Where Do You Stretch to Dry?

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  This is another one of those things that we learn in firefighter 1, but deviate from once we gain “experience”. This subject of where to stretch dry depends greatly on where you are going to fight the fire.  I have seen pictures of firefighters virtually standing eye to eye with the beast without charged […]

FDIC 2016: Giving Back

I wrote this column for the New Jersey FMBA.  I reprinted it here because I like it. This column is being written from my hotel room in Indianapolis where I have the great privilege of attending and speaking at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC International). This is the Disneyland for firefighters, the Greatest Show […]

Experience-based decisions

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  I want to talk a bit about how much influence our experience has on our decisions on the fireground.  While no two situations are alike and every fire presents different issues, we must understand the mechanisms by which we operate. In a study conducted by the military regarding the command activities of FDNY, it […]

Tips for the Street Firefighter

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Reminder: Always probe with your weight on the back foot. Gravity never takes a day (or a minute) off. When making those forays across a floor above a fire area, across the roof, or in any area where structural integrity is suspect, personnel should use a tool to probe ahead of them. Don’t, however, let […]

New Roll Call Tips Video: Anti-freelancing tips

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Follow the link below to hear a short video I did for Fire Engineering Roll Call Tips on anti-freelancing measures http://bcove.me/w6faj88y

Cold-weather firefighting: Nowhere to run to, baby. Nowhere to hide

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Cold-weather firefighting: Nowhere to run to, baby. Nowhere to hide (Ron Jeffers) If the only place you’ve seen ice is in your drinks, you have missed out on of half the “fun” of being a firefighter. Those of us who have braved the winters know how brutal it can be.  Especially, as a Chief, there […]

Electrical safety: Does your department have a policy??

Does your Department have and enforce electrical policy? C’mon Man!!! Every fire department must have a policy in place addressing electrical safety on the fireground. The reason for this is that there is no time to react when a zap is going to occur….it happens too fast.  No one can keep the consequences from occurring, so […]

Mayday Checklist

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This is a checklist for Command Mayday checklist.  I used to keep it in the pocket of my turnout coat.  Use it, modify it, whatever.  Merry Christmas _____ Acknowledge MayDay _____ Clear Radio Traffic — (Dispatch emergency transmission) _____ Attempt to determine Who/What/Where info. Conduct PAR if  unknown. Consider Dispatch to replay tape _____ Switch fire […]

Fireground Russian Roulette: How Many Bullets are in Your Gun?

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Anyone who knows me or has seen me or read my stuff knows I am a huge building construction zealot.  My feeling is that if you do not know how the building was put together, you will not know many other crucial things such as: –the paths of least resistance for fire — the best […]

The Rig and the New Firefighter

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Just had a other thought about the rig thing I just posted.  For new firefighters as they come into FF1, one way you can ensure they check out the rig is to give them the following homework:  Produce an inventory of the apparatus you are assigned to.  This is a way to force them into […]

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