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At 4:50pm on March 25, 2008, Mike Walker said…
Concerning your preplans; I assume they are divided up by Occupancy Type? If so is there anyway I can see copies of them?
At 2:56pm on March 25, 2008, Todd McKee said…
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
At 2:52pm on March 25, 2008, Jim Duffy said…
Hey John
Did you get e-mail
The download time is limited if you did not get let me know?
Ps I love the passion in your responses about Degrees
At 2:44pm on March 24, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
John, thanks for taking a look at our DVD. Jim Duffy helped me write it and we had help from some great instuctors. I have learned a lot from you over the years and appreciate your help.
At 8:55am on March 23, 2008, Joel Thacker said…
Do you feel the chief of department should have a degree or do you feel that the course work offered around the county is enough?
At 8:21pm on March 22, 2008, Gerald "Jerry" Tracy said…
Hi John
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.
At 6:00pm on March 22, 2008, Joel Thacker said…
Chief Salka,

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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