Fire Training

“Hurricane of Egos and Failure”

“Hurricane of Egos and Failure” Here we go again, talking about egos and the fire service…blah, blah, blah, blah! I know it’s quite disturbing right? But why do so many of us have to bring it up…seemingly on a weekly basis? Interestingly enough, I had a conversation on the phone tonight with a friend of mine, discussing some issues that ...

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Wearing the white helmet-“Who are You”

“Who are You” The road to success can be a long and winding road of trials and tribulations. The trials of everyday business can be rewarding at times, but can also emphasis our failures. We often struggle to bind the large pieces of the pie together, without focusing on the small pieces first. After many years of chasing our dreams ...

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Breaking down S.L.I.C.E.R.S for the street smart fire officer


S.L.I.C.E.R.S. Breaking down S.L.I.C.E.R.S for the street smart fire officer By: Deputy Chief Kevin D. Schulz What is S.L.I.C.E.R.S? Let’s start with the fact that it’s an acronym. The definition of S.L.I.C.E.R.S. is a fire attack tactic used to reduce temperatures inside a building prior to entry by firefighting personnel for extinguishment or rescue. This is not meant to be ...

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Do we place our entire trust in trust?

Do we place our entire trust in trust? I don’t think so. Here is my take on it… Trust is important in the Fire Service. In fact trust is important in any circumstance where it applies. In a workplace, a relationship, a partnership or family. But trust is no more important than many other attributes that should be present in these ...

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Surviving your first year as a “rookie”

Matt Preston

Surviving your first year as a “rookie” So you finally made it! Studied up your math and logic, spent countless days at the gym on the stair-master, had a great test day and an even better interview, then wrapped it all up by passing all the mundane tests of pre-employment before landing your dream job as a career firefighter! Unfortunately ...

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Building Strong Leadership Habits-Fulfilling Rule #13

Building Strong Leadership Habits-Fulfilling Schwarzkopf Rule #13 By: Scott Symonds   As we begin to transcend generations in the fire service we are at a pivotal moment. We are rapidly approaching a shift in direction. The changing direction is not based on tactics, science, or procedure. It is based on leading people and not simply managing an organization. At the ...

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Leadership: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Leadership: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly By Mark Cannon Over this past year, several articles have been written regarding decisions made by fire service leaders. In some cases the outcomes have been revered as positive, thus reflecting a decision made by a good fire service leader. In other cases the outcomes have not been quite so desirable. Then ...

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Great High-Rise Firefighting Training Video out of Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. City Communications Youtube Video Info: “The Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) is committed to protecting our residents and visitors from a multitude of hazards. A major component of providing for that safety is maintaining a highly trained workforce to respond to and mitigate low frequency, high hazard events. The purpose of this PSA video is to provide ...

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Six words that hold the fire service hostage

Kevin Schultz, training article, leadership, image

Six words that hold the fire service hostage Article by: Kevin Schulz It doesn’t matter what kind of fire department you belong to, career, part-time, combination, volunteer or industrial we’re all here to do the same job and more importantly we’re all professional firefighters. That being said there seems to be a common thread that follows the fire service. Firefighters hold the cultures ...

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