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Hump Day SOS - Prevent RIT

This is one of those Hump Day SOS's that I still get an occasional email about. I've even seen it show up in a few folks presentations. This will make the 3rd time sending it out but sometimes things just need to be repeated for new members following the blog that might of missed it and for those who didn't quite understand it the…

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Added by David Rhodes on March 18, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS

Instructor Driven Fires

So the status tell us that the number of fires are down 53% since the 1970’s. I don’t have any numbers on the decrease in “acquired structure” fire control classes but I can speculate that it is probably down even lower than 53%. As a…

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Added by David Rhodes on March 11, 2015 at 5:13pm — 2 Comments

Hump Day SOS - Why are you a Firefighter?

 

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…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 18, 2015 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

The Hump Day SOS - Fire Service Irony- Creating Wind Driven Fires

Fire Service Irony – Creating Wind Driven Fires

After spending a few days last week at UL for the final PPV / PPA experiments I couldn’t resist pulling out a retro Hump Day from last year. Now let me put a disclaimer here, the results of all the experiments are…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 11, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Penciling Is For Drawing the Nozzle Fully Open

Penciling is for Drawing a Nozzle Fully Open

When recruit firefighters are told one thing and then shown something different they end up applying what they were…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 4, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS: Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes

Who’s Gonna’ Fill Their Shoes

 In 1985 the late great George Jones release the country music hit, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” The song talks about…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 28, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - You Can't Change People

You Can’t Change People

Why is it that some individuals in authority think they are responsible for changing people? Is this a good or bad thing? Can you really change someone? We all hear stories of people who have…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 21, 2015 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Boss/Manger Leader vs Expert Leader Does it matter if the fire incident commander was never a competent company officer? Does it matter if the company officer had limited time as a firefighter? Does …

Boss/Manger Leader vs Expert Leader

Does it matter if the fire incident commander was never a competent company officer? Does it matter if the company officer had limited time as a firefighter? Does it matter is the chief was an expert firefighter?…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 7, 2015 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS Why Santa Rides In on a Fire Rig

When the Sleigh Is Out the Rig Fills In

Have you ever noticed that if Santa is in a parade, being delivered to a public function or is just needing a ride around town, that it’s usually a fire engine filling in for the sleigh? Now I don’t get much snow where I live and sleighs are rarely seen. In fact the closest thing we have to a sleigh or even a sled is an…

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Added by David Rhodes on December 10, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Brotherly Advice for the Soul

Brotherly Advice for the Soul

So you just took that fire chief job in a new department or maybe you just got promoted and moved across town on a different shift. Maybe you are just a pawn in the reorganization or the…

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Added by David Rhodes on November 19, 2014 at 7:45pm — No Comments

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…

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

Hump Day SOS Which Came 1st

Which Came First?

Here I go again beating up my RIT friends. No, I'm not anti-RIT but I continue to be amazed at the lack of balance or should I say prioritization in our fire training. RIT training is fun and fire behavior training…

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Added by David Rhodes on October 22, 2014 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Ebola Safety Logic

EBOLA vs FIREFIGHTING - Safety Logic

I’ve heard recently that we have nothing to fear as responders when heading out to a person sick or in a few cases even being dispatched to a “possible Ebola patient". We have nothing to fear because…

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Added by David Rhodes on October 15, 2014 at 11:27am — 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…

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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…

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

Hump Day SOS - The Checklist

Don’t Lose Site of the Purpose of Checklist

I had a few conversations with some folks that really push the use of the “checklist”. This is not a bad thing but I see it getting misapplied in many departments. I once saw a safety officer circling the building with a clipboard busy filling…

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Added by David Rhodes on September 24, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Is The Mission Lost

More on the Mission Statement or Mis-Statement

Earlier on the Hump Day SOS we looked into the mission mis-statements and how far away we have drifted from our original mission “To Save Lives & Property”.  Many of you responded with your own stories of mission creep,…

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Added by David Rhodes on September 17, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - To Be or To Do: Your Fork in the Road

To Be or to Do? Your Fork In the Road

Here you are in the middle (or later) of your career in the ole’ fire department. You grew up with an understanding from your parents and grandparents that the harder you work and more you accomplish the more successful you will be. Then…

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Added by David Rhodes on September 10, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Losing Our Experts

Losing Our Experts

A few years back you had your engine guys and your truck guys. You had the guy in the department that was the expert in friction loss and nozzle flow. You had your expert in elevators. You had your guy that knew how to write the truck specifications. The go to guy in forcible…

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Added by David Rhodes on August 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - The Orginal Mission

To Save Lives and Property

Usually nothing is better than the original and that holds true with mission statements. Departments all over have severely missed the mark by a compelling desire to outdo each other with prolific works that are turned into posters and plaques.…

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Added by David Rhodes on August 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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