Firefighting

Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award: Coleman

Issue 3 and Volume 164.

Assistant Chief (Ret.) John F. “Skip” Coleman is the 2011 recipient of Fire Engineering’s Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 24, 2011, during the General Session. Coleman, who retired from the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue in January 2008, entered the fire service in 1975. In 1984, he was assigned to the Toledo Fire Academy to train the department’s recruits in the use of self-contained breathing apparatus and search. Influenced by “Surviving the Search and Rescue,” an article written by psychologists in North Carolina, Coleman developed the “Oriented Method of Search,” in which he instructed the recruits. The assistant chief of the department requested that Coleman train the entire department in that procedure. This method is now being used from the Seattle area to Fort Myers, Florida. “Oriented search” has become a common term in many…

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