount of responsibility.

All too often when promotion time comes around you will see a majority of people running to…


Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:07pm

Are We Skipping A Step?

Are We Skipping a Step? 

I love tactics, just as much as the next firefighter, but as we debate tactics are we missing a critical step, strategy. The strategic step is one that cannot be passed over. When we talk tactics we need to also talk strategy. 

 The reason we need to keep strategy in the conversation is you can throw all the tactics you have in your play book, but they will not fix any issues without a…


Posted on May 25, 2016 at 1:00pm

What Did He Just Say?

 Change, yup I said the dreaded C word.  This simple word with a simple meaning is one of the hardest things to do in life. If you are in the fire service it is even harder. Change in the fire service is one of those taboo processes that just cannot happen, but as a matter of fact the only thing in the fire service that happens more often than a medical run, is change. 

 When we speak of change the fire service ears perk up and we become a little defensive,…


Posted on April 4, 2016 at 9:35am

Why is everyone so angry?

I recently went to the UL-FSRI visitors day. The goal was to see what they were about and to find my own answers straight from them. You see I don't own a training company, I am not on any type of panels, but what I am and so was the rest of the firefighters that were there, we are students of the craft. We had the same goal and that was to gain knowledge and I believe that is exactly what happened.

The day started with what tests are going to be conducted,…


Posted on March 16, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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