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January 2015 Blog Posts (55)



While speaking recently at the IAFC/VCOS conference in Florida, I told the story of a time when a fire officer and I didn’t see eye to eye. I said that we did not gee haw. After the session, a Texan approached me and told me that he had not heard gee haw in many years and he asked what the term meant to me. I explained that when two people disagree…


Added by Warren Cersley on January 11, 2015 at 11:08am — No Comments

Residential Laddering

The Sunday Preach:


Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of a day that made me extremely proud to be a fireman and fire officer. I was a member of the first to arrive ladder company that made 4 "grabs" (removal of civilian occupants) from a well involved residential building fire. While one victim was removed via the interior, the other 3 rescued civilians presented themselves at…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on January 11, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

Boss/Manger Leader vs Expert Leader Does it matter if the fire incident commander was never a competent company officer? Does it matter if the company officer had limited time as a firefighter? Does …

Boss/Manger Leader vs Expert Leader

Does it matter if the fire incident commander was never a competent company officer? Does it matter if the company officer had limited time as a firefighter? Does it matter is the chief was an expert firefighter?…


Added by David Rhodes on January 7, 2015 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Energy Drink for Morale


 I love Christmas time, especially now with the children.  It is a blast to be around family and enjoy the time together.  But does anyone else have that one relative who complains about everything at the family get-together?  That one relative who shows up for the family…


Added by Jeremy Holmes on January 7, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #25 (Pull the KEYS)

This week’s “quick tip” seems basic; however, it is incredible how often this quick step is being overlooked. We must get into a habit of turning off the ignition and removing the key on motor vehicle crashes. It is a quick, easy, and often overlooked step. Typically, this will secure roughly 90% of the systems on any…


Added by Isaac Frazier on January 7, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control - Part 2

In part 1 we focused on window failure. Now we will be focusing on door failure. When I was first taught to enter a second floor window without the protection of a hand line to search a bedroom (VES) I was taught to immediately close the door. I was also told if there was no door, find a door, take it off the hinges and put it in place. Today, many beat the drum that there is no reason to include the “I” (isolate) into the VES acronym. We have all heard it “if you were taught the right way…


Added by P.J. Norwood on January 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Are you Coordinating?

There is no question that it takes discipline to do this job. It takes discipline to perform. It takes discipline to come in everyday and make sure your tools are ready for the fight. We never know when it will happen and we must always be prepared. Now let’s take it to the fireground. Coordination of ventilation and fire attack is one of the most important things that takes place. Almost a harmonized dance between the engine and ladder crews. The engine knowing that the ladder made it to…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on January 5, 2015 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Detroit Shields & Step Up and Lead Author Frank Viscuso Recap from Nov. Politics & Tactics Radio Show

By Peter Callan, Jason Balletto & Frank Ricci.…


Added by Frank Ricci on January 4, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Never Deny Training Requests

In the early years of fire departments being organized, men who joined their local fire departments were immediately put to work and gained knowledge from on the job experiences.  As time…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on January 3, 2015 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Are we Upstream? Community Health, Sprinklers, and Logging?

There has been a great focus placed on "upstreamist" thinking in the medical field. An "upstreamist" is one that focuses on preventing people from falling into the river of medical system over-use. They don't focus on only treating their patient's condition, they look at what caused it and what they can do to help remedy the situation so the patient can live a happier and healthier life. This in return lessens the burden placed on the medical system and allows attention to be focused on truly… Continue

Added by Devon Wells on January 3, 2015 at 3:57pm — 4 Comments

Whats missing from the conversation?

2014 was an exciting year for me personally and professionally. At home, my wife was saved by a lifesaving double lung transplant, my FD got a new tax levy passed that will allow us to purchase desperately needed equipment, increase staffing and create additional officer positions, and I served my first year as President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).  This position has allowed me to meet and work with some amazing firefighters, fire officers, instructors…

Added by Steve Pegram on January 2, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Opposing Forces

A common question that is posed from current and prospective officers along with engaged firefighters is "how do you deal with superior officers or an organization that doesn't want to move forward?"  

First, it's not always the organization or the superior officers that are the sole problem. I've seen good, engaged, enthusiastic  firefighters circumvent the chain of command, rush into projects without regard to organizational needs and just plain and simple ignore the need to be…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 2, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

The Engine Company and the Power of One, Pt.2

                In part 1, I discussed the ability of a single four person engine company to aggressively attack an external apartment building fire, by deploying a deck gun blitz attack on the outside seat of the fire that was extending up the exterior of the building and threatening, or already in the attic space, while at the same time, getting a 2 ½ inch line up to the top floor and flowing water into the attic. Part 1 can be found here:…


Added by Chris Langlois on January 2, 2015 at 9:43am — 2 Comments


New year, new beginnings, new opportunities to grow, share, and serve. What will you do in 2015?

May you all have a safe and fun year full of life and learning.

Want your own printable goals sheet? Just click on the image below and print (8.5x11).…


Added by Paul Combs on January 1, 2015 at 10:08am — No Comments

Congratulations, in 2015 you will be promoted to a Command Level Officer...MAYDAY,MAYDAY,MAYDAY!


It’s a new year and in many fire departments across America large or small, paid, part-paid and volunteer, members of our service will be retiring from positions of command and new faces will be taking their spots. If you are in one of these categories of either retirement or promotion I say congratulations and Godspeed. Now, for those of you getting promoted to command positions (which will include me in 2015) I ask if you are ready to hear one word repeated three…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on January 1, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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