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August 2018 Blog Posts (18)


It's an Engine thing...


To see more Drawn By Fire, go to:…


Added by Paul Combs on August 31, 2018 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Fit for Purpose – `hose selection makes or breaks the job`

Fit for Purpose – `hose selection makes or breaks the job`


On-Scene Arrival

Achieving successful outcomes when putting out a `fully involved fire` or `working fire` at a building fire, relies exponentially on sound and timely decisions and actions of the first-arriving vehicles crew.

In the firefighters world (size up, prioritising and tasking), the first five to ten minutes represents…


Added by Dean Hawkins on August 28, 2018 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Basic Elevator Use at High-Rise Buildings

A basic understanding of elevators is a must for companies involved in high-rise fire suppression activities. Elevators can be used to shuttle men and supplies to the floors above. Elevators will be used extensively early on, but be prepared for elevators to be placed out of service during an extended event due to water damage or loss of power.

A few basic rules to understand with elevator use:

1. If the fire is on the 7th floor or below, take the stairs.

2. Firefighters…


Added by Clay Magee on August 28, 2018 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Own It!

If there is one thing that I remember being taught growing up in Northwest Ohio it was I had to own up to mistakes I made or something I broke. Regardless of how bad it was I knew that if I lied about it or tried to pass the blame off to someone else it only made the consequences worse in the end. It was definitely a hard lesson to learn with many “reminders” given to me by my parents. However it instilled a sense of ownership in me from a young age. When ownership is a thought it is usually…


Added by Andrew Sauder on August 20, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

EHT Episode 40: Truck Work Part 6, Search and Rescue 1

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In this episode the group discusses…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on August 20, 2018 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Back to School for Fire instructors

Across the country, school systems are gearing up for another academic year. Teachers are excited about their new classroom design. Students are looking forward to getting back to their friends. Parents are ecstatic to get the kids out of the house again!

This time of year is also when many fire training academies get back underway. It may be a new recruit academy or a local technical center aimed at volunteers. Large urban department training centers with all the trimmings or small…


Added by John Lightly on August 20, 2018 at 3:56pm — No Comments


Be Excellent at every opportunity and every moment - even when nobody is watching!

I am VERY excited to announce a special project that will combine Mark vonAppen's Full Involved and Drawn by Fire for the first time, and this cartoon is just the beginning. I will share more very soon...

But for now, here are a few words from the Rock Star…


Added by Paul Combs on August 20, 2018 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Be Passionate, But be Good at it

It’s easy to use the word “passion” in this business. It’s easy to have the stickers and the T-shirts and everything else that makes for good marketing in this business. What’s hard is to actually be good at it.

For those who know me, reference me as “the passion guy.” I created a class about incorporating passion in your leadership. I have been…


Added by Dave McGlynn on August 15, 2018 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Rumor Has It...

With every official system of communication there is an unofficial system, which is commonly referred to as the “Grapevine” or the “Rumor Mill.” This communication system is a social network used to transmit social news and often, an organization’s official information, in an informal manner.


The grapevine is not a preferred method of communicating information within an organization. Official news traveling through the…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on August 15, 2018 at 3:53pm — No Comments


Fire Engineering August issue editorial cartoon: Social Mess.

It's a magical time to be alive...


To see more Drawn By Fire, go to…


Added by Paul Combs on August 14, 2018 at 1:11pm — No Comments

The Black Helmet Perspective - A Reflection For Volunteers

The Black Helmet Perspective

“A must have consideration for volunteer leadership”

They’re situated in every firehouse across America. Men or women instilled into leadership positions who can’t carry the responsibility and duty in which a leadership…


Added by Matt Beakas on August 13, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Water Rules: Summary of the recent UL Studies Part 3: Full Scale Experiments - Findings

We have come to the point in this series that we will be looking at the results of the type of experiments the fire service has been clamoring for since UL and NIST first began releasing findings from their fire dynamics research that challenged longstanding practices. (To be fair, only some members of the fire service wanted these additional studies, in large part to address the concerns of other members who didn’t think the previous tests…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on August 13, 2018 at 8:56am — No Comments

An opportunity for change

What word seems to strike fear into the hearts of firefighters everywhere? Change. Career or volunteer, senior man or rookie, the word sends up red flags and defenses whenever it is mentioned. We tend to be skeptical of the person proposing change as maybe something has been tried (and failed miserably) in the past. We see it as an infringement on our operational status quo with which we are quite comfortable. Some departments even view their resistance to change as some kind of badge of…


Added by John Lightly on August 10, 2018 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Building a Strong Engine Company Culture.

Have you ever heard the following? I have several times:

Any monkey can stretch a hose line. 

It takes no brains to ride an engine. 

Engine work is not rocket science. 


Well from what I occasionally see, I would say that is not…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on August 8, 2018 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

What you should know as a firefighter about PTSD

Most everyone these days is familiar with the acronym PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Military personnel Are coming back in record numbers suffering from this disorder. PTSD was first added to the DSM by the American Psychiatric Association¹. With the recent wars and military activity, the number of those diagnosed with PTSD has dramatically increased. What we realize now is that PTSD is not limited to those who have served in battle. There is another…


Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on August 6, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Rethinking the Basics

Back to Basics is a Flawed Concept

Back to basics is one of the most commonly used phrases in our fire service it seems. Every time you listen to a podcast, read an article, or interact on social media someone is using that line in regards to training and subsequently to the fireground. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea of getting back to the basics, but I think it is actually a flawed concept.

Quite simply, everyone's basics are different. East, West, everywhere…


Added by John Lightly on August 6, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments


To me it's simple, train hard to stay out of trouble, but be prepared when trouble happens anyway! Regardless of what you may read or believe, Rapid Intervention training is still important and relevant, for the team, for the crew, for the individual (remember, you are your partner's first RIT rescuer).

To help me make this point, I have asked a man…


Added by Paul Combs on August 3, 2018 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Rethinking Leadership: Who is to blame in your department?

“Problems are what make us grow. Problems are what sculpt our soul. Problems are what make us become more.” -Tony Robbins


I recently got the chance to spend a whopping nine days in a row with…


Added by Benjamin Martin on August 2, 2018 at 1:11pm — No Comments

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