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Learning and Leading

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

You begin as a learner and then become a leader-teaching others. It's "the circle of fire service life." PATRICK J. CHAMPAGNE      

Size-Up: Why Can't Johnny Read the Building?

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Why some probies miss critical scene size-up information and some officers miss what is right in front of them. Frank Ricci and Sam Villani III      

Leading Today's Fire Service Youth: Using History to Understand Motivation

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Although two qualities of today's youth-narcissism and entitlement-may not be conducive to the fire station or the fireground, their sense of civic duty and motivation are. JIM SILVERNAIL AND FRANK VISCUSO      

Transgressions and Forgiveness

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

A friend called the other day and asked a question and hoped it would not insult me, but he was very upset and needed to vent to someone. 

Construction Concerns: Porches, Decks, and Stairs

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at these common structures that responding firefighters may overlook.

Throw Back to Basics: Ground Ladder Markings

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Ground ladders are critical firefighting tool; get them off the rig, practice with, them and ensure they are marked for use on the fireground, writes Brian Zaitz.

National Volunteer Fire Council Call for Presentations

Sat, Jul 11, 2015

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is now accepting presentation proposals from qualified instructors to educate first responders on important recruitment and retention topics. Submit your proposal by August 10, 2015.

Throw Back to Basics: Catching a Hydrant

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

This week's firefighting basics training bulletin from Brian Zaitz focuses on an activity that may not always be given much thought: catching the hydrant and establishing a water supply.

Training Minutes: Ric Jorge on Roof Safety

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

In this firefighter training video, Ric Jorge and company demonstrate a method for securing viable working space when dealing with "steep, slippery, or sketchy" roof areas.

Training Officer's Toolbox: Air Consumption

Fri, Jun 19, 2015

How well do you know your crew's air consumption capabilities? In this week's training bulletin, Brian Ward provides two air consumption drills for you and your firefighters.

Throw Back to Basics: Down Firefighter Air Supply

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

This week's firefighter basics training bulletin reviews procedures the rapid intervention crew must take to assist a down firefighter.

Training Officer's Toolbox: Influence

Mon, Jun 1, 2015

As an officer, of any rank, there are several ways you influence your team members. Discuss this week's topic with your team and see where your team members land on their strengths and weaknesses.

Training Minutes: Chain Removal for One Firefighter

Tue, May 26, 2015

Ric Jorge and Donny Stefani discuss the "Treasure Coast Tensioner," a technique that allows a single firefighter to rapidly remove a link in a chain to gain access.

Bid on TEEX/ESTI Training in the NVFC Auction

Sat, May 9, 2015

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Emergency Services Training Institute (ETSI) have donated $3,660 worth of training to the NVFC Auction, which benefits the NVFC Foundation. A total of six tuitions are available to the Texas A&M Municipal Fire School being held July 19-24, 2015. Each tuition is valued at $610.

Ideologues and Their Bad Behavior

Fri, May 1, 2015

There are some in the fire service today who speak about and write about how we should change. About what we should change.

Training Minutes: Securing a Ladder on Pavement

Tue, Apr 28, 2015

In this firefighter training video, Ric Jorge and company demonstrate a method for securing a ladder on pavement using some hand tools.

Training Minutes: Blind Forcible Entry

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

How do you force entry on a door when your vision is obscured by smoke? Walt Lewis and company on how firefighters can perform forcible entry blind on both inward- and outward-opening doors.

Forcible Entry: One-Firefighter Operation: Gaining Entry with a Rotary Saw

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Many fire departments around the country face short-staffed firegrounds.

Forcible Entry: Defeating a Swing Arm Security Latch

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Fire departments across the country often face swing arm security latches on doors.

Training Minutes: Securing a Ground Ladder

Tue, Mar 24, 2015

In this Training Minutes video, Ric Jorge demonstrates another method for stabilizing an unattended ground ladder using rope and carabiners.

Operational Resilience

Thu, Mar 19, 2015

G. Howard Blythe examines this operational structure which can continually be refined and expanded to include all operations in which emergency services provide.

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