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I'm looking for a Cover photo used on Fire Engineering
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Kimple Sep 19, 2010.


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Lives in:
Cincinnati Ohio
Toledo Fire Department (Ret.)
Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Finances. Budget and staffing cuts.
Topics you provide training for:
I do presentations covering both my text books. Incident Management for the Street Smart Fire Officer and;
Managing Major Fires.
I also do a presentation on Search called Searching Smarter.
Areas of expertise:
IMS, Strategy and Tactics, Search,Managing Incidents.
Skip has retired as Assistant Chief of the Toledo Fire Department where he served for over 32 years. Skip was Tenchical Editor for Fire Engineering Magazine for over 13 years and is on the FDIC Educational Advisory Committee. Skip blogs for FE web page. He received the Tom Brennan "Life time Achievement award at FDIC in 2011.

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New Residential

The fire occurs on a Sunday morning at 6:45 am.  The house is 3800 sq. ft. and had four bedrooms. One on Division 1 and three on Division 2. Your crew is assigned Search.  There is 1 hose line stretched to the front door at the time you are assigned by the first arriving engine.  

How would you conduct your search?

            Entry point

            Type of search

            Where would you start? Division 1, 2 or basement!

            How would you and…


Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:01pm — 6 Comments

Another Bungalow Scenario

The fire occurs in a small, 540 sq. ft. Frame bungalow.  The alarm is sounded at 0630 hours on a Sunday morning.  As in the photo, there are vehicles parked on the “D” side of the structure. 

“Attack” has been assigned to the first due engine.  Your crew is assigned “Search”. 

Develop a search plan including entry point, where you will start and end up the search.  Also include search type and any other considerations.

View video at:   …


Posted on December 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Vacant Multi-family

This fire occurs in a vacant wood frame building.  It was originally built (1920’s or 30’s) as a multi-family dwelling and has been renovated several times over the years. 

The building is located in an old section of your community where blight and deterioration has overtaken the area.  There are many homeless people in the area and drugs and prostitution is prevalent.  

Your company is approaching and awaiting assignment. First on-scene crews are…


Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Upper/Lower Duplex search

Your company is assigned to Search. The first in Engine Company has already stretched a line in through the front door on the A/B corner and heading up stairs.   One firefighter of that crew is assigned to “Door Control” until the fire is located and darkened.  So we have two firefighters on Division 2 with a hoseline (the remainder of the first in Engine Company).  Their focus is on darkening the fire.

Again, you are assigned search.  Staffing is whatever your crew would be staffed…


Posted on October 20, 2014 at 10:57am — 5 Comments

Garden Apartment Search Blog

I would like to continue with the search blogs.  As a reminder, I will post a video of the fire scene and provide some basic information.  I would hope you would respond to the blog by commenting at the bottom of the page.  If you are a little timid, (you’re probably not a “B” shifter) at least think about the situation and figure out what you would do if you were assigned search at that fire. 

This fire occurs in a three story garden type apartment. One level is mostly below grade…


Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

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At 6:33pm on December 5, 2008, Jim Mason said…
Hey Chief
I just wanted to say hello. I've been so busy with Common Sense Firefighting on this site that I haven't gotten around to the rest of ti until now. I hope all is good with you and yours. Take Care
Jim Mason
Chgo FD
At 10:31pm on October 29, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Chief Coleman:

It would be an honor if you would join the group called "Unique HazMat Incidents". I will be presenting this at FDIC in 09 and would love to hear your thoughts on our discussions.
Todd McKee
At 8:59pm on July 2, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Chief, Feel free to take a look at the HazMat forum called HazMat News and Training. Would love to hear what you have to say about te ERG discussion. Todd

If you would be kind enough to email me some info on you speaking at my local FD I would like that. Todd
At 6:47pm on May 17, 2008, Mike Walker said…
Just thought you'd want to know, the entire Oklahoma City Fire Department has now been formaly trained in the Oriented Search Method.
At 5:43pm on April 13, 2008, David Ebel said…

Visit Emergency and Disaster Responders
A site for responders by responders.. please check it out for yourself. Be honored to have you see for yourself.
At 7:47pm on April 4, 2008, Mike Walker said…
Hey Chief

I've started a High-Rise Group. I would appriciate if you would join and contribute to the group. Thanks for all that you do.

Take care and God bless
At 6:58pm on March 17, 2008, Chris Pepler said…
I am a huge fan of your book. It has proven to help me not only as a firefighter, but as an Instructor too. If you have any input for my Flashover group it would be greatly appreciated.
At 6:31am on March 17, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Hey Chief, Feel free to pass some of your knowledge to me...... Would love your input on my HazMat Forums....
At 7:40pm on March 13, 2008, Jay Michael said…
Hope retirement is surrounded in golf. Come see what you taught me while you were in Elkhart, we are having a real good discussion on command in the Fire Ground Strategies group. Plugged your book.
At 7:25pm on March 13, 2008, Forest Reeder said…
Hey Skip, hope you are well, hope to visit with you at FDIC. Lets talk about coming back to IL for the instructors conference

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