Archive for December2015

Choosing the Right Bailout System

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By Frank Lipski of Engine House Training, LLC Check out our Class at FDIC 2016 Fire Forces Bailout in Virginia Introduction The process of choosing a bailout system for your agency can be difficult to say the least.  In this article, I am going to share with you my step-by-step guide to ensure you are able to […]

Company Planning at Buildings–Podcast

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    Weekly Company Drill Building Familiarization This drill is a size up and familiarization drill. It can be broken up into several parts and get as much information gathered as possible. The objective of this drill is to identify specific hose length stretches for large complexes or buildings that may test the ability of […]

Tool or No Tool?

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By Jason Hoevelmann with Steve Heidbreder Tool or No Tool? When we go to conferences or sit around with other engaged firefighters there is no lack of lively conversation and debate. From world affairs, to sports teams, bands and of course, tactics! There is no better time spent with other firefighters learning about what others […]

Battalion Chief Officer Development Program

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    This class is one I’ve been asked about since rolling out the Company Officer Development Program we’ve been doing for almost two years with great success.  The Battalion Chief version is the same format but it is six weeks instead of five and it focuses on issues OFF of the fire ground.  Check […]

Core Values

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  This episode we discuss the importance of core values when creating your mission plan for progressing and improvement. The core values are our cornerstone about what we are about and who we are. They are not negotiable. Below is an example of some core values.   Core Values Professionalism: In and out of the […]

Ground Ladders: A Quick Discussion Podcast

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This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It’s a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get’s forgotten.  They’re forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims. We talk briefly […]

Balloon Frame Video

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Here is an old video I did inside an old balloon frame house.  It’s kind of old and simple, but a good look at the inside of this type of construction.  

5 Week Company Officer Development Course

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    We are taking registrations for the next 5 Week Company Officer Development Course. It will start January 25, 2016 and will run five weeks. This class has been very popular and well attended for the last two years.  The video lessons are recorded, so you can watch them on your time.  The group […]

Have a Vision!

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  In this episode I discuss the importance of having a vision. We must have a vision to be able to get where we want to go in life and in our professions.  It is imperative that we see where we want to be and create an actionable plan for getting there. That starts with […]

Winter Operations Checklist and Podcast

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      Attached is an outline we used for a quick winter operations class at work. I ran across this the other day and thought it would be appropriate to post now.  The podcast is here for this topic as well.  Feel free to add and use this as you see fit. If you […]