Thu, 24 Mar 2011|
[MUSIC] A bunch of people made a lot of terrible mistakes and we did what we could to get them out of a jam. I said, friend, if you hadn't screwed up, I wouldn't be here. >> Best to get [UNKNOWN] I bet all of my people would be running to all of you. The whole [UNKNOWN] of this business, I think, is to know your job as intimately and interconnected as you possibly 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 do battle on the fire ground so you have another battlefield. >> The premiere position that the workers in the room have put this service in, is that we are the most popular service for the most accepted service and we are the most trusted service. We have 2 in and 2 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. >> If you've been in fires a lot no matter how experienced you are you gotta have somebody on on your shoulder telling you that you know they're backing you 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, I'll go to church. 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. If my father were here this morning, he would remind us of the cold hard fact that no leader is any greater than the men and women that he is called to lead. >> To be able to work in an occupation which brings tremendous personal satisfaction, and to enjoy the association. With the marvelous people we have been privileged to work with makes firefighting enviable to those sentenced to much more mundane. I think like most people, that have this things happened to them. They realize, they really stand on the shoulders of people who've gone before them, people who stand next to them, and people they admire. >> You can travel around, and you can preach the message of professionalism and safety, and for what fire fighters to for this country, then I think is all worthwhile. >> Some. In this room, there is someone that will be up here on this stage accepting this award, 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 Award. Tommy [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. Point in my life. [MUSIC] [SOUND] >> I was just gonna see if she get the right one. [SOUND] Ladies and gentleman, with me on the state this morning is Tom Brennan's. Daughter. >> Sorry. >> Come on over, we rehearsed this **** too. >> [LAUGH] >> Tom Brennan's daughter, Ilene. [SOUND] You look lovely, 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 a 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 5 as the chief of Waterbury Connecticut. He was the co-author of the fire chiefs handbook, the 5th 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 gentlemen. 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 1975, following in his dad's footsteps, he'd 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 orientive search method is taught in most fire departments. Making searcher, searching smarter and safer. Skip authored his first book for fire engineering and scent management meant for the street smart officer in 1997. And he began teaching the same year at FDIC. This will 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 [UNKNOWN] for fire engineering and he serves on our FDIC advisory board, he has moderated the round table column in the magazine. And now on fireengineering.com and he blogs as well, I don't know when this guy has time to come up for air, he gave our 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 his old friend Doc McAvoy, as a chief and educator skip has remained a lifelong learner listening to others and benefiting from their experiences. Skip has been a leader a mentor and role model and a friend to countless firefighters 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 was Chip Comstock. Says this about his good friend, Skip. Thousands of firefighters and their communities have benefitted as a result of Skip's educational efforts. I know this firsthand for I have, for much of my own career I read Skip's articles, textbooks, and I've been 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. 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 shif, Chief Relaski 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 for 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 Goldfeder had this to say about Skip, congratulations Skip and thanks for your heartfelt energy and enthusiasm. I along with the North America fire service. And 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 friends have already said so far. But on behalf of myself and everyone here in 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 gentleman, I would like to present to you the FDIC 2011 Tom Brennan lifetime achievement award winner. Chief Skip Coleman. [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]. [SOUND] [MUSIC] They told me I couldn't say anything, but that is the great thing about being 60 and retired, you just kind of do whatever you want to do. Tom Brennon, lifetime achievement award. I don't know how I even fit in that equation anywhere, but I'm truly, truly, truly humbled, and honored, proud to be a Toledo firefighter. That's where most of it all came, that and from my dad, I want to thank and welcome Fire Engineering. My wife, Theresa, my daughter, Fay, my son couldn't be here the fire fighters 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. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Well done. >> Thank you.