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Face Book, Emails and Fire Engineering Community 

Social Media continues to ruin lives, marriages and careers. As with any technology it takes time to fully understand the implications. Maybe social media is doing us a favor by allowing us to view into the true character of others.

Yet, there…


Added by Frank Ricci on August 5, 2013 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Who is Delivering Your Departments Message?

By P.J. Norwood & Frank Ricci

 Politics & Tactics 


With the budget axe coming down across the country we must ensure not to cut the one position that can keep the City Hall at bay. The lessons of the past have taught us we cannot train incrementally and focus on one issue at a time.  We…


Added by Frank Ricci on June 3, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Rumor and insult is the poor mans argument

Rumor and insult is the poor mans argument

With the close of the election we will get a needed break from the attack adds and half-truths.  Regretfully we will still experience it at a meeting or sitting at the kitchen table listening intently to the latest…


Added by Frank Ricci on December 29, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Customer Service Doesn't Matter

Customer Service Doesn't Matter
Your fire department is missing the mark. We have failed to understand the game and we have paid a political price for our lack of vision.
Stand back and watch what happens the next time a stranger walks into…

Added by Frank Ricci on December 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Justification for a fully staffed RIT

Funeral for a friend and questions for you:

Six to eight firefighters will be chosen to carry the casket of our friend. Any less we would be absurd even in ideal conditions. They will have to bear the weight of the member, endure environmental conditions and possibly negotiate…


Added by Frank Ricci on December 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Principle over Politics

Principle over Politics

By Frank Ricci (episode 208 Politics & Tactics Fire Engineering Radio) -…


Added by Frank Ricci on March 27, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

When I grow up I want to be a retired firefighter!

       Politics & Tactics

                            When I grow up, I want to be a retired firefighter!

Ok that may have not been your response to that timeless question. However about ten years into your career this answer will hold more relevance. Long nights away from your family, missed baseball games and birthdays. We have all sacrificed our time for the greater good with the hope to be able to retire with…


Added by Frank Ricci on January 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Time to Double the Guard

Leading off:

Time to Double the Guard

On September 11 Osman Bin Laden with Al-Qaeda perpetrated an act of war against America. Terrorist attacked the Pentagon, United Airlines Flight 93 and the Trade Center.

New York City's fire commissioner says that firehouses throughout the city are grateful for the news of Osama bin…


Added by Frank Ricci on May 3, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

New Radio Show Politics and Tactics

Our first guest on Politics and Tactics with Frank Ricci, Anthony Avillo and Chris Pepler will be no other than Congressman Christopher Murphyfrom the Great Sate of Connecticut and Fire Engineering illustrator Paul Combs 

Where education meets experience and expertise. Learn from the decisions makers and talk one on one with elected leaders. Being a great firefighter is not good enough! Politics effects our staffing, budgets and equipment. Get involved. And now…

Added by Frank Ricci on April 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Arizona has a chance to set the example for the US once agian

On Nov. 2, the people of Arizona will decide whether to amend the state constitution to bar the government from discriminating against or granting preferences to individuals or groups in public employment, contracting, and education. I wholeheartedly support Proposition 107, the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative. A person’s race, ethnicity, or skin color should not be a part of their promotion or the application process. Individuals should be promoted, hired, or admitted based on their… Continue

Added by Frank Ricci on October 15, 2010 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Buddy Breathing

Does anyone have any knowledge of circumstances where buddy breathing was used at an actual fire?

Added by Frank Ricci on May 4, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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