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At 8:59pm on September 18, 2009, David DeStefano said…
Mike, Pandora's box is a great idea. Just like walking in on the 10 different conversations in the firehouse kitchen, you get to pick one you like and join in!
I'll check it out often.
Stay Safe,
At 5:04pm on July 8, 2009, Dave Dodson said…
Hi Mike:

Go for it! I appreciate your efforts to pass on the info. Reading smoke should be as common as a motor vehicle size-up: Evalute traffic, number of cars involved, damage/stability, hazardous energy involvement, visible victim status, etc.
At 4:01pm on July 7, 2009, Eric DePoto said…
Hey bro, well you f'ing know.
At 9:55am on May 8, 2009, Pierre-Louis LAMBALLAIS said…
Well thanks. And I'll try to make an effort in English!

What we've notice in many cases is that there are two things which can be great for progress but also great for "doing nothing", depending on the way you use it. These two things are the concept of "brother" and the documentation.
A brother is a man to who you can say "You're wrong" and who can say you the same. If you do "wrong", and you are not my "brother", I'll not tell you you're wrong, because it doesnt matter to me. When I tell my student that they must work a lot, because they are not "good", that's because I love them.
The bad use of "brother" is to say "you can't make criticism to a brother". because in that case, the brother can do bad things for years. And one day, you will be in front of his grave. The grave of a brother? No. Because when my brother do bad things, I'll tell him immediatly. I don't wait him to get an accident.

Documentation can also be used in a positive or negative way. You can use doc as a start point, to increase knowledge. This is a right way. But when the guys don't want things to change, they use the docs, to say "You can't do that, it's not in the doc!". This is the bad way.

Same tools. Two results. Not easy to use. :-)

Very best regards
At 2:49pm on May 6, 2009, Dave McGrail said…
Hi Big Mike,

Thank you, you're the best...

Dave Mc.
At 8:03pm on May 3, 2009, Eric Morgenthaler said…
Sup? New position, part of our cost cutting measures!
At 11:10pm on April 27, 2009, Don Huneke said…
Hey Brother thank you for the offer of the SOP's. I can use all the help I can get. I have been working on my assigned SOP's alot and the person reviewing them has NEVER been in a fire or on a truck for a serious call. I want as much back up when I turn them in. OCFD's would be so very welcome. My email is If I can ever return the favor please let me know. Don Huneke
At 3:59pm on April 7, 2009, Eric DePoto said…
You f***** midget! I love ya.
At 10:06pm on January 28, 2009, Art Zern said…
You bet big boy:)
At 6:34pm on January 28, 2009, Scott Kleinschmidt said…
We did have a fire the other day ( SFD )lots of smoke no vis fire. Heavy was first due and did a search ( took the can ). First due engine arrived a couple of min behind them. During their search they made the fire room and put out the contents fire with the can. Guys said it was starting to out of the room. This wouldn't have had happened a year ago. The guys had done some can fires and new what they could extinguish.

Had a rookie on the Engine ( first fire ) they met him at the door and burst his bubble.
At 6:23pm on January 28, 2009, Art Zern said…
Nice........thanks Mike, I'm old but.....
At 10:35pm on January 27, 2009, Scott Kleinschmidt said…
The slope,
Its aerodynamic
At 10:28pm on January 27, 2009, Scott Kleinschmidt said…
At 9:06pm on January 27, 2009, Scott Kleinschmidt said…
Looks like Chris washed your turnout coat and it shrunk!
At 9:52pm on January 26, 2009, Brody said…
Mike, what happened with that Lawton trench rescue? I understand they brought on OKCFD guys. What made this one so tough? We had a much smaller incident here a while back and it's got me thinking. Just curious what comlications yall ran into. Thanks, stay safe!
At 7:40pm on January 24, 2009, Bobby Halton said…
I like it, I am helping the FDNY get the word out about theirs. I put a link in my blog. I think you might get a few good speakers from their show as well. Are you running it from within the FOOLS or on our own?
At 8:37am on January 22, 2009, Eric Gamble said…
Thanks Mike - Looking forward to the info in the group. Look us up if you get to FDIC Indy this year. Take care brother
At 8:56pm on January 20, 2009, Chuck French said…
Mikey he was a nut job. Next time I see you I'll give you all the details.
At 6:43pm on January 18, 2009, John Norman said…
I haven't been involved with any of the groups Mike, (been pretty busy) how do I get in on the High Rise group?
At 10:26am on January 18, 2009, John Norman said…
Hey Mike, send me a link or directions to the group. thanks

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