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Hump Day SOS - Technology Dependence

Technology is great and it allows us to operate with speeds only imagined just a decade ago. It also make us somewhat vulnerable as we rely on it and become a little complacent in the fundamental basics. For many, GPS and Google maps = not learning territory, TICs = not training on room orientation and wall…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 12, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Holy Toledo

After LODD’s there are systematic and somewhat impersonal bureaucratic events that take place. These policy reviews, OSHA investigations, independent panels last for months while those who were there are mourning the loss of…

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Added by David Rhodes on February 5, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - T-Shirt Management

I am always amazed at how many critically important issues there are to manage in the fire department. With any high risk occupation the day is filled with decisions that have long lasting effects. Yet it seems that we never have time to do things right but we always have time to do them over.............. and when a departments crisis is at its height, we are reminded of…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - Brothers By A Different Mother

The opinions about solid streams and fog streams are as old as the nozzles themselves. UL is planning a new round of experiments to answer questions about different hose streams. The advisory group has come up with a good list of potential questions that we want answered. But my question to you is, “What is your question?” What do…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 22, 2014 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - Learn to Talk Fire

Do you know what you are talking about when you size up a fire? Too often we hear “fully involved” in the description from the first arriving company only to find out upon our arrival that it is a one or two room and contents fire. Some people don’t think this is a big deal but it is a huge deal. The words used to describe the situation set the…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - New Year's Resolutions

You have to make a few resolutions when the new year comes around. You can't go wrong with directing efforts towards mastering the basics of stretching hose…

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Added by David Rhodes on January 1, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - The Suspicious Package - Lack of Trust

In most departments this would be considered a suspicious package. The lack of trust between the headquarters staff and line members is one thing that will prevent progress and bog down the grandest of plans. The reception of these packages are not usually in the form of gifts however, any delivery from the chain of command will be accepted or rejected based on the previous…

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Added by David Rhodes on December 26, 2013 at 8:28am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS "Those Darn Scientist"

Those darn scientist keep letting facts get in the way. Several subjects of research have sparked some pretty lofty debate but most of those so passionately against the "scientist" haven't even read the material or know what it means. Most of the research is teaching us about fire behavior. Its not telling us what to do every time but rather what happens when we do what. Before you hear a rumor or make an assumption about any new research, do a little research of your own. Find out exactly…

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Added by David Rhodes on December 11, 2013 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - Vacant Structures Don't Kill FF's, Vacant Decision Do!

So much attention is given to the "vacant structure" being the killer of firefighters when  decisions are the culprit in most cases. Some LODD's are just an unfortunate association with the risk of the profession. We cannot eliminate ALL risk without eliminating the job itself. Many of these fatal decisions were made long before the fire that led to the tragedy…

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Added by David Rhodes on December 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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