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Training Tips – The Company Officers Toolbox

Training Tips – The Company Officers Toolbox

Firefighters will feel that an officer who is shirking his or her leadership or teaching duties will not have the commitment to be their supervisor on the emergency scene when their lives are at risk.
Tradition: Thinking Firefighters

Tradition: Thinking Firefighters

Billy Jack Wenzel identifies some of the organizational problems facing the fire service these days and shares some ideas on how thinking firefighters can help dramatically reduce the number of fire service fatalities and injuries.
Bread-and-Butter Training Tips: Start Smart

Bread-and-Butter Training Tips: Start Smart

Learning how to train and start smart makes a crucial difference in the quality of our response to incidents, as well as response time. Billy Jack Wenzel writes about getting back to basics.
Training Tips – Bread and Butter Operations

Training Tips – Bread and Butter Operations

Through repetitions, the advancing of fire attack, the setting up of RIC, and establishing a water supply can become truly routine and the time required to accomplish these functions will be reduced.
Training Tips – Air Limitations

Training Tips – Air Limitations

The best SCBA in the world is nothing but a mechanical device, a wonderful tool that is subject to failure. I started asking crews, "What would you do?" Too often the only reply was a blank stare or a method used a decade ago with different SCBA's. We need to think about this before it happens.
Training Tips – The Leadership Tetrahedron

Training Tips – The Leadership Tetrahedron

We are not evaluating all the attributes required to be a good officer. To that end, the "Leadership Tetrahedron" has developed and added another facet that we should incorporate into our promotional processes.
Training Tips: Stand Up for Stand Down!

Training Tips: Stand Up for Stand Down!

Hands-on training is the key to making a Stand Down day special. For the 2006 Stand Down exercise, an advanced-skill evolution proved memorable and valuable to all participants.
KANSAS GRAIN DUST EXPLOSION

KANSAS GRAIN DUST EXPLOSION

Editor`s note: Additional information for this article was supplied by Chief Gary Curmode and District Chief Greg Thompson, both of the Sedgwick County (KS) Fire Department.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF SELF-DEPLOYMENT

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SELF-DEPLOYMENT

In 2005, the United States suffered through several major disasters that went beyond the scope and resources of first responders.
Most Influential Change

Most Influential Change

Question: What recent change in the fire service has influenced your department most over the past 10 to 20 years?