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The Sunday Preach

Information Overload

Fresh back from ‪#‎FDIC2015‬, literally hundreds of fire programs, big room - small topics, small room - big topics and everything else in-between. …


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on April 27, 2015 at 11:23am — No Comments

Spring has sprung...

The Sunday Preach


Spring is about re-emergence, starting a new. "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Maria Robinson.

S - 'Safe' defined is 'free from harm,' fires... most often are not

P - Preparation is a key step to create the "Combat Ready You"

R - React quickly to changes in your fire environment

I - Involve everyone in training, for in battle they will all be with…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on April 5, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

"The One Armed Bandit"

The Sunday Preach:

"One Armed Bandit..."

"The invention of the remote microphone with incorporated speakers dramatically helped firefighters hear fireground audio...If your radio requires you to hold it in your hands and then put up to your ear to listen and to your mouth to transmit, is that really an effective use of your hands? Older style handheld radios might work for the chief in the street...but it is absolutely going to slow down every operation that you…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 1, 2015 at 7:44pm — No Comments


The Sunday Preach


"Take a good look inside. Why are you here?" pg. 5

We Believe:

~ Like minded individuals enjoy each others company. As such, they often form formal or informal teams.

~Individuals join the team with a series of their own 'similar' yet 'different' personal skill sets.

~Teams need leaders and mentors and coaches and support to recognize and pair the…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 22, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Backstep or Backlit?

The Sunday Preach: 


"Only a firefighter truly knows what it is like to be a firefighter. Only we, who crawl down smoke filled hallways, know what it is like when lives are on the line." Page XI. http://25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 8, 2015 at 6:42pm — No Comments

MAYDAY Parameters

Transmission Tuesday:

Ever see this face in the crowd when discussing MAYDAY events and when to call one?

~What's your departments verbiage of when to call a MAYDAY?

~What do you use as your "MAYDAY" parameters?


My department uses "IOUMMPL" or remembered as "I Owe You My Miserably Pathetic Life.

I - Imminent…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 3, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Be 'Super' Everyday

The Sunday Preach:

'Everyday is your Superbowl'

"We have no such luxury of scheduling either our fires or where in the home these fires will occur. We may go to two in one day, one this week, or one in a year. Whenever a fire happens, we must be ready. For firefighters, every day is potentially game day, and we must be ready to play." (…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 1, 2015 at 8:37am — No Comments

Residential Laddering

The Sunday Preach:


Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of a day that made me extremely proud to be a fireman and fire officer. I was a member of the first to arrive ladder company that made 4 "grabs" (removal of civilian occupants) from a well involved residential building fire. While one victim was removed via the interior, the other 3 rescued civilians presented themselves at…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on January 11, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

The Engine Co. Officer

The Sunday Preach:

The Engine Officer.

From Ch 14: Preplanned Engine Company Riding Assignments: Pg 149: 25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD

"Whether it is because every close call or LODD report mentions command and control as a contributing factor, or simply that you…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 28, 2014 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Holiday Cheer

From my family to yours, wishing you all the best in life for the New Year. Indeed so fortunate to have good health, good friends and a loving family.... both at the firehouse and at home.  

With the turbulent times that we see happening around us, know that we must always continue to look at for each other, on the fireground, in the firehouse, and all places in-between.  

Life, much like the fireground, can be…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 24, 2014 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Communication is the key...

The Sunday Preach


"There is a tendency that if someone sets up a PPV fan at the front door, it should be started and run." (Pg. 208) "While companies are still checking for pockets of hidden fire is not the time to fire up the fan!" (Pg. 209). "25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD"

Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) certainly deserves some discussion in the residential…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 21, 2014 at 8:40pm — No Comments

A December to Remember

The Sunday Preach

A December to Remember.

For several reasons, 'tragedy and loss' during the month of December always stings just a little deeper. In the line of work we are in, we know that all too well... we see 'tragedy' on a daily basis.  

Our beloved fire service is not immune either, with several line-of-duty deaths occurring during December. Most recently, a residential building fire that…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 14, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments

It all begins with YOU!

The Sunday Preach


"Show me a firefighter who has performed flawlessly and to the letter of the SOP at every fire and I will show you a bold faced liar...The mettle of the character of the firefighter is forged in how he or she adapts, recovers and learns from a mistake. Don't languish over what is done. Accept the situation, address it, and move on, obviously in the shortest amount of time available." (Pg. 287 "Reducing Residential Injury and LODD")



Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on November 9, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments


The Sunday Preach:


My house is loaded with stickers... they are literally littered everywhere. If you have young children, you know exactly what I mean. "Sticker charts" & "graphs" noting progress in manners, schoolwork and chores. Stickers given as treats, used to make…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on October 19, 2014 at 11:29am — No Comments


The Sunday Preach


~A few quotes from pg. 248 of the book "25 to Survive:  Reducing Residential Injury and LODD" tells a story of reflection, introspection, humility and refinement for personal and professional progress...

"We know that few firefighters or company officers have experienced the 'perfect fire'. In that scenario, every fireground task said and done is accomplished right on…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on September 28, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ordinary, yet Extraordinary

Never Forget....

Who could have ever imagined what that beautiful September morning would turn into... the thousands upon thousands of lives impacted. Many, never ever to be the same.

The inscription found below the photos of the members of the firehouse where I was assigned as a fireman that died September 11th, 2001 reads: "There was a time when the…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Head on a Swivel

The Sunday Preach:

'Head on a Swivel'

"Company Officers must not be completely focused on the locking devices on the door itself. Those are forcible entry firefighters' tasks. They must keep their heads on a swivel. While they must offer calm, focused advice to the FE team, they must also be watching smoke and fire conditions and watching the status of the hoseline." Pg.200, "25 to Survive: Reducing…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 24, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

Never forget where you came from...

The Sunday Preach:

"Never forget where you came from"

This is a multi-faceted profound statement that is often heard around the firehouse. Here are 3 quick extrapolations we came up with....

1. Never forget where you came from:

~There are generations of fire department members and their families who sacrificed; time, energy, blood, sweat and tears to make your department at the point where it is today. Relish in the fact that now,…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 23, 2014 at 7:25pm — 2 Comments

Record, record, record

The Sunday Preach:

"Record, Record, Record..."

Ever wonder how long it takes and what you look like getting your PPE on correctly? How about the team making a search? Stretching a line from the apparatus? What you sound like on the radio?

Can we "see" where we can streamline our personal and company operations? I guarantee at least 75% of your members has a device in their pocket that can help the team.

From page 249 of "25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 16, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments

Want Respect, Be Respectful

Be respectful...

"If you are about to speak 'about' someone or something... stop and think for a moment of the tone of the conversation. How will your message be received? Leaders must exercise discretion or decorum in conversation, not shirking the duty to make tough decisions, but having the respect and dignity to do so with class. It's not so much what you say, but how you say it"

Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 5, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

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