Key points for scene size ups

Emergency scene size up can be defined as “A rapid mental evaluation of various factors related to an emergency incident”, or “An initial on-scene report by the first arriving unit that is clear, concise and relevant”.   The fire service loves acronyms and of course we have some for scene size-up. Some of these acronyms are […]

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Chief says Mississippi firefighters couldn’t take mutual aid fire because they were at lunch

<center><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/DX1ti23Byis” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe></center> By: Fox 23 JONES COUNTY, MS. – Jones County Volunteer Fire Department (JCVFD) battled a Mother’s Day duplex fire Sunday, where the fire completely destroyed the building.  During Sunday’s call JCVFD requested back-up from Laurel city firefighters, but they did not get the response it needed.  The fire happened […]

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Beyond tactics: What makes a good officer

Being an effective leader off the fireground means developing these characteristics and practices In a recent article we examined how a firefighter should prepare to become a company officer, or first-line supervisor. In that discussion, I focused on developing the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be a good tactical leader for fire and EMS […]

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The Fire Ground Size Up

It’s 1500 hours on a bright sunny day. You are dispatched for a residential smoke detector activation. You and you crew respond and like most days, this should just be another routine call, right? While approaching the scene you see a column of smoke, you realize this is a working job. When you arrive on […]

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13 things that make fire department leaders great

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”hover”][/sg_popup] What does it mean to be a great leader? Of course it means having credentials, knowledge, critical thinking and all other faculties of intelligence. The firefighter who desires to become a leader has many opportunities to receive training and education in the art of leadership. However, a great leader should be much […]

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First on Scene

Have you ever sat at a red light and in your side view mirror you see someone coming up too fast to stop at the light, and then you realize they have no intention to stop. Immediately you look at traffic coming through the green light and at that moment, what we like to call […]

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

There are probably no more terrifying words at an emergency scene than these three. Firefighters immediately look around, or feel around, to see if everyone is there that’s supposed to be. Company officers check to see if their entire crew is present and where they are supposed to be. After the initial shock of hearing […]

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