Mutual Aid Fire

Ammendment 1
January 31, 2008, 6:57 am
Filed under: Uncategorized?

With the overwhelming passing of ammendment 1 there are some significant changes coming for area departments in the near future. The following has been sent in to MAF from Chief Hart of FWB and a post (by Revere)was moved from ” The discussion ensues” portion of MAF to this thread. What do you think of the measure and what impact will it have on YOUR dept.?

“I am so ecstatic the Tax Amendment passed , I can apply the $240 average
savings from tax relief to my $ 3000.00 home owners insurance premium .
I am so fortunate to have Ray Sampson as my representative and Charlie
Crist as my governor with out them , I would not have been able be able
to come to this logical decision…”( can you say sarcasm?)
Jackie Hart- FWB Fire Marshal, hometown of Milton Fl.

“I would like to say a little something about the bashing of the tax
payers. I am a firefighter and I love the job but the department laying
off 25 of my brothers, they had bad leadership and unfortunately they
have to pay the price. Scare tactics have been abused and the people have
spoken. We can all lean from this in the future. The citizens of our
community have called the bluff. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves,
we should stand united as BROTHERS and band against stupid spending and
spreading our budgets thin. If they are the only ones suffering
significant losses in the local area than there is an obvious problem. I pray
this kind of antiTaxpayer talk will not turn into resentment toward
our citizens, who whether or not still pay our salaries and depend on us.
Most of us did not get into business for the boat loads of money we
make. Let us try to remember why we got in to this feild. If I am wrong
please let me know because I have obviously been misinformed.”

Don’t forget where you came from
January 22, 2008, 3:58 pm
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Rick Brown (2nd from the left) with his crew

At what point does an individual forget where they came from or stop being progressive in the fire service?

Unless a person sucks their way through the ranks or back doors a position of management, we should NEVER forget what got us to be successful in our craft! If a person wants to aspire to be a chief officer or “the” chief officer, they would have to have some sort of education that takes years to accomplish. These classes take time and dedication. The material is usually more progressive than not. Hence, those making changes to curriculums and printing new material for said classes. At what point does “that” person say, “You know what, I can’t be taught anymore. I know everything there is to know in the fire service and now I know it all. What I know is NOT going to change, now that I have ALL the information. Anyone questioning me or my authority is just a jealous unhappy line guy.” That is such BS!

If you do make it to an executive officer status, don’t think for a second that just because you took a class a few years back that you won’t ever need to take that class again.

It’s the farest thing from the truth. As a Company Officer, I challenge my guys to know more than I do. I don’t say that with an arrogant tone or an “I’m better than you” attitude. I take a lot of pride in the education I have been fortunate to enough to attend. And am VERY grateful for the handful of leaders (not just officers, even firefighter leaders) that have had passion enough to encourage me to push myself and GAIN KNOWLEDGE… to complement the OJT (on the job training). I tell my crew often that I am not above rebuking from my subordinates. (They know the difference in insubordination and a polite de-notching of ones high horse.) They may see things from a more constructive point of view, on scene and off. This type of relationship builds a working family unit. I set the “ground rules” when I receive a new crew member and they must “earn” their place at the feeding table. But first and foremost, they are strongly encouraged to read periodicals and training papers/videos/power points. Train, train, train and ask questions! Why is it that as soon as “that” individual reaches a certain place in their career, do they think everyone beneath them is just that…beneath them.

One should teach respect for positions and teach your fellow firefighters to be PRO-ACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE. One can learn large amounts of knowledge from even the newest firefighter.

Remember, they are fresh to the business and are VERY eager to learn and perform. You have an obligation as an American Firefighter to instill the passion for the job and pass on the time honored traditions that set this occupation apart from the rest! Don’t take your knowledge with you to your grave, unless you plan on starting your own fire department in hell. Share it; keep learning new stuff to pass on to your Brothers and Sisters. The best flattery for me is seeing firefighters get motivated to learn, that means I am leading by example. That is the best way to lead! Oh, and NEVER, EVER pop off with “I’ve been doing this for 40 years blah, blah, blah…” It just might prove you have been doing it for 40 years WRONG. Not to mention, this fire service isn’t the same as it was last year. Much less, 40 years ago. If you are popping off with that kind of comment, maybe it’s time for you to take up that hobby you’ve always talked about or travel with misses to all the places you still want to see.

Don’t forget where you came from! Constantly challenge yourself to be a better, more educated firefighter. The dividends are reciprocated. You gain as your Brother/Sister gain and vice versa.

