Chief Salka: Are there any good sites that my crew could visit and train on for leadership? We would like drills we could do to work together as our shift got rearranged and we are all new working together. Thanks
The results of the research were more then we expected. We are formulating training segments for our Chief Officers, High Rise units; selected units issued HR Nozzles, etc. The entire department will be issued DVD’s and will eventually attend training that will explain in detail the scope of the live fire research, concept of stairwell pressurization and the enhanced fire ground efficiency and safety it will provide as never before. The alternate approach of “Taming the Dragon” or reducing the Blow Torch conditions with use of a (WCD’s) Wind Control Devices (Blanket or Curtain) and High Rise nozzles has proven to be very effective in conjunction with stairwell pressurization. I have heard that on some internet pages the HR nozzle has been referred to as the “Coward Stick”. I’m sure we can both agree whom ever they are WE know they have never been in the hallway approaching a Wind Driven Fire! In their best fantasy they wouldn’t make it, unless they actually wanted to go to the hospital for us to recognize that they really are A**#$%@&. We would wish they get the best of care including treatment of an experienced proctologist.
Brooklyn Poly and NIST will be reviewing the data and hope to publish the final and comprehendible results by the end of the year. Dan Madrzykowski and Steve Kerber of NIST should both be at the FDIC in Indy. I hope to share some of the information during the High Rise workshop myself and Jack Murphy will offer on the Monday and Tuesday at FDIC.
Thanks for the college for chief's blog. In my department we just recently established a requirement for an individual to have completed an associates degree in order to be eligible for the position of battalion chief. This requirement was not added to help the individual manage incidents better but manage personnel and department divisions better. Our battalion chief's either manage a division or have additional administrative duties. I believe the work completed in a degree program can assist an individual with many areas of fire service departmental management.
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