Featured Blog Posts – April 2012 Archive (11)

Japanese style leadership training

Some Japanese firefighters start a training called ‘Human ladder’. (I want to name it ‘Ninja’) This training is required teamwork. In this training you have to climb a wall without a ladder or any tools. ... What do you use to achieve the goal? You need to rely on your crew and to ask him to be a ‘step’. You can climb the wall with his back, shoulders, hands… When you think the step is your crew, you’ll care the crew (the…

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Added by Noriko Asada on April 26, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

bail out prop for training.

I was recently watching some training video /demonstration of a bail out set up. The training video was shot using a self standing wooden mock up of a window with verticle holes in the interior wall covering to place you axe or other took to secure your bail out rig to it and roll out the window. I am looking for the video or even plans for building one to build and donate to my sons Volunteer department for training. If someone knows the link of has some plans to build it I would appreciate…

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Added by Brian Haggerty on April 21, 2012 at 4:58pm — 1 Comment

Leadership Doesn’t Come From Behind the Desk

From my blog at FireGroundWorks.

Recently, I listened, with great concern, to two different questions about the same subject, a failure to communicate. On one occasion, I was part of a management meeting where the attendees were asking, “Why don’t they understand what we are doing?” Another time, while talking to people I supervise, they asked, “What is going on?” This roadblock, or maybe wall, in communication is a…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on April 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

booker, death, and taxes

Excerpt from latest blog post at pipenozzle.com:

But once in a while a city leader actually gets it. The current example is America’s most hands-on mayor, Newark’s Cory Booker, who gained a ton of press attention for a couple of days for rushing into a burning house on April 13 with his security aid to save a woman. After the rescue, standing before the press with a burned and bandaged hand, the privileged (Stanford, Oxford, Yale) Booker expressed a new-found respect for…

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Added by Barry Greer on April 19, 2012 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Looking for Smoke Alarm Success Stories

This year marks the 25th anniversary of "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" ("CYCCYB") and the International Association of Fire Chiefs is looking for examples of how the program has helped save lives in your community. Your stories will be shared on the 2012 CYCCYB website as a way to demonstrate why its important to have working smoke alarms in residences.  

Added by IAFC on April 18, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments

My Big Question: Do We Focus Too Much on the Nuts and Bolts?

From my blog at FireGroundWorks.

My big question is, “Do we focus too much on the nuts and bolts of tactics and not develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills through reading, writing, speaking and other hallmarks of educational courses?”

Organizations know they need flexible thinkers with innovative ideas and a broad knowledge base derived from exposure to multiple disciplines (training, education,…

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Added by Billy Schmidt on April 14, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire, Standpipe Ops & Mayday! (Video)

This video is a great training tool for size-up, radio comms & Command presence.  This FD sounds very professional despite difficult fire conditions.  This week we've got heavy fire & smoke on an upper floor w/ standpipe ops in progress and a Mayday called while transitioning to Defensive Ops.   Compare this FD's ops to your FD and  give us your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!…

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Added by SAFE Firefighter on April 13, 2012 at 10:33am — No Comments

Full Bucket Swing Extrication

Here's a not so routine extrication to think about as you cruise by your local public park.  How are you going to get a child out of a full bucket swing who has become stuck.

The scenario is: a child's legs are to big for the openings, but gravity squeezed them in for the swing ride.  Now, the child can't get out.  Read on.

Pass it on!

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 9, 2012 at 9:02am — No Comments

Straight Truck Tanker - Company Drill

This morning I was taking some pictures at the local school bus garage in preparation for FDIC and a straight truck tanker rolled in.  So, of course I had to ask the driver (Russ, a firefighter from a neighboring jurisdiction) a few questions.…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 3, 2012 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Anyone have difficult hydrants

Had to take this hydrant the other night! Curious what kind of difficult hydrants people have in their first due?

Added by Mitch on April 3, 2012 at 9:41am — No Comments

How School Buses Are Made

The video below shows parts of Blue Bird Corporations manufacturing process.  It will help you get an idea of where the strongest parts of the bus are located.  Of course different manufacturers have varying methods.

It is important to know the construction of…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on April 2, 2012 at 9:37pm — No Comments

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