Sun, 28 December 2014
Preparing to be a Firefighter, Preparing to be an officer - An Interview with Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski
This week's episode of the Firefighter Training Podcast we talk about entry level preparation, and preparation to be a fire officer.
Sun, 21 December 2014
This week the Firefighter Training Podcast looks at firefighter nutrition. What we eat is the fuel for our bodies and has a tremendous impact on both how we feel and how we perform.
Sun, 14 December 2014
This episode of the Firefighter Training Podcast deals with a very serious topic about members who may be in some emotional distress because of the job, or factors in their life outside of the job. None of us would hesitate to help a brother or sister who called MAYDAY on the fireground, but what do we do with the thousands of silent MAYDAYS that are just as life threatening, but not being called.
Sun, 7 December 2014
This week on the Firefighter Training Podcastt we deal with death investigations. Coroner Darren Dake helps guide us through a liaison agency that works with us during the most difficult of scenes.
Please check out his program at coronertalk.com or search for the coronertalk podcast.
Sun, 30 November 2014
From The Classroom to the Fireground - An Interview with Warren Whitley - Assistant Chief Prince William County Virginia (Ret.)
This week the Firefighter Training Podcast looks at how to apply classroom learning to practical application on the fireground. With an emphasis on fireground safety Chief Whitley gives his point of view, based upon years of study and experience.
Sun, 23 November 2014
In this episode of The Firefighter Training Podcast we review the historic fire at the Coconut Grove in Boston on November 28, 1942.
Thu, 20 November 2014
Characters, Tales, and Tragedies in the Boston Fire Department - An Interview with Rick Connelly BFD (ret)
This bonus episode of the Firefighter Training Podcast is about a new book from Captain Rick Connelly, Boston Fire Department (Ret.)
Sun, 16 November 2014
This Episode of The Firefighter Training Podcast is an interview with Captain Stephen Marsar FDNY 2 Truck. This is based upon research done and presented in numerous articles in a variety of trade journals.
Sun, 9 November 2014
The Firefighter Training Podcast is about the use of a hazmat medic and what roles and responsibilities the medic can perform.
Also please check the new training information website Pass It On Fire Training, by our friend Ethan bansek. Please check the site and send an email to Ethan to get current information sent to you.
Sun, 2 November 2014
This week Captain Hagerty talks about an overview of fitness and it's importance to us and introduces us to the term "occupational Athlete".
This episode is a great place to start if you need some fitness tips and motivation for you or your department.
Sun, 26 October 2014
This episode is about the medical mayday and what takes place after the firefighter has been rescued by RIT. We also discuss REHAB, and more importantly PREHAB.
This is a great episode about subject matter that is not widely discussed, don't miss it!
Sun, 19 October 2014
Captain Joe Pronesti shares his experience and expertise with us as he discusses major fire operations in an older downtown section of Main St. America. The information applies to any department of any size and the specifics of these older occupancies are discussed with the tactics that might be used to handle the problem.
Thu, 16 October 2014
This powerful episode from Retired Police Officer George Brown is something that all first responders can relate to. In addition he has created a product to symbolize the discussion here.
This is worth the listen for all first responders.
Sun, 12 October 2014
Chief Dunn shares his experiences as a responder of the first engine on the second alarm at this tragic fire that took the lives of 12 FDNY members.
Stay tuned until the end where Chief Dunn gives 11 tips for being a good firefighter. Great for new firefighters or firefighters at any level.
October 17,1966 Box 55 598
Killed in the line of duty
DC Thomas A Reilly, Division .3
BC Walter J Higgins, Battalion. 7
Lt John J Finley, Ladder 7
Lt Joseph Priore, Engine 18
Fr John G Berry, Ladder 7
Fr James V Galanaugh, Engine 18
Fr Rudolph F Kaminsky, Ladder 7
Fr Joseph Kelly, Engine 18
Fr Carl Lee Ladder, 7
Fr William F McCarron, Division 3
Fr Daniel L Rey, Engine 18
Fr Bernard A Tepper, Engine 18
Sun, 5 October 2014
This week we talk about the title quotation and how it applies to fire training, the NIST and UL studies, interacting with others and tactics and strategy on the fireground.
