Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

David Rhodes's Blog (69)

Hump Day SOS - New Culture Puts Customers # 2

"Our customers are #2" Are you kidding me!!!!!!

I had a long conversation with a friend of mine yesterday who is currently working on his fire science degree. He told me one of his professors made the statement that the fire service…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on August 13, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Spider Webs in the Hose Bed

Are there spider webs in the hose bed?

There are a multitude of skills that must be mastered in order to be proficient on the fire ground. There are two skills make or break the fire operation. They are the ability to stretch hose effectively and search effectively. No doubt there are numerous…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on July 23, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Urban Fire Dictionary: SOP

This SOP is not for me to follow it must be for you…….Oh yes, well I know I wrote it, but I never intended to actually follow it……….I meant for you to follow it……well if you want too. The main thing here is that if something happens I can say that I had an SOP in place and you didn’t follow it so I won’t be…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on July 9, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Wizard of Oz Management

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What in the world are they talking about? Do they work for the same department?” Maybe you are stuck in the world of Wizard of Oz management. It often boils down to perception. Those in the station are closest to the work (responding and assisting the people in the community). Those at headquarters are…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on July 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - The CP - Company Punk

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on June 18, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - These Darn New Guys!

 

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on June 11, 2014 at 7:27am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Bailout or More Hose?

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on June 4, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - College Is Not Knowledge

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your thinking.…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on May 28, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - Prevent RIT

KThis week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your thinking.…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on May 21, 2014 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

Hump Day SOS - Is Was Supposed To Be Vacant

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on May 14, 2014 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Unsafe!

This week is another retro-SOS from my original first few months. These were pictures only so now that we are broadcasting out to the FE community and in full blog mode I will add some commentary. Again, if you already saw this one I hope you get another laugh or affirmation that you are not alone in your thinking.…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on May 7, 2014 at 9:45am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Liquid Safety

There were a few original Hump Day SOS's that only appeared on my Twitter and Facebook pages. A few were posted on Urban Firefighter prior to this blog. They were simply pictures with no commentary. For the next few weeks I'm going to go back repost them here on FE along with added blog text. The intent here at the Hump Day SOS is to provide a somewhat satirical…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on April 30, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Search & Rescue & Research

Why do we go into fires at all? A question often asked by the public when we they look at the cost of firefighter injuries. The answer should be a simple one, “To perform SEARCH & RESCUE”. People live and work in structures and they catch fire. Often the fire occurs when the people are inside of the…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on April 23, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Post FDIC Syndrome

Are you suffering from Post FDIC Syndrome? Don’t suffer any longer. Introducing FDIC Spray. Just insert nozzle into the ear and give it a shot. You will be full of passion, commitment, motivation and enthusiasm in no time! But wait there’s more……..…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on April 16, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Courage and Valor

This Hump Day SOS is in honor of Lieutenant Gregory Pickard who posthumously received the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award today at the Fire Department Instructors Conference.

Courage and Valor are traits are not learned through training. They are not automatically bestowed upon…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on April 9, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Inspiration

As I head up to Indy today I’m reminded of 100,000’s of firefighters who become “unmotivated” by departmental climates of politics, charlatans, bureaucracies and just down right lameness. It seems the more you push for professionalism, competence and brotherhood the more disappointed you are the fakers who…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on April 2, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Spring Cleaning

Spring is here and it’s time to do a little spring cleaning but, be careful what you ask for. Would it be interesting to tell the 1 year rookie to “get rid of everything that doesn’t get used anymore” and then see what ends up at the dumpster? Along with the items shown in the picture might also be conversation, common sense, station…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on March 26, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS OMAHA! OMAHA!

I can’t remember what I am supposed to do at a fire anymore. The acronyms keep coming and I don’t want to screw anything up so I’m going to suggest we use OMAHA just like Peyton Manning. If you get to a point where all the acronyms run together and you are about to panic just take a deep breath and call,…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on March 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Pro-Safety is all the buzz. If fact soon we will be so safe that we won’t even respond to incidents because it is just too risky. A friend recently told me that he replaced the word “safe” with “smar…

Pro-Safety is all the buzz. If fact soon we will be so safe that we won’t even respond to incidents because it is just too risky. A friend recently told me that he replaced the word “safe” with “smart” in all his SOP’s. I think that is OUTSTANDING. The word “safe” is defined as:

adj. Safe

1.…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on March 5, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Wind Driven PPV

I was watching the wind driven fire research and recognized a bit of irony. During the wind driven fire study a large PPV fan was used to create the wind for the study. A fire curtain was deployed to block the wind from the fan in order to control the wind driven…

Continue

Added by David Rhodes on February 27, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Policy Page

PLEASE NOTE

The login above DOES NOT provide access to Fire Engineering magazine archives. Please go here for our archives.

CONTRIBUTORS NOTE

Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to www.fireengineering.com/issues.

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton
We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our policy page. -- Bobby Halton

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail peter.prochilo@clarionevents.com.

FE Podcasts


Check out the most recent episode and schedule of
UPCOMING PODCASTS

© 2022   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service