Added by Brad Hoff on February 27, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments
Added by Brad Hoff on February 27, 2015 at 4:54pm — No Comments
PRE-SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT - Tonight on Fire Engineering Radio Join the Tap the Box guys with host Billy Greenwood and Chief Don DeAngelis as the industry leaders in fire service leadership discuss the leading…Continue
Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on February 27, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
Many departments across the country have a in-house maze for SCBA Confidence training. These mazes are great for instilling confidence for the brand new fire fighter and maintaining proficiencies for the 20 year veteran. The issue that I have heard not just in my own department but departments across the county in which I reside is, “I can do this maze in my sleep” statement. A lot of mazes are constructed modular so different paths can be taken; the maze will also be slightly different…Continue
Added by Lou Comenale on February 26, 2015 at 8:46pm — No Comments
Added by Mark vonAppen on February 26, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
My friends at Tailboard Training published a new blog post recently. It’s called Ultrahazardous. Everyone in the fire service should read this short piece…everyone from the department chief to the newest rookie, to every person even considering the pursuit…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Working in the fire service has taught me many things. I learned how to become a solid firefighter, a decent cook and learned how to grow tough skin. The one thing I see that many firefighters do is judge others. That is what the fire service is about. From the day you start in rookie school you look around and judge the other candidates. After you get some years under you, you start to judge the other firefighters around you. “He is jam up,” “What was she thinking?” or “That crew is lazy,”…Continue
Added by Cory Crosbie on February 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Just like any other position on the fire apparatus, responsibility and owning your position play a major part in the outcome of the incident or training scenario. We are seeing more and more younger fireman being promoted to the front seat rider as well as young volunteers being forced to ride "shotgun" due to low manpower.…Continue
Added by Jeremy Rebok on February 25, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments
As I am sitting here at my desk after finishing up daily round of paperwork, daily tour log and browsing the interwebs to kill some time, I sit here and ponder the job. How much I love it, how much I want other brother and sister…Continue
Added by Ian Schulte on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments
The Sunday Preach
"Take a good look inside. Why are you here?" pg. 5
~ Like minded individuals enjoy each others company. As such, they often form formal or informal teams.
~Individuals join the team with a series of their own 'similar' yet 'different' personal skill sets.
~Teams need leaders and mentors and coaches and support to recognize and pair the…
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 22, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments
If you’ve been in the fire service for any length of time you should have heard the mnemonics RIT, RIC, or FAST mentioned in formal class trainings, local firehouse trainings, or through self-study. Although those three mnemonics are all different, this doesn’t change the fact that they all carry the same purpose and that’s rescuing one of our own if the need arises. They stand for Rapid Intervention Team (RIT), Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC), and Firefighter Assist and Search Team…Continue
Added by Chad Menard on February 22, 2015 at 9:53am — No Comments
It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 12th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Randy Hiti has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Rice Lake Fire Department.
Added by Brad Hoff on February 20, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Added by Brad Hoff on February 20, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments
A fire at an Iowa feed plant Tuesday demonstrates why firefighters must be cautious and consider the effects of every action when dealing with fires in compartmented areas of manufacturing equipment. Reports stated that a fire occurred within a cooling tower, and upon firefighters opening the tower, the fire flared up.
Fires within pelleting operations are common, especially if a malfunction or power failure causes a disruption in the flow of air or product within the system. Fresh…Continue
Added by Ben Peetz on February 19, 2015 at 7:38am — No Comments
It’s no secret that incorporating stress into a training environment has its benefits. It causes us to think and make logical decisions while we are battling increased breathing, heart rate, and auditory exclusion. The first place we can begin this type of training is with new recruits entering the fire service. Incorporating these stressors little by little throughout their practical training in my experience has been the best way to go with a grand finale if you will near the end of their…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on February 19, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments
I would say there are two questions I field more than any others when it comes to fire streams and apparatus set up. The first is, “How is your engine set up?” and the second, “How would you set up an engine”. I believe most of the time people who ask the first question really want the answer to the second question. So rather than waste the explanation of how an engine is currently set up and what I would change I think it would be best to start with a blank sheet and explain one approach to…Continue
Added by Brian Brush on February 18, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Why Are You A Firefighter?
I was recently invited to speak at the Angola Fire Department Symposium. During the last class of the day which was Leadership: Trust, Love and Thermodynamics, I started off by asking those…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on February 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
From Captain David Konys
Dealing with manpower issues is a problem that I deal with at the department where I work and where I volunteer. I am always looking for ways to maximize our manpower and it starts on the training ground. I usually have a three man engine crew and when we are first in on a working first alarm we are stretched thin, so we have to train to be proficient and everyone knows their roles. We start by talking about what each person’s roles…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 18, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments
VENT LIMITED TEAMS
“It takes two flints to make a fire.” Louisa May Alcott
What’s the condition of our team?
Is our team incipient, smoldering, vent limited, ignited, developing, heavily involved, fully involved or…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on February 17, 2015 at 1:55pm — No Comments