John Barrett
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  • Winnsboro, TX
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Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alexander Korsunsky May 29, 2011. 5 Replies

We climb because they climbed. Are you a Texas, Oklahoma or Louisiana firefighter?  September 11th 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11. What will you be doing to honor your promise to Never…Continue

Tags: 11th, september

In search of information

Started Jul 18, 2010 0 Replies

I am the President and founder of HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES (, a free online database designed to contain information and…Continue

Honor Their Sacrifices

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Jun 18, 2010. 4 Replies

Tomorrow markes the 3rd anniversary of the passing of nine Charleston firefighters at what has become known as the Sofa Super Store fire.  This incident was the inspiration behind my efforts to…Continue

Looking for a Study about Contamination on Bunker Gear

Started May 8, 2010 0 Replies

A year or two ago I remember running across a study that involved several new sets of bunker gear that were sampled before (when still brand new) and after a structure fire (contaminated with…Continue


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What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Paid Fire Department
Job Function
Company Officer (Captain/Lt/Supervisor)
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Plano Fire
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Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I began my fire service career twenty-seven years ago as an explorer with the Denver (CO) Fire Department. Since 1999 I have held various roles in public safety including public safety cadet, 9-1-1 dispatcher, volunteer, paid-on-call and career firefighter. Now in my sixteenth year in the fire service I currently serves as a Lieutenant on Engine Company 8 and chair the Occupational Health and Safety Committee with the Plano (TX) Fire Department. I also serve as a volunteer firefighter and a instructor with the Winnsboro (TX) Fire Department. I began an effort to preserve lessons learned information from fire service line-of-duty deaths in 2008 called HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES, founded the annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in 2011 and co-founded the Association of Memorial Stair Climbs in 2014. I am also the creator of Fire Service MENTOR, a Facebook page and website that strives to identify the essence and encourage the delivery of mentoring in the fire service. He can be reached at
My Training:
Driver / Operator
Instructor I, II, III
Officer I, II
NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700
HazMat Tech
Confined Space Tech
Rope Ops
About Me:
passionate about:
firefighter safety
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
to make a difference
for the challenge
the idea of brotherhood
Why I Love Fire/EMS
it's my cup of tea
Top Issues Facing Responders:
leadership, professionalism, egos, complacency, remembering why we are here

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John Barrett's Blog

Consider your words carefully when demeaning those who speak of "safer firefighters"!

Posted on November 2, 2010 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

Perception is reality...and a large part of one's perception is based upon their environment... past, present and their expected future.

For example, if you are around positive people the majority of your life then you more than likely will have a bright outlook on things and most who cross your path will consider you to be a smiling optimist. Conversely, if you spend most of your time around people and situations that steep in negativity then you will probably share a life view…


Open Door Policy...RIDING BACKWORDS September 2010

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 6:50pm 0 Comments

RIDING BACKWORDS – September 2010

Generally speaking, an open door policy refers to the availability of management to any employee at any level. Open door policies allow employees to step outside the traditional boundaries created by the hierarchy of an organization – what we know as the chain of command. Open door policies permit employees to bring their concerns to the appropriate level they feel can provide the impetus necessary to resolve their issue. Our discussion will…


When make do shouldn't do....RIDING BACKWORDS January 2010

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 3:28am 0 Comments

Firefighters and emergency medical workers must be largely optimistic - if they weren't then how or why would they want to do the job. Is a pessimist going to routinely put themselves in a position to respond to what may be the worst day of…

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At 9:32pm on November 13, 2010, Aaron Deary said…
Well thank ya. Thank ya very much!!!
At 8:56pm on May 4, 2010, Billy Schmidt said…
John, I had not heard of it. Thanks for the link.
At 10:01am on February 3, 2010, Jenelle said…
Howdy :)
At 10:42pm on February 1, 2010, Marvin Hawk said…
I have already posted on your forum on PPE but the old marbles started to roll around afterwards. Sperian is what used to be called Securitex and around 2003-04 they made a light weight turnout gear. A couple of Carer Departments that I know of (Albany, NY and Nashua N.H.) ended up dumping them because of problems. I also talked to a fellow FF who happens to sell Sperian gear here in NY and while they admit to problems in the past, they claim that those problems have been solved. and the Sperian gear will hold up against gear of the same standard.

Something else for you to think about is that believe it or not all of the manufacturers of turn out gear get their material from about the same three material vendors. You might remember around 2004-05 all the manufacturers were having problems getting Kevlar, because the U.S. Military was claiming rights too it under national security needs. So all things being equal I would say it should come down to fit and price.
At 3:38pm on January 29, 2010, Christopher J. Naum, SFPE said…
Still about sixty days out....hopefully in time for FDIC rollout.
Will you be at FDIC? Also, you should consider getting involved w the ISFSI...
We should talk some time on our mutual efforts and get them aligned for support....
At 3:19pm on January 29, 2010, Christopher J. Naum, SFPE said…
Just added links to facebook Buildingsonfire site for the HTS site.......keep up the great work....
At 1:51pm on January 29, 2010, Brian Eberle said…
Hey buddy! How have you been?
At 12:40pm on January 29, 2010, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
John, welcome to Firefighter Nation. Glad you dropped in to join. Lots to do, read and become involved with here.You will get out of this what you put into it. Your involvement here is important to us all.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings Oregon

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