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Fire Engineering Talk Radio

Among many other duties, Chief Ron Kanterman does fire & life safety consultation, fire service training and fire protection through Gold Horn Associates. Tom Aurnhammer is the Deputy Chief of the Los Pinos Fire Protection District in Ignacio, CO.  Join them as they come together as the Back Step Boys and listen in as they share their wealth of fire service knowledge and experience.
Join Jeremy Hurd as he discusses firefighter behavioral health and suicide prevention. Too many firefighters are suffering in silence, and too few departments are being proactive in this serious issue.

FDIC 2012

National Firefighter's Journal

Rick Lasky's Retirement Celebration

Wed Aug 31 14:11:00 CDT 2011 - National Firefighter's Journal
Today August 31, 2011 is Fire Chief Rick Lasky's last day as chief of the Lewisville Texas fire department. For 11 years since June 5, 2000 Rick has stood at the helm of the Lewisville fire department. Yesterday at 3 PM friends and family of R...

Trustees; Train Hard or Go Home!

Thu Apr 05 19:59:00 CDT 2012 - FE Blog Network - Art "ChiefReason" Goodrich
You heard me!   Don't come here expecting accommodations or special considerations.   You're a grunt just like the rest of us. Time to pay your dues.   You can't be on top of your game if you don't train.   You can't extend you...

Journal Entry 18: Smash the Tactical Box

Thu Jul 05 14:52:00 CDT 2012 - FE Blog Network - Ron Kanterman
"We have fire in another mini tank farm" By Ron Kanterman (7/5/2012 )   Hope you summer is going well. On the LODD front, we’re not doing great. In my last Journal Entry (#17), we talked about seatbelts, speed and intersections. Thi...

Apply What You Learn

Tue Aug 07 12:33:00 CDT 2012 - Jason Hoevelmann
     With today's budgets it's getting harder to send our people to conferences, seminars and quality hands on training that sharpens our minds and skills.  So, when we do send our people out to bring back information or have a...

A Culture of Excellence - Setting the Bar

Mon Apr 25 17:16:00 CDT 2011 - FE Blog Network - Christopher Brennan
by: Christopher BrennanI have been reading Malcom Gladwell's book The Tipping Point (he is also the author of Blink seriously, go read that one right now) and one of the discussions he brings up is the age old Nature vs. Nurture debate.  The ...


Tue Jul 17 15:19:35 CDT 2012 - Blog Network
On Tonights Politics and Tactics First up "Search" Recent incident where a victim was missed in Michigan highlights the need for all of us to do a better job. We all need to be committed to tactical Excellence. On to the Political FrontWrap u...

San Jose Firefighter Update

Wed Mar 21 22:17:00 CDT 2012 - Drowning in Flame
Knowing how to remove heated turnout gear is essential to limiting injuriesA San Jose firefighter who fell through a roof last week during vertical ventilation operations was injured more severely than initially reported.  Early reports ...

Traditions Training

Winter Standpipe Operations

Thu Dec 22 14:07:00 CST 2011 - FE Blog Network - Dan Shaw
Water supply is vital for the completion of our job of extinguishing fires. It really is as simple as that. Arguably, no incident demands for the quick actions of a competent driver as much as a Highrise building. They are tasked with establishi...

Waving Red Flags on the Fireground

Sun Mar 18 18:54:00 CDT 2012 - FE Blog Network - Ricky Riley
Thanks goes to Fire Engineering Magazine, PennWell and Chief Halton as Traditions Training Instructors Larry Schultz (DCFD) and Ricky Riley (Clearwater Fire and Kentland VFD) have been chosen to present our "Waving Red Flags on the Fireground...

Equations or Effectiveness? Have We Become So Smart We’re Stupid?

Thu May 19 14:19:00 CDT 2011 - A Return to Effectiveness - Joe Brown's Fire Engineering Blog
The following entry is a scaled down (censored) version of the original from my personal blog, which can be read HERE.In article after article and blog post after blog post I gaze with soft eyes at the material being placed into the hearts and min...


Wed Mar 14 11:58:00 CDT 2012 - Combat Ready Firefighting
On the truck today I have a guy who's newer on the job and regularly assigned to an engine. After about an hour of drilling on portable ladders and forcible entry he said to me "Sarge, I just don't wanna let anyone down..." Probably one of the be...

Check your Dance Card, Part 2 "getting closer"

Wed Feb 22 09:17:00 CST 2012 - FE Blog Network: Doug Mitchell, Jr.
Getting Closer... In part one of "Check your Dance Card" we discussed a few items to take a look at before we enter the fire building and start our dance with the "beauty of fire." In part 2, we will discuss a few more sp...

PL Vulcan

Welcome !!!

Fri Mar 18 21:13:00 CDT 2011 - FE Blog Network - Mark Gregory
Welcome Brothers and Sisters to my Blog Site. This is a first for me but, we should have a fun ride. Let's start off with FAST Paks (aka RIT Paks). What modifications have your company made to this great piece of equipment? In my company we ha...

Hoarder Patrol

Wed Sep 28 12:23:00 CDT 2011 - FE Blog Network - Gabriel Angemi
While the list of faux pas fire service no-no's grows larger and longer, consider why you felt the need to become a firefighter in the first place. Then, think about what you would or wouldn't do on the fire ground once you arrived to handle your ...

FETC Services

Blinder Mentality

Fri May 18 20:48:00 CDT 2012 - Tap the Box
Life moves at a fast pace these days. So fast you can easily miss an opportunity to improve one self. The pace affects everybody from the firefighter on the floor, right up to the chief’s office. There are two common management models during thes...

Urban Firefighter Magazine

FDIC 2011

Fri Mar 18 12:29:00 CDT 2011 - Fire Engineering Blog Network
It's been almost a year since the last FDIC and we are back in town to do it again...Welcome to the Fire Engineering Blog Network. This network was established to create an environment in which to opine, train and share ideas amongst the vast fire...

Rollbacks in Firefighter Pensions

Tue Jun 12 16:32:00 CDT 2012 - John K. Murphy
In past blogs, I have warned that Cities, Towns and other governmental entities have set their sights on firefighter’s pensions and other public pension retirement benefits to include among the other egregious actions of reducing the numbers...

Fireground Strategies

Maximizing effectiveness on the roof

Sat Aug 13 19:05:00 CDT 2011 - Fireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the Street
When you go to the roof, what tools do you bring? The usual answer is the saw, a set of irons, a hook or pike pole, and life-saving rope. Is that all? The tool that might serve us best when conducting roof operations is often left on the rig: the ...

Pride & Ownership

Fire Engineering Talk Radio

Sat Apr 16 01:17:00 CDT 2011 - Pride & Ownership
Join Chief John Salka and I as we move from the podcast format to a live venue with Fire Engineering Talk Radio. We should be on the air soon, Thursday nights at 1930 hours (eastern), hopefully next week! LIVE, where you can call in, jump in on ...


Thu Apr 14 20:34:00 CDT 2011 - Vertically Venting
Since Fire Engineering has seen fit to give me my own small mountain top to shout from, I felt compelled to establish a reasonably clear and succinct purpose to my blog and associated ramblings. This would be akin to a mission statement in the wor...

“The outcome of the 1% of the time we spend on the fireground is based on the actions, discipline, and leadership we display the other 99% of the time in the soft environment.” - Anthony Avillo

Fri Jul 01 09:27:00 CDT 2011 - Conversations with Eddie Crombie
For those of you who do not know, Anthony Avillo, a 25- year veteran, is a deputy chief in North Hudson Regional (N.J.) Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon Regional Tour Commander. Chief Avillo has a B.S. in Fire Science from New Jerse...