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Featured Blog Posts – March 2015 Archive (6)

The Benefits of the Low Prop in Firefighter Bailout Training

We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer our Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015 this year as one of the HOT classes.  We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the need for a firefighter to have to exit an…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 24, 2015 at 10:33pm — No Comments

FDIC International 2015 - The Bridge Between Research and Tactics

The fire service is evolving everyday and this couldn’t be more evident in a recent illustration by Brother Paul Combs. This past month’s illustration gives us insight on the necessity to understand, study and learn more about fire behavior.

The fire and the building its within is our enemy and we must know as much as possible about…


Added by P.J. Norwood on March 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Four Simple Rules for the Company Officer

I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department.  When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations.  I was recently asked about expectations for my company officers.  They aren't too different from what I expected from my crew members when I was a company officer.

When I sit down with my crew and…

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 18, 2015 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment


By: Mark vonAppen

A well-intentioned co-worker took me aside as I…


Added by Mark vonAppen on March 11, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments


It's only a little more than a month away and I'm starting to get excited! I'm presenting for the first time and I'm hoping to see each of you there. Mark you calenders for Thursday, April 23rd, 3:30 p.m. - Rooms 109-110, for Drawn By Fire: A Decade Of Fired Up' Toons.


Drawn by Fire: A Decade of Fired Up 'Toons…


Added by Paul Combs on March 6, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments


This throwback photo was taken in the seventies at the retirement party for Raymond “Raybo” Adams. Raymond was an “old timer” when I joined his company. He also was the star pitcher on the department baseball team and he could still “bring the stuff” as he aged.

The picture always reminds me of the old and the new and the generational differences that we hear so much about in the Fire Service. It also causes me to stop…


Added by Warren Cersley on March 4, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

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