• Make Your Career Map

    Everyone must plan out their future in the fire service, whether volunteer or career.

    Blog • November 30th, 2012

  • The Leader's Toolbox: Safety, Training and Confrontational Firefighters

    This month's topics include tackling an issue where training drills have turned stale, discouraging members from attending. A writer says that his department's culture on safety is non-existent and another listener is concerned by a firefighter who is...

    Podcast • November 28th, 2012

  • I Ask You: Is Loyalty or Honesty More Important

    Honesty or loyalty…it’s a simple question, right? Or is it? Those three words have stirred up some enlightening conversations in my world as of late and I felt the need to share them with you. I have come to the conclusion that leadership is 95% a...

    Article • November 27th, 2012

  • Water in the Can: Small, but Powerful Firefighting Tool

    How much fire can your water can (fire extinguisher) put out? It has always amazed me that fire departments like FDNY have a firefighter dedicated to carrying a 2 1/2-gallon water can with them. Here is the second largest fire department in the world...

    Blog • November 26th, 2012

  • Great Comfort Rarely Brings Great Growth

    Since the whole storm-response episode began on Oct. 29, I kept a log of ideas and events which I could be used as the basis for future planning and preparation for future disaster operations.

    Article • November 26th, 2012

  • Positioning Aerial Apparatus for Defensive Operations

    Recently, we discussed apparatus positioning for truck companies at the scene of a working fire, and we approached this topic with considerations towards operating in an offensive mode; that is, crews were going to be assigned specific areas of...

    Article • November 24th, 2012

  • Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

    Thanskgiving week has arrived with a swift blast of cold air, reminding us that winter is all but here. During this week of giving thanks, I would like to stop and say thank you to all the firefighters around the world. I understand the sacrifices that...

    Blog • November 21st, 2012

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 3: Cribbing Skills

    Any time an air-bag lift is performed, cribbing is a necessary part of the operation.  Cribbing is a temporary framework, usually constructed of timbers, that provides a solid base of support to material above.  This framework provides the means to...

    Article • November 21st, 2012

  • The Average Jake's Views from the Jumpseat: Complacency & Fire Service Goals

    Listen Ryan Pennington and Robert C. Owens Jr. discuss how complacency is catching firefighters off guard and can result in a unfavorable outcome. They share how being jumpseat-ready and always expecting a fire are the first steps in being combat ready.

    Podcast • November 20th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 94 - The MSDS: Part 1

    Drill #94: The MSDS: Part 1 One of the rare, but welcomed pieces of information at a Hazardous Material incident is the material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS is comprised of 16 sections that will assist you in managing the incident and keeping...

    Article • November 19th, 2012

  • Gloving Up for the Firefight

    Good afternoon from the Jumpseat. It seems like today’s firefighters are struggling with a tried and true method of operating: with your fire gloves on. Whether it's something that I have witnessed, someone shared a story with me about or I saw a...

    Blog • November 15th, 2012

  • It's Time to Get the Truck Up

    Get the truck up! How many times have we all heard those words on a fire scene? I have spent the majority of my career riding the engine, but my best friends have been truck firefighters. When the truck firefighters arrive carrying, more ladders than...

    Blog • November 12th, 2012

  • Choosing a Nozzle for Hoarder Fires

    Good afternoon from the Jumpseat. When I teach fighting fires in hoarding environments , the question that is asked the most is which type of nozzle should we use? I know the nozzle debate has continued since the days of the steam pumper, but the...

    Blog • November 9th, 2012

  • The View from My Front Porch: Safety

    Perhaps your first question upon reading the title of this blog is to ask why I have used the name of my blog column to serve as the title of this visit with you. The reason is simple. As I sit on my front `motor vehicle from the lowly bicycle to the...

    Blog • November 7th, 2012

  • Even Devils' Night Has Fallen On Hard Times

    Thirty years ago, hundreds of fire buffs from around the country made an annual pilgrimage to Detroit to witness the fiery day before Halloween named "Devils’ Night." It peaked in 1984 when more than 800 fires were set and followed with between 500 to...

    Blog • November 6th, 2012