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
By Blaize, FD Hacks
Passing on history is important because “those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is of particular relevance to us firefighters as most of…Continue
Added by Blaize on July 23, 2019 at 10:58am — No Comments
Keeping it Functional and Keeping it Fun
With fireground training or firehouse fitness, it is critical to develop lesson plans or workouts with the goal of making them functional to the service your department provides, while more importantly keeping it…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on July 20, 2019 at 3:30am — No Comments
Social media is full of debates, discussions, and general arguments resulting in name-calling on where water should be applied from. One camp is firm in its belief that fast water from whatever location or position is the best. The other camp belittles anyone who does not immediately initiate an aggressive interior attack. This debate has been going on for decades, really, it is now just being rehashed in a different format, that being the internet.
What often gets…Continue
Added by John Lightly on July 17, 2019 at 1:48pm — No Comments
In the world of firehouse life there are a select few who have elevated the art of complaining to Mount Everest proportions. In fact, they are so skilled at whining and grumbling that they most certainly could win Gold if there was ever a Gripe Olympics! What's worse, it's remarkably easy to be pulled down into their pit of despair and backstabbing -…
Added by Paul Combs on July 17, 2019 at 7:54am — No Comments
STAY FIRED UP, and stay humble!
Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2019 at 3:04pm — No Comments
There are some common fire service debates that just seem to be staples of our craft. In recent light a new one has arisen, traditional helmets versus European. While that one seems to be gaining attention, that won’t be what we discuss today. There are statements out there that say, “What goes around comes around.” and “Everything comes full circle.” This is true. If you talk to anyone that has been in their line of work for any amount of time, they’ll tell you common practices…Continue
Added by Chad Menard on July 10, 2019 at 7:20pm — No Comments
The Firehouse Kitchen Table: The Perfect Podium to Promote Health and Wellness
Some of the best memories and learning moments in the fire service don’t take place on the fireground or in a classroom setting; rather they take place around the table while we eat as a shift or take the time to talk over a cup of joe.
Downtime in the firehouse can often lead to complacency or at times the…Continue
Added by AB Turenne on July 6, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
This article is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Atlantic Beach Fire Department Chief Adam Snyder. Chief Snyder was an incredible husband, father, friend, mentor, leader, and advocate for mental health. Prior to his death, he led the Eastern Division of the North Carolina Peer Support Team. He never hesitated to be there for a fellow first responder in need, and on the second Tuesday of every month, he led first responder support group meetings open to anybody in need. He was the…Continue
Added by Dena Ali on July 5, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments
As a modern fire service, we are constantly seeking methods and tactics to increase our service delivery model and to have better trained, better equipped firefighters and to strengthen our relationship with our citizens and business owners while effecting efficient & effective entries on calls. This…Continue
Added by John Buttrick on July 5, 2019 at 9:44am — No Comments
As an officer, I put a ton of pressure on myself to be wiser, smarter, and more experienced than I was yesterday - to lead by example. Unfortunately, all this studying, training, and preparing can take up much of your free time during the course of the day and it's all too easy to say "I'll workout tomorrow." When tomorrow comes, well, you do it again.…
Added by Paul Combs on July 2, 2019 at 9:52am — No Comments
The fire service has been described as paramilitary organization with a leadership organized in a top down fashion. In other words, one person does the thinking, one person directs the organization and one person takes responsibility. Is that right? Is that how your organization operates?
I was stimulated to author this article based on the belief that we can lead and manage better if we involve all of the personnel…Continue
Added by John K. Murphy on June 24, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments