Learn as if you were to live forever: Live as if you were to die tomorrow

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Back in January I posted an article on The CompanyOfficer.com entitled: Your Capabilities and Future Success. It was about the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away at the age of 99 on Friday June 4th, but his legacy will extend well beyond. Aside from his extraordinary career accomplishments on the court, he […]

From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety

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From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety; I still find it surprising during my travels around the country lecturing and presenting programs on building construction, that when the audience was asked, “What do the Walbaum’s Fire and Hackensack fire share […]

Are You Prepared to PREVENT a Line of Duty Death?

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Power is the ability to command or apply force. Authority is the right to command and expend resources. A leader is one who can generate effective individual and group action to accomplish agency goals. The fire service is a dynamic profession that is richly steeped in tradition, noble in deeds and calling. We know the […]

10 Leadership Lessons

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A wise person once said, “It’s not life that’s important, but those you meet along the way that make the difference.” Many people have taught me many valuable, unforgettable leadership lessons. Here are ten I’d like to share with you.   1. Be Cautious of Labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship […]

The Tonka Truck FDNY L-124

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A nice diversion for an afternoon…Check out this bit on FDNY L-124, “The Tonka Truck”. I had the opportunity in the early 1980’s to ride with the company in the Bushwick Section of Brooklyn when the jobs and work were frequent.  I took a number of tours with the legendary Captain George Eysser, great insights […]

The NIST Report on Residential Fireground Field Experiements, Executive Summary

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The NIST Report on Residential Fireground Field Experiements was issued this morning. A copy of the report is at CommandSafety.com HERE and is also available for download at the NIST, HERE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Both the increasing demands on the fire service – such as the growing number of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responses, challenges from natural disasters, […]

Changes in Building Construction and Fire Behavior

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I had the extreme pleasure of meeting two wonderful firefighters, who I’m proud to call brothers; Lt. John Mitchell of FireDaily.com and Lt. Rhett Fleitz of the Fire Critic.com both of whom produce and host the Firefighter Netcast.  If you’ve been out of touch-Firefighter NetCast offers live netcasts and podcasts for the fire service and […]

Operational Excellence

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Regardless of your rank, or time in grade, the length of time in your organization, the size and structure of your department or your daily demands and challenges; leadership, mentoring, contributing, setting the example, being at your very best individually or collectively as part of a team, a company or a department is essential and […]

Deployment Capabilities, The Company and The Officer

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Deployment  Capabilities Rest Squarely in the Hands of Our Response Companies & Officers Capabilities Training Proficiencies Skills Experience Resources Procedures Organization Degree of Depth Profiles Fortitude Duty Accountability What are your thoughts on the relationships shared between Deployment Capabilities and the responsibilities that rest squarely in the hands of Company Officers? What about crew resource […]

Multi-Family / High Rise Structure Fires

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In multi-story multifamily structures there is a lot more to consider than in single family structures. The population density increases significantly, the size of the structure increases and in high rise operations you have to be concerned with the rapid spread of heat, smoke, toxic gases and fire upward through the structure. The fact that […]

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