Setting Expectations: Part 1

This podcast addresses only three components of setting expectations for your members.  It is really one of the most important things you need to do as a newly promoted officer, or if you are trying to gain control of a division, shift or crew.


If they don’t know what’s expected, it’s impossible for you expect it from them.

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With or Without the Hose Line?

In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose line.  This seemed to raise some eyebrows and concern about what I said.

This podcast addresses what I mean by that and some ways to search without the hose line in your hands.  

We train and operate in a manner that allows our crews to search unattached to a hose line. For good reason too because we have trained and drilled and found that we are delaying one tactic or the other when we search strictly off of the hose line while making the attack.

We allow the fire to grow unchecked and we delay the search for victims when we are trying to do both at the same time.

It’s critical that you train and operate within your resources and SOG’s.


Thanks for listening and take care.

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Battalion Chief Officer Development–July 25, 2016


This class is one I’ve been asked about since rolling out the Company Officer Development Program we’ve been doing for almost two years with great success. The Battalion Chief version is the same format but it is six weeks instead of five and it focuses on issues OFF of the fire ground. Check it out, seating will be limited due to the amount of assignments involved.
Syllabus link Click HERE

Starts July 25, 2016, Six Weeks, $225 per student.

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Take the High Road: No Gossip Allowed

This episode discusses the harm and challenges associated with speaking out of turn and partaking in the gossip that can be so ever prevalent.  Take the high road, don’t participate and get all of the facts before speaking about something or someone.  It can be harmful to the person being talked about and to your credibility and reputation.


Be a leader and stop gossip when you can and don’t participate.

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5 Common Mistakes New Officers Make

Here is a video of a recent FREE webinar about five common mistakes that new fire officers tend make. These are by no means exclusive, but from my experience are committed by many new officers.

-Don’t try to change the world
-Don’t have an authority complex
-Don’t micromanage
-Don’t be a quitter
-Don’t avoid discipline

I would welcome others that you might think of or have seen frequently.



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Bailout Basics

Bailout is a last option for us when things go bad. We can do all of the right things and still find ourselves in trouble. It doesn’t and won’t happen often when we train and operate in standard manners, but we have to be prepared.

This podcast discusses some basic concepts that we at Engine House Training, LLC teach and believe in regarding firefighter bailout.  I have a also attached the .pdf for the build out of the low prop we use for instructing and mastering our bailout skills. You don’t need a tall building.

Be sure to check us out at FDIC 2016 HOT.


Low Bailout Prop Link


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For the Good of Group



This episode discusses our intentions and how, as leaders and fire officers, we need to put the group ahead of ourselves.  Servant leadership is real and it makes a difference in your relationships and effectiveness as a leader.

I have four basic priorities for myself and my members when on duty and in this order:





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The Sniper Effect

This podcast discusses how difficult it can be work and exist in an environment of people that aren’t like-minded. Many of us want to include others in our enthusiasm and pride for our job, and it is not easy to do that.


We have to be realistic in how we gather support and conversion, if you will, of others that not only are like-minded; those are the easy converts.  But, rather the conversion of those that are on the fence or non-committal either way.

If we work real hard, are patient and understand the dynamics involved, we can bring along those that were adversarial.

Pick them off one at a time like a sniper. Don’t try to move the whole group or change the entire organization at once. One at a time works, but still takes time, but it works.

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Over Coming Challenges of Limited Water Areas

This episode we discuss some items to consider when handling limited or no water area incidents.  You have to know where these are in your response area and have a plan to over-come the problem.  Each has the potential for being a challenge, but this can be easily conquered by preplanning and training. 

Be familiar with the capabilities of your equipment and the availability of mutual aid.  Review not only your response area but also the area you respond mutual aid to.

Do you practice setting-up draft sites, fill sites, and how to efficiently move water in a limited water setting?  These can be make-or-break skills when establishing water supply in a rural setting.  

These areas and more will be discussed during the Podcast. 

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