Sun, 28 September 2014
Chief Rob Fling and I discuss the importance of training, wearing your facepiece, the importance of wearing your SCBA correctly, cleaning your gear and taking care of your short term and long term health. This is a must listen regardless of rank.
Sun, 21 September 2014
This week we talk about the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters and interview the president and Missionary Craig Duck.
Sun, 14 September 2014
NFPA 1500 is the Standard on Occupational Health and Safety Programs for Firefighters. Today we look at what it means and what difference it could make for you or your department.
NFPA® 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program 2013 Edition
Chapter 1 Administration1.1 Scope
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications2.1 General
Chapter 3 Definitions3.1 General
Chapter 4 Fire Department Administration4.1 Fire Department Organizational Statement
Chapter 5 Training, Education, and Professional Development5.1 General Requirements
Chapter 6 Fire Apparatus, Equipment, and Drivers/Operators6.1 Fire Department Apparatus
Chapter 7 Protective Clothing and Protective Equipment7.1 General
Chapter 8 Emergency Operations8.1 Incident Management
Chapter 9 Facility Safety9.1 Safety Standards
Chapter 10 Medical and Physical Requirements10.1 Medical Requirements
Chapter 11 Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs11.1 Behavioral Health Program.
Chapter 12 Occupational Exposure to Atypically Stressful Events12.1 General
Annex A Explanatory Material
Sun, 7 September 2014
Jim McCormack from Fire Department Training Network is an Indianapolis firefighter with a passion for training. In this episode we once again focus on the fundamentals of operating on the fireground, talking about stretching lines, searching, forcible entry and many others. We talk about simplifying the fireground into manageable steps.
Sun, 31 August 2014
Sprinkler systems are an invaluable resource to the firefighter. This week I discuss pre-planning these buildings that have sprinkler systems, understanding the basics of systems, and operating at fires in sprinklered facilities.
Sun, 24 August 2014
Dr Burton Clark shares a very sobering and insightful message during this episode about how to measure success. This very direct and thought provoking episode will at times make you think, at times might make you angry, but most of all Dr. Clark hopes will affect you so that you take action and make a difference with your own safety and that of your brothers and sisters on your department.
Sun, 17 August 2014
Assistant Chief Becki White and I discuss fire prevention, what it is, and how to do it correctly in a small department.
We talk about the difference between, public relations, public information, and public education. In addition we talk about changes to the traditional fire prevention messages, current trends, and where to find your audience.
Sun, 10 August 2014
This episode is a common sense look at how our value system instilled in us by our parents can make us better firefighters and officers, and chiefs.
A lighthearted approach to dealing with the fire service and others, all brought to s by mom!
Sun, 3 August 2014
This episode is about behavior and actions and changing the wire the fire service thinks. There are tons of other perspectives out there and I suggest you listen to them all, but decide for yourself which ones to act upon.
I hope this episode gives you something to think about.
It comes from a classroom and online program that I deliver and if you would like further information, please feel free to contact me.
Sun, 27 July 2014
Fireground search operations and training are discussed along with the concept of "Train like you Fight".
Some search operating techniques as well as some search training ideas are presented.
Sun, 20 July 2014
This week we look at yet another fire service acronym (like we need another) and we place our attention on the common denominators that continue to appear in NIOSH LODD reports.
Standard Operating Procedures
Incident command issues
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
Sun, 13 July 2014
Sometimes the Fire Department Training Officer can lose focus when hit with the demands of everything they are trying to accomplish. This week we talk about some important subjects that need to be addressed and how the training officer can gather data and maintain records that will keep your training program on track.
Thu, 10 July 2014
David Soler from the Firefighter Toolbox shares his views on training and much more, and concepts behind his website.
Sun, 6 July 2014
John Dixon is a fire lieutenant with the Teaneck NJ fire department and a contributing author at the Firefighter Toolbox. John shares his views, tips and techniques about the subject of being an effective fire officer.
