Tag Archives: Chief Concerns

Crew Resource Management for the Fireground by Dep. Chief Ron Ayotte

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Safety for the fire service begins in many places, converging at an incident

Knowledge is Power

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Deputy Chief Ron Ayotte on the responsibility to share what you know

Brotherhood

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  Despite the difference of language and 4000+ miles, Brotherhood endures. – Ron Ayotte

Safer Buildings

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Deputy Chief Ayotte looks at a common public misconception I could not attend the funeral of Lieutenant Ed Walsh because I had jury duty. On my way home after doing my civic duty, I stopped in at my local Starbucks to grab a Cafe Americano. Someone in the store was using Starbuck’s Wi-Fi connection and […]

Evolution

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Deputy Chief Ron Ayotte says if you love the job, keep it growing When I got on the job with 4 other probies back in November of 1981, one of the first things we were told by the senior guys as we walked in the door was “you (expletive) new guys are going to ruin […]

Passing The Torch

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  In order to know where we are going, we have to know where we have been

The Fire Services True Enemies

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Fire is just one of the battles we face daily.

Stepping Up

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Take care of your personnel and they will take care of you.

Pushing The Envelope

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Do you have the tools and knowledge to “address” the envelope?

Chief Concerns:Everything We Need To Know, We Should Have Learned at the Fire Academy

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Wisdom does not come by having a wall full of certifications.

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“To provide a point of critical thought about certain acts and events in the fire service while incorporating behavioral education and commentary in a referenced format.”
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John Pignataro
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bravo sir ...This battle began in the early 1990's having been a career DC Fireman for 30 yrs and a still active volunteer fireman for 37 the mentality has changed since 1977. Your article is clear and to the point but I am afraid the fire service maybe lost to the folks who preach the…
2014-08-23 01:12:28
Ben Waller
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Actually, the "Women and children first" idea cane from the sinking if the HMS Birkenhead. Now known as "The Birkenhead Drill", this stemmed from the ship beginning to sink, an inadequate number of lifeboats, and the Royal Marines and soldiers on board being called to formation and standing in ranks while the ships crew put…
2014-08-21 11:25:14
Ron Ayotte
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bing-freaking-o!
2014-08-21 02:49:30
Brian Gary
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Very well written. I couldn't agree more with your statements. The problems are many, but they perpetuate and increase with every new class of recruits that are poisoned with the idea that anyone who feels unsafe has a responsibility to act and stop whatever is going on. When I came on, my instructors told me…
2014-08-21 02:04:23
Ric Jorge
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Atta boy David, customer service or customer satisfaction? The line is fine, and more often than not we can accomplish both with action, and a kind demeanor.
2014-08-21 01:41:12
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