Category Archives: Training & Development

Back From FDIC, and Back Inside Your Box

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For some, FDIC 2014 may have been the only opportunity to see what the fire service life is “outside the box” that is our city, our town, our district, our company. This week we’re all home, all back in our boxes. Now what?

WARNING: This video is graphic and depicts a man being rescued from his burning home.

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PA Firefighters are told that a man went back into his burning home to rescue his dog. Watch as the incident unfolds…

Video: Worst Fire Department in the United States?

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Check out this incredible video and play along with me.

Timely Monday Morning Training

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“One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six who jumped in the rear, we need massive EMS here.”

If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding.

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New students entering into the fire service deserve leadership willing to accept their brave questions without feeling their fragile egos are being attacked. In other words, don’t take it personally when you are asked “why?”

You’ve spilled something there on your shirt, Chief.

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Talking the Chief into having a good idea takes talent. Here’s a conversation overheard this week at a Midwestern fire department between Bobby, the Training Officer and his Chief.

Classroom or kitchen table? Where have you learned the most?

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I’m looking for pictures of your firehouse kitchen table being “used” by firefighters, specifically the times when we sit around it solving all of the world’s problems in an informal setting.

The Passionate Discussion Continues Tuesday Night

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The special series on the Emerging Tactical Renaissance continues with guest Christopher Brennan Tuesday night May 17 at 9pm/8CT. Firefighter Netcast- it’s not your Daddy’s fire service radio podcast!

Gray- it’s so black and white.

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There’s a great video going around this week featuring John Salka at Andy Fredericks Training Days. Someone in the audience captured a snippet of what Chief Salka was saying and shared it with the rest of us who couldn’t be there.

“Taking Up” debuts online Wednesday!

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Wednesday night, the Firefighter Netcast family grows once again as John and Rhett welcome the newest member of the Firefighter Netcast family, Lieutenant David LeBlanc, from East Harwich, MA.

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John Mitchell

Firefighter/Paramedic and a Lieutenant in suburban Chicago

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