Archive for June, 2013

Confident in your nozzle & backup position abilities? Brotherhood Instructors gives us some tips to handling the knob better. Basics. R.I.T., technical rescue, and smoke reading are all great “advanced techniques” to learn, but if we learn how to efficiently and safely put the wet stuff on the red stuff, the fire goes out and the risk level drops significantly.

“If you put out the fire, safety is accomplished for everyone on the fireground.” – FDNY Lt. Ray McCormack


Trying to find some great reading material on the fire service? Look no further! The following are my personal favorite books that I have read over the years about the fire service (it’s a start). Some of these books have been passed around over the years. Attached to the book is a link to purchase on

1) 3000 Degrees – Sean Flynn

2) Report from Engine Co. 82 – Dennis Smith

3) Report from the World Trade Center – Dennis Smith

4) Boston on Fire – Stephanie Schorow

5) The Last Men Out – Tom Downey

5) Rescue Men – Charles Kenney

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Stay safe,


Know your enemy. To get up to speed with smoke reading check out David Dodson’s “Art of Smoke Reading” on YouTube!

Creativity & The Volunteer Fire Service

Thinking outside the box isn’t easy, especially when you are put down by the “we have done it like that for years” mentality by older members. You are ultimately in control of your own actions, not the chief, you. YOU choose to put in the extra training hours. YOU choose to wake up at 3am for the “smell & bell” calls and take those opportunities to learn and teach younger members. YOU are responsible for SCBA air management. YOU are a positive agent of change. If we all focus on ourselves, we will not only better ourselves, but others as well. Share ideas, learn from trial and error!

“He who does not make mistakes, does not do.”

Photo Credit – William Noonan


Posted: June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
It’s Earned, Not Forced. It’s Dictated By Actions, Not Words. Earn Some Today & Be A Leader!

Dale Pekel shares one of his many easily built training props. A brother from my department actually built the exact same prop, works great and we have actually brought it to out of state training’s for other departments to use! You can email Dale and he will send you the detailed plans to aid in construction. Costs about $150.