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Of Chiefs, Training Officers and Consultants

Fire companies using outdated equiptment and being taught outdated training methods is common in the American fire service and it cuts across all departments types and sizes. I have listened to firefighters talk about being unable to affect change within their company or department. These are not style issues. These firefighters are presenting factual data and willing to test their tools against what is currently in use. They are rebuffed at…


Added by Ray McCormack on June 10, 2008 at 10:10pm — 3 Comments

Proper Line Placement

This is an excellent photo of proper line placement. The first line at almost every fire should be positioned so as to cut the spread of fire. I realize that the great temptation is to put water on the fire. However, in this case, more good things will happen if the initial line is stretched between savable victims and the fire - or between savable property and the fire - do one you do both!

Congratulations Northbrook Il. FD…


Added by Skip Coleman on May 29, 2008 at 10:25am — 3 Comments

The Voice Podcast

Hey gang!

We're in full swing on producing "The Voice" on a weekly basis. Steve Pegram is taking over hosting duties and you can find The Voice on the Fire Engineering homepage. Please feel free to give us feedback on topics that instructors want to know more about. If there is something you'd like us to cover, drop us an email or post here. Also, if you are an instructor who is doing something cool, let us know! You might be featured on the program!

Added by International Society of Fire Service Instructors on May 20, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

Fire Officer Development-- Strengthfinders 2.0

Whether you are currently an officer, or aspiring to be one, understanding your strengths and how they apply to your leadership is important. We will spend several weeks delving into the strengths you bring to an organization. Based on the book Strengthfinders 2.0, this informal course is an opportunity to interact and engage your findings from the book. The key is the application. How do you begin to apply what is learned? We will investigate ways to apply the findings to your department. To… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on May 19, 2008 at 1:26pm — No Comments

It does not take much strength to do things, but takes great strength to know what and how to do it.

searching dogs and firemen on the earthquake scene..

Added by YANG GUOHONG on May 16, 2008 at 7:50am — 2 Comments

The Voice is Back!

The ISFSI is pleased to announce that the Voice has returned. The Voice is now a weekly podcast on Fire The first episode features Fire Engineering Editor-in-Chief Bobby Halton and the 2008 George D. Post, Instructor of the Year Winner, Forest Reeder. You can hear the interviews with Bobby and Forest by going to the podcast section of the FE website. Next week's show will feature Rick Lasky from Lewisville, TX and Indiana Instructors Association President Chad Abel.… Continue

Added by International Society of Fire Service Instructors on May 13, 2008 at 6:01am — No Comments

The Whole is Greater than the parts.

For many of us the "real world" is not having enough firefighters on duty to safely do the job(s) placed upon us. So much emphasis is placed upon EMS that other parts of our job are suffering. Now, don't get me wrong, a well trained and equipped fire department paramedic is as good as any out there, but making a guy go to a paramedic school in order to get on the job leads to some difficult situations. Of course that is another blog. The rumors and talks of a regional fire department is coming… Continue

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on May 10, 2008 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

On the FE site: Important NIOSH report, Quick vote...

Be sure to read the recently released NIOSH report on certain types of aerials by clicking here: The report concerns safety issues with aerial ladder trucks with locking (pin-anchored, lever actuated, clamped) waterways.

Also, we're always looking for new Quick Vote questions to post on the homepage of the Fire Engineering site. Quick Votes are those poll…


Added by Fire Engineering on May 9, 2008 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

Duneland Fire School

Hey Everybody,

Just wanted to talk about Duneland Fire School (Chesterton, IN). I wanted to give some much needed praise to my instructor for my Fire Officer 1 class. Scott Chasteen, chief of Greensburg Fire Dept (Greensburg IN) taught my class in a professional manner. I felt that he got this class handed to him last minute and probably didn't get all the information from Duneland Fire School. Scott made the best of it. He made sure that we all had the material, including the practical… Continue

Added by Tom Fentress on April 28, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The ISFSI is back!

Hey gang! I thought I'd offer a little update on the ISFSI. I was sworn in as president at FDIC a few weeks ago and WOW, what whirlwind it's been! We have a lot going on at the Society and could sure use everyone's help. I'm very lucky as President that I have such a talented Board of Directors! The guys and gals on the board have a lot of experience and passion for the job. I can't wait to see what we're able to accomplish to improve firefighter safety!

