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June 2015 Blog Posts (44)

Sizing Up the Situation

After we are dispatched to the call and speed to the scene to save the day, the most important part of the arrival of a fire apparatus besides pulling the first line and forcing the door is the size up by the first in officer and the initial actions that he/she orders. If everyone stays informed as they arrive and communication remains clear on the fireground, then the emergency will be mitigated much more efficiently. The first arriving officer or acting officer must paint…


Added by Jonah Smith on June 29, 2015 at 2:38pm — No Comments

This week's simulation, The large Victorian & pocket doors

You are called for a fire in the oldest area of your town or response area, as you hear the address you are instantly reminded that this is a rather large somewhat run down residence that was once considered a "mansion" 100 years ago when built, you have been there many times to assist the resident with his elderly invalid mother who resides in a bedroom facing the A side.

As you review the video simulation consider your thoughts:

  1. At the front porch slide as you…

Added by Joseph Pronesti on June 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

People Trapped? Don't Panic - Do Your JOB!

In general, a report of "victims trapped" should not cause any major changes in your initial operations. They may cause slight alterations - like where you take your line, which window you VES, etc.  However your plans/SOGs should already be setup assuming there are persons trapped. When added information increases the likelihood of entrapment, we should be doing what we always do - just harder and faster!

Remember, all tasks work in…


Added by Nick Martin on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate "Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate

"Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

I am not offend by the recent YouTube Clip. We have enough of that in our political debates. However I do know bad taste when I see it. One of this Nations founding pillars is the freedom of Expression. It is one of our…


Added by Frank Ricci on June 29, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

June 29th Politics & Tactics Show on Fire Engineering "Why Words Matter & A Personal Look at A LODD

Tonights Show:
Steve Whitehead FDIC Instructor, Firefighter, medic from South Metro Fire Rescue will cover the hidden rules that govern human influence. We will discuss the power of non-verbal communication. He will tell us how to recognize what we say before we ever say a word and explore the language of rapport. We will talk about how…

Added by Frank Ricci on June 29, 2015 at 5:57am — No Comments

What Does “Unlimited Passion” Mean to You?


What Does Unlimited Passion Mean to You?

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Often when I speak to new firefighters and fire…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on June 26, 2015 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Recognizing Leadership

The other day I got to do something I greatly enjoy about this job, recognizing our folks who stood out and made a real difference in our department at our annual Promotional and Awards Banquet. It was a great evening of fellowship with our firefighters and officers and their families, celebrating accomplishments and contributions made towards improving our department and serving the community we protect. Which got me to thinking of something Chief Frank Viscuso…


Added by Michael D. Staats on June 26, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Tactical Tips for Garden Apartment Fires

Tactical Tips for Garden Apartment Fires

When running a fire in a garden apartment fire, anticipate the following: 
1.Your pre-connected attack line may come up short have a plan to extend it    …

Added by David Polikoff on June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The First Twenty - Firefighter Functional Training Panel

The First Twenty is a common expression in the fire service meaning that the first twenty minutes of a fire are the most crucial. It is twenty minutes that define the skill and judgment of a firefighter and often dictate the outcome. This critical and short window of time determines the difference between recovery or loss, as well as life or death for both the firefighter and the victims.



Added by The First Twenty on June 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Avoid being a "Body"

Avoid Being a “Body”

“If it’s easy, it ain’t leadership”.

Picture the start of any crime drama you’ve ever watched, such as CSI, and what do you see? The opening scene almost always starts with a crime scene, and other than the dead body laying around,…


Added by Benjamin Martin on June 23, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #38 (ALT. STEERING WHEEL LIFT)

First off, look at this method as just another tool in your extrication tool box. I have found that this method comes in handy in limited access situations. Think of the steering wheel displacements you have been shown in the past…come-a-long to the front bumper, spreaders on the hood, high lift jack on the hood, etc. What do…


Added by Isaac Frazier on June 23, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments

Touching The Ground by Ricky Riley

When we talk about ladder towers, there is always the discussion of the ability of them to place their basket on the ground to do the patented sidewalk sweep. On most units especially rear mounted towers this can be a very long distance from the side of the rig. On some units they may have to extend out 60’ just to be able to touch the ground and…


Added by Richard Riley on June 22, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments

The Long Road

By Mark vonAppen


Most all of us enter into our career in the fire service blind with ideology; thinking that we can master the learning curve and become difference makers.  We seek to augment growth, foster…


Added by Mark vonAppen on June 22, 2015 at 8:23am — No Comments


Be safe, be smart, and call for the proper resources when you're over your head!

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Added by Paul Combs on June 21, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

The bowstring truss......Do all your members know the hazards? or do you THINK they know?

This week's fireground simulation focuses on an old nemesis of our great service, the bowstring truss. There are many types of the bowstring truss roofs and all bowstring trusses are not created equal and do not share the same characteristics when found in a building and occupancy.They may have the same shape, but shape alone does not define the bowstring truss. Based on the type, design, construction, materials, age, span, spacing, configuration, occupancy and application there are vast…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on June 21, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments


"Happy Father's Day"

"We need to mentor and to mold that positive energy into the creation of good fireground habits. We can’t blame our recruits for being eager. It’s good when firefighters are ready to learn. Accept that eagerness as it is, and share with your experiences and knowledge. Be a mentor and role model to them. Make them the best firefighters they can be." Chapter 6, Page 55.

Today we celebrate one of the most important influences in many…


Added by Dan Shaw on June 21, 2015 at 10:46am — No Comments

Pulling Ceilings: Search, How to Take a Break and Never Giving Up Your Tool!

Three quick tips By, PJ Norwood & Frank Ricci:

1. Taking an extra second is key, take time to perform a hasty search before pulling the ceiling. Covering a victim can jeopardize the entire operation.

2. Always pace yourself, have a line with you and keep your back towards the exit.

3. Never give up your tool! If an experienced firefighter or officers attempts to take it,…

Added by Frank Ricci on June 20, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Why are vehicles changing and why should firefighters care?

Why are vehicles changing and why should firefighters care? First off, vehicles are changing in the United States because of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA has a legislative mandate to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations to which manufacturers of motor vehicle and equipment items must conform and certify compliance. The requirements are designed "that the public is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a…


Added by Michael Smith on June 19, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Ten Qualities of an Outstanding Team Player

The following is an excerpt from Step Up Your Teamwork from Chapter 2 – Preparing for Success. What other qualities would you add to this list?  



Added by Frank Viscuso on June 19, 2015 at 9:04am — No Comments

Art of War for Fire Service Leadership & Combat: Pt. 1

     Written 2,500 years ago by Sun Tzu, a general and strategist in ancient China (770-476 BCE), The Art of War consists of organizational and strategic planning to help an army achieve victory in battle. It continues to be relevant  and is used in modern military study and increasingly being applied to business and leadership…


Added by Chris Langlois on June 18, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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