Archive for July2008

Have Tool, Will Destroy

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It is a common reaction on the fireground; give a member a tool and he or she will have a Pavlovian impulse to destroy something. The theory could be aligned to being on the truck (or squad) and having the assignment to “force” entry, “vent” the building, and “open up” for hidden fire. In some […]

Shootings and Being Shot At

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It is one matter to be a soldier and fly into a hostile area expecting to be shot at.It is an entirely different matter to be a firefighter and shot at while trying to fight a fire.The tragic death of Firefighter Ryan A. Hummert [1] is something that cannot be critiqued in a NIOSH report. […]

The Probie’s Guide to the Engine Company

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The article series “The Probie’s Guide to the Engine Company” was originally planned to address topics seen on the fireground, discussed in the apparatus bays or dayroom and to enhance the fundamental training I expect a new firefighter would have. I can only go with what early initial training I received (MFRI Basic Fire) and […]

Talking Back to Basics

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A new approach to back-to-basics training was recently delivered at Firehouse.com. The latest post on Training and Tactics in over a year, Chief Doug Cline leads a discussion on training philosophies with Battalion Chief Jeffery Pindelski and Buddy Hyde. Together they discussed what is needed to be looked into regarding the training of firefighters and […]

July Unscientific Survey

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What Does He Need To Know?The process of cognitive decision making is complex and quite rapid. According to research by Dr. Gary Klein, fireground commanders will make 80% of their decisions in less than one minute [1]. These decisions happen as often as the working jobs come in. What impacts the chief officer greatly is […]

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