Tag Archives: Poor Leadership

Remembering the Charleston 9

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Please take the time to remember the Husbands, Fathers, Sons, Brothers, and Uncles lost on this day. Attached are the reports associated with the death of this Brave Men. Please study and know their story and the story of a tragedy that has forever changed the Fire Service as a whole. charleston_phase_one_report sofa super store […]

Getting Back 2 The Basics: Why Did You Ever Leave Them? Pt. I

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As I am privileged to travel across the country like I do, I see, hear, and read a lot of the same thing as it pertains to the fire service. Quite often I hear the phrase ” We gotta get back to the basics”. Now my question is to all of you. Why did you […]


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To say I am pissed is an understatement, and the very reason I started a blog. It was to vent my feelings and share information that I felt may be relevant to help other firefighters go home. Just as any firefighter I can get my tractor cranking and go on a tangent and be wrong, […]

The Civil Fire Service War

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Hey Cap, I read this article today in fire engineering magazine, can we go out and try it this well hole stretch. Kid what do you think your in New Yorker City that crap don’t work here we are SUBURBAN FIREFIGHTERS. Hey Lou, I read this article from this guy that says attacking from the […]

Accountability ” How Good ” By Training 38

How many of you think accountability is about tags and passport systems are in place then you have accountability? Well, that's a start. First is accounting for your personnel. Whether you are an all volunteer, combination or all paid department, the collection of tags or Velcro names is only the beginning. Establishing good accountability starts […]

NFPA announces new standard: 1521E

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With the changes in the fire service being brought about through social media, NFPA (The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and public safety) has announced a new certification; NFPA 1521E. This standard will be known as the E-Safety Officer (ESO), Keyboard Safety Chief (KSC) or the Internet Old Salty Jake (Let Me Tell Ya […]

Making the Basics, Basic!

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For new and aspiring fire officers remember training does not have to take all day, but has to be effective and have a measurable outcome at the end.

Five 4 Friday

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Just a few rants for the week Don’t assume because a firefighters career has been prodominatly in the South that they are stupid When fighting commercial structures always secure two water supplies When you decide to promote up does not mean you have to be a jerk, but it does mean you have to do […]

10,000 Hours?!

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  How do some firefighters get really good at their job and some, well, not so much. I was just perusing Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” and one of the focuses of the book is the 10,000 hour rule to become an expert or successful. I don’t plan on reading the book, but I’ve heard this […]

Five Years Ago SSS

The True Honor and the best Memorial will to be by Training and Never repeating what has already been done. Seek excellence in all you do.  Don’t talk training, Live it! Live to Learn, and Learn to Live!

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Marques Bush

Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition.  We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com

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Chris Walker
Words Matter
I've attended research burns, attended UL, NIST, and ISFSI lectures, and have been reading the research since the beginning. I agree with the few assessments above. In fact- I recently watched the four new ISFSI videos and they seem to concur with what your post says. They are emphatic that rescue is our priority. The…
2015-09-06 02:20:45
Korey Maves
Words Matter
I completely agree with what you're saying. Like John Vanatta, I as an instructor in Wisconsin, recently attended an 8hr Modern Fire Attack/SLICE-RS class and a 4hr Train the Trainer on the topic. It was presented by DC Forest Reeder, and he basically said everything you've said above. I've been casually observing what Kerber has…
2015-09-05 04:02:13
John Vanatta
Words Matter
Dave, I don't know why that is the "default response". I am not a regular ISFSI member, and I have no reason to defend or attack them as an organization. Maybe my response was poorly worded, or there is a misunderstanding. The instructor from my class did not mince any words-rescue is the priority, use…
2015-09-05 00:35:00
Jeff Wurts
Words Matter
I just watched the five videos ISFSI put out...It was clearly shown in Big red letters " never apply exterior water in a fog pattern." Then they clarified and demonstrated the "acute" angle to use . I also saw that they taught the exterior stream needed to be held steady and not whipped. They also…
2015-09-05 00:05:41
Words Matter
Thank you for your comment John. I'm happy to hear you got the message clear by attending the class, but there are an estimated 1.2 million firefighters in the USA. They are not all going to be able to attend the class. Many will learn from people like you who attended the class and bring…
2015-09-04 23:49:29

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