Around mid-day, a structural response was transmitted for "a light smoking" inside of a gym facility. One of those dispatches where so many are tempted to judge the outcome of the call before they even get on the fire truck, and their conduct on the scene then reflects that attitude. Nationally, this complacency too often results in a predictable surprise that we call a tragedy. As I was in the area, I responded on the call and noted the following actions being carried out by responding…Continue
Added by Nick Martin on November 25, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
In my Department's "Rookie Book" process, probationary firefighters have a 6-month series of monthly tests. These tests consist of written questions & knowledge and skill-based material. The goal of course is to insure and guide their growth after the fire academy, so that when they come off probation they are well versed in "fire department life" and well capable on the fireground.
The 1st month evaluation is conducted by the rookie's battalion chief. There are 18 questions and…Continue
Added by Nick Martin on September 16, 2015 at 6:55am — No Comments
In general, a report of "victims trapped" should not cause any major changes in your initial operations. They may cause slight alterations - like where you take your line, which window you VES, etc. However your plans/SOGs should already be setup assuming there are persons trapped. When added information increases the likelihood of entrapment, we should be doing what we always do - just harder and faster!
Remember, all tasks work in…Continue
Added by Nick Martin on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
For kids, a snowy forecast is cheerfully received as a sign that tomorrow will be an easy day. No school, watch some movies, have mom bake some cookies. In the fire service, some make similar assumptions - no drill today, chief won't be by on rounds, just show up to nap and run some calls. WRONG.
Across the country, some firefighters deal with snow more than others.…Continue
Added by Nick Martin on February 12, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments
We often talk about being a "Combat Ready" firefighter. What does that mean? I first heard the term "Combat Ready" and the idea behind it around 2003 from Lt. Pete Lund, a storied fire officer from FDNY Rescue 2 who was also a volunteer at Kentland with his son (Matt, aka "Vinny") while I was living there.
So what does it mean to be a "Combat Ready firefighter"? Is it your certifications? No... Is it a cool paint scheme on your fire truck? Absolutely not. Is it a "holier than…
Last weekend I was invited to present "Combat Ready Firefighting"to the firefighters of Jefferson County, WV. After a great class, the more than hospitable members were eager to show me their firehouses and apparatus. The pride in their departments and history was obvious (good thing!). …Continue
Added by Nick Martin on February 1, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
Tim Linke from Lincoln, NE sent me this basic but thought provoking inquiry. We all talk about being "combat ready". Weather you use that particular term or not, if you're reading this you're probably interested in being your best, A+ performances all the time, etc...
So for those of us in an engine company - WHAT IS COMBAT READY?