I have to say a big THANK YOU… Continue

Added by Eddie Buchanan on April 28, 2008 at 8:09pm — 2 Comments

In Charleston ....

Good Morning, Sorry I have been a little absent lately but FDIC was unbelievable and now I am back “On the Road” went to Rochester NY and visited with the brothers and sister there for Medal Day and a promotional ceremony. They were kind enough to take me to a 2 and half story working job as well. They have their hands full and are doing some solid work. I will be flying into Charleston today for the Memorial Safety…


Added by Bobby Halton on April 26, 2008 at 10:14am — 3 Comments

Hey Do You Have a Minute For Me?

Our circulation guy asked if I had any comments we could print as to why firefighters like you read Fire Engineering. I would love it if a few of you could give us some quotes as to why you read the magazine.

I gotta tell you a funny…


Added by Bobby Halton on April 21, 2008 at 2:40pm — 24 Comments

First time Registry test taker

While I have been in EMS for 21+ years I have never taken the National Registry of EMT's Paramedic exam, until this past Thursday. I have to say that I have always been leery to try, what if I can't even pass the exam I have been teaching new medic students to pass just to enter the profession? Since our medic students must take and pass this exam, I was convinced by one of our other…


Added by Michael D. Smith on April 19, 2008 at 10:06pm — 4 Comments

Firefighter Appreciation Day

As many of you know, we here in the Cincinnati area experienced the loss of two of our own. Channel 9 here has initiated a Appreciation Day for firefighters on April 17th. Let's not let this be an isolated event. I believe this could be a time to, not only express appreciation to those who serve, to to expand awareness of firefighter safety. Get your community involved! If you do something for April 17th, please post it here to let everyone know of ways to become active in their community. Here… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on April 15, 2008 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Bomb Threat Planning and Management

NOTE: Anyone can attend


Dates: April 25, 2008 (1pm-5pm EST) and May 2 (1pm-5pm EST) This seminar is divided into two sessions.

Bombings, attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear,

and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to

handle such situations. Inappropriate and costly management decisions

are often made due to a lack of organizational planning and a

methodology for…

Added by Michael Finney on April 14, 2008 at 9:16am — No Comments

Firehouse Nicknames

We all got'em. Some well deserved, some we would rather forget. Firehouse nicknames. On my crew I have a "Booge," "Lukie," "Greenie," "Wrong Way," and a "Fragile Bob." I have been called "Da Wop" "Henchman" and my favorite is the "Spaghetti Yeti." What are some of the ones around your fire house?

Added by Kristofer DeMauro on April 12, 2008 at 6:41pm — 4 Comments

Professional Development for Fire Officers

Note: Open to anyone wishing to attend

Cost: $0.00

Link: Click here to attend

Bill will be delivering his real-world focus on what a new or acting officer must know to successfully communicate with their crews, supervisors, and our business community. Bill will…


Added by Michael Finney on April 6, 2008 at 3:23pm — No Comments

FireFighter Fatalities in Colerain Twp. Ohio

This morning two firefighters were killed in a working house fire in Colerain Twp. Ohio. That is north of Cincinnati. The two entered with one other firefighter and the floor collapsed. One firefighter exited. Two fell into the basement. The occupant was out upon arrival.

I am sure more news will be coming on this fire.

I can not, nor will I comment on…

Added by Skip Coleman on April 4, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Open Fire Academy Upcoming Online Seminar

We are now beginning to take enrollment for Daniel Sharon's Seminar on Bomb Threat Planning and Management (8 hour class). I wanted to give you advanced notice to notify your departments and people you believe would benefit from the class. The course description is as follows:

About the Class...

Bombings, attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear, and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to handle such situations.… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on April 1, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Thanks to the Start Water Group

I wish to thank the members of The Start Water Group for their fanatstic responses and questions. We curently have over a dozen topics to respond to. We have been able to strike a balance between real world concerns and academy training, appealing to both line firefighters and instructors. That balance I believe is exactly what this site should be about. All of the topics in the Start Water Group are relevant and timely. Please keep the responses comming. Remember we all do the same…


Added by Ray McCormack on April 1, 2008 at 9:04am — No Comments

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