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Accountability the Easy Way

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Accountability The Easy Way As a foundation of safe fireground operations, a strong accountability system based on solid SOP’s being followed by solid and disciplined Officers and firefighters is the rock on which the Incident Commander builds his organization.  This month, I will use a couple of slides from my Accountability class to drive this […]


PROACTIVE REPORTING I want to cover some issues regarding the importance of fireground reports.  We often refer to the fire service as being proactive when in reality we are one of the most reactive businesses out there.  Look at the gear we wear, the apparatus we operate, and the codes that must be enforced.  Almost […]

Water Supply Stuff

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  Water Supply Issues Just a few issues and concerns with water supply, something most of us take for granted.   Hydraulic Reserve Having one good water supply is never adequate. What if something goes wrong?  Lose your water and lose the building and maybe people too.  Even if you only plan for one water […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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