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Lives in:
Catonsville, MD
Department:
Columbia Fire Department
Title/rank:
Battalion Chief (Chief of Training)
Years of public service:
19
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Bio:
Nick began his fire service career in 1994 as a volunteer in his hometown located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Since then he has served as a career/volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. He holds a bachelors degree in fire science from the University of Maryland and a masters degree in management from the Public Safety Executive Leadership program at the Johns Hopkins University.

Nick is presently a Battalion Chief with the Columbia Fire Department in the capitol city of South Carolina. He served previously with the District of Columbia Fire Department through the ranks of private, sergeant and lieutenant where he served on engine company, truck/tower companies, and as a battalion aide. As a firefighter with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department he earned a Medal of Valor from Firehouse Magazine, as well as a Silver Medal for Valor from the Prince George’ County Fire Department. Nick is also an author for Fire Engineering magazine, Urban Firefighter magazine & is presents regularly at FDIC.
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http://www.TraditionsTraining.com

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Actions Seen at a Box Alarm for a "Light smoking".

Around mid-day, a structural response was transmitted for "a light smoking" inside of a gym facility.  One of those dispatches where so many are tempted to judge the outcome of the call before they even get on the fire truck, and their conduct on the scene then reflects that attitude. Nationally, this complacency too often results in a predictable surprise that we call a tragedy.  As I was in the area, I responded on the call and noted the following actions being carried out by responding…

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Posted on November 25, 2015 at 11:30am

What's your standard? The firehouse just got a new puppy...

In my Department's "Rookie Book" process, probationary firefighters have a 6-month series of monthly tests.  These tests consist of written questions & knowledge and skill-based material.  The goal of course is to insure and guide their growth after the fire academy, so that when they come off probation they are well versed in "fire department life" and well capable on the fireground.

The 1st month evaluation is conducted by the rookie's battalion chief. There are 18 questions and…

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Posted on September 16, 2015 at 6:55am

Check the Resume

Years ago the fire service shared its opinions, lessons learned, and post fire academy knowledge primarily in magazine articles. There was no Facebook, Twitter, or blogging. Articles were submitted and reviewed by an editorial panel.  The members of these panels were seasoned fire experts who had “done their time” not only in the firehouse, but in the world of fire service literature.  Many readers often judged the quality of magazines based on their editorial panels. An article would be…
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Posted on July 6, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

People Trapped? Don't Panic - Do Your JOB!

In general, a report of "victims trapped" should not cause any major changes in your initial operations. They may cause slight alterations - like where you take your line, which window you VES, etc.  However your plans/SOGs should already be setup assuming there are persons trapped. When added information increases the likelihood of entrapment, we should be doing what we always do - just harder and faster!

Remember, all tasks work in…

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Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am

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At 7:41pm on December 1, 2011, Brad Hoff said…

Hey Brother,

 

Welcome to FE Community. Great to have you here and sharing with you!

 

 
 
 

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