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Fire Service Drones

The military spends big bucks on drones and other technology to provide valuable intel for planning purposes. In their environment it is critical to be able to gather information in an attempt to reduce uncertainty. Obviously this information is best gathered discreetly. Enter the drone. Able to fly undetected, these futuristic machines can be…


Added by Dave Werner on July 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

It's Not About You

From the first day in the firehouse we learn about the importance of properly checking all of our gear and equipment to make sure it's ready for action. We are told to make sure our SCBA is functioning properly, that our cylinders are full, that all of our PPE is in good shape and laid out properly, and that all of our tools are cleaned and prepped. The preparation we do is endless and of critical importance.

Why do we do all of this? The obvious answer is for our own sake. No…


Added by Dave Werner on January 22, 2014 at 10:49pm — No Comments


There is a certain speech that I am getting tired of suffering through. I have heard it time and time again, and I'm sure there are scores of other "rogues" out there in the same position. The speech I am referring to is the one about not getting discouraged. Sound familiar?

I am going to throw up if I have to hear this again. Please understand that I realize the delivery of the speech is usually done with kind intentions. I'm not trying to kill the messenger. Here is what I…


Added by Dave Werner on January 9, 2014 at 3:57pm — 4 Comments

Into Combat

I was eating supper at work yesterday, reading a book at the same time, and as it does so often a random thought popped into my mind. In order to provide some context for what follows, this thought was inspired by several sources. First was the book "About Face" by Col. David Hackworth. If you haven't read it, do it soon. It is inspiring and thought provoking. My mindset is still reeling from that book. Number two was a blog from titled "Know What Your Doing: It's…


Added by Dave Werner on January 3, 2014 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment

The Numbers Game: A Lesson From Law Enforcement


Awhile back I stumbled upon a website geared towards reducing law enforcement LODD's. I have to admit, I had never given it much thought. I find myself, like so many others, caught up in the battles we are fighting in the fire service. Obviously we hear about law enforcement (LE) LODD's every now and then. I think I speak for all of us when I say it hurts just as bad to hear about an officer losing their life as it does when a fellow firefighter gets put in the ground. What struck…


Added by Dave Werner on December 15, 2013 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Mental Prep

Mental Prep


Anyone who has been in the fire service more than a day knows that uncertainty rules our world. Chalk it up to Clausewitz’ fog of war, that pesky Murphy fellow, or just the way things are. In fact, the harder we try to constrain the fireground into more certain terms, the further we plunge towards chaos. When it comes to dealing with uncertainty, acceptance is the best medicine.


So what can we do?…


Added by Dave Werner on December 11, 2013 at 8:33pm — No Comments

ICS: Friend of foe?

I have spent a significant amount of time lately talking about and finding examples of utilizing speed on the fireground. It is my belief (and the belief of many others) that the surest way to increase our survival and the survival of the people we serve is to operate with a high level of tempo. I am not advocating blindly sprinting around and tripping over ourselves. I am talking about the kind of speed which is a product of high quality/fidelity training and a thorough knowledge of fire…


Added by Dave Werner on November 24, 2013 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Talk Is Cheap

There are exciting things going on in the fire service these days. A lot of what we thought we knew is turning out to be false. I think it's safe to say we have also learned that we still have a lot to learn. The research being done has proven a lot of important facts. Pushing fire isn't possible. Cooling the environment from the exterior is a viable option. Synchronized ventilation and fire attack is critical. Fires are burning hotter and faster. Fortunately now have emperical data to back…


Added by Dave Werner on October 31, 2013 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Half an Hour

Half an Hour

How often do we hear people complaining about how busy our shifts are these days? I'm not talking about call volume busy, but all of the other activities that fill our days. Granted, we have a lot on our plates. Between station duties, apparatus duties, inspections, hyrdrants,…

Added by Dave Werner on October 24, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Ventilation Decisions

Ventilation decisions

Take a minute to watch the video below before continuing with the article. Pay attention to what is going on, and what effects the actions of the firefighters has on the fire conditions.

Our purpose here is not to pick apart the performance of those…


Added by Dave Werner on October 15, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

2012 LODD Report

See what the numbers are telling us. Are we putting our focus in the right places? 2012 LODD Report: Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on September 23, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

Switching It Up

What would happen to your crew if the leader was suddenly taken out of the fight? Would your people step up and take control? Learn the benefits of encouraging leadership initiative in all aspects of what we do...Switching It Up: Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on September 23, 2013 at 10:52am — No Comments

Staying Sharp

We are forced to do annual refreshers on all sorts of skills. Why don't we have annual refreshers for our basic firefighting skills? What can we do to work towards a formal system? Staying Sharp: Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on September 23, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments

Fire Behavior: Back drafts and Smoke Explosions

What is the difference between a back draft and a smoke explosion? Is there a difference? Let's hear what you think...Back Drafts and Smoke Explosions: Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on September 23, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

Size Up Practice

Do you take the time to rehearse your size ups? If you don't take the time to practice, you will not be painting an accurate picture...Size Up Practice: Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on September 23, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Hose Bed Prop

Simple, yet very effective...Hose Bed Prop-Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on July 31, 2013 at 11:38am — No Comments

Talking in Circles

Talk is cheap. Let's mount up and get moving...Talking in Circles-Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on July 22, 2013 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Talking in Circles

Talk is cheap. Let's mount up and get moving...

Added by Dave Werner on July 22, 2013 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Leaving a Legacy

When you walk out of the station for the last time, what will remain...Leaving a Legacy-Heads Up Firefighting

Added by Dave Werner on July 17, 2013 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Spreading the Word

A few blogs to check out, and why we bother with this blogging nonsense...Spreading the Word

Added by Dave Werner on July 16, 2013 at 7:36pm — No Comments

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