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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 11:01am — 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 10:30am — 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 9:30am — 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 6:20pm on April 7, 2010, Brad Hoff said…
Hey Chief

Hello from Alaska and thanks for the add! Keep up on the Too Hot stuff! Someday I'll make it down to FDIC and I can buy a drink for you and the rest of the brothers and sisters who help make me a better firefighter by being on the Community!



At 5:33pm 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 2:05pm on July 4, 2008, Rob Bergerson said…

Your book IMS for the Streetsmart Fire Officer is on several of our promotional exam study lists; and I have to say it's one of the best books on common sense (which alot of books lack) firefighting. I appreciate you writing something that is fundamentally sound. The Oriented Search is by far the most sensible approach to affecting a successful search operation. Enjoy retirement...
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 12:31pm on June 6, 2008, Mike Douglas said…
Hey Chief,
Give me a call, I have some information for you. 777-1133
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 10:12am on May 8, 2008, Mike Douglas said…
Great, give me a call and choose your poison.
At 7:33pm on April 25, 2008, Mike Douglas said…
Chief, how are you doing? Hope retirement is treating you well. Please give me a call at West Chester Fire Headquarters (777-1133) and I'll buy you lunch. I'd like to discuss some training opportunities.
Talk to you soon,
Capt. Mike Douglas
West Chester Fire
At 5:43pm on April 13, 2008, David Ebel said…

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