Mutual Aid Fire

Lessons on leadership
April 27, 2009, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Leadership

The following is some notes from a recent class on leadership given by Chief Kanzigg of Midway Fire District Chief has been in the fire service for many years, spending most of his time working for the City of Mobile before joining the ranks of Midway Fire.

Chief Kanzigg

Chief Kanzigg

Dress the part, 1st impressions are everything

Say kind words in morning to the crews, making eye contact with everyone around you

Don’t come into work on you cell phone, answer calls etc. it gives the impression that those around you are not important

Look confident even when you are not. Stay calm. Be confident in your decision

Slow to speak & react. Be a avid listener

Pay attention to detail.

Let your actions speak not your words

If your men respect you they’ll work hard for you

Fight for you guys, but know what you are fighting for. Fight for the right things (Take note some of you Chiefs out there and bravo to you who stand strong!)

Keep up with the times and culture around you

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

These were a few notes I was able to take during his quick class he put on some time ago. I hope you enjoy them, I know I did. I usually try and put things like this in the back of my mind for the future. I hope you will too…

Here are a couple of things I thought of during his class.

Respect, in the fire service, can be given by rank BUT is always earned…not demanded

Don’t forget where you came from, because those you lead you haven’t…

What are yours?-DJ MAF

Two Okaloosa Deputy line of duty deaths
April 26, 2009, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized?

It is with deepest sorrow to announce the passing of two local Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriffs. 45-year old Deputy Burt Lopez and 45-year old Deputy Warren “Skip” York were shot at the Shoal River Clay Sporting Gun Range east of Crestview shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.


RIP Warren “Skip” York


RIP Burt Lopez


Houston FD mourns the loss of 2 brothers
April 13, 2009, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized?



Local 341

Easter Sunday proved to be a tragic one for Houston Fire this 2009. Two bros from HFD did not make it home last shift. Tragically both men perished in a house fire that day. It is a sad day indeed…

Cinderblock wall breach
April 7, 2009, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Truck ops

We at the FWBFD had some vacancies to do some training in recently. On the “A” the 1st question that was posed was: Can you breach a block wall faster with a K-12 than by hand tools?

It took significantly less time to breach (with a team of two dudes and a sledge) than to cut with the “K”.

The next discussion was on the the question of: Which two techniques, of getting through that same wall, (with the sledge) is better? This video was the result of that conversation. Reality being, that in our area having 3 FF to accomplish this task is a luxury…REMEMBER pace yourself & rotate manning often!

Lookee hear!
April 2, 2009, 12:26 pm
Filed under: Media

There are alot of interesting things out there in world wide web.
Here are a few current listings that we have found interesting lately…

Check out the Houston Fire Truck crash if you haven’t yet here

Theories and Philosophies of Firefighter Physical Preparation
With all the info on FD training out there maybe we should also have a look at our most important tool. THE BODY and the health there of- The philosophies are based on having your job skills in line. The old guy out of shape that has been doing this for 20 years will still keep up and beat the young stud because his skill level is much higher….
get your work out on here Specifically detailed to your Firefighting career

Now what about the wood chip and glue construction? What about it?! Why is it important to me?! “I just ride backwards and pull the hose”
read more here

Working fire in front living room w/ probable victim inside (unknown location). Structure is single family dwelling, 1-story ranch-style home approximately 1300 square feet. 0800 hours. 1 front door on Side A, 1 rear door on Side C. Fire visible in living room only. Smoke from eaves and soffits of structure on all 4 sides. Do you take the first line in the front door for a quick knock down or attack from the rear and push it out the front? Let em’ know how you do at the Fire Engineering Blog site

Dramatic save in DC caught on video here

Probably one of the most inspiring blogs on aggresive Firefighting at the You will be moved…type in “The low pass” (with video) on the search bar.

Great Firefighting action photos of the Chicago area Fire Departments here