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Lives in:
Baltimore, MD
Montgomery County, MD Fire & Rescue
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing, apparatus, EMS delivery.
Professional Qualifications:
A.A.S Public Fire Protection, Montgomery College
B.A. Sociology, University of Maryland
Fire Officer I
Instructor II
Topics you provide training for:
Engine & Truck Company Operations
Proactive/ Dynamic Rapid Intervention
Leadership & Command
Limited Staffing Operations
Areas of expertise:
Company Officer
Rapid Intervention
Sam Villani, III, a 22 year fire service veteran, is a Lieutenant with the Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Service assigned to Four Corners Engine and Truck 16. Sam started his life in the fire service as the Son and Grandson of firefighters in the Ocean City, Maryland Volunteer Fire Company where he still is an honorary member. Sam volunteered in fire departments in Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties while attending college. He holds an A.A.S. degree in public fire protection from Montgomery College and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Maryland. Sam was a Washington, DC Public School Teacher via Teach For America in the late 1990s before starting his career as a firefighter in Montgomery County. He teaches at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy and with Capitol Fire Training, and is a State of Maryland certified level II instructor.
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The BDA and the VRS

A good majority of the fire service community has at least heard of a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) and a Vehicle Repeater System (VRS). But what exactly are they and why are they a valuable tool in the tactical fire communications toolbox?

A BDA is a booster of incoming (Rx) and outgoing (Tx) radio traffic. You can find them in most large, modern buildings, and in most below grade transportation systems. The actual BDA is typically in a room with other telecom equipment. A system of…


Posted on December 8, 2016 at 6:30am

5 Ways To Resolve Your Own Comm Problem

Top FIVE Ways to Resolve Your Own Tactical Communications Problem

(Requires NO equipment outside of what you already have)

1. Move to a window

2. Stand up (if conditions permit)

3. Orient portable radio VERTICALLY

4. Raise your portable up high (again, if conditions permit)

5. Switch to SOP/common practice-driven Simplex/Talkaround/Direct Channel

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 2:00pm

Include Telecommunicators in Your Mayday Training

This past Wednesday I was a guest on Fire Engineering's TenCate Humpday Hangout, hosted by mentor and friend Frank Ricci. In our discussion, Rex Strickland from Fairfax County mentioned that his department conducts regular mayday radio discipline training- including their telecommunicators in the training. THIS IS GENIUS!

The first line in public safety is used to operating in the background and on the periphery- and we rely upon them to send us to calls for service and  "send the…


Posted on July 29, 2016 at 6:01am

Quick Communications Drill 1: Practicing fire ground transmissions while breathing air.

Attempting to transmit through your face piece is what some might call an art, but it’s actually a science. And like other sciences, it requires experimentation. Your variables are voice quality, voice strength, mic placement, and noise cancelling and isolation.

How can you ensure your message is getting through? First, you must ensure you're speaking clearly- call it voice quality. You have to fight the nose cone and chin cup that are doing their job in keeping a…


Posted on June 6, 2016 at 6:00am

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