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Perspective: The Difference Between Winning or Losing at Leadership


Added by Jeremy Sanders on February 27, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Fireman’s Guide to Main Street: 5 Buildings to Know: Part One: The Old House

Lex Shady & Chris Tobin

There is a quote that we believe represents the vast majority of the fire service concerning buildings; it reads,

“Many an object is not seen, though it falls within the range of our visual ray, because it does not come within the range of our intellectual ray.” Thoreau, Henry

Simply put, we all see buildings, but few understand what they’re actually looking at. That’s a problem, a really…


Added by Alexis Shady on February 27, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

Where is the WHY?

Where is the WHY?

It’s Not Just Millennial’s That Want to Know


One of the most frustrating things that anyone…


Added by Jeremy Sanders on February 25, 2020 at 12:31pm — No Comments

The Irons: Forcible Entry & Door Control

The Irons: Forcible Entry & Door Control

Besides the standard ensemble of turnout gear, box light, SCBA, and a radio, it is expected for firefighters to dismount their apparatus upon arrival with the essential tools of the trade (TIC, Can, etc.) with an objective and goal in mind. Typically, this includes a set of irons which tend to be placed off to the side once a fortified door has been forced.

With the door…


Added by AB Turenne on February 22, 2020 at 3:30am — No Comments

3 (Good) Reasons to Change in 2020

In my last blog post I talked about some of the poor reasons we use to avoid change.  This month I’d like to talk about the other side of that coin.  

What are some of the good reasons for embracing change in…


Added by John Lightly on February 3, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Importance of Relationships in the Fire Service

The Importance of Relationships in the Fire Service…


Added by Nicholas Christensen on January 22, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Proactive vs. Reactive

            Data, the empirical information that helps fire departments make educational and justifiable decisions to bring about good change and improvement. Today, many of us use the data born from the modern fire science research being conducted by Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (ULFSRI), to help better understand fire dynamics, the actions and reactions of our tactics, and to learn better methods that improve firefighter effectiveness, safety, and…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on January 16, 2020 at 4:03pm — No Comments

3 (terrible) Reasons to Avoid Change in 2020

It is said that the fire service is “XYZ years of tradition unimpeded by progress.” It’s time we change that mentality. A simple look at where we’ve been and where we are now in terms of tactics, building construction, apparatus, or staffing levels shows the falsity of that phrase.

I think we are simply hiding behind this statement as a defense mechanism. It allows us to avoid the unknown by remaining content with our present way of operating. We are in essence saying “Sure,…


Added by John Lightly on January 6, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Illusion of the Broken System

     The frustrated members of many fire departments, can often be seen gathering in small groups of like-minded people, discussing why they can’t make any improvements or solve the many problems they see, why their department can’t be progressive, and why their particular organization will never be what they want it to be. They constantly see great ideas in the fire service, best practices that other departments are initiating, leadership in other…


Added by Chris Langlois on December 27, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How much do we value trust in our fire department?

   Trust is a five letter word that means so much in the Fire Service, that from time to time it is lost in a person’s character. Whether influenced by peers or it became the norm in the environment that surrounded the individual. Whether your career or volunteer the expectations are the same. Do the right thing of integrity all the time, on and off duty.

   When you enter the fire service, an investigation…


Added by Brad Nair on December 17, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Take a Breath

          As I look at the calendar, there are exactly 10 days, until Christmas. It can be an exciting and celebratory time for people, but it can also be a very difficult time. People who suffer depression or perhaps lost a loved one around this time of year can find it difficult to cope. I know for me, this time of year always makes me think about my Dad, who passed away over a decade ago. The pain and suffering never truly goes away, we just learn how…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on December 16, 2019 at 10:04am — No Comments

Get Smart in 2020

Education and Learning. At first glance, these might seem to be the same thing, but they are actually quite different. Both are extremely important for the firefighter and something that can specifically be prepared for in the coming year.

In the fire service, we continue to pit education and learning against each other and lob…


Added by John Lightly on December 16, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

I am the Problem.

I am the problem. Other women like me, who want to put a stop to all the noise and just do the job, are the problem. Sometimes, the problem is the solution.

Some of you will not like what I’m about to say, and that’s okay. I’ll make this clear, I don’t care. You don’t agree with me? You’re entitled to your opinion, but remember, I am too. What’s not acceptable is attacking someone for having opinions that differ from yours. We fight for rights for women and call ourselves…


Added by Alexis Shady on December 13, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Solid Foundations vs Decorative Elements

Is your training foundational or decorative in nature? Meaning, are you doing the fun, trendy activities or spending time on what is referred to as the basics?

Driving by a commercial building construction site recently started me thinking about this idea of decorative versus foundational training. The workers were at the rough-in stage of the build. They had laid the first course of block to establish the footprint of the building and were now engaged in…


Added by John Lightly on November 19, 2019 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Preparing for Promotion; The Interview

Preparing for Promotion; The Interview

Assistant Chief Nicholas Christensen, CFO, MPA


The time has come to submit for promotion.…


Added by Nicholas Christensen on November 4, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments

What I Learned at “Fire Camp”

What I Learned at “Fire Camp”

Work is work and no matter how good your fire department is, we all are caught up in the daily grind. Stuff does not go the way we want. We have assignments that we are not really into and sometimes we do not see eye to eye with our coworkers. As much as we don’t like it, these are the realities of our workplace, and over time they can impact…


Added by Dennis P Reilly on November 4, 2019 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Firefighter Target Practice With Ground Ladders

Firefighters must be confident in ground ladder operations. That includes knowing what size ladder is needed to get the job done safely, efficiently, and on the first try. Passing Firefighter I doesn’t make someone an expert. Confidence required for basic skills comes through repetition. No matter how long a firefighter has “been on the job” they must constantly refresh the basics.

Frequently throwing different ground ladders builds confidence in choosing the best…


Added by Blaize on October 26, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Changing Directions II - Basements and Exteriors

Firefighters have been provided with new extinguishment strategies that offer better speed, effectiveness, and safety. A triple win! Continuing on the theme introduced with my last post ( regarding the new fire attack vectors recommended by fire dynamics research, first addressing Attic fires, now we will…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 21, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Firefighter Costumes

In just a few short days, a time-honored tradition will once again take place. Across the country, people will spend their hard-earned money to buy sweet sugary nectar and then hand the treats to complete strangers under threat of tricks. There will be ghosts, ghouls, and goblins galore. There will be princesses, action heroes, and the ever-present “what are you, honey?” costumes that look nothing like what they’re alleged to be.  Just smile and affirm them.  Unless it's an old-…


Added by John Lightly on October 15, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments

Does anyone one on here actually read these blogs? Thinking about sharing my thoughts, experiences, etc if anyone has interests. Would you like yet another Brother sharing knowledge, incites, experi…

Does anyone one on here actually read these blogs? Thinking about sharing my thoughts, experiences, etc if anyone has interests.

Would you like yet another Brother sharing knowledge, incites, experiences, points of view? Let me know


Added by Bob Fields on October 11, 2019 at 2:50pm — 4 Comments

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