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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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Fire Attack-Ventilation Connection: Street Considerations

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In addressing and researching the recent scientific information regarding coordinating fireground operations in the modern fire environment, I analyzed the information and put it into terms that make it easier for me to understand and to pass on through my teachings and in the update of the third edition of my book Fireground Strategies. This […]