When you examine the cause of litigation in the fire service there is one important fact that we need to address. We sue ourselves internally as opposed to be sued by outside sources with the following statics obtained from Curt Varone’s website.
Added by Jason Fullmer on September 28, 2017 at 6:40pm — No Comments
How do we get new members into the volunteer fire service? To answer this, we must fully explore the problem that exists in many communities. We must understand three things our people, our department, and our community.…Continue
Added by Brad Nair on September 27, 2017 at 12:26pm — No Comments
Even to this zealot, the arguments against the tactical improvements inspired by fire dynamics research can, at first, sound persuasive:"The aggressive interior attack has proven effectiveness."; "Experiments have little application to the 'real world' of structure fires."; and "Nothing works everywhere” are common examples. Furthermore, I have heard and read these and similar statements from many fire service leaders, and such pronouncements generally garner more applause…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on September 26, 2017 at 6:14am — No Comments
Firefighters don’t fight fires or respond to emergencies alone. For the safety of themselves, their peers, and others, they approach crisis situations as a team. The emergencies that firefighters respond to affect them emotionally, long after the crises are under control. Firefighters in the upper ranks have seen first-hand that job-related stress in the firehouse can lead to more serious problems like excessive…Continue
Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on September 25, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I made up a meme on Facebook recently on the need for ventilation to be "Controlled, Communicated, & Coordinated". I think we'd all agree that this is a good tactical practice to observe. The meme generated a lot of discussion about the practice of ventilation in general and several FDNY "Heavyweights" like Chiefs Vin Dunn & John Salka, Capt. John Ceriello, and Lt. Bob Pressler weighed in. Now these are all guys who have forgotten more than I know, so I just sat back (with a…Continue
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Added by Nicholas Papa on September 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
“If you don’t hustle, I don’t accept it. If a player shows up the club, I show up the player.” Billy Martin.
NY Yankees Coach Billy Martin said this after making a pitching change and sending Paul Blair to right field to replace Reggie Jackson. Boston’s Jim Rice had poked…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on September 24, 2017 at 1:29pm — No Comments
Added by Clay Magee on September 22, 2017 at 10:22pm — No Comments
Fire Engineering Magazine September editorial illustration.
Remember, there are more lives in your hands than your own when you set behind the wheel. Be trained. Be rested. Be mentally ready for anything and everything.
Stay Fired Up, and be ready!…
Added by Paul Combs on September 18, 2017 at 8:45am — No Comments
Sleep Tips and Strategies For Firefighters
By: Jordan Ponder
Everyone can agree that sleep is important to your health.…Continue
Added by The First Twenty on September 14, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments
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.
Added by Frank Viscuso on September 13, 2017 at 4:58pm — No Comments
Never forget, and keep those still suffering with the scars of that day in your thoughts and prayers.
Added by Paul Combs on September 11, 2017 at 8:31am — No Comments
Drones have added tremendous value in the fire service since the beginning of the second decade of this century. In its multitude of uses ranging from a 360-degree size-up tool to delivering high-profile images in real time to commanders as they decide how to respond, conducting flyovers of areas involved in natural disasters, and locating seats of the fire in firefighting operations, to name a few. Drones used for fire service training can also be a substantial value added tool. Drones…Continue
Added by Thomas D. Kuglin Jr. on September 5, 2017 at 5:10am — No Comments
We Americans can be rebellious by nature, quarrelsome to the point of violence, contentious toward our elected officials, suspicious of our neighbors, and melodramatic about the most insignificant of events. That being said, I will argue that no other nation comes together as a people when tragedy strikes like Americans do. It is, unfortunately, one of the only true…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on September 4, 2017 at 10:20am — No Comments
When we think of firefighters or any other type of first responder, it often reminds us of the brotherhood that they share. Early in their careers, firefighters learn to lean on one another inside and outside of the station house. For many of them, there’s nothing like hitting the local bar to decompress after a tough call. Some firefighters can manage the stress that accompanies the trauma that they…Continue
Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on September 4, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments