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May 2014 Blog Posts (62)

Bill Town Burn Down

Firefighters who commit arson should receive no mercy from the judge at sentencing nor should they receive mercy from their communities. In fact; I believe firefighter arsonists should receive enhanced sentencing for such an act.

And I will leave…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on May 11, 2014 at 6:11pm — No Comments

What does your behavior say about you?

What would you like people to say about you when you’re not in the room? In particular, what would you like them to say about you as a leader? Pretend you’re a fly on the wall and you get to listen in on real conversations taking place about you.  These conversations are between firefighters at a station you haven’t visited in a while, or maybe from your peers that you work with every day, or possibly your friends and family at a summertime get-together. Take a moment to write down 3 things…


Added by Paul Strong on May 9, 2014 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Succession Planning - Are You Ready?

During our travels there seems to be a common complaint heard by many brothers and sisters around the country, that being their department offers little or no leadership training or development. Hopefully you weren't pinned and sent off to figure this all out on your own. Preparing the next generation of leaders is everyone's responsibility. You see it is not just the fire chief's responsibility but the entire membership regardless of rank or title. It takes many hands to build a village.…


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on May 8, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Motorized 360

Big Box

Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Toys R Us, or various other chain and brand name stores. No matter the name they go under they all have one thing in common.


They also provide a very difficult fire problem for even the largest and best staffed fire departments in the fire service. In these instances we must abandon our traditional “residential” tactics and deploy more…


Added by Robert Owens on May 8, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments


...and it's an epidemic!

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Added by Paul Combs on May 8, 2014 at 8:12am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Unsafe!

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your thinking.…


Added by David Rhodes on May 7, 2014 at 9:45am — No Comments

Tactical Command and Control

Although I do not agree with Chief Laymen on nozzle selection, I think his 1953  book titled: Fire Fighting Tactics is still  great reference material.

Here is a small sample: "A battlefield does not give an opportunity for study, one does what he can to apply what he already knows, therefore, it is necessary that he know thoroughly and be able to use his knowledge…


Added by Sid Newby on May 6, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Making It Happen

Lieut. Ray McCormack speaks fluently about the acronym "DICERS-VO" on the fire ground, while defining it very well.  I got to thinking the other day, many acronyms flood the fire service and why add another one.  As tactics are a major part of the job, organizations are formed from the top, and many times the services/programs we provide are implemented from above the operations staff.  No fire department can operate without funding, apparatus, manpower, and tools.  The defined "Mission" can…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on May 6, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Chock Enhancement

Everyone knows the tale of Hansel and Gretel. Two kids who get lost in the woods and leave a trail of bread crumbs to lead themselves back home. Well while the method was not perfect Hansel and Gretel had a great idea and it is something we can use on the fireground.

door chock 1

Here are the two styles of door chocks I carry in my gear. While this may seem simple think about this…


Added by Robert Owens on May 5, 2014 at 12:39pm — 2 Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" 3 (PIE CUT)

Not all responders are blessed with the newest equipment. If a high strength post is too much for your cutter, attempt a pie cut as shown. Many times this will allow you to "cut around" the stronger portions of the post.   

Added by Isaac Frazier on May 5, 2014 at 7:42am — 1 Comment

No Standpipe? No PROBLEM

We often times are not able to get out of service in order to get vital training. Either other companies beat us to it, calls get in the way, or other vital mission critical stuff pops up (staffing, broken equipment, etc.). We also sometimes lack the proper resources to perform certain drills. This is when the creativeness and ingenuity of the american firefighter starts to take over! Some times in order to get some great training all you need to do is look around the fire…


Added by Robert Owens on May 3, 2014 at 4:42pm — No Comments

The Inner Circle


Have you ever seen a high ranking officer that tends to build their "inner-circle" with officers who are like-minded and often times "yes-men". You know what I mean, the guys who would follow their officer to the most ridiculous lengths just so it keeps them in the good graces of command? The guys who sacrifice their personal convictions just to…


Added by Ian Schulte on May 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 37th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Jeffrey Newland 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 North Port Fire Rescue.

Jeffrey B.…


Added by Brad Hoff on May 2, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments


There are those of us who have a very supportive Council Council and Mayor, unfortunately there are also some who know the sting of this cartoon all too well.

Added by Paul Combs on May 1, 2014 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Ice Breakers

I recently watched a short program about the large, powerful ships that break ice near the poles of Earth for other ships. These machines are enormous and create a phenomenal amounts of power.

Some of the most powerful are powered by nuclear means and can break ice in the oceans and seas as thick as 10 feet. The ships power provides the energy to push and plow through the ice while it's weight and super thick hull do the work and protect the ship from damage.

As the ship moves…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 1, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 36th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Charles "Charlie" Goff 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 McQuady Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

Charles "Charlie"…


Added by Brad Hoff on May 1, 2014 at 12:29pm — No Comments

The Double Keyed Deadbolt

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Added by Robert Owens on May 1, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

Size Up Begins with an Honest Look in the Mirror

Often we are asked, "When does size up begin?"  Many times when asked this, most fire officers and firefighters answer: at the receipt of the alarm.  Very true, but it begins way before this.  In the realm of situational awareness it begins with a very honest look in the mirror.  Simply stated; however, sometimes difficult and painful.

Even though I find it beneficial and necessary to differentiate your capabilities by your circumstance or particular demographic (often…


Added by Jim Silvernail on May 1, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments


Big Shot

When we think about teaching young people in the Fire Service and preparing them for what is ahead, we need to remember where WE came from, and the people who taught us. Leaders, formal or informal, should invest less time whining about what young people don’t know and more time on what you can teach them. Everyone has experiences and knowledge to share.

I get so…


Added by Warren Cersley on May 1, 2014 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Developing an Extrication Sequence

The time was 2:35am as the crew of Squad 4 was being diverted off a previous call. Dispatch relayed the information, “Squad 4 respond to a MVC involving three vehicles, with a confirmed entrapment.” This stretch of Interstate 95, has been a consistent location for bad entrapment crashes. As the officer on Sq-4, it was the moment of truth. Climbing off the rig, among a maze of damaged vehicles, I remained focused on the task at hand. Each member of the crew had a task.  After grabbing the…


Added by Isaac Frazier on May 1, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

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