Blog Creator Jason Hoevelmann, creator of A Firefighter's Own Worst Enemy

Blog Creator Jason Hoevelmann, creator of A Firefighter's Own Worst Enemy

Jason Hoevelmann is a Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal with the Sullivan Fire Protection District, a combination department, and a career firefighter/paramedic with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District in North St. Louis County. His experience spans more than 20 years and he has been an instructor for more than 15 years. He is an adjunct instructor for the St. Louis County Fire Academy and is a State Certified Fire Officer II. Jason holds an Associate’s Degree in Paramedic Science from East Central College and a Bachelors degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University. He is currently a state advocate for the Everyone Goes Home initiative, a Board Member of the Fire and Life Safety Section of the IAFC and on the technical committees for Professional Fire Officer Qualifications and Fire Service Instructors for NFPA.

The blog is based on a class developed by Jason that he will present at Missouri Winter Fire School and at FDIC 2010.  Here is a brief description about A Firefighter’s Own Worst Enemy:

A comprehensive look at why firefighters make bad decisions on the job and off duty. This class is designed to offer methods for dealing with your own problems and challenges as a firefighter and how to help officers assist their men and women with these problems. We will discuss why the same situations are killing us year after year and identify ways to avoid becoming a statistic. Finally, we will point out ways to enrich our own careers and personal lives, as well as assisting our firefighters in advancing their own careers and ways to help the organization improve and grow.


  • ChiefReason says:

    Welcome aboard.
    I had a feeling that you would join us one day.
    I enjoy your submissions.
    Perhaps we will meet at FDIC.
    I will be the old dude in the Harley hat.

  • dc802 says:

    Chief Art,
    Thanks I am really excited to be here. I really enjoy your stuff too.
    I will be at FDIC, I will make a point to find you there. The Harley hat will be a dead give away.
    Take care and stay warm.

    Thanks for checking out my site.

  • CAPT David Konys says:

    you have some really good information and i use some of in my trainings. I look forward to working with soon. Do you go out to other deparments and teach your class? I know it would be very benifical for every firefighter to here. I look foward to seen you at FDIC.

  • Firegeezer says:

    Congratulations for a great start, Jason. The site looks like a winner.

    Bill “Firegeezer” Schumm

  • backstepfirefighter says:

    Welcome aboard Jason.

  • dc802 says:

    Thanks for the welcome comments, I really appreciate the support. I really enjoy all of your blogs and posts. It is some great stuff.

  • Mike Ward says:

    Hey Jason!

    Glad to see you here.


  • dc802 says:

    Thank you, I truly appreciate the support.

  • Welcome aboard, Chief! I, too, look forward to meeting you at FDIC. I’ll be the slightly younger but lesser-looking dude in the Harley hat…..

  • Bill McHugh says:

    Jason, nice site…and nice comment on firestopping. Specialty Firestopping Contractors are available at http://www.fcia.org. There’s ton’s of info, (free and open) and a free Manual of Practice…just visit and request.

    There’s a lot more to this story…as our industry has built standards for installation, inspection, and maintenance, as well as the installers, of this fire and life safety system we call firestopping.

    Feel free to call on us for resources. The Firestop Contractors International Association – Bill McHugh, Executive Director

  • Fire Student says:

    Great Site. Glad I had to find it.I will be checking it out more often.

  • dc802 says:

    Thanks, we are glad to have you. Pass it on to others and feel free to send pics, stories or ideas and we will try to get them posted.

  • Fire Student says:

    Will do and thanks for the add.

  • John Barrett says:


    I am the President and founder of HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES (www.honortheirsacrifices.com).
    Please contact me regarding some content you may have that should be included in our lessons learned online database.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Take care and be safe,

  • dc802 says:

    My email that you can contact me at is sfpdfm@fidmail.com or jhoevelmann@gmail.com

  • Mark says:

    I am the President and founder of HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES (www.honortheirsacrifices.com).Please contact me regarding some content you may have that should be included in our lessons learned online database.I look forward to hearing from you.Take care and be safe,John

  • Mike Perrone says:

    My name is Mike Perrone, I am a 29 year veteran of the FDNY at Ladder 175 in Brooklyn, NY and inventor of the Multi-Force Forcible Entry Door System. I believe some of the information below will be very useful for your training blog and I am a big fan of your site and its content.

    I put up some training tips online of some forcible entry techniques I developed and demonstrated on my door.

    There are 3 training tips on YouTube found here:

    My door, which teaches all types of forcible entry, can be found here:

    Thank You And Be Safe,


  • Lori Greene says:

    Hi Jason –
    I have a blog about doors and hardware, and I posted one of your photos of "The Door to Nowhere" along with links to that post and some other door-related posts.  I hope you don't mind. 
    Here's a link:  http://idighardware.com/2011/06/door-to-nowhere/
    Thank you, and keep up the good work!!
    – Lori

  • Jason says:

    I don't mind at all. Thanks and take care.

  • I love the website Jason, keep up the good work!

  • Ray Mickol says:

    I'm looking to do an article on responder stress. I would appreciate any and all input. I have provided a link to some questions….http://tinyurl.com/6xol67r

  • Donald Hayde says:

           Nice job on the training videos. I'm a B.C. with FDNY and your information is excellent..good meat and potatoes stuff without the fluff. Nice to see this in a time of "rehab, air monitoring, and all teh other specialization " that seems to cloud our primary mission.

  • Kevin Gallagher says:

    Jason:  just found the site and immediately "bookmarked" it.  Looking forward to regular stops.
    Stay safe.

  • Jason,
    I noticed a couple of places in this blog regarding blocked and obstructed standpipe connections.  These connections are for our water supply and nothing should be more important to a firefighter than getting water on the fire.  
    Nothing has really changed in the fire service.  Water or Dirt seems to solve everything on the fire ground nearly every time !  We seem to prefer Water to fight fires with and  the fixed fire protection systems, like standpipes and sprinklers need to be in perfect order every time.
    Firefighters should be outraged with the condition and maintenance of the Fire department connections or FDC's in their communities.  The standpipes and sprinklers in our large cities have been neglected far too long.  Brass thieves and vandals are stealing us blind and everytime they steal our FDC's they steal an option for getting water on the fire. 
    I invented an adapter that I hope you will check out and the readers here will comment on. 
    Visit http://www.SpeedSwivel.com

  • Chief Hoevelmann,
    My name i s michael Robinson Sr, I have been a firefighter for 19 yrs, I have developed a tactical rehab tool that targets high core temps in firefighters. This tool is a very low cost and very effective option for an immediate cooling of front line firefighters! This is a must for every truck, the hot months will be here soon! High core temps and exertional heat-related illness are a key factor in cardiac issues and that is our number killer!! I would be happy to send you one to review and test. Thank you for your time.
    Michael Robinson Sr.
    HeatSeeker Technology & Design,LLC

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