1-31-16 Run Down

1. A Year to Remember

A Good Calander of LODDs

2. Size-up Sets & Reps Powerpoint

3. Tactical Fire Problem- A Large Mill Complex

4. Leadership Language- Dispatch

5. The Sunday Preach- Residential Recognition

“We formulate proper habits by identifying as many obstacles we will face before the fire and coming up the plan to overcome it. One of the best ways to build this catalogue is to seize every incident as a drill opportunity”

6. Size-up Is Not Always as It Seams- Part 2 


1-29-16 Journal Entry- Ventilation Quotes


Ventilation Quotes

2 great thoughts from a recent Podcast with Chief Kastors.

“No matter what type of Ventilation is occurring, a COORDINATED effort is absolutely the key…. The correct tactic applied at the incorrect time can be distrastous.”

“Coordinated fire attack has been the mantra of the fire service for hundreds of years. The failure to coordinate has been a RECENT problem due to the lack of understanding of fire behavior.”

Let me know what you think…


1-28-16 Run Down

1. Firefighters and the Super Hero Myth 

“I believe that perceived “S” on our shirt is more about Selflessness, Service and Sacrifice than being super.”

2. By Definition

3. Where Have all the Firefighters Gone?

 “It always starts with a photo–one single image of a building, on fire (or not), with the audience invoking question: would you say go or no-go? And almost like magic, enter the easily predictable keyboard incident commanders.”

4. Second Due Truck Ops

A Good Download from FDNT.

1-28-16 Journal Entry- What To Look At When Taking The Lap


What To Look At When Taking The Lap

  • Building Construction
  • Windows- (Open?)
  • Doors- (Open?)
  • Fire Location and Size
  • Layout of the house
  • Topography- (1 Story in front, 3 in the rear)
  • ANYTHING that will benefit the Outcome of the incident
    • Examples…Wires Down, More fire in the rear than in the front, People in the rear, Obstructions, etc…



1-27-16 Run Down

Sorry for the long delay in a Run-down this week.

1. New Construction/ New Hazards

2. The Definition of Insanity 

The Top 10 Contributing Factors to an LODD

3. Truck Work for Manufactured/ Mobile Homes

An Outstanding List of Tactical Considerations

4. The Complete Halligan Guide

A Great Download on ALL Things Halligan

5. Mayday Monday- Black Sunday

6. Motivation Killers 

7. Residential Primary Search Part 1

“Often times, fire victims are subdued while trying to escape what would be their NORMAL PATH OF EGRESS. I don’t know about many of you, but I never walk the walls to exit my bedroom. I get out of bed and walk in a straight line to the door, keep that in mind! That area needs to be searched.”

8. Importance of Fire Service Mentors



1-27-16 Journal Entry- Out and About Drills


Out and About Drills

Take the time to have quick drills when:

  • Out and Above Driving (On or Off Duty)
  • When going to the Store for Food
  • When Clearing from Calls

Look at:

  • Construction Type
  • Doors & Locks
  • Hydrant Locations
  • Roof Types
  • If there was a fire here, how would we mitigate the incident
  • Where would we position


Take advantage of EVERY Call.

Every Call is a chance to look at one new building, go back to quarters a different way to look at streets and/or renovations.


1-26-16 Journal Entry- Steps To Take After The Fire Is Out (ROSS-TOSS)


Steps To Take After The Fire Is Out (ROSS-TOSS)

Not another acronym!!!!

This came from a Podcast by Anthony Avillo.