As a side note, I believe every firefighter owes it to themselves and their Brothers and Sisters to read the following;
“Pride and Ownership” by Rick Lasky
“Practices and Principles- a Fire Officers Handbook”- by John Norman
Personally these should be required reading materials for rookies and promoting officers! Don’t train until you get it right,

Train until you can’t get it wrong!!! Practice makes perfect, but perfect practice saves lives!
Lastly, train in every sick, ugly environment possible. The scenes we rush into are not “controlled”. We owe it to ourselves, our Brothers and Sisters, our community and most importantly our family to train this way. Alarms going off, lights out, cold, wet, hot, sweaty, uncomfortable and under MAJOR stress to name a few. If we can focus to complete the training perfectly in these conditions we can battle anything!

Rick Brown is one of many MAF contributors a little about him below.


Crestview Fire Department, Captain
11 years career, 24 years overall
Proud parent of 2 great kids and husband to an awesome wife
Local 2680 Vice President
CFD/L2680 MDA Coordinator
Panhandle F.O.O.L.S.
Fire & Iron Firefighters MC, St.36 President

Rick Brown
Fire & Iron MC Station 36 – President
Emerald Coast, Florida

Fire safety by Ricky Bobby
January 15, 2008, 2:17 pm
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Vertical vent
January 11, 2008, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Truck ops

You have probably seen this video, but review is always good!

Houston FD L-19 vents the roof vertically on this one, note how rapidly the conditions improve. Also note the designated “RIT” team in full gear ready & STAGED for battle.

Rapid Intervention staging…
January 8, 2008, 11:42 am
Filed under: RIT


Rapid intervention staging…are you ready?!

A rapid intervention team is often overlooked or the task not taken seriously in the fire service as a whole. This task should be one that is assigned from initial dispatch and if allowable the crew assigned should not be utilized for other time consuming assignments unless another on scene team re-assigned to rapid intervention. The problem with utilizing the team and reassigning another crew is that the first team should have a full compliment of specialized tools and equipment to perform a rescue of a downed firefighter, and with mutual aid bringing different crews with different equipment, familiarization becomes an issue.

So with that being said of our mutual aid status…

…your pre-action plan and size up should begin with initial dispatch information. Valuable information gained from dispatch information can be, location of the structure fire (generalized building construction can be gathered from this); callers initial reports i.e. heavy smoke and flames? Or multiple calls? Is this an apartment or commercial occupancy? Also pay particular attention to the first due engine companies size-up and 2nd and 3rd due assignments. These assignments can give you a generalized area of the building in which active firefighting is taking place and the locations of interior crews.

The rapid intervention teams officer should approach the command post to elaborate there state of readiness and to reconfirm the interior crew’s location in the fire building. Once the incident commander is informed of the team’s location in ready mode, the RI officer should perform a 360 of the fire building paying attention to all windows and doors, fences that may inhibit rescue, and other hazards around the structure. Once all this information is gained it is imperative that this information be relayed to the RI team and any pertinent information passed on to the incident commander.

Other team members should set up a staging area located far enough away from command to not be a hindrance…

… but close enough for verbal communication if possible. Tools to be considered should be a set of irons, thermal imaging camera, flashlights, a chainsaw or K-12, rope bags, radios, and possibly a ladder if crews are operating at a multi story residence. One item that is often overlooked is the variety of air packs that our area fire service uses. If you are called to rescue a downed firefighter from a surrounding department, do you know what air pack they use? Are you familiar with how to operate their packs? Approach the engineer and ask for a couple of their spare packs to learn its operation and have them staged just in case just getting them air can save their life. Also ensure the readiness of any powered equipment by starting them and letting them run briefly, and making sure they have sufficient fuel if you haven’t already done so that shift. Turn on the thermal imager and make sure its batteries are full as is the operation of your personal flashlight. Also carry extra radio batteries in your gear because we all know after one minute your primary battery is going to bite the dust. Let’s not forget the weather and its effects. During the summer months be thinking of setting up in shaded areas and taking a knee to conserve your energy.

All crew members on a RI team should have a portable radio and listen to all interior communications and try to monitor interior crew’s position in the building and constantly evaluate the fire condition on the exterior of the building as an additional set of eyes.

Now arises the controversial question of what other duties can the team be allowed to do?

My personal opinion as long as the RI team can at any given time stop the assignment they have been tasked without adverse effects to the outcome of the fire and go straight to work then minimal outside duties can be accomplished like throwing ladders, setting up exterior lighting, and other simple tasks.

So the Rapid intervention team seems to be a monotonous job…

…but if you take saving the life of a brother or sister seriously then you can readjust your attitude to be able to perform this task proficiently and effectively. Knowing the importance of readiness and how it can (& probably will) pay off someday can also make the job interesting and a challenge.

Check out this link of how Wilmington Del. FF’s were saved by some of their own.

Rapid Intervention save

By: MAF contributor FWBFD Captain Danny Fureigh


Danny is a Capt. With the FWBFD and has been in the fire service for 14 years follow the link on FWBFD site to see his bio.