Some good Articles today to look at…
Below is the Link to a GREAT Article I recommend all to Read!
Does This Plywood Make Me Look Vacant? From Dave Rhodes, May 2016 FireRescue Magazine.
PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE FOR YOURSELF, But the main point is to Eliminate The word “Vacant”. Get inside and make a primary where possible and VALUE ALL LIFE. Read it for yourself though!
Below is a Great post from “The Hose Monkey” Facebook Page. Check it Out!
You are firefighters, you fight fire…fire is your opponent. If I told a pro football team who their opponent is next week, what does that team do?
1) Physical Training
They are professionals and train as such. Success may depend on resilience and strength. This doesn’t come from one workout the night before the game.
They practice all aspects of the game. They don’t do it one and done, they don’t practice until they get it right and done. They repeatedly practice everything. A game isn’t going to be won by only running one play. They must be good at a multitude of plays to be able to react to different circumstances.
3) Know Your Opponent
They study film of their opponents. The team has film of what the opposition prefers to do. They discuss and practice ways to overcome the opposing team. The film doesn’t mean that their opponents will always run those plays, but they research possibilities.
They work as a team. All the personality bullshit goes out the door and they work together for the win.
You are a professional. You know your opponent is fire.
1) Physical Training
Success on a fire scene can come down to your physical strength or weakness. If your pt time is spent in a recliner you risk public lives and your brother’s lives.
You must practice all aspects of the game repeatedly until it is second nature to every member on your shift. You cannot be good at only one method of fire suppression. You must be proficient at a multitude of methods. If you only use an inch and three quarter during trainings you will find yourself losing when it is time to pull the 2 inch.
3) Know Your Opponent
Study film. Watching YouTube videos can give you experience. Don’t confuse YouTube training with actually fireground training and experience. YouTube can’t give you the muscle memory but it will introduce you to tactics and ideas you may not have experienced before. The fire may not always act the same, but you gain knowledge of fire behavior.
All of our bullshit goes away the second the tones drop. This is game day and we all must work together to provide the best service possible.
Both are professionals, however that trophy in our hand can be a life.
All, I apologize for the delay in posting lately, it has been an extremely busy couple of weeks. I am working on several different projects, and am now back to posting here.
May and June Issue of Fire Nuggets Magazine posted HERE
Thanks for Taking the Time,
Below is a Post i saw on Facebook from Jason Fullmer…
When people think about the term 1%er (one percent-er) they usually think it’s something negative. The 1% is often thought of as outlaws and law breakers. In the fire service I would say the 1% is a good thing.
To me, the 1%er is a Firefighter, Engineer or Captain who is all-in and does the right thing even when it’s not the popular thing. The 1%er is the person who has pride, honor and integrity.
When the economy was good, fire departments would send personnel to classes on the department dime in hopes they would return and pass on the knowledge learned. With the economic decline and with decreased budgets that type of training funding has stopped. So with more firefighters having to foot-the-bill for additional training from outside the department there has been a major backslide in people taking classes, except for one group, the 1%er’s. This is the group that will go out and take classes to better themselves, their crew and their department. The 1%er’s are often looked down on, made fun of and even harassed sometimes. Does this happen because the non 1%er’s or the 99% are jealous? Do they just not get it? If it’s because they don’t get it, then it’s our responsibility to make sure they do get it and pass on the passion. If they are jealous, then hopefully someday they will step up and join us.
I have attended and instructed a lot of classes and it never fails that at least once during the class I will hear, “well my department made me come” or “I don’t want to be here but the department said I had to come”. These people are not part of the 1%, they are the exact opposite. These are the ones who will harass you for taking a nozzle/hose class, tech rescue class, a forcible entry class, etc. These are also the ones who will ask, “do I get a cert from the class” and if the answer is no then their response is “I am not going if I don’t get a cert”. These are the individuals that I call the certification firefighter. Now don’t get me wrong, certifications are important and needed in the fire service but if you are not willing to take a non-cert class to help better yourself, your crew, and department then maybe you should reevaluate your profession. Is it always easy to spend your own hard earned money to get out there and learn, no it’s not, but, you never know when you’ll learn a skill that could make all the difference.
The 1%er is all about pride, honor and integrity. I am sure this article will stir some discussion both good and bad, and hopefully everyone who reads this will take a look at themselves and evaluate if they are a 1%er or not. If you are a 1%er then keep doing what you are doing it will make a difference and if you are not then please don’t criticize those who are.
Below is the latest version of the Secret List. Take a look there are many good resources in it!
(A MUST WATCH)