This is the 11th episode of my fourth season of “5-Alarm Task Force.” I will honestly say that this episode is one of, if not THE best episode we have ever produced. It is informative, tragic and dark, yet also demonstrates inner strength and recovery.
My guest is Chris Fields, a retired Major with the Oklahoma City Fire Dept. While his name may not be familiar, a world-famous photo of him carrying the body of a toddler killed in the bombing of the Federal Building on April…Continue
Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 18, 2019 at 10:19am — No Comments
(Photo Credits: Steve Redick).
Listen to Fire Engineering Radio: the Future Firefighter Podcast as we discuss the importance of implementing a plan and the process of becoming a firefighter.
Added by Christopher Baker on November 15, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments
we all know that it takes dedication to be a firefighter/ems/ police!.
Its difficult for the average person to understand the dedication we put forth to the community and often we face criticism from people who just don't get it!
being part of a fire department whether its a paid dept or a volunteer one takes a certain amount of character that people only find they have after they have joined.
there are those who feel alone, depressed, and often mildly…Continue
Added by Ted Mead on November 6, 2019 at 12:46pm — No Comments
If you have a year or two more “under your belt” you know that learning in a classroom is nothing compared with learning on an active fireground. A good firefighter is ready for almost anything as he/she dismounts from the apparatus, because the fireground is an ever-evolving, ever-changing, location with massive changes that can occur in just seconds. And if you’re not ready for it……
My guest on this episode is Lt. Mike Daley. He is a nationally known instructor and writer for the…Continue
Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 1, 2019 at 9:39am — No Comments
One of the most important numbers in our business is 360! It has been drilled into us that upon arrival at a call for smoke and/or fire, the first arriving officer should make as complete an inspection of the structure/scene, as is possible. Then, the officer gives the crew initial instructions to mitigate the issue. What does that officer see? What’s involved? What needs to be done first. All of this is part of what we call the “size-up.”
My guest is Chief Mike Terpak,…Continue
Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 7, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments
We have all seen the news footage – huge wildfires consuming large areas in California. Last year, major fires like the Woolsey and Camp fires, destroyed thousands of acres of woodland, thousands of homes and disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of residents. And, in almost every newsreel, you saw firefighters and other first responders, doing tasks, such as fighting the fires, clearing a fire line, help escaping residents and much more. It begs the question, “How does California…Continue
Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 23, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments
For as long as there have been people, fire and those willing to quench unexpected issues from fire, the basic tenet was “put the wet stuff on the red stuff!” Of course, there were no “classes” given to what was burning until many years later. And to be honest, that premise worked. However, in the last fifty years or so, one of the key issues that has changed is WHAT is burning and what is the safest and most expedient way to snuff these more modern flames.
On this podcast,…Continue
Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 19, 2019 at 9:28am — No Comments
Does your department have a plan in place for its future? Do you know when your current apparatus will be deemed out-of-date and how they will be replaced? Tune in to our latest episode with my guest, Capt. John Dixon. Captain Dixon discusses the importance of having a Strategic Vision Plan for your department and provides guidance on how to start the process. Tune in via your favorite podcast platform or on our website,…Continue
Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 18, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments
Leaders Eat Last
Anyone that has ever broken bread together in the fire house knows that there are certain traditions that take place around this most sacred of times. These include things such as, the seat facing the TV is most likely the Lieutenant’s, or rookie has kitchen…always… even if they didn’t cook. But there is another tradition that should be taking place, leaders eat last.…Continue
Added by Michael DeStefano on September 10, 2019 at 7:32pm — No Comments
It’s been many years since I blogged on this site. Feeling nostalgic on the anniversary of my daughter’s death, I went to Google to read her obit and stumbled upon my old blog and the posting I wrote when she died. I saw a post from a FFN supporter, Brian M., and it brought me back to the memories of support and guidance I have had within the FD and even through this blog.
I’m two years from 60 so my work for the FD is now social media manager so to speak, and officers…Continue
Dr. Gasaway is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities on human error, situational awareness and high-risk decision making processes. His work has been chronicled in more than 450 books, book chapters, journals and website articles and he has delivered over 4,000 presentations to 62,000+ first responders,…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 23, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Often, a successful promotion is defined by scoring high on a test, doing well in an assessment center, or even simply getting the position. However, the “work” does not stop the day we achieve the rank and a successful promotion is not solely…Continue
Added by Jeff Armstrong on July 15, 2019 at 8:56am — No Comments
Often, a successful promotion is defined by scoring high on a test, doing well in an assessment center, or even merely getting the position. However, the “work” does not stop the day we achieve the rank, and successful promotion is not solely defined by obtaining new collar brass. Successful promotion is also characterized by our ongoing…Continue
Added by Jeff Armstrong on July 14, 2019 at 4:37pm — No Comments
A successful department is a finely tuned machine. With how fast news spreads these days especially bad. It’s essential to keep your department running smoothly, and in good light, with the community, it is crucial to avoid making mistakes.
Here are the 7 most common…Continue
Added by Mark Lamplugh on July 4, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments
Often, a successful promotion is defined by scoring high on a test, doing well in an assessment center, or even merely getting the position. However, the “work” does not stop the day we achieve the rank, and successful promotion is not solely defined by obtaining new collar brass. Successful promotion is also characterized by our ongoing efforts,…Continue
“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”
– Richard Bach…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on May 22, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Tune in on Tuesday, May 21st at 4:30 PM PST / 7:30 PM EST for this episode of the Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Rescue Captain Justin Schorr, of the Happy Medic, as we discuss why it is…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on May 19, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments
I was approached recently by a new fire academy graduate on how to be young and successful in the fire service. This made me really take a step back and think. I closed my eyes and flashed back. There I was, 20 years old motivated and ready as I started my first day of the Academy at my dream department. We were all wearing suits and ties looking sharp for our first day, so new that we weren’t even issued uniforms. I remember that day vividly. 40 new faces inside the training tower…Continue
Added by Tyler Prater on March 24, 2019 at 2:14am — No Comments
Jacob McAfee, MS, CFO, CTO, MIFireE is the Fire Chief of the…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on March 13, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments