Today we’re going to take a look at personnel development plans (PDPs) and what they mean to Company Officers (CO) and your individual crew members alike. If you have taken some Company Officer Development courses recently you may have heard the term personnel development plan; it’s also mentioned in many state level Fire Officer II courses. For those of you that do not know what a personnel development plan is then continue to read along because I am going to explain what it…Continue
Added by Chad Menard on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
A fire on January 19, 2015 for the Harrisburg, PA. Bureau of Fire demonstrated some excellent teaching points for Drivers or Chauffeurs of Tower Ladders. The fire in the 300 Blk. of N. Front Street involved the top floor of a four story mixed occupancy structure. The first due truck was Tower 1 from the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, the Driver positioned the rig with a perfect spot.…Continue
Added by Richard Riley on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
I was recently asked to speak at the East Brandywine Volunteer Fire Company (Chester County, PA) 2015 Officer Installment ceremony. As Fire Chief John Edwards explained when he first contacted me, what began several years ago as an informal gathering to recognize newly appointed fire officers has evolved into an…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
What happens when firefighters don’t have information? They make it up! I don’t have to tell you this; you already know. Sometimes it’s no big deal, but other times it can be detrimental to your department in many ways.
As members of the fire service we put our heart and sole into our work and our passion. It’s only normal to feel that you want your efforts reciprocated in some form of respect. The type respect that gets us motivated to continue doing what we do is when the people…Continue
Added by Paul Strong on January 19, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Since the end of 2014, I have been reading and listening to year end thoughts and data related to the fire service. There has been discussion on types of calls, near misses and, of course, line of duty deaths. Numbers are broken down and categorized for each type of injury or death that is fire service related and then scrutinized. In many cases these are supposed to be used as lessons and to determine the effectiveness of different messages from different mediums about the prevention of…Continue
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One of the most common complaints I hear about completing dash displacements is the lack of actual "lift" or the feeling of resistance during the lift. This can be caused by a handful…Continue
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STORMS A COMIN
I came from a family of bricklayers and the only ancestor I can track with any Fire Department background was a distant relative who was the Fire Chief of Swansboro, a working class area of south Richmond. Cersley Street is in Swansboro and I made sure that every Rookie knew where it was.…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on January 18, 2015 at 12:34pm — No Comments
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Added by Paul Combs on January 17, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
At times I get frustrated with things in my organization, as I am sure all of you do. Don’t get me wrong, I am very proud to be a part of the department I work for, but there are times I question the motives of others. What are they doing in the Fire Service? Are they here to be sticker collectors, do they just like holding the title of firefighter? You know the ones; they reek of mediocrity, do nothing to improve their performance, and are satisfied with the status quo. Plenty of days I go…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on January 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
In today’s economy, firms are tightening their belts to save money in all areas of business. Number crunchers are getting more creative with cost cutting and often challenging employees to come up with new, cheaper, more efficient ways of doing business in order to realize higher profits. Fire departments are not exempt. Fire chiefs do not have to report earnings to share holders or work to increase profits but they are tasked with being fiscally responsible.
Human resources are a…Continue
Added by JR Hall on January 16, 2015 at 10:48am — No Comments
As I was going through a journal book that I just filled up and was looking through I ran across something that I wrote about being an officer and leader. I will expand more on this later, but I wanted to share it.
Listen and Learn
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 15, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments
A rare but challenging fire you may face in your career will be a burning church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. These buildings may be the treasure of the community and the artifacts inside may be irreplaceable, pre-fire study and planning plus proper initial size up may be what separates a community tragedy or a proud save of the building and all that’s inside.
One of the most important fire ground operations in these buildings takes place prior to the fire even occurring, it is…Continue
Added by Joseph Pronesti on January 13, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments
This multiple part blog has been focusing on the ventilation factors that are present on the fireground. The factors in which we cannot control but have a significant impact on the operations. Part 1 focused on door failure while Part 2 focused on window failure during testing. If you have not read those parts please go back as the information presented are necessary pieces of the puzzle.
Part #1 - …Continue
We refer to Game Changers in all of our courses and it is the foundational element that we strive to become. However, the first thing that comes to mind is, what is it, who is it, and how do we become one? Before we can achieve anything we must understand what it stands for and what it represents. Game Changer is a noun and is defined as ‘a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing…Continue
Added by Jeremy Williams on January 12, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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I am fortunate to be assigned to the busiest engine company in an urban department where I can get a great deal of experience every day. My engine averages around 4000 calls a year and we have more target hazards than I can count. I consider myself lucky that every day I go to work I get plenty of opportunities to practice my job. Unfortunately my attitude is not the prevailing one.
I recently had a conversation with a relatively new lieutenant about call volume. I was giving him a…Continue
Added by JR Hall on January 12, 2015 at 12:27pm — No Comments