Actions for after the fire is out…


R- Roll call

O- Overhaul
S- Safety Survey (Safety Lap)

S- Secondary Search

T- Turn Property back to Owner

O- Origin and Cause Investigation

S- Salvage

S- System (Panel) Restoration


1-24-16 Journal Entry- 10 Commandments of the Fireground


10 Commandments of the Fireground

  1. Know the Enemy (The Fire)
  2. Know the Battleground (The Building)
  3. Know the Weapons and Tactics of War (Our Strategies and Tactics)
  4. Perform a full and ongoing size-up
  5. Stay ahead of the Incident Power Curve
  6. Communicate in a calm manor
  7. Give Clear Objectives
  8. Use ICS Early On
  9. Have Plans B, C, and D
  10. Have the Guts to Say NO


Much More Information HERE


Source: Chief Anthony Kastros


Remembering The 10 Year Anniversary Of The Black Sunday Fire- FDNY- 1-23-05

Pass It On - Fire Training


Today, we remember the brothers of the FDNY for a very tragic day we’ve come to know as Black Sunday. On January 23rd 2005, 6 FF’s were trapped on the 4th floor of an apartment building and were forced to jump. Lt. Curtis W. Meyran and FF. John G. Bellew tragically succumb to their injuries. The four other firefighters were seriously injured. One of the four survivors(Joe DiBernado) passed away in 2011 due to complications from injuries sustained on this fateful fire.

3 hours after this fire, a third firefighter (Rich Sclafani) was killed in the Line of Duty in a separate fire. He got trapped while trying to exit a basement at a residential fire.

Please read these reports and learn everything we can from these incidents. Not only read about the fires, but read about these individuals lives. Read about the survivors. There…

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1-22-16 Run Down

  1. The Sunday Preach. Make Your Ladders Happy.
  2. Technology… Effective Management of Leadership Failure
  3. Aggression Through Science
  4. Strains, Sprains, and Muscle injuries
  5. Throw Back to Basics: Fireground Communications
  6. Keep your head up and your feet Quick 
  7. An Aggressive is a Safe Fireground

“Getting your first line in place and flowing water on the fire, whether or not you are fulfilling the 2 in 2 out rule will make your fireground safer 99 times out of 100.

“Aggressiveness is a mindset, not a skill. The common theme here is training. Train yourself, train your crews, and the rest will fall into place.”

HROC 2015 Battalion Chief Isakson

Trust Your Gut FirexTalk ’15  Wayne Morris


Also Released this Week was the IFSI’s, Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Study. HERE

MayDay Monday

This Week’s Mayday Monday from the Brothers at DCFD. Sorry i am a little late on posting…

MAYDAY MONDAY…The football season has entered the most exciting part of the schedule, the Playoffs. Most of the games are close. It, usually, comes down to the end and the team that can manage the clock the best comes out on top. In a Mayday situation, we must manage the clock. Our clock is the amount of air left in the downed firefighter’s SCBA. How can we make the most of the time? Here are a few suggestions:

• Know your Mayday SOG’s. Who assumes the role of the Rapid Intervention Team? What tools do we assemble in the RIT Staging Area? Can we perform proactive fireground tasks? What teams do we breakdown into?

• Can you QUICKLY perform the A-B-C’s of packaging a downed firefighter? The A is Air. Fix the firefighter’s air problem AND get on the air (radio) and advise the IC of the situation. B is Back/Belly. Check the Mayday firefighter’s back for a Drag Rescue Device (DRD) in the coat OR reconnect the SCBA belly (waist) strap through the legs of the member in trouble. C is Cinch. Cinch down the shoulder straps of the downed firefighter’s SCBA. D is drag. Drag the firefighter to safety.

• PRACTICE-PRACTICE-PRACTICE. Just like your favorite NFL team, we need to practice these skills to ensure we are ready AND we can manage the clock. Think of the Mayday activation as the two-minute offense. We cannot waste any time.

Some pretty basic skills that can help us to stay Mayday ready. A friend of mine, the late FDNY-Lt. Andy Fredericks, was quoted as saying “Take the time to make the time.” In other words, use some time now (by getting ready, practicing and knowing your procedures) to shorten your rescue time, then. See you next Monday!!



1-21-16 Journal Entry- It’s Gone Defensive… Now What?


It’s Gone Defensive… Now What?

  • Maintain and Expand the Collapse Zone (1.5 Times the Height of the Building)
  • Put away the smaller handlines to avoid “Hoseline Creep
    • Go Big or Go Home!
  • Use Spotters or the Safety Officer to Enforce the Collapse Zone

More Info HERE

Tomorrow we will take a look Operations after Failure of the Building…