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A Comparison of the 7/8" and 15/16" Smoothbore Nozzle

            There are some common fire service debates that just seem to be staples of our craft. In recent light a new one has arisen, traditional helmets versus European. While that one seems to be gaining attention, that won’t be what we discuss today. There are statements out there that say, “What goes around comes around.” and “Everything comes full circle.” This is true. If you talk to anyone that has been in their line of work for any amount of time, they’ll tell you common practices…See More
Jul 10

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Lives in:
Alabama
Department:
City Fire Department/Rogersville Volunteer Fire Department
Title/rank:
Captain/Paramedic
Years of public service:
15
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Nationally Registered Paramedic
Bachelors Degree in Administration
USAR Rescue Technician with Alabama Task Force 3
Hazmat Technician
Fire Officer I & II
Fire Instructor I & II
Live Fire Instructor
Open Water Diver
NFA's Managing Officer Program
Fire Officer Designation
Graduate Member Grade through IFE
Topics you provide training for:
Command, Strategies, and Tactics
Engine Operations
Truck Operations from an Engine
Ground Ladders
Forcible Entry
Bio:
Chad Menard is a 15 year student of the craft and it all began while volunteering at the age of 16; in which he still continues to do so. He holds the position of Captain/Paramedic and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Managing Officer Program. He is a USAR rescue technician with Alabama Task Force 3, a Level II State Certified Fire Instructor and Fire Officer, and holds multiple degrees including a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Service Administration. He's presented and taught at various regional and national conferences across the United States.
Web site:
http://www.firstinfirefighter.wordpress.com

Chad Menard's Blog

A Comparison of the 7/8" and 15/16" Smoothbore Nozzle

            There are some common fire service debates that just seem to be staples of our craft. In recent light a new one has arisen, traditional helmets versus European. While that one seems to be gaining attention, that won’t be what we discuss today. There are statements out there that say, “What goes around comes around.” and “Everything comes full circle.” This is true. If you talk to anyone that has been in their line of work for any amount of time, they’ll tell you common practices…

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Posted on July 10, 2019 at 7:20pm

Avoiding Risk Doesn't Make You Safe: It's All About Perception

            There’s a risk to not taking risks, it’s unsafe. Is that possible? I think so, and in today’s time I feel like some have enveloped themselves so much in being safe, that they no longer train to a standard that allows them to be prepared and competent. That’s unsafe. This does not mean that being safe isn’t necessary, and I would never advocate doing tasks that are unsafe just for the sake of doing them, that’s a suicide mission. However, there is no better safety factor than…

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Posted on June 27, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Modified Minuteman Load

The Modified Minuteman Load

The minute man load is a popular hose load used on many apparatus across America, and it happens to be my favorite load of all the options I’ve seen. I feel as if the minute man load, in whichever configuration you have it loaded, is more versatile than other popular loads. This is of…

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Posted on December 5, 2017 at 12:00pm

Engine Company Riding Assignments

Engine Company Riding Assignments

In the following blog post I’m going to be discussing riding assignments for members of engine companies, but riding assignments overall are a good choice to aid in eliminating confusion and help streamline task completion early on in an incident. You can use riding assignments for any apparatus but the task or tool assignments would be different for each, for example,…

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Posted on November 2, 2017 at 6:00pm

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