“An organization’s culture is made up of its folklore, its rituals, its group norms, and its meeting protocols. All of these cultural ingredients influence the organization’s adaptability. The culture of an organization is not usually written down or formally documented, but it still powerfully determines what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior” (Heifetz, Grashow, & Linsky, 2009). With fire service culture, you have two choices; you…Continue
Added by Chris Langlois on September 22, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Across the country, in today’s fast paced world of emergency response systems, we as a community have evolved. But this evolution of response systems does not equally affect our community wholly which can cause problems when trying to coordinate response and mutual aid efforts. In some areas of the country, the morphing of response systems is quite progressive making every incident more likely to be mitigated rapidly by ensuring coverage areas are always protected and the quickest and most…Continue
Added by Nathan Lindgren on September 19, 2019 at 8:10pm — No Comments
There are 1,440 minutes in each day, let that sink in for a second. Now obviously there needs to be time for work, for family, and for sleep. Let’s try to make a realistic breakdown of the regular day.
Much has been written about leadership. Everywhere you turn there are books, podcasts, blogs and so on about the subject. Please consider one more article about it, though.
Leadership is not something you do, it’s something you are given.
I would contend that no one becomes a leader. They are given leadership. I can read all the books or attend every seminar I want to on the subject and still not be a leader. I can have influence,…Continue
Added by John Lightly on September 16, 2019 at 6:05am — No Comments
YOU matter more than you know!
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Added by Paul Combs on September 9, 2019 at 3:47pm — No Comments
Excellent firefighters are easy to spot: they’re usually doing something that will enhance their skills and knowledge. Though individual abilities will differ due to such variables as time in service, experience, and level of training, the consistent traits of the best firefighters are that they tirelessly study the trade, practice skills, and critique responses in order to better assist the citizens they are sworn to serve. This quality is readily apparent in their focus, attitude, and…Continue
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Added by Paul Combs on September 6, 2019 at 7:29am — No Comments
In honor of September 11, 2001, this space is dedicated to:
Added by Nick J. Salameh on September 5, 2019 at 10:53am — No Comments
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…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
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