Archive for September2009

Picking up the Plug, maybe….

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There’s been some recent issues that have centered on adequacy of existing water supply systems and pre-fire planning information that should be available to incident commanders and company officers to assist in the identification of appropriate or alternate water sources and systems to support the fire suppression demands of incident operations and strategic and tactical […]

Understanding the New Building-Occupancy Relationships

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Without understanding the building-occupancy relationships and integrating;construction, occupancies, fire dynamics and fire behavior, risk, analysis, the art and science of firefighting, safety conscious work environment concepts and effective and well-informed incident command management, company level supervision and task level competencies…You are derelict and negligent and “not “everyone may be going home”. How much knowledge and […]

It’s Not Always Business as Usual

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How much thought and efforts do you place on looking beyond the routiness of our response operations? You know, the redundancy, routiness and frequency of typical calls you run, the types of fire you engage in and the manner in which your company interfaces with the balance of the alarm response when working a good […]

Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation

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Yvorra Leadership Development FoundationI had the pleasure of knowing and working with Chief Yvorra back in the early 1980’s when I bunked in and rode with PGFD Station 14 in Berwyn Heights, Maryland during my many trips to the MFRI and the UofM at College Park. Here’s an exceptional opportunity that continues to honor the […]

2008 USFA LODD Report

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You should make time this weekend and slide on over to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) web site HERE. USFA Report HERE The United States Fire Administration (USFA) released the report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2008. The report continues a series of annual studies by the USFA of on-duty firefighter fatalities. […]

Ninety-Nine days of Opportunity

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The fire service is beginning to fully recognize the merits in adjusting, altering, and changing our strategic and tactical ways of doing business in the streets. The traditional attitudes and beliefs of equating aggressive firefighting operations in all occupancy types coupled with the correlating, established and pragmatic operational strategies and tactics MUST not only be […]

Take a Good Look Around

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Have you stopped for a minute today and taken a good look around? Whether you’re sitting in the front seat at the stop light of an intersection or as you’re peering out the side cab window coming back from an alarm or while running errands in your POV; have you taken a good look around? […]

Honor and Remembrance

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For many of us, the events of September 11th, 2001 will forever be etching into our minds and hearts. The magnitude and severity of the sacrifices made that day by the FDNY as well as the NYPD, EMS and PANY/NJ uphold the tradition, beliefs, values and ideals that the Fire, Rescue, EMS and Law Enforcement […]