Each year we loose approximately 100 firefighters in the line of duty. While all of the deaths are tragic and traumatizing to those involved, sadly many of them are the same story repeated over and over. Vehicle accidents and heart attacks are common themes in the LODD notifications, while “combat casualties” seem to be the exception rather than the rule.
We vow “never to forget” and “not to let our brothers die in vain”. Do we really do this? Do you pull up the NIOSH…Continue
Added by Grant Schwalbe on December 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
By Frank Ricci (Politics and Tactics)
Mentoring is one of the keys to our service, conferences like FDIC and organizations such as the International Society of Fire Services Instructors (ISFSI) are great places to find direction, professional development and a mentor.
Mentors must realize that the…Continue
Added by Frank Ricci on December 31, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Have you had much experience inside of a hoarder house? You know the type of house where there is just a tremendous amount of stuff packed to the ceilings dying to bust through the walls. Yet the owner of this stuff refuses to let it go. I’m sure some of you have. I’m sure of it because I see it in my own organization so I am certain it is all around the country. The type of hoarder house I am referring to is a hoarder in a firehouse. The stuff packed to the ceiling…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on December 31, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
As 2014 draws to a close, many of us take the time to reflect. Where are we now in comparison to where we were a year ago, both personally and professionally? As an individual? As an organization? As a profession? If you're as passionate about the fire service as I am (as I am sure you are), then you understand how important it is to balance your passion for the craft with family -- to balance your life appropriately and not forget what's most important. So, as you reflect and set…Continue
Added by Dan Kerrigan on December 31, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments
This year has certainly been interesting related to the legal issues facing the fire service. We continue to see the fire departments in the news for many high profile fires, rescues, service calls and the other good things we do on a daily basis.
We also continue to see the fire departments mired in legal controversies that reduce the effectiveness of organizational cohesiveness and at times polarize our personnel and departments.
We can only read the legal effects of the…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on December 30, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
If you attended an older school like I did growing up I guarantee your teacher or even you yourself performed a ventilation technique and didn’t even know it when you opened them, what am I talking about? It’s the transom window and their effect on your operations in legacy buildings need be taken into consideration, especially with all that has been recently disseminated to our fire service in regards to ventilation and fire behavior.
A transom window is a window…Continue
Added by Joseph Pronesti on December 29, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
RIT, RIT, RIT. We read a lot of the same information about it, and we’ve been reading it for a long time. Specifically, “proactive RIT” has been pushed for over a decade now. RIT is a good thing; having a team on standby to dive into the fray and rescue one of our own is absolutely one of the many priorities at most fires. But let’s dig a little deeper into this dominating theme in RIT training.
Proactive RIT means having a RIT crew that doesn’t just stand in one spot like…Continue
Added by William Knight on December 29, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments
For those of us who have been around this business for a while, it can be easy at times to look at the rookies and wonder why they don't do it like the way we did when we were coming up. This, being a very broad statement, is nothing new to the old guys thinking they do it better than the young guys (at least in their minds) for each generation that comes through. Technical rescues, an EMS patient, or attacking fires can be accomplished in a multitude of ways and still yield the same…Continue
Added by Paul Strong on December 29, 2014 at 2:28am — No Comments
As 2015 approaches I cannot help but think of all the "New Year’s Resolutions" that will soon flood Facebook and will be the topic in the fire stations all over the world, from kicking the smoking habit, to eating healthier foods there are all types of resolutions out there but one I seldom if ever hear but I feel we should is to train more and be a better firefighter.
Think about it like this when you cut back on your internet use or TV use who does this effect? Essentially…Continue
Added by Chris Willis on December 28, 2014 at 11:23pm — No Comments
The Sunday Preach:
The Engine Officer.
From Ch 14: Preplanned Engine Company Riding Assignments: Pg 149: 25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD
"Whether it is because every close call or LODD report mentions command and control as a contributing factor, or simply that you…
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 28, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments
As a leader and instructor do not take yourself so serious. If you teach on the national level you should ask yourself who have you elevated to the next step? It is your responsibility to build your team.
We all are replaceable that is why it is critical to train our replacement. Thats is why we train and build others up. Its about continuing the work! In return you will build your own legacy without even…Continue
Added by Frank Ricci on December 26, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!
May your shifts be safe and your rigs true on this Christmas day! Take a moment to hug your family, at home and in the firehouse, and be thankful for all you have in your life.
Personally, I want to thank each of you! Thank you for following my work and supporting its message. Thank you for being a sounding board for my…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Because of the special season that we’re in, I decided to take a brief break from the Chaplain Program specifics and share some thoughts about this time of year that means different things to different people. Some celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and even Festivus J (If you would like to share your experiences of “airing your grievances” or “feats of strength” around the Festivus pole, let me know). Regardless of what you celebrate, this month of December and the holidays that are…Continue
Added by Jeremy Hurd on December 24, 2014 at 9:26pm — No Comments
Merry Christmas to my firefighter brothers and sisters. Stay safe out there.
Added by John K. Murphy on December 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
From my family to yours, wishing you all the best in life for the New Year. Indeed so fortunate to have good health, good friends and a loving family.... both at the firehouse and at home.
With the turbulent times that we see happening around us, know that we must always continue to look at for each other, on the fireground, in the firehouse, and all places in-between.
Life, much like the fireground, can be…
Thank you PennWell, www.fireengineering.com, and especially Bobby H., Erich R., Scott Nelson and the best blog manager around, Peter Prochilo.
You have provided me with a platform to share my diverse thoughts to a very…Continue
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 24, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments
In my opinion, success at an extrication scene is based off efficiency, tactics, and teamwork. One of my…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on December 23, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments
Hating up Close
By Frank Ricci
It has been said that it is hard to hate up close. Many times we often avoid situations that make us feel uncomfortable to our own detriment. I learned this lesson the hard way once I got promoted. One night I was detailed to another fire station. Not…
Added by Frank Ricci on December 22, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The Sunday Preach
"There is a tendency that if someone sets up a PPV fan at the front door, it should be started and run." (Pg. 208) "While companies are still checking for pockets of hidden fire is not the time to fire up the fan!" (Pg. 209). "25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD"
Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) certainly deserves some discussion in the residential…
Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 21, 2014 at 9:40pm — No Comments
By Politics & Tactics Host Frank Ricci
The rallying cry "Millions for Defense, Not One Cent for Tribute" was first attributed to Robert Goodloe Harper a proud Federalist in response to the French attacks on American ships. It was latter made famous by Thomas Jefferson after America's first brush with Islamic…Continue
Added by Frank Ricci on December 20, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments