EHT-036-Truck Ops 2


This episode discusses the transitioning from an engine or other company to the truck company.  Your panel discusses the differences you can expect when operating on a truck company as opposed to the engine.

The experience of the panel offers a unique perspective that can be applied to any department.  Remember, it’s not the apparatus that makes the truck work, it’s the assignment and tasks performed.

Be sure to check out Mike Torres of the Chicago FD at FDIC 2018 teaching in the HOT class “It’s All About the Saws”

Catch Captain Arthur Ashley in his FDIC 2018 classroom session “Truck Company Operations without the Truck” on Thursday at 3:30 in room 231-233.

If you have questions, feel to contact us at and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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EHT-35 Truck Ops Intro

This is the first in a series of podcasts from Engine House Training, LLC that will discuss Truck Work.  We will be creating these series of podcasts on everything operational over the next several weeks and months.  So, be sure to stay tuned in for many more informational and fun podcasts on all things firefighting!

This episode is dedicated to a brief introduction about truck work. The panel discusses, in general, what truck work is and why it is so important.  It’s not about the apparatus, it’s about the tasks completed to facilitate extinguishment and rescue.

Today, Mike Torres, Tim Schultz, Jeff Weffelmeyer and Jason Hoevelmann offer their options and experiences in this podcast and will be regular contributors to this series.

The next podcast will be live and will allow you to ask questions and to get real-time answers to your questions. All of the members will be happy to respond to your emails or messages.

So, be sure to share this podcast and the rest of them with your friends and departments–definitely use these for training..that’s the whole idea!!

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031–EHT–Double Edged Sword of Loyalty



The Double Edge Sword of Loyalty

  • There are bad leaders out there, no doubt


  • “Management reserves the right to manage poorly”

 What you should expect:

  • Fair & consistent treatment


  • Genuine concern for your wellbeing & development


  • The tools & support you need to do your job


  • To be challenged and to be made to demonstrate your proficiency


What your leaders should expect

  • For you to do your job (Mark Von Alpen Fully Involved)


  • For you to be engaged in the organization


  • For you to respect our craft & our profession


  • For you to respect the right of the leader to make decisions


  • To ask questions

So when the leaders are not “loyal” ask

  • Why do I think that?


  • Exactly what did they do to make me say that?


  • Can I help to make things better?


  • How are my skills, it is easy to be critic in the recliner.


Link to Mark Von Appen and Fully Involved

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The Leadership Triad

Chief Dennis Reilly and Jason Hoevelmann discuss leadership for firefighters and fire officers specifically regarding being a consistent leader and officer using the Leadership Triad.

It comes downs to a strong moral compass and the firm foundation based on ethics and doing what’s right.



  • Your decisions and actions need to be driven by your own moral compass

  • Your compass needs to be in line with that of the organization

  • There should be no question where you stand among your subordinates, your

    peers, and your superiors.

  • Moral & ethically driven people bring consistency and stability to their work



  • If you do not lay out your expectations there is no guarantee on what you will get

  • Expectations need to be in writing, invest the time now to avoid the “Well I didn’t

    know what you wanted” in the future.

  • At the task level positions, expectations need to center around tasks, at leadership

    positons expectations need to include attitudes & behaviors.


  • You will get what you display as your normal operating mode

  • What you model is the future for your organization. As an officer, you have a Moral

    & Ethical Obligation to leave your organization better than what you found it.

  • Chief Lasky once aid “Follow ugly kids home and you will find ugly parents”.

  • What you model is what they will do when you are not around.


  • This can be quite uncomfortable but as an officer you must be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

  • You have a Moral & Ethical obligation to correct unsatisfactory or counterproductive behaviors. We didn’t promote you because you look good, we expect you to do your job.

  • If you fail to hold your members accountable there is a good chance that your boss will hold you accountable. In some organizations, this is known as “failure to supervise” and can lead to demotion and/or termination.


Link to additional file on Leadership Triad 


All driven by the Moral &
Ethical obligations of being an officer

Mission First * Do Your Job

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Never Forget: Father’s Day LODD Fires

Chief Joe Pronesti and Jason Hoevelmann discuss three fires that happened on, or near Father’s Day.  The fires had a huge impact on many families, as all line of duty deaths do and we felt it appropriate to discuss the lessons and stories of these fires.


Chief Pronesti also has a recent article about these fires in Fire Engineering and the link is below.




Here are some additional links for more information about these fires.

Vendome Article from Fire Engineering

Boston Fire History

FDNY Father’s Day Fire

Article on Kids of Father’s Day Fire

Charleston Sofa Fire

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Don’t Let the Bad Days Win

This podcast is for all of us that struggle from time to time with the opinions of others.  In most cases, when we put ourselves out there in any format, whether be as an engaged, energetic firefighter or officer to posting and blogging and writing and teaching, there are those that go out of their way to try and knock us down.


This is my response and therapy.  I hope is keeps you going!  Do NOT allow those that will never put themselves in a position to be challenged and criticized to affect your motivation.


Keep pushing!

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Command Considerations–First Arriving: Part 1

Don’t over-compicate the roll of command. In this episode Chief Pronesti discusses a simple initial size up option that takes into account the building.  This is not the only option out there, just one we discussed in this particular episode.


Size–how do you determine size and define that for your crews?

Use–understand the special hazards that each use group holds for firefighting operations and the members

Type–this requires you to get out and to see buildings and to understand that what we see is not always the facts.

Era–this is a critical piece of the puzzle that is forgotten. Get out and learn about the era your buildings were built in and the characteristics of those buildings.

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