The above quote is attributed to the Navy SEALs. The question it asks is an important one. Would the Team succeed if everyone was like you? Are you putting your best effort in?
Imagine if there was a sign above the door to your dayroom that said, “If everyone on…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 19, 2015 at 7:25pm — No Comments
Disclaimer: I am not, have never been, will not be, against any research that can be used to make our job safer. We all know firefighting is ‘inherently dangerous’ because it says so on every piece of equipment we wear. Anything we can do to improve our ability to…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 5, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments
If you read the magazines, social media or take a class, you can’t help…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 29, 2015 at 7:52am — No Comments
Editor’s Note: The Facebook page below has corrected their post and attribute the error to incorrect second-hand information. The fire department PIO reported that there was no bailout and no firefighter injuries.
Every day there is discussion about the “new” tactics and how…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 26, 2015 at 3:13pm — No Comments
As we continue to discuss the future of the fire service and it’s mission as it relates to fire attack, protecting civilians and our safety, something has become clear.
The numbers don’t matter. It was less safe to return from an incident this year than it was to operate on the fireground. 9 out of 87…Continue
As we read today about the incident in Woodmere New York, it drives home the point that no matter how much we train, learn, research and perform, this job is still dangerous and we need to be…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 20, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments
So with all the discussion going on about SLICE-RS there is a lot of concern from firefighters about such a dramatic shift in our priorities. While SLICERS doesn’t say rescue isn’t a priority, it moves it from…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 18, 2014 at 10:29pm — No Comments
Editor’s Note: Dave’s first article in this three-part series looks at lessons for the fire service from the popular book “On Combat”. You can read Part I …
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 13, 2014 at 6:37pm — No Comments
Editor’s Note: Dave’s first article in this three-part series looks at lessons for the fire service from the popular book “On Combat”. You can read Part I …Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 10, 2014 at 8:22pm — No Comments
Recently I had the opportunity to re-read “On Combat” by Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman. While this book is geared toward the sheepdogs of society (police and military) there are some definite concepts that affect the fire service and firefighters. As I was re-reading it, I…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 8, 2014 at 6:59pm — No Comments
Unselfish service toward others
What does this mean? Quite simply it means that the less able are supposed to be assisted of the sinking ship before the able body males and the ship’s crew. Maritime law (or operational…
Added by Dave LeBlanc on August 20, 2014 at 9:01pm — No Comments
Not sure it ever worked in the first place
We are in a fascinating period of time for the fire service. Never before have the resources (financial, physical and mental) been greater. We are finally looking at fires, how they burn, how conditions change. We are looking a fuel packages, flow paths. We are discussing heat release rates and polar…Continue
Never before have we had the information we do now
FACE 2011-31 On December 23, 2011, a 42-year-old male career fire fighter died during fire-fighting operations on the 2nd floor of a three-story apartment building. The victim was assigned to Engine 5 (E5) with a lieutenant and driver/pump operator. E5 was the first-due engine company at this fire. The Incident Commander ordered E5 to take a 1¾"…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on December 3, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
There is a debate that rages, on a daily basis; aggressive versus safe – interior versus exterior – searching versus waiting. Depending on where you work and what your experience is, you no doubt have an opinion about these topics. Some hold a very strong opinion, that the safety sallies (you know, those that advocate safety above everything) are ruining the fire service and that there is no room for their thinking. There are others that…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 12, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments
Officers: YOU are what you make your company to be, good AND bad
One thing about the fire service, the implications of us not being prepared are much more significant than the average worker. Nothing against landscapers, or painters, but if they are not 100 percent on a given day; well usually only their work suffers.
Firefighters are different however. Almost everything we do has implications for the…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on October 25, 2013 at 1:43pm — No Comments
No policy or procedure will ever be effective if it is written, placed in a book and never looked at again.
Added by Dave LeBlanc on August 5, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments
"Quid est veritas?"
In this classic scene from ‘A Few Good Men’, Danny Kaffee is questioning Lt. Col Nathan Jessop about the use of a ‘Code Red’ that resulted in the death of a Marine. Colonel Jessop’s…Continue
Video bites, Facebook morsels continually shape our education
As we look at the evolution of training in the fire service, we must realize that we are at a time like never before experienced. Today there is the availability of information at a moment’s notice. Fires occur and are on YouTube before the companies finish making up. There are…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 22, 2013 at 6:24pm — No Comments
Protecting people’s lives will involve risk for us as firefighters
“A female occupant, in her 40’s, was unable to escape due to the intense heat and thick smoke and was quickly located by firefighters. She was removed out of the bedroom window and treated by paramedics on the scene.”…Continue
“As first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts, FDNY protects the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors. “
Los Angeles Fire Department…Continue
Added by Dave LeBlanc on January 6, 2013 at 6:21pm — No Comments