As much is I appreciate the lifesaving contributions of fire dynamics researchers to the firefighting craft, I am continuously frustrated by the slow pace of the experimental process. Given that a limited number of projects, in particular the UL Ventilation and NIST/UL Governors Island tests (…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on March 9, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments
Colloquial- used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary.Oxford Dictionary, because I like their information, and their commas.
Fire service communication is a very fickle creature. We sometimes appear to share a deep love, or disdain for each other, depending on the moment. I often wonder if we really do want to understand each other, and dialogue? Or do we need the chaotic conversations to hide the underlying anxieties that…Continue
Added by scott corrigan on March 7, 2020 at 6:53pm — No Comments
The Virtual Tour
In the fire service, like any business today, Chief’s/Administration…Continue
Added by Jeremy Sanders on February 29, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments
Added by Jeremy Sanders on February 27, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments
Lex Shady & Chris Tobin
There is a quote that we believe represents the vast majority of the fire service concerning buildings; it reads,
“Many an object is not seen, though it falls within the range of our visual ray, because it does not come within the range of our intellectual ray.” Thoreau, Henry
Simply put, we all see buildings, but few understand what they’re actually looking at. That’s a problem, a really…Continue
Added by Alexis Shady on February 27, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments
Where is the WHY?
It’s Not Just Millennial’s That Want to Know
One of the most frustrating things that anyone…Continue
Added by Jeremy Sanders on February 25, 2020 at 12:31pm — No Comments
The Irons: Forcible Entry & Door Control
Besides the standard ensemble of turnout gear, box light, SCBA, and a radio, it is expected for firefighters to dismount their apparatus upon arrival with the essential tools of the trade (TIC, Can, etc.) with an objective and goal in mind. Typically, this includes a set of irons which tend to be placed off to the side once a fortified door has been forced.
With the door…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on February 22, 2020 at 3:50am — No Comments
In my last blog post I talked about some of the poor reasons we use to avoid change. This month I’d like to talk about the other side of that coin.
What are some of the good reasons for embracing change in…Continue
Added by John Lightly on February 3, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments
The Importance of Relationships in the Fire Service…Continue
Added by Nicholas Christensen on January 22, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Data, the empirical information that helps fire departments make educational and justifiable decisions to bring about good change and improvement. Today, many of us use the data born from the modern fire science research being conducted by Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (ULFSRI), to help better understand fire dynamics, the actions and reactions of our tactics, and to learn better methods that improve firefighter effectiveness, safety, and…Continue
Added by Nick J. Salameh on January 16, 2020 at 4:03pm — No Comments
It is said that the fire service is “XYZ years of tradition unimpeded by progress.” It’s time we change that mentality. A simple look at where we’ve been and where we are now in terms of tactics, building construction, apparatus, or staffing levels shows the falsity of that phrase.
I think we are simply hiding behind this statement as a defense mechanism. It allows us to avoid the unknown by remaining content with our present way of operating. We are in essence saying “Sure,…Continue
Added by John Lightly on January 6, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments
The frustrated members of many fire departments, can often be seen gathering in small groups of like-minded people, discussing why they can’t make any improvements or solve the many problems they see, why their department can’t be progressive, and why their particular organization will never be what they want it to be. They constantly see great ideas in the fire service, best practices that other departments are initiating, leadership in other…Continue
Added by Chris Langlois on December 27, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Trust is a five letter word that means so much in the Fire Service, that from time to time it is lost in a person’s character. Whether influenced by peers or it became the norm in the environment that surrounded the individual. Whether your career or volunteer the expectations are the same. Do the right thing of integrity all the time, on and off duty.
When you enter the fire service, an investigation…Continue
Added by Brad Nair on December 17, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
As I look at the calendar, there are exactly 10 days, until Christmas. It can be an exciting and celebratory time for people, but it can also be a very difficult time. People who suffer depression or perhaps lost a loved one around this time of year can find it difficult to cope. I know for me, this time of year always makes me think about my Dad, who passed away over a decade ago. The pain and suffering never truly goes away, we just learn how…Continue
Added by Nick J. Salameh on December 16, 2019 at 10:04am — No Comments
Education and Learning. At first glance, these might seem to be the same thing, but they are actually quite different. Both are extremely important for the firefighter and something that can specifically be prepared for in the coming year.
In the fire service, we continue to pit education and learning against each other and lob…Continue
Added by John Lightly on December 16, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
I am the problem. Other women like me, who want to put a stop to all the noise and just do the job, are the problem. Sometimes, the problem is the solution.
Some of you will not like what I’m about to say, and that’s okay. I’ll make this clear, I don’t care. You don’t agree with me? You’re entitled to your opinion, but remember, I am too. What’s not acceptable is attacking someone for having opinions that differ from yours. We fight for rights for women and call ourselves…Continue
Is your training foundational or decorative in nature? Meaning, are you doing the fun, trendy activities or spending time on what is referred to as the basics?
Driving by a commercial building construction site recently started me thinking about this idea of decorative versus foundational training. The workers were at the rough-in stage of the build. They had laid the first course of block to establish the footprint of the building and were now engaged in…Continue
Added by John Lightly on November 19, 2019 at 4:31pm — No Comments
Preparing for Promotion; The Interview
Assistant Chief Nicholas Christensen, CFO, MPA
The time has come to submit for promotion.…Continue
Added by Nicholas Christensen on November 4, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments
What I Learned at “Fire Camp”
Work is work and no matter how good your fire department is, we all are caught up in the daily grind. Stuff does not go the way we want. We have assignments that we are not really into and sometimes we do not see eye to eye with our coworkers. As much as we don’t like it, these are the realities of our workplace, and over time they can impact…
Added by Dennis P Reilly on November 4, 2019 at 8:51pm — No Comments
Firefighters must be confident in ground ladder operations. That includes knowing what size ladder is needed to get the job done safely, efficiently, and on the first try. Passing Firefighter I doesn’t make someone an expert. Confidence required for basic skills comes through repetition. No matter how long a firefighter has “been on the job” they must constantly refresh the basics.
Frequently throwing different ground ladders builds confidence in choosing the best…Continue
Added by Blaize on October 26, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments