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At 12:44pm on January 13, 2011, Todd McKee said…

Hi Lt!


I  took  an Incident Safety Officers  class at our state fire academy and they were saying to no longer  do  the triangle  cut for steel  roll up doors.  ^ <--- the best I could do to show the cut I have always been  taught.  They say to  make horizontal  cut??  Can you please share your thoughts???  Thank you for what you  do for the  fire service!

At 2:25am on January 6, 2010, Christian Cossey said…
How's it going? Hope your year is starting out well. Jyst be safe okay Remember faulure to train is training for failure.
At 3:26pm on October 30, 2009, paul nigro said…
Hi Ray
Paul Nigro..great to see you back on LINE, the dept. was not the same without you.
Keep on training!!
At 1:37pm on October 26, 2009, Wayne Benner Jr said…
Fair enough Ray, I understand thanks..
Be safe.
At 3:11pm on October 15, 2009, Wayne Benner Jr said…
Im pleased to announce that I got the go ahead to purchase solidbores on our 2.5 Highrise/Static Loads as well as the Preconnect 2.5.
Im just wondering what tip size would work best? As for the 1 3/4 preonnects. That i could not convince as of yet however, how do you feel about the Sabre-Jet by akron. I could be on the right track with that nozzle for our 1 3/4 until the solidbore gets the go ahead for the preconnect.

You advice would mean alot as it has helped me get the ball rolling.

Thanks Lt
Wayne Benner
At 12:41pm on October 8, 2009, Jeffrey S Austin said…
While I haven't had a chance to see the video that has cause quite a stir what is the real problem? Is it that you hit a sore point? Is it that you spoke the truth? If firefighting was a safe occupation my grandmother would have been doing it in her 90's. It's not a safe job and some join the Fire Service because they get a rush from pushing the envelope. Those are the firefighters I do not want to work with, someone is going to be a LODD. I want to work with FFs that understand the dangers and will risk everything to save a life. That is why I became a firefighter. Why my father became one and his father before him. Why my son is carrying on the family business. But, at some point you have to draw the line and say no reason to risk all if there is no life. No reason to risk all if you got the call too late to save the building. While we, as a group, may not totally agree we do agree that we need to change the way we do business. The fires that we face are fewer in number but more deadly in nature.
At 8:26am on September 20, 2009, Barry Aptt said…
Ray, is your FDIC speech still available online? some guys I work with @ the Academy still haven't seen it and it seems to have fallen off the face of the earth.
At 10:04am on July 8, 2009, Brian Rowe said…
Lt, thanks for the add. I appreciate all the topics you share and we learn from you all the time! If you ever find yourself down in SC - dinner is on me!
At 12:13pm on July 3, 2009, Mike Gagliano said…
Hey brother... Hope you have a great 4th and know that I'm proud to call you a friend.

Speak from your heart, tell the truth as best you know it and serve your firefighters and citizens with dedication and compassion.

The streets of New York are a better place with you on them brother....

Ride to the sound of the guns...

At 8:28pm on May 23, 2009, Jim Miller said…
I am coming into the city Friday morning, what is your schedule look like? i thought i'd stop by to visit the Hilton. Let me know.
At 7:36pm on May 20, 2009, JJ Blaker said…
Lt. McCormack
I love the speech. Everyone needs to see this video. its just to bad you can't find it anywhere on the web.

My name is JJ and I love to go to fires!!
At 6:31pm on May 6, 2009, Don Waller said…
Lt. I have not heard your speech yet, so I cannot speak to it personally. I do know that you gave a differing opinion from the establishment. I have heard that this has cost you some problems with your department, and may hurt your career with them. However, I want to thank you for being courageous enough to speak your opinion, standing up for those who share the belief, but were to scared to stand up to the machine and those driving it. Good luck with the fallout from all this, and I hope one day to see your speech and find out what has caused so much.
At 2:35pm on May 4, 2009, Doug Ott said…
Lt. McCormack, I loved your speech. It's a shame I only got to watch it once. I felt you were speaking from the heart and not standing up there saying what you thought you were supposed to say. Hopefully it resurfaces.
Have fun, Doug
At 6:20pm on May 3, 2009, Don Waller said…
Lt McCormack, I am with Shanna, I cannot seem to find your speech. Has it been censored? A majority of the firefighters on my Dept. feel like you, however much of our training and administrative leadership does not. I think your speech could be a good discussion. Can it be found anywhere?
At 5:39pm on May 3, 2009, Shanna Hanson said…
Sorry to have missed FDIC and your speech in particular :) Curious why I can't seem to find a link to it?

Sorry I failed you on the fax machine availability.
At 11:01pm on May 2, 2009, Eric J. Christopher said…
Lt McCormack, I'm truly disgusted to see the negative comments and the backlash from your remarks at the FDIC. The "safety culture"/ we know better than you crowd does not understand what you said because you were not speaking to them, you were speaking to us, you were speaking to FIREMEN !!!!!

Thank you for saying what needed to be said, hold your head high Boss.....
At 6:17pm on May 1, 2009, Gary Rauch said…
Ray, Thanks for being the Brother that you are, and saying what the rest of us are thinking. Even thou I was not there to hear it in person it still carried the same punch. Thanks again Brother and BE SAFE!
At 5:45pm on May 1, 2009, Todd McKee said…

Thank you for your words at FDIC!

Todd McKee
At 3:47pm on May 1, 2009, Brett Graves said…
Great speech at FDIC. It's nice to see someone with the balls to speak the truth.
Take Care,
At 5:23pm on April 30, 2009, Mario Campos said…
Lt McCormack,
I had the privledge of witnessing your inspirational speech at FDIC last week. It was with out a doubt what the firefighters of america needed to hear. If people took more personal responsibility to follow basic fundamentals then the we would not have to focus so much on the safety aspect. Put the fire out and everybody is safe. Thanks challenging all of us to make a diffrence. Stay Low.

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