Firefighter Training Podcast

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.

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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.

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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.

Buddy System


Standard Operating Procedures

Incident command issues


Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

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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.

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David Soler from the Firefighter Toolbox shares his views on training and much more, and concepts behind his website.

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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.

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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!

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Roadway Incident Safety References and Resources

Compiled by Jack Sullivan CSP, CFPS –

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI)

(ERSI) - Learning Network - Video explaining the Learning Network - Learning Modules

ERSI Model Safe Positioning SOP - Safe Positioning While Operating in or Near Moving Traffic

Available as a free download from

ERSI Model SOG Cone & Flare Deployment at Roadway Incidents

Available as a free download from

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 -

Federal Highway Administration – Managing Travel for Planned Special Events

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA 1500, 1901, 1917, 1091 & other related standards available at –

American National Standard for High Visibility Public Safety Vests

(ANSI/ISEA 207-2011):

American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel & Headwear

(ANSI/ISEA 107-2010):

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:

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:

NIOSH Report F2003-37 - Oct 27, 2003 Incident in Minnesota

Assistant chief is struck and killed at road construction site

Available on the internet:

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:

NIOSH Report F2003-13 - Mar 18, 2003 Incident in Texas

Firefighter killed while walking across an Interstate highway

Available on the internet:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Twitter @chiefrubin


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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.


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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.

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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.

NFPA 1851


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

  • Fire Fighter Thomas W. Beckwith
  • Fire Fighter Joseph F. Boucher
  • Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll
  • Fire Fighter Charles E. Dolan
  • Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, Jr.
  • Fire Fighter John E. Jameson
  • Fire Fighter Richard B. Magee
  • Fire Fighter Paul J. Murphy
  • Fire Fighter Joseph P. Saniuk

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

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Just some thoughts this week on integrating new people into your organization, verifying their training and making sure they "FIT" your organization.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This week we look at vehicle extrication, vehicle construction with Michael Smith from Boron extrication.


You can find Mike at

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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.

  • Problems with drafting from water sources
  • Falls on the fireground due to unseen hazards
  • Laying hose inadvertently
  • Pumpers chocking on smoke and stalling
  • LDH hose being run over in dual wheels
  • Members falling ill upon arrival
  • Aerial frozen
  • Supply lines not charged and burning
  • Wrong direction, wrong address
  • Missed calls and more
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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.

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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.

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This week we will talk about some of the additional basics considerations which must be factored into your decision making when you respond and operate at the scene of an explosion, regardless of the cause.

Sign up for the January training sessions here.

Contact us if you would like a speaking engagement in your area.

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A short lighthearted episode this week, with greetings from near and far, thank you to the listeners, and a firefighting version of the poem Twas the night before Christmas!

Reminder of training announcements for January. Details and registration can be found here.

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This week we talk about expectations and how they affect the fire service and your organization.

We also announce 2 Size up training session webinars for January.

For January 8th, 2014 at 7:00 PM Eastern Click this link

For January 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM Easter Click this link

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This week a special announcement and request for our Christmas episode, and some serious talk about SCBA basics and training techniques using the Scott breathing apparatus.

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Our guest this week is Christopher Naum from the website buildings on fire. Chris is an internationally known expert on the subject and he is carrying on from his mentor Frank Brannigan.

THis week we take an overview look of the five types of building construction as defined by NFPA 220, we look at wood frame buildings, and some of the things to be considered.

We also begin a discussion on engineered structural members and how the change the dynamics of what we are currently doing with suppression tactics and discuss how that might have changed from years past. The increase in the ability of these engineered systems allow for increase in the compartment spaces, meaning size and area of the fire compartment and how that has a direct impact on rate of flow.

Buildings On Fire website

NIOSH Website

Command Safety Website

The Company Officer Website


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This week we interview Deputy Chief William Goldfeder from

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

International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and combination officers section

VFIS Volunteer Firemen's Insurance training

International Association of Firefighters Health and Safety

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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 by email or by voicemail at 774-987-9414 for information about online hazardous materials training for your department.

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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.

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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.