Sun, 29 June 2014
Jim Murphy brings his knowledge, skills and abilities to us this week using a number of sports analogies to determine if our fire service is wired for success. We are talking about some additional training methods as well especially using simulations....Jim and my favorite topic!
Sun, 22 June 2014
Respondersafety.com is the goto resource for you and your fire department to operate safely on the roadways. There are lots of great things and 10 or more action items you can get from this episode, and Jack and Steve provided me with a great list of references and resources all found below.
Roadway Incident Safety References and Resources
Compiled by Jack Sullivan CSP, CFPS – ResponderSafety@gmail.com
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI)
(ERSI) ResponderSafety.com - Learning Network
http://learning.respondersafety.com/Promo.aspx - Video explaining the Learning Network
http://learning.respondersafety.com/Default.aspx - Learning Modules
ERSI Model Safe Positioning SOP - Safe Positioning While Operating in or Near Moving Traffic
Available as a free download from http://www.respondersafety.com/Training/Downloads.aspx
ERSI Model SOG Cone & Flare Deployment at Roadway Incidents
Available as a free download from http://www.respondersafety.com/Training/Downloads.aspx
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute - News and Incident Reports
NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Highway Work Zone Safety
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Causes of Police Deaths (1995-2004)
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
United States Fire Administration - Emergency Vehicle Safety
United States Fire Administration - Roadway Operations Safety
USFA/FHWA/IFSTA – “Traffic Incident Management” for fire and emergency service providers.
Federal Highway Administration – Emergency Transportation Operations
Traffic Incident Management - http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/tim.htm
Federal Highway Administration – Managing Travel for Planned Special Events
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA 1500, 1901, 1917, 1091 & other related standards available at – www.nfpa.org
American National Standard for High Visibility Public Safety Vests
(ANSI/ISEA 207-2011): http://www.safetyequipment.org/c/std207-2011.cfm
American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel & Headwear
(ANSI/ISEA 107-2010): http://www.safetyequipment.org/c/std107-2010.cfm
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition (12/2009)
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition
Chapter 6-I. - Control of Traffic through Traffic Incident Management Areas
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition
Examples of Traffic Incident Management Area Signs
Evaluation of Chemical and Electric Flares (US Dept of Justice)
NIOSH - Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries
From Vehicles and Equipment (DHHS/NIOSH Pub. No. 2001-128):
NIOSH - Traffic Hazards to Fire Fighters While Working Along Roadways
NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigations and Prevention Program
Investigations Involving "Struck By Vehicle" Incidents:
NIOSH Report 99F-27 - August 5, 1999 Incident in Oklahoma
2 Career firefighters were struck on an interstate; one was killed.
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face9927.html
NIOSH Report 99F-38 - September 27, 1999 Incident in South Carolina
Firefighter dies after being struck by a tractor trailer truck.
