Because bad things still happen. Train hard on tactics, techniques, building construction, the science of fire behavior... but be prepared as you can for when it all goes south. As Chief Jim Crawford says, "No one is coming to save us, but us!"
Look at it this way, we have health insurance even though we try to eat healthy and stay fit, we…
Added by Paul Combs on July 31, 2019 at 9:56am — No Comments
Ronal Regan once said, “surround yourself with great people, delegate authority and get out of the way” is easy to say but may be difficult to accomplish especially if you don’t have capable followers.
Followership is a unique skill set in all of industry and for many of the current fire service leaders, there was a point in time, quite possibly through your whole career you were an amazing follower learning,…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on July 26, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Dr. Gasaway is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities on human error, situational awareness, and high-risk decision-making processes. His work has been chronicled in more than 450 books, book chapters, journals, and website articles and he has delivered over…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 23, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments
By Blaize, FD Hacks
Passing on history is important because “those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is of particular relevance to us firefighters as most of…Continue
Added by Blaize on July 23, 2019 at 10:58am — No Comments
Keeping it Functional and Keeping it Fun
With fireground training or firehouse fitness, it is critical to develop lesson plans or workouts with the goal of making them functional to the service your department provides, while more importantly keeping it…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on July 20, 2019 at 3:56am — No Comments
Social media is full of debates, discussions, and general arguments resulting in name-calling on where water should be applied from. One camp is firm in its belief that fast water from whatever location or position is the best. The other camp belittles anyone who does not immediately initiate an aggressive interior attack. This debate has been going on for decades, really, it is now just being rehashed in a different format, that being the internet.
What often gets…Continue
Added by John Lightly on July 17, 2019 at 1:48pm — No Comments
In the world of firehouse life there are a select few who have elevated the art of complaining to Mount Everest proportions. In fact, they are so skilled at whining and grumbling that they most certainly could win Gold if there was ever a Gripe Olympics! What's worse, it's remarkably easy to be pulled down into their pit of despair and backstabbing -…
Added by Paul Combs on July 17, 2019 at 7:54am — No Comments
STAY FIRED UP, and stay humble!
Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2019 at 3:04pm — No Comments
There are some common fire service debates that just seem to be staples of our craft. In recent light a new one has arisen, traditional helmets versus European. While that one seems to be gaining attention, that won’t be what we discuss today. There are statements out there that say, “What goes around comes around.” and “Everything comes full circle.” This is true. If you talk to anyone that has been in their line of work for any amount of time, they’ll tell you common practices…Continue
Added by Chad Menard on July 10, 2019 at 7:20pm — No Comments
The Firehouse Kitchen Table: The Perfect Podium to Promote Health and Wellness
Some of the best memories and learning moments in the fire service don’t take place on the fireground or in a classroom setting; rather they take place around the table while we eat as a shift or take the time to talk over a cup of joe.
Downtime in the firehouse can often lead to complacency or at times the…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on July 6, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
This article is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Atlantic Beach Fire Department Chief Adam Snyder. Chief Snyder was an incredible husband, father, friend, mentor, leader, and advocate for mental health. Prior to his death, he led the Eastern Division of the North Carolina Peer Support Team. He never hesitated to be there for a fellow first responder in need, and on the second Tuesday of every month, he led first responder support group meetings open to anybody in need. He was the…Continue
Added by Dena Ali on July 5, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments
As a modern fire service, we are constantly seeking methods and tactics to increase our service delivery model and to have better trained, better equipped firefighters and to strengthen our relationship with our citizens and business owners while effecting efficient & effective entries on calls. This…Continue
Added by John Buttrick on July 5, 2019 at 9:44am — No Comments
As an officer, I put a ton of pressure on myself to be wiser, smarter, and more experienced than I was yesterday - to lead by example. Unfortunately, all this studying, training, and preparing can take up much of your free time during the course of the day and it's all too easy to say "I'll workout tomorrow." When tomorrow comes, well, you do it again.…
Added by Paul Combs on July 2, 2019 at 9:52am — No Comments
The fire service has been described as paramilitary organization with a leadership organized in a top down fashion. In other words, one person does the thinking, one person directs the organization and one person takes responsibility. Is that right? Is that how your organization operates?
I was stimulated to author this article based on the belief that we can lead and manage better if we involve all of the personnel…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on June 24, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Added by Paul Combs on June 19, 2019 at 8:08am — No Comments
The Axemen lost another brother.
A few months ago, I shared a post about the importance of maintaining some kind of balance between the rigors of being a firefighter and whatever else it takes to put a smile on your face. Such a conversation usually starts with family, extends to a few golf strokes, an annual vacation, or maybe just hanging out with a pack of buddies at the local McDonalds, telling lies about the good ‘ole days.
At the time, David (Professor) and I were fresh…Continue
Added by Scott Ferguson on June 15, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I recently heard this statement in a podcast by Stephen Mansfield. Though I’ve heard variations of it in other places, the way he said it made me stop mowing the lawn and pay closer attention.
It’s a simple statement, yet it’s packed with reality. The point of it is that life can be a struggle, success hinges on how you face up to those struggles.
We teach our kids from their earliest moments this lesson. When a baby is first learning to walk and keeps falling,…Continue
Added by John Lightly on June 15, 2019 at 10:11am — No Comments
The inventor, thinker, genius, mathematician and all around smart guy, Albert Einstein once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I think he was right. We worked the same way for a long time (the first 270 years or so) and injuries and LODDs became part and parcel to our service. We thought that simply doing it “over and over again” the same way and thinking it would change all by itself, would work. It didn’t. However…Continue
Added by RON KANTERMAN on June 12, 2019 at 8:03am — No Comments
My training and tools side hustle receives a fair share of inquiries regarding “vetting” new tools. These typically come from the company themselves, direct to us, for review. What intrigued me as a Truck Co. firefighter after seeing The CHAR tool was that this could be the first vertical firefighter self-rescue tool. As a massive fan of the pompier ladder, I had to get my hands on this.
This one I solicited for. I wanted this…Continue
Added by John Buttrick on June 9, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Anyone who has seen the HBO Mini-Series “Band of Brothers” knows who Major Richard Winters is. The leader of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment states in his book, “Beyond Band of Brothers” that, “Having selected the right men for the job, I then delegated the authority to my subordinates and allowed them to use their initiative to execute the mission. There is no need to tell someone how to do his job if you have properly trained your…Continue