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This week a look at a couple of training opportunities, and a serious discussion about fireground dangerous conditions.

Fireground size-up and safety program being held November 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. See more information at this link.

Second program being held at 7:00 PM Eastern on November 7, 2013 See more information and register here:

For any more information, comments or questions please contact 774-987-9414 and leave a voicemail.

Fire behind, below the attack team

Something that just doesn't feel right on the scene

Limited ingress and egress situations

Unprotected openings

Size of the structure - water versus air supply

Been there too long - operations lasting greater than 10-15 minutes

Bad smoke - wrong color, wrong place, wrong movement

Lack of ventilation

If the crew cannot locate the fire

Floor or roof collapse stairway collapse

Collapse potential  construction, occupancy, length of burn, lightweight materials, ankle deep water on floors, parallel chord truss, suspension columns, exposed steel

Electrical hazards gas utilities in general

Pressurized containers

Flying material- bouncing bricks

Uneven terrain


Building overhangs

Flashover and backdraft

Conflicting information from multiple sources

The plan isn't working, standard fire attack broken

Commercial is different from residential

Firefighters that are not ready

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A look at some principles of leadership, communication issues (off the fireground), and a brief overview of discipline with a fresh look.

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This week a discussion about communication. We discuss analog and digital, frequency and spectrum, communication flow, and some priority of communications.

We Also revisit the CAN report.

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The first Sunday in October is designated as the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Sunday. In this episode we read the honor roll of the 81 Lives lost in 2012 with a small tribute.

The second portion of the episode is a review of the Structural Firefighting Rules of Engagement for firefighters and incident commanders. I felt it was important that in order to properly honor those who have given their lives, that we should review some positive safety actions to insure they have not died in vain.

I have left links to the honor roll and the rules of engagement below.

The National Fallen Firefighter Honor Roll :

The IAFC Rules of Engagement Poster :

The version of Amazing Grace used is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Amazing Grace 2011 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license are available at

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This week we discuss recognizing and handling void space fires 

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This week we will take a look at the fireground decision making model consisting of the three basic questions: What have I got? Where is it going? What resources do I need to control it?

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This week I am offering the show as a platform to Joe Starnes from the Kill The Flashover project so he can explain this project and distribute the information to a different audience.

The views represented are Joe's in the form of explanation and data provided.

Kill The Flashover is a three legged stool consisting of Air Flow track, Thermal imaging use, and enhanced water streams (adding an agent)

For more information on this project, photos and videos please go to:

To contact Joe directly send an email to

Do not attempt any of the techniques discussed here without further research and formalized training in the subject.

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This week a discussion on the fire officer, some traits and qualities.

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This week our focus is on vehicle fires. We offer some considerations and tips for handling these emergencies.

Episode # 25 ! Where did the time go?

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This week we talk about Commercial building fire issues. Some general thoughts, training ideas, and some pre-fire planning suggestions.

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This week we discuss an emergency action plan for when your fire department has to handle something beyond its normal capabilities and resources such as severe weather emergencies or large scale region wide events.

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This week we discuss the training officer, some thoughts on duties, capabilities and roles.

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This week a discussion on water supply & delivery for firefighting.

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Just a quick overview and some commentary on some common fire and emergency incidents.

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This week we look at breaking down the fireground operation and response from Door to door. From the door of your house to the door of the station, from the door of the station to the apparatus door, from the overhead doors of the station to the door of the structure on fire and back again!

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This week a couple of quick program updates and a discussion on the residential attic fire.

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This week an interview with a Canadian Fire Chief that is all about training and safety.

Some insights on training, leadership and safety.

Contact Chief Screiner at - for further information.

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An interview with Chief Rich Gasaway on the subject of Situational Awareness, and how it impacts us on the fireground and all emergency incidents.

Visit for more information

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Some tips for using computer simulation in training and an interview with Jim Murphy from Commandsim and SimsUShare software.

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Acknowledgement of LODD Tony Barker, Age 36 Mountain View FD , NC

Handling the residential garage fire, and some training tips for review.

