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At 11:17am on July 16, 2014, John K. Murphy said…


Did see the Fisher case. Thanks for that. It is interesting and now I see another issue dealing with Michael Briscoe. Busy times.

Stay safe

At 11:14am on April 30, 2012, DALE G. PEKEL said…

Thanks for the additional info on the bailout clip Frank! - I couldn't agree more with your statement. We do quite a bit with escape systems in the FF Rescue/Survival and RIT courses we teach and too many FFs don't fully appreciate the need for repetition - but that can be said for everything we do in the Fire Service!

Beyond promoting prevention, I think we sometimes fail to reinforce the importance of understanding not only the strengths, but also the limitations of the equipment we carry and tactics we perform. Even those who obtain "expert" knowledge have no guarantees – If there were, FF LODDs would be a thing of the past.


Keep up the great work you’re doing and thanks again for the correspondence!



At 6:05pm on August 8, 2011, Michael Bricault (ret) said…

-Not fighting fires in vacant buildings is in fact not doing your job; its a culture of fear and cowardice being forced on unwitting and frightened firefighters.

-More to the point this mindset ignores the fact that someone may in fact be inside the vacant building; homeless, children playing... even the guy who started the fire, regardless of his intentions still deserves the FD attempting to find him and extinguish the blaze. The fact is that short of a lightning strike or mice playing with matches, vacant buildings do not set themselves on fire! That means someone got inside and set the fire; malicious or accidental is irrelevant, that person may still be inside!!

-Anything less is subscribing to a culture of fear that is being sold to the fire dept under the guise of firefighter safety; this is unadulterated, uncensored, pure and simple BS . As Tom Brennen put it, this culture of fear is brought to you by the same people who created purple vests to identify the guy handing out vests.

-Fulfilling the office of firefighter is often times a risky endeavor. Firefighting is about calculated risks not foolish chances but risks all the same. If it's too scary find another line of work.

At 7:49am on March 31, 2011, Dave Stacy said…
No, I'll bring it up to our training officer
At 11:00am on March 16, 2011, Dave Stacy said…
Lt, those tactical perspective videos are great!
At 4:21pm on October 20, 2010, Justin Lewis said…
thanks for the add...I enjoy your blog too...keep up the good work bro! Check out my video blog when you get some time and let me know what ya think! Thanks!
At 9:28pm on April 29, 2010, Billy Morris said…
Hey man, you hit the nail head on at FDIC! Keep up the good work. Speak without fear.....walk softly but carry a big stick......

Captain Billy Morris
At 1:45pm on April 29, 2010, Seth Dramm said…
Lt. Ricci,

Thanks for the keynote speech at FDIC. Though I was not present, I viewed it on a link via FaceBook. I intend to use your advice to improve my performance as well as my crew's. Keep up the great work!

Captain Seth Dramm
At 7:38am on April 29, 2010, Mike Daley said…
Inspiring speech in Indy, Brother. We're proud of you guys!!

M. Daley
At 9:10am on April 27, 2010, Jeffrey Post said…
Outstanding job at FDIC!
At 4:53pm on April 26, 2010, Todd McKee said…

Thank you for being a dear friend and thank you for your speech at FDIC! It really hit me hard with what I am going through right now. Your friend, Todd McKee
At 7:58am on April 26, 2010, Paul Combs said…
Hi, Frank: Just posted your illustrations on my FE and facebook blog.
At 10:23am on April 25, 2010, Dan Rice said…
Great Speach, I was able to watch it just a little while ago! You hit the nail on the head.
At 9:31am on April 25, 2010, Bill "Grits" MacGregor said…
Thanks Frank for your key note speech at FDIC. I was stunned at the end, one to see that I'm not the only one out there with similar views. Two, for fighting for all of our rights. Keep going forward, also would like to meet you some time personally and chat.
At 8:08pm on April 23, 2010, Chris Whitby said…
Frank I just read the article on your Key note speach... one word... AWESOME!!! I wish I could ahve been there !!!
At 2:09am on April 19, 2010, Ben Fleagle said…
I've got time, I'll call you next week when you've recovered from FDIC! Have a good time! Wish I was there.
At 9:41pm on March 27, 2010, Billy Morris said…
Thats good, I'll shoot this info up to the Chief. We were looking for some outside the box training for this year. I'll be at FDIC. Are you going to the Haz-Mat Conference in Baltimore?

At 6:40pm on March 26, 2010, Billy Morris said…
Hey Frank,

Hey no problem man, your doing great things for the fire service, and Im proud to be associated with ya. Fort Bliss is kinda on the other side of the world from us. Texas is so darn big! You came down and Taught a RIT class huh....hmmm...interesting. Our Dept could use a smack in the face about our RIT Program! Hope all is to ya soon.
At 5:16pm on January 23, 2010, Rick Lasky said…
Thanks brother!!! I will.

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