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May 2011 Blog Posts (29)

FDIC Video Interview

Check out my interview at this past FDIC. Link below...

FDIC Interview

Added by Paul Combs on May 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Be The Warrior





Added by Matt McDowell on May 30, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Many Died For Your Three Day Weekend

Blogger Note: My dad, Staff Sgt. Walter (Gotch) Goodrich is standing in the middle of the back row.

I must admit that I have been a selfish pig when it comes to Memorial Day weekend. I have been so consumed by HOW I was going to spend it that I forgot the REASON. Did you?



Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on May 27, 2011 at 8:41am — 9 Comments

CDC On Zombie Apocalypse: Are Ya Kiddin' Me?

Not sure how I missed this last week, but our illustrious Centers for Disease Control (CDC) posted a May 16, 2011 set of instructions to help citizens prepare for a potential Zombie Apocalypse.  Now, I'm not sure about you, but this tongue-in-cheek instructional set seems a bit out of line for our national health information web source.  The CDC has long maintained high quality, authoritative, and well…


Added by Mike McEvoy on May 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments





Added by Paul Combs on May 23, 2011 at 8:20pm — 1 Comment

First Due Questions-Saturday's Question

Going to go for an easy one today since the world is supposed to end at some point (hahahaha)

If you could change one thing and one thing only about your apparatus what would it be and why. 

For example: I would change the location of our pump panel from "walk through" to side mounted. This way the Engineer/Pump Operator would be able to move around a little more fluidly and wouldn't need to be up and down all the time. 

What would you…

Added by Chris Naff on May 21, 2011 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

First Due Questions-Thursday's Question

Tommorows question once again a little early...This ones more on a personal level. Im curious to how many out of 773 firefighters we have at the moment are multi generation. So the question is who on the like list are a multi generation fireman...explain? ex. Im a 2nd generation with my father being the first generation. (currently still active)


Click on the link to answer: …


Added by Chris Naff on May 18, 2011 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Big Fire, Big Water...Easy For The Chief to Say

This weekend Traditions Training delivered a two-day class in Quakertown/Coopersburg, PA. The class was in a large acquired structure that offered many challenges to the hose crews as they advanced lines all day into the structure, flowing water and simulating making the push.

My mind was going a mile a minute as we simulated fires in the structure.  I thought about all of the tactics I would employ if I was in command for an actual fire. The structure was an old school building, two…


Added by Richard Riley on May 18, 2011 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Job Interviews-Articulating Introspection

I used to sit on the sidelines and watch discussions that centered on the interview portion of the hiring process for firefighters and wonder what was so problematic.


After-all; at my last three jobs, I was hired based upon the strength of my resume. There was no grueling grilling; just a few questions for clarification.


But now, I can say that I am not fond of job interviews and it is for one, simple reason: I don’t do well at them.


As my…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on May 17, 2011 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Mind - Body - Skill: The Back-Up Firefighter

To follow up to my last post The Ominus Triad - Complacency, Fatigue, Mistakes I felt it necessary to provide an example. The Combat Position - Achieving Firefighter Readiness and The Fire Service Warrior present the true path for…


Added by Brian Brush on May 16, 2011 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

Scopes of Situational Awareness

There is no shortage of discussion on the topic of situational awareness and rightfully so. If we can find ways to train firefighters to evaluate and process more information about what is happening around their task or operation the safer they will be. Unfortunately, there are a couple factors which seriously limit the scope of situational awareness that we can expect from those operating on the fire ground.…


Added by Brian Brush on May 16, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Ominus Triad - Complacency, Fatigue, Mistakes

We recently had a trauma surgeon present a EMS continuing education lecture for our department. Part of her lecture was in regards to current trends in trauma science and the use of the Damage Control concepts. Initially I was not very interested in the lecture, that is until she used the term "Ominous Triad of Death". How cool is that, you throw…


Added by Brian Brush on May 13, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Negative Pressure

Yeah; it is used to suck the smoke and heat from structures, but it’s also used to suck any promise that many future leaders will offer new perstpective to the old hard-line ways of a traditional fire service.


I read on fire discussion boards about concern that the “old guard” isn’t passing it down to the new guard. Along with that come complaints that the new guard isn’t interested in old stuff. They want new stuff; that is, unless it deals with the same old approach to…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on May 11, 2011 at 2:28pm — 2 Comments

First Due Questions-Tuesday's Question

Your the first due engine officer (staffed @ 3) of a large home (4000 sqft) on an incline with a very long driveway. All you can see is heavy smoke from the roadway. The engine cannot get down the driveway and its approx 600 ft long. Hydrant is approx 200 ft from the driveway. Describe your operation to get water to the fire. When you approach the home what you see in the picture is what you have....(homeowner in driveway says hes the only one home) Once you…


Added by Chris Naff on May 10, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Conflict Resolution – LEO vs. FD

Well, everything was just dandy until our long time village police chief retired.

Not only did our fire department get along with Jim, but many of us had developed a real friendship with him.

The irony of this dust up between our fire chief and the new police chief is that we have terrific relationships with our county sheriff’s department and our state police.

Here is the situation that was described to me:

Our fire…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on May 9, 2011 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

First Due Questions-Saturday's Question

Lets go with todays question! Your pulling up on scene of a working fire confirmed by the first due engine company. They arrived on scene just prior to your arrival and are putting hose on the ground and making a connection to the hydrant (staffed at 3) YOU are the officer of the first due TRUCK COMPANY and are staffed with 3 today. As the truck is pulling up you hear over the radio a report of multiple children trapped possibly upstairs per babysitter…


Added by Chris Naff on May 7, 2011 at 1:50pm — No Comments

RIT staging and procedures

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Added by Stephen Charlton on May 6, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

First Due Questions-Friday's Question

Ready for today's question? Here we go!

Does you department have seat assignments on you apparatus?

If they do, tell us the number of people on the rig and what the assignments are. Also tell us why you like it and why you don't

If not, tell us why you think your department doesn't have them, and why you think they should. You can also tell us how many people you have on your rig.


Give your thoughts on First…


Added by Chris Naff on May 6, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

The four stages of fundamental leadership

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Added by Stephen Charlton on May 5, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

First Due Questions-Thursday's Question

You are dispatched to reported residential structure fire in a newer neighborhood with homes that are lightweight construction with approx. 3500 sq.ft or more. You are pulling into the neighborhood and see the charlie side of the fire. 

Give your arrival report.

Any special requests.

And assignments for all incoming units your department would have coming.

The photo was borrowed from Chris Naum at

Go!… Continue

Added by Chris Naff on May 5, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

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