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 […]

Wind-Driven Private Dwelling Fires

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Two interesting statements were made regarding firefighting strategy and tactics in May of this year. The first came during FDIC in an interview by Fire Engineering’s Bobby Halton. Chief Halton spoke with the NIST staff about the wind-driven fire experiments conducted in February of this year [1]. NIST along with the FDNY [2] and PolyTechnic […]

Introduction

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For the past three months I’ve found myself scrolling down the Firehouse.com homepage repeatedly looking at the “tally”, the USFA’s official LODD count, and realizing that we (the fire service) are projected to average 10 deaths a month. This was back when the number was at 47 and as you can see by the snapshot […]

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