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Modern Fire Science - What's in the Name?

From the start, I’ve been a huge supporter of the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL-FSRI) and the many fire science studies UL and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are producing on behalf of the fire service. Never before has the opportunity for firefighters to learn and understand the topics of modern fire dynamics and modern firefighting tactics been greater than today. Modern Fire Science is the culmination of these studies that is…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on July 18, 2018 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Artificial Experience: Shortcutting Today's Fire Service

“What happens when you can’t just Google the answer?”


I remember very vividly the Mayday! Firefighter Down portion of my recruit academy.  It was taught over three days including a thorough review of LODD case studies and drills, which recreated many of the same conditions that has previously either injured or killed a firefighter in the line of duty.  One such scenario was the…


Added by Benjamin Martin on July 17, 2018 at 11:47am — No Comments

What’s in that bag? Through-The-Lock Respectful Entry Tools

Part II of the Through-The-Lock/ Respectful Entry series.


This is what we carry in our TTL/ RE bag.

Ours.  …


Added by John T. Buttrick III on July 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments


How well are you training and preparing your officers to manage your most important resource?

STAY FIRED UP, and train!


To see more Drawn By Fire, go to:…


Added by Paul Combs on July 11, 2018 at 8:01am — No Comments

Keep Talking - I’m Analyzing You

So, what exactly does a firefighter look like? How should they act? What skills should they be able to master? How big and strong should they be? Are firefighters supposed to be more mechanically inclined or fluid with their words? Should they be creative or analytical? Is it essential that they be self-aware or is it more important that they are interpersonal? Are they nimble minded and quick to reply, or do they process information more slowly before providing a response?



Added by Scott Ferguson on July 3, 2018 at 10:22pm — No Comments

The Pursuit of Happiness

 What comes to mind when you hear “The Pursuit of Happiness?” For me it’s a lot of things, first would be finding what makes you happy. What makes you feel fulfilled? What brings you joy? What defines success to you?

Success. That’s what we feel defines true happiness. Be that as it…


Added by Dave McGlynn on July 3, 2018 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Respectful Entry; Through-The-Lock FE

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Firefighter through-the-lock forcible entry. A less destructive and more technical entry that results in gaining patient and occupant access on…


Added by John T. Buttrick III on July 1, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Assistant Chief Juratovac

“All that I am I owe, I live eternally in the red." – Dr. Carl Holmes



Added by Christopher Baker on July 1, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Attributes of Leading

(Photo Credits: B Shifter Magazine).

I recently attended a train-the-trainer class for a new…


Added by Christopher Baker on June 30, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ground Ladders Part 2 from Engine House Training


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 29, 2018 at 10:12pm — No Comments


“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a reader - I have been since my days as a child staying up past midnight reading comic books. Why, because my mom was a reader and knew the value of learning new things and going on the wild…


Added by Paul Combs on June 29, 2018 at 7:01am — No Comments

Avoiding Risk Doesn't Make You Safe: It's All About Perception

            There’s a risk to not taking risks, it’s unsafe. Is that possible? I think so, and in today’s time I feel like some have enveloped themselves so much in being safe, that they no longer train to a standard that allows them to be prepared and competent. That’s unsafe. This does not mean that being safe isn’t necessary, and I would never advocate doing tasks that are unsafe just for the sake of doing them, that’s a suicide mission. However, there is no better safety factor than…


Added by Chad Menard on June 27, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Sign Says “Rerack Your Weights”

Not every post has to be deep; some just require common sense.

While working out at the local gym a few weeks ago, I noticed a young woman walking around wiping down equipment, stripping weights, and putting away…


Added by Scott Ferguson on June 26, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Gypsum Roof Decking


         A few weeks back, our training division was able to acquire a structure set for demolition. It was a 1960, two story, Type #2, Commercial, measuring in around 10,500 square feet. With time always equaling money, organizations are often limited to having these structures for just a few days prior to coming down. However, with this particular structure, we had the tremendous opportunity of having it at our disposal for an entire month. We utilized it to the…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on June 22, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

FDIC: a rookie Instructors perspective!

Every year there is a pilgrimage of 34,000 Firefighters from all over the world to the fine City of Indianapolis, Indiana for the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC.) This is often referred to as the Disneyland for Firefighters, a week worth of education, mentoring, networking and friendship. 2018 was only my second time attending this amazing event however, 2018 was very different.  2018, I was lucky enough to have been selected as a FDIC presenter. …


Added by Sean Eagen on June 21, 2018 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

Cats in the Cradle

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

In 1974, Harry Chapin released a song entitled Cats in The Cradle; it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. I was only 13 years old, and probably more interested in the Eagles and Chicago than a ballad singer, but I remember the lyrics had an impact on me then, as they still do today. The story centers…


Added by Scott Ferguson on June 19, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Communicating for Positive Results

Positive communication, why does it matter? Whether oral or written, we’ve all seen examples of effective and ineffective communication. Each example usually speaks for itself. Much of this article will focus on written communication and how to leave your audience with a positive impression, but also speaks to effective verbal communication.


Many of us have seen examples of work related documents and emails that have contained numerous spelling and/or grammatical errors, or a…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on June 14, 2018 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

In Memorium- Recognizing Those who have served before us.

The following comments are something I put together for  Piscataway NJ's Fire Departments annual memorial service a few weeks back. A reflective look at those who have served in fire service and have since passed.…


Added by Anthony Correia on June 12, 2018 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Why We Do It

I was watching a Simon Sinek “Ted Talks” motivational video on Leadership. He spoke on something that opened my eyes, he said “why do we do it?”

Instantly my brain adjusted to referencing how that statement could apply to me as well as the people I work with and more importantly the people we serve. I first started with why I became a Firefighter.

Why did I become a Firefighter? Such an odd question that when asked many of us are seemingly caught off guard and can’t describe…


Added by Dave McGlynn on June 11, 2018 at 10:32pm — No Comments


Psalm, 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Crew unity provides members with a sense of cohesion and confidence during calls, and a natural support network when returning to, or at, the fire station. A close crew is one…


Added by Paul Combs on June 11, 2018 at 8:43am — No Comments

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