Archive for January2015

Congratulations, in 2015 you will be promoted to a Command Level Officer…MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY!

Congratulations, in 2015 you will be promoted to a Command Level Officer…MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY! Captain Joe Pronesti Guest Columnist TheFireOfficer.com It’s a new year and in many fire departments across America large or small, paid, part-paid and volunteer, members of our service will be retiring from positions of command and new faces will be taking […]

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON PROMOTION

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON PROMOTION Chief Warren Cersley Guest Columnist TheFireOfficer.com     The teletypes would start to click and in all fire houses across the city and the watch person would announce that the results of the written portion of the promotional process had come out. Interested members would move to the desk to see […]

Shiners, Whiners and Recliners: Profiling Today’s Fire Service

Shiners, Whiners and Recliners: Profiling Today’s Fire Service The Chief’s Trumpet Chief Doug Cline I have heard a lot of analogies over my career about the fire service like “You can peal one fire department name off the wall and replace it with another one and it would be the same” and “it is the […]

Welcome to the NEW TheFireOfficer.com

TheFireOfficer.com The well-established and highly praised The CompanyOfficer.com has evolved and rebranded as TheFireOfficer.com (TFO) with a broader based focus on the practicing or emerging fire officer.  Recognizing the need to expand the sphere of influence and at the same time provide more diversity as alignment and branding, TheFireOfficer.com has been designed to address active, […]

Taking it to the Streets: Your Street on any given Day

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  Taking it to the Streets: Your Street on any given Day At times, our surroundings become a blur and fade into the fabric that defines our response district, our first-due, our neighborhood, community, city or town. We tend to focus on thos…e areas that have an immediacy or frequency that defines day-to –day operations, […]

Taking it to the Streets: Vacant, unoccupied, abandoned

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What at the Projected Operational Risks? Do they Matter? Photo:CJ Naum, 2013 Taking it to the Streets Vacant, unoccupied, abandoned and derelict buildings continue to challenge emergency response companies at incidents. It’s the buildings of Heritage – masonry construction with Heavy Timber, Mill, Semi-Mill or Ordinary Construction systems of three to six to eight story […]

The Company Officer: Ready for the Next Run?

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If you don’t understand the building, the occupancy risk and align tactics with the fire dynamics and compartment, then you’re not doing your job.

ATTITUDE – Difference between Success and Failure

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History’s greatest achievements have been made by individuals who excelled only slightly over the masses of other individuals in their respective fields. I am reminded of this when you look at athletes. Most have significant levels of talent. The same is true for the fire service. Most of our personnel have strong predicated skills, abilities […]

Adjusting Your Fire Suppression Tactics Based on Modern Research

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Recently the International Society of Fire Service Instructors put out a Position Statement on Fire Dynamic Research in Tactical Operations based on the Spartanburg, SC research, which was conducted by International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) who partnered with the South Carolina Fire Academy, City […]

Predictability of Performance of the Building

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Taking it to the Streets The dynamics and time compression of the first-due with varied concurrent tactical assignments demands a well trained and coordinated assignment. The fire compartment, it’s rate of growth and degree of extension, the building’s structural system, resiliency, structural integrity and occupancy risk must be recognized in a timely manner and processed […]