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July 2015 Blog Posts (63)

Are You Interested? Or Committed?

"There is a difference between interstest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." - Ken Blanchard

As a young man I was very interested in girls. Then I decided to marry one and soon discovered I had better have a little more than just an "Interest". It took full on commitment: she did not accept excuses, and I was forever trying to get her the results she…


Added by Michael D. Staats on July 10, 2015 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Become a stronger and wiser you

Every adversity you and the team you are leading will ever encounter is either a problem or an opportunity. Although one might think there are many different variables that would distinguish one from the other, there is really only one difference between the two – YOUR ATTITUDE. That’s right. Often times the difference between a problem and an opportunity has everything to do with how you look at the challenge at hand.

Opportunities exist…


Added by Frank Viscuso on July 9, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Are you in it for the Title or the Community?

Seeing a lot of students where I go to school I see a lot of my peers who have either been in the fire service for a few years or new fresh firefighters. When we all started in the fire service why did we want to be a firefighter? Was it because they have great hours? Was it because they drive the cool trucks and can spray water? Or was it because they truly care about their community and want to make a difference.  At my home department…


Added by Trey Foust on July 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Building Blocks of a Winning Team

As America’s fire service witnesses the retirements of the baby boomers, it is critical that leadership continue to build solid winning teams.  It is important that we drill into the heart of what it takes to create a winning team in an evolving fire service.  The foundation of the future modern fire service will be based on the creation and communication of a vision and setting goals that focus on the many new talents of the younger members of this great profession and utilizing their…


Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 8, 2015 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Starting Off in the Fire Service

When starting off in the fire service today it can be intimidating for the new guy. Being at a university like myself I see a lot of new people in the fire service that have no experience at all or have grown up within your family like myself. As a new guy in the fire service, I advise as being new to it to watch and observe someone who has been in…


Added by Trey Foust on July 8, 2015 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Do you want to be Fire Fit?

Do you want to be Fire Fit?

Sadly most of us are not fire fit!  We have all heard by now how cardiac events are killing more of us than anything else.  Obesity & lack of fitness is stopping us from helping those who need our help.  My goal is to share my story and hopefully encourage you to get fire fit.


That was me nearly 3 years ago. I was eating…


Added by The First Twenty on July 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

MFA #3 - Check for Yourself. Please! Going directly to the source for fire dynamics research info

Our collective foundation has been shaken.  Beliefs that have guided firefighters at countless incidents for many decades have been proven incorrect, and the actions based upon them potentially hazardous.  Many of the teachings regarding structural firefighting tactics now require review and revision, and even venerable firefighting texts will need to be rewritten.  Whether you agree or disagree with how the fire dynamics research findings are being implemented, and the final version has…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 8, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments


Don’t be an inbred? Are you kidding me? Well now that I have your attention, allow me explain. When…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 8, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments

Fire Service Drones

The military spends big bucks on drones and other technology to provide valuable intel for planning purposes. In their environment it is critical to be able to gather information in an attempt to reduce uncertainty. Obviously this information is best gathered discreetly. Enter the drone. Able to fly undetected, these futuristic machines can be…


Added by Dave Werner on July 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie©

Truck Ops According to Jake - Episode #8

Vent. Enter. Search.


Three words that detonate an adrenaline “explosion” in a truckie!


Sure; squirting water is fun and there are times when positioning the big bores can be pretty demanding, but THAT is mundane, when compared to standing on a roof that is so hot that your boots stick to the tar;…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on July 7, 2015 at 10:40am — No Comments

Hiring disabled veterans under the ADA

Scenario – We are actively recruiting firefighters and providing a veterans credit for returning veterans. One of the applicants was injured by an IED amputating his leg below the knee. He is wearing a prosthetic and appears to get around OK. Do we have to hire this veteran?

Discussion – It is an admirable position your department has taken by creating an opportunity for returning…


Added by John K. Murphy on July 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Check the Resume

Years ago the fire service shared its opinions, lessons learned, and post fire academy knowledge primarily in magazine articles. There was no Facebook, Twitter, or blogging. Articles were submitted and reviewed by an editorial panel.  The members of these panels were seasoned fire experts who had “done their time” not only in the firehouse, but in the world of fire service literature.  Many readers often judged the quality of magazines based on their editorial panels. An article would be…

Added by Nick Martin on July 6, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Firefighters are Never Really on Vacation

Firefighters are Never Really on Vacation

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



Added by Joseph Kitchen on July 6, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

It Only Takes One: The Ego Driven Firefighter

It Only Takes One: The Ego Driven Firefighter

By: Captain Aaron J. Heller

I believe that we in the fire service are truly blessed to live out many a child’s dream. We are still the one profession where people know and understand that our top priority is to help them in their most dire time of need. Collectively we have demonstrated this countless times throughout our storied history and we will continue to write amazing chapters to that in the future. Whether we consider it fortunate…


Added by Aaron Heller on July 6, 2015 at 11:33am — No Comments

The mini big box....... "Dollar Store" This Week's Simulation


By: Joe Pronesti

In this edition we will look at combating a fire in a “dollar store” type of mercantile building, these buildings sell everything you can imagine and are what I call a “mini big box”. The stock in these stores can be considerable and if in a stand-alone building should hopefully present little tactical challenges to the incident commander; big water, collapse zones, etc. But what about these…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on July 6, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments


Are you planning for success or for failure?

"The key for the engine company to bring water to

each and every reported and actual residential fire is

several fold and begins with correct behavior. Every

single engine company, from the first arriving to the

last one on the final alarm, must come into the game

with finding and…


Added by Dan Shaw on July 5, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Predictability and Performance of Buildings on Fire

Predictability and Performance of Buildings on Fire

When we look at various buildings and occupancies, past operational experiences (both good and bad) give us experiences that define and determine how we assess, react and expect similar structures and occupancies to perform at a given alarm in the future. The theory of naturalistic decision-making forms much of this basis. The Art and Science of Firefighting is predicated on a fundamental understanding of how fire affects a building…


Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on July 4, 2015 at 10:11pm — No Comments

The "Keyboard Experts"

How much is enough?


There has been a lot of talk lately about "shutting down" these so called "keyboard experts".  People call these keyboard experts out and demand their experience on the fire ground and often label these people as inexperienced therefore they should not speak on the subject.  It begged me the…


Added by Mike Alt on July 4, 2015 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

Firefighting 101: The Importance of the Basics

                As firefighters spend more time in the fire service and grow as professionals, they inevitably gain new interests and take on new knowledge to meet the challenges of an ever-growing industry.  They can develop many different, often specialized skill sets along the way.  Advanced rescue skills such as urban search and rescue, collapse, high-angle, trench,…


Added by Paul M. Rank on July 2, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

My Fitness Story

See how setting goals, staying motivated, and making small foundational changes can have huge results in Lieutenant Robby Owens, Sr.'s personal wellness story.

My Fitness Story

Some fitness articles and web sites offer suggestions on nutrition to workout programming and everything in between. Often times, the ones offering these…


Added by The First Twenty on July 1, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments

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