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Christopher Huston's Blog – February 2012 Archive (4)

Secondary Hose Stretch

Does your engine have a reserve or secondary line? This line is not a main per-connect, "the second line" or the back up. This line functions as a reserve set up. 

Certain situations may require positioning your hand line to another area. The problem it creates, once it’s charged the time and effort to re-position increases. The line in operation would be shut down, possibly drained, and redeployed which under some circumstances is a labor intensive ordeal. A dry, fresh line is much…


Added by Christopher Huston on February 27, 2012 at 11:07am — No Comments

Personal Change

Disclaimer: As an Advocate for the Everyone Goes Home program, I have a duty to see the mission of reducing Firefighter Line of Duty Death fulfilled. This post was written due to my frustration with the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives being both misconstrued for personal agenda and as a shield to hide behind. In addition, the statements below are not part of the implementation process for the initiatives. My goal is to break down a key element of LSI #1, accountability and personal…


Added by Christopher Huston on February 24, 2012 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments


“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”- Alexander Graham Bell

The word focus has an interesting origin. This term comes from the Latin word for fireplace or hearth. One can only assume that the definition is a central point, the source of heat in the home long ago. In modern times, this still holds true, as many fireplaces…


Added by Christopher Huston on February 19, 2012 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Strategically Social

If you take a minute to think about how our strategies and social skills are intertwined, you see the connection. Many levels and types of social skills are important aspects of our duty. How we interact socially affects how we will interact strategically.

If you have not read "Training Warning Flags", go through that first along with "Owning Training" as they are built upon each other.

Four of the five more significant warning flags are dependent upon the social skills of… Continue

Added by Christopher Huston on February 4, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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