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FDIC General Session Ceremonies -- Tmo Brennan LIfetime Achievement Award

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Thu, 24 Mar 2011|

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Question for you made a lot of terrible mistakes that we came in the movie but they get them out of a -- I think Fred. If you read this from what I wouldn't leave. Let's forget that that all of my people would they brought it all when you the whole secret of his business I think it's the -- -- -- as intimately. Interconnected as you possibly. We have very important to note. The enemy -- -- fire how the enemy spreads convection and conduction through radiation. And you gotta tell you battlefield you're gonna do battle. Under fire -- he got a little battlefield the premier position that the workers in this room that's what -- what the surface it. Is -- we're the most popular service for the most excepted service -- the most trusted service we have to within two hours -- because firefighters are worth -- His message was always to make a difference. To live life so that you -- leaving -- mark. This award shows. Our family. That he truly made a difference. If you didn't fire is alive no matter how experienced you you've got to have somebody on -- shoulders. In fact that you because you don't know there -- -- -- -- thing. God just get me through this you know be a good boy. Go to church -- -- I think they're very good -- me through this. It's a super thing and I'm very appreciative this award. I would just like to -- one simple little message today. Especially to the younger people. Can't make it them. Get my father were here this morning he was good reminders of the cold hard fact that no leader is any greater. The men and women. Occasion brings tremendous personal satisfaction. And to enjoy the association. With the marvelous people -- a privileged to work -- Takes -- -- -- Of those sentence too much more than one game one and I think like most people it. Had these things happen to. They realize that if they really stand on the shoulders of people who have gone before them people who stand next to them. And people they admire people travel around. Preached a message of professionalism. And safety and what. Firefighters do for this country. It's. Somewhere in this room there is someone that -- -- -- -- the stage accepting his award this award and if you. Boys this is the -- Good news for the leadership of the fire service like to begin by expressing each view -- honored -- privileged -- to have been selected. This year's recipient. Of the Tom Brennan -- Tommy's a gentleman who's done so much for this far service. Person like call my friend. -- -- being associated with his legacy. Point in my. I was just gonna see she gets to -- one. Let's jump what -- on the stage this morning is Tom Brennan as. Daughter let's hope we rehearsed this -- you. Tom brand's daughter -- Thank you. The lifetime achievement award is named for chief Tom Brennan. Who was the editor in chief -- fire engineering for eight years and the technical editor for seventeen more. Tom Brennan had more than 35 years of our -- experience. Including twenty with the fire department of new York and files the chief of Waterbury Connecticut. He was the co author of the fire chiefs handbook that the addition he also received that 1988. Fire engineering lifetime achievement award. We lost -- cancer in 2006. But his spirit lives on this lifetime achievement. This morning it's my distinct honor to be able to introduce to you the 2011 lifetime achievement award winner -- Coleman. A friend and mentor and a true gentleman. And it's a little bit about -- if -- to his friends he skipped. But his real name is John F home. And he -- the fire service 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 and North Carolina. -- then was asked to -- the entire department on the procedure. Today the oriented search method is -- most fire departments making searchers searching smarter and safer. -- author his first book for fire engineering Hansen manages -- for the street -- officer in 1990s. And he began teaching the same year -- FDIC. This will be the fifteenth year teaching and FDIC for -- -- has also written managing major fires the second edition of the incident management for the street smart officer. And his fourth book smart -- searching smarter. Came out the beginning of 2011. Skip as a technical -- -- fire engineering and he serves on the FDIC advisory board. -- moderated the roundtable column in the magazine. And now on fire engineering dot com and blogs as well and win this guy finds time to come up for air. He -- our keynote speech in 2002. And so we asked the fewest gets close friends to share with us a few thoughts about skip. From his old friend -- -- -- boy. As -- -- and educator -- has remained a lifelong learner. Listening to others and benefiting from their experiences. -- has been a leader and manager and role model and a friend to countless firefighters and officers. His influence the fire service is priceless. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to work with -- our engineering and call him my friend. The nicknames just keep coming another great friend of skips -- Comstock. Says this about as good friend skip. Thousands of firefighters in the communities have benefited as a result skips educational efforts. I know this firsthand. Four I have. For much of my own career I have -- -- articles textbooks and -- an attendee at his lectures. His greatest operational rule. Is that when things go wrong firefighters will resort to that which is customary. And routine. To emphasize that how we train. And how we operate on an everyday basis will affect our chances of surviving a life threatening event. -- has always stress the importance of training. Whether you with the city of Toledo or the national fire academy or news articles that he's written for fire engineering he's always led by example. Fire engineering its own -- -- -- -- -- he had this to say about us from Steve Coleman. There is no doubt that firefighters are alive today because of skeptical. I know I am truly better person for having known him. He is -- example of what it means to be agreed to add a great husband and a great friend he is my brother and I couldn't be happier for him. -- -- -- 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 along. Other firefighters as well. Now I would be hard to say anything more eloquent than -- friends release and so far. But on behalf of myself and everyone here fired engineering and FDIC. We really couldn't be happier that -- -- this is recessed U. He is first and foremost. Gentlemen and true -- in our industry. Ladies and Joan. I would like to present to you. The FDIC. 2011. Tom -- lifetime achievement award winner. Chief Steve Coleman. But they told -- I couldn't say any thing but that's a great thing about being in. Sixteen retired you just -- do -- every one group. 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 -- Toledo fire -- It's we're most of it all came net from my dad I want to thank and while fire engineering. My wife trees so my daughter faith my son couldn't be here. The 500 firefighters in the cities -- -- who helped me make my life in you. You'll -- -- -- somebody wanted to you'll be up here next -- thank you.

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