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April 2014 Blog Posts (51)

Building the Battle Ready Firefighter

Battle Ready?

Fire Departments can have the best apparatus, tools / equipment and still struggle to provide professional services to their community.  Why?  Behavioral modification or “learning” is a major component in preparing brothers for battle.  While we travel across the country providing some of the best training available to firefighters, we have noted that many fire departments have lots of technology these days.  This technology, especially in the thermal…


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on April 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Added by Paul Combs on April 22, 2014 at 7:35am — No Comments

Out Front

I hold myself to a very high standard, I strive for perfection day in and day out.  It gets a little exhausting and can be defeating chasing an unattainable bar, but I would never consider lowering it. The problem with aiming so high is that I expect those around me to hold themselves equally accountable.…


Added by Becki White on April 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

The "Direct Hit Reporting System"

I recently sat in on a brief on the new Near Miss Reporting System.  I’ve always been a strong advocate of the Near Miss System since its inception and have used it many times when preparing to teach various topics.  It has a strong history of collecting and providing valuable information to the fire service.  And I’m glad to report that the new reporting system is better, stronger and faster than ever before.  But something struck me during the presentation on the new near-miss…


Added by Eddie Buchanan on April 21, 2014 at 12:38pm — 6 Comments

Extrication Quick Tip 1

As a good rule of thumb, cutting vehicle posts within 4 inches of the roofline or 4 inches from the rocker panel, will greatly increase your chances of boron/high strength steel avoidance.…


Added by Isaac Frazier on April 21, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: WV

I apologize for this being posted so late.

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 34th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief George Underwood 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 Lake Volunteer Fire Department.…


Added by Brad Hoff on April 19, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Control What You Can, and Do It Well!

You can't worry yourself with what the other crews or shifts do or don't do.

Don't bother yourself with what the other officers are or are not doing.

When you come on shift, all you need to worry about and focus on is taking care of business.

Your members will do the same. Control what you can, when you can and control it well!

Be that crew, company and officer. Be the best!

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 19, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Curious Kid

During the invocation at this years FDIC, Father John Carney compared firefighters to children.  He went on to explain that the qualities shared among children and firefighters was to be trusting, dependant, resilient, honest, sometimes tackless, playful, and to have great imagination.  A firefighters quest for knowledge and…


Added by David Mellen on April 18, 2014 at 9:37pm — No Comments

No Excuses!

We all advance at a different pace. Sometimes due to us not being prepared, sometimes just being beat out and other times factors we can't control come into play.

No matter what the reason, use a promotion lost as a learning experience. Not only about the process itself, but where to improve.

Use the time to gain more experience, master the craft and to prove you're the best candidate.

No sulking, no complaining and no…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 18, 2014 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Senior Man

I’ve been fortunate to be able to help with multiple fire academies in my short career in the fire service, and each class comes with their challenges. The class usually starts with 10-15 people in it and it usually ends with 7-10 students. They drop out due to family issues, academic failures, and practical issues. One of the classes we lost someone who just didn’t want to do the schoolwork. This type of behavior is the stuff that isn’t acceptable. In my eyes, what is acceptable is someone…


Added by Tyler Hice on April 16, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Post FDIC Syndrome

Are you suffering from Post FDIC Syndrome? Don’t suffer any longer. Introducing FDIC Spray. Just insert nozzle into the ear and give it a shot. You will be full of passion, commitment, motivation and enthusiasm in no time! But wait there’s more……..…


Added by David Rhodes on April 16, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments

Journal Entry 31-“Deck the Halls-The Convention Center Halls”

Well, FDIC 2014 has come and gone and sure enough, no one was disappointed. We had more folks there than ever, there was electricity in the air and learning was nearly off the scale. There’s no other place like it. For me and many others, it’s an annual family reunion. There are a host of men and women I only see once a year and it’s in Indianapolis. For those of you who couldn’t get there, here’s a bit of it from where I…


Added by RON KANTERMAN on April 15, 2014 at 8:35am — 1 Comment

The Difference

By Mark vonAppen

"Our standard of performance on defense is to get 11 men to the football on every play," my father would say as he stood before his players to begin the season.  "We have a standard to uphold, and each one of…


Added by Mark vonAppen on April 15, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

The Sunday after FDIC!

I usually take a few minutes on Sunday to get a strategic look at things.  I evaluate the work of the previous week and look at priorities, goals and challenges for the week ahead.  The Sunday after FDIC is a whopper!  So much happens in a compressed time, and I don’t want to miss or lose any of the great opportunities that I was lucky enough to be exposed to or experience.  Here’s a few of the highlights from my week at FDIC:

There is no civil…


Added by Eddie Buchanan on April 13, 2014 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

The Becoming of an Officer

Becoming an officer and an effective leader is not accomplished from passing tests or being the best interviewer or having the highest level degree or the most years on the department.

It is achieved by being a servant of the fire service. It is achieved through performing the most subtle acts on a daily basis that makes the fire service and others better.

It is achieved by making sure others come first and that the successes of those around us are as important as our… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 12, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments

The Power of Networking

One of the great things about the fire service is that we are large in numbers. When you meet someone who is also a firefighter, there's an instant bond and conversation can easily flow. Regardless of how different your departments may be, you still have a lot in common with that person.

I have been fortunate enough to attend FDIC the last 2 years and experience the massive opportunities to talk with other firefighters and do some networking. The classes are great at FDIC, but a lot…


Added by Paul Strong on April 11, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Courage and Valor

This Hump Day SOS is in honor of Lieutenant Gregory Pickard who posthumously received the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award today at the Fire Department Instructors Conference.

Courage and Valor are traits are not learned through training. They are not automatically bestowed upon…


Added by David Rhodes on April 9, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments


Recalling Cowboy

The red phone rang at the fire station with orders from the Fire Chief’s office. A tractor trailer had overturned on interstate 95 and cattle had escaped and were running on the highway and throughout the nearby neighborhoods. The State Police had requested that Lewis “Cowboy” Tunstall respond to round up the cattle.

Cowboy Tunstall was a Lieutenant in our department. He was a farrier…


Added by Warren Cersley on April 7, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

The Stone and the Blade

As many are preparing to make their way to FDIC or are already there, it is important to understand what our roles are as fire service instructors and leaders. Yes, you are both, whether you are an officer or not if you are helping to make the fire service better, you are a leader and instructor at some level.

I was using my knife the other day and it needed to be sharpened. I have an old stone that has sharpened knives for many years.  When you learn how to use that stone and are…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 6, 2014 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Leadership Movement

Added by Brandon Lane on April 5, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments

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