By: Blaize, FD Hacks
It's critical that firefighters operate with core competencies at 100%. We should be able to dress a hydrant with our eyes closed. Connecting and operating hose lines as a team should be well…
Added by Blaize on August 27, 2019 at 2:40pm — No Comments
A frequent criticism of Modern Fire Attack (MFA) methods, often phrased as a warning against their adoption, is that the actual number of experimental fires upon which they are based totals only a few hundred, while Traditional (TFA?) tactics have been "proven" effective many thousands of times. To be exact, I counted just 106 test fires performed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL)…Continue
The fire service creates and manages a lot of records including personnel files, personnel medical records, inspection reports, personnel action forms (better known as discipline or corrective action), vacation requests and many others. Many of those records have some protection, a lot of protection or no protection subject to public disclosure laws.
One set of records with the highest level of protections are the…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on August 24, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments
I recently had a conversation with fellow firefighters about the importance of documenting their exposures after a fire. Most of them said that they agree that it is an important part of post fire procedures and state they wish the process was more convenient. So, I created an online survey that they can access on…Continue
Added by Troy J. Bonfield on August 23, 2019 at 1:38pm — No Comments
A cycle is something that gets repeated over time. They are also known as habits, routines, or standard ways of doing things. They are typically thought of as self-perpetuating, meaning they are capable of continuing or renewing themselves indefinitely. Once something is put into motion it will keep creating the conditions needed to continue.
But sometimes the cycle needs to be broken. This is certainly true when it’s a negative cycle we find ourselves in. If we don’t…Continue
Added by John Lightly on August 21, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
Health Assessment: Are You a Help or a Hindrance
Far too often people find it to be much easier to Monday Morning Quarterback those around them while standing idle from the outside than it is to take a long hard look at what their reflection shows in the mirror. The easy route shouldn't always be the path less traveled, but unfortunately seeing your own flaws is a difficult reality that no one wants to do.
In May of 2017, I…Continue
Added by Blaize on August 12, 2019 at 9:12pm — No Comments
*****UPDATE: I'm a big enough man to admit when I'm wrong. I was challenged on the ability to put 100 psi in a can overfilled with water so I experimented. It is possible to fill a can with 100 psi regardless of how much water is in it, so proper pressure does not equate to a properly filled can. The only way to accurately check a can is to weigh it and check the pressure with a gauge to make sure the cheap gauge on the can is accurate.*****
Do you know how to fill the…Continue
Added by Clay Magee on August 11, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Station Pride, Finding Identity and Ownership
Belonging to a military family and coaching youth sports, there is an undeniable similarity that I have witnessed firsthand from both the brave soldiers and strong athletes that I have had the privilege of meeting. Each has expressed a great deal of pride and ownership within their groups (units and teams) and strived to represent their individual organizations to the best of…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on August 10, 2019 at 9:29am — No Comments
Whether you call it Vent, Enter, Search (VES) or Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search (VEIS) doesn’t matter. What matters is that you know and understand the tactic and practice it frequently to build and maintain proficiency.
VEIS is an effective method for entering a structure from an alternate location, generally from a window, to search survivable space for trapped occupants. It is essential to isolate the room…Continue
Added by Nick J. Salameh on August 8, 2019 at 11:05am — No Comments
Most of us probably take some time in the summer to relax at the shore or up in the mountains. (I’m thinking the gang in Colorado is looking for the beach and the gang in Florida is heading for Montana, just sayin’.) In any event, we talk “health and safety” every day at every call, at every training class and every drill. Why not? It’s all about surviving the fire service and getting out healthy and in one piece. But what about off duty or when not tied up with the volunteer company? I know…Continue
Added by RON KANTERMAN on August 5, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Because bad things still happen. Train hard on tactics, techniques, building construction, the science of fire behavior... but be prepared as you can for when it all goes south. As Chief Jim Crawford says, "No one is coming to save us, but us!"
Look at it this way, we have health insurance even though we try to eat healthy and stay fit, we…
Added by Paul Combs on July 31, 2019 at 9:56am — No Comments
Ronal Regan once said, “surround yourself with great people, delegate authority and get out of the way” is easy to say but may be difficult to accomplish especially if you don’t have capable followers.
Followership is a unique skill set in all of industry and for many of the current fire service leaders, there was a point in time, quite possibly through your whole career you were an amazing follower learning,…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on July 26, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Dr. Gasaway is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities on human error, situational awareness, and high-risk decision-making processes. His work has been chronicled in more than 450 books, book chapters, journals, and website articles and he has delivered over…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 23, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments
By Blaize, FD Hacks
Passing on history is important because “those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is of particular relevance to us firefighters as most of…Continue
Added by Blaize on July 23, 2019 at 10:58am — No Comments
Keeping it Functional and Keeping it Fun
With fireground training or firehouse fitness, it is critical to develop lesson plans or workouts with the goal of making them functional to the service your department provides, while more importantly keeping it…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on July 20, 2019 at 3:56am — No Comments
Social media is full of debates, discussions, and general arguments resulting in name-calling on where water should be applied from. One camp is firm in its belief that fast water from whatever location or position is the best. The other camp belittles anyone who does not immediately initiate an aggressive interior attack. This debate has been going on for decades, really, it is now just being rehashed in a different format, that being the internet.
What often gets…Continue
Added by John Lightly on July 17, 2019 at 1:48pm — No Comments
In the world of firehouse life there are a select few who have elevated the art of complaining to Mount Everest proportions. In fact, they are so skilled at whining and grumbling that they most certainly could win Gold if there was ever a Gripe Olympics! What's worse, it's remarkably easy to be pulled down into their pit of despair and backstabbing -…
Added by Paul Combs on July 17, 2019 at 7:54am — No Comments
STAY FIRED UP, and stay humble!
Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2019 at 3:04pm — No Comments
There are some common fire service debates that just seem to be staples of our craft. In recent light a new one has arisen, traditional helmets versus European. While that one seems to be gaining attention, that won’t be what we discuss today. There are statements out there that say, “What goes around comes around.” and “Everything comes full circle.” This is true. If you talk to anyone that has been in their line of work for any amount of time, they’ll tell you common practices…Continue
Added by Chad Menard on July 10, 2019 at 7:20pm — No Comments