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Proactive vs. Reactive

            Data, the empirical information that helps fire departments make educational and justifiable decisions to bring about good change and improvement. Today, many of us use the data born from the modern fire science research being conducted by Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (ULFSRI), to help better understand fire dynamics, the actions and reactions of our tactics, and to learn better methods that improve firefighter effectiveness, safety, and…

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Added by Nick J. Salameh on January 16, 2020 at 4:03pm — No Comments

3 (terrible) Reasons to Avoid Change in 2020

It is said that the fire service is “XYZ years of tradition unimpeded by progress.” It’s time we change that mentality. A simple look at where we’ve been and where we are now in terms of tactics, building construction, apparatus, or staffing levels shows the falsity of that phrase.

I think we are simply hiding behind this statement as a defense mechanism. It allows us to avoid the unknown by remaining content with our present way of operating. We are in essence saying “Sure,…

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Added by John Lightly on January 6, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Illusion of the Broken System

     The frustrated members of many fire departments, can often be seen gathering in small groups of like-minded people, discussing why they can’t make any improvements or solve the many problems they see, why their department can’t be progressive, and why their particular organization will never be what they want it to be. They constantly see great ideas in the fire service, best practices that other departments are initiating, leadership in other…

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Added by Chris Langlois on December 27, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How much do we value trust in our fire department?

   Trust is a five letter word that means so much in the Fire Service, that from time to time it is lost in a person’s character. Whether influenced by peers or it became the norm in the environment that surrounded the individual. Whether your career or volunteer the expectations are the same. Do the right thing of integrity all the time, on and off duty.

   When you enter the fire service, an investigation…

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Added by Brad Nair on December 17, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Take a Breath

          As I look at the calendar, there are exactly 10 days, until Christmas. It can be an exciting and celebratory time for people, but it can also be a very difficult time. People who suffer depression or perhaps lost a loved one around this time of year can find it difficult to cope. I know for me, this time of year always makes me think about my Dad, who passed away over a decade ago. The pain and suffering never truly goes away, we just learn how…

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Added by Nick J. Salameh on December 16, 2019 at 10:04am — No Comments

Get Smart in 2020

Education and Learning. At first glance, these might seem to be the same thing, but they are actually quite different. Both are extremely important for the firefighter and something that can specifically be prepared for in the coming year.

In the fire service, we continue to pit education and learning against each other and lob…

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Added by John Lightly on December 16, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Year In Review 2019

As I reflect on the second year of the Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast, I welcome this opportunity to personally express my gratitude to all my guests for sharing their guidance to those pursuing a career in this honorable profession.  If you are seeking a career in the fire service, please…

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Added by Christopher Baker on December 15, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

I am the Problem.

I am the problem. Other women like me, who want to put a stop to all the noise and just do the job, are the problem. Sometimes, the problem is the solution.

Some of you will not like what I’m about to say, and that’s okay. I’ll make this clear, I don’t care. You don’t agree with me? You’re entitled to your opinion, but remember, I am too. What’s not acceptable is attacking someone for having opinions that differ from yours. We fight for rights for women and call ourselves…

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Added by Alexis Shady on December 13, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Value of Mentorship

Mentorship is vital to the future succession planning of the fire service. Everyone can positively benefit from having a mentor. Mentorship is how we bring continuous improvement to our profession. There is value in having an established advisor in your life to offer you counsel and…

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Added by Christopher Baker on November 27, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Solid Foundations vs Decorative Elements

Is your training foundational or decorative in nature? Meaning, are you doing the fun, trendy activities or spending time on what is referred to as the basics?

Driving by a commercial building construction site recently started me thinking about this idea of decorative versus foundational training. The workers were at the rough-in stage of the build. They had laid the first course of block to establish the footprint of the building and were now engaged in…

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Added by John Lightly on November 19, 2019 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast

(Photo Credits: Steve Redick).

Listen to Fire Engineering Radio the Future Firefighter Podcast as we discuss the importance of implementing a plan and the process of becoming a firefighter.

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Added by Christopher Baker on November 15, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Preparing for Promotion; The Interview

Preparing for Promotion; The Interview

Assistant Chief Nicholas Christensen, CFO, MPA

 

The time has come to submit for…

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Added by Nicholas Christensen on November 4, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments

What I Learned at “Fire Camp”

What I Learned at “Fire Camp”



Work is work and no matter how good your fire department is, we all are caught up in the daily grind. Stuff does not go the way we want. We have assignments that we are not really into and sometimes we do not see eye to eye with our coworkers. As much as we don’t like it, these are the realities of our workplace, and over time they can impact…

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Added by Dennis P Reilly on November 4, 2019 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Firefighter Target Practice With Ground Ladders

Firefighters must be confident in ground ladder operations. That includes knowing what size ladder is needed to get the job done safely, efficiently, and on the first try. Passing Firefighter I doesn’t make someone an expert. Confidence required for basic skills comes through repetition. No matter how long a firefighter has “been on the job” they must constantly refresh the basics.

Frequently throwing different ground ladders builds confidence in choosing the best…

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Added by Blaize on October 26, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Changing Directions II - Basements and Exteriors

Firefighters have been provided with new extinguishment strategies that offer better speed, effectiveness, and safety. A triple win! Continuing on the theme introduced with my last post (https://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A691624) regarding the new fire attack vectors recommended by fire dynamics research, first addressing Attic fires, now we will…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 21, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Firefighter Costumes

In just a few short days, a time-honored tradition will once again take place. Across the country, people will spend their hard-earned money to buy sweet sugary nectar and then hand the treats to complete strangers under threat of tricks. There will be ghosts, ghouls, and goblins galore. There will be princesses, action heroes, and the ever-present “what are you, honey?” costumes that look nothing like what they’re alleged to be.  Just smile and affirm them.  Unless it's an old-…

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Added by John Lightly on October 15, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments

Does anyone one on here actually read these blogs? Thinking about sharing my thoughts, experiences, etc if anyone has interests. Would you like yet another Brother sharing knowledge, incites, experi…

Does anyone one on here actually read these blogs? Thinking about sharing my thoughts, experiences, etc if anyone has interests.

Would you like yet another Brother sharing knowledge, incites, experiences, points of view? Let me know

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Added by Bob Fields on October 11, 2019 at 2:50pm — 4 Comments

Changing Directions - Attic, basement, and exterior fires

Much of the energy expended in promoting, discussing, and opposing Modern Fire Attack (MFA) methods regards the use of exterior streams for controlling fires in structures, an understandable focus given the rather revolutionary, and therefore controversial, nature of the research findings.  (In a nutshell, applying water from the outside was found to be a whole lot more useful, and a whole lot less harmful, than we had believed.)…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 7, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Judge, Jury and Executioner

The definition of the popular idiom, judge, jury and executioner, as told by Alea Roach is “if someone is said to be the judge, jury, and executioner, it means they are in charge of every decision made, and they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose.”  It seems that fire service is full of those who serve in the role of judge, jury and executioner via social media when it comes to tactics, fire scene videos, radio traffic, etc.  They brag about all the fires they go to and how…

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Added by Brian Kazmierzak on October 4, 2019 at 1:49pm — No Comments

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