2-27-15 Run Down

Firefighter or Employee? HERE

10 Deadly Sins for Fireground Failure Part 2 HERE

Don’t Ignore your Buildings just because it’s Cold Outside HERE

Doors Off Hinges HERE

43 Degrees of Separation HERE

First Due Quick Drill HERE

How to Respond to Natural Gas Emergencies HERE

Parapet Practices HERE

Ultra-hazardous HERE

Humpday Hangout- Victim Profiling HERE

It’s More than Just a Seat HERE

A Conversation on Basement Fires HERE                Media Files HERE

SA Matters Episode 44 HERE

Jumpseat Radio 42 HERE

The Way we Judge HERE

Drilling for Function HERE

Drop Bar Weak Points HERE

Rules for the New Firefighter HERE

Top 10 Reasons to Train HERE

The 5 S’s HERE

Science Explained My Way HERE

USFA Firefighter Injuries 2010-2012 HERE

The Undeniable Truth HERE

Measure HERE

Old Dogs, New Tricks HERE

Mental Cues of the 360 HERE


Line of Duty Death 2-22-15

Edward Roddy

Firefighter Roddy suffered from a heart attack on November 5, 2014 while at the scene of a fire and did not recover. He passed away on February 22, 2015.

Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, Somerset, Pennsylvania

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 48
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Nov 5, 2014
Date of Death: Feb 22, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack

2-24-15 Run Down

A Good Tip For the RIT Pack HERE

Working Beyond the Pre-Connect HERE

Street Smart Firefighting in Hoarder Homes with Ryan Pennington HERE

Maintaining An Aggressive Culture with Science in Mind HERE

Tactical Fire Problem- Garden Apartment HERE

60 Second- Shafts HERE

Firefighter Training Podcast- Mentoring an Interview With Harry Carter HERE

Firefighting Today- Winter Operations HERE

As the Kitchen Turns HERE

The Interview HERE

Basement Fire Podcast 2-25-15 20:00est. HERE

Are you Smarter than A rookie? HERE

Fire Extinguisher Installation HERE

Are Your RIT Operations Correct and In Place? HERE

New Guys and High Expectations HERE

Can You Force Me Now? HERE

Thanks For Reading-

Line of Duty Death 2-21-15

Dwight W Bazile

capt. Bazile

Fire Captain Bazile fell ill shortly after responding to a residential structure fire with reports of people trapped inside. Captain Bazile was operating inside of the structure with other firefighters when he began experiencing a medical emergency. He was able to walk out of the burning building under his own power, but collapsed outside shortly thereafter and went into cardiac arrest. Captain Bazile was immediately treated by fellow responders and transported to Memorial Herman Hospital where he succumbed to his injury two days later.

Houston Fire Department, Houston, Texas

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 57
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident Date: Feb 19, 2015 18:45
Date of Death: Feb 21, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack


To Date, 13 Firefighters Have Died in the Line of Duty in 2015

Line of Duty Death 2-18-15

Randy Hiti


Firefighter Randy Hiti was responding to a medical emergency call when he suffered a medical episode and passed away from injuries sustained. The cause of death remains under investigation.

Rice Lake Fire Department, Duluth, Minnesota

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 57
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Feb 18, 2015 21:10
Date of Death: Feb 18, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown

To Date, 12 Firefighters Died in the Line Of Duty in 2015

2-20-15 Run Down

Yes, Your Engine Carries Ground Ladders HERE

The Bowstring Truss HERE

Maryland House Fire with Solar Panels HERE

Humpday Hangout- Risk Reduction with Rick Lasky HERE

Some First Due Considerations from the Combo. Side HERE

Preparing for the “Pin” HERE

Humpday SOS- Why are you a Firefighter? HERE

The Exponential Engine HERE

Jumpseat Radio 41 HERE

SA Matters Episode 43- HERE

Cancer in the Fire Service Report Released HERE

A Good Idea for the RIT Connection Point on your RIT Pack HERE

Working Beyond the Pre-Connect Hose HERE

Remembering Captain Grady Burke- LODD 2-19-2005


“On February 19, 2005, a 39-year-old career fire Captain died after being trapped by the partial collapse of the roof of a vacant one-story wood frame dwelling.