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This week a slight departure where we take a humorous and lighthearted look about a serious subject whiie making the point, that sometimes we need to look outside our own service to find ways to do things better!

We compare incident management to a restaurant operation!

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Acknowledgement of the Houston LODD at the Southwest INN Fire

Captain EMT Matthew Renaud Age 35 - Engine 51

Engineer EMT Operator Robert BeBee Age 41 - Engine 51

Firefighter EMT Robert Garner, Age 29 - Engine 68

Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan, Age 24 - Engine 68

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the additional 13 members injured including the Captain of Engine 68 still hospitalized in critical condition as of this episode.


Rescue , Exposures, Confinement, Extinguishment, Overhaul, Ventilation, Salvage.

Ventilation belongs somewhere between confinement and extinguishment and if you follow those steps in order you will have a more successful fireground operation.

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This week we look at the on scene safety officer and offer a review of some checksheets that might assist in making the job easier.

Acknowledge the LODD of Phoenix firefighter Bradley Harper.

Acknowledge the LODD of Dallas Firefighter Stanley Wilson

Safety Checksheets reviewed:

Structure Fire, major vehicle accident, Hazardous materials incident, water and ice rescue, and technical rescue

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This week we acknowledge three LODD from the month of May and we also review the reccomendations of a NIOSH report.

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This week special Guest Ellen Rossano and I discuss social media use.

We look at the organization use, interaction with the media, and personal use by members.

This one is not a "tactical" fire service training in any way, but more of an administrative look at this interesting topic.

Contact information for Ellen is Included in the episode.

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LODD of FF Gene Kirchner, Reistertown Maryland

Fire service words to live by

A random sampling of some terminology with lessons and commentary  for you to take back to your own department and organization.

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This week a discussion on size up on the fireground.

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This week's episode, 3 single LODDs from earlier this month, and the 11 or 12 LODD from West texas explosion

Talk about West texas and preplanning target hazards in your community and learning about Ammonium Nitrate.

Some discussion about the Boston Marathon, operating with police agencies in tactical scenarios and lessons to be learned.

Preventing the mayday and what to teach firefighters, and more.

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An Interview with Chief Jim Blanchard (Retired) Saugus, Massachusetts about the History and Traditions of the fire service.


The Maltese Cross

The Jenks Engine

St Florian

The Helmet

The Civil War and Zouaves

The Bell Cap

The Pompier ladder


...and more!

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Some Current Events

(2) LODD Binghamton NY and Philadelphia

Hidden Dangers of garage fires

Baltimore Mayor vs Union

Dallas Helmet Cam Video issue

Renewed sifting of debris from 9/11

FDNY EMS vs. PD in ambulance

Md. Engine taking wrong turn to a fatal fire.

Tactical Rules for emergencies

Direct download: 004040713.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

This week some current events, and a discussion on the Rapid Intervention Timeline and Crew Survivability.

Current Events:

Coventry RI Fire Department being dissolved

Fire engineering Forcible entry drill and Oxygen and smoking fire in Massachusetts

Another FDNY EMS Lt. In trouble on social media and more hate speak in support of him

Utica NY FD SUV accident

Missouri chief seriously hurt in tanker roll over

DC firefighters take a vote of no confidence in their chief

Ice smashing an engine windshield in Wayne Twp 

Dayton Ohio Captain struck while operating on the roadway.

More from Firegeezer about dangerous roadway operations.

Ekom South carolina fire station burns

LODD of NJ wildland FF Jeff Scheurer age 35.

Direct download: 003033113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Some current events from the last week

FDNY Commissioner Son tweeting FDNY EMS

Miami Dade FD confrontation with Videographer

California Engine crash

Problems in DC

The Mesilla Fd in New mexico gives up stipends for new truck

Detroit FD stations getting robbed

Snake set on fire, revenge!

RI Legislator introduces a bill to make fire inspections every 10 years.

The fire suppression time line and what it means for training.

Direct download: 002032413.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

Tis is the first episode of the Firefighter Training Podcast. In this episode we talk about set up and things to come and we discuss search and the rescue profile.

Direct download: 001031713.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT