Tag Archives: Chief Concerns

Studie$ and Report$

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The complicated issues surrounding what you need to do the job

The Dirtiest Job in The Fire Service

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  The ‘salt’ that comes from fighting for your men

The Career Exit Ramp, Just Ahead

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  “I am proud to say that everyone under my command went home at the end of their tours.”  Ron Ayotte

Mentoring, Part 2 – Dep. Chief Ron Ayotte

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  Take the time to share your experiences and words of wisdom with others.

A Bit of Compassion

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  The little things can mean so much.  Ron Ayotte

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


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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 […]


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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 […]

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Backstep Firefighter

“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.”

FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

Dave LeBlanc
Beyond the Door – The Risk Analysis
Nail on the head....
2015-10-14 01:25:06
Walter Lewis
Death During Search, 2010 to Present Part III
Well written and good points. Thanks for the articles.
2015-10-12 03:30:01
Bob Beisang
Death During Search, 2010 to Present Part I
It should read stratifying ......please fix that typo.
2015-09-20 13:58:31
Bob Beisang
Death During Search, 2010 to Present Part I
I think this information analysis is needed and should be more widely used. BUT.......I have an issue with the stratify ins terms "career", "industrial" and "volunteer". They all are firefighters......period!
2015-09-20 13:56:47
william Schnaekel
Holding 1&1: First Due Engine Officer Discussion
Erik, first off, I apologize for the delayed response. I'll keep this short and simple. I think I would have done the same thing as you. I'm not much for what some would consider calling a transitional attack, but in this case, certainly it seems to apply. Call it what you will, if the first…
2015-08-23 13:23:30
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