Thu, 24 Mar 2011|
[MUSIC] [MUSIC] A bunch of people made a lot of terrible mistakes, and we came and did what we did could to get them out of a jam. I'd say friend, if you hadn't screwed up, I wouldn't be here. >> The best that could happen to all of my people would be run into all of you. >> The whole secret to this business is to know your job as intimately and as interconnected as you can. >> Very important to know. The enemy is fire and how the enemy spreads, convection conduction radiation, and you have to know your battlefield. You are going to battle on the fire ground, so you have to know the battlefield. >> The premiere position that the workers in this room have put this service in, is that we are the most popular service, we are the most accepted service and we are the most trusted service. We have two in and two out, i said, because fire fighters are worth saving. His message was always to make a difference, to live life so that you were leaving a mark. This award shows our family that he truly made a difference. >> I've been in fires a lot. No matter how experienced you are, you gotta have somebody on your shoulder telling you that, you know, they're backing because, you don't know. There are times when you say, hey God, just get me through this, you know, I'll be a good boy, you know, I'll go to Church on Sunday, I'm gonna take care of everything. Get me through this. >> It's a super thing and I am very appreciative of this award. I would just like to leave one simple little message today, especially to the younger people. You can make a difference. [MUSIC] If my father were here this morning he would, he would remind of us of the cold hard fact that no leader is any greater than any man and women he is called to lead. >> To be able to work at an occupation which brings tremendous satisfaction and to enjoy the association. With the marvelous people we have been privileged to work with, it makes firefighting enviable to those sentenced to much more mundane work. [INAUDIBLE] >> I think, like most people that, that have these things happen to them, they realize that they really stand on the shoulders of people who have gone before them, people who will stand next to them and, and people they admire. >> If you can travel around, and you can preach the message of professionalism and safety, and for what firefighters do for this country, then I think it's all worthwhile. >> Somewhere in. Here in this room there is someone that will be up here on this stage accepting this award in the future because this is the group that is the leadership of the fire service. >> I'd like to begin by expressing to each of you how honored and privileged I am to have been selected this year's recipient of the Tom Brennan Life. >> [UNKNOWN] Tommy's a gentleman who's done so much for this fire service. A person who I can call my friend. And to be associated with his legacy is a phenomenal. One point in my life. >> [MUSIC] >> I was going to see if she gets the right one. Ladies and gentlemen with me on the stage this morning is Tom Brennan's. Daughter. >> Sorry. >> Come on over. We rehearsed this ****, too. [LAUGH] Tom Brennan's daughter, Eileen. [NOISE]. [NOISE] Hope you like it, too. Thank you! The lifetime achievement award is named for Chief Tom Brennan, who was the editor in chief of Fire Engineering for eight years and the technical editor for 17 more. Tom Brennan had more than 35 years of fire service experience, including 20 with the fire department of New York and five as the chief of Waterbury, Connecticut. He was the co-author of the Fire Chief's Handbook, the fifth edition. And he also received the 1998 Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award. We lost Tommy to cancer in 2006. But his spirit lives on in this lifetime achievement award. This morning it's my distinct honor to be able to introduce to you the 2011 lifetime achievement award winner Skip Coleman. A friend a mentor and a true gentleman. Let me tell you a little bit about our friend Skip Coleman. To his friends he's Skip. But his real name is John F. Coleman. And he entered the fire service in 1975 following in his dad's footsteps. He developed the oriented method of search to recruit to train recruits after reading an article entitled surviving the search and rescue. Written by some psychologists in North Carolina. Skip then was asked to train the entire department on the procedure. Today, the oriented search method is taught in most fire departments, making searcher, searching, smarter and safer. Skip authored his first book for Fire Engineering, Incident Management For the Street Smart Officer, in 1997. And he began teaching the same year at FDIC. This'll be the 15th year teaching at FDIC for Skip. Skip has also written Managing Major Fires, the second edition of the incident management for the street smart officer, and his fourth book, Searching Smarter, came out in the beginning of 2011. Skip is a technical editor for Fire Engineering and he serves on our FDIC advisory board. He's moderated the round table column in the magazine. And now on fireengeering.com and he blogs as well. I don't know when this guy finds time to come up for air. He gave a Keynote speech in 2002 and so we asked a few of Skip's close friends to share with us a few thoughts about Skip. From this old friend Doc McAvoy, as a chief and educator, Skip has remained a lifetime learner, listening to others and benefitting from their experiences. Skip has been a leader, a mentor and a role model and a friend to countless fire fighters and officers.His influence in the fire service is priceless. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to work with him at Fire Engineering and call him my friend. The nicknames just keep coming. Another great friend of Skip's, Chip Comstock. So is this his good friend Skip? Thousands of fire fighters in the community has benefitted as a result of Skip's education efforts. I know this first hand, for I have, for much of my own career, I have read Skip's articles, textbooks and I have been an attendee at his lectures. His greatest operational rule. Is that when things go wrong, fire fighters will resort to that which is customary and routine. To emphasize that how we train and how we operate, on an every day basis, will effect our chances of surviving ga life threatening event. Skip has always stressed the importance of training. Whether it be with the city of Toledo or the National Fire Academy, or in his articles that he's written for fire engineering, he's always led by example. Fire engineering's own Chief Reklasky had this to say about his friend Skip Coleman: there is no doubt that firefighters are alive today because of Skip Coleman. I know I am truly better. Person for having known him. He is the example of what it means to be a great dad, a great husband, and a great friend. He is my brother and I couldn't be happier for him. Billy Gofetter had this to say about Skip. Congratulations Skip, and thanks for your heartfelt energy and enthusiasm. I, along with the North American Fire Service. Are better smarter and safer firefighters with that extra boost of energy. So we too can pass it on to other firefighters as well. Now it would be hard to say anything more eloquent than Skip's friend have already said so far. But on behalf of myself and everyone here at fire engineering and FDIC we really couldn't be happier that Skip is this year's recipient. He is first and foremost a friend, a gentleman and a true giant in our industry. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to present to you the FDIC 2011 Tom Brennan, lifetime achievement award winner. Chief Skip Coleman. >> [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] They told me I couldn't say anything, but that's the great thing about being 60 and retired, you just kinda do whatever you wanna do. Tom Brennan, lifetime achievement award. I don't know how I even fit in that equation anywhere but I'm truly truly truly humbled. And honored. I'm proud to be a Toledo firefighter. That's where most of it all came. That and from my dad. I wanna thank Henwell fire engineering. My wife, Theresa. My daughter, Faye. My son couldn't be here. The 500 firefighters in the city of Toledo who helped me make my life. And you. You'll be up here, somebody, one of you will be up here next year. Thank you. >> Well done, well done.