The book is available and is a compilation of posts from The New Fire Officer all wrapped into one. With quick and simple leadership ideas and anecdotes, this book is a great reference book for aspiring and current fire officers and leaders. It is unrefined and straightforward with its content. You can get the book […]
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As a young firefighter at my first career job, I had a captain that made us take a can on just about every type of alarm. Fire alarm–take the can. Odor of smoke–take the can. The list goes on and it became a habit for us to grab the can. During my time there (it’s […]
By Kyle Sanders It’s 3 A.M. when you pull up to a two story home with smoke showing and a frantic mother meets you at the truck screaming that her child is still in their room! Do you know, from looking at the house, where would be the best point of entry for starting your […]
As I look at some of the residential buildings in my fire district, I realize the difficulties associated with access for firefighting activities. With homes that have been built on elevations, hill sides, tall retaining walls, and in alleyways; access for apparatus, hoselines and ladders are sometimes difficult. Other problems encountered could include access to […]
This class is one I’ve been asked about since rolling out the Company Officer Development Program we’ve been doing for almost two years with great success. The Battalion Chief version is the same format but it is six weeks instead of five and it focuses on issues OFF of the fire ground. Check it out, […]
Is social media harming our notification systems As I sit down to share some thoughts; social media reminded me of an incident that occurred about a year ago. A neighboring department had an apparatus that was involved in a roll-over accident responding to an incident. With-in minutes, before the assisting apparatus could arrive on scene, […]
I Like My Hose Loads With a Side of Versatility While attending a regional fire school recently, several of us spent the good part of one evening enjoying the Brotherhood and solving all the fire service problems of the world. At one point the discussion turned to the hose loads used by those at the […]
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In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile. More specifically on our hands and knees. I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me. […]