5-28-16 Run Down

Some good Articles today to look at…

Don’t Discount the “Can”

Taking Advantage

Corner Buildings and Vacant Lots Beware! 

Where Do You Stretch to Dry?

Are We Skipping A Step?


The Team Who Knows Their Opponents

Below is a Great post from “The Hose Monkey” Facebook Page. Check it Out!

13151820_1731373160472349_7773323478310462547_n.jpgMy Brothers,

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.

2) Practice
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.

4) Teamwork
They work as a team. All the personality bullshit goes out the door and they work together for the win.

Hosemonkeys translation:
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.

2) Practice
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.

4) Teamwork
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.

5-14-16 Run Down

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.

Leadership Lessons: From the Battlefield to the Firehouse

May and June Issue of Fire Nuggets Magazine posted HERE

Dear Supervisor, I’m Confused. 

“Good Enough” Can’t Be Good Enough 

Learning your Streets and Routes

Leadership in the Real World Class Handout

Primary Search Supported by Statistics 

Prioritize and Execute: A Tale of Fire

Training Bulletin: Reading Smoke

Thanks for Taking the Time,


The 1%ers

Below is a Post i saw on Facebook from Jason Fullmer…

The 1%ers

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.

Large Area Structural Fire

Below is the latest version of the Secret List. Take a look there are many good resources in it!


As the fire service mourns the loss of Firefighter Richard Sheltra, 20, of Pineville, North Carolina, and while the facts are not at all out yet-this is another general but very poignant reminder of the challenges all of us have when operating in large area, commercial, strip mall, big box and related type commercial and industrial building fires.
FIREGROUND VIDEO From Last Nights Tragic Fire
FIREGROUND RADIO TRAFFIC From Last Nights Tragic Fire:
In general, for all of us, large(er) area structural firefighting is a significant challenge. Just a few (of the many) considerations for all of us include…having and knowing the SOG and training on the SOG. Using pre-plans enroute or on arrival and sizing it up. What’s the smoke doing?
Whats the construction type? What’s on the roof? Whats it made of? Do we know the contents of the structure? How about occupants/search/rescue? Is the fire offensive? defensive? Why? If offensive, what’s the search procedure? On a hose line? On a rope? Are you able to do a search? Do you have the needed resources? Remember the challenges related to crew integrity and company officer accountability? What about air (SCBA) management…how far (and time) to get in and how far (and time) to get out? Whats the access, fire location (where is the fire?) fire progress (where was the fire and where is it going to be soon?), …how about auxiliary appliances (sprinklers? standpipes?) What is the immediate responding 1st alarm staffing? What about command staff? What resources are needed? What will be needed in 5, 10, 15 or more minutes?
So many of us are used to usually operating in the single or multi family dwelling fire-with its challenges, but the large area structure is an entirely different fire. It’s truly a high risk/low frequency event-which means while it doesn’t occur often, when it does, there are numerous ways for us to get into trouble.
We took time this morning to pull some links (articles and videos) to share with you on The Secret List…and while we all pray for the family of the Pineville Firefighter Richard Sheltra along with his Brother and Sister PFD, CFD and area Firefighters and friends, and we await the facts, …there is much to gain in reminding ourselves-and training ourselves (all ranks from those on the line to those in command) on the challenges of large area commercial fires. 
The Bret Tarver Story:
More Raw Video From The Above Fire:
More Video From The Above Fire/USFA:
Simulation of The Above Fire:
Strip Mall Fire Simulation:
Strip Mall Fire Size Up:
Firefighter Down Drill:
Once again, our sincerest prayers and condolences to the Pineville families, friends and Firefighters for last nights horrible loss of FF Sheltra.
Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 6-1-2016-1600 Hours