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face9938.html
NIOSH Report F2003-37 - Oct 27, 2003 Incident in Minnesota
Assistant chief is struck and killed at road construction site
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200337.html
NIOSH Report F2003-16 - Feb 23, 2003 Incident in New Jersey
Fire police captain dies from injury-related complications after being struck by motor vehicle
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200316.html
NIOSH Report F2003-13 - Mar 18, 2003 Incident in Texas
Firefighter killed while walking across an Interstate highway
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200313.html
NIOSH Report F2002-38 - Jul 01, 2002 Incident in Minnesota
Fire captain killed, two fire fighters and police officer injured when struck by a motor vehicle
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200238.html
NIOSH Report F2002-35 - Jun 08, 2002 Incident in Florida
Off-duty career fire fighter dies and another fire fighter is injured after being struck by a truck
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200235.html
NIOSH Report F2002-18 - Apr 11, 2002 Incident in Kansas
Fire chief dies after being struck by a fire truck at a motor-vehicle incident
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200218.html
NIOSH Report F2007-26 – July 27, 2007 Incident in Illinois
Fire Fighter Dies When Struck By a Bus While Working Along an Interstate Highway
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200726.html
NIOSH Report F2010-06 - Feb 12, 2010 Incident in Pennsylvania
Fire Police Captain Dies After Being Struck by a Motor Vehicle at a Controlled Roadway
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201006.html
NIOSH Report F2010-36 – November 13, 2010 Incident in South Carolina
Fire Fighter Killed, Another Seriously Injured When Struck By a Vehicle at Grass Fire Along Interstate
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201036.html
NIOSH Report F2011-23 – September 18, 2011 Incident in Iowa
Fire Fighter Struck and Killed While Directing Traffic at an Interstate Highway Incident
Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201123.html
International Association of Chiefs of Police - Traffic Incident Management (TIM)
I-95 Corridor Coalition Incident Management Core Competencies Online Training
I-95 Corridor Coalition Incident Management Clearinghouse
The I-95 Corridor Coalition Quick Clearance Toolkit
Improving Apparatus Response and Roadway Operations Safety in the Career Fire Service
by the Div. of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine of the International Assoc. of Fire Fighters
(IAFF) - http://www.iaff.org/hs/EVSP/home.html
Sun, 15 June 2014
Andy Starnes is a career firefighter who grew up in and around fire stations following his dad around. He started as a young volunteer and now is a career Captain in North Carolina.
Andy brings a perspective on the balance needed between body, mind and spirit and shares that perspective with us today.
Sun, 8 June 2014
This week we talk with Robert Marschall from Hillsborough County Florida Fire and EMS about the treatment of smoke inhalation victims, and the importance of recognizing and treating cyanide exposure.
We also talk about the Fire Smoke Coalition and their educational efforts on behalf of fire and EMS responders.
Mon, 2 June 2014
This is the first in a series of Vendor Spotlights. This week I am speaking with Leo Speno from United Communications Corps.
If Your department uses Motorola Minitor pagers on any frequency including low band, then you should take a couple of minutes to listen to this vendor spotlight.
Sun, 1 June 2014
This week we are discussing enhanced water streams with Chief Shawn Oke. Chief Oke has done a great deal of research into this topic and presents a small sample of it here for us today.
This episode is the second in a series of the three parts of the Kill The Flashover project from an earlier episode with Joe Starnes from the Kill The Flashover (KTF) Project. You might want to listen to that episode again, but this one certainly stands on its own.
Sun, 25 May 2014
This week we are having a leadership discussion with Chief Dennis Rubin. Chief Rubin is an International speaker on many topics but has a real passion for developing fire service leaders.
This discussion revolves around the traits and qualities of a leader as well as some things the leader can do to improve their skills.
Sun, 18 May 2014
This week I have invited Rick back to talk about fire service ladders. We talk a lot about use, a bit more on training, and some plain common sense discussion from Rick's practical experience.
Sun, 11 May 2014
This week we talk to internationally known speaker on the topic of fire behavior. We talk about why things are different today and how we might try to get an understanding of how to better operate on the fireground.
Sun, 4 May 2014
This week we are all about turnout gear as we speak to Rob Freese from Globe. We talk about how to look at specifications, some care and maintenance, and much more.
Sat, 26 April 2014
This week our guest Assistant Chief Becki White, takes us into the topics that help make us better instructors. We talk about how adults learn, we talk about classroom and environment, how to build and utilize powerpoint slides.
This episode lays the foundations for making you a better fire instructor.
Sun, 20 April 2014
This episode has some similarities to the episode on common alarms but I went into a little more specifics and we confined the discussion to commercial buildings, heating systems, and residential smoke investigations.
Sun, 13 April 2014
This week we talk about how to train for advancing the attack hoseline, and some tips and techniques for operating and advancing that line.
We also reference the Water Supply episode and the NFPA 1410 episode.
Sun, 6 April 2014
This week we take a look at what we are calling Tactical Common Sense. Bob has 40 years experience in the fire service from FDNY, to smaller departments and 20+ years as a national fire service instructor. I think that Bob simplifies many complex issues and talks about how to make things work for you in your department, and how to consider what is important on the fireground.
