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Suicide: Join the Conversation

Recently, I have been reading articles on this subject with much uneasiness.

In fact; I hesitate to call suicide a “subject”, because for many; suicide is real and has impacted them. It has reached out and grabbed them in some way. It is someone very close to them, someone they know or someone famous, whose career they have followed.

And, are loved ones LEFT to make “sense…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 8, 2014 at 12:44pm — 2 Comments

Returning the Investment

Return on Investment. A relatively simple business principle that says "by giving us your money, we will make you MORE money." One may question, "how does this apply to the fire service? We don't make money for the tax payers." In short, yes you are correct but we are a totally different type of monetary investment. In truth, many people pay for us simply…


Added by Ian Schulte on November 21, 2014 at 8:44pm — No Comments

The Risk for Ground Ladder Rescues at Multi-Family Dwellings

On January 16th 2007, at 0047 hours Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) was dispatched to a reported fire in an apartment building. Three minutes later, the first district chief arrived and immediately requested a second and third alarm when dozens of occupants were observed at windows and balconies (Royal, 2009). “We addressed the obvious challenge and priority of the…


Added by Brian Brush on November 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments


Well, you know which side of the isle I sit on. Below are some excellent links that further explain the science, research, and applied tactical aspects of the flow path study and SLICE-RS.…


Added by Paul Combs on November 17, 2014 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

Renewing the Fire Service Tradition Starts with You

I recently attended the IAFC-VCOS Symposium in Clearwater Beach.  It was a tremendous experience filled with great course content, lively discussions and debate about how to move the fire service forward in a unified fashion, and awesome networking with current and future fire service leaders from all across the country.  As you might expect, one of the most talked about topics was the ongoing UL/NIST fire behavior research.  It’s important stuff, to be sure.  In fact, the underlying theme…


Added by Dan Kerrigan on November 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© - Episode #2

Welcome to Grandview FD, Vinnie Cappaletti

“Son of a *****!” was all that Jake could say.

“Excuse me?” asks Vinnie.

“Didn’t Mommy teach you how to knock?” an irritated Jake asks.

“You don’t have a door on…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 16, 2014 at 7:32pm — No Comments

How To Be Effective With Your Chaplain Program

In the first two blogs we discussed the different factors that are important if you want to begin a chaplain program. Many of them relate directly to your drive and determination in seeing the plan through regardless of the obstacles you face in beginning this important program.


This time I would like to focus on how to be effective once this program has gotten off the ground. How do you make sure that you are influencing people and making a difference in your department?…


Added by Jeremy Hurd on November 9, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments


Leading a crew of diverse personalities can be challenging. As a fire officer it is your job to make sure everyone on your team is being as productive as possible, even if you have to adjust how you treat each individual to do so. The more effective you are at individualizing your leadership style, the more effectively your subordinates will carry out their assigned…


Added by Paul Combs on November 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Door Control - There are options!

By now we are all familiar with the terminology "flow path". We have read the blogs, picked apart the studies, watched videos, begun seeing and recognizing the dangers of not controlling the flow path. We have had discussions and have considered our tactical options to mange the flow path. Many departments have begun to change their policies, procedures, SOP’s etc. However, there is still a piece of controlling the door…


Added by P.J. Norwood on November 1, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Figuring Out Hose Stretches: Company Drill from Engine House Training, LLC

Here is a quick drill for figuring out hose stretches for larger complexes or properties with long set backs. The key is to get out and figure this out long before the call comes in. Share and add your own information to it.

Company Drill for EHT Hose Stretch…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 3, 2014 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

Are You Ready For The Balloon Frame Fire??

One of the ways I mentally prepare and train as an incident commander is to review major working fires around the country, this past Sunday while reviewing the day’s prior events I read about a terrible tragedy that occurred in Portland, Maine where five victims perished in a fire in a large two story duplex apartment house. I researched the photos and listened to the fire department audio from the scene and based on these I am assuming…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on November 3, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© - Episode #1

Meet Michael Jacob (Jake) O’Melia

 Grandview is a town of twenty-seven thousand, Northeastern coast inhabitants. There are several bustling businesses on both sides of Main Street in the downtown business district.


Of particular interest is Hermie’s General Store. When you walk through the front doors at Hermie’s, you step back in time. The floors are hardwood and…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 3, 2014 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - Farwell Harvey

Farwell Harvey

It was with great sadness that I received news that my friend Harvey Eisner had passed away. I met Harvey years ago and he had asked me to do some writing and teaching with Firehouse. I told him that I didn’t feel it would be the…


Added by David Rhodes on October 29, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments

"Are you ready to get set after you re-set?"

Any student of this profession by now as read or been instructed on all the UL and NIST research, some of our largest and busiest departments have changed some of their procedures due to this remarkable research. In my opinion for any size department it makes sense to re-think your present tactics and current policies if you have any and if you don’t now may be the time to start a procedure based on all of this data and train on it.…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on October 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments


Happy Halloween, everybody - may your bags be full of treats and your smoke detectors plentiful!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:…


Added by Paul Combs on October 28, 2014 at 2:22pm — 4 Comments


Chief Harvey Eisner was a wealth of knowledge and insight - and an important force in my early career as a fire service editorial cartoonist. He and I talked in 2005 during my first Firehouse Expo about creating cartoons for Firehouse magazine (I had already been creating cartoons for for a couple of months). He wanted me to expand my cartoons beyond “funny”…


Added by Paul Combs on October 25, 2014 at 12:14pm — No Comments

The Hard Surface Flowpath


Nine firefighters have lost their lives while on the road, to date, in 2014


Eight actually, if you don't include the one who did not feel well and was found off the road in his private vehicle after an alarm.…


Added by Bill Carey on October 22, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

Make Time

You’ve heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”  It rings true.  If you want to be the best, then you need to try your best.  You need to be all in.  There is no ‘part way.’  There’s no quick-fix, juicing diet plan that will help catapult you to that status.  It’s sweat, hours and commitment. …


Added by Becki White on October 13, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

HUMPDAY SOS - Brown Card IC Training

Brown Card IC Training

How much training have your command officers actually received in commanding incidents? Oh yeah, don’t tell me they have completed the NIMS 100, 200 and 700 online. This is not to diminish the importance of NIMS training…


Added by David Rhodes on October 8, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Service Leadership

Service Leadership

In the world of constant bad news and the incredulous suffering at the hands of bureaucracy I witnessed a moment of hope yesterday. My friend Mike “Waldo” Reynolds (3rd…


Added by David Rhodes on October 1, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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