Archive for April2010

The “Drunken” Officer

So, this is not going to be an article about officers drinking on the job. It is however, going to be about officers that are so involved in themselves and the title that is bestowed upon them to be an officer, that they become “Drunk” with power. We have all seen this type of person. […]

Acting Lieutenant

OK, I need some help here.  I’m currently Acting Fire Lieutenant on various line companies in my city.  I’ve been around enough officers to see what kind of leader I am and what type of officer I want to be.  But many questions have arisen during this acting time. Just a few things for background […]

Peaked Roof Ventilation

Little something to try if you have a roof prop that allows it or you get an acquired structure. [vodpod id=Video.3507498&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “Peaked Roof Ventilation By Trey Nelms…“, posted with vodpod

Firefighter Basics FDIC 2010 by Fire Student

Firefighter Basics crew arrived for FDIC on Sunday evening and got registered for the week of training. Fortunately for us, there was already a few brothers from the Charleston, S.C Fire Dept who were on the ground and invited us to dinner. We would like to thank Ed Henry Owner of Truck Company Concepts and […]


“Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking”  Grace McGarvie The fire service is heavy on tradition, rightfully so.  The problem is when the tradition interferes with your ability to take care of yourself and your family.  “Traditionally” it was unheard of for a public servant to be sued.  Everyone can get sued.  Being sued […]


If you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot. Sage advice my good sir, but I think I’d rather tie a knot.  There is a list of knots that every firefighter is supposed to know.  The list includes Bowline,  Clove hitch,  assorted Eights,  A bend of some type, Overhand safety, Half hitch. I’m not going […]

A little taste of Reading Smoke

All to often firefighters take for granted that the hoseline selected to put out the right choice for putting out the fire. Firefighters are not able to read the signs that are presented in front of them. This is due to a lack of training and its has been said that fires are down.  Here […]

Rest In Peace Lt. Richard Hamilton – FDNY (RET)

Strong SOPs and pre-determined assignments should avoid situations like the one described above from happening. Unfortunately some Officers are unable to let go of the “Mother May I” mentality and feel they must micro manage even the most basic functions of their crews.

Knowing your area.

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How many times have you gone out in your district and looked at houses to see if you can spot anything out of the ordinary? Take a look at the picture above. How many of you would think that there are two entrances to this house? Or maybe that they are french doors.  Here is […]

A little something for Truckie Tuesday

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