Sun, 24 November 2013
This week we interview Deputy Chief William Goldfeder from firefighterclosecalls.com.
We get into a general discussion about the site, his work, his background and things for the future. At the end of the episode some real quick and simple tips for staying safe in your own department and protecting your members.
Here are some useful links to supplement this episode.
National Fallen Firefighters website http://www.firehero.org/
International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and combination officers section http://www.iafc.org/micrositeVCOSorg/index.cfm
VFIS Volunteer Firemen's Insurance training http://www.vfis.com/emergency-responder-education-training-consulting.htm
International Association of Firefighters Health and Safety http://www.iaff.org/hs/index.htm
Sun, 17 November 2013
This week some considerations for handling a hazardous material incident. We will approach this from the perspective of firefighters responding to an incident rather than a specialized trained hazardous materials team.
We talk about some very basic material such as how to determine which of the hazardous material incident classifications your department is capable of handling, how to identify the product involved by multiple sources (3-5) and the hazardous material zone system. We also direct you to load the WISER software and app for your smartphone or desktop and learn about that as well.
We discuss that the size, scope, and magnitude of the problem may also didtate your department's capabilities.
Recognize and identify the situation, isolate and deny entry (to civilians as well as firefighters) eliminatee all sources of ignition, call for additional resources and devlop a mitigation plan.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by email or by voicemail at 774-987-9414 for information about online hazardous materials training for your department.
Sun, 10 November 2013
This week we discuss using the NFPA 1410 Standard to evaluate a variety of water supply and initial attack line deployment. The discussion will review hydrant systems as well as drafting and portable water sources.
We all believe we are doing it correctly but how do we measure that and test ourselves against the minimum standard.
Even if you do not meet the standard the first time you try it, you should use it as an operational goal.
Sun, 3 November 2013
This week a look at some information on problem solving and conflict resolution that is not only good in the firehouse but also good in life in general.
The problems and conflict resolution we see in the firehouse are often greater than the challenges we face on the fireground.
One of our greatest commodities is our people but they also bring us some of our greatest challenges in leading an organization and keeping it focused.