Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 29, 2013 at 8:53pm — No Comments
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 29, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Fire Service Members New Year’s Resolutions
From Rookies to Chiefs I have listed some resolutions for us to work on this year:
Train to be technically and tactically proficient on alarms, as an individual member and as a team. Train until it becomes habit.
Train with the nearest firehouse or department in your area. Set up some guidelines and procedures for alarms. The importance of this is having a coordinated…
Added by Sid Newby on December 28, 2013 at 10:39pm — No Comments
Some people dread the thought of speaking to large groups of small children. Their wiggling bodies and wandering minds are hard to reign in. Most successful teachers have come to grips with the fact that their job consists of ‘knowledge imparter’ and ‘entertainer’ in equal parts. Given that fact, there are many factors to consider as you prepare your presentation.…Continue
In most departments this would be considered a suspicious package. The lack of trust between the headquarters staff and line members is one thing that will prevent progress and bog down the grandest of plans. The reception of these packages are not usually in the form of gifts however, any delivery from the chain of command will be accepted or rejected based on the previous…Continue
Added by David Rhodes on December 26, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments
Yes, yes, I know... this is just wrong. But I couldn't help my twisted self:)
Have a safe and blessed Christmas, everybody.
A tale of 'two-stories'
O' to the door, pesky thing... creaking, slamming, perhaps pinching a finger or two at times. It's just a hunk of wood over an opening, or is it?
Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to the presence, absence and have control of the doors we come across. …
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 20, 2013 at 10:40am — No Comments
I receive a lot of emails over the course of a week. Among the onslaught of solicitations and wealthy foreigners who want to share their wealth if I'll just give them my bank account info are legitimate questions about art. The question I receive most often is "how do you come up with those crazy characters?".…
Added by Paul Combs on December 20, 2013 at 9:17am — No Comments
ModelCityFirefighter.com’s newest article of Blowin’ Smoke features Kevin Shea, a retired firefighter from FDNY. We are very excited about this Blowin’ Smoke article and grateful for the opportunity to interview Shea on the site. I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year in Chicago. He is about as humble as they come and is a wealth of knowledge. We hope you enjoy the interview.
Added by Andrew Catron on December 18, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments
If only there was a way to "sell" it
Each and every single firefighter death is a loss not only to those directly connected with the victim but also in this vanilla brotherhood fire service across the nation. Each one should, as rightly expected, be properly mourned and remembered and when applicable have lessons from the tragedy distributed to the rest of us so…Continue
Added by Bill Carey on December 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Why the Quint Works for us; The Driver
By Lou Comenale and Justin Ientilluci
A couple of posts ago we wrote how the Quint works for our department. That really was a quick overview of our operations and training using the Quint. If we were to dive deeper into our operations using the Quint we have to look at each position. Many people could make an argument for the officer sitting shotgun being the most important personnel on…Continue
Over the course of many years in the volunteer fire service, I noticed election for volunteer fire officers take place in either November or December of every year. Depending on your organization it may be every two years to elect fire officers. Some departments have no election and the fire officers are appointed by the local municipality or the fire chief may be elected and he or she appoints his or her fire…Continue
Added by Brad Nair on December 15, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments
Awhile back I stumbled upon a website geared towards reducing law enforcement LODD's. I have to admit, I had never given it much thought. I find myself, like so many others, caught up in the battles we are fighting in the fire service. Obviously we hear about law enforcement (LE) LODD's every now and then. I think I speak for all of us when I say it hurts just as bad to hear about an officer losing their life as it does when a fellow firefighter gets put in the ground. What struck…Continue
I appreciate you asking for my opinion about this video and the LA/C use of CAFS for outside initial attack. I have used this tactic for many years and it has never failed me to gain quick control of structure fires, even when I used to be working State and Federal forest fires that involved homes and buildings. We did not have proper PPE to inter the structures until the fire was out. I was very glad to see the window tactic in the video using a straight stream of water. It works best…Continue
Added by Mark Cummins on December 15, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments
The Sunday Preach:
Got Residential Buildings?
While not always known as 'stat' guys.... when we are, we review them to make ourselves and our team aware of 'the why' behind our need to be proficient in our operations at residential building fires... It is for US and for THEM!
These stats are from the USFA
~1326 civilian fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2013 and December 12, 2013, for criteria = All Causes, 1…Continue
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 15, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments
Before I get into some Multi-family and Commercial buildings, let me cover a few other things.
As with all of these, "what you see is what your get"! Its' 0630 hours on a Saturday morning.
These first questions are for the initial Incident Commander.
1) Would you assign Search?
2) If so, what if any assignments would you make prior to assigning Search?
3) Is there anything you would want in place (additional tactics, evolutions or tools placed or set)…Continue
I recentlyposted about Heat Release Ratesand the rookie asking the question. Here is some resource material to help you with this. Heat Release Rates must be understood in the context that we may not be in the fire compartment or we may be at a presumed safe distance from the seat of the fire, but if the fire compartment is not cooled, the Heat Release Rate that is in today's fire…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 12, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments
Anyone who has been in the fire service more than a day knows that uncertainty rules our world. Chalk it up to Clausewitz’ fog of war, that pesky Murphy fellow, or just the way things are. In fact, the harder we try to constrain the fireground into more certain terms, the further we plunge towards chaos. When it comes to dealing with uncertainty, acceptance is the best medicine.
So what can we do?…Continue
Added by Dave Werner on December 11, 2013 at 8:33pm — No Comments