Sun, 30 March 2014
Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting - Interview with Charlie Hall Deputy Chief Operations T.F. Green Airport Providence R.I.
This week we look at ARFF on and off the field. We talk about airport firefighting operations as well as what to do if you have a small aircraft down within your response district.
Sun, 23 March 2014
This week we revisit a 2006 incident which led to a comprehensive study on the effects of cyanide in smoke at structural fires. This interview from one of the folks involved in the development of the study, will shed light on this problem, and give tips for things you can do within your own department to handle it.
The link to the study is here:
Sun, 16 March 2014
This episode we take a look at the Fire and collapse of the Hotel Vendome in Boston, Massachusetts on June 17, 1972. This tragic fire in firefighting history has many lessons that can still be valid today.
The fire took the lives of 9 firefighters:
Captain Connelly is also the author of the book Returning to Quarters, a history of all of the boston firehouses and companies in the city. The book is available for sale and Rick has agreed to waive the shipping for our listeners, and sell the book at $22.00.
If you would like a copy send regular mail with a check to:
PO Box 216
Stow, Ma 01775
PS: Please indicate if you would like the book signed.
To contact Rick Directly you can reach him at email@example.com
Sun, 9 March 2014
Just some thoughts this week on integrating new people into your organization, verifying their training and making sure they "FIT" your organization.
Sun, 2 March 2014
This week we are talking with Domenic Colletti of the Rural Firefighting Academy Online Learning. In addition to talking about the online learning we also venture into talking about Class A Foam, Compressed Air Foam, driving of Tankers (tenders) and training in general.
Lots to learn in this episode.
Sun, 23 February 2014
This week we are speaking to Jon Pascua who is pioneering the use of DJI Phantom quadcopters for use in the fire service. We talk a little about technology, uses, costs and more.
Sun, 16 February 2014
This week we talk about standard operating procedures (SOPs) or standard operating guides if you prefer. What they are, why you need them, how to write them and review them and use them for a training document are all discussed.
Book that was referenced:
Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines, John Lee Cook, published by Fire Engineering books.
Sun, 9 February 2014
This week some considerations for operating as the incident commander. The primary discussion is about a structure fire, but also we discuss how these techniques can apply to other incidents as well.
Sun, 2 February 2014
This week we look at an underutilized tool in the fire service, the portable fire extinguisher.
We talk a little bit about the"can", pressurized water, using CO2 in the right circumstances, and using dry chemical by itself or with water.
We briefly chat about class K extinguishers found in commercial kitchen areas and also the specialized class D flammable metals extinguishers.
A bunch of announcements and updates as well as the Toledo and Arkansas LODD.
Sun, 26 January 2014
This week we look at vehicle extrication, vehicle construction with Michael Smith from Boron extrication.
You can find Mike at http://boronextrication.com/
Sun, 19 January 2014
This week we speak about incidents that go wrong for a variety of reasons on the fireground. These have little to do with the building on fire and more to do with operations.
Sun, 12 January 2014
This week we have an interview with Fire Chief William Halstead of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department in Newtown Connecticut. Chief Halstead was involved on December 14,2012, when 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in a horrific crime at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
The fire department had a supporting role in this primarily police operation.
This episode is in memory of those lives lost and the families directly affected. We are only discussing the fire department operation because that is the nature of the Firefighter Training Podcast.
Our thoughts are with the families who suffered loss of life to family, friends and loved ones, and also we respect and honor the police officers in Newtown as well as the Connecticut State police and many of the other agencies that responded.
At the end of the episode there is a website given by the chief where any listener who would like to assist in some small way might be able to do so.
Sun, 5 January 2014
This week we take quotes from everyday life and put a fire service twist on them. The episode is good for fire officers, firefighters, chiefs, and for anyone, it's really about life in general with a fire service twist.
The new year is all about resolutions so maybe there is something for you to take from here.