Considering LODD Medical Information

Also see: “Is It the Job or Your Body?” The intent is not to devalue or criticize the loss but to understand that there are differing methods of determining the data being presented. These differences may influence reported statistical data.Maybe it’s not always the guy who is in poor shape. Maybe it is the combination […]

Implied Communication, Updated

The following is about a fire where there are some questions within the department regarding the strategy and tactics used. This is only about the fireground communications and not the operations themselves. Link to the fireground transmissions can be found on STATter 911 or one of the individual department websites. Note, 6 August 2008. After […]

Is it the job or your body?

The 2007 Firefighter Fatality report was released this week by the National Fire Protection Agency. 102 firefighters were killed, compared to 89 in 2006. Still the fire service maintains the traditional “100 die on average each year” average. The general numbers were reported this Spring, but the complete report shows numbers that may be surprising […]

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 […]

Company Pride

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The purpose of this piece is to preface the online symposium “Reducing Firefighter Deaths and Injuries: Changes in Concept, Policy, and Practice”, from 22 September to 3 October 2008, by the Public Entity Risk Institute and the IAFC.Three months from now, after various national fire service organizations and departments have presented information ad nauseam about […]

Nothing New Under The Sun

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  As new generations enter the fire service, they begin to sort out their own place, their own social order. As new technology enters the fire service it also goes through a sorting, being fully embraced without question in some instances, tried and tested in others and flat out refused in few (see “we’ve always […]

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