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"Demands and Solutions Continue to Increase for Instructors and New Firefighters"


"Demands and Solutions"

By Frank Ricci & Mark Starzecki

Click on link to listen to our show on testing for Recruit Classes

Politics & Tactics Show on Testing 1316…


Added by Frank Ricci on October 19, 2016 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Deputy Chief (FDNY) Paul Mannix Suspended for 50 days.

Merit and why it Matters
photo: of my son Nick, Paul and Justice Antonin Scalia at New York City Police Holy Name Society prayer breakfast 
Where I Stand,…


Added by Frank Ricci on July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate "Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate

"Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

I am not offend by the recent YouTube Clip. We have enough of that in our political debates. However I do know bad taste when I see it. One of this Nations founding pillars is the freedom of Expression. It is one of our…


Added by Frank Ricci on June 29, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

June 29th Politics & Tactics Show on Fire Engineering "Why Words Matter & A Personal Look at A LODD

Tonights Show:
Steve Whitehead FDIC Instructor, Firefighter, medic from South Metro Fire Rescue will cover the hidden rules that govern human influence. We will discuss the power of non-verbal communication. He will tell us how to recognize what we say before we ever say a word and explore the language of rapport. We will talk about how…

Added by Frank Ricci on June 29, 2015 at 5:57am — No Comments

Pulling Ceilings: Search, How to Take a Break and Never Giving Up Your Tool!

Three quick tips By, PJ Norwood & Frank Ricci:

1. Taking an extra second is key, take time to perform a hasty search before pulling the ceiling. Covering a victim can jeopardize the entire operation.

2. Always pace yourself, have a line with you and keep your back towards the exit.

3. Never give up your tool! If an experienced firefighter or officers attempts to take it,…

Added by Frank Ricci on June 20, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Ricci, & Norwood: Forcing HUD Windows & Door

Added by Frank Ricci on March 27, 2015 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Employee Assistance Programs, More than a Buzzword for a Promotional Exam



Humpday Hangout

 Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden talk to Frank Ricci, P.J. Norwood, and Jim Rascati about employee assistance programs (EAP) and mental health issues.…


Added by Frank Ricci on February 14, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Leadership Mentoring


Check out our last show on Leadership and Mentoring

By Frank Ricci, Jason Hoevelmann & Jim Moss…


Added by Frank Ricci on February 8, 2015 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Detroit Shields & Step Up and Lead Author Frank Viscuso Recap from Nov. Politics & Tactics Radio Show

By Peter Callan, Jason Balletto & Frank Ricci.…


Added by Frank Ricci on January 4, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Mentoring is a key part of Leadership

By Frank Ricci (Politics and Tactics)


Mentoring is one of the keys to our service, conferences like FDIC and organizations such as the International Society of Fire Services Instructors (ISFSI) are great places to find direction, professional development and a mentor.


Mentors must realize that the…


Added by Frank Ricci on December 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Leadership and Why the Cemetery Matters

As a leader and instructor do not take yourself so serious. If you teach on the national level you should ask yourself who have you elevated to the next step? It is your responsibility to build your team.

We all are replaceable that is why it is critical to train our replacement. Thats is why we train and build others up. Its about continuing the work! In return you will build your own legacy without even…


Added by Frank Ricci on December 26, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

Hating Up Close, What Leaders Need to Know

Hating up Close

By Frank Ricci

It has been said that it is hard to hate up close. Many times we often avoid situations that make us feel uncomfortable to our own detriment. I learned this lesson the hard way once I got promoted. One night I was detailed to another fire station. Not…


Added by Frank Ricci on December 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

"Why North Korea Attack Should Matter to Firefighters"


By Politics & Tactics Host Frank Ricci

The rallying cry "Millions for Defense, Not One Cent for Tribute"  was first attributed to Robert Goodloe Harper a proud Federalist in response to the French attacks on American ships. It was latter made famous by Thomas Jefferson after America's first brush with Islamic…


Added by Frank Ricci on December 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Throwing Sand!

Taking a few minutes can save days of lost time from a needless injury. When ever father winter knocks at your door, be it a medical or fire throwing down ice melt or sand can make a hugh difference. Injury prevention starts with attention to detail.  …


Added by Frank Ricci on December 15, 2014 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Master Stream Application

Master Stream Application

Added by Frank Ricci on October 7, 2014 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

Free Webcast from FDIC: Applying Science Without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics

Take a look and let me know your thoughts?

A tactics class, not a data class! This program reconciles the new science with proven tactics to keep your members safe. Tactical implications with lessons learned from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, UL, and Yale studies without losing our identity are covered, as are command, size-up, fire attack, ventilation, and search. This new understanding is not as scary as it seems. What is considered new is based off tactical…


Added by Frank Ricci on August 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Awkward Divide (Leading Requires the First Step)

Politics & Tactics Blog

The Awkward Divide

We fail as leaders and followers when our own mostly unjustified insecurities defeat us. We see this happen every day yet most fail to act. When you walk into a room of strangers or a stranger approaches in a group setting do you step up and introduce yourself? If not you should strive to do better.

When a…


Added by Frank Ricci on July 15, 2014 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday


P.J. Norwood & Frank Ricci


Preparation, training, and understanding our equipment is the key to success. The fire servicer service has come a long way in preparing for…


Added by Frank Ricci on November 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Close Call in New Haven resulting from a High Rise Fire

New Haven Fire Fighters responded to an activated alarm that turn into a 3 alarm fire in a 19 story building. The fire was on the 14th, 13th, 12th and 11th floor. Fire extended up and down electrical conduit causing multiple electric rooms that were stacked on top of each other and became fully involved in fire.

Engine 10 and Engine 4 crew were opening the door that was being compromised by fire. …

Added by Frank Ricci on August 14, 2013 at 4:38pm — 2 Comments

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