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Fireground Smarts!

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…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 1, 2019 at 9:39am — No Comments

Fireground Size-up - What Do You See?"

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,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 7, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments

How Do They Do It???

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…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 23, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

"5-Alarm Task Force" - Episode 4-6 - Chief Shawn Oke - Using Enhanced Water

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,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 19, 2019 at 9:28am — No Comments

What's Up on the "5-Alarm Task Force" Podcast!

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,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 18, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments

Leaders Eat Last

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.…

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Added by Michael DeStefano on September 10, 2019 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter

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…

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Added by Denise Imperiale on September 1, 2019 at 7:33am — 1 Comment

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Dr. Richard Gasaway

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,…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 23, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How do you define successful promotion, Topic 3

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…

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Added by Jeff Armstrong on July 15, 2019 at 8:56am — No Comments

How Do You Define Successful Promotion?

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,…

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Added by Jeff Armstrong on June 8, 2019 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Captain Justin Schorr

“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”

– Richard Bach…

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Added by Christopher Baker on May 22, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast with the Happy Medic

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…

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Added by Christopher Baker on May 19, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Luck, Love, and a little bit of hard work - Being New in the fire service.

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…

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Added by Tyler Prater on March 24, 2019 at 2:14am — No Comments

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast Show Notes

 

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast Show Notes

 

Jacob McAfee, MS, CFO, CTO, MIFireE is the Fire Chief of the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on March 13, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FDIC 2019: Session: Firefighter Mentorship

FDIC 2019: Session: Firefighter Mentorship

 

Firefighter Mentorship: Designing, implementing, managing and sustaining an effective…

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Added by Christopher Baker on March 11, 2019 at 1:30am — No Comments

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast Job Search Resources

CalOpps

https://www.calopps.org/

Firefighter Candidate Testing Center…

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Added by Christopher Baker on March 9, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Effects of Inbred Training

The Effects of Inbred Training

 

            When we picture the word inbreeding we imagine movies such as, “Wrong Turn” with mutated and deformed humans that are cannibals. Thoughts of some mountain shack with a family that has never seen the outside world speaking in an unknown dialect that only they can understand. Inbreeding can lead to mental and physical mutations that limit a person’s ability to grow properly…

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Added by Michael DeStefano on February 28, 2019 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Networking for the Future Firefighter

Out there today there is triple the number of people who want the job than there are “on the job.” Over time many give up, they settle for a separate career, or they become consumed with resentment towards others who got the job. The Fire Service whether you volunteer, or career is the greatest job in the world, no matter if you either are paid or not it is a profession. That being said, there is a large population of citizens and volunteers out there who want this job. With the competition…

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Added by Dave McGlynn on February 13, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Episode 1988

“Success isn’t done by looking out the window, it is done by looking in the mirror.”

- Chief Dave…

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Added by Christopher Baker on February 13, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Future Department of Defense Firefighter

Protecting Those Who Defend America.” – Bill Killen, Director, Navy Fire & Emergency Services, 1985 - 2004…

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Added by Christopher Baker on December 19, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

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