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August 2014 Blog Posts (41)

B-Pillar Cut Quick Tip

Here's a quick tip on avoiding problems making a cut at the top of the B-Pillar.  The seatbelt height adjuster is another reason that you should always peel off the interior trim prior to making a cut.

The seat belt height adjuster can be found on the B-pillar and even the C-pillar depending on the type of vehicle. Much like a seat track adjuster, the…


Added by Michael Smith on August 31, 2014 at 10:55pm — No Comments


Here's a little end of Summer silliness. Enjoy our last few days of warmth, brothers and sisters - snow is just around the corner.

Take care, stay safe, and always make a difference!

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Added by Paul Combs on August 30, 2014 at 9:55am — No Comments

Make It Count

We're only here for a little while.

Each day someone from each side(s) calls or writes me, pissed off at the world over all the debates in the fire service. Passion, tradition, pride, education, frustration, etc. it all comes to a head. I don't have all the answers and am very, very, very far from being a solution but the past has taught me that time is short. Make your time meaningful in your own way.

Keep it…


Added by Bill Carey on August 28, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Losing Our Experts

Losing Our Experts

A few years back you had your engine guys and your truck guys. You had the guy in the department that was the expert in friction loss and nozzle flow. You had your expert in elevators. You had your guy that knew how to write the truck specifications. The go to guy in forcible…


Added by David Rhodes on August 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Rhetorical Lesson No.12: Would Fewer Basics Work in Reducing Our LODDs?

Is over a dozen too many for the upcoming and speed-reading generations?


Back in 2004 we were given 16 items, "Life Safety…


Added by Bill Carey on August 26, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Changing Terminology = Same Previous Tactics

I have recently been awarded my Graduate Membership from the Institute of Fire Engineers, and what a learning process it has been in regards to studying the fire service.  Much emphasis is placed on advanced studies and the compliance with firefighter safety and fire prevention.  Re-living previous studies and classroom presentations are a must in this business in order for you to progress as a firefighter, company officer, and as an incident commander.

Just yesterday, Captain Jason…


Added by Jeremy Rebok on August 26, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

Morale and Excellence

It is impossible to strive for excellence and forget about the well being of your people. You cannot neglect morale. Morale is a choice in the sense that everyone must work tirelessly to protect it because we all have stake in the well being of the company.  It is particularly important that the leader have a…


Added by Mark vonAppen on August 24, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Head on a Swivel

The Sunday Preach:

'Head on a Swivel'

"Company Officers must not be completely focused on the locking devices on the door itself. Those are forcible entry firefighters' tasks. They must keep their heads on a swivel. While they must offer calm, focused advice to the FE team, they must also be watching smoke and fire conditions and watching the status of the hoseline." Pg.200, "25 to Survive: Reducing…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 24, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

The Firehouse Short List


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on August 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Many of us have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, and have challenged others to donate and help bring awareness to ALS. Unfortunately, firefighters being the competitive creatures that we are, have been taking this a little too far and injuring themselves and others (much like the Cold Water Challenge from earlier this year). This challenge is a great way to bring…


Added by Paul Combs on August 23, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments


I'm going to be real careful about how I word this post as not to offend anyone. But I have to admit, I have been shaking my head about some posts for a while now and regarding some comments to posts.

I know that the new 'stuff' coming from UL, NIST, ISFSI and others is not popular with some, and I'm fine with that. I have no problem with that at all.

I know and understand that some in the fire service may have taken their tactics to one extreme or another for varying…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on August 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Uniformity of Appearance vs. Uniformity of Performance

Every fire department I’ve ever seen has a uniform.  With that uniform come rules and standards regarding its appearance and the manner in which it is worn.  Nobody hands out a uniform and says, “Here, wear this however you want.”  There is something to be said for uniformity of appearance and presenting a professional image to the public.  I care what I look like to the public.  YOU should care what you look like.  But more important than how we look, we should all care how we…


Added by William Knight on August 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - The Orginal Mission

To Save Lives and Property

Usually nothing is better than the original and that holds true with mission statements. Departments all over have severely missed the mark by a compelling desire to outdo each other with prolific works that are turned into posters and plaques.…


Added by David Rhodes on August 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments




The Post-Fire Evaluation  --  A Case for Quantifying the Concomitant Save…


Added by Eric Saylors on August 19, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments


What moves you?

Sometimes our most memorable moments are of occurrences from years now past. Our memory holds on to those special moments because the moment moved us in some special way. Many of the lessons that would serve me well in the fire service were learned long before my career began.…


Added by Warren Cersley on August 18, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #14 (All About Time)

Many years ago I got into a habit of using a stopwatch to time fire and extrication evolutions. At first many thought it was to show how "fast" we were compared to trucks or to test my crew. But after doing it for a while firefighters realized that it wasn't a test at all, but a method we could use to evaluate and speed up if…


Added by Isaac Frazier on August 18, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

Driving On; Under the Influence

I took some time to visit a friend who is recuperating from surgery. This friend is a longtime friend, someone who is twenty + years my senior and someone whom I met as a result of joining a volunteer fire department, a very long time ago. I consider this friend a mentor and someone who helped me grow as a person and as a firefighter. And I told him today that he was an important part of my growing up. We sat and talked for about an hour and a half, along with a family member, who was…


Added by Andy Marsh on August 13, 2014 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - New Culture Puts Customers # 2

"Our customers are #2" Are you kidding me!!!!!!

I had a long conversation with a friend of mine yesterday who is currently working on his fire science degree. He told me one of his professors made the statement that the fire service…


Added by David Rhodes on August 13, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

Climb to Remember, Train to Survive

Photo of Colorado Springs Firefighters at the Denver 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

For the past 5 years the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb campaign has brought thousands of firefighters and civilians together to honor the people and events of September 11th 2001. At the FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair…


Added by Brian Brush on August 12, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

It Doesnt Matter What Your Title Is.

Are you a senior firefighter, company officer, battalion chief or fire director? Before I even know the answer I want you to know that it really doesn’t matter what your title is as long as you understand that your primary job is to lead a team. Your team may be a team of three or several hundred. A strong leader knows his or her job is to take a group of people, align them with a common goal, get them to work as a team, and march them toward that goal. The bottom line is that you have to…


Added by Frank Viscuso on August 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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