The house was abandoned and known by residents in the area to be a “crack house” at the time of the incident.

The victim was the captain on the first-arriving engine crew which was assigned to perform a “fast attack” – to take a hoseline into the house, locate the seat of the fire, and begin extinguishment.

The one-story wooden ranch-style house was built in the 1950s and additional rooms had been added at the rear in at least two phases following the initial construction.”


State Of Texas HERE

Video HERE


Line of Duty Death 2-15-15

Kenneth M. Stanton


Sergeant Stanton was directing traffic at the scene of a previous vehicle accident when an approaching vehicle drove around emergency equipment and struck him. Stanton was immediately treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital where he passed away from injuries sustained. The driver of the vehicle who struck Sergeant Stanton is being charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident.

Sandy Springs Fire Department, Pendleton, South Carolina

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 52
Rank: Sergeant
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Feb 15, 2015 21:00
Date of Death: Feb 15, 2015
Cause of Death: Struck By
Nature of Death: Trauma

To Date, 11 Firefighters have died in the Line of Duty in 2015

2-16-15 Run Down

Operational Considerations for Residential Basement Fires HERE

SLICERS Approach to Hoarder Fires HERE

Tactical Fire Problem- House Fire with Victims HERE

NFPA Certification HERE

Are you good Enough?- An Interview with Mike Daley HERE

Cancer Awareness HERE

Striving for Mediocrity HERE 

Helping a Firefighter who is having an Emotional Mayday HERE

Podcast 2- A Story of Survival from KCFD HERE 

How do you Stay Current and Re-Certify HERE

3 Decades of Perspective HERE

The 35 Engine Company Ladder HERE

10 Deadly sins for Fireground Failures HERE

Lessons from the Fireground- 1958 HERE

A Great New Podcast- HERE

Remembering the Bricelyn Street Fire- Pittsburgh, Pa- 2-14-1995

On February 14, 1995 3 Pittsburgh Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty as they were operating at a residential dwelling fire.


Killed Were:

  • Capt. Thomas A. Brooks – Age 42 – Engine 17 – 13-year veteran
  • F/F Patricia A. Conroy – Age 43 – Engine 8 – 8-year veteran
  • F/F Marc R. Kolenda – Age 27 – Engine 8 – 1-year veteran

“They had taken a hand line into the basement when a fireball suddenly erupted behind them, burning through the hose line and collapsing the staircase. They tried to break out the windows with an axe and their helmets but thick plastic over the windows made their efforts futile. Three other firefighters went in to rescue them and they also got trapped. Upon being rescued, the first man told his rescuers that there were others. The other two men were pulled from the same window and all rescue efforts were halted as it was thought that all members had been accounted for. It was determined that the first three firefighters had died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning after their air supplies ran out.” The fire was later determined to be arson.

Bricelyn_Street_Fire“Take a moment today to remember them by reading the after action report from the incident. The structure at 8361 Bricelyn Street was unique in that it was a “house on a hill”. Essentially presenting a two-story house in the front and a four-story house in the rear. This is common place in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.”

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Site today The Site as it is today.

There are many reports published about this incident HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE

Drill HERE

Other Resources HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE

Note: There was just a fire Yesterday at 8347 Bricelyn Street that killed 1 civilian, Only 3 Houses down from this incident. 1 Firefighter was also injured when he fell through the floor to the Basement. That info HERE

Please, go out and train TODAY, so their deaths were not in vain



2-12-15 Run Down

We don’t do RIT HERE

Humpday Hangout- The Fireground HERE

The Window Hang From When Things Go Bad HERE

Passion for the Job HERE

When Did it become OK to Say No HERE

Golf Ball RIT HERE

Extrication Quick Tip 27 HERE

Is Your Department Ready for a Rapid Intervention Event HERE

SA Matters Episode 42 HERE

Wood Frame Concealed Spaces HERE

Jumpseat Radio 40 HERE

Choosing the Right Bailout Kit HERE

Inexpensive VES Prop HERE

Humpday SOS HERE

Nozzle Reaction HERE

Line of Duty Death 2-11-15


Randy Parker

Lieutenant Parker was pronounced dead at Medical Center-Navicent Health and at least five other firefighters were injured after a structural collapse occurred while fire crews were operating inside of a burning residential structure. According to media reports, the Bibb County coroner said Lieutenant Parker died from burns and smoke inhalation. Three of the injured firefighters are being treated at the Augusta Burn Center; one of the three was in critical condition and airlifted to the Center. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by authorities.

Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, Macon, Georgia

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 46
Classification: Career
Incident Date: Feb 11, 2015 17:45
Date of Death: Feb 11, 2015
Cause of Death: Collapse
Nature of Death: Burns
Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed Property Use: Residential

To Date, 10 Firefighters have Died in the Line of Duty in 2015

2-10-15 Run Down

Fire Behavior 101- Trailer HERE

TIC Troubleshooting HERE

Don’t be that Guy… See the whole Picture HERE

Rule 24 HERE

The Triangle of Solid SOPs HERE

Tactical Fire Problem- Second Floor Fire HERE

Firefighter Training Podcast- Decision Making HERE

60 Second Safety- Modifying Tools HERE

Salty the Better HERE

FDNY Ladder 43 Vintage Movie HERE

Firefighting Today- What’s on your Mind HERE

Good Job HERE

The Sunday Preach- I, Us, We, Family HERE

Demise of the Senior Man HERE

A lively Discussion about whats killing the fire Service HERE

Air Consumption Mayday Drill HERE

The Swedish Model of Interior Fire Attack HERE

Chauffeur Drill for Minimal Staffing HERE 

Leadership Mentoring HERE

TIC’s Should have permanent  real estate on your coat HERE

Lightweight Construction is bad for Everyone HERE

Line of Duty Death 2-6-15

Garry Rose

Firefighter Rose was wheeling a patient through the doors of the Emergency Room at the Ohio Valley Medical Center when he collapsed and, shortly thereafter, passed away from an apparent heart attack.

McMechen Volunteer Fire Department, McMechen, West Virginia

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 67
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Feb 6, 2015 23:55
Date of Death: Feb 6, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack

To Date, 9 Firefighters have died in 2015

Line of Duty Death 2-5-15

Kenneth Lehr


While attempting to close off Illinois Route 111 to allow for a helicopter to land safely for a medical emergency, Chief Lehr was struck by a fire apparatus as it was backing up. Chief Lehr passed away at the scene from injuries sustained when he was struck.

Medora Community Fire Protection District, Medora, Illinois

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 59
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Feb 5, 2015 14:30
Date of Death: Feb 5, 2015
Cause of Death: Struck By
Nature of Death: Crushed

To Date, 8 Firefighters have Died in 2015

2-5-15 Run Down

60 Second Safety- Basements HERE

Firefighter Training Podcast HERE

VES Training Bulletin HERE

Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control Part 4 HERE

Loyalty- More Than Just Words HERE

Combat Leadership-Preparation HERE

Fire Streams and the Exponential Engine Company HERE

Mayday Parameters HERE

A Contagion in the Fire Service HERE 

Humpday SOS HERE

Leading without Rank HERE

Training Tip- The Sunday Paper HERE

Making the Tragedy Personal is the first Step in the next LODD HERE

A Great job of a Transitional Attack HERE

A Great Table Top Dill- 4 Gas Meter and Carbon Dioxide HERE

SCBA- The Air Management Conundrum HERE

Line of Duty Death 2-3-15

Charlie V. Wallace

Firefighter Wallace died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle on January 10th while directing traffic in front of the fire station as apparatus were leaving for a response call.

Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery, New York

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 74
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Jan 10, 2015 07:45
Date of Death: Feb 3, 2015
Cause of Death: Struck By
Nature of Death: Trauma

To Date, 7 Firefighters have died in 2015

Line of Duty Death 1-31-15

Mike “Coop” Cooper


Assistant Fire Chief Cooper died at home from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined several hours after being released from the scene of a large structure fire in a commercial occupancy.

Centerville Fire Department- Centerville, Iowa

Fatality status is provisional and willchange.

Age: 61
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Jan 30, 2015 19:30
Date of Death: Jan 31, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown

To Date, 6 Firefighters have Died in 2015-