The RIT/RIC dilemma raised its ugly head again last week when my friend Doug Mitchell (25 to Survive) posted a chart of FDNY’s RIT statistics from 1989 to 2008. The stats that really grabbed my attention were 1. The elapsed time from the working fire declaration (10-75) until the Mayday, 19 minutes, and 2. Who found the Mayday firefighter. First alarm units, excluding the F.A.S.T. or RIT team, found the Mayday firefighter 76.47% of the…Continue
Added by Jim Silvernail on August 12, 2015 at 12:14pm — No Comments
Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Warrior Mentality - by David Rhodes
I was disturbed when I heard a fire service leader state that “we need to get rid of…Continue
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How Many Sacrificed Lives for Freedom?
As we celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday I started wondering how many Americans have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom in wars and…Continue
For years nearly every nozzle manufacture has been attempting to bring some type of new and attractive technology to the tried and true smooth bore. In my short career I have seen countless variations of integrated, variable choice, or adjustable diameter tips/nozzles, none of which have gained much traction beyond the exhibition floor.
Some would stop the…Continue
This piece is directed to the leadership of the American Fire Service. Therefore, it is directed to the Boards of leading fire service organizations. It is directed to those who oversee the most popular of fire service publications, websites, and more respectable blogs. It is directed to those leading the efforts at our most prominent and active research agencies to better improve our understanding of fire dynamics and our best practices to combat today’s fires. It is directed to fire…Continue
Displacing vehicle dash assemblies can be a challenging task at times. Many options are available when a vehicle is sitting upright. However, displacement options can quickly diminish when vehicle orientation changes or the involved vehicle is pinned against various objects. Todays "Quick Tip" will show an alternative technique that is quick, and many times can provide enough displacement to free trapped patients. I have used this method many times when a…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on May 19, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on May 11, 2015 at 11:49pm — No Comments
Milwaukee, Louver, Rochester Peak, Syracuse, Tee Pee Cut.
What is right for us?
I had the opportunity to attend FDIC the past month and was fortunate enough to take the eight hour HOT class Urban Essentials. If you ever get the chance to go to Indianapolis for FDIC take Urban Essentials, lots of skills that you can take back to your home department and implement. At Urban Essentials one of Milwaukee’s finest truck companies…Continue
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Added by Joseph Pronesti on April 2, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments
There is plenty of change going on the world these days, and the fire service is no different. We are looking into the science of our business and debating how to apply it, wrestling with generational issues, technology, etc., but one of the most striking changes to come along in the last ten years or so has been the way we get our information. And it is important to recognize these changes and how they influence our industry. Our younger members may not have the experience to recognize…Continue
We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer our Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015 this year as one of the HOT classes. We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the need for a firefighter to have to exit an…Continue
Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 24, 2015 at 10:33pm — No Comments
The fire service is evolving everyday and this couldn’t be more evident in a recent illustration by Brother Paul Combs. This past month’s illustration gives us insight on the necessity to understand, study and learn more about fire behavior.
The fire and the building its within is our enemy and we must know as much as possible about…Continue
Added by P.J. Norwood on March 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department. When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations. I was recently asked about expectations for my company officers. They aren't too different from what I expected from my crew members when I was a company officer.
Added by Mark vonAppen on March 11, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments
It's only a little more than a month away and I'm starting to get excited! I'm presenting for the first time and I'm hoping to see each of you there. Mark you calenders for Thursday, April 23rd, 3:30 p.m. - Rooms 109-110, for Drawn By Fire: A Decade Of Fired Up' Toons.
Drawn by Fire: A Decade of Fired Up 'Toons…
Added by Paul Combs on March 6, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments
This throwback photo was taken in the seventies at the retirement party for Raymond “Raybo” Adams. Raymond was an “old timer” when I joined his company. He also was the star pitcher on the department baseball team and he could still “bring the stuff” as he aged.
The picture always reminds me of the old and the new and the generational differences that we hear so much about in the Fire Service. It also causes me to stop…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on March 4, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments
As I am sitting here at my desk after finishing up daily round of paperwork, daily tour log and browsing the interwebs to kill some time, I sit here and ponder the job. How much I love it, how much I want other brother and sister…Continue
Added by Ian Schulte on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments
VENT LIMITED TEAMS
“It takes two flints to make a fire.” Louisa May Alcott
What’s the condition of our team?
Is our team incipient, smoldering, vent limited, ignited, developing, heavily involved, fully involved or…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on February 17, 2015 at 1:55pm — No Comments
Why Are You A Firefighter?
I was recently invited to speak at the Angola Fire Department Symposium. During the last class of the day which was Leadership: Trust, Love and Thermodynamics, I started off by